EDMONTON, AB - Oscar Klefbom scores his first NHL goal, Sam Gagner scores his 100th, Ben Scrivens makes 48 saves and the captain scores the game-winning goal in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers down the visiting Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in OT.
The Ducks wasted no time getting going offensively. In fact, it was their first shot of the game that netted their first goal. Ryan Getzlaf found Nick Bonino who put the puck behind goalie Ben Scrivens just 35 seconds into the opening period.
“Once it goes in, there’s nothing you can do about it,” Scrivens said. “Every goal you try to treat the same. A quick moment of reflection, see if you could have done anything differently and then it’s just on to the next puck. No point in worrying about it because then you’re putting yourself in a bad spot for the next shot. The most important shot is the one you’re facing and the second most important is the next one coming.”
Oilers forward Matt Hendricks and Ducks centre Daniel Winnik dropped the gloves shortly after the goal.
The home team responded when Taylor Hall executed a perfect breakout pass and David Perron and Sam Gagner made good on their 2-on-1 rush and the Oilers tied the game at one. Perron passed the puck to Gagner who went forehand, backhand and scored his 100th career NHL goal. The goal at 4:43 was Gagner’s 9th of the season.
With a minute remaining in the first period, Hendricks nearly scored on a wraparound but it went wide of its target.
Onto the second period where it was a story of close calls for the Edmonton Oilers. With just under 15 minutes left in the middle frame, Hall saved the day as the puck trickled behind Scrivens and nearly crossed the goal line. Hall swooped in and batted the puck out of the net to save the goal.
Then, a flurry of shots were turned away when Jakob Silfverberg had a solid look at the net after a rebound. Scrivens lunged to make a highlight reel save and rob the Ducks of the go-ahead goal.
“The Silfverberg moment is, in the second period was, he knows he’s got to get it up,” Ducks Head Coach Bruce Bordreau said. “The only way a goalie can stop those things is if it’s on the ice or less than a foot (above the ice). You know you have to get it up. As good as a save as it was, he’s supposed to score those goals.”
The perseverance paid off for Edmonton as they’d get a break of their own at 10:22 of the second period. A delayed penalty turned into a 2-on-1 rush for the Oilers and as Scrivens raced to the bench, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins found Jordan Eberle backdoor. Eberle buried the shot high and tight, under the crossbar and past Hiller. Martin Marincin earned the second assist.
The luck ran out with 4:37 remaining in the period. After a few more saves, Scrivens yielded just one too many rebounds and Patrick Maroon found the back of the net. Mathieu Perreault and Stephane Robidas recorded the assists as Anaheim made it 2-2.
Despite being heavily outshot 28-12 through two periods, the Oilers hung in to keep the game tied at two.
20-year-old rookie defenceman Oscar Klefbom put the Oilers up 3-2 at 8:26 of the third period. Klefbom kicked the puck to himself and whipped a wrist shot on net. Perron and Justin Schultz recorded the helpers. The goal was the former 19th overall pick in 2011’s first of his NHL career, just nine games in.
“I don’t know what to say, it was incredible,” Klefbom said.
The defenceman compared the moment to ‘blacking out’ as he continued to process the emotions of his first NHL goal.
Perreault redirected a backhanded pass, in the slot, over the Oilers goalie’s shoulder to tie things up at 15:30 of the third. Maroon and Teemu Selanne had the assists.
Scrivens made 41 saves through three periods of play as the game went to overtime.
“Yeah, he was pretty good tonight,” Bordreau said. “Anytime you get over 50 shots on a goal and you lose, you’ve got to tip your hat a little bit to the goalie.”
Oilers Captain Andrew Ference took a hooking penalty just 21 seconds into the overtime period. After three clears by the Oilers penalty kill unit, Jeff Petry batted the puck out of play and was called for a delay of game, giving the Ducks a short two-man advantage.
Boyd Gordon cleared the puck down the ice to help the first penalty expire and shortly after, Perreault took a tripping penalty and the teams would skate 3-on-3.
Ference took the puck over the blue line and fired a slap shot blocker side of Hiller for the game winner at 3:51 of overtime.
“I don’t know,” Ference said as he described the goal. “It was the guy just stepping out of the box maybe for us so there was still a lot of room. It was almost that 3-on-3 mode still so just a lot of ice that was just sitting there in the middle. I wasn’t about to try anything too fancy so I just kind of old school, stepped up and whacked it.”