NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Edmonton |
(Wednesday, December 6th)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Carolina 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Jason Smith's late second period goal was the
game-winner, as the Edmonton Oilers posted a 3-1 win over the Carolina
Hurricanes at Rexall Place.
Craig Adams scored for the Hurricanes, who have dropped two in a row. Cam Ward
made 21 saves in a losing return to his hometown.
Brad Winchester and Fernando Pisani tallied, and Jussi Markkanen stopped 28
shots for the Oilers, who have won two straight to snap out of a three-game
It was a rematch of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, which the Hurricanes won in a
seventh-game in Raleigh. This was the first meeting between the teams in the
province of Alberta since Game 6 of the Finals on June 17th, a 4-0 Oilers win.
Edmonton grabbed a 1-0 lead 2:30 into the second, thanks to some old-fashioned
hard work. Marty Reasoner chipped the puck deep into the Hurricane zone to
the right of the net, and Winchester fought off his man, gained control of the
disc, turned and fired along the goal line. Ward, not expecting a shot from
such a bad angle, moved slightly off the post, and the shot sailed right over
Carolina tied the game at 11:58 when Belanger's spinning shot from the left
circle was unintentionally tipped in front by Adams. The puck slowed and
changed direction, beating Markkanen through the five-hole.
However, the Oilers went back on top, 2-1 with a minute to play when Raffi
Torres won a right circle draw back to Smith at the point, and his blast
seemed to hit Pisani's stick on its way past Ward, but Smith was credited with
Edmonton would go up 3-1, just 1:44 into the third, when Steve Staios' point
shot hit two bodies in front and skipped out to Pisani, whose shot hit an open
net as Ward tried to scramble back into position.
Carolina's only threat to draw within a goal came courtesy of a power play
with 1:53 remaining, but the Hurricanes only put one shot on goal despite also
pulling Ward for a 6-on-4 manpower advantage.
The last regular season matchup between the teams in Edmonton came on
December, 9, 2003, with Carolina winning 3-2...Carolina is 5-3-4 against the
Oilers since moving from Hartford prior to the 1997-98 season...Hurricanes
captain Rod Brind'Amour left the game with an undisclosed lower-body
injury...Both teams were scoreless on the power play...The Oilers announced on
Wednesday that the #11 worn by Mark Messier (1979-91) will be retired in a
ceremony on February 27th, when the Oilers host Phoenix.
12/07 00:32:39 ET