NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Edmonton
(Thursday, December 15th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Montreal 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ethan Moreau's power-play goal with 1:23 remaining in regulation broke a tie and helped the Edmonton Oilers rally for a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Rexall Place.
Fernando Pisani scored twice and also assisted on the game-winning goal for Edmonton, which recorded a point for the sixth consecutive game (3-0-3). Raffi Torres and Marc-Andre Bergeron also scored and Ty Conklin made 16 saves in the victory.
Chris Higgins notched a goal and an assist for Montreal, which is 2-2 over its last four games. Garth Murray and Michael Ryder also scored, while Sheldon Souray added two assists in the losing effort.
After coming back from a two-goal deficit, the Oilers gained a power play late in the third period. With the contest deadlocked at 3-3, Ryder went off for a delay of game penalty and the miscue proved costly.
The Oilers controlled the puck and fired several shots on goal, but Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore came up with several big saves. At the end of a long shift, Moreau -- appearing to be out of gas -- wound up from inside the left circle and released a rocket that beat Theodore at 18:37 for a 4-3 Edmonton lead.
Pisani's empty-netter in the waning moments capped the scoring.
The Canadiens took a 3-1 lead at the 4:08 mark of the second period. Higgins was tangled with Edmonton defenseman Igor Ulanov along the base of the left half-wall and won the battle for the puck. He then skated along the back boards, came out in front, and his stuffer at the right post lit the lamp.
However, just 61 seconds later, the Oilers struck back on Torres' 13th goal of the campaign to cut their deficit to one. Torres was unmarked near the front of the net and after a shot from the point, the puck caromed directly onto his stick and he punched it home from near the left post.
Several minutes later, Jarret Stoll ripped a one-timer from the left circle that was saved, but Theodore seemed to strain his groin on the play. After the whistle blew, Theodore remained down and the Montreal trainer came onto the ice.
Despite the appearance of discomfort, Theodore stayed in the game and kept the puck out of the net over the remainder of the session as the Habs led 3-2 after two periods of play.
Only 24 seconds into the third period, Montreal's Mathieu Dandenault went to the box for four minutes due to a high-sticking double minor, and the Oilers looked to capitalize. Although the Canadiens kept the puck out of the net during the lengthy power play, Edmonton tied it up shortly after.
Moreau was behind the net and slid to his left before feeding the disc out to the goal mouth, where Pisani's redirection beat Theodore at 6:05. It was his eighth goal of the season.
Theodore finished with 23 saves.
The Habs went into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead. After Bergeron gave the Oilers the early edge with his seventh goal -- a power-play marker -- at 7:21 of the first period, Murray answered just over a minute later. With 3:10 to go in the opening stanza, Ryder's power-play goal put Montreal in front.
Edmonton is now 7-4-2 at home in 2005-06...Ryder has scored in three straight games and has four goals in his last five contests. His goal in this one was his 14th this season...Montreal center Saku Koivu missed his fifth straight game with a groin injury...The Canadiens have lost six of their last eight games at Edmonton...The Oilers finished 2-for-8 on the power play, while Montreal went 1-for-7 with the extra skater.
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