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'Bulin been coolin' down

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

Things got a little too hot for Nikolai Khabibulin in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Calgary Flames -- literally.

The Edmonton Oilers goalie had to leave the contest after the second period, suffering from dehydration. He was given an intravenous solution in the intermission and quickly recovered.

"It was hot in the building and it was hot in the locker-room, so maybe that had something to do with it," Khabibulin said.

"It happens once in a while -- sometimes when you get into a hot building or something like that. We also had some five-on-threes against us in the first period and the puck was in our zone a lot, which makes things worse sometimes.

"But you just have to find a way to prevent that in the future."

Khabibulin gave up four goals on 24 shots through the first two periods in the loss.

In the first period, Khabibulin had the puck stolen from him behind the net by Curtis Glencross, who then came around and tucked it into the open net.

He was then beaten through the legs on a power-play goal by Jarome Iginla.

In the second, Glencross snapped a shot past him on a short-handed breakaway, then Jason Jaffray beat him from a sharp angle.

It was the second game for Khabibulin as an Oiler, having shut out the Florida Panthers in his team debut last week.

Khabibulin loses an average of eight to 10 pounds per game. The most he's ever dropped after a contest is 14 pounds. He's had dehydration problems in the past.

"I had issues with it last year in Chicago," he said. "I do sweat a lot.

"It's not something that is expected, but it does happen once in a while. It was a hot building, it was a hot day. I'm going to talk to the doctors and see what they suggest and go from there, find what's missing or what I need to do. Maybe there has to be some acclimation here because the air here is pretty dry. I expect to get more used to it and deal with it a little better."

Khabibulin did not make the trip to Winnipeg yesterday to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in a neutral-site game.

"It would have been nice, but at the same time, the coaches make the decision of who plays when," Khabibulin said. "I played (Wednesday) night and I'm excited about the next time that I go in."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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