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RECAP: Oilers 4, Canadiens 3

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers


MONTREAL, QUE. - The Edmonton Oilers rallied from down 2-0 after the first period to score four-straight goals and defeat the Canadiens 4-3 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

"That's a large win for our hockey club to be able to come back in this building," said Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "It's an amazing building to play in. I've always loved to come in here and experience the games. There's such an electricity, so to be able to come back from being down and win, that's a great, great job for our players."

The Canadiens struck on the power play at 16:36 of the opening period. Andrei Markov found Tomas Plekanec with a cross-ice feed at the face-off dot. Plekanec picked his spot and sniped a far-side goal just six seconds into the man advantage to give Montreal the 1-0 lead.

Montreal increased their leaf with just under three minutes remaining in the first period. Brendan Gallagher intercepted a puck at the Oilers blue line and broke in on Devan Dubnyk, firing a wrist shot into the back of the net.

The NHL's new rule, prohibiting the removal of helmets prior to fighting, was enforced on the Oilers for the first time this season. Edmonton's Luke Gazdic and Montreal's Travis Moen squared up and dropped the gloves in preparation for a tilt in the first period. Both took their helmets off and before a single punch was landed, the officials separated the two and gave each a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Oilers got on the board at 12:50 of the second period when forward Mark Arcobello gave a great behind-the-back set up to Hemsky, who put on a nice move in the slot and shot the puck past Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. The assist was Arcobello's ninth of the season while Hemsky's goal was his third.

"We just came in and regrouped a little bit," said Eakins. "I thought we needed to bring our compete level up a little bit higher. I thought we needed to get into the fight a little bit more. After that first intermission, our players certainly dug their feet in. We had some big performances, some guys step up and play a hard game."

Edmonton tied the game moments later when a big shot by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was kicked out to the right by Price. The rebound flew right to an awaiting Ladislav Smid who scored his first goal of the season backdoor to give the Oilers the tie.

At 7:59 of the third period, the Oilers took their first lead of the night when Jeff Petry and Nugent-Hopkins came down the ice on a 2-on-1. The Oilers centre found Petry with a soft pass and the defenceman finished it off, making the score 3-2.

David Perron, playing close to his hometown, shot the puck on Price and the rebound was swiped in by Ryan Jones at 9:57 of the third as Edmonton took a 4-2 lead over Montreal. Arcobello nabbed is second assist of the night, tenth of the season on that goal.

That was a fun one," said Arcobello. "It got away from us early but we battled back and got the two points. It was win on the road trip."

Brian Gionta scored with some traffic out in front of the net with under two seconds remaining but it wasn't enough as the Oilers grab their second-straight win, both on the road.

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