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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Hurricanes

by Nick Conrad / Edmonton Oilers

It had been a back and forth game until late in the second period when, enlivened by a Marc Pouliot go-ahead goal, the Oilers started to press. Patrick O'Sullivan sent a cross-seam pass to Mike Comrie for the one-timer. Cam Ward made a great save but Sam Gagner was right on the doorstep for the rebound and his fourteenth goal of the season. With a two-goal cushion, the Oilers never looked back.

3 The number of consecutive games in which Sam Gagner has tallied a point. (2g, 1a)
11 The number of games Gagner has picked up a point in the last 13 outings for the Oilers.
9 The number of consecutive games in which Eric Staal has picked up a point for Carolina (including tonight).
10-2-2 Oilers record when leading after two periods this season.
0 The number of Oilers losses so far in February.
1st Star
Mike Comrie
G A P +/- Shots
0 1 1 E 6
2nd Star
Jason Strudwick
G A P +/- Shots
0 0 0 +2 0
3rd Star
J-F Jacques
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 2

Cam Ward
27 23 4 57:58 .852

Jeff Deslauriers
35 33 2 60:00 .943

After the Oilers tied it up seven minutes earlier, Patrick O'Sullivan ripped a pass to Gilbert Brule who was perched just below the faceoff dot. Brule corralled the puck and wristed it to the top left corner of Cam Ward to put the Oilers up 2-1 on the splendid snipe.

Mike Comrie, Jason Strudwick and J.F. Jacques were the three stars on the night and deservedly so, but we were also liking Patty O'Sullivan. He notched two assists on the night, including his zinger of a pass to Brule in the first period, and was active with his speed all night long.

Carolina was the last team in the NHL to get a road win. They went 13 games without a victory away from home which was a new franchise record that had stood since 1981-82. Despite a 6-16-4 road record, the Hurricanes had four wins in their last seven road games before the Oilers handed them their 17th road loss of the season.

"It's a relief, no doubt. Everybody deserved it; our team deserved it, our coaches, and obviously the fans. It's something to build on and something to be positive about."
- Patrick O'Sullivan on the slump-breaking win

"It's pretty neat. I haven't had too many points this wasn't a pretty apple but I'll definitely take it."
- Alex Plante on getting an assist in his first NHL game.

Wednesday, February 3 vs. Philadelphia
  7:30 PM MT (TSN (HD), 630 CHED)

Edmonton will "welcome back" Chris Pronger and the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The game starts at 7:30pm and will be broadcast on TSN, available in HD.

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