NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Toronto
(Saturday, March 7th)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson was sensational between the pipes, stopping 39 shots, as the Edmonton Oilers scored four unanswered goals to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, at Air Canada Centre.
Kyle Brodziak tallied twice, while Ales Hemsky and Fernando Pisani also lit the lamp for the Oilers, who improved to 1-1-1 on an important four-game road trip. Roloson collected his 23rd victory of the season.
The 39-year-old Roloson started his 21st consecutive game in net, which set a franchise record.
"I feel great. I am not physically tired. I am just mentally tired," said Roloson. "I will keep on playing as long as my body holds up."
Alexei Ponikarovsky had the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who had recorded at least a point in their previous eight games (5-0-3). Newly-acquired goaltender Martin Gerber stopped 14 shots in his first defeat with Toronto.
The former Ottawa Senator turned aside 37-of-38 shots in his Toronto debut on Thursday. Gerber collected the win as the Maple Leafs claimed a 2-1 road triumph over an Alexander Ovechkin-less Washington club.
After a scoreless first period, Toronto drew first blood 1:08 into the second frame on a power-play goal from Ponikarovsky. Ponikarovsky fired a shot on Roloson before dancing around an Edmonton player and lighting the lamp with a backhander off his own rebound.
The Oilers responded 21 ticks later with a score from Hemsky to tie the tilt. Shawn Horcoff hit Hemsky, who got past Maple Leafs' Ian White at the blueline, with a perfect pass to set up a breakaway. Hemsky fired a shot through the five-hole for his 21st of the year.
Brodziak lit the lamp at the 8:34 mark to put Edmonton ahead 2-1. After stealing the disc away from White at center ice, Brodziak found himself on a breakaway, and Gerber let another shot trickle through his pads.
The Oilers extended their lead to two on Pisani's goal. Denis Grebeshkov's pass from the left point made its way to Pisani, who was stationed at the bottom of the right circle. Pisani took a shot that was deflected into the upper left-hand corner of the net.
Brodziak's empty-net goal late in regulation cemented the win.
"I had no complaints with the effort tonight," said Toronto head coach Ron Wilson.
The Oilers snapped a three-game skid to the Maple Leafs...Edmonton played its third straight game without captain Ethan Moreau, who is sidelined indefinitely with an eye injury and will not be available for the remainder of the Oilers' road trip...The Oilers had dropped four in a row on the road. They improved to 17-15-2 as the visitor for the season....Edmonton will conclude their road trip on Tuesday in Montreal...Toronto defensemen Mike Van Ryn and Jonas Frogren left the game in the first period with lower-body injuries.
03/08 00:02:01 ET