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CALGARY -- An ugly goal for the Calgary Flames and goaltender Reto Berra was a thing of beauty for the desperate Edmonton Oilers. Ryan McDonagh Jersey . From near the corner and below the goal line, David Perron flung the puck towards the net, banking it off Berras shoulder and in for the go-ahead goal as Edmonton snapped a five-game losing streak Saturday night with a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the Calgary Flames. Boyd Gordon capped the scoring into an empty net as the Oilers stormed back with four unanswered goals in the third period to steal the first of five meetings between the provincial rivals. "Id be kidding if I said I knew I would score but I saw a little bit of room, I put it there and it was in the net so it felt good," said Perron. Just over two minutes earlier, the Oilers tied the game 2-2 on another strange one. Sam Gagners shot deflected off Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman and fluttered high in the air. While Berra couldnt find it, Ales Hemsky batted it in from out of mid-air for his first goal in 12 games. Edmonton started its comeback at 3:41 when Jordan Eberle, who was uncovered in the slot, took a drop pass from Taylor Hall and ripped a shot over Berras blocker. The three-goal barrage happened in a span of 6:42 and came on four shots. "We gave them two goals out of three," said Flames coach Bob Hartley, visibly unhappy. "After 40 minutes, I felt that we gave them nothing. We were playing our style. Then, their first goal and third goal, theres only one word for those two goals - awful." Edmonton (5-15-2), which began the night in last place in the NHL, won for just the second time in its last 12 (2-9-1). Sean Monahan and Wideman scored for Calgary (6-11-3). The Flames are winless in their last six, and are 0-4-1 in their last five games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. "We have a lot of pressure on us from our team itself, from the organization, from the fans, they expect us to win and when youre not winning, it kills the confidence on your team," said Eberle. "You start making plays that youre not used to making, you start squeezing the stick and you start not playing as a team." Eberle himself had been in a lengthy slump with just one goal in his previous 12 games. "Momentum is a huge thing in this game. When things arent going, you sometimes get pissed off and try to do things yourself and thats when things start breaking down even more," said Eberle. "So when you finally get rewarded and get some confidence, were going to use that." Oilers coach Dallas Eakins says the smallest of things can turn around a teams fortunes and he hopes this result will provide that boost for his team. He used Philadelphias recent 3-0-1 run as an example. "We were in a close game with them. We end up losing the game, they had been on the down and out and it seemed like every time I look at the scoreboard lately, theyve been winning," Eakins said. "When you get that winning feeling again, its contagious. Just like when you have that losing feeling, its contagious too." The first of five meetings between the provincial rivals featured the teams ranked 13th and 14th in the Western Conference. The Flames remain three points up on Oilers, although they are 12 points back of a playoff spot. "Great start. In the first two periods, I thought we were the better team. Then, in 10 or 12 minutes, we lost the game, so thats really disappointing and nobody in this locker-room can be happy," said former Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid. "We have to learn how to finish those kind of games. We knew they have lots of talent over there. We should have just played the same game for 60 minutes, no matter what happened." Devan Dubnyk had a great night for the Oilers making 33 saves to improve to 4-10-1. It comes on the same night that newly signed Ilya Bryzgalov picked up a win in his second AHL conditioning start, allowing only one goal in Oklahoma Citys 4-1 victory over Abbotsford. Making his sixth start in the last seven games, Berra had 19 saves to fall to 1-4-1. Calgary took a 2-0 lead at 17:08 of the second period on a rocket off the stick of Wideman. Dubnyk never saw it as he was screened on the play by Lee Stempniak. Sean Monahan gave the Flames a 1-0 lead at 12:23. It was the first goal in seven games for Calgarys 2013 first round draft pick and just his second in the last 12 after he started the season with six in his first eight. It also marked the first time Calgary held a lead after the first period in three weeks. In the previous eight games, the Flames had been outscored 11-1 in the opening 20 minutes. The game began with a throwback to the old days of the Battle of Alberta as heavyweights Brian McGrattan and Luke Gazdic squared off in a lengthy fight that fired up the crowd. Notes: Healthy scratches for Calgary were RW Tim Jackman and D Sean OBrien... LW Ryan Jones was not in the line-up for Edmonton... After several years of Calgary domination, Edmonton has won five of the last seven games between the two teams ... Flames LW TJ Galiardi hasnt scored in his last 18 games. Also slumping is D TJ Brodie, who has no points in his last eight games... For Edmonton, Nugent-Hopkins has one goal in his last 13 games. Tampa Bay Lightning Jerseys . In question is whether 26-year-old Matt Frattin will be on it. A a€?mediocrea€? training camp, as Carlyle put it earlier this week, has Frattin lingering nervously on the bubble at the end of the exhibition season, pushed out of a likely job by Brandon Kozun, the small, but feisty winger determined to make the NHL for the first time. Ryan Callahan Jersey . Orlando is to begin play in the MLS for the 2015 season. Kaka, who currently plays with AC Milan, is expected to be loaned out to his home club Sao Paulo for the upcoming season before joining Orlando for next season. http://www.lightninghockeystore.us/Mikhail-Sergachev-Jersey/ . She was 30. The former British No. 1 died peacefully surrounded by family and friends, the Womens Tennis Association said on its website. The Kyiv-born Baltacha, who represented Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, was diagnosed with the illness in January, two months after retiring from tennis and only weeks after she married her long-time coach Nino Severino.Hours into his tenure as the latest Leeds manager, Neil Redfearn was watching the team lose when he heard the inevitable chant from opposition fans.Sacked in the morning, came the cry around Cardiff City Stadium, youre getting sacked in the morning.Its a playful chant serenaded to losing coaches across the length and breadth of England on most weekends, and its rarely taken on face value.On this occasion, though, there could have been an element of truth about it.And that just about sums up the sad state of Leeds United — a proud, once-mighty northern English club that is now widely regarded as a laughingstock operating on the merciless whims of an eccentric, maverick Italian owner.Massimo Cellino — with his sunglasses and slick, greying hair — breezed into Elland Road in April when his company, which already owned Italian side Cagliari, bought a controlling stake in Leeds. This was the biggest football team in England in the late 1960s and early 70s in the era of Johnny Giles and Billy Bremner, the league champion in 1992 when Eric Cantona starred up front and a Champions League semifinalist only 12 years ago.The past decade at Leeds had been scarred by financial chaos and mismanagement, though, and the club had slipped down the English league pyramid. The larger-than-life Cellino arrived as the latest saviour, saying of the fans: Theyve had to put up with 10 (expletive) years. I want to make them proud again.Problem was, he also arrived with baggage. He had been convicted in Italy of tax evasion, a ruling he is still appealing, and was known in some circles as a mangiallenatori — the Italian word for a manager eater — after making 36 coaching changes in 22 years at Cagliari.English football now understands why he earned that moniker.Brian Cloughs notorious 44-day reign at Leeds in the mid-1970s seems like a lifetime in charge compared to the rate Cellino is going through managers.A month after taking over, Cellino fired Brian McDermott, widely regarded as one of English footballs good guys. Rumors had been spreading during the takeover process, which was drawn-out because of Cellinos tax issues, that McDermott was on his way out.Bizarrely, Cellino chose to pluck the replacement for McDermott out of the English non-leagues. Dave Hockaday seemed to be out of his depth and a puppet for Cellino.Coaches are like watermelons, Cellino said at Hockadays presentation, you only know how good it is when you open it.Hockaday lasted six games of this season before he was fired, ending one of the strangest managerial reigns of recent times.Darko Milanic was the next full-time appointment and another to arrive out of the blue, from Austrian side Sturm Graz. Hired on Sept. 23, Milanic, from Slovenia, was fired after 32 days and did not win any of his six games in charge. Martin St. Louis Jersey. Redfearn, who took temporary charge between the Hockaday and Cellino eras after being promoted from the academy, was hired as Cellinos fourth manager in five months on Saturday. Leeds lost to Cardiff 3-1 that afternoon to drop to sixth from bottom in the second-tier League Championship.I remember in Italy my dad sacked seven coaches in one year and one before the season had even started, Cellinos son, Edoardo, said last week. This is not a record.English football is awash with clubs owned by foreigners, some more reputable and savvy than others.Blackburn, for example, was an established Premier League team before being taken over by Indian poultry firm Venkys. They talked about signing David Beckham and Ronaldinho and returning to the heights of 1995 when the team won the English league. Instead the club was relegated within 18 months and spiraled into chaos, with four different managers in an eight-month span in the second-tier League Championship the following season.Fulham is another traditional English club whose fortunes have tumbled since it was put in the hands of an owner with apparently more money than sense. Under American businessman Shahid Kahn since July 2013, Fulham lost its Premier League status within a year and has just hired its fourth coach in 10 months.Critics of Cellino say he is acting disgracefully and is damaging the reputation of one of Englands great clubs. And, considering his conviction for fraud, they still wonder how he passed the owners and directors test used by the Premier League and Football League to assess who can and cant run a club.I think the best thing he could do is get out of the club, said Giles, a midfield great for Leeds in its glory days. Its crazy stuff.Despite his eccentricities, however, Cellino could yet be a force for good at Leeds.He at least has experience of owning a football club and turned out to be a success in his 22 years at Cagliari, establishing the Sardinian team in Serie A.It is hard for Leeds fans to trust any owner of their club after the troubled tenures of Ken Bates, the outspoken former Chelsea owner, and Bahraini-based investment bank Gulf Finance House, which preceded Cellino. But, perhaps in desperation, they appear to have warmed to the Italian, who has stood among Leeds supporters during away matches and has injected enough money and commitment into the club to suggest he is in it for the long haul.The way its going, though, he might just decide to do the coaching himself.I used to have a boat. I used to pay the captain of the boat, Cellino says. You know what my strategy was? If he doesnt do what I like to do with my boat, then I can drive my boat on my own.Redfearn has been duly warned. ' ' '
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