|MTL||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|EDM||1||0||3||(0 - 0)||4|
Under the Scope
The Canadiens tallied the first three shots of the game, but the Oilers soon got their legs going and posted two of their own by the five-minute mark.
On their third shot, Edmonton took the lead. Following an offensive-zone face-off, Hemsky escaped to the slot, descended on the net, and tucked the puck into Carey Price's top right corner for the opening goal at 8:15.
The Oilers assumed the shot lead eight minutes later and finished the frame up one goal and three attempts.
Montreal was masterful in the early minutes of the second period. In just over four minutes, the club doubled its shot total and capitalized on a scramble in the blue paint, with Jeff Halpern slipping the puck across the line to tie the game at one.
A couple of odd-man rushes for both teams had the Habs leading the Oilers 20-15 in shots by the game's midway point. Three minutes later, Dustin Penner took the first penalty of the game -- a hooking minor -- and the Canadiens hit 24 shots on the resulting power-play. Khabibulin kept the visitors from tallying a go-ahead goal, however, and the 1-1 tie stretched into the third period.
Despite trailing on the shot clock, the Oilers regained their lead early in the final frame. After receiving a pass from Taylor Hall on the left wing, Jordan Eberle cut towards Price and flipped the puck over the goalie, setting the score 2-1.
Montreal pressed to make up lost ground, eventually hitting the 35-shot mark; Khabibulin stymied their efforts. At 13:10, the visitors took the first of two consecutive penalties, but Edmonton couldn't convert the power-plays into more goals.
With 1:35 remaining in regulation, Shawn Horcoff and Benoit Pouliot got fed up with eachothers' faces and initiated on a brief scrap in the Habs zone. Both players earned cross-checking and fighting majors, as well as game misconducts.
The Canadiens pulled Price in the final minute of regulation, and Hemsky promptly put the puck in the net to seal a 4-1 win for the Oilers, their second in as many games.
|Ales Hemsky (11) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (14)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Jeff Halpern (9) ASST: Lars Eller (6), Roman Hamrlik (22)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Jordan Eberle (13) ASST: Taylor Hall (18), Andrew Cogliano (15)|
2 - 1 EDM
|Ryan Jones (13) ASST: Jean-Francois Jacques (1), Liam Reddox (7)|
3 - 1 EDM
|EN - Ales Hemsky (12) ASST: Dustin Penner (17), Theo Peckham (7)|
4 - 1 EDM
|Dustin Penner Hooking against Ryan White|
|Jeff Halpern Slashing against Linus Omark|
|Tomas Plekanec Hooking against Ales Hemsky|
|Shawn Horcoff Fighting (maj) against Benoit Pouliot|
|Benoit Pouliot Fighting (maj) against Shawn Horcoff|
|Shawn Horcoff Cross checking (maj) against Benoit Pouliot|
|Benoit Pouliot Cross checking (maj) against Shawn Horcoff|
|Benoit Pouliot Misconduct (10 min)|
|Shawn Horcoff Misconduct (10 min)|
|SA: 27||TOI: 59:24|
|Saves: 24||EV: 20 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .889||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 37||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 36||EV: 35 - 36|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: .973||SH: 0 - 0|