IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Coyotes
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Phoenix Coyotes
The Edmonton Oilers open a five-game homestand against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Ference - Petry
Belov - J.Schultz
N.Schultz - Grebeshkov
Out: Pitlick (knee), Bachman (lower body), Larsen (back), Bryzgalov (upper body), Gordon (undisclosed), Gazdic (healthy)
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.
18:12: Oilers take the game's first penalty. David Perron received two minutes for interference.
16:23: Just before the Coyotes power play ended, Phoenix struck for the game's first goal. A wild bounce in front to Mikkel Boedker resulted in the marker as Boedker spun and shot it past Dubnyk. | PHX 1, EDM 0
11:15: Nearly nine minutes in, Oilers are outshooting Phoenix 6-4.
10:09: Mark Arcobello dropped the puck to David Perron, whose wrist shot from the slot beat Mike Smith blocker side and tied the game up. | EDM 1, PHX 1
3:30: The line of Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins spend the entire shift deep in the Coyotes zone with some great chances but are unable to score.
Just like they did vs. Dallas on Sunday, Hall-RNH-Eberle line absolutely dominant in the offensive zone. Smith had to be sharp.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 4, 2013
2:03: Petry gets two minutes for interference.
0.0: Shots on goal are 11-8 for Phoenix after 20.
20:00: Second period is now underway.
15:56: Michael Stone gets a hooking penalty, resulting in an Oilers power play.
13:02: Shortly after the penalty expires, Radim Vrbata strikes for a goal to move Phoenix back into the lead. | PHX 2, EDM 1
12:04: Mike Ribeiro's shot from the point is tipped in front by Justin Schultz and Shane Doan before skipping past Dubnyk and making it a two-goal game. | PHX 3, EDM 1
10:47: Oilers head back on the power play after Derek Morris gets sent off for two minutes.
9:07: The Oilers power play ends when Smyth takes a penalty for slashing.
4:40: Edmonton goes back on the man advantage after Connor Murphy gets two minutes for holding.
1:59: Coyotes take a penalty for too many men on the ice, giving the Oilers yet another chance to draw within a goal while on the power play.
51.3: David Perron's quick wrist shot after corralling a pass from Taylor Hall beats Smith and makes it a 3-2 game. | PHX 3, EDM 2
0.0: Shots on goal after two periods were 18-16 for Phoenix.
Seriously...Perron has Phoenix rattled. Chirp, chirp, facewash, chirp, score, facewash, chirp, score, chirp, chirp. Highly effective.— Dan Tencer (@dantencer) December 4, 2013
20:00: Third period is now underway.
18:11: Phoenix looked to have made it 4-2 when David Moss batted the puck out of the air and end. It was initially ruled no goal due to a high stick but went to video review. The review confirmed the decision.
15:14: Ribeiro was left all alone in the slot where he fired a wrist shot past Dubnyk. This one counts. | PHX 4, EDM 2
10:27: Phoenix extends its lead when a blast from the left circle by Keith Yandle beats Dubnyk top corner. | PHX 5, EDM 2
9:45: Moss pounces on a rebound and swipes it past Dubnyk to extend the Coyotes lead. | PHX 6, EDM 2
5:53: A skirmish erupts followed by a fight as Andrew Ference and Jordan Szwarz trade punches for a few minutes before the fight is broken up by officials. The result of the skirmish is an extra penalty to Phoenix and an Oilers power play.
3:55: Just as that penalty was about to expire, Derek Morris was sent off for slashing, setting up another man advantage.