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Oilers burned by penalties, succumb to Sens 4-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers burned by penalties, succumb to Sens 4-1
Ottawa Senators 4, Edmonton Oilers 1

With 24 saves in the first two periods, Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers had his club on even terms heading into the final frame. But four Edmonton penalties helped Ottawa add 14 shots and three goals in the third, propelling the visitors to a 4-1 win at Rexall Place Tuesday night.

Fernando Pisani started the scoring with his third goal of the season early in the second period, while Deslauriers finished with 35 saves and third star.

FIRST PERIOD

Despite creating a pair of rushes into the visiting end, the Oilers were unable to get the puck on Sens goalie Brian Elliott and trailed 4-0 on the shot clock after five minutes of play.

By the 11-minute mark, the Sens were up 5-1 and one man thanks to a holding minor to Ryan Potulny. The advantage doubled 1:22 later when Ryan Whitney added a cross-checking minor, but the four powerplay shots failed to translate to the scoreboard and the scoreless game continued.

After being outshot 10-1, Oilers enforcer Zack Stortini attempted to inspire his club by dropping gloves with Matt Carkner behind Elliott's net. Carkner clocked Stortini with a handful of rights before the Oiler countered with a few of his own. Stortini took an extra instigator and 10-minute misconduct for his role in the fight, offering the Sens their third powerplay.

Edmonton came within two seconds of completing the kill when Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson did the home team a favour by hooking Andrew Cogliano. Midway through the powerplay, Mike Comrie broke in on Elliott but was pulled down by Brian Lee, resulting in a penalty shot.

Although Elliott kicked away Comrie's attempt, the string of opportunities gave the Oil some confidence and they gained ground on the shot clock.

A boarding minor to Shawn Horcoff stalled the assault in the frame's final minute, but Deslauriers continued his excellent play by smothering Mike Fisher's shot as it crossed the line. Video replay proved that the save was good and the scoreless first period came to an end.

SECOND PERIOD

Just under five minutes into the second, the Oilers got the break they were looking for. Elliott made an initial save on Aaron Johnson's slapper from the point, but Pisani snapped up the rebound and lifted it over the sprawled goalie to give the Oil a 1-0 lead. With the primary assist, Johnson registered his first point as an Oiler.

Near the game's midway point, the Sens found a spark and swarmed Deslauriers. The goalie's athleticism and reflexes were tested, and judging by his backward-falling glove stop on Erik Karlsson, he's an A student in those subjects.

Despite being stonewalled by Deslauriers again, Ottawa didn't let up. With 3:42 left on the clock, Chris Kelly stationed himself beside the net the slipped the puck between JD and his left post to tie the game at one.

At the end of the period, Oilers staff announced that Patrick O'Sullivan had suffered a left hand injury on a slash earlier in the game and would not return.

THIRD PERIOD

With the shot-clock reading 25-15 in favour of the Sens, Edmonton and Ottawa started the final frame on even terms. Rookie defenceman Theo Peckham was especially chatty at the beginning of the period, but he was unable to talk his way into a fight.

At 7:50, Marc Pouliot served a penalty for delay of game, and only 34 seconds later, the Sens capitalized. From the mid-slot, Matt Cullen slapped home the go-ahead goal, setting the score 2-1.

Just over a minute later, Fisher registered his team's 30th shot and third goal by fooling Deslauriers with a snapshot.

Facing a two-goal deficit, the Oilers soon found themselves in a two-man deficit when Peckham and Whitney shared 13 seconds in the penalty box. Only eight seconds into the five-on-three, Milan Michalek slipped the puck under Deslauriers to make it 4-1.

Two more Senators infractions and another Oiler penalty kept specialty teams on the ice through the rest of the game, but the advantages failed to trigger more scoring and the Oilers concluded their three-game homestand with a 4-1 loss.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
04:27
EDM
Fernando Pisani (3) ASST: Aaron Johnson (3), Shawn Horcoff (16)
1 - 0 EDM
16:18
OTT
Chris Kelly (12) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (35), Jason Spezza (21)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
08:24
OTT
PPG - Matt Cullen (14) ASST: Erik Karlsson (12), Daniel Alfredsson (36)
2 - 1 OTT
09:50
OTT
Mike Fisher (21) ASST: Chris Kelly (16), Erik Karlsson (13)
3 - 1 OTT
13:09
OTT
PPG - Milan Michalek (22) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (37), Jason Spezza (22)
4 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
09:08
EDM
Ryan Potulny  Holding against  Chris Kelly
10:30
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Cross checking against  Chris Neil
14:35
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
14:35
OTT
Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
14:35
EDM
Zack Stortini  Instigator against  Matt Carkner
14:35
EDM
Zack Stortini  Misconduct (10 min)
16:33
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Hooking against  Andrew Cogliano
18:33
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Boarding against  Anton Volchenkov
2nd Period
17:57
OTT
Peter Regin  Boarding against  Ryan Potulny
19:00
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Tripping against  Chris Kelly
3rd Period
07:50
EDM
Marc-Antoine Pouliot  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:14
EDM
Theo Peckham  Hooking against  Ryan Shannon
13:01
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Cross checking against  Mike Fisher
14:56
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Theo Peckham
15:42
EDM
Mike Comrie  Tripping against  Anton Volchenkov
19:46
OTT
Brian Lee  Holding against  Zack Stortini
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
23-14-3
SA: 19TOI: 60:00
Saves: 18EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .947SH: 2 - 2
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 15
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0