IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Canadiens
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Devan Dubnyk will get the start in net tonight for the third straight game for Edmonton.
The Oilers will be without Taylor Hall and Ryan Smyth who both returned to Edmonton for medical evaluation. Hall will miss about four weeks with a knee injury while Smyth is out about a week a groin ailment.
Mike Brown was traded to San Jose last night.
Yakupov - RNH - Eberle
Perron - Arcobello - Hemsky
Pitlick - Gordon - Jones
Gazdic - Acton - Eager
Smid - Petry
Ference - N. Schultz
Belov - J.Schultz
Out: Taylor Hall (knee), Ryan Smyth (groin), Steve MacIntyre (knee), Sam Gagner (broken jaw), Corey Potter (back), Ryan Hamilton (knee), Jesse Joensuu (back), Denis Grebeshkov (healthy)
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.
14:54: Dubnyk denies a prime scoring opportunity by Gallagher and the score remains 0-0.
13:12: Ales Hemsky sets up David Perron backdoor and Perron nearly strikes ona backhanded shot.
09:37: Halfway through the first period and the Oilers trail in shots 5-4.
09:19: Perron to the box for roughing.
07:19: Strong penalty kill by the Oilers and a big pad save by Dubnyk keeps things scoreless.
03:30: Oilers struggle to get the puck out of their zone with some pressure by the Habs and Luke Gazdic takes a tripping penalty.
03:24: Montreal scores on the power play. Andrei Markov finds Tomas Plekanec at the far face-off dot and the Canadiens forward finds the back of the net, six seconds into the PP. | EDM 0, MTL 1
01:57: The Canadiens push their momentum forward as a pass is intercepted at the blue line and Brendan Gallagher breaks in on Dubnyk and snipes far side. | EDM 0, MTL 2
00:00: Two late first period goals give the Canadiens the lead after 20 minutes of play. | EDM 0, MTL 2
20:00: The second period is underway!
14:01: Eberle with a nice try short-side on Price by the puck gets lodged in the net minder's pads.
12:08: Smid and Bournival each to the box for roughing.
09:58: Desharnais holds down Yakupov and the Oilers have a power play!
07:58: Edmonton power play yields no goal.
07:10: Ales Hemsky scores! Hemsky takes a nice behind-the-back drop pass from Arcobello and dangles in the slot to draw Edmonton within one. | EDM 1, MTL 2
04:23: Here come the Oilers. Heavy shot by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins rebounds out to Ladislave Smid backdoor who scores his first goal of the season to tie the game. | EDM 2, MTL 2
00:00: Period two comes to a close as the Oilers tie the game with two scores. | EDM 2, MTL 2
20:00: The third period is underway!
13:07: Solid pressure by Montreal but Dubnyk making saves. Score remains tied.
|"Pitty bringin' the pain!
12:01: Jeff Petry scores to give the Oilers their first lead of the night! Nugent-Hopkins with the assist. | EDM 3, MTL 2
10:03: The Oilers strike again. David Perron with the shot and Ryan Jones puts away the garbage. | EDM 4, MTL 2
07:34: The Oilers now out-shooting the Habs 32-28.