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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Sabres

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:


Defence pairings:



Out: Belov (partially torn oblique), Joensuu (high ankle sprain), Yakupov (ankle), Eberle (knee)


Tonight's game is now underway.

15:15: Zenon Konopka and Luke Gazdic drop the gloves early on. It's a spirited fight that lasts several minutes with neither combatant going down. 11:21: Shots on goal nearly nine minutes into the game are 3-2 for Buffalo.

6:20: Tempers flare after the whistle in the Edmonton zone after Conachor engages in some shoving of Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens. Cory Conacher received two for roughing and Scrivens got two for unsportsmanlike conduct, resulting in a four-on-four situation.

6:03: Christian Ehrhoff gets two minutes for slashing, setting up the Oilers first power play of the night. The PP will be a four-on-three initially.

5:34: Justin Schultz wires a slapshot off the post behind Hackett.

3:30: Hackett makes a nice pad stop off of Smyth at the goal line. 3:12: Tyler Ennis heads to the box, giving the Oilers their second power play of the period.

2:12: Taylor Hall one-times a blast from the right circle after taking a feed from Schultz. | EDM 1, BUF 0

0.0: Shots on goal after one period were 14-8 for the Oilers.


Second period has started.

17:53: Mike Weber gets two minutes and Edmonton gets its third power play of the game.

15:51: Just after the penalty expires, Torrey Mitchell receives two for roughing and Oilers head back on the PP.

12:04: Hall gets two minutes for hooking to put the Sabres on the power play for the first time.

10:44: Sabres tie the game up. Jamie McBain's shot from the point is tipped by Cory Conacher before skipping past Scrivens. | EDM 1, BUF 1

7:08: Smyth trips up D'Agostini in his own zone to put Buffalo back on the man advantage.

3:46: After killing off the Smyth penalty, the Oilers get their fifth power play of the game. Marcus Foligno got the two-minute minor.

0.0: Shots on goal after two periods were 27-24 for Edmonton.

Third period is underway.

18:51: Cory Conacher scores his second of the game to move the Sabres in front 2-1. | BUF 2, EDM 1

15:16: Moments after Scrivens dove to make a great glove stop on the goal line on Tyler Ennis, Drew Stafford wires a shot from the slot that finds its way through traffic and in. | BUF 3, EDM 1

12:57: Matt Hendricks drops the gloves with Mike Weber in a quick fight that you couldn't give an edge to either combatant. 9:25: Past the midway point of the period, the Oilers and Sabres are knotted up at 31-31 in shots.

6:42: Conacher hauls down Hall and receives two minutes for tripping. Oilers head on the PP trying to get back in the game.

1:25: Oilers pull Scrivens for the extra attacker.

1:10: Edmonton calls its 30-second timeout.

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