This game requires two posts. One with pictures, and another with an actual game write up.
The write up will have to wait until tomorrow morning.
These pictures will attempt to capture the roller-coaster that was this game.
The Kings were leading the Oilers 1-0 with about a minute left in regulation while the play was in the Kings end. Please notice Rob Scuderi checking Sam Gagner in front of Jonathan Quick, because it’s going to come into play here. Gagner would get caught up with Jonathan Quick.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins buries the puck in the net with just over a minute remaining. 1-1. Not so fast. The goal is put on the board, but Gagner is called for a crease violation after Jonathan Quick protests. When’s the last time you’ve seen a crease call in the NHL? 2000? 2001? Wrong. The answer is January 24th, 2013. Take the goal off the board.
…and the ice is littered with debris from Boston Pizza.
Fast forward about 50 seconds. The Oilers win the faceoff in the Kings zone with ten seconds. Taylor Hall finds the puck near the blue line, shoots it on Jonathan Quick. The puck flies to Quick’s left, and Nail Yakupov slaps it out of mid air behind Jonathan Quick into the net with less than five seconds to go.
This caused over 16000 fans to stand and scream at Rexall Place. It probably caused a few homes to do the same.
Nail Yakupov was also very happy.
The Oilers went to overtime, tied at 1. LA’s Jeff Carter served a Too Many Men penalty in the overtime period.
Remember the guy who got caught up in Jonathan Quick’s pads towards the end of the third period? It was Sam Gagner.
And you know what? Sam Gagner ended up scoring the overtime goal in this game. The Oilers win, 2-1.
This was easily the most excited I’ve been for an Oilers regular season game since the whole Ales Hemsky / Patrick Stefan incident in 2007.
There will be an actual game write up tomorrow. For now, I’m on cruise control.
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