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Oilers drop 5-3 decision on Hockey Day in Canada

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Ryan Dittrick - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers drop 5-3 decision on Hockey Day in Canada
Ottawa Senators 5, Edmonton Oilers 3

Dustin Penner scored twice, but a myriad of penalties and unsuccessful power-play attempts quelled the desired result, as the Oilers dropped a 5-3 decision to the Senators on Hockey Day in Canada. Andrew Cogliano registered Edmonton's other tally, while Ottawa completed the afternoon with a 25-18 edge in shots.

Under the Scope

FIRST PERIOD

Hockey Day in Canada began with high energy, as both the Oilers and Senators succeeded on some early offensive chances. At 2:51, Senators forward Bobby Butler opened the scoring with his first career NHL goal on the Senators' first shot of the game.

After cutting from the side-boards, Butler made a move to the slot where he beat Nikolai Khabibulin under the blocker to put the Senators up 1-0.

The Oilers were quick to respond, however. Only 54 seconds after the Senators gained the early advantage, a strong forechecking effort from the Oilers resulted in the equalizer. Jordan Eberle centered the puck to Andrew Cogliano who evened the score at one, bringing the sold-out Rexall Place crowd into a frenzy.

Offensive defenceman Kurtis Foster recorded his 100th career NHL assist with a helper on the play.

Just as quickly, Ottawa regained its one-goal advantage. Alex Kovalev pounced on a loose puck at the goal-mouth, keeping the Senators' perfect shooting percentage intact and setting the score 2-1 for the visitors.

Moments later at 7:55, Jim Vandermer would be charged with an infraction for interference, providing the Senators with the game's first power-play opportunity. The man-advantage chance would pass without incident, and the score remained 2-1 at the midway point of the opening frame.

Edmonton continued to press, establishing a 5-2 edge in shots at this point in the game.

The early parade to the penalty box would continue at 10:48, when Dustin Penner was assessed a holding minor in the offensive zone. The Senators were unable to succeed on their second power-play chance, but were able to generate a pair of shots; both of which were turned aside by Khabibulin.

Senators forward Jim O'Brien was penalized at 13:30 for holding, putting the Oilers on their first power-play of the game. Like the Senators' earlier chances, the Oilers were unable to score and the 2-1 Ottawa lead still read on the scoreboard.

After 20 minutes, the Oilers and Senators were tied 6-6 on the shot clock.

SECOND PERIOD

As the Oilers rushed up ice with purpose, Dustin Penner received a pass from Ales Hemsky in full-flight. Edmonton's power forward raced down the left-wing, where he snapped a wrist-shot that beat Senators goaltender Brian Elliott far side. Only 4:11 into the period, the Oilers had once again brought the game on even terms.

The midway point of the second period passed with a few more unsuccessful shot attempts from both sides, before Kurtis Foster would be assessed a hooking minor at 10:03. With 29 seconds remaining in the power-play, a post-whistle melee would erupt, resulting in coincidental roughing minors.

The Oilers remained perfect on the penalty kill courtesy of Khabibulin and his battle-tested glove hand.

Moments later, Edmonton would again be put on the disadvantage following a skirmish that saw gloves and sticks draped over the ice surface. Khabibulin picked up a pair of infractions in the process, sending Ottawa to an extended four-minute power-play.

Following another successful penalty kill, the Oilers and Senators skated into the second intermission deadlocked at two. Ottawa would carry a 15-11 shot advantage into the final stanza.

THIRD PERIOD

J-F Jacques was charged with high-sticking early in the third, providing the Senators with another opportunity on the power-play in search of the go-ahead goal. The advantage passed without incident, but the Senators would be given another chance moments later. At 7:11, Andrew Cogliano was sent to the box to serve a hooking minor.

The Senators were finally able to crack the Oilers' successful string of kills, as Milan Michalek scored to put the Senators up 3-2 at 8:03.

Moments later, Edmonton was given an opportunity to respond. Penalties to Zack Smith and Brian Lee put the Oilers on an extended 59 second five-on-three. Despite some quality chances, the Oilers came up empty and continued to trail the Senators passed the midway point of the period.

The Oilers continued to press, but a resulting neutral zone turnover put the Senators up by two. Jeff Petry was stripped of the puck at his own blueline, sending Alex Kovalev and Peter Regin in on a two-on-one. Kovalev fed a pass across to Regin, who beat a sprawling Khabibulin to put the visitors ahead 4-2.

With Brian Lee in the box for tripping and Khabibulin on the bench for the extra attaker, the Oilers struck to make it a one-goal game once again. Hemsky fed Penner at the left circle and he made no mistake, firing it in for his 20th of the season to make it 4-3.

Ottawa iced the outcome with 1:23 to play in the game thanks to an empty-net goal from Alex Kovalev.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:51
OTT
Bobby Butler (1) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 OTT
03:45
EDM
Andrew Cogliano (9) ASST: Jordan Eberle (18), Kurtis Foster (10)
1 - 1 Tie
07:27
OTT
Alex Kovalev (12) ASST: Nick Foligno (13)
2 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
04:11
EDM
Dustin Penner (19) ASST: Ales Hemsky (23)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
08:03
OTT
PPG - Milan Michalek (14) ASST: Bobby Butler (1), Jason Spezza (13)
3 - 2 OTT
14:10
OTT
Peter Regin (3) ASST: Alex Kovalev (13), Nick Foligno (14)
4 - 2 OTT
17:39
EDM
Dustin Penner (20) ASST: Ales Hemsky (24), Linus Omark (11)
4 - 3 OTT
18:37
OTT
EN - Alex Kovalev (13) ASST: Jason Spezza (14), Erik Karlsson (23)
5 - 3 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
07:55
EDM
Jim Vandermeer  Interference against  Ryan Shannon
10:48
EDM
Dustin Penner  Holding against  Erik Karlsson
13:30
OTT
Jim O'Brien  Holding against  Jordan Eberle
2nd Period
10:03
EDM
Kurtis Foster  Hooking against  Chris Kelly
11:34
OTT
Milan Michalek  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
11:34
OTT
Milan Michalek  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
11:34
EDM
Colin Fraser  Roughing against  Milan Michalek
11:34
EDM
Colin Fraser  Roughing against  Milan Michalek
11:34
OTT
Jason Spezza  Roughing against  Ladislav Smid
11:34
OTT
Jason Spezza  Roughing against  Ladislav Smid
11:34
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Roughing against  Jason Spezza
11:34
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Roughing against  Jason Spezza
13:37
EDM
Nikolai Khabibulin  Roughing against  Alex Kovalev
13:37
EDM
Nikolai Khabibulin  Tripping against  Alex Kovalev
13:37
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Theo Peckham
13:37
EDM
Theo Peckham  Roughing against  Chris Neil
3rd Period
04:24
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Hi-sticking against  Sergei Gonchar
07:11
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Hooking against  Nick Foligno
08:06
OTT
Zack Smith  Slashing against  Linus Omark
09:07
OTT
Brian Lee  Holding against  Magnus Paajarvi
15:34
OTT
Brian Lee  Tripping against  Taylor Hall
19:17
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hi stick - double minor against  Linus Omark
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
13-19-7
SA: 18TOI: 59:55
Saves: 15EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 24TOI: 57:56
Saves: 20EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 4PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .833SH: 1 - 1