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Oilers double up Panthers 2-1

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
After killing off a pair of penalties in the early going, the Oilers got on the board during their first power play of the game. Tom Gilbert blasted a shot from the point that beat Alex Auld. Rob Schremp and Fredrik Pettersson drew assists on the play.

Edmonton carried a territorial advantage in the opening frame, outshooting Florida 9-2 after the first 11 minutes.

Daniel Tjarnqvist gave Oilers fans a glimpse into his defensive style and what he can bring to the team. On one occasion in the period, he pinched down low for most of the shift, cycling the puck with Horcoff and Smyth as Pisani manned teh point.

Freddy Pettersson almost made it 2-0 on the Oilers' second power play of the period. Auld had to stretch across to stop the first shot and then managed to get a glove up on the rebound as Pettersson tried to lift it over the fallen netminder.

Near the 14-minute mark, Rostislav Olesz cleared the puck over the glass in his own zone which prompted a delay-of-game penalty and put the Oilers on a brief two-man advantage. Florida was able to hold off the Oilers attack and keep it a one-goal game.

Late in the period, Edmonton's penalty kill was put to the test. Penalties to Shawn Horcoff and Mathieu Roy 31 seconds apart gave Florida a lengthy two-man power play.

The Oilers were able to kill off the Horcoff minor but with 30 seconds left in Roy's penalty, the Panthers scored. Defenceman Martin Lojek fired a slap shot from the top of the right circle that beat a screened Roloson low glove side.

The final shot tally for period one was 12-8 in favour of Edmonton.

The Panthers had a good chance to move in front early in the second after penalties to both Tjarnqvist and Stortini at the same time put them on a five-on-three. However, the Oilers were able to kill off the entire two minutes thanks to some stellar netminding from Roloson.

After stopping a pair of shots in rapid succession, Roloson was then able to come across and rob Juraj Kolnik with a glove stop on a one-time attempt.

Jussi Markkanen came into the game at the 9:30 mark of period two. Roloson made 15 saves on 16 shots in 29:30 of work. At the 10-minute mark, Craig Anderson spelled Alex Auld. Auld stopped 17 of 18 in 30:00 of work.

Brodziak almost scored for the Oilers 13 minutes into the second as he coralled the puck in the slot. Just when he attempted to get a shot on net he was hooked off the puck by Ric Jackman, drawing a penalty.

Late in the period, the Oilers had a parade to the penalty box with minors to Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Tjarnqvist. The result was a lengthy five-on-three for the visitors - their fourth of the night. The Oilers were able to hold off the Panthers and keep the game tied after 40 minutes.

At the end of the second period, shots on goal were 22-19 for Edmonton.

Four minutes into the third, Chris Gratton and Brad Winchester dropped the gloves for a quick dust-up after a scramble in front of the Panthers net. Gratton got the decision with a quick left at the end of the bout.

Seconds after the fight, the Oilers capitalized on the power play. Shawn Horcoff threaded a pass from the right faceoff dot to Smyth, who tipped it in.

With eight minutes to go in the third, Florida went on its fifth two-man advantage of the night but once again the Oilers penalty kill was solid.

Pisani came close to doubling the Oilers' lead with about two minutes to play. Horcoff fed him the puck but his one-time attempt went off the side of the net.
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