IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Ducks
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Anaheim Ducks
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Out: Larsen (illness), Potter (groin), Eberle (knee), Belov (healthy), Lander (healthy)
20:00: Tonight’s game is now underway.
19:25: It didn't take long for the Oilers to get on the board, Boyd Gordon picked up the puck in front of the Ducks net and backhanded it past Hiller to open the scoring. The goal came on a delayed penalty. | EDM 1, ANA 0
19:14: Kyle Palmeiri intercepted a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins clearing attempt then drove hard to the net before firing it past Bryzgalov and tying the game up. | EDM 1, ANA 1
17:52: Oilers take the game's first penalty. Andrew Ference was sent off for holding.
15:03: Edmonton gets called for having too many men on the ice, giving the Ducks their second man advantage of the night.
8:54: Nail Yakupov picked up the puck in the corner and drove hard to the net. On the second attempt, it finds its way through the legs of Hiller and in to put the Oilers back in the lead. | EDM 2, ANA 1
8:17: Gagner goes to the box for hooking to give Anaheim its third man advantage of the period.
2:48: At the right point, Ben Lovejoy blasts a drop pass from Saku Koivu past Bryzgalov to pull the Ducks back on even terms once again. | EDM 2, ANA 2
4.4: With four seconds left in the period, Lovejoy hammers a shot from the same position to send Anaheim to the intermission with the lead. | ANA 3, EDM 2
0.0: Shots on goal after one period were 16-10 for the Ducks.
20:00: Second period has started.
18:47: Nugent-Hopkins is stopped on a breakaway attempt as his wrist shot is steered wide by Hiller.
8:48: Ryan Jones was sent off for slashing, giving the Ducks their fourth power play of the night. Edmonton is yet to receive a power play.
End-to-end action early in the 2nd! Anaheim denied on a breakaway on one side, RNH can't convert alone on Hiller the other way.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 4, 2014
6:58: With 10 seconds left in the Jones penalty, Ference clips Mathieu Perreault with a high stick to send Anaheim on a brief two-man advantage.
43.9: Tim Jackman received a feed from Tim Bonino, who was behind the Oilers net. Jackman made no mistake, backhanding it in to give the Ducks a two-goal lead. | ANA 4, EDM 2
23.3: A Boyd Gordon penalty sends Anaheim on the power play for the sixth time.
0.0: Shots on goal after two were 30-13 Anaheim (14-3 in the period).
20:00: Third period is underway.
15:26: Taylor Hall receives four minutes for high sticking.
13:03: Petry takes a shot off the leg and limps off the ice. He heads to the dressing room for further repairs.
9:14: Gazdic gets hurt and skates gingerly off the ice.
8:44: Andrew Cogliano breaks in all alone after blocking a shot attempt. His wrist shot beats Bryzgalov to make it a three-goal gap. | ANA 5, EDM 2
7:57: Edmonton finally gets a power play with just under eight minutes to play in the third.
6:56: A Cogliano penalty gives the Oilers a two-man advantage. They call a 30-second timeout.
4:43: Oilers are unable to score on the two-man advantage despite pulling their goaltender for most of it. Shots on goal were 37-16 Ducks at this point.