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Game Recap

Oilers 3, Panthers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Oilers 3, Panthers 2
Florida Panthers 2, Edmonton Oilers 3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Shawn Horcoff's deciding goal for the Edmonton Oilers left Florida coach Peter DeBoer and the Panthers kicking mad.

"It looked like a kick to me," DeBoer said after the Panthers' 3-2 loss Sunday night. "The interpretation of that rule, I don't understand. I don't know if you have to take a punter's kick at it in order for it not to count. That's what the league gets paid to do, make those decisions, and we have to live with them."

Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun had the best angle on the play.

"It looked pretty clear to me," Vokoun said. "I don't know what else a kicking motion could be described as. It didn't surprise me that they counted it. They are trying to get the scoring up, so they are counting everything, I guess."

Horcoff, Dustin Penner and Ryan Jones scored in a 5:47 span early in the second period, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 26 saves for Edmonton, three nights after stopping 37 shots in a 4-0 home victory over Calgary in the Oilers' first game under coach Tom Renney.

"He was outstanding," Renney said about Khabibulin. "He was our best player. It's good to know we have that. It's probably not the last time we will see something like that. We're certainly going to have to minimize nights like tonight if we want to be a playoff team."

Khabibulin is returning for a back injury that sidelined him since November.

"I felt pretty good. I felt better today that I did in the first game," he said. "I think games like that are going to happen whether you're a young team or not. It's just good that we've got the two points."

Marty Reasoner scored twice in the second period for the Panthers in their season opener.

"It was frustrating because I don't think we got rewarded for the effort we put out," DeBoer said. "I thought we played a good game. We stuck to our game plan and did what we wanted to do. You should get rewarded for that and we didn't."

Penner opened the scoring at 1:33 of the second, tipping Tom Gilbert's hard shot from the point past Vokoun. Jones made it 2-0 at 5:34 when he tipped in Jim Vandermeer's shot.

Reasoner beat Khabibulin to the stick-side corner at 6:11, but Horcoff's contoversial score restored the two-goal margin at 7:20. Taylor Hall, the first overall draft pick this year, assisted on winning goal for his first NHL point.

Reasoner completed the scoring with 2:09 left in the period.

Vokoun made 10 saves for the Panthers.

NOTES: The Panthers will continue their Western Canada swing in Vancouver on Monday night. The Oilers are off until Thursday night in Minnesota. ... It was the only meeting between the teams this season. ... Darcy Hordichuk played his first game for Florida after being acquired in a trade with Vancouver on Wednesday.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Dustin Penner (1) ASST: Tom Gilbert (1), Sam Gagner (2)
1 - 0 EDM
Ryan Jones (1) ASST: Jim Vandermeer (2)
2 - 0 EDM
Marty Reasoner (1) ASST: Steve Bernier (1)
2 - 1 EDM
Shawn Horcoff (2) ASST: Taylor Hall (1), Theo Peckham (1)
3 - 1 EDM
Marty Reasoner (2) ASST: David Booth (1), Steve Bernier (2)
3 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Shawn Horcoff  Cross checking against  Marty Reasoner
Stephen Weiss  Tripping against  Gilbert Brule
2nd Period
Ladislav Smid  Holding against  Radek Dvorak
Colin Fraser  Hi-sticking against  David Booth
Cory Stillman  Interference against  Jordan Eberle
Gilbert Brule  Hi-sticking against  Mike Weaver
Tom Gilbert  Hooking against  David Booth
3rd Period
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 13TOI: 59:04
Saves: 10EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .769SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0