NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Edmonton
(Saturday, January 7th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Edmonton 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Mikael Tellqvist made 36 saves and Chad Kilger scored the game-winning goal two minutes into the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, at Rexall Place.
Darcy Tucker and Matt Stajan notched a goal each and Bryan McCabe tallied two assists for the Leafs, who won for the seventh time in their last eight contests.
"I felt good from the start," Tellqvist said. "I had to make a few good saves tonight and otherwise guys were there for the rebound when there was a rebound. We didn't give them to many scoring chances and after that we had to bear down and score on our chances."
Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Smyth scored a goal apiece and Ty Conklin stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced for the Oilers, who have lost two of their last three games.
"They were all mistakes made on our part," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said. "They're a team that capitalizes on those things. They have more difficulty generating offense on their own but they are very capable on their power play as we saw."
Toronto drew first blood midway through the first period after Stajan batted a rebound into an open net for a 1-0 lead. McCabe hopped out of the penalty box and went in on a breakaway, but Conklin made a right pad save. The rebound sat on the doorstep for Stajan, who backhanded it into the net.
The Leafs extended their lead with 49 seconds left in the first period while on the power play after Tucker took a cross-ice pass and ripped a shot from the right circle that beat Conklin to make it 2-0.
Edmonton drew back to within one with 23 seconds left in the second period after Horcoff took a feed from Ales Hemsky on the doorstep and beat Tellqvist for his 11th tally of the season to make it 2-1.
Toronto regained its two-goal advantage 1:59 into the third period after Kilger batted a rebound over Conklin's shoulder to make it 3-1.
Edmonton continued to chip away at Toronto's lead after Smyth deflected a shot from the point off the boards behind the Leafs net that caromed off Tellqvist's left skate and into the goal to make it 3-2.
The Oilers pulled Conklin with over a minute remaining in the game but could not net the equalizer.
This was the first meeting of the season between Toronto and Edmonton. The Maple leafs have won 12 of the last 17 matchups...Smyth has four goals in his last four games and needs one more for his third straight 20-goal season...Toronto improved to 15-0-1 when leading after two periods...Horcoff's goal extended his point streak to five games.
01/07 23:19:34 ET