IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Canucks
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Vancouver Canucks
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.
19:01: Gagner just misses Perron backdoor on a rush. That's the first good look for the Oilers tonight.
Early 2-on-1 for Gagner and Perron but 57 couldn't whack 89's flip pass out of mid-air and we're still scoreless 90 seconds in.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 28, 2014
17:41: Bryzgalov covers up a shot from the circle by Burrows.
12:43: TV timeout and the Canucks lead in shots 4-2, however the score remains 0-0 over seven minutes in.
11:06: A turnover sends Eberle and Hall on a 2-on-0 rush on Luongo but the Canucks goaltender denies Hall.
10:49: Oilers goal! Gagner connects with Perron this time around! Perron redirects the pass from Gagner in the slot and past Luongo. | EDM 1, VAN 0
07:27: Schroeder's shot deflects in off Bryzgalov's stick and the Canucks have tied the game. | EDM 1, VAN 1
05:32: Joensuu to the box for holding.
03:32: Joensuu comes out of the box as the Oilers PK does its job effectively.
02:26: Nail Yakupov banks the puck off of Luongo's pad and out to the top of the crease where David Perron is waiting and 57 scores his second goal of the night! | EDM 2, VAN 1
01:05: Kesler to the box for tripping.
00:00: The first period is in the books and the Oilers lead the Cancuks courtesy of two Perron goals. | EDM 2, VAN 1
20:00: The second period is underway.
Last night David Perron was talking about how well Nail Yakupov played vs the Preds. Yak has been better tonight— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) January 28, 2014
17:21: The Canucks tie the game as Schroeder score his second of the game. | EDM 2, VAN 2
10:31: Smyth goes off for holding and the Oilers are on the PK for 2 minutes.
08:31: Smyth penalty is killed off!
03:43: Bryzgalov stones Higgins on a breakaway! Big save by the Oilers tender!
00:00: Two periods in and the Oilers and Canucks remain tied. | EDM 2, VAN 2
20:00: A big third period is underway...
17:40: Jesse Joensuu gets physical out in front, clears some space and finds twine! | EDM 3, VAN 2
14:59: The Oilers are getting pressure! Luongo covers up a long range shot.
13:44: Roberto Luongo just made a spectacular save by spinning around, reaching up and swatting the puck over the net.
'Nucks didn't like that hit by Yak prior to that last whistle and are trying to rough him up. Hamhuis, Perron headed off.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 28, 2014
12:41: Big scrum after a big hit by Yakupov along the wall.
07:58: Under eight minutes to go and the Oilers maintain their 3-2 lead.
04:51: Now just under five minutes remaining and the Oilers are holding on to the one-goal lead.
04:06: Chaos in front of the Oilers net! Lots of chances for the Canucks but the puck is blown dead as Bryzgalov rolled over on top of it.
02:00: Two minutes to go!
01:09: David Perron has the hat trick! He scores the empty netter to give the Oilers a two-goal lead.
00:00: It's all over as the Oilers grab their second win in a row. | EDM 4, VAN 2