Oilers slip past Hurricanes 5-4 in OT
- Associated Press
- December 11, 2013 - 12:15 AM
EDMONTON, Alberta — Jordan Eberle scored a power-play goal at 1:48 of overtime and the Edmonton Oilers earned a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
Carolina's Justin Faulk took a penalty early in the overtime for a hit from behind on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Oilers' forward was able to remain on the ice and set up the winner, sending a pass to Eberle at the side of the net to clinch the game as Edmonton recovered after wasting a 4-1 lead.
Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins and Jesse Joensuu also scored for the Oilers, who have gone 7-3-1 in their past 11 games. Edmonton also improved its troubling home record with a 2-1-1 record through the first four games of a five-game homestand.
Tuomo Ruutu, Jordan Staal, Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost two in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
The Oilers took an early lead just 1:33 into the first period.
Hall had a clear lane to the net and beat Carolina goalie Cam Ward with a quick shot that beat him glove-side. It was Hall's 12th goal of the season and fifth in the past three games.
The Hurricanes tied the game just over six minutes into the opening period on a power-play goal. Ruutu was able to tip a Skinner shot on net and then get his own rebound after Edmonton defender Nick Schultz failed to clear the puck in front and put it past Oilers starter Devan Dubnyk.
Edmonton went back in front with nine minutes remaining in the first period as Yakupov took a pass from Hall and sent a shot from the slot that went through the legs of both defenseman Ron Hainsey and Ward. It was just fifth goal of the season for the 2012 No. 1 draft pick.
Yakupov was looking for another with three minutes left with another shot from in tight, but the puck went off the post.
Edmonton kept coming and made it 3-1 with 1:46 remaining in the first period as Nugent-Hopkins beat Ward with a shot up high while sliding in toward the net on his knees.
Edmonton outshot the Hurricanes 14-6 in the opening 20 minutes.
The Oilers added to their lead less than two minutes into the second period as Mark Arcobello worked hard to get a backhand away off his knees from behind the net to set up Joensuu for a quick shot on the doorstep and a 4-1 Edmonton advantage.
Carolina started to push its way back into the game and was rewarded for it midway through the second after sustained pressure in the Edmonton zone when a puck came loose to Jordan Staal in front of the net and he scored his seventh of the season through Dubnyk's legs.
The Hurricanes made it a 4-3 game 7:47 into the third period, as Eric Staal was able to pick off a poor Eberle pass and streak down the ice on a short-handed breakaway. Staal faked a slap shot and got Dubnyk to commit and go down before calmly putting the puck into the empty net behind him.
Shortly after, Carolina's Riley Nash was tossed from the game and given a major penalty for a hit from behind on Edmonton's Corey Potter.
The Hurricanes tied the game with just over five minutes remaining in the third after Edmonton failed to clear the zone in a sloppy sequence. Skinner was able to take a no-look turnaround shot from the point that somehow got past Dubnyk for his 10th goal to make it 4-4.
Both teams return to the ice on Thursday as the Hurricanes play the third game of a four-game trip in Calgary against the Flames, while the Oilers wrap up a five-game homestand against the Boston Bruins.
Notes: It was the first of two meetings this season between the Oilers and Hurricanes, who haven't played a game against each other since December 2011. It was only the 19th regular season meeting between the two teams, who met in the 2006 Stanley Cup final. Their next game will be on March 16 in Carolina. ... The game featured the NHL's top two stars from the past week. Carolina's Jeff Skinner was the league's first star after scoring five goals and adding an assist. Oiler Taylor Hall was the second star with four goals and two assists. ... The Hurricanes were still without forward Alexander Semin (concussion), who is reported close to making a return. Carolina was also without the services of defensemen Mike Komisarek (lower body) and Drayson Bowman (lower body). ... Edmonton defenseman Jeff Petry sat out after being run head-first into the glass near the boards in Saturday's game against Calgary, but has started skating with the team. Still out with injuries for Edmonton were forward Boyd Gordon (shoulder), goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (possible concussion) and forwards Tyler Pitlick (knee) and late-scratch Ryan Smyth (neck).
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