IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Avalanche
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Colorado Avalanche
The Edmonton Oilers continue their five-game homestand with a game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Ference - Larsen
N.Schultz - J.Schultz
Marincin - Potter
Out: Pitlick (knee), Bachman (lower body), Bryzgalov (upper body), Gordon (undisclosed), Petry (healthy), Joensuu (healthy)
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway. Playing his first NHL game, Martin Marincin is wearing #85.
Quick Marincin story...first rookie camp he didn't speak any English. Steve Smith didn't know this, and was instructing a drill (1/2)— Dan Tencer (@dantencer) December 6, 2013
16:16: Taylor Hall picked up the puck in behind the Avalanche defence after a nice breakout pass from Philip Larsen and slipped the puck five-hole past Varlamov. | EDM 1, COL 0
Marincin needed some help, so Smith came over and explained it face to face. Marincin listened, then smiled and said "my name Martin."— Dan Tencer (@dantencer) December 6, 2013
13:58: Avalanche receive the game's first power play after Ryan Jones gets two minutes for holding.
13:12: Corey Potter clears the puck over the glass from his own zone, giving Colorado a two-man advantage for the next 1:14.
10:52: Avalanche have several great chances on the power play but are unable to convert. The best chance came when Matt Duchene just narrowly missed right on the doorstep.
7:43: Jan Hejda takes a tumble in the corner of his own zone and is hurt. He has to be tended to by the Avalanche trainer and helped off the ice to the dressing room. Hejda lost an edge trying to check Mark Arcobello.
Oilers kill a lengthy 5-on-3, aided by a sensational series of saves by Devan Dubnyk.— Dan Tencer (@dantencer) December 6, 2013
4:09: P.A. Parenteau receives two minutes for slashing, sending the Oilers on the power play for the first time on the night.
3:50: Colorado takes another penalty, setting up a two-man advantage for the Oilers. Marc-Andre Cliche was sent off for interference.
2:18: Hall one-times a feed from Justin Schultz past Varlamov, extending the Oilers lead to two goals. | EDM 2, COL 0
2:03: Ales Hemsky completes a nice three-way passing play that concludes with a swift deke of Varlamov and a backhand touch into the back of the net. | EDM 3, COL 0
1:21: Perron takes a delay of game penalty, sending Colorado to the power play late in the period.
0.0: Shots on goal after one period was 10-8 for the Avs.
20:00: Second period is now underway.
15:40: Avalanche draw within two after Yakupov accidentally redirected a shot from Nick Holden past Dubnyk. | EDM 3, COL 1
13:23: David Perron looks shaken up on the play but stays on the ice.
12:53: Jamie McGinn heads to the box for interference, sending Edmonton back on the power play.
10:32: Dubnyk makes a big stop on Gabriel Landeskog on a blast from the left circle but the rebound trickles to P.A. Parenteau, who puts it in to make it a one-goal game. | EDM 3, COL 2
9:45: Coincidental minors to Hall and Parenteau put both teams in a four-on-four situation.
7:54: During the four-on-four, David Perron and Nugent-Hopkins skate in on a two-on-one. Perron elects to shoot and he fires a wrist shot past Varlamov to make it a two-goal Edmonton lead once again. | EDM 4, COL 2
7:22: Nick Holden is sent to the box, giving the Oilers another man advantage opportunity.
5:45: With 22 seconds left in the Holden penalty, Perron has his stick slashed out of his hand by Andre Benoit, giving the Oilers another two-man advantage. Oilers call a 30-second timeout.
0.0: After two periods, shots on goal were 23-17 for Colorado.
20:00: Third period is now underway.
17:26: Luke Gazdic drops the gloves with Patrick Bordeleau. The Oilers winger gets some big shots in on Bordeleau during the bout.
14:22: MacKinnon crushed Hemsky into the boards but Hemsky got his gloves up high on the Avs rookie, receiving two minutes for roughing.
Luke Gazdic rocks one of the NHL's true heavies Patrick Bordeleau twice knocking him to his knees.#Oilers— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) December 6, 2013
13:31: Dubnyk makes a great save on O'Reilly and moments later, Parenteau clips Potter with a high stick, ending the Avs five-on-four.
11:05: Arcobello converts a feed from Hemsky in the slot, quickly kicking the puck to his stick and releasing it to make it a 5-2 game. | EDM 5, COL 2
6:58: Perron goes to the box for holding.
Smyth-Arcobello-Hemsky have combined for 6 points tonight, picking up 2 of the teams 5 goals.— Dan Tencer (@dantencer) December 6, 2013
6:23: Avalanche pull Varlamov while on the power play.
4:57: Colorado puts Varlamov back in goal (on the fly).
4:41: Eberle converts a pass from Smyth and wrists it over Varlamov's glove for the goal. | EDM 6, COL 2
3:28: Marincin heads to the box for holding the stick.
1:42: Penalty ends after MacKinnon high sticks Potter.
1:30: While four-on-four, the Oilers strike again. Hall's behind-the-back pass to Gagner sets up a wrist shot from the right circle that beats Varlamov over the shoulder. | EDM 7, COL 2
10.8: Hall scores a goal very late to complete the hat trick, hammering home his own rebound. | EDM 8, COL 2
Boy, that escalated quickly. 8-2 #Oilers. Hall gets the hat trick.— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) December 6, 2013