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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Sabres

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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PRE-GAME NOTES

Forward Lines:

Pouliot-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Arcobello-Yakupov
Pakarinen-Draisaitl-Purcell
Hendricks-Gordon-Jonesuu

Defence Pairings:

Nikitin-Petry
Aulie-Fayne
Marincin-Schultz

Goalies:

Scrivens

Fasth



FIRST PERIOD

20:00:
It's Hockey Fights Cancer night here in Buffalo. After a ceremonial puck drop from legendary Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly and Sabres announce Rick Jeanneret, the game has begun.

15:48: Andrej Meszaros takes the first penalty of the game -- two minutes for cross-checking -- to give the Oilers a power play chance early on.

14:04: Brian Flynn gets a great shorthanded chance on a backhand from the slot. Viktor Fasth gets a piece of it to keep the game scoreless.

11:44: Iiro Pakarinen nearly scores his first career NHL goal, breaking through the Sabres defence and registering a backhand on Buffalo starting goaltender Michal Neuvirth.

10:07: Shots on goal as the first period approaches the midway point: 9-5 Oilers.

2:02: Sabres carry the play for a few minutes before Edmonton regains the edge but still scoreless.

0.0: Shots after one were 19-12 for the Oil.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00:
The second period is now underway.

19:34: Buffalo gets on the board first only 26 seconds into the middle frame. Matt Moulson scooped up the puck at the top of the crease and quickly rifled it past Fasth for his first goal of the season. | BUF 1, EDM 0

18:40: Less than a minute later, Iiro Pakarinen pounces on a rebound in the slot after Mark Fayne blasted a point shot on goal to get the Oilers back on even terms. | EDM 1, BUF 1



14:24: Keith Aulie drops the gloves with Chris Stewart. It's a lengthy fight where neither player gets knocked down.

13:57: Meszaros takes his second penalty of the game, slashing Benoit Pouliot. Oilers head back on the PP.

8:25: Shots are 10-5 Oilers in the period. Overall in the game, they're 29-17 for the visitors.

6:41: Tyler Ennis gets in behind the Oilers defence and breaks in alone on Fasth. Fasth makes a nice pad save on the Sabres forward to keep the game tied.

1:09: After beating out an icing call, Moulson snaps a quick shot on Fasth. The Oilers goaltender has to make a quick pad save.

0.0: After 40 minutes, Oilers hold a 33-20 edge in shots.

THIRD PERIOD

20:00:
The third period starts now.

17:57: Keith Aulie receives two minutes for holding, giving Buffalo a chance to move out in front on the power play.

13:26: Drew Stafford's shot from the right circle gets by Fasth to give the Sabres the lead. | BUF 2, EDM 1



10:45: Shots are 37-26 Oilers (6-4 Sabres in the period) as the third approaches the midway point.

8:18: Mark Arcobello takes a swipe at the puck in the low slot after David Perron's backhand attempt was kicked out by Neuvirth. | EDM 2, BUF 2



4:15: Boyd Gordon skates to the back door where he redirects a Teddy Purcell pass in to put the Oilers in the lead for the first time in the game. | EDM 3, BUF 2



0.0: Oilers end up outshooting the Sabres 52-31 in the win.




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