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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Maple Leafs

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

It was quite a night at Rexall Place as plenty of Toronto fans filled the arena to see their Leafs play the Oilers. When the dust settled on an exciting back and forth game, it was the Maple Leafs that came away with the overtime victory.

The Oilers battled back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to force overtime but fell just short when Tim Connolly took a pass from Joffrey Lupul to seal this one.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

With the game being a back and forth battle, the turning point in this one came on Tim Connolly's overtime winning goal. After a late Jordan Eberle goal tied it up, the Oilers had their chance on a three-on-one break in overtime. Cam Barker was stripped of the puck and the Leafs went back the other way to get the win.

50 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 26 of 52 draws.
20 Taylor Hall's goal tonight was his 20th of the season. Hall has now hit the 20-goal mark in his first two years in the NHL.
8 Picking up an important two points tonight, the Maple Leafs hold on to the 8th and final playoff spot in the East for now.
50 The Oilers single point tonight brings them to 50 on the season. That total currently has them second last in the league, 10 points up on last place Columbus.

Cody Franson
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 E 1

Taylor Hall
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 3

Joffrey Lupul
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 2

James Reimer
32 29 3 61:23 .906

Nikolai Khabibulin
26 22 4 61:39 .846

  Dion Phaneuf- D

24:25 - 0 PTS, +1 rating

  Jeff Petry- D

22:45 - 0 PTS, -1 rating

With the Maple Leafs already out to a quick 1-0 lead, Matthew Lombardi would score a highlight reel goal to make it 2-0. Defenceman Cody Franson would spring Lombardi in all alone where he would deke to the backhand and slide home his 7th of the season through Khabibulin's five-hole.

Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul continued his strong season with another two-point (1G, 1A) effort tonight. Lupul would get the Leafs started with the first goal of the game just 40 seconds into it. He would later set up the game-winning goal in overtime to help Toronto to a 4-3 win.

Oilers forward Ben Eager certainly made an impact in tonight's game. Trailing 2-0 early, Eager got the Oilers back into the game with his 7th of the season. He would later fire up the crowd even more with a dominating win in a fight against the Maple Leafs Mike Brown.

Having won their last two games when tied after 40 minutes, the Oilers failed to make it three in a row tonight. Edmonton started the season 9-0-2 in this category and are now 10-2-2 when tied after 40 minutes.

"We did a good job on stabilizing and settling down after a rough start. We made it less of a track meet."

-- Head Coach Tom Renney on tonight's effort against Toronto.

Friday, February 17  vs. Colorado
  7:30pm MST (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers are back at Rexall Place Friday night when they welcome the visiting Colorado Avalanche to town. It will be the fifth meeting of the season between these two clubs with the Oilers having taken three of four. The game can be seen live on Sportsnet West.

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