Oilers earn 4-3 win
Both teams have injuries.
Both teams have young and/or inexperienced players in the lineup.
But Edmonton, completing a six-game road trip, wanted it more than your Montreal Canadiens, who dropped a second consecutive game for the first time in the young season.
After Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher staked the home team to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, the visitors scored four unanswered goals to take control.
Ales Hemsky got Edmonton on the board 13 minutes into the middle period, and Ladislav Smid made it 2-2less than three minutes later.
The visitors took control on third period goals by Jeff Petry and Ryan Jones. With Carey Price pulled for a sixth attacker, Brian Gionta tipped one past Devan Dubnyk with a second left on the clock.
Each team had 32 shots on goal.
Oilers take control
Goals by Jeff Petry and Ryan Jones completed Edmonton's comeback from a 2-0 deficit.
With Carey Price on the bench and one second left on the clock, Brian Gionta made it 4-3.
Two periods, two goals for each team.
Ales Hemsky was left unattended in the slot for a rising wrister to beat Carey Price and get Edmonton on the board almost 13 minutes into the period.
Less than two minutes later, Ladislav Smid jumped on a rebound and had an open net to tie things up.
The Oilers had a 16-11 shot advantage.
The Canadiens have been outscored 9-6 in second periods this season.
For almost 17 minutes, it was a scoreless and evenly played first period.
Then, on the Canadiens' second power play, Tomas Plekanec one-timed an Andrei Markov pass past Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk for his fourth goal of the season.
Not two minutes later, Brendan Gallagher came roaring off the Canadiens bench on a line change, stole the puck and wristed his fifth past Dubnyk.
Interesting "fight" at the end of the period: Travis Moen and hulking Luke Gadzic (who had tried to goon Gallagher) squared off and removed their helmets – at which point the linesmen skated right in to halt the proceedings.
Crowd hated it, but it's smart officiating at a time when head injuries are drawing a lot of attention.
Canadiens outshot the Oilers 14-8 and won an astonishing 15 of 18 faceoffs.
Banged-up Canadiens host Oilers
Fewer than 10 games into the 2013-'14 season, your Montreal Canadiens have been decimated by injuries.
Defencemen Alexei Emelin, Douglas Murray and David Drewiske haven't played a game this season.
Top scorer Max Pacioretty is out, as are Brandon Prust, Daniel Brière and George Parros.
The D has been limping along with ancient Francis Bouillon playing more than 16 minutes per game and rookie Jarred Tinordi trying to keep up with NHL speed and skill.
Forwards Michael Blunden and Patrick Holland have been recalled from the woeful Hamilton Bulldogs.
Tuesday's visitors will be looking to avenge a 4-1 defeat the Canadiens inflicted on them in Edmonton 12 days ago, but the Oilers have their own injury issues. Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall are out.