|EDM||1||2||2||(0 - 0)||5|
|TOR||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
Led by some of their youngest players, the Oilers dominated Thursday's game in Toronto, out-scoring the Leafs 5-0 despite being outshot 33-19. Rookies Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and Magnus Paajarvi combined for six points, while Nikolai Khabibulin played a perfect game in net. His efforts secured Edmonton's first-ever shutout in 41 all-time games played in Toronto.
Under the Scope
The Oilers wasted no time lightning the lamp. 3:10 after opening puck drop, Eberle cut to the net and wristed the puck over Jonas Gustavsson's shoulder to give the visitors (in home jerseys) an early 1-0 lead.
The Leafs maintained a slim shot lead following the goal. Near the period's midway point, a short brawl between Steve MacIntyre and Colton Orr stalled the offensive pursuits and triggered the first infractions of the game.
Less than a minute into the fighting majors, blueliners Tom Gilbert and Ryan Whitney took turns beside MacIntyre in the penalty box. The Leafs were unsuccessful on the game's first power-plays, however, and despite owning a 12-4 shot lead after 20 minutes, carried their 1-0 deficit into the second period.
Toronto increased its shot lead in the middle frame, quickly attaining 16, but Edmonton's rookies continued to make their attempts count. At 6:24, Eberle fed Hall on the right wing, who swept in and backhanded the puck past Gustavsson to set the score 2-0 on only six shots.
The goal prompted a goaltending change for Toronto, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere settled in between the home pipes.
At 11:29, the Leafs benefited from their third power-play when Toronto-native Andrew Cogliano was called for tripping. Despite steady pressure from T.O., Edmonton survived another two minutes to maintain perfect penalty-killing.
The Oilers experienced the other side of the man-advantage when Cogliano returned to the ice. The visitors added three shots to their tally but couldn't get one past Giguere.
The 2-0 game seemed destined for the third period, but the young Oilers had other ideas. With only 2.3 seconds left on the clock, Gagner pounced on a Paajarvi rebound and slipped it under Giguere to give the Oil a three-goal cushion after 40 minutes.
The Maple Leafs approached 30 shots in early part of the third while the Oilers had yet to attain 15. Infractions on both sides kept penalty box doors swinging, but the man-advantages had no effect on the score.
In even strength, however, the Oilers proved they still had some scoring in them. With three minutes left in regulation, Hall chipped in a short feed from Horcoff to get his second of the game and set the score 4-0. 34 seconds later, Ryan Jones fired another one past Giguere to make it an even fiver.
The goal capped a powerful game and successful road trip for the Oilers, in which they went a perfect three-for-three and out-scored their opponents 13-4.
|Jordan Eberle (5) ASST: Ryan Whitney (19)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Taylor Hall (7) ASST: Jordan Eberle (12)|
2 - 0 EDM
|Sam Gagner (8) ASST: Magnus Paajarvi (6), Ryan Jones (3)|
3 - 0 EDM
|Taylor Hall (8) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (8), Jordan Eberle (13)|
4 - 0 EDM
|Ryan Jones (5) ASST: Ryan Whitney (20), Jim Vandermeer (4)|
5 - 0 EDM
|Steve MacIntyre Fighting against Colton Orr|
|Colton Orr Fighting against Steve MacIntyre|
|Tom Gilbert Roughing against Kris Versteeg|
|Ryan Whitney Holding against Mikhail Grabovski|
|Andrew Cogliano Tripping against Carl Gunnarsson|
|Luke Schenn Holding against Gilbert Brule|
|Theo Peckham Tripping against Tim Brent|
|Joey Crabb Holding against Ryan Whitney|
|Ryan Jones Hi-sticking against Carl Gunnarsson|
|Nazem Kadri Hooking against Shawn Horcoff|
|Mike Komisarek Cross checking against Taylor Hall|
|SA: 33||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 33||EV: 24 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 7|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 13||TOI: 33:30|
|Saves: 10||EV: 8 - 11|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: .769||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 6||TOI: 26:05|
|Saves: 4||EV: 4 - 6|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .667||SH: 0 - 0|