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IN-GAME BLOG: Ducks vs. Oilers

by Wendy Mach / Edmonton Oilers
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It's the first game of a back-to-back against the Anaheim Ducks at home. The Oilers are looking to extend and capitalize on the Ducks current four-game losing streak.

It was announced this morning Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be out of the lineup for the remainder of the season. With Nugent-Hopkins out, Ralph Krueger has been shuffling his lines. Sam Gagner moves up and centres between Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall. Anton Lander moves in between Magnus Paajarvi and Nail Yakupov. Shawn Horcoff will centre Ryan Jones and Teemu Hartikainen with Ryan Smyth, Jerred Smithson and Mike Brown anchoring the fourth line. Devan Dubnyk gets the nod in net tonight against the Ducks.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Jones - Horcoff - Hartikainen
Hall - Gagner - Eberle
Paajarvi - Lander - Yakupov
Smyth - Smithson - Brown

N. Schultz - J. Schultz
Smid - Petry
Fistric - Potter



20:00: GAME ON!! Puck has dropped.

19:00: A two-on-one chance between Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner and Hall beats Jonas Hiller with a wrister. | EDM 1, ANA 0

     "Taylor Hall has his 15th. One more than Sam Gagner. Hal with 45 points and a chance of tying his career high of 53 points last season."

13:07: And the first penalty has been called. Daniel Winnik gets two minutes for boarding. Oilers on the powerplay.

10:31: Mike Brown with a huge block on Cam Fowler's shot.

10:00: And midway through the first, shots on net are 3-2 for the Oilers with Edmonton holding the lead, 1-0.

9:06: Sam Gagner with some fancy stick work and a deke around a Ducks defenceman but goes wide of Hiller.

7:10: Corey Perry with a wraparound attempt but was stopped by Devan Dubnyk.

0:04: With four-seconds left in the period, Mike Brown draws a high-sticking penalty.

0:01: The Ducks are able to capitalize on the Oilers penalty as Fowler beats Dubnyk top shelf.

0:00: After 20 minutes of play, the game is tied at one. | EDM 1, ANA 1


20:00: And the second period is now underway.

16:52: Jerred Smithson streaking in with a one-timer but was stopped by Hiller.

15:33: The Oilers are back on the penalty kill as Ryan Jones goes to the box for holding.

11:44: Shawn Horcoff gets two minutes for interference. Oilers on their third penalty kill.

10:32: Dubnyk with the pad save on Perry's shot.

10:14: Dubnyk with two more huge saves to keep the game tied.

7:05: The Oilers are on the powerplay as Winnik gets two minutes for interference.

5:10: Justin Schultz bobbles the puck and gives the Ducks a short-handed opportunity but was stopped by Dubnyk.

3:56: Eberle with the drop pass to Gagner but Hiller made the pad save.

1:35: Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano in front trying to jam it in pass Dubnyk but was stopped.

0:56: Kyle Palmieri picks up his rebound to put it behind Dubnyk. Anaheim ahead by one. | ANA 2, EDM 1

0:00: After 40 minutes of play, the Ducks are leading 2-1. Shots on net are 23-16 for Anaheim. | ANA 2, EDM 1


20:00: And the third and final frame is now underway.

19:21: Nick Schultz and Koivu in a pushing match behind Dubnyk's net. Koivu gets two minutes roughing.

17:33: Taylor Hall goes to the net for hooking. Oilers fourth penalty kill.

16:13: And Perry gets two minutes for cross-checking.

14:15: Hall with the shot but goes off Hiller and up into the netting.

13:17: Hiller with the save on a Sam Gagner re-direct.

11:07: Ryan Getzlaf passes it to Perry who was in front and puts it pass Dubnyk. | ANA 3, EDM 1

7:04: Smyth and Smithson in front of the net trying to jam it pass Hiller but was stopped.

4:31: Gagner gets called for slashing. Oilers on their fifth penalty kill.

2:13: Dubnyk is out of the net.

0:00: And after 60 minutes, the Ducks win 3-1. Shots on net were 30-28. | ANA 3, EDM 1

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