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UNDER THE SCOPE: Oilers vs. Devils

An in-depth look at the Oilers' 5-4 win over the Devils Monday night

Tuesday, 08.10.2013 / 1:58 AM / Cenovus Live In-Game Blog
By Marc Ciampa  - edmontonoilers.com


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.

In the shootout, David Perron and Jordan Eberle both scored for Edmonton to lead them to the victory. 

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:


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.


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
25 Ice time in minutes for David Perron (25:15) and Taylor Hall (25:44).
63% Oilers face-off win percentage as they won 43 of 68 face-offs to dominate the Devils in the dot.


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
G A PTS PIM +/-
1 0 1 0 -2


Damien Brunner
G A PTS PIM +/-
1 1 2 0 E



David Perron
G A PTS PIM +/-
1 1 2 0 -1


 
DEVILS
Martin Brodeur
SA SV GA TOI SV%
27 23 4 64:49 .851

 

OILERS
Jason Labarbera
SA SV GA TOI SV%
25 21 4 65:00 .840



 
DEVILS
Bryce Salvador - D

26:09 - 0 PTS, -1 rating

OILERS
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - C

28:12 - 1 PTS, -2 rating

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.

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.


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.


"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.



Thursday, October 7  
7:30pm MT
(SNET-EDM / 630 CHED)

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.