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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs Canucks

by Wendy Mach / Edmonton Oilers
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Sam Gagner will be playing his 400th career NHL game tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. This is the third of five meetings between the two teams with the last two games both going to extras. The Oilers' record against Northwest Division teams is 4-4-1 this season.

The lineup remains the same from the last game against Columbus with Ryan Smyth playing centre between Lennart Petrell and Mike Brown. Healthy scratches are Mark Fistric and Theo Peckham.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Paajarvi - Gagner - Hemsky
Jones - Horcoff - Yakupov
Petrell - Smyth - Brown

Smid - Petry
N. Schultz - J. Schutlz
Whitney - Potter



20:00: GAME ON!! Puck has dropped and the first period is now underway.

19:44: Taylor Hall all alone and beats Cory Schneider glove side. | EDM 1, VAN 0

17:55: And just like that, the second shot on net beats Schneider. Ladislav Smid gets his first of the season. | EDM 2, VAN 0

GOALIE CHANGE: Roberto Luongo comes in for Schneider after letting in two goals in two shots.

17:17: Lucky number three. Third shot on net by Hall, his second of the net beats Luongo and the Oilers are up by three! | EDM 3, VAN 0

     "The Oilers set a new team record for 3 goals to start a game. THe Oilers did it in 2:43 tonight. 3:25 old record vs. Rockies in 1981."

     "Oil three goals in 2:43 to start gm vs VANC fastest in history. Old record Dec.16, '81. Gretzky, Unger, Messier in Colorado, 3:25."

14:18: The Oilers are on the penalty kill as Ryan Smyth gets two minutes for hi-sticking.

13:21: Devan Dubnyk with a save on Alexander Edler from the point.

Steven Pinizzotto goes to the box for an interference penalty putting the Oilers on their first powerplay opportunity.

12:07: And eleven seconds into the powerplay, Hall puts it past Luongo for his third of the night. HAT TRICK! | EDM 4, VAN 0

Magnus Paajarvi is able to beat Luongo but hits the post. Oilers are still up 4-0.

0:00: After 20 minutes of play, the Oilers are up 4-0! Shots on net were 11-10 for Edmonton.

Hall's goal is his ninth of the season and team leader in points with 32. Hall's third career hat trick ties him with Petr Klima and Alex Selivanov for ninth on the Oilers' all-time list. Paul Coffey and BJ MacDonald are tied for first with four hat-tricks in an Oilers uniform. Smid's goal is his first since Mar. 25, 2012 and his fourth point of the year.

     "The Oilers record for fastest 3 goals is held by Ryan Smyth. On Oct. 12, 2006, he scored 3 in a span of 2:01 vs. Sharks"


20:00: Puck has dropped and we're underway in the second. Mike Brown and Tom Sestito both start the second with a 10-minute penalty misconduct.

16:40: And the Oilers get a bench minor for too many men on the ice. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will serve the penalty and the Oilers are back on the penalty kill.

14:38: Dubnyk with a huge save from a Alexander Burrows re-direct.

14:02: Hall and Ryan Whitney on a two-on-one chance but Whitney's shot goes high.

11:36: Luongo flashes the leather as he stops Lennart Petrell's shot.

10:21: The Oilers are back on the powerplay as Jason Garrison gets two minutes for holding.

     "Hall's hat trick in 7:53 breaks Wayne Gretzky's team record for fatest hat trick to start a game. Gretzky did it in just over 12 minutes."

5:39: Ryan Jones goes to the box for high-sticking.

0:00: And after 40 minutes of play, the Oilers hold on to their 4-0 lead. Shots on net were 18-14 for the Canucks. | EDM 4, VAN 0


20:00: And we're now underway in the third. | EDM 4, VAN 0

12:35: Jordan Eberle throws it on net and Hall was in front to try and jam it in but was stopped by Luongo.

11:18: Justin Schultz with a hard shot but stopped by Luongo.

10:00: With under ten minutes left, shots on net are 21-20 for the Canucks.

7:24: Luongo with a diving glove save on Hall!

1:18: Powerplay! Christopher Tanev gets two minutes for delay of game.


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