Oilers rally for 4-3 overtime win in Montreal
|Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff battles for the puck in Montreal December 1, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Despite allowing the opening goal and trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Oilers rallied to tie it up, force regulation, and complete the comeback with an overtime goal in Montreal Wednesday night. Dustin Penner
got the game-winner on a breakaway, while Devan Dubnyk
stopped 36 shots for the win. In his first game back from injury, Ales Hemsky
led the game with one goal and two assists.
Under the Scope
The Oilers and Canadiens tested their opposing goalies a few times each before a tripping minor to Jaroslav Spacek gave the visitors the game's first power-play. The Oil added two more attempts on the man-advantage but were unable to beat Carey Price.
Montreal then regained control of the shot clock and held it through a second tripping infraction, this time to Jeff Halpern.
With 8:35 remaining in the frame, the power-play tables turned. Late in Theo Peckham
's hooking minor, the Canadiens accomplished what the Oilers could not as Scott Gomez deflected his centering pass under Dubnyk to make it 1-0 Montreal.
The Oilers soon matched with a power-play goal of their own, however. With 1:12 remaining in a high-sticking minor to Benoit Pouliot, Kurtis Foster
picked Price's pocket with a one-timer, tying the game at one.
The score persisted until the end of the period, at which point Montreal held a 15-9 shot lead.
Seven minutes into the middle frame, Montreal-born Jean-Francois Jacques
was assessed two minutes for holding. Although Dubnyk came up with a pair of big stops on the penalty kill, Mathieu Darche managed to bat back a rebound to renew the Habs lead.
Two minutes later, Montreal struck again. After cutting in unobstructed, Roman Hamrlik scored the first even-strength goal of the game to set the score 3-1.
As the period progressed, rookies Taylor Hall
and Jordan Eberle
had great scoring chances on Price, but the goalie withstood the attacks to protect his club's two-goal lead heading into the final frame.
3:24 into the third, Hall drew a high-sticking penalty from Hamrlik, offering the Oilers their fifth power-play, but the man-advantage was unsuccessful.
With 10 minutes remaining in regulation, however, the club got its goal. With a cluster of players in front of Price, Ales Hemsky
got the puck through the chaos and into the net to get the Oilers back within one.
A high-sticking minor to Horcoff followed up the goal, and the Oilers excelled on the PK. After multiple saves from Dubnyk, Sam Gagner
led a shorthanded attack and capped it with a key snipe to tie the game at three.
Exciting end-to-end rushes carried the game to regulation and ushered in overtime.
2:28 into sudden death, Dustin Penner
capitalized on a Canadiens miscalculation, broke in on Price, and cleanly beat him. The goal sealed a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win for the Oilers, making them a perfect 2-0 on the road trip.
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