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Maple Leafs rally to beat Oilers in OT

Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 4:34 AM


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Maple Leafs rally to beat Oilers in OT
Edmonton Oilers 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 6
Three Stars of the Game
Dave Bolland
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 16:14
Joffrey Lupul
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:31
Ryan Smyth
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:39

Joffrey Lupul and Dave Bolland spoiled Dallas Eakins' first game as an NHL coach against his former organization.

Eakins, who was hired by the Edmonton Oilers last summer after coaching the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, saw Lupul score with 31 seconds left in regulation to tie the game before Bolland won it 2:09 into overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for a 6-5 victory on Saturday night.

"I'm glad the fans enjoyed it because I'm sure Randy [Carlyle] and I got a few extra grey hairs from that one," Eakins said after his team lost for the fourth time in five games (1-3-1). "Those are tough ones. I think obviously, they're happy with the win and I thought we maybe played the best game we've played so far."

The sides spent the night exchanging chances in a pond hockey-style game that thrilled the full house at Air Canada Centre but left both coaches shaking their heads.

"I said that my teeth are going to be ground down by the 20-game mark if we continue to play the way we did tonight as far as exchanging chances and making mistakes," Carlyle said.

"Hey that's hockey and it's early in the season and I'm sure we'll see a few more like this along the way. We just feel fortunate that we got the extra point at the end of it."

Bolland finished off a 3-on-1 rush as the Maple Leafs won their second straight and improved to 5-1-0. Devan Dubnyk stopped Cody Franson's blast but was helpless to prevent Bolland from putting the rebound into a wide-open net.

"We've got one guy moving the wrong way when we've got one player under siege," said Eakins. "That's a great learning point for our defense. That's part of the renovation, something we've got to clean up."

Lupul and James van Riemsdyk each scored twice and Nazem Kadri had the other goal for Toronto, which overcame four one-goal deficits. Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves.

Bolland, who joined the Maple Leafs this summer after scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in June, has given Toronto's a boost on and off the ice.

"We have confidence here, we just do," Bolland said. "We just don't give up. We feel the same as I did in Chicago. We had that feeling in the room that if we're down, we can get back in it."

Carlyle said Bolland's presence has been a key to his team's fast start.

Material from team media was used in this report

"It's guys like David Bolland that sell your program and help the coaches by leading by example," he said.

Ryan Smyth scored twice for Edmonton, which has dropped four of its first five. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Boyd Gordon and Jordan Eberle had the other goals for the Oilers, and Mark Arcobello contributed three assists. Devan Dubnyk was beaten six times on 26 shots as the Oilers lost the opener of a six-game road trip.

"We generated a lot of offense but we gave up some on the other end," Smyth said. "They were hungry. They found some odd-man rushes that they capitalized on and it's frustrating, taking the loss with 30 seconds to go."

Eberle's pass deflected off Smyth's skate and past Bernier 5:21 into the game to put Edmonton ahead. Kadri tied it at 9:47 when his bad-angled shot from near the goal line on the left side went over Dubnyk's shoulder. Van Riemsdyk's power-play tip-in at 15:26 put Toronto ahead for the first time, but Nugent-Hopkins tied it at 18:10 by scoring during a 5-on-3 power play.

David Perron 's backhanded pass set up Gordon's tap-in 1:02 into the second period. Lupul got the Maple Leafs even at 5:20 when he one-timed Kadri's feed past Dubnyk's glove.

Eberle's blast over Bernier's left shoulder 5:29 into the third period, his first goal of the season, put Edmonton back in front. Van Riemsdyk scored his second of the night on a wraparound at 9:55, but Smyth gave the Oilers their final lead at 11:27 when he converted a feed from Eberle.

"We definitely had some breakdowns that led to goals and there's not much he could do about it," van Riemsdyk said. "It's a team game and you're just looking for a way to win. They're not all going to be pretty, but we'll take it."

Material from team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
Ryan Smyth (2) ASST: Mark Arcobello (3)
1 - 0 EDM
Nazem Kadri (2) ASST: Mason Raymond (3), Dion Phaneuf (2)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - James van Riemsdyk (4) ASST: Cody Franson (3), Dion Phaneuf (3)
2 - 1 TOR
PPG - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2) ASST: Justin Schultz (3), Anton Belov (1)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
Boyd Gordon (3) ASST: David Perron (3), Taylor Hall (3)
3 - 2 EDM
Joffrey Lupul (4) ASST: Nazem Kadri (4), David Broll (1)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
Jordan Eberle (1) ASST: Mark Arcobello (4), Taylor Hall (4)
4 - 3 EDM
James van Riemsdyk (5) ASST: Tyler Bozak (2), Phil Kessel (5)
4 - 4 Tie
Ryan Smyth (3) ASST: Jordan Eberle (3), Mark Arcobello (5)
5 - 4 EDM
Joffrey Lupul (5) ASST: Jake Gardiner (2)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
Dave Bolland (3) ASST: Cody Franson (4), Mason Raymond (4)
6 - 5 TOR
Power Play Stats
Power Plays1/41/3
Power Play %20.2%19.7%
% on Road20.5%10.3%
% at Home20.0%26.2%
League Rank12th14th
penalty summary
1st Period
David Perron  Hooking against  Joffrey Lupul
David Perron  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonathan Bernier
Colton Orr  Interference against  David Perron
James van Riemsdyk  Holding against  David Perron
2nd Period
Jesse Joensuu  Cross checking against  Nazem Kadri
Dave Bolland  Interference on goalkeeper against  Devan Dubnyk
Morgan Rielly  Hi-sticking against  Taylor Hall
3rd Period
OT Period
goalie stats
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 26TOI: 62:09
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .769SH: 0 - 0
Jonathan Bernier
SA: 31TOI: 61:43
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .839SH: 0 - 0