Edmonton went down a man eight seconds into the game when Ethan Moreau received two minutes for tripping but the Oilers penalty killers did their job and kept the game scoreless.
Ales Hemsky almost scored seven minutes into the first when his backhand attempt was stopped by Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro from in-close.
13 minutes into the period, Hemsky's line had another good chance. This time it was Dustin Penner who took the puck out of the corner and tried to sneak it shortside past DiPietro but the Islanders goaltender stayed on his post and didn't like the puck through.
With five minutes to go in the opening frame, a wild bounce in the Oilers end put the puck on the stick of Richard Park. He was all alone on Garon and attempted to shoot it five hole but it was turned away by the Edmonton netminder.
Hemsky once again had a great chance to score, this time on an attempted wraparound. The puck slid through the crease but then cleared out of harms way by the Isles defender.
At the end of one period, shots on goal were 12-10 for Edmonton.
1:11 into the second period, Edmonton struck for the game's first goal. Ales Hemsky took the puck into the Islanders zone and when he was held up by the New York defender, he opted to shoot from the high slot. The low wrister fooled DiPietro, beating him five hole and giving the Oilers a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later, Hemsky continued his onslaught of the Islanders. He broke into the New York zone on a two-on-one with Horcoff. He dished the puck over to Horcoff in the slot who made no mistake, deking DiPietro before depositing the puck into the net with a backhand.
11:22 into the middle frame, Marty Reasoner redirected a pass from Jarret Stoll to increase Edmonton's lead to 3-0.
Several minutes later, Oilers captain Ethan Moreau dropped the gloves with New York's Tim Jackman. The bout was a quick one as both players fell to the ice almost immediately.
Mike Comrie had a pair of great scoring chances late in the second. First, he made a move on a one-on-one play to get a good backhand shot on Garon. Moments later he attempted a shot from the right post. Garon spun around to cover it up.
After two periods, shots were 25-20 for the Islanders but Edmonton had a three-goal lead.
Mike Sillinger came within inches of scoring the first Islanders goal when his shot from the slot rang off the post behind Garon.
Moments later, Sean Bergenheim got sent off for high sticking. 23 seconds after that, the Islanders got a shorthanded break which ended in Trent Hunter colliding into Garon. Hunter got two for goaltender interference, putting Edmonton on an extended five-on-three power play.
The Oilers' best chance on the two-man advantage came when Sheldon Souray teed up a shot from the left point that clanged off the post.
Five minutes into the third, Tim Jackman engaged in his second fight of the game but this time he battled Zack Stortini. The two squared off for close to a minute and the fight ended with no clear winner.
An interference penalty to Bill Guerin late in the third gave Edmonton a chance to rub some salt in the wound.
On the power play, DiPietro made a couple of great saves on Sam Gagner, one with his pad and the rebound with his glove but on the next shift Stoll scored on a slapper from the high slot to give Edmonton a four-goal lead.
Late in the game, DiPietro made an unbelievable glove save off Pitkanen that will be seen on highlight reels everywhere. He grabbed the puck out of mid-air right on the goal line, taking away a sure goal from the Oilers defenceman.
NOTES: Shawn Horcoff's goal was his 100th career NHL goal... Gilbert's two assists gave him the first multiple assist game of the season and second multiple point game.
Dustin Penner battles for the puck in front of the Islanders net in the first period.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com