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Tanabe scores late in OT as Bruins win

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers were all over the Bruins early on with Ales Hemsky deking Bruins starting netminder Hannu Toivonen in close but unable to get the puck around the Finnish netminder. Seconds after that play, Toivonen stopped a Jason Smith slap shot from the slot.

With nine minutes left in the period, Markkanen made a brilliant stop on Marco Sturm on a Boston two-on-one chance. Sturm broke into the Oilers zone and Patrice Bergeron fed him the puck in the slot. He attempted the redirection but Markkanen came across to get a pad on it.

With close to seven minutes left in the period, Todd Harvey struck for the game's first goal. Harvey picked up the puck behind the Boston net and wrapped it in, just squeezing in between the post and Toivonen's skate.

Several minutes later, the Oilers struck for their second of the game while on their first power play of the night. Shawn Horcoff passed it from the side boards to Fernando Pisani in front who wired one on Toivonen. The Bruins goaltender got a piece of it but not enough to stop Ryan Smyth from banging home the rebound.

The Oilers thoroughly dominated the Bruins in the first period, outshooting them 16 to 6.

Neither team managed a shot on goal in the first four minutes of the second period but both sides made their first shots of the period count.

While on a power play, Fernando Pisani took a pass from the corner by Shawn Horcoff at the 4:33 mark and rifled it past Toivonen to put the Oilers up 3-0.

But Boston replied less than two minutes later while on a delayed penalty. At the 6:26 mark. Brad Boyes was parked in front of the net and redirected a pass high to make it a 3-1 game.

The Bruins drew back within a goal two minutes after that as Sergei Samsonov wristed a shot from the left circle into the back of the net.

You could feel momentum shifting Boston's way after their second goal. The Oilers were pinned in their own end for what seemed like an eternity as the Bruins pressed for the equalizer.

They were eventually able to get that third goal to tie the game at 3-3 as Brad Boyes created a turnover in the slot and whistled it by Markkanen for his second of the night with eight minutes left in the second.

Shots in the second period were 7-6 Boston as the Bruins scored three unanswered goals to tie the game.

It didn't take Boston long to register its first lead of the night. 13 seconds into the third, Bergeron took a pass from Boyes and scored to make it a 4-3 game.

Four minutes into the period, Ethan Moreau drove to the net with Pisani and as Pisani lost his footing and slid into the net he took the puck with him. After a lengthy video review the play was ruled a goal.

Pisani just narrowly missed out on the hat trick during an Oilers power play midway through the third. Pisani, stationed at the right side of the Boston crease, took a cross-ice pass and shot it wide of the open cage.

Shots on goal with nine minutes left in the third period were 33-15 for Edmonton.

Rexall Place fans gave a huge cheer when six-foot-none Raffi Torres absolutely leveled six-foot-seven Hal Gill behind the Bruins net.

Late in the third, Stoll created a turnover in the neutral zone and broke in on a two-on-one with Torres. Stoll fed it over to Torres whose shot was partially tipped by the Bruins defender and trickled harmlessly to Toivonen.

After regulation time, the shot count was 38-24 for the Oilers.

In the extra frame, Alexei Zhamnov almost ended it a minute in. The speedy centre took a pass from behind the net and corralled the puck in the slot. He wristed it quickly on Markkanen who had to be sharp to glove it down.

NOTES: The Oilers went with the same lineup as last game with Markkanen in goal and Dan Smith, Kolanos and Rita healthy scratches... Boston was without Glen Murray (groin), Pat Leahy (broken finger) and Ian Moran (knee)... Georges Laraque now has a three-game assist streak... Boyes' two-goal performance marked a career high while three points matched his career high set Oct. 26 vs. Carolina... Pisani's three points equalled a career high set on March 22, 2003 vs. Washington.
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