In the second minute of the game, Hemsky and Horcoff drove to the Penguins' net. Horcoff skated in to pick up a rebound with Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury out of position but couldn't get a handle on the puck.
Going back the other way, Roloson made a pair of nice saves. Sidney Crosby backhanded the puck to Colby Armstrong whose shot was stopped by Roloson. The Oilers netminder then came across to deny Petr Sykora from in close.
5:39 into the period, Joni Pitkanen took the puck at the left point and threaded it across to Robert Nilsson at the right circle. Nilsson one-timed it by Fleury for the goal, giving Edmonton a 1-0 lead.
Pens defenceman Rob Scuderi was sent off for cross-checking at the 11:40 mark, giving Edmonton the game's first power play.
The Oilers were able to generate a lot of traffic in front of Fleury on the man advantage and cycled the puck well but couldn't get a shot on goal during the two minutes.
Roloson had to be sharp in the latter half of the period, making some more big stops as he was peppered by the Penguins.
At the end of one period, Pittsburgh had the lead in shots at 11-6 over the Oilers.
Roloson came up huge stop to start the second period, making a great glove save on Erik Christensen.
Pittsburgh's onslaught on the Oilers continued through the first five minutes of the second. Shots were 6-0 Penguins. However, Edmonton started to regroup about the six-minute mark after killing off a Jarret Stoll penalty.
With less than three minutes to go in the middle frame, Sam Gagner spun around in the left faceoff circle before finding Horcoff alone in the right circle. His feed was one-timed into the back of the net, doubling Edmonton's lead to 2-0.
Shots on goal were 19-14 Pittsburgh after two periods.
Pittsburgh struck for two quick goals early in the third to tie the game up at 2-2. First, Maxime Talbot backhanded a rebound in after Evgeni Malkin took the initial shot.
21 seconds later, Crosby passed it cross-ice to Kris Letang who one-timed it five-hole past Roloson.
At the 10:57 mark, Pittsburgh scored again to take their first lead of the night. Mark Eaton fired a shot from the left point that went in off Colby Armstrong, beating Roloson to give the Penguins a 3-2 advantage.
Pittsburgh's fourth goal came four minutes later. Crosby made a great pass across the slot to Ryan Whitney who was pinching in. Whitney wristed it past Roloson.
NOTES: Shawn Horcoff's goal extended his scoring streak to five games - the longest this season by an Oiler... Nilsson's goal extended his scoring streak to four games, matching his career high previously set March 19-25, 2006... Ales Hemsky returned to the Oilers lineup after missing two games with a knee contusion. Patrick Thoresen was a healthy scratch.
An overhead shot of tonight's opening faceoff.
- photo by Andy Devlin Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury races Zack Stortini behind the net.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com