NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Edmonton|
(Monday, February 1st)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Carolina 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Jeff Deslauriers made 15 of his 33 saves in
a scoreless third period, as Edmonton topped Carolina, 4-2, to halt a
miserable 13-game losing streak.
With the win, the Oilers avoided matching their longest winless streak in club
history, a 14-game span from October 11 - November 7, 1993.
Marc Pouliot and Jean-Francois Jacques each had a goal and an assist, while
Sam Gagner and Gilbert Brule also tallied for Edmonton, which was 0-11-2 since
a win over Toronto on December 30.
"It hasn't been real good for us in the last month," Deslauriers said. "We
have to look forward and start fresh."
Andrew Alberts and Jussi Jokinen lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who had
their season-high four-game winning streak stopped. Cam Ward was beaten four
times on 27 shots in defeat.
Down 2-1 midway through the second period, Jokinen used nifty stick-handling
before backhanding a power-play goal past Deslauriers at the 10:49 mark.
Pouliot answered with his first of the year, a wraparound try that snuck by
Ward with 6:29 left in the middle stanza for a 3-2 lead.
Edmonton went on the power play later in the frame, and Gagner cleaned up Mike
Comrie's rebound at the 17:05 mark for a two-goal lead.
The Oilers dumped the puck through much of the final period, and Deslauriers
was up to the task in the few true scoring chances he faced to notch
Edmonton's first win of the calendar year.
"I thought [Edmonton] worked hard and skated real hard," Hurricanes head coach
Paul Maurice said. "It wasn't a pretty game to watch from either team's side,
but their goalie was good."
Alberts' slap shot following Brandon Sutter's faceoff win opened the scoring
2:42 into the game, but Jacques netted a bad-angle goal at the eight-minute
mark to quickly tie it.
Seven minutes later, Brule snapped a wrister over Ward's right shoulder.
Edmonton's winless streak in 1993 featured 13 losses and a tie...Edmonton had
lost eight in a row and 15 of its previous 16 at Rexall Place...Ward had
allowed just five goals during Carolina's win streak...Carolina center Eric
Staal notched an assist to give him eight goals and six assists over a nine-
game point streak...The Hurricanes haven't won five straight since a
franchise-record-tying nine-game run from March 18-April 7, 2009.
02/02 01:11:37 ET