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LIVE GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Penguins

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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PRE-GAME NOTES

Forward Lines:

Hall - Draisaitl - Eberle
Pouliot - Nugent-Hopkins - Yakupov
Hendricks - Letestu - Purcell
Lander - Miller - Pakarinen

Defensive Pairings:

Klefbom - Davidson
Nurse - Sekera
Reinhart - Gryba

Goal:

Nilsson

Scratches: McDavid (collarbone), Schultz (back), Kilnkhammer (undisclosed), Korpikoski (undisclosed), Fayne, Ference



FIRST PERIOD

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

18:23: Pittsburgh has the first three shots of the game.

17:45: Sergei Plotnikov gets sent to the box, resulting in Edmonton receiving the game's first power play.

16:56: The power play is shortlived as Taylor Hall takes a slashing penalty, resulting in 1:11 of four-on-four play followed by 49 seconds where Pittsburgh has the man advantage.

5:53: Shots on goal are 8-4 Penguins just past the 16-minute mark of period one.

5:12: Matt Hendricks gets sent to the bin, putting Pittsburgh on the power play -- for the full two minutes this time.

3:43: The Pens look to have connected for the game's first goal but it is called back. Anders Nilsson makes a save but the puck trickles in behind him. Patric Hornqvist pounces on it, backhanding the puck in. The Oilers issued a coach's challenge for offside on the play and won the challenge. The clock is reset to 4:24.



0.0: Period comes to an end. Shots are 15-5 for Pittsburgh.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: Middle frame starts now.

19:15: 45 seconds into the period, Oscar Klefbom wired a shot from the left circle that beat Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to put Edmonton on the board first. | EDM 1, PIT 0

15:00:
Shots are now 19-10 for the Penguins.

10:54: Pittsburgh ties the game on a quick shot from the slot by Daniel Sprong after a really nice pass by Matt Cullen who kicked the puck up to his stick before quickly feeding the Pens rookie. | EDM 1, PIT 1



8:26: Pittsburgh holds a 23-13 edge in shots as the game surpasses the midway point.

8:22: Edmonton's Brandon Davidson takes an interference penalty.

6:22: Oilers kill off that penalty. Shortly after, Nurse nearly fed Draisaitl for a goal. His cross-ice pass from the point went right on the stick of the German but Draisaitl's stick snapped at the most inopportune time. 0.0: Shots on goal were 13-11 for Edmonton in the second. Overall in the game, they were 26-19 for Pittsburgh.

THIRD PERIOD

20:00: Period three is now underway.

14:30: Shots are 28-22 for the Penguins through the first five minutes of the third.

10:30: Pittsburgh had a glorious chance to break the deadlock but Anders Nilsson tripped David Perron just as he was trying to backhand the puck into the net. Nilsson received two minutes for tripping.

10:15: Only 15 seconds into the power play, Phil Kessel's shot from the left point found its way through traffic and into the back of the net. | PIT 2, EDM 1



5:00: Shots are 33-23 Pittsburgh with five minutes left.

4:05: Ian Cole accidentally flipped the puck over the glass in his own zone, resulting in an Edmonton power play.

1:00: Oilers pull their goaltender.

0.0: Shots on goal at the end of the game were 33-28 for the Penguins; 9-7 Edmonton in the third. 

LIVE POST-GAME

Watch live post-game interviews from the Oilers and Penguins dressing rooms following tonight's game (click here to view directly in YouTube with live chat):






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