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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Panthers

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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PRE-GAME NOTES

Forward Lines:

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

Defensive Pairings:

Ference - Petry
Klefbom - Fayne
Nikitin - Schultz

Goalies:

Scrivens
Fasth

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



FIRST PERIOD

20:00:
 Today's game is now underway.

16:00: Four minutes in, each team has one shot on goal.

15:59: Jimmy Hayes picks up the puck in front of the Oilers net, waits a moment, then fires it high blocker side past Scrivens to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. | FLA 1, EDM 0



10:00: Shots on goal are even at 5-5 as the period hits the midway point.

0:00: The final shot count after one period was 11-9 for the Panthers.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00:
Period two has begun.

16:00: Shots in the period were 7-1 for the Oilers four minutes in.

15:53: Oilers have a handful of scoring opportunities at the doorstep of Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo and eventually the puck squirts loose and Jordan Eberle makes no mistake, pouncing on the puck and backhanding it past the fallen Luongo. | EDM 1, FLA 1

13:04: The Panthers moved back in front after a point shot from Brian Campbell went off the stick of an Oilers player on its way to the net. | FLA 2, EDM 1



8:24: Shots are 18-17 Panthers past the period's midway point.

1:54: Both teams have periods of sustained pressure in the others' zone. Shot count is even at 21-21. 

1:11: Dmitry Kulikov takes a tripping penalty; the first in the game. Oilers head to the power play for the first time.

0.0: Shot count after 40 is 23-21 Oilers.

THIRD PERIOD

20:00:
The Oilers open the third on the power play for another 48 seconds.

17:54: Mark Fayne gets ticketed for interference, giving the Panthers their first power play of the game.

17:33: Scrivens slides across to make a huge stop on Jussi Jokinen at the top of the crease.

14:52: Tomas Kopecky hammers home a pass from behind the net by Derek MacKenzie, making it a two-goal lead for the visitors. | FLA 3, EDM 1



14:20: Benoit Pouliot scoops up a rebound after Derek Roy's backhander went off the mask of Luongo. He makes no mistake, putting the puck into the wide-open cage. | FLA 3, EDM 2



12:40: Taylor Hall nearly ties it but the puck is batted away by a Panthers player. Coming back the other way, a shot is fired off the post by Florida's Brad Boyes.

11:39: Andrew Ference goes off for tripping.

9:37: Matt Hendricks and Erik Gudbranson drop the gloves for a spirited but quick bout.

6:07: Shots in the third period to this point are 9-4 for Edmonton.

4:32: Florida increases its lead to two goals after Sean Bergenheim rifles a shot past Scrivens. | FLA 4, EDM 2



28.7: Gudbrandson hammers Pouliot into the boards from behind, resulting in a penalty assessed to the Panthers defenceman.

0.0: Shots on goal at the end of the game were 33-27 for the Oilers.




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