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LIVE GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Red Wings

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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PRE-GAME NOTES

Forward Lines:

Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Miller
Pouliot - McDavid - Yakupov
Korpikoski - Lander - Purcell
Klinkhammer - Letestu - Slepyshev

Defensive Pairings:

Klefbom-Schultz
Sekera-Fayne
Ference - Gryba

Goal:

Talbot

Scratches: Eberle (shoulder), Hendricks (foot), Reinhart (undisclosed), Davidson



FIRST PERIOD

20:00: Tonight's game has now begun. Puck drop ended up at 7:46 p.m. MDT.

18:00: Two minutes in, Oilers have the only shot of the game.

15:15: Oilers continue on the attack, now outshooting Detroit 3-0 and having carried the majority of the play through the opening five minutes.

14:07: Red Wings take the game's first penalty: a bench minor for having too many men on the ice.

13:00: A bird is loose in the building, flying around the upper reaches of Rexall Place before settling on top of the netting. 12:07: Detroit kills off the penalty. Shots are 6-0 Oilers.

11:24: The Red Wings head to the power play after Eric Gryba received two minutes for interference.

9:24: Oilers kill off the penalty.

8:46: Detroit's Drew Miller gets two minutes for holding, sending Edmonton on their second man advantage of the evening.

7:28: After some fancy stickhandling off the side boards, Nail Yakupov made a great pass to the front of the net that Mark Letestu redirected in past Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek to make it a 1-0 game. | EDM 1, DET 0

5:36: Shots are 9-3 Oilers as the fire alarm is now going off in the building. 3:47: Taylor Hall is upended breaking into the Red Wings zone by Jonathan Ericsson but there's no call. Coming back the other way, Hall trips up Niklas Kronwall and this time the referees do put up their arms, sending Detroit on the power play.

0.0: Period one comes to an end. Shots are 11-5 for Edmonton.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: Period two has begun.

19:12: Lauri Korpikoski receives two minutes for holding early in the middle frame, giving Detroit a power play with fresh ice.

17:04: Immediately after the penalty expired, Yakupov was upended by Mike Green in the Detroit zone to make it Edmonton's turn on the man advantage.

15:51: An Oilers penalty for too many men negated the power play.

14:30: McDavid stripped the puck in the neutral zone then broke in on a two-on-one with Letestu. He dished the puck over to Letestu but the Oilers centre just missed the net.

13:26: Connor McDavid scored an unbelievable goal, making a quick deke move at the top of the crease on Mrazek before sliding the puck over the goal line. | EDM 2, DET 0

12:56: Only 30 seconds later, the Oilers strike again. Teddy Purcell's shot is stopped by Mrazek but the rebound goes in off Kyle Quincey to give Edmonton a three-goal lead. | EDM 3, DET 0



9:30: Yakupov makes a great play to spring Pouliot on a breakaway with a long-range pass to the far blueline. Pouliot's shot is steered aside by Mrazek, however.

5:00: With five minutes to go in the second period, shots are 19-14 for Edmonton.

0.0: Final shot count in period two: 10-9 for Edmonton. 21-16 Oilers overall in the game.

THIRD PERIOD

20:00: Period three is now underway.

18:33: Rob Klinkhammer gets two minutes for clearing the puck over the glass.

13:56: Shots are 26-20 Oilers six minutes into the third.

13:11: Detroit strikes for their first of the game as Tomas Tatar picks up a rebound in front and swiftly backhands it past Talbot to make it a two-goal game. | EDM 3, DET 1



9:46: Shots are 27-22 just past the midway point of the final frame.

3:13: A penalty to Purcell has put the Oilers on the PK. It's a six-on-four situation with the Red Wings also pulling their goaltender.

1:13: Oilers kill off the penalty.

0.0: Game over! Oilers win. Final shot count: 29-28 for Detroit. Stay tuned for LIVE post-game interviews. 






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