IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Hurricanes
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Carolina Hurricanes
The Edmonton Oilers play their fourth game in a five-game homestand tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Ference - Larsen
N.Schultz - J.Schultz
Belov - Potter
Out: Bryzgalov (head/neck), Gordon (shoulder), Smyth (neck), Petry (head), Marincin (healthy)
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.
18:27: It didn't take long for the Oilers to get on the board. Sam Gagner dished the puck over to Taylor Hall at the right circle. Hall made no mistake, wiring a shot past Cam Ward for the goal. | EDM 1, CAR 0
13:55: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins upended Eric Staal in front of his own net, giving Carolina the first power play of the night.
13:41: Early in the man advantage, Tuomo Ruutu pounced on a rebound and fired it low blocker side past Dubnyk to tie the game. | EDM 1, CAR 1
8:56: Nail Yakupov's shot from the left circle after coralling a pass from Hall in the corner of the 'Canes zone finds its way through the legs of Ward. | EDM 2, CAR 1
3:10: Yakupov teed up a one-timer in the slot and it rang off the post behind Ward.
2:15: Hemsky moves around the 'Canes defenders and narrowly misses trying to stuff the puck in on the short side.
Yakupov has one tonight and he's dancing. He might get HT. Just drilled one off post on Cam Ward.#Oilers— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) December 11, 2013
1:46: Oilers continue to buzz. Next shift, Eberle spots Nugent-Hopkins at the left circle and he makes no mistake, wiring a wrist shot past Ward. | EDM 3, CAR 1
@Bob_Stauffer had the idea so we looked it up. 2nd time (last April 3 in CGY) that Edmonton's three #1 overall picks scored in same game.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) December 11, 2013
0.0: Shots on goal after one period were 14-6 for the Oilers.
20:00: Period two is now underway.
18:20: Oilers strike early again in period two. Arcobello from behind the net backhanded a feed to Jesse Joensuu in front and the Finn made no mistake, banging it past Ward for the goal. | EDM 4, CAR 1
12:38: Nearly eight minutes in, shots on goal in the period are 6-1 for Carolina, but the Oilers have made their shot count.
10:23: Jordan Staal draws the Hurricanes to within a pair of goals as his shot finds its way through traffic in front through the legs of Dubnyk. | EDM 4, CAR 2
4:31: Joensuu and Jay Harrison each get roughing minors, resulting in a couple minutes of four-on-four play.
0.0: Shots on goal in the period were 14-8 for Carolina. Overall, they're 22-20 for Edmonton.
20:00: The third period is now underway.
13:31: Edmonton receives its first power play of the night after Nathan Gerbe gets sent off for tripping.
12:13: Eric Staal intercepts a feed from Eberle and breaks down the ice. After faking a slap shot, he moves around Dubnyk before putting the puck into the open cage. | EDM 4, CAR 3
10:41: Riley Nash smashes Corey Potter into the boards and shakes up the Oilers defenceman. Nash receives five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct.
5:41: Hurricanes kill the penalty off, allowing only one shot over the five minutes.
5:14: Jeff Skinner scores to complete the comeback for Carolina and tie the game at 4-4. | EDM 4, CAR 4
0.0: Third period ends with shots on goal 28-25 for Edmonton.
5:00: The fourth period is now underway.
4:41: Nugent-Hopkins gets crushed into the boards early in OT but appears to be okay. Justin Faulk gets two minutes for boarding, setting up a four-on-three Oilers man advantage in the extra frame.
3:12: Jordan Eberle has an open net at the left side of the net, fanning on his first shot but managing to get his second attempt behind Ward to get Edmonton the win. | EDM 5, CAR 4