NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Edmonton
(Wednesday, February 11th)
Final Score: Edmonton 7, Montreal 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ales Hemsky was one of seven different goal- scorers, as the Edmonton Oilers walloped the road weary Montreal Canadiens, 7-2, at Rexall Place.
Sam Gagner, Zack Stortini, Andrew Cogliano, Kyle Brodziak, Dustin Penner and Liam Reddox also found the back of the net for the Oilers, who won for just the second time in their last six games. Tom Gilbert recorded three assists and Shawn Horcoff added two helpers, while Dwayne Roloson turned aside 36 shots to pick up win No. 18 on the year.
"It was a 60-minute battle for us," Gilbert said. "It didn't matter what the score was, every guy was doing the right things."
Mathieu Dandenault and Francis Bouillon provided the offense for the Canadiens, who have dropped seven in a row as the visitor. Tomas Plekanec assisted on both goals, while Carey Price was victimized for seven goals on 27 shots.
"Obviously, I'm really disappointed in the effort that we've had," said Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau.
The Oilers raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and never looked back.
Gagner's tally with the man advantage got things rolling at the 5:41 mark, then Stortini lit the lamp with 6:29 remaining. Cogliano beat Price 70 seconds later, and Hemsky's power-play goal with 26 seconds remaining in the frame gave the home team a comfortable cushion.
Dandenault responded 10 seconds after Hemsky pumped in his team-leading 17th goal of the season, but Montreal failed to carry the momentum into the middle stanza, where Edmonton continued to pad its lead.
Brodziak netted a short-handed goal with 8:20 remaining and Penner gave the Oilers a five-goal lead with 2:41 to go in the frame.
Reddox and Bouillon traded markers in the third period.
Montreal made its first trip to Rexall Place since December 15, 2005...Edmonton defenseman Denis Grebeshkov left the game in the second period with a right leg injury...The Canadiens played their 3,000th road game in franchise history.
02/12 02:11:21 ET