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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Canucks

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers take on Northwest Division rivals the Vancouver Canucks for the second time this season. We'll be updating the action from the game as it happens. We'll also be adding photos, videos from big plays and more throughout the game.

The Oilers have made a few changes from Saturday's lineup against Colorado. Shawn Horcoff and Magnus Paajarvi -- recalled from OKC -- are back in. Eric Belanger (lower body) is out as is Darcy Hordichuk.

On defence, Corey Potter gets back into the lineup. Ryan Whitney is the odd-man out.  

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Yakupov - Gagner - Hemsky
Smyth - Horcoff - Petrell
Hartikainen - Lander - Paajarvi

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



20:00: The puck has dropped to start the first period of play.

19:18: Devan Dubnyk makes a nice kick save on a dangerous rebound to Henrik Sedin in front of the net in the opening minute as Vancouver carries the play early on.

17:14: Nail Yakupov flips the puck out of play from his own zone which results in a delay-of-game call, giving Vancouver the game's first power play.

14:39: Oilers kill off that penalty and nearly score a goal of their own. Nugent-Hopkins shovels the puck on net from the slot and Eberle is right there for the rebound but Canucks starting goaltender Roberto Luongo smothers it in his crease.

11:35: Aaron Volpatti runs into Mark Fistric in the corner of the Oilers zone and takes two minutes for boarding as a result, putting Edmonton on its first power play of the game. 

2:56: Henrik Sedin upends Potter deep in the Oilers zone, receiving two for boarding and putting Edmonton back on the power play.

1:22: With time ticking down on the penalty, Ales Hemsky races in to puck up a loose puck at the top of the crease and makes a nifty move to deke out Luongo and give the Oilers the lead. | EDM 1, VAN 0

0:12: For their last shift of the period, in an effort to get another goal, the Oilers go with five forwards: Eberle, Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Hemsky and Gagner.

0:00: Shots on goal after one were 8 to 5 for the Oilers.

Hemsky's power play goal broke an 0-for-6 drought for the Oilers power play.

Gagner netted an assist on the Hemsky goal, his 7th assist and 10th point of the season. Gagner now leads the Oilers in points on the season and has picked up at least a point in each of the team's first 9 games of the season.            

20:00: The second period is now underway. Mark Fistric is not on the bench for the Oilers after limping off late in the first following a missed hit on Jordan Schroeder.

18:45: Eberle gets a holding penalty to start the period as the Canucks go on the power play looking for the equalizer.

16:44: Canucks get five shots on the man advantage but are unable to solve Dubnyk.

13:01: Yakupov receives a tripping penalty for another Canucks power play.

11:52: While on the penalty kill, Ryan Smyth one-times a pass from Anton Lander. It deflects off Alex Edler in front of the Canucks net and dribbles across the line. | EDM 2, VAN 0

10:36: The Oilers announce that Mark Fistric will not return to the game after suffering a back injury in the first period.
     "Mark Fistric (back injury) will not return to the lineup tonight against the
7:19: Canucks get one back. Jannik Hansen's shot from an impossible angle bounces off the back of Dubnyk and in. | EDM 2, VAN 1

6:58: Dubnyk makes a brilliant glove save off Henrik Sedin to take away a sure goal from the Canucks captain.

0:00: Shots in the second were 16 to 4 for Vancouver.

Smyth's goal was his first in 23 games, dating back to Mar. 10 of last year in Colorado.

Vancouver won 27 of 36 faceoffs through the first two periods for a 75% efficiency rating.            

20:00: The third period is now underway. Shawn Horcoff is not on the bench for the Oilers.

15:39: Horcoff (hand injury) will not return to tonight's game.
     "Oilers learning right now how hard it is to play against a team that shuts off passing and skating lanes. Dump in time!"
13:43: Mason Raymond and Schroeder look to break in on a two-on-none but Schroeder receives a penalty from earlier in the sequence. Schroeder's holding minor gives Edmonton its third power play of the game. 

12:56: Smyth knocks down Hamhuis in front of the Canucks net, ending the man advantage 47 seconds in.

9:30: Canucks hold a large margin on shots on goal, leading 29 to 14. 

6:25: Oilers get a great chance to net an insurance marker after Keith Ballard takes a penalty for hooking.

2:17: Kevin Bieksa of the Canucks scores his first goal of the season, making it 2-2. | EDM 2, VAN 2

0:00: The third period is now over as the game continues into overtime.


2:13: Hall is awarded a penalty shot, but is unable to sneak it past Luongo.

1:55: Vancouver calls a 30 second timeout.

0:20: Vancouver's finishes the game off as they score with only twenty seconds left in the game. Chris Tanev gets the goal for the Canucks. | VAN 3, EDM 2
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