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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Leafs

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers play their fifth game of the regular season tonight. Jesse Joensuu draws back into the lineup.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Ales Hemsky
David Perron - Boyd Gordon - Jesse Joensuu
Ryan Smyth - Mark Arcobello - Jordan Eberle
Luke Gazdic - Will Acton - Mike Brown

Ference - J.Schultz
Smid - Petry
Belov - N. Schultz


Out: Steve MacIntyre (knee), Sam Gagner (broken jaw), Corey Potter (back), Ryan Hamilton (knee), Nail Yakupov (healthy), Philip Larsen (healthy)


Tonight's game is now underway.

18:58: Hall has a scoring chance early, blazing down the left wing on the rush but his stick breaks on him.

16:17: Hall has another great chance on his second shift, slipping in behind the Toronto defence and breaking in all alone. His backhand deke attempt was denied by Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier.
14:39: Ryan Smyth redirects a feed from Mark Arcobello after Bernier gets tangled up with Jordan Eberle behind his net, putting the Oilers up 1-0. | EDM 1, TOR 0
12:19: First penalty of the game goes to David Perron, for hooking Joffrey Lupul.

10:13: Just as the penalty expired, Nazem Kadri scored from a wide angle, roofing it over the shoulder of Dubnyk and under the crossbar to even things up. | EDM 1, TOR 1
5:32: A goaltender interference penalty to Perron sends him back to the box and Toronto back on the power play.

4:34: James van Riemsdyk redirects a Cody Franson point shot past Dubnyk for a power-play marker and Toronto's first lead of the night. | TOR 2, EDM 1
3:31: Interference penalty to Colton Orr gives Edmonton its first man advantage of the evening.

2:33: Van Riemsdyk goes off for interference, giving the Oilers a two-man advantage for 58 seconds.

1:50: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins rifles a wrist shot from the high slot that beats Bernier with Hall screening in front, pulling the Oilers even once again. | EDM 2, TOR 2
     2nd goal of the season for , assists to (3rd helper of the year) and Belov (1st point with )                                                                                   @EdmontonOilers
0:00: Shots on goal after one period are 11-6 for Toronto.


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins led all Oilers with 8:49 of ice-time in the first period. ... Mark Arcobello and Boyd Gordon were both 80% in the face-off circle. ... Dion Phaneuf had two assists in the period. ... Anton Belov's assist on the second Oilers goal was the first point of his NHL career.


20:00: Second period is now underway.

18:58: Boyd Gordon pinches in and grabs a loose puck before putting it in after two in-close attempts by David Perron to put the Oilers back in front. | EDM 3, TOR 2
16:06: Ales Hemsky nearly doubles the Oilers lead as he has the puck all alone in front of the Leafs net with Bernier down and out but is unable to get the puck over the Toronto netminder.

14:40: Nazem Kadri spots Joffrey Lupul streaking up the middle and Lupul makes no mistake, one-timing it past Dubnyk to put the game back on even terms. | EDM 3, TOR 3
11:04: Jesse Joensuu gets a cross-checking minor, sending the Leafs to their first power play of the middle frame.

9:05: Dave Bolland collides with Dubnyk in the Oilers crease, taking two minutes for goaltender interference. With one second remaining in the Joensuu penalty, the Oilers get set to go on a power play for the next 1:59.

2:20: Taylor Hall is clipped with a Morgan Rielly high stick moments after nearly making a brilliant move to get around Dion Phaneuf. The result is an Oilers power play.

0:00: Shots on goal after two periods were 23-14 for the Oilers.

Third period is now underway.

14:31: Jordan Eberle skates in on a two-on-one with Mark Arcobello. Arcobello feeds Eberle and he wrists it past Bernier to put the Oilers in the lead. | EDM 4, TOR 3
     1st goal 3rd point of season for , 2nd assist of night and 4th point of the year for , also assists                                                                     @EdmontonOilers
10:53: Justin Schultz makes a nice play, knocking the puck away from Bolland on a primo Leafs scoring chance.

10:05: James van Riemsdyk picks up the puck bheind the net and wraps it in around Dubnyk to tie the game once again. | EDM 4, TOR 4
8:33: Ryan Smyth, Mark Arcobello and Jordan Eberle team up for a nice three-way passing play that ends with Eberle spotting Smyth driving to the net for a nice tap-in. | EDM 5, TOR 4
3:45: Arcobello is robbed by Bernier right on the goal line, taking away a wide open net from the Oilers pivot.

54.8: Leafs ice the puck, forcing Bernier back into the net with the face-off down at the other end.

36.1: Lupul's shot from the left circle sneaks past Dubnyk, tying the game up at 5-5. | EDM 5, TOR 5

0.0: The third period comes to an end. Shots on goal after regulation are 30-24 for the Oilers.


The extra frame is now underway.

2:51: Dave Bolland converts on a three-on-one chance, giving Toronto the win. | TOR 6, EDM 5

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