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Khabibulin stands tall; Oilers win 3-1 in Montreal

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Ryan Dittrick - edmontonoilers.com

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Khabibulin stands tall; Oilers win 3-1 in Montreal
Edmonton Oilers 3, Montréal Canadiens 1
Three Stars of the Game
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 25-26
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .966SH: 0-0
Ryan Jones
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:28
Michael Cammalleri
Michael Cammalleri
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 20:33

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Ryan Jones (shorthanded), Tom Gilbert and Ryan Smyth each scored, while Nikolai Khabibulin stood tall, stopping 28 shots to down the Canadiens 3-1 Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.


The Canadiens were provided with the game's best chance three minutes in when PK Subban stepped into a long-range bullet, but starter Nikolai Khabibulin kicked the puck aside with his right pad to preserve the 0-0 score.

An interference minor to Hall Gill at 4:46 put the Oilers' 18.5-percent power-play to work. With Taylor Hall and Corey Potter patrolling the point, the orange and blue peppered Carey Price with several high-quality chances, but were denied. With 14 seconds remaining in the chance, Sam Gagner picked up a tripping minor, turning the 5-on-4 tables at 6:32.

The Oilers improved on their 88-percent success rate on the PK, but were put right back to the disadvantage when a tripping minor to Cam Barker provided with the home side with another chance to score. The Habs came oh-so-close, cranking iron when Michael Cammalleri blasted Khabibulin's blocker-side post (losing his weapon in the process), but were unable to cash.

Up 4-2 in shots at 12:04, the Oilers went back to the power-play when Tomas Plekanec was assessed a tripping minor in the visitors' end. The Oilers added a pair of late-advantage attempts, but were stoned by Price.

The brisk-paced opening period came to a close with the Oilers up 6-4 in shots, but no goals were scored in either net.


2:04 into the period, the Canadiens almost orchestrated the icebreaker. Following an ill-advised neutral-zone turnover, Erik Cole broke in on a 2-on-1 with Cammalleri. Montreal's No. 20 connected the pass, sliding the puck toward the gaping cage, but Khabibulin came up with split-saving stop to keep the game knotted.

Moments later, the Oilers replied with a scoring chance of their own. With Lennart Petrell down low banging bodies, Ben Eager centred to a wide-open Anton Lander in the slot. The 20-year-old snapped the puck on Price, but right into the bread-basket as the game remained scoreless.

A hooking minor to Petrell at 4:11 put the Oilers down a man once more, but it didn't matter. Ryan Jones scooped a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated in alone, one-on-one vs. Price on a breakaway. No. 28 deked to his backhand, depositing the puck through the Canadiens 'tender to put the Oilers up 1-0.

The penalties continued to come at 7:53 when Hall was charged with hooking, sending the Oilers' 3-for-3 PK back onto the ice. The advantage's best chance, again, came at the Canadiens' expense. Ryan Smyth darted in on a breakaway, attempting a similar move to Jones, but was stopped as Price swatted the puck to the corner.

With 5:32 on the clock, the Oilers were charged with too many men, putting the home side back on the power-play in search of a goal. Another penalty to Theo Peckham put the Canadians on a quick, 12-second 5-on-3.

Once that passed, the one-man advantage continued for 1:48. Khabibulin's right pad continued to shine, as the 38-year-old veteran made a precision post-to-post save to quell the Canadiens' PP.

The Oilers were up 1-0 but trailed 17-10 on the shot clock with 40 minutes in the books.


Three minutes into the period, Khabibulin was forced to come up big once again. A goal-mouth scramble allowed Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta to hack at three separate opportunities, but the Bulin Wall denied them all.

Moments later, Cole and Cammalleri choreographed another 2-on-1 chance, but Khabibulin made a sensational save to preserve his team's 1-0 edge.

With 11:45 remaining, Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth connected on the rush, but No. 94's one-time attempt struck the cross-bar, keeping the 1-0 score on the board.

As the period's 10-minute mark passed, Montreal held a commanding 23-11 lead in shots but were unable to register the 1-1 marker.

At 16:28, Tom Gilbert put the Oilers up by a pair. His long-range wrister pinballed in, using Josh Gorges' stick as a redirection point to elude Price's grasp, 22 seconds later, however, the Canadiens pulled within one. Max Pacioretty broke down the wing, sliding by Gilbert and placing a backhand shot blocker-side on Khabibulin to make it 2-1.

The Canadiens pulled Price with 1:03 to go, looking to cash the 2-2 goal. Within moments, mind you, Ryan Smyth carried the puck down the ice and scored into the empty net to secure a hard-fought 3-1 win in Montreal.

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scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
SHG - Ryan Jones (3) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
Tom Gilbert (2) ASST: Ales Hemsky (2), Ryan Smyth (7)
2 - 0 EDM
Max Pacioretty (6) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (9), P.K. Subban (4)
2 - 1 EDM
EN - Ryan Smyth (7) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (6)
3 - 1 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
Hal Gill  Interference against  Ben Eager
Sam Gagner  Tripping against  Jaroslav Spacek
Cam Barker  Tripping against  Michael Cammalleri
Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Tom Gilbert
2nd Period
Lennart Petrell  Hooking against  Alexei Emelin
Taylor Hall  Hooking against  P.K. Subban
Ben Eager  Too many men/ice - bench
Theo Peckham  Interference against  P.K. Subban
3rd Period
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .966SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 13TOI: 59:20
Saves: 11EV: 6 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .846SH: 1 - 2