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27-47-8

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game recap

O'Sullivan scores two PPG in 3-1 win over Leafs

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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O'Sullivan scores two PPG in 3-1 win over Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs 1, Edmonton Oilers 3

Despite a late attack from the Maple Leafs that netted a goal and a handful of scoring chances, the Oilers persevered through 60 minutes to take a 3-1 win Wednesday night, their first victory in eight games.

Patrick O'Sullivan scored two powerplay goals, including the game-winner, Gilbert Brule got the first of the game, and Jeff Deslauriers stopped 27 shots for the win and first-star honours.

FIRST PERIOD

Jeff Deslauriers and his goaltending counterpart Vesa Toskala each faced four shots in the first 10 minutes, but the netminders matched shot with save to keep an early opener off the board.

The Leafs assumed a shot lead in the latter half of the period, but Deslauriers held down the fort in the home end. In the final minute, Lubomir Visnovsky and Jean-Francois Jacques got the puck to Gilbert Brule on the right wing, and from a sharp angle, the forward tucked the puck under Toskala's cross-bar to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.

SECOND PERIOD

Edmonton overtook the shot-clock early in the middle frame, but a hooking minor to Robert Nilsson gave Toronto the edge to tie it up. The extra attempt didn't translate to an extra goal, however, and the Leafs continued to trail by one.

At 8:46, the powerplay tables turned and the Oilers doubled their lead. 1:19 into Jeff Finger's slashing minor, Patrick O'Sullivan released the puck from the corner and it deflected off defenceman Ian White's skate into the net. The lucky powerplay goal put the Oil up 2-0 on 13 shots.

The home team survived a pair of visiting scoring chances and helmet-flying collision involving Deslauriers to carry their two-goal cushion and 18-14 shot lead into the final frame.

THIRD PERIOD

Early in the third, White and O'Sullivan teamed up again for the third goal of the night. After being assigned a tripping penalty, White watched helplessly as O'Sullivan broke in on Toskala and dangled home his second powerplay goal of the night, putting the Oil up 3-0.

As the minutes wound down, the Leafs swarmed Deslauriers and assumed control of the shot clock, but their vigorous attempts to light the lamp were unsuccessful. With under seven minutes left, Toronto's frustrations boiled over and culminated in a fight between Jacques and Mike Komisarek.

Shortly after the fight, coincidental penalties to Ryan Potulny and Wayne Primeau opened up the ice. 13 seconds later, an additional hooking minor to Visnovsky gave the Leafs a four-on-three and the edge to score.

With a crowd of white jerseys in his crease, Deslauriers couldn't stop Phil Kessel from tapping home Toronto's first of the game at the 16-minute mark.

The goal broke the Leafs goose-egg but it couldn't break their opponents. The Oilers resisted a dangerous visiting attack in the final minutes and held on for a 3-1 win, their first in eight games.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:07
EDM
Gilbert Brule (10) ASST: Jean-Francois Jacques (5), Lubomir Visnovsky (18)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
10:05
EDM
PPG - Patrick O'Sullivan (7) ASST: Denis Grebeshkov (8), Shawn Horcoff (9)
2 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
02:34
EDM
PPG - Patrick O'Sullivan (8) ASST: Tom Gilbert (7), Jeff Deslauriers (3)
3 - 0 EDM
16:00
TOR
PPG - Phil Kessel (14) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:31
EDM
Robert Nilsson  Hooking against  Mikhail Grabovski
08:46
TOR
Jeff Finger  Slashing against  Patrick O'Sullivan
3rd Period
01:48
TOR
Ian White  Tripping against  Robert Nilsson
13:36
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Komisarek
13:36
TOR
Mike Komisarek  Fighting (maj) against  Jean-Francois Jacques
15:21
EDM
Ryan Potulny  Tripping against  Francois Beauchemin
15:21
TOR
Wayne Primeau  Slashing against  Ladislav Smid
15:35
EDM
Lubomir Visnovsky  Hooking against  Jason Blake
goalie stats
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
6-8-2
SA: 23TOI: 58:23
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .964SH: 0 - 0