'Bulin waits for shot at redemption

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

They have probably been the longest two days to start the season Nikolai Khabibulin has ever gone through.

There wasn't a rock big enough for the Edmonton Oilers goaltender to crawl under after his mistake cost his club the game on Saturday.

He can't wait to get back out on the ice tonight to face the Dallas Stars so he can put the incident behind him.

"The guys were really supportive after," Khabibulin said. "They told me not to get down, that everything was fine and that it was only one game, which is true.

"It's unfortunate the way we lost, especially after coming back from being down in the game. But in reality it is just one game.

"We would have liked to have won it, but we have to move on."

The Oilers' biggest off-season acquisition had an inauspicious start in his debut with the club as Curtis Glencross beat him with the Flames' first shot of the contest.

Yet after David Moss's deft tip on a setup from Jay Bouw- meester and an unfortunate bounce off defenceman Ladislav Smid beat him, Khabibulin seemed to settle in.

He made a great glove save on Brandon Prust just prior to Sam Gagner's tying goal.

Unfortunately, all that will be remembered in the contest is his mishandling of the puck late in the third that allowed Moss to score the game winner.

"Right now I think my play has been a little bit uneven," Khabibulin said.

"I would like to get a little better. I haven't played my best yet. I think in the last few games, there were some good things and we had some bad bounces, but it's hard to tell right now."


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