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game recap

Oilers blow away Leafs 4-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers blow away Leafs 4-1
Edmonton Oilers 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

Although the Maple Leafs registered the first goal of the game, the Oilers answered only 21 seconds later and then added three more to earn a 4-1 win and two points in Toronto Saturday night. Kyle Brodziak scored two goals, Ales Hemsky had a goal and an assist, and Dwayne Roloson stopped 39 shots.

FIRST PERIOD

Two minutes into the game, both clubs lost a defenceman when Toronto's Mike Van Ryn was helped off the ice, followed shortly after by Ladislav Smid, who was hit in the Leafs zone, tripped over by the referee, and lost some blood as a result.

The Leafs stayed on top of the shot clock after the injuries but Dwayne Roloson turned away each attempt. With eight minutes left in the frame, Zack Stortini and Ben Ondrus traded shots of their own in a brawl near Martin Gerber's net.

Toronto was invigorated by the fight and managed a few odd-man rushes that required Roloson -- as well as forward Andrew Cogliano -- to make a pair of stunning saves.

The saves continued until the end of the period. An interference minor to Tom Gilbert at the buzzer ensured the Maple Leafs would be up two shots and one man to start the second period.

SECOND PERIOD

One minute into the period-opening powerplay, the Leafs hit the scoreclock. Immediately after a face-off to Roloson's right, Alexei Ponikarovsky aggressively backhanded the puck into the net to score the first goal of the game.

But the 1-0 lead wouldn't last long. Only 21 seconds later, Ales Hemsky received a feed from Shawn Horcoff and embarked on a partial breakaway. The Oilers sniper snapped the puck past Gerber to tie the game at one.

At the six-minute mark, coincidental roughing minors to Sheldon Souray and Ondrus forced two minutes on four-on-four. Although both goalies prevented further scoring, the Leafs used the opened-up ice to attain 20 shots while the Oilers sat at nine.

Despite having registered less than half of Toronto's shots, Edmonton required only one more to assume their first lead of the game. Like Hemsky did earlier in the period, Kyle Brodziak got a breakaway and beat Gerber five-hole to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead.

Two minutes later, the visitors scored their third goal on their fifth shot of the period. With the Oilers set up in the Leafs zone, the puck flew from Cogliano to Denis Grebeshkov and then cross-ice to Fernando Pisani, who wristed it past Gerber to put his club up 3-1.

After 40 minutes, the Oilers were up two goals but trailing 27-12 on the shot clock.

THIRD PERIOD

The Oilers benefited from their first powerplay early in the third when Ponikarovsky was called for high-sticking, but the visitors were unable to increase their lead on the man-advantage.

Like the Oilers, the Leafs suffered a scoreless powerplay with seven minutes left in regulation, shortly before Sheldon Souray and Pavel Kubina received coincidental roughing and slashing minors.

The Leafs pulled Gerber in the final two minutes, but the extra attacker failed to result in extra goals. With the net sitting empty, Brodziak registered his second goal of the game and sealed a 4-1 win for the Oilers Saturday night.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:08
TOR
PPG - Alexei Ponikarovsky (18) ASST: Matt Stajan (32), Lee Stempniak (24)
1 - 0 TOR
01:29
EDM
Ales Hemsky (21) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (29), Tom Gilbert (34)
1 - 1 Tie
08:34
EDM
Kyle Brodziak (9) ASST: Liam Reddox (5)
2 - 1 EDM
10:45
EDM
Fernando Pisani (3) ASST: Denis Grebeshkov (24), Andrew Cogliano (18)
3 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
19:32
EDM
EN - Kyle Brodziak (10) ASST: Ales Hemsky (33), Shawn Horcoff (30)
4 - 1 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
11:21
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Ondrus
11:21
TOR
Ben Ondrus  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
20:00
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Interference against  Matt Stajan
2nd Period
06:05
TOR
Ben Ondrus  Roughing against  Sheldon Souray
06:05
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  Ben Ondrus
3rd Period
00:50
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hi-sticking against  Steve Staios
08:34
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Slashing against  Shawn Horcoff
12:42
EDM
Marc-Antoine Pouliot  Slashing against  Mikhail Grabovski
16:50
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  Pavel Kubina
16:50
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Slashing against  Pavel Kubina
16:50
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Roughing against  Sheldon Souray
16:50
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Slashing against  Sheldon Souray
19:45
EDM
Jason Strudwick  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Ondrus
19:45
TOR
Ben Ondrus  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Strudwick
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
Saves: 39EV: 38 - 38
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .975SH: 0 - 0
Martin Gerber
SA: 17TOI: 59:03
Saves: 14EV: 13 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .824SH: 0 - 0