For a while, it looked like the Oilers were playing their good friends in Minnesota. Oilers tied it up, but an eventful penalty taken late in the third ended up costing the Oilers in OT.
It’s a point. A point isn’t much, but it’s better than five-sixths of the road trip.
Your recap follows the jump.
Devils were able to get on the board in the second period with a shorthanded goal from Ilya Kovalchuk. Rememeber how the Devils were leading the league in shorthanded goals? About all that. Jeff Petry is trying to make a pass in the Devil zone, when Khabibulin sees Ilya Kovalchuk in his high beams. Kovalchuk earns his pay, and the Devils tally another shorty.
Fast forward to the third period, and Ales Hemsky steps in to draw even.
If only it were that simple every time.
Everything comes together, and the Oilers live to breathe until overtime. Corey Potter takes a last minute tripping penalty, and Zach Paraise nets a power play goal of his own. Oilers drop the game 2-1 to the Devils, and the team tries to plan a nuclear takeover of the Anaheim Ducks come Friday night.
- Taylor Hall is a machine on overdrive. Hall’s assist on Ales Hemsky’s goal is his sixth point in his last five games dating back to January 2. His next game will be his 100th career game, and he’s managed 72 points in that time.
- Emergency call-up Milan Kytnar saw just 5:31 of ice time on the fourth line, managing one shot on Devils goalie Johan Hedberg.
- Khabibulin managed 23 saves on 25 shots, an improvement over his recent efforts.
- While Hemsky was able to score on the man advantage, the Oilers managed just three shots on about nine minutes of power play time. If you didn’t miss Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins before, you do now.
Edmonton will face off against Anaheim in the second of a three game home stand for the Oilers. Although Anaheim trails the Oilers by four points in the standings, they’re winners of their last three.
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