IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Islanders
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the New York Islanders
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Out: Belov (partially torn oblique)
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.
14:58: Former Islander Jesse Joensuu has had a good start to the game. In the game's best scoring chance for either side, he powered to the net and fired it on Nabokov but the Islanders goaltender made the save.
13:22: Hall just misses the net on a backhand in-close.
13:15: Justin Schultz receives two minutes for tripping, giving the Islanders the first power play of the game.
11:17: Brock Nelson takes a whack at Scrivens while driving to the net and receives two minutes for slashing. A skirmish erupts after the play. The result is Edmonton's first man advantage of the night.
10:02: Frans Nielsen takes advantage of a turnover on the power play and skates in a two-on-one. He makes no mistake, wiring a shot high past Scrivens to put the Isles on the board. | NYI 1, EDM 0
6:00: Shots are 12-4 for New York.
5:33: Thomas Hickey gets sent off for interfering with Ryan Jones, giving the Oilers their second man advantage.
5:13: The power play is shortlived as David Perron receives two minutes for holding the stick.
1:39: Anders Lee redirects a shot past Scrivens to double the New York lead. | NYI 2, EDM 0
0.0: After one period, shots on goal are 13-4 for the Islanders.
Wayne Gretzky spoke to the media in the first intermission. Watch the press conference below:
20:00: Second period now underway.
17:51: Taylor Hall had a wide open net and tried to put the puck in but Lubomir Visnovsky slid across to rob Hall of what looked like a sure goal.
10:58: Oilers leave an update that Jeff Petry has left the game with a back injury and will not return.
7:32: Hall goes off for tripping. Shots are 20-9 for the Isles.
25.4: After some sustained pressure by the Oilers, New York ices the puck. They call a 30-second timeout afterwards to catch a breather.
0.0: After 40 minutes, shots on goal are 23-14 for the Islanders.
20:00: Third period now underway.
16:20: Oilers head back to the power play after Visnovsky gets sent off for tripping.
15:05: David Perron takes a slashing penalty, ending the man advantage for Edmonton.
12:05: After pinning the Islanders in their own zone for over a minute, New York was forced to take a penalty. Travis Hamonic got two for interference.
11:32: Oilers finally get on the board. Ryan Smyth puts the puck in, breaking Gretzky's mark with his 126th power play goal. Smyth is now tied with Glenn Anderson for first all-time in Oilers history. | NYI 2, EDM 1
8:02: Shots are 28-22 for New York.
Fantastic timing. RT @TomGazzola Ryan Smyth just passed Gretzky (who's in the house) and tied Glenn Anderson for most PP goals as an Oiler.— Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) March 7, 2014
3:07: Philip Larsen pinches in and grabs the puck before firing it past Nabokov to tie the game up at 2-2. | EDM 2, NYI 2
1:48: Fraser and Martin tussle behind the net with some punches thrown by each combatant.
0.0: Shots on goal after regulation time were 32-25 for the Islanders.
Matt Martin takes exception to a Mark Fraser hit on Casey Cizikas and drops the gloves. Martin takes the major for his buddy. #Isles— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) March 7, 2014
5:00: The extra period is now underway.
4:21: Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins are denied by Nabokov on a two-on-one rush early in the overtime.
2:31: Gagner creates a turnover in the neutral zone and skates in with Hall on a two-on-one. Gagner elects to shoot and beats Nabokov to give the Oilers the win. | EDM 3, NYI 2