IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Ducks
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Anaheim Ducks
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Out: Joensuu (high ankle sprain), Jones (Knee), Yakupov (ankle), Ference (chest), Gazdic (shoulder), Pitlick (knee)
20:00: Tonight's game is underway.
18:40: Jakob Silfverberg took advantage of a fortunate bounce off the skate of Sam Gagner for the game's first goal. | ANA 1, EDM 0
14:15: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins makes a move at the top of the Ducks crease but just narrowly misses on a great scoring attempt shortly before colliding into Anaheim starting goaltender Jonas Hiller.
11:00: Shots are 6-3 Ducks near the midway point of the opening frame.
Nuge with a glorious chance in front but is denied by Hiller and takes a spill. He's slow to get up but skates to the bench fine.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 7, 2014
7:52: Oilers take a delayed penalty and it's over a minute before they're able to gain possession of the puck as Anaheim controls the play six-on-five. The penalty is Sam Gagner for holding.
4:40: Perron sets up Smyth in front for a redirection but Hiller comes across to make the save.
1:16: Stephane Robidas heads to the penalty box for hooking, giving Edmonton its first power play of the game.
0.0: Shots after one were 9-7 for Anaheim.
20:00: Second period starts now.
18:25: Steve Pinizzotto dropped the gloves with Matt Beleskey in a spirited fight that saw Pinizzotto prevail with a knockout punch.
Hendricks trying to get Beleskey to scrap with him on that faceoff but the #NHLDucks forward opts for Pinizzotto instead!— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 7, 2014
18:11: David Perron heads to the box for tripping.
Beleskey and Pinizzotto engaged in a lengthy discussion from the sin bins.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 7, 2014
16:12: Petry goes down with an injury and has to be helped off the ice after getting crushed into the end boards by Devante Smith-Pelley.
15:14: Ben Lovejoy goes to the box and Oilers go back on the power play.
13:43: Taylor Hall slips the puck past Hiller from the right side of the net to tie the game. | EDM 1, ANA 1
13:41: Matt Hendricks scraps with Patrick Maroon and gets the better of the Ducks forward with some big punches near the end.
12:42: Kyle Palmieri takes a penalty for holding the stick.
Maroon has three inches and 20 pounds on Hendricks. Hendricks doesn't care.— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) April 7, 2014
11:28: The power play comes to an end after Justin Schultz gets two for tripping.
10:39: Two seconds after the Palmieri penalty expired, David Perron wires a shot from the left circle past Hiller to put the Oilers in front for a shorthanded goal. | EDM 2, ANA 1
6:48: Beleskey and Pinizzotto each get 10-minute misconducts.
5:59: Fight night continues as Maroon drops the gloves with Mark Fraser.
3:22: Justin Schultz sneaks in from the point and pokes a loose puck past Hiller on a quick backhand to make it a two-goal Oilers lead. | EDM 3, ANA 1
0:03: David Perron receives two minutes for interference to set up a Ducks PP to start the third.
0.0: Period ends with Anaheim outshooting Edmonton 24-18.
20:00: Third period starts now.
19:35: A shot from the point by Perry finds its way past Fasth to make it a one-goal game early in the third. | EDM 3, ANA 2
15:03: Jeff Petry heads to the penalty box.
13:55: Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf rings a shot off the post.
Getzlaf gets iron on that power-play cannon from the point. Yipes!— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 7, 2014
12:51: Shots on goal are 27-20 for Anaheim.
2:04: Shots are 35-27 Ducks with just over two minutes to go in the third.
1:15: Jonas Hiller heads to the Ducks bench to give the visitors the extra attacker.
1:11: Ducks call their 30-second timeout.
13.6: Eberle throws the puck into the empty net to clinch the win for Edmonton. | EDM 4, ANA 2