Game 17 Live Game Blog: Oilers and Devils Headed To OT Tied 3-3
The Oilers and Devils move to overtime tied, 3-3, in tonight’s game at the Prudential Center.
The Devils lead in shots, 36-24, through three periods.
Mattias Tedenby’s powerplay goal at the 11 minute mark of the third period tied the game, 3-3
With Ales Hemsky in the box for high-sticking, the Devils won a faceoff in the Oilers zone. Andy Greene held the puck along the point, and sent a shot on net. Tedenby tipped the puck into the back of the net for his first career goal.
Both Tedenby and Alexander Vasyunov scored their first NHL goals tonight.
Tedenby was robbed by Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk at 4:29 of the period. With Jason Strudwick in the box for hooking, the Devils worked the puck around the zone. Tedenby received the puck in front of the net with no defender around. He put the puck to the top shelf, but Debnyk flashed the glove and made a terrific save.
The Devils lead in shots, 24-20, through two periods. Both teams have created excellent scoring chances, but Edmonton has looked better through two periods. They’ve constantly found ways to move the puck to the low slot, and they’ve created several good chances.
Brian Rolston’s goal at 16:52 cut the Oilers lead to 3-2.
David Clarkson held the puck behind the net and drove to the side. He tried a wraparound shot that Dubnyk stopped. The goalie couldn’t find the rebound, and Rolston backhanded the rebound through the five hole for his first goal of the season.
Sam Gagner’s goal at 5:12 of the second period extended the Oilers lead to 3-1.
The Devils were caught in a bad line change, which led to the Oilers goal. Gagner and Ales Hemsky broke into the zone on a 2-on-1, but Henrik Tallinder cancelled the chance with a pass. Rookie Taylor Hall controlled the loose puck and put a shot on Martin Brodeur. The rebound bounced up in the air, and Gagner whacked it into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
Travis Zajac almost made it 3-2 at 13:30 of the second period. A loose puck came to Zajac in the low slot, and the center one-timed the puck on Dubynk. The rookie stoned Zajac to end the scoring threat.
Jason Arnott missed a golden scoring opportunity earlier in the period. Patrik Elias caused a turnover in the neutral zone and broke in with Arnott on a 2-on-1. The left-winger passed the puck over to Arnott, and he rifled a shot off the post and into the corner.
Vasyunov’s first career goal at 15:43 of the first period cut the Oilers lead to 2-1
Both Vasyunov and Zajac stayed out for a long shift as they moved into the Oilers defensive zone. Patrik Elias corralled a loose puck at the side boards and moved to the goal line. Elias then layed a pass to Zajac along the end boards, who passed the puck to the front of the net. Vasyunov skated into the slot and beat Dubynk for his first goal of the season.
Colin Fraser’s second goal at 9:50 of the first period extended the Oilers lead to 2-0.
Ryan Jones began the play in his own zone, flipping the puck high into the Devils zone. Olivier Magnan attempted to glove down the puck, but he missed and was knocked off the puck. Foster picked up the loose puck in the low slot and fired it past the stick of Martin Brodeur for his second goal of the season.
Clarkson tried to spark his team by fighting Zach Stortini at 12:50 of the first period. Clarkson threw some good shots, but picked up an extra minor for instigating because he grabbed Stortini and threw the gloves to goad him into the bout. That also carries a ten minute misconduct penalty.
Vasyunov had the opportunity to tie the game only seconds before the Oilers’ second goal. The Devils’ right-winger broke into the Oilers zone on a 2-on-1, and came in on Oilers goalie Devan Dubynk alone. Instead of shooting, he decided to pass it across the zone, and the puck was picked off the Oilers defense.
Foster’s first goal of the period put the Oilers ahead, 1-0.
Fraser drove the net and tried to stuff the puck past Brodeur. The Devils goalie made two stops, but Fraser knocked in the third attempt for his goal of the season.
Here were the starting lineups:
Taylor Hall – Sam Ganger – Ales Hemsky; Jim Vandermeer – Ryan Whitney; Devan Dubnyk
Ilya Kovalchuk – Travis Zajac – Alexander Vasyunov; Colin White – Henrik Tallinder; Martin Brodeur
The Devils are looking for their first win at home this season. They’ve lost seven in a row at the Prudential Center, a new franchise record.
Martin Brodeur will start in net tonight for the Devils. He missed two-plus games with a bruised right elbow. The Devils also welcome back Brian Rolston, who missed four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Devils’ captain Jamie Langenbrunner will miss tonight’s game with an upper body injury.