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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Coyotes

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers will play the Phoenix Coyotes this afternoon in Glendale, AZ.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Yakupov - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Perron - Arcobello - Hemsky
Jones - Gordon - Pitlick
Gazdic - Acton - Eager

Ference - Grebeshkov
Smid - Petry
Belov - J.Schultz


Out: MacIntyre (knee), Joensuu (back), Hamilton (knee), Gagner (jaw), Potter (back), Hall (knee), Smyth (groin), N. Schultz (healthy)

Today's game is underway!

Nail Yakupov snaps the puck at Mike Smith who makes the save.

Ryan Jones to the sin bin, two minutes for roughing.

Jason LaBarbera with a save through traffic.

14:26 The Oilers kill off the Jones penalty and are at even strength! Good start for the Edmononton's PK unit, LaBarbera with a couple saves through traffic in front.

10:01: The rookie Tyler Pitlick bags his first career NHL goal. Pitlick races down the right wing, swim moves over Keith Yandle, fans on a shot, then scoops and fires a far-side try and it goes in behind Mike Smith. | EDM 1, PHX 0

     " GOAL! with his first tally! #68 bursts down the right wing and beats Mike Smith under the pad, 1-0!"

07:02: Ales Hemsky will sit. Too many men on the ice penalty to the Oilers.

06:18: Martin Hanzal throws a forearm to Jeff Petry's face and will sit two minutes for charging.

01:40: Oilers back on the power play as Shane Doan heads to the box.

00:00: Oilers finish the first period with the lead in shots (11-7) and the lead in the game, courtesy of Tyler Pitlick's first NHL goal. | EDM 1, PHX 0

Second is underway in Glendale!

Phoenix ties the game, a pass into the slot by Larsson hits off the skate of Hanzal and past LaBarbera. | EDM 1, PHX 1

The Coyotes take their first lead of the game as Michael Stone fired a shot from inside the point through traffic and it flew in glove-side of LaBarbera. | EDM1, PHX 2

Phoenix increases their lead on a David Schlemko one-timer from the point that goes in short-side past the blocker of LaBarbera. Dubnyk comes in to replace the goalie, but then LaBarbera comes back in. | EDM 1, PHX 3

11:57: The Oilers fourth line comes up big again! Eager from Gazdic, shoots the puck on Smith. The rebound comes out to Will Acton who crashes the net and puts the puck in five-hole to draw the Oilers within one. | EDM 2, PHX 3

05:27: David Perron is stopped by Mike Smith on an excellent scoring opportunity for the Oilers.

00:57: David Perron started the play and he finished it. Perron carried into the zone, left for Eberle at the Boards who passed across the ice to Justin Schultz who found Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at the post, who found Perron at the top of the crease for the game-tying goal. Did you follow all of that!? | EDM 3, PHX 3

00:00: A wild second period is in the books and were all tied up! | EDM 3, PHX 3

     "Tyler Pitlick (left knee injury) will not return to today's game."


Will the third period be as exciting as the second? We are underway here in Arizona!

12:37: Ryan Jones deflects in a Nugent-Hopkins shot and the Oilers take the lead! | EDM 4, PHX 3

09:04: Yandle with a snap-shot through traffic, from the point, ties things up for Phoenix on the power play. | EDM 4, PHX 4

07:37: Yandle to Ekman-Larsson and he bombs from point past LaBarbera. | EDM 4, PHX 5

00:00: Empty net, extra attacker but no dice as the Oilers drop this decision to the Coyotes. Stay tuned for post-game coverage on | EDM 4, PHX 5

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