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game recap

Connolly The OT Hero

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

The Canadian Press

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Connolly The OT Hero
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Edmonton Oilers 3
Three Stars of the Game
Cody Franson
1st
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:04
Taylor Hall
2nd
Taylor Hall
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:49
Joffrey Lupul
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 20:54






EDMONTON -- It was close, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have stopped their fall in the Eastern Conference standings.

Tim Connolly scored in overtime as the Maple Leafs snapped a four-game losing skid with a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

After the Oilers failed to convert on a three-on-one rush, the Leafs turned around and went up ice with similar advantage as Joffrey Lupul found Connolly with a nice pass for a goal 1:39 into overtime.

Lupul, Matthew Lombardi and Jake Gardiner also scored for the Maple Leafs (29-23-6) who were in seventh place in the East before the slide began. They seemed to be in danger of slipping out of a playoff spot altogether, but instead moved three points up on Washington for eighth place.
  BY THE NUMBERS

17 Games without a goal for Tim Connolly before he scored the game winner
10 Goals for the Leafs in the two games against Edmonton this season.
24:18 Ice-time for Jake Gardiner who scored his first NHL power-play goal.
1 Power-play goal allowed by the Leafs in 2012.
1:38 Into the first period it took the Leafs to have a 2-0 lead.

``That was a huge win for us,'' Gardiner said. ``You don't lose four games in a row all that often and when you do it's not a great feeling. That fifth game means a lot and I'm happy we got it.''

After being outscored 10-1 in their two previous outings, including a 5-1 loss in Calgary the night previous, the Leafs were relieved to find their footing again.

``That last game was a tough one to swallow,'' said Leafs defenceman Cody Franson, who had two assists. ``This was a big game for us as a result. It was kind of a must-have two points after the way our last four have gone. We battled hard to get the points tonight.''

Ben Eager, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle replied for the Oilers (22-28-6), who saw a four-game home winning streak come to an end.

``We had a slow start but came back hard and played a good game,'' Eager said. ``We had our chances to win, but unfortunately we couldn't convert.''

``When we've got multiple lines going like we did tonight, we're a dangerous team,'' added Eberle. ``We need that to happen more often.''

It didn't take the Maple Leafs long to get their many supporters at Rexall Place going as they scored on the game's first shot just 41 seconds in. Lupul used defender Ladislav Smid as a screen and sent his 23rd of the season through the legs of goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.
  LEAFS REMARKS

Ron Wilson on the weight coming off Tim Connolly's shoulders with his first goal in 18 games:

"Probably, yeah, you'd have to ask him. I think he played really well last night and tonight I think he was having a pretty good game, too. He's moving his feet. He actually needed some intravenous fluids before the game. He's coming down with a little case of the flu but he was able to play anyway and I thought he did a good job."


Less than a minute later it was a 2-0 Toronto lead as Franson sprung Lombardi in on a breakaway and he sent a backhand shot past Khabibulin, causing Edmonton to take a time out before the game was two minutes old.

The tactic paid off quickly as Edmonton cut the lead to one goal at the 2:32 mark when Lennart Petrell stole a puck from behind the net and fed it in front to Eager, who drilled a shot past Toronto starter James Reimer.

Tempers flared shortly after, as Eager unloaded on Mike Brown in a one-sided scrap.

The first period remained wide open but stayed at 2-1 through 20 minutes.

Edmonton tied the game 2-2 eight minutes into the second when Sam Gagner threw a puck on net that went through Dion Phaneuf's legs to Hall, who tipped in his 20th of the season.

Khabibulin had to come up big to keep it a tied game with five minutes left in the second when Cam Barker coughed the puck up in front of the Edmonton net and the Oiler goalie bailed him out with a big save in tight on Tyler Bozak.

Edmonton outshot Toronto 13-3 in the second period.

The Oilers almost went up 3-2 in the opening minute of the third but Ales Hemsky rang his second shot off the post.

The Leafs regained the lead seven minutes into the third period on just the second power play of the entire game when Gardiner got everything on a shot from the point to make it 3-2.

However, Edmonton would knot the game back up with four minutes on the clock as Eberle fought off David Steckel and picked the top corner on Reimer for his 25th of the year to send the game to the eventual overtime session.

``They were coming at us full speed but we gathered ourselves together in the third period,'' said Toronto head coach Ron Wilson. ``I was happy that we got it to overtime.

``We did a lot of good things tonight and rebounded off of how we played in Calgary.''

The Oilers play again on Friday when they host Colorado. The Leafs close out their three-game trip in Vancouver on Saturday.

Notes:
It was the second and final of two meetings this season. The Maple Leafs doubled up the Oilers 6-3 at Air Canada Centre earlier in February. ... Oilers D Corey Potter has missed the last few practices and is sidelined with a groin issue, paving the way for Barker's return to the line-up. ... First overall draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is skating but has yet to begin full practices. ... Toronto D Carl Gunnarsson (ankle) is on injured reserve. His place was taken by recent call-up Keith Aulie. ... Leafs D Luke Schenn was a surprise healthy scratch after taking the pre-game skate.
NEXT GAME:

Saturday, February 18
  @ Vancouver Canucks
  7PM ET (CBC, AM640)


The Maple Leafs close out their three-game road  trip against the always difficult Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks are coming off a 3-1 win on Wednesday. They have gone 5-0-2 in their last seven games.







scoring summary
1st Period
00:40
TOR
Joffrey Lupul (23) ASST: Phil Kessel (32), Keith Aulie (2)
1 - 0 TOR
01:38
TOR
Matthew Lombardi (7) ASST: Cody Franson (13)
2 - 0 TOR
02:32
EDM
Ben Eager (7) ASST: Lennart Petrell (4)
2 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
08:15
EDM
Taylor Hall (20) ASST: Sam Gagner (24), Andy Sutton (7)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
06:46
TOR
PPG - Jake Gardiner (3) ASST: Clarke MacArthur (14), Cody Franson (14)
3 - 2 TOR
15:56
EDM
Jordan Eberle (25) ASST: Ryan Whitney (8)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
01:39
TOR
Tim Connolly (8) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (38)
4 - 3 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
04:49
TOR
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
04:49
EDM
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
15:58
EDM
Magnus Paajarvi  Interference on goalkeeper against  James Reimer
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:36
EDM
Ryan Jones  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:06
EDM
Andy Sutton  Tripping against  Clarke MacArthur
11:08
TOR
Joffrey Lupul  Hooking against  Ryan Whitney
17:54
TOR
Darryl Boyce  Hooking against  Taylor Hall
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
James Reimer
SA: 32TOI: 61:23
Saves: 29EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
12-16-5
SA: 26TOI: 61:39
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
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