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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Islanders

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers
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Forward Lines:

Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Purcell - Roy - Pouliot
Yakupov - Lander - Fraser
Hendricks - Gordon - Klinkhammer

Defensive Pairings:

Ference - Petry
Klefbom - Fayne
Nikitin - Schultz



Scratches: Aulie (suspended), Pitlick (lacerated spleen), Gazdic (healthy)


 Intro-ing starting lines here at Rexall, first game as an Oiler for Rob Klinkhammer.

18:14: Real early on and neither team has established in the others offensive zone. 

16:42: Turnover by Petry leads to a close call by Tavares in front of Ben Scrivens.

15:10: Icing by the Edmonton. Early shot count 2-0, Oilers

14:00Hall steals the outlet pass but can't corral the puck.    

9:14: Grabovski goes one-on-one with Petry, 1 point for Petey. 

7:06: Nifty save by Jaroslav Halak, playing keep-ups with the puck. 

3:01: That's the third time Halak has had trouble handling the puck behind the net. This time Matt Hendricks (4)  benefits. | EDM 1, NYI 0

2:10: KLINKHAMMER! His first point as an Oiler with an assist on the opening marker. 

Taylor Hall's line mates will hit the ice without him, as the Oilers PK gets it's first test tonight.

Ryan Strome with a clean look, takes the slap shot stopped by Scrivens to end the period.


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19:52: Someone shotgunned Red Bull prior to the second. Eight seconds in, Eberle (8) finds the back of the net. | EDM 2, NYI 0

18:52: In case you were with us and not scouring Twitter, Team Canada advances to the Gold Medal game against Russia.

16:59: In disbelief Andrew Ferenece (who has an assist tonight) heads to the box. Hooking. Second PK for Oilers.  

16:19: And just like that the game is within one.  A local, you may have heard of him, Johnny Boychuk, scores. | EDM 2, NYI 1

Hendy and Klink, new partners in crime mix it up behind the net with the Islanders. 

12:09: Shots 16-11 for the Isl's

Good backcheck by Anton Lander, breaking up the two-on-one, and runing a great chance for NY.

6:26: Oilers hold the puck in the NY zone for a good 3-4 minutes there. Islanders blocking a lot of shots. 

5:00: Purcell and Roy miss a golden oppurtunity on a two-on-0.

Nelson has been focusing on special teams, so lets see if the Oilers can make something happen on the PP.

1:23: Cizikas joins Lee in the box. 5 on 3 for 1 point two!

:34: Seven seconds left in two man advantage. 

0:00: Oilers will have 36 seconds on the PP to start the second. They even things up on the shot clock at 19's. 


20:00: If you haven't seen it already, get our update on the WJC semi final matches, HERE.

7:27:Miss-play behind the Islanders net by Visnovsky and Derek Roy reaps the benefits, his first as an Oiler. | EDM 3, NYI 1    

9:16: A lot of hockey without a whistle there.  Time for a stat check.  To start the third NY had 21 BS to the Oilers 7. Oilers had won 56% of the FO.

Ference gets his second penatly of the game. 

5:35: Cen Scrivens just received the Molson Cup, he's earning another tonight.  28 saves so far.

2:30: Matt Hendricks (5) with his second of the game! | EDM 4, NYI 1

2:13: Matt Fraser (5) gets in on the action. | EDM 5, NYI 1

Nail Yakupov will get the hook for slashing and the Islanders capitolize. Goal to Nelson. | EDM 5, NYI 2

Game Set, Match. Oilers get the dub at home! 
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