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RECAP: Leafs 6, Oilers 5 OT

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers


TORONTO - Joffrey Lupul scored with 31 seconds to play to tie the game at five and David Bolland scored the overtime game-winner in a wild finish by the Toronto Maple Leafs as they ruin Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins' homecoming to his former organization and hand Edmonton the 6-5 overtime loss.

"I'm glad the fans enjoyed it because I'm sure Randy (Carlyle) and I got a few extra grey hairs from that one," said Eakins. "Those are tough ones. I think obviously, they're happy with the win and I thought we maybe played the best game we've played so far."

"We generated a lot of offence but we gave up some on the other end," said forward Ryan Smyth. "They were hungry. They found some odd-man rushes that they capitalized on and it's frustrating, taking the loss with 30 seconds to go."

Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier got tangled up behind his net with the Oilers Jordan Eberle while playing a loose puck. Mark Arcobello scooped up the puck and saucer passed a perfect set up to Smyth who was crashing the net. Smyth roofed the deflection to give Edmonton the 1-0 lead at 5:21 of the first period.

Smyth has now scored in two-straight games.

At the 9:47 mark, Nazem Kadri tied the game with a snipe oner the far-side shoulder of Devan Dubnyk, high and right below the crossbar. Kadri's goal, assisted by Mason Raymond and Edmonton native Dion Phaneuf, was his second goal of the season.

James van Riemsdyk scored on the power play to take the 2-1 lead at 15:26. Phaneuf sent a cross-ice feed to Cody Franson who sent a shot on net to an awaiting van Riemsdyk who raised his stick to deflect the shot in past Dubnyk.

The Oilers were given a 5-on-3 power play with 2:33 remaining in the first period. With :19 remaining on the first of the two penalties, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fired a clean shot through from between the circles and the Oilers tied the game 2-2. Defencemen Justin Schultz and Anton Belov earned assists on the man advantage goal. It was Belov's first career NHL point.

The Maple Leafs killed off the rest of the Oilers power play.

The Oilers opened up the second on a mission with some good scoring chances and would eventually out-shoot the Leafs 17-4 for the period.

Boyd Gordon showed excellent awareness by executing a drop pass to David Perron who then fired the puck on Bernier. The Leafs goaltender made the save but the rebound popped behind the net. Perron then hacked at the loose puck until it leapt to the stick of Gordon who finished the play, finding twine and giving the Oilers a 3-2 lead just 1:02 in into the middle frame.

The Leafs answered back at 5:20 when Kadri freed the puck from the boards to Joffrey Lupul who was all alone on Dubnyk. Lupul took one heavy swing at the puck and buried the monster shot past the Oilers netminder. The goal tied the game at 3-3.

At 5:29 of the third period, Arcobello and Eberle skated down the ice on a 2-on-1 rush after a turnover at the Oilers blue line. Arcobello found Eberle backdoor who went top shelf glove-side of Bernier for his first goal of the season, giving Edmonton the 4-3 lead.

Van Riemsdyk tied the game once again, this time on a quick wrap around at the post. The goal at 9:55 of the third tied the game, 4-4.

Go to the net, get your stick on the ice and good things happen.

Smyth scored his second of the night and this was a big one as Arcobello drew two Toronto players and found Eberle. The Oilers star forward showed great vision and touch, finding Smyth perfectly backdoor for the go ahead goal at 11:27.

Arcobello nearly buried the dagger late in the game but Bernier robbed the Oilers centre with a highlight reel diving glove save.

With time running out the Oilers could not clear the puck from their zone and with 31 seconds to go in the game Lupul scored from the face-off dot to tie the wild contest 5-5, sending it to overtime.

The Leafs had a 3-on-1 rush down the ice and Cody Franson shot the puck on Dubnyk who made the first save but Bolland was backdoor and finished the play to give the Leafs the 6-5 victory.

"We've got one guy moving the wrong way when we've got one player under siege," said Eakins. "That's a great learning point for our defence. That's part of the renovation, something we've got to clean up."

Edmonton lead the game in shots 31-26.

"It's just a couple of plays either way kind of decided it," said Arcobello. "We showed a lot of good things out there but we didn't get the job done tonight."

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