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UNDER THE SCOPE: Oilers vs. Canadiens

An in-depth look at Edmonton's 4-1 loss at the hands of the Habs on Thursday

Friday, 11.10.2013 / 1:11 AM / Cenovus Game Story
By Marc Ciampa  - edmontonoilers.com
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UNDER THE SCOPE: Oilers vs. Canadiens
UNDER THE SCOPE: Oilers vs. Canadiens


The Oilers got off to a 1-0 lead with an early second-period goal, but Montreal roared back with two goals in under three minutes to take the lead and never looked back en route to a 4-1 win over the home squad at Rexall Place on Thursday night. 

Ryan Smyth scored the lone Oilers goal while Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Brandon Prust and Max Pacioretty (empty netter) scored for the Habs.

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


With the Canadiens down a goal midway through the second period, Brendan Gallagher one-timed a pass from Alex Galchenyuk on a Habs power play. Gallagher didn't get everything on the shot but he got enough to push the puck across the line and tie the game at 1-1.


4  The number of Oilers forwards who had more than seven minutes of ice time after the first period: Taylor Hall (7:48), Jordan Eberle (8:05), David Perron (7:44) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (7:27).
24 The number of hits the Oilers had after the second period.
3 The number of hits Montreal had after the first.
55% Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' face-off success rate (11-for-20)

CANADIENS
Peter Budaj
SA SV GA TOI SV%
28 27 1 60:00 .964


P.K. Subban
G A PTS PIM +/-
0 3 3 0 +3



Taylor Hall
G A PTS PIM +/-
0 1 1 0 -1


 
CANADIENS
Peter Budaj
SA SV GA TOI SV%
28 27 1 60:00 .964

 

OILERS
Devan Dubnyk
SA SV GA TOI SV%
26 23 3 55:54 .885



 
CANADIENS
P.K. Subban - D

25:34 - 3 PTS, +3 rating

OILERS
Jordan Eberle - F

26:27 - 0 PTS, -1 rating

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins picked up his second point in as many games with a nice feed over to Tayor Hall at the left side of the Habs net. Hall banked the puck in off Smyth for the goal to make it 1-0 Oilers.

Peter Budaj wasn't entirely busy but when needed, he was very solid. He made some important saves in the second period, including denying Ales Hemsky on a two-on-one with Taylor Hall. In all, he turned away 27 of 28 shots.

Brandon Prust lost a spirited scrap with Oilers tough guy Luke Gazdic in the first period but bounced back to score the go-ahead goal in the latter half of the second period.


Peter Budaj has had a lot of success against the Oilers in his career. The former Avalanche goaltender has defeated the Oilers 15 times, including tonight. Budaj has a 15-6-0-3 record against the Oilers with a 2.84 goals-against average.


"It was probably the most solid game we played so far. Improvement is nice but not good enough yet. It's not good enough if you're going to end up losing the game"
 - Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins.



Saturday, October 12  
5:00pm MT
(CBC / 630 CHED)

The Oilers now head out on a six-game road trip that begins on Saturday in Toronto. Game time for that one is 5:00 p.m. MDT and it can be seen on CBC.