The Oilers rallied from a 3-0 third period deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout at Rexall Place on Monday night. The Oilers rallied all the way back, taking the lead at 4-3 before a Devils goal in the final minute tied it up.
Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:
THE TURNING POINT
New Jersey had full control of the game, leading 3-0, until the 5:19 mark of the third period when Bryce Salvador took a penalty for clearing the puck over the glass. 24 seconds later, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins put the puck in the back of the net and the comeback was on.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Justin Schultz's shot missed the net and the puck ricocheted around the end boards onto the stick of Andrew Ference who hammered the puck in on a one-timer for his first career goal as an Oiler. The goal couldn't be more timely as it made it 3-2.
Nugent-Hopkins, in his first game back, played an astounding 28:12 to lead all skaters on either side. He also scored the goal which sparked the comeback and had six shots on net. He wasn't bad in the face-off circle either, going 11-for-22.
THE UNSUNG HERO
Mark Arcobello quietly played a very solid game. He was 8-for-10 in the face-off circle -- including a key win which directly led to David Perron's game-tying goal -- and had an assist with a +2 rating.
STAT OF THE DAY
Martin Brodeur has 121 career shutouts and was less than a period away from number 122. Terry Sawchuk is second all-time with 103 shutouts. The next highest active leader is Roberto Luongo at 62.
The Oilers have one more game at home -- this Thursday against Montreal at 7:30 p.m. MDT -- before embarking on a six-game road trip. That game can be seen on Sportsnet Oilers.
THEY SAID IT
""It's pretty crazy that you can go from getting booed in a game by your own fans to them being on your side. I think it's a little strange but it's one of the things we had to battle through and we just stuck with our game plan."
- Oilers forward Taylor Hall on the ups-and-downs from the game.
28 - Ice time in minutes for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to lead all skaters on either side. In total he had 28:12 of ice which is remarkable for his first game back.
6 - Shots on goal for Nugent-Hopkins to lead all skaters on either side.
63 - Oilers face-off win percentage as they won 43 of 68 face-offs to dominate the Devils in the dot.
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