IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Predators
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Nashville Predators
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Out: Larsen (illness), Hemsky (foot), Ference (head), Arcobello (healthy)
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.
17:01: Oilers rattle off the first four shots of the game and it results in a goal by Justin Schultz to open the scoring. Ryan Smyth's feed from the point was corralled by Jesse Joensuu, who made a nice play to dish it over to a pinching Justin Schultz for the marker. | EDM 1, NSH 0
9:50: Oilers continue to carry the play, outshooting Nashville 7-2 just past the midway point of the first period.
8:08: Martin Marincin takes a holding penalty, giving Nashville the first power play of the game.
4:35: Preds take advantage of a turnover and David Legwand skates in on a two-on-one with Nick Spaling. Legwand elects to shoot and beats Scrivens with a wrist shot from the right circle. | EDM 1, NSH 1
2:20: Taylor Hall's quick wrist shot from the right side boards rings off the post.
12.0: Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle completed a nice three-way passing play to put the Oilers back in front. Hall's feed was redirected by Eberle just inside the right post by Preds netminder Carter Hutton. | EDM 2, NSH 1
0.0: Shots on goal were 8-7 for the Oilers in the first.
20:00: Second period has started.
13:34: Scrivens snags a shot from Gabriel Bourque out of the air. Shots are 13-12 for Edmonton.
11:34: Seth Jones gets two minutes for high sticking, sending Edmonton back on the power play.
9:48: Ryan Smyth is in front of the net to bang home a rebound after Corey Potter fires a shot from the point. The goal gives Edmonton a two-goal lead. | EDM 3, NSH 1
9:11: Matt Hendricks gets a penalty for slashing, putting Nashville on the power play.
R.Smyth just tied W.Gretzky in Oiler pp goals with 125.Smyth (96-97)tied Gretzky(83-84)franchise record for pp goals(20)in a season.— Gene Principe (@GenePrincipe) January 27, 2014
3:14: Nail Yakupov converts a feed from Sam Gagner in the slot low stick side to make it a three-goal lead for the Oilers. | EDM 4, NSH 1
0:46: Nail Yakupov gets a rare penalty for throwing a stick, giving Nashville a power play that would carry over into the third period. .
0.0: Shots on goal after two periods were 20-18 for Edmonton.
20:00: Third period has begun.
17:20: Oilers call a timeout after an extended period in their own zone ends in an icing call.
Smytty and @hallsy04 multi-point games heading into 3rd, Marincin 3 blocked shots, Petry 3 hits, Gordon 80%FO, JSchultz 17:41 TOI.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 27, 2014
11:54: Shots on goal in the third period were 8-0 Predators just over eight minutes into the third.
8:34: David Perron drives to the net on a great individual effort but just misses the mark on his backhand attempt from the slot.
7:21: Nashville nearly made it a two-goal game with seven minutes to play in the third. It was a wild goalmouth scramble that saw Scrivens down and out of the play. The puck somehow made it past Scrivens but it was ruled no goal after a quick conference from the officials due to the fact that the Oilers goaltender was unable to play his position.
5:12: Shots on goal are 34-22 Nashville with five minutes to play. Rich Clune takes a cross-checking penalty.
On both disallowed Nashville goals tonight, it was Taylor Beck running interference on Ben Scrivens.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) January 27, 2014
4:28: Nugent-Hopkins scores on the PP to make it a 5-1 game. | EDM 5, NSH 1 0.0: Game over. Oilers win!