As a part of the Hockey Day in Canada celebrations, the Oilers continued their six game homestand Saturday afternoon against a struggling Ottawa Senators team that had lost 13 of their last 14 games. Though the Senators were without captain Daniel Alfredsson, and had recently traded veteran forward Mike Fisher, the Oilers didn't want to take the team lightly and brought their A-game against the Eastern conference team. However, a few bad bounces and penalty troubles during the matinée game led to a 5-3 Senators victory.
The game started off rather quickly, where three goals were scored in just 7:27 played. Senators call-up Bobby Butler opened the scoring with his first NHL goal to put the opposition up 1-0. But just 54 seconds later, Andrew Cogliano was able to slip the puck past a sprawling Brian Elliott to tie the game. Unfortunately, a bad bounce around Nikolai Khabibulin
led to another Senators goal at 7:27, this time from Alex Kovalev. The rest of the period remained tame as the score remained frozen entering the second.
The second period saw Dustin Penner score the tying goal with a quick one-timer off the post and in at 4:11 of the second. About midway through the middle frame, things started to get chippy. Ladislav Smid
and Jason Spezza got into it behind the Oilers net, while Milan Michalek and Colin Fraser also started to get physical in the corner. Even though 16 minutes in penalties were handed out in that scuffle, just two minutes later another commotion happened, again near the Oilers net. Khabibulin, Chris Neil, and Theo Peckham
all got into a tumult, where more penalties were handed out. Though Khabibulin was assessed a 4 minute double minor for roughing and tripping, the Oilers successfully killed off the penalties, allowing them to end the period tied at two.
In the third period the Oilers got into a bit of penalty trouble again, which resulted in the Senators going up 3-2 with a powerplay goal from Milan Michalek. However, quickly after the Senators took the lead, they got into penalty trouble themselves and the Oilers received a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage. However they weren't able to capitalize, and the Senators took the momentum from there on and eventually won the game 5-3.
Khabibulin was back between the pipes tonight, stopping 20 of 24 shots against him.
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