IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Lightning
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning
The Edmonton Oilers face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Rexall Place.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Out: Larsen (illness), Potter (groin), Joensuu (healthy), Belov (healthy)
20:00: The game has started.
19:08: Justin Schultz gets two minutes for clearing the puck over the glass in his own end.
17:17: Nikita Kucherov's one-timer blast from the right circle just before the penalty expired, put the Lightning on the board at 1-0. | TB 1, EDM 0
15:42: The Oilers struck quickly to get on even terms. Jordan Eberle converted a nice three-way passing play between himself, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to make it a 1-1 game. RNH found Eberle in the slot for a wide-open net. Eberle missed on the initial shot attempt but managed to still get the puck past Ben Bishop on his second try. | EDM 1, TB 1
15:42: Bishop heads to the dressing room for what appears to be an injury to his blocker hand and is replaced in net by Anders Lindback.
15:21: Alex Killorn receives four minutes for high sticking to put the Oilers on an extended power play.
Ben Bishop leaves game in EDM with what looks to be a R hand injury.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 6, 2014
13:51: Eberle strieks for his second of the game. His one timer is stopped by Lindback but still manages to bounce and trickle its way over the goal line. | EDM 2, TB 1
9:17: Hall is denied by Lindback on a breakaway attempt and then moments later, Lindback kicks out his left pad to stop Hall on a backhand attempt at the right side of the net.
Eberle scores on Lindback. Two shots, two goals for the Oilers. Do they have a third goalie?#Oilers— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) January 6, 2014
4:18: Luke Gazdic scores to give the Oilers a two-goal lead. | EDM 3, TB 1 0.0: Shots on goal after one were 12-4 for the Oilers.
In four periods vs Tampa this year, Oilers with 54-30 edge in shots. Gazdic his 1st goal since his 1st NHL shift on Opening Night vs WPG.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) January 6, 2014
20:00: Second period is now underway.
11:13: Victor Hedman's wrist shot from the right point beat Bryzgalov to make it a one-goal game. The shot was Tampa's seventh of the period with Oilers still yet to register one. | EDM 3, TB 2
5:35: Valtteri Filppula's screened shot skips and finds its way past Bryzgalov to draw the Lightning even at 3-3. | EDM 3, TB 3
4:04: Gazdic went down in front of the Tampa net with an injury. He skated gingerly to the bench after the whistle. Eric Brewer received a high sticking penalty on the play.
0.0: Shots in the period ended up 14-9 for the Lightning. Overall in the game, shots are 21-18 for Edmonton.
"We get up a couple and we start playing a different way." Jordan Eberle on a 3-1 lead now a 3-3 game vs. TB. pic.twitter.com/eri87wSehu— Gene Principe (@GenePrincipe) January 6, 2014
20:00: Third period starts now.
17:50: Matt Carle's shot from the left point rings off the post.
17:29: Ales Hemsky's shot from the right circle beats Lindback but rings off the crossbar. After a video review, it's ruled no goal.
11:40: Boyd Gordon whacks at the puck at the left side of the net and it slides under Lindback to put Edmonton back in front. | EDM 4, TB 3
9:50: Hemsky gets two minutes for tripping and Malone gets two for diving.
9:30: While playing four-on-four, Hall redirects a Ference one-timer to make it a two-goal lead for Edmonton. | EDM 5, TB 3
0.0: Final shot count is 27-26 for the Lightning.