Game 59: Oilers sock it to Canadiens

Canadiens’ Lars Eller and Oilers’ Jim Vandermeer create traffic in front of Nikolai Khabibulin Thursday night. Ed Kaiser, Postmedia News

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• At a Glance: The Canadiens didn’t get the start they had hoped for to their three-game Western Canadian road trip on Thursday night, losing 4-1 to the Edmonton Oilers, the NHL’s worst team. The Oilers jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Ales Hemsky scored 8:15 into the first period. He grabbed the puck off an Oilers’ faceoff win in the Montreal zone, deked a few players and put a shot over Carey Price’s shoulder. The Canadiens would tie the game 4:06 into the second period when Jeff Halpern pushed a loos puck home during a goal-mouth scramble. The goal was originally credited to Lars Eller, but changed to Halpern during the second intermission. The Oilers put the game away early in the third period with two goals in 15 seconds. Jordan Eberle scored his 13th of the season when he broke into the zone and put a shot into the top corner from a sharp angle. Off the ensuing faceoff, Ryan Jones was able to beat Price between the legs to make it 3-1. Hemsky capped the scoring into an empty net in the final minute.

• Key Moments:
James Wisniewski was hit in the face with a puck midway through the first period and did not return. He was taken to hospital for tests.

• What It Means: Montreal has lost two straight games and its record falls to 31-21-7 to remain at 69 points, two behind the Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens head to Calgary for the Heritage Classic on Sunday, then head west to Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Tuesday.

247 Comments

  1. WestHab says:

    - Who will be at the Heritage Classic?

  2. Bugs says:

    We’re getting our butts kicked by the Oilers. The Oilers!

    Where the hell is the defen…

    …oh, yeah.

  3. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Probably just wishful thinking.

  4. Da Hema says:

    Jimmy9Toes: are you related to Jimmy the Nose from Chicago or Frankie Four Fingers from Brooklyn?

    Just curious.

  5. Mike D says:

    halfway thru the 1st period and the Booins are already up 3-0 on the Isles.  Looks like we’re not taking over 1st place tonight even if we get 2 points. 

    Hopefully the Isles mount a primo comeback, or at least beat the crap outta them.

    - Honestly yours

  6. observer says:

    smartie boy – i posted many links many times for others who asked. i cant find one now.

  7. LA Loyalist says:

    General ?

    When a player is seriously injured, a la Markov, etc. and their $ comes off the cap, who actually pays the players? Is there secondary insurance that kicks in if the injury is over a certain length of time, or…?

    On a film, for example, you have a completion guaranty which the producers buy, which under various contingencies will pay out, like any insurance, to complete the picture.

    Just curious. Meds working overtime.


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