The Oilers homestand continues Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 7 p.m. MT game can be seen on Sportsnet West or heard on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.
EDMONTON, AB – Andrej Sekera scored the game’s only goal in overtime to give the Oilers their second-straight victory, a 1-0 decision over the Carolina Hurricanes.
It wasn’t the most highlight-reel worthy of game-winning goals, but it got the job done just the same. Sekera whacked at a rebound with a one-handed swipe and it trickled in past Cam Ward for the game-winning goal at 2:47 of overtime.
“I just tried to follow the rebound and just tried to backhand it,” said Sekera. “It was close to the goalie. If you don’t shoot, you will never know if it will go in. It went in.”
There wasn’t much in the way of offence in this game, with neither goaltender wavering until the very end. Cam Talbot made 29 saves and got the shutout, while Ward made 26.
“Obviously, the win is the most important thing,” said Talbot. “The shutout is just a bonus, but it means a lot to get another two points here tonight and build some more momentum in our home rink again like we were before. Just how well our team has been playing in our own zone I think is a big confidence boost for everyone.”
With roughly five minutes remaining in the first period, a Carolina shot ricocheted off the post and out, keeping the game scoreless.
The game would remain 0-0 heading into the second period, with Carolina leading in shots 9-6.
The Oilers had a 3-on-2 rush less than eight minutes into the second, with Benoit Pouliot setting up Brandon Davidson in the slot. The defenceman’s shot was deflected away from danger.
The game’s first penalty came at 8:20 of the middle frame, as Carolina’s Brock McGinn was called for high-sticking. Unfortunately for the home team, they could not capitalize on the man advantage.
With just under six minutes to go in the second, Talbot came under siege and made a flurry of saves before his team could exit the defensive zone.
An Oilers 2-on-1 was broken up by Brett Pesce late in the second, as the Oilers started to generate a couple chances. Regardless of any chances by either team in the middle frame, the game was scoreless heading into the third.
“We knew coming into it that they were a tight-checking team and there wasn’t going to be a lot at the other end,” said Talbot. “We knew we had to check them as tightly as we were going to check us. I think we did a heck of a job tonight on their top players and had a great defensive effort by us.”
With the last seconds ticking off the clock, Ward stopped a wrister by Teddy Purcell to send the game to overtime. The Oilers move to 9-3 this season in games that go beyond regulation.
It was the first 1-0 overtime win in Oilers franchise history. Their only other 1-0 overtime win came in the 1997 playoffs against Dallas.
The Oilers host the Tampa Bay Lightning for their first meeting of the season on Friday at 7 p.m. MT.