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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Coyotes

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers take on the Phoenix 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.

With Taylor Hall's suspension, Ryan Smyth moves up to the top line. Coach Krueger has taken this as an opportunity to shake the lines up all around. Ryan Jones also draws in for his first game of the season.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Smyth - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Hartikainen - Gagner - Hemsky
Paajarvi - VandeVelde - Yakupov
Eager - Belanger - Jones

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



20:00: Today's game is now underway.

15:22: Oilers buzz around the Coyotes net with a couple of solid chances, outshooting the visitors 5-0 four minutes in.

14:37: Phoenix comes right back and scores. Kyle Chipchura picks up the puck behind the net and skates in front where he fires it on Khabibulin. The Oilers goaltender gets a piece of it but not enough as it trickles across the line. | PHX 1, EDM 0

Chris VandeVelde gets sent to the box for holding, giving Phoenix the game's first power play.

7:34: Moments after that penalty expired, David Moss recieves a hooking penalty to give the Oilers their first man advantage of the day.

5:43: At the tail end of the power play, Lauri Korpikoski creates a turnover at the Oilers blueline and skates in all alone on Khabibulin. He elects to shot and the Edmonton goaltender makes the save.

5:04: Ben Eager heads to the penalty box for tripping.

4:07: With Phoenix on the power play, Eric Belanger creates a turnover and breakaway but his shot is also stopped.

3:07: Jeff Petry takes an interference penalty with three seconds left in Eager's minor.

2:24: In the third shorthanded breakaway of the game, Sam Gagner tries a deke on Mike Smith but is denied on both the initial shot and the rebound.

0:08: After a wild bounce off the end boards, Boyd Gordon backhanded the puck on the open net with Khabibulin out of position. However, the puck went across the goalmouth and off the far post.

0:00: Shots on goal after one period were 12 to 9 for the Oilers.  

Ryan Jones had 4:35 of icetime in the period, including 2:05 on the penalty kill. ... Antoine Vermette was 80% in the faceoff circle for the Coyotes. ... Nine different Coyotes registered one shot on goal.
     Since head coach Dave Tippett arrived in Phoenix, the Coyotes are 105-13-14 when scoring first.                                                                                                                    @SUN_TYCHKOWSKI

20:00: The second period is now underway.

15:12: Eager and Jones skate in on a two-on-one. Eager feeds Jones whose initial shot is stopped by Mike Smith on an old school pad stack save. Smith was down and out and Jones fired the rebound into the open cage but Keith Yandle swooped in and batted the puck away with his hand.
     Mike Smith now over 120 minutes of shutout hockey. 
13:45: Nick Schultz takes a four-minute high sticking penalty, putting the Oilers down a man for the fourth time.

10:18: Matthew Lombardi pounces on a rebound and fires it past an outstretched Khabibulin to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead midway through the game. | PHX 2, EDM 0

9:06: Rostislav Klesla heads to the box.
     Oilers using 2 bodies (Smyth, Hartikainen) in front of the net on the was fairly effective, actually. Couple good chances.
7:02: After his penalty expires, Klesla breaks in all alone on Khabibulin. His shot is stopped by the Oilers goaltender, however.

6:05: Eager gets two minutes for slashing behind the play. A questionable call which draws jeers from the crowd.

3:38: Yakupov digs the puck out of the corner and backhands a pass to Eberle in front. Eberle bats the puck out of the air past Smith for the goal. Sam Gagner got the other assist. | PHX 2, EDM 1

0:00: Shots on goal are 27 to 19 for Edmonton but they still trail by one after 40 minutes.

Ryan Jones, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Smyth each have four shots on goal through two periods. ... Lombardi leads the way for Phoenix with three shots.

20:00: The third period is now underway.

16:06: Phoenix nearly regains their two-goal lead early in the final frame. They get off a series of shots on Khabibulin during a wild goalmouth scramble but can't get the puck across the line.

15:39: Eric Belanger takes a hooking penalty to give Phoenix their sixth power play of the game.

12:20: Oilers buzz around the Phoenix net with a couple of great chances as Yakupov is moved onto a line with Eberle and RNH.
     Line change breathing new life into Yakupov. He needs to play will skill players. Looked lost on third and fourth lines. Much better now.
12:03: Keith Yandle goes off for tripping. Edmonton goes on its third power play of the game.

11:56: Only seven seconds into the penalty, Teemu Hartikainen picks up the loose puck in the slot and bangs it home after Justin Schultz's initial wrister is redirected by Smyth.

Shots with just under six minutes to play are 35 to 31 for Edmonton.

0:00: Game is tied 2-2. We head into overtime.


5:00: Overtime is now underway.

4:05: Lauri Korpikoski goes to the penalty box for hooking, giving the Oilers their fourth powerplay opportunity.

0:00: Game is still tied 2-2 so we go to a shoot-out.


EDM, Sam Gagner: Goal

PHX, Mikkel Boedker: Miss

EDM, Jordan Eberle: Goal

PHX, David Rundblad: Miss

0:00: The Edmonton Oilers win in a 3-2 shoot-out. Shots on net were 43 for the Edmonton Oilers and 36 for the Phoenix Coyotes.
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