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Oilers rally comes up just short

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton had the game's first power play and had several chances to score the game's first goal. Shawn Horcoff teed up a one-timer from the right circle that Leafs starting goaltender Andrew Raycroft slid across to stop.

Midway through the period, Patrick Thoresen clipped Nik Antropov with a high stick on the rush which gave Toronto its first power play of the game.

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  • On the ensuing man advantage, Alex Steen, Tomas Kaberle and Mats Sundin teamed up for a nice three-way passing play with Kaberle finding Sundin untouched at the left circle. His one-timer found the open net as Roloson was unable to get across in time.

    Hemsky almost tied the game on a two-on-one rush with him and Horcoff but just as he was about to redirect the pass, Sundin came back and hampered him just enough to ensure he didn't get a stick on the puck.

    Roloson made a big save in the final minute, first stopping a screened shot and then denying Steen on the rebound. With seconds left, Roloson again robbed John Pohl just getting a glove on the puck during a scramble in front.

    Shots on goal after one period were 13-12 in favour of Toronto thanks to a late Leafs flurry.

    Raffi Torres was by far the most physical player on either side in the opening period with four solid hits.

    Early in the second, Bates Battaglia directed the puck on net from the side boards deep in the Oilers end. The shot appeared harmless enough until Pohl got a stick on it in front to redirect it into the Oilers goal. The puck may have also went off the skate of Marc-Andre Bergeron in front.

    47 seconds later, Steve Staios took advantage of a weak clearing attempt to get a shot on net. Raycroft was screened in front by Patrick Thoresen and the shot eluded the Leafs netminder, making it a 2-1 game.

    Toronto regained their two-goal lead midway through the second on Pohl's second of the night. Bergeron tried to clear the puck up to Nedved but he was stripped of the puck by Chad Kilger. The former Oiler quickly directed it towards the net where Pohl poked it past Roloson.

    With two minutes left in the third, Marc Pouliot had a clear path to the net but was upended by Carlo Colaiacovo. As a result, he was awarded a penalty shot.

    On the penalty shot, Pouliot made a great backhand deke move before scoring on Raycroft. His attempt went high just inside the left post - Raycroft's blocker side.

    Following two periods of play, the shots were even at 22 apiece.

    Toronto struck for a goal midway through the third to increase their lead to 4-2. Sundin battled with Staios behind the Edmonton net and eventually took the puck in front where he wrapped it past Roloson for his second of the night.

    Edmonton had a late power play and pulled Roloson in an attempt to get within striking distance of Toronto. On the ensuing six-on-four situation, Hemsky fired a shot from the top of the right circle that was tipped in front by Smyth before beating a screened Raycroft.

    The Oilers scrambled to try and tie the game up and came very close but just ran out of time in the end.
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