|TBL||2||0||1||0||0 (0 - 2)||3|
|EDM||1||2||0||0||1 (2 - 3)||4|
Buoyed by strong goaltending from Nikolai Khabibulin and impressive offensive performances by their five rookies, the Oilers powered to a 4-3 come-from-behind shootout win over Tampa Bay Friday night. Magnus Paajarvi, Taylor Hall, and Tom Gilbert scored in regulation, while Jordan Eberle and Linus Omark scored in the shootout to seal the win.
Under the Scope
The Oilers fired the first shot of the game, but the Lightning countered with five in five minutes. The visitors' sixth shot, a slapper courtesy of Randy Jones, navigated threw traffic, deflected off Ryan O'Marra's stick, and flew past Khabibulin to give Tampa an early 1-0 lead.
By the frame's midway point, the Lightning had gained an 8-2 shot advantage before embarking on the game's first power-play. The Bolts adding one shot during Colin Fraser's minor penalty, but Khabibulin soundly stopped it.
17 seconds after returning to full strength, the Oilers struck. After receiving a drop pass from Penner, Paajarvi quickly fired from the top of the left face-off circle, cleanly beating Dan Ellis to tie the game at one.
Edmonton and Tampa traded power-plays in the latter half of the period. The teams registered three shots each on their respective man-advantages, but only the Lightning got one through: after Khabibulin stopped Teddy Purcell's shot, Ryan Malone caught the rebound and fired it into the gaping net. The goal renewed the visitors' one-goal lead heading into the second period.
The Oilers and Lightning took back-to-back penalties two seconds apart early in the middle frame. Hall and O'Marra had a pair of good scoring chances late in four-on-four, and in the dying seconds of the Oilers infraction, they created a third.
Although O'Marra couldn't beat Ellis, Hall caught the puck, circled the net, and flipped it around the goalie's left post to tie the game at two. With two seconds left in Malone's interference minor, the equalizer occured during a brief two-second power-play.
Tampa Bay attained 20 shots later in the frame, while Edmonton sat in the low teens. With five minutes left on the clock, Pavel Kubina hit Omark in the Lightning zone, prompting retaliation from nearby Penner. The resulting altercation netted fighting majors to Penner and Kubina, as well as an extra boarding minor to the Bolt.
Tampa killed most of the penalty but not all of it: with 14 seconds left, a juicy rebounded flew out to Gilbert, who backhanded a perfect shot over the scrambling Ellis to put Edmonton ahead 3-2. With assists on the play, Omark earned his first career NHL point and Paajarvi got his second point of the game.
The Oil held their one-goal lead until the intermission.
Khabibulin made some huge saves early in the third, including a patient pad stop on Martin St. Louis, to protect his club's lead.
The Lightning topped 30 shots in the final 10 minutes of regulation -- nearly double the Oilers' total -- and eventually got back on even terms. With help from St. Louis and Kubina, Steven Stamkos surprised Khabibulin with a snapshot that hit the mesh and set the score 3-3.
After 60 minutes, Tampa was up 38 shots to 17 but even with Edmonton at three goals, prompting overtime.
The Oil went on the attack in sudden death, peppering Ellis with the puck. After outshooting the Lightning 6-3, however, the home team was called for too-many-men and spent the final minute on the penalty kill. The Oilers prevented any attempts and pushed the game into a shootout.
Eberle starting the shootout on the right foot for Edmonton, dancing past Ellis for the goal. The following three attempts by Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Hall, and Stamkos were stopped.
Then came Swedish shootout sensation Omark. While a flashy shootout spinarama vs. Manitoba in the AHL less than a week ago was unsuccessful, the rookie attempted the same move at the NHL level -- and scored. After spinning around in the neutral zone, he surged in on Ellis, faked a shot, and then fired five-hole to seal a 4-3 come-from-behind shootout win for Edmonton.
|Randy Jones (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE|
1 - 0 TBL
|Magnus Paajarvi (3) Slapshot - ASST: Dustin Penner (9), Andrew Cogliano (5)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Ryan Malone (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Teddy Purcell (14), Mattias Ohlund (3)|
2 - 1 TBL
|PPG - Taylor Hall (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan O'Marra (1)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Tom Gilbert (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Linus Omark (1), Magnus Paajarvi (9)|
3 - 2 EDM
|Steven Stamkos (22) Snap shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (24), Pavel Kubina (7)|
3 - 3 Tie
|1||J. Eberle||M. Pouliot||1 - 0|
|2||T. Hall||S. Stamkos||1 - 0|
|3||L. Omark||2 - 0|
|Colin Fraser Holding the stick against Marc-Antoine Pouliot|
|Ryan Malone Tripping against Jordan Eberle|
|Theo Peckham Interference against Martin St. Louis|
|Jean-Francois Jacques Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Ryan Malone Interference against Andrew Cogliano|
|Kurtis Foster Hi-sticking against Dominic Moore|
|Pavel Kubina Fighting (maj) against Linus Omark|
|Dustin Penner Fighting (maj) against Pavel Kubina|
|Pavel Kubina Boarding against Linus Omark|
|Gilbert Brule Too many men/ice - bench|
|SA: 23||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 20||EV: 15 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 7|
|SV%: .870||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 41||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 38||EV: 34 - 36|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .927||SH: 0 - 0|