The Oilers 2-1 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Rexall Place was without a doubt a victory of epic proportions. Edmonton trailed 1-0 in the final minute of regulation until Nail Yakupov scored the equalizer with just five seconds on the clock, paving the way for Sam Gagner's overtime winner on the power play. Devan Dubnyk earned the victory between the pipes with a solid 30-save performance.
Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:
The Oilers appeared to tie the game with 65 seconds left when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a lightning-quick backhand off a rebound, sending the crowd into a frenzy. But what would have been the equalizer was disallowed after the officials ruled Sam Gagner interfered with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in the crease. The non-goal sparked the Oil, though, leading to Yakupov's heroics.
Seconds remaining on the clock when Nail Yakupov scored his game-tying goal.
Total power plays between the Kings and Oilers.
Regulation power-play goals for the Kings and Oilers.
Overtime power-play goals for the Oilers, Sam Gagner from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz.
Assists for Justin Schultz who put together another solid game in the shadow of huge goals by Nail Yakupov and Sam Gagner.
In what will likely go down as one of the most memorable goals in Oilers history, Nail Yakupov bats the rebound from a Taylor Hall shot out of mid-air and past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to tie the game 1-1 with five seconds left in regulation. Upon scoring his second-career NHL goal, Yakupov's jubilant celebration stretches from one end of the ice to the other.
Nail Yakupov has now scored two goals in two career games at Rexall Place. His exuberant post-goal celebrations have made him an instant star in the eyes of fans across Oil Country. The Russian tallied the biggest goal of the Oilers season thus far.
Defenceman Mark Fistric made his Oilers debut tonight and was a solid presence, accumulating four hits — including a bone-rattling body-check on Jordan Nolan — and four blocked shots, while also drawing a couple of Kings penalties.
Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid compiled a whopping 23 penalty minutes before the midway point in the first period. His fight with Jordan Nolan accounted for 19 of those minutes in the sin bin.
"I didn't understand what was happening and was like, 'What am I doing?' I didn't hear anybody because the fans were going crazy. It's a great feeling. It's amazing." -- Nail Yakupov
Saturday, January 26 vs. Calgary 8:00pm MST (CBC / 630 CHED)
The Oilers take to the air on Friday for a quick flight down to Calgary as they prepare for the first Battle of Alberta of the season on Saturday against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton is currently on a two-game winning streak against Calgary. The 8:00pm game will be the second half of CBC's Hockey Night In Canada while 630 CHED will have the radio broadcast.