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: Belov (partially torn oblique), Joensuu (high ankle sprain), Yakupov (ankle)
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway. Oilers announce that Nail Yakupov (ankle) will not play tonight.
19:12: Oilers go on the power play early after Ryan Ellis hammers Jordan Eberle into the boards in the Predators zone.
Yakupov (ankle) will not play tonight.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 19, 2014
15:34: Another Edmonton man advantage after the Preds get caught having too many men on the ice.
8:39: Shots on goal are 6-5 Oilers as the game approaches the 12-minute mark.
8:14: Mark Fraser gets a penalty for roughing, giving Nashville its first power play of the night.
Only six players in NHL history have ever worn #84 and two of them are playing in this game: Oscar Klefbom & Colton Sissons. #slowstart— Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) March 19, 2014
4:58: The puck nearly sneaks by Fasth after a deceiving shot from the blueline is mishandled by the Oilers goaltender.
2:53: Andrew Ference collides in the neutral zone with Patric Hornqvist and gets two minutes for tripping as a result.
2:16: Shorthanded, Matt Hendricks does a 360 and backhands the shot on Pekka Rinne. The Preds netminder kicks it out with his pad.
34.7: Sam Gagner picks up a loose puck at the top of the crease after Marincin's initial point shot is kicked out by Rinne. Gagner makes no mistake, putting the puck in to open the scoring. | EDM 1, NSH 0
0.0: Shots on goal after one were 12-10 for the Oilers.
20:00: Second period has started.
13:21: Edmonton heads back on the power play. Eric Nystrom receives two minutes for tripping.
11:42: Perched at the right side of the net. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins picks up a feed from Jordan Eberle and snaps it past Rinne to double the Edmonton lead. | EDM 2, NSH 0
11:31: 11 seconds later, Boyd Gordon gets a penalty to give the Predators a power play with Edmonton's best penalty killer in the box.
5:12: Taylor Hall backhands a shot that looks like it might have gone in. Hall celebrates but the play continues on. It is eventually ruled a goal after a video review several minutes later.
Crossbar for Taylor as well on that backhand whack! #Oilers with a goal and two more off the bar so far this period.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 19, 2014
3:55: Another penalty for Edmonton's Fraser. Because of the goal, the clock is reset to 5:12.
Hold up, we may have scored!— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 19, 2014
5:12: Hall's goal counts but Oilers are now shorthanded. The replay shows that the puck did sneak in under the crossbar. | EDM 3, NSH 0
4:42: Fasth makes an unbelievable left pad save off Hornqvist to keep the game at 3-0.
1:21: Gabriel Bourque gets the puck through Fasth in a scrum in front of the net to get the Preds on the board. | EDM 3, NSH 1
0.0: Shots after 40 minutes are 23-21 for Nashville.
1/2 The 1:17 that happened after Hall's goal will be included in game total. It will now be a 61:17 game, unless OT. All shots, hits will— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) March 19, 2014
2/2 count in totals. The rule states penalties still count. Had Preds scored that goal would have been disallowed. Unique rule.— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) March 19, 2014
20:00: Third period starts now.
16:44: Petry takes down Bourque in front of the Oilers net and gets two minutes for his efforts.
14:03: Oilers announce that Matt Hendricks (leg) will not return to tonight's game.
13:22: Michael Del Zotto gets two minutes for interference.
11:21: Two seconds after the penalty expired, Eberle scooped up the puck and backhanded it past Rinne for the goal. | EDM 4, NSH 1
9:59: Just over a minute later, Eberle slips the puck past Rinne on another nifty backhand attempt. | EDM 5, NSH 1
9:59: Rinne is replaced in goal by Carter Hutton.
1:49: Oilers and Preds engage in some pushing and shoving with Luke Gazdic in the middle of the fray.