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Penguins at Oilers - 01-10-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

-Due to a combination of injuries, infrequent scheduling and a work stoppage, Sidney Crosby hasn't played the Oilers that much in his NHL career. He's only faced them five times. Partially due to that, the Oilers are one of four teams Crosby has failed to score a goal against in his career.

Here's a brief review of those five goal-less games for Crosby:

Date: Oct. 15, 2013
Score: Penguins 3, Oilers 2
Location: Consol Energy Center
Crosby's statistics: 5 Shots, 3 assists
Oilers goaltender: Jason LaBarbera
Penguins' goal scorers: Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin

Date: Jan. 14, 2010
Score: Penguins 3, Oilers 2
Location: Rexall Place
Crosby's statistics: 3 shots, 0 assists
Oilers goaltender: Devan Dubnyk
Penguins' goal scorers: Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy

Date: Nov. 6, 2008
Score: Penguins 5, Oilers 4
Location: Mellon Arena
Crosby's statistics: 7 shots, 1 assist
Oilers goaltenders: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers and Mathieu Garon
Penguins' goal scorers: Miroslav Satan (2), Petr Sykora (2) and Maxime Talbot
Note: Later that season, Garon was traded to the Penguins and served as their backup goaltender during the Stanley Cup championship. Droin-Deslauriers is currently the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' No. 1 goaltender.

Date: Dec. 4, 2007
Score: Penguins 4, Oilers 2
Location: Rexall Place
Crosby's statistics: 0 shots, 3 assists
Oilers goaltender: Dwayne Roloson
Penguins' goal scorers: Colby Armstrong, Kris Letang, Maxime Talbot and Ryan Whitney

Date: Jan. 10, 2006
Score: Oilers 3, Penguins 1
Location: Mellon Arena
Crosby's statistics: 2 shots, 0 assists
Oilers goaltender: Jussi Markanen
Penguins' goal scorer: Ryan Malone
Note: After this game, we were all introduced to the term "Soff:"

-It appears Robert Bortuzzo will slide into the lineup in place of Simon Despres who had a rough game against the Canucks Tuesday. It's hard to argue against a healthy scratch for Despres after that performance. That said, it's very obvious his leash is shorter than other members of the team's defense when it comes to making mistakes.

-This has the makings of a trap game for the Penguins. The Oilers stink, but they're aggressive. Can they lure the Penguins into an up-and-down track meet the way the Canucks and Jets have in the past two games?

-With road games on back-to-back nights, Jeff Zatkoff gets the start in net. Presumably, Marc-Andre Fleury will start tomorrow.

-One of the benefits of the Penguins playing games out west is the ability to watch early games on the East Coast. We get to see sights like this:

-The Penguins' starters are Sidney Crosby, Brian Gibbons, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Rob Scuderi and Jeff Zatkoff.

-Their scratches are Simon Despres, Chuck Kobasew and Zach Sill.

-The Oilers starters are Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Andrew Ference, Justin Schultz and Devan Dubnyk.

-Their scratch is Jesse Joenssu.

FIRST PERIOD

19:19: Nugent-Hopkins rips a quick wrister from the high slot on net. Zatkoff is above his crease and eats it up.

18:28: Tannger Glass smacks Nick Schultz with a big hit into the Oilers' right wing corner.

17:55: Jordan Eberle uncorks a tricky wrister from the right wing which Zatkoff fights off.

17:23: Off a feed by Letang, Craig Adams whacks a quick one-timer from center point. The great Joe Vitale attempt a re-direction but knocks the puck dead.

16:11: Gagner sails a wrister from the right wing. Zatkoff fights it off.

15:11: An observation:

14:48: Anton Belov corrals a puck at the left point and tees off a slapper which is blocked by Taylor Pyatt

14:35: Glass lifts a wrister from above the right circle. Dubnyk fights it off. That is the Penguins' first shot of the game.

14:27: The Oilers get a power play as Pyatt is called for hooking Nail Yakupo while battling for a rebound off the the Glass shot.  Brooks Orpik, Deryk Engelland, Adams and the Great Joe Vitale take the ice.

13:59: Hall races in on a forecheck in the Penguins' left wing corne rand drops Orpik with a solid hit.

13:55: Using Engelland as a screen, Nugent-Hopkins lifts a wrister from the left dot. Zatkoff says no.

13:02: A slapper by Jeff Petry at the right point is blocked by Adams.

12:40: Off a turnover in his own right wing corner by Letang, Smyth has a chance in tight but can't get a clean shot off.

12:27: The Pyatt minor is killed with little threat from the Oilers.

12:13: Nugent-Hopkins lifts  tricky backhander from the left circle. Dubnyk fights it off.

11:32: Hemsky turns in the right circle and puts a heavy wrister on net. Zatkoff coolly gloves it.

10:47: Off a cross-ice feed by Scuderi, Letang chops a one-timer from the left half wall. Dubnyk steers it away.

10:18: Evgeni Malkin is skating with Kunitz and Crosby.

9:30: A slapper by Nick Schultz from the left point is blocked by Olli Maatta.

8:32: A slapper by Orpik from the left point is wide to the far side.

7:27: After a handful of turnovers by both teams, Jussi Jokinen whacks a simple slapper on net from the left point. Dubnyk scoops it up.

7:24: Off a quick-draw faceoff play, Malkin wins a draw in Oilers' left circle and gets it back to James Neal positioned behind him. Neal rips a quick wrister which is partially deflected by Petry. Dubnyk smothers it.

6:10: The great Joe Vitale hustles up the right wing and launches a wrister wide to the far side.

5:38: Vitale smacks David Perron with a nice hit on the right wing boards of the Edmonton zone.

4:31: Off a drop pass by Kunitz, Maatta cranks a one-timer from the left point. Dubnyk snags it.

4:12: Off a feed by Crosby, Gibbons smacks a one-timer from the right left circle with Dubnyk fights off.

3:01: Letang tries to lead a rush out of of his own zone but has it stolen by Jordan Eberle at the blue line. Eberle deals to Yakupov from the left wing and attacks the net. Zatkoff makes the initial save. Scuderi scrambles to sweep the puck away from the blue pain with his hand. That was a vintage Letang turnover.

2:09: The Penguins will get a late power play as Smyth is called for holding Brandon Sutter in the Penguins' right wing corners. Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Neal and Letang take the ice.

1:51: Off some "hot potato" passing with Letang, Malkin whacks a one-timer from the right circle. Dubnyk kicks it out.

1:47: Things are evened up as Letang hit Mark Arcobello high behind the Penguins' net. Letang is given an minor for an illegal check to the head. That was a smart penalty. We'll have four-on-four play for 1:32. An issue with the clock delays play.

1:05: A wrister by Jokinen in the slot deflects out of play.

0:33: Crosby flips a wrister on net from the right circle. Dubnyk eats it up.

0:09: The Smyth minor expires.

0:00: End of period. Oilers 0, Penguins 0.

FIRST INTERMISSION

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-For a game with quite a bit of potential for offensive fireworks, this was a pretty sedate period of hockey. Both teams seemed a little hesitant.

-That was a pretty ugly period for Letang. Arguably, the Oilers' two best scoring chances came off Letang turnovers. On top of that, he took a bad penalty which eliminated the Penguins' power play.

-Pyatt now has three minors in four games as a Penguin. That's not a good trend.

-Malkin and Crosby were teamed on the same line quite a bit that period.

-Both goaltenders were sharp.

-The Oilers have an 11-9 lead in shots on net.

-The Penguins lead in attempted shots, 17-16.

-Nugent-Hopkins leads the game with three shots.

-Kunitz and Malkin each lead the Penguins with two shots.

-Petry leads the game with 7:51 of ice time.

-Crosby leads the Penguins with 7:47.

-The Oilers have an 11-9 lead in faceoffs (55 percent).

-Boyd Gordon is 6 for 8 (75 percent).

-Crosby is 5 for 9 (56 percent).

-No one has more than one blocked shots.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: The Oilers will have 36 seconds of power-play time on fresh ice. Adams, Sutter, Orpik and Engelland take the ice..

19:24: Letang returns to the ice. The Oilers did nothing with that brief power play.

17:51: Defense leads to offense. On a forecheck, Malkin steals a puck behind the Oilers' cage and battles him for a few moments to maintain possession. He chips a backhanded feed to Neal moving on from the left circle. Neal rips a wrister from in tight over the glove hand of Dubnyk on the far side. Malkin created that play with hard work. Malkin gets the only assists. Jokinen should get an assist too in our opinion. After Malkin made the inital steal, he dealt the puck to Jokinen in the right circle. Jokinen gave it back to Makin behind the net. Penguins 1-0.

14:47: Crosby has a chance in tight but Nugent-Hopkins is able to prevent a clean shot with a poke check.

14:35: Nick Schultz booms a one-timer from the center point wide of the cage.

13:24: Sutter lifts a wrister from the right wing which Dubnyk fights off.

12:43: Nick Schultz appears to trip up Pyatt in the Oilers' left circle. Pyatt tries to sell a penalty. No call.

12:05: The "new" first line strikes. Gibbons leads a rush up the right wing and leave a drop pass fro Crosby. From the right half wall, Crosby tries to feed a pass to Kunitz on the other side of the crease. Gagner hustles back to break up the pass but accidentally kicks the puck into his own net. Gibbons created that play by by chiping a puck by Ference at the Penguins left point to the neutral zone. Gibbons gets the only assist. Penguins 2-0.

9:11: Maatta takes a feed from Adams and cranks a one-timer on net from the left point. Dubnyk makes a save. Engelland battles for the reound but can't get a clean stick on it.

8:17: After a defensive zone turnover by Kunitz, Hall has a point-blank chance from the left of the cage and whips it wide of the cage.

6:51: Sutter floats a wrister from the high slot on net. Pyatt tries to settle the puck and jam in a shot but no dice.

6:19: Eberle rips a wrister from the left circle. Zatkoff punhces it away with a blocker.

6:13: Ference cranks a one-timer from center point which is kicked out by Zatkoff's left skate.

5:39: Justin Schultz shops a slapper from the right circle which is blocked.

3:23: Belov airmails a slapper from the neutral zone. Zatkoff snags it.

3:14: Luke Gadzic tries to tuck in a forehand wraparound chance from the right of the cage but sends the puck wide.

2:04: Kunitz smacks Justin Schultz with a solid hit into the boards near the right point at the Penguins' zone

1:49: On a delayed penalty, Gibbons sweeps a loose puck on net with a backhander. Dubnyk kicks it out.

1:47: The Penguins get another power play as Gagner is called for hooking Crosby. Kunitz, Crosby, Neal, Malkin and Letang take the ice.

1:13: Malkin dances around Petry in the right circle and attacks the net. He can't tuck it behind Dubnyk.

1:04: Play is halted as Malkin is battling Dubnyk outside the crease near the left wing corner of the Oilers' zone. Malkin kicked his stick away and Dubnyk shoved him. Malkin returns the favor. Petry jumped Malkin and all heck broke loose. Malkin and Dubnyk will each get roughing minors. Arcobello will serve Dubnyk's minor. Malkin also gets an interference minor which will be served by Pyatt. The Penguins' power play is wiped out and we'll have four-on-four play for 1:17. The Penguins have had each of their power plays snuffed out by their own penalties.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Oilers 0.

SECOND INTERMISSION

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-The Penguins quietly dominated that period. They bulk of that 20 minutes was played in the Oilers' zone.

-Is it to early to start the "Brian-Gibbons-Should-Be-Sidney-Crosby's-Full-Time-Right-Winger" bandwagon?

-If there's an area of concern, it's the fact that the Penguins have hurt themselves by taking bad penalties.

-The Oilers only had a few shifts where they had sustained pressure in the offensive zone. They barely challenged the Penguins.

-The Penguins have a 22-20 lead in shots on net.

-The Penguins have a 37-31 lead in attempted shots.

-Malkin and Ference each lead the game with four shots.

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Letang leads the game 15:47 of ice time.

-Ference leads the Oilers with 15:30 of ice time.

-Fire Ray Shero.

-The Penguins have a 19-18 edge in faceoffs (51 percent).

-Crosby is 9 for 15 (60 percent).

-Gordon is 8 for 14 (57 percent).

-Ference and Robert Bortuzzo each lead the game with two blocked shots.

THIRD PERIOD

20:00: We'll start the period with 12 seconds of four-on-four play.

19:43: As The Oilers' power play begins, Eberle steals a puck behind the Penguins' net and pushes a backhander on net from the right circle. Zatkoff kicks it out.

19:07: The Oilers cash in immediately. Off some strong puck movement, Eberle deals a cross-ice pass from the left circle to Nugent-Hopkins in the right circle. Nugent-Hopkins settles the puck in the left circle and lifts a wrister by Zatkoff's blocker on the far side. What a shot. Put that one on Malkin. His penalty gave the Oilers that chance. Eberle and Justin Schultz get assists. Penguins 2-1.

17:32: The Penguins get a little help as Martin Maracin is called for hooking Jokinen. It's kind of a ticky-tack call but it snuffs out the Oilers' momentum off the Nugent-Hopkins goal. With Malkin still in the penalty box, Crosby, Letang, Malkin, Jkkinen and Kunitz take the ice.

16:35: Kunitz tries to re-directs a puck on net from the slot. Dubnyk steers it away. Crosby jabs at the rebound but no dice.

15:32: The Maracin minor is killed with little threat.

15:04: Scuderi and Orpik are teadm together.

14:53: Nugent-Hopkins flings a wrister on net from the right circle which Zatkoff kicks out despite having Yakupov crashing in.

13:45: From the left wing corner, Smyth centers a pass to Perron in the slot. Perron rips a wrister over the cage.

13:28: The Penguins' lines are all mixed up. Sutter pushes the puck up the left wing and leaves a drop pass for Neal Neal rips a shot which Dubnyk stops with his shoulder.

13:19: Hall goes wide up the left wing on Letang. Letang uses his left forearm and emphatically slams Hall to the ice to separate him from the puck.

12:23: The great Joe Vitale feeds a puck from the left of the net to the crease. Adams and Engelland battle for a rebound but no dice.

11:43: Off a bad change by the Penguins, Hall controls the puck on a two-on-one  with Nugent-Hopkins. Orpik drops to a knee and intercepts Hall's pass from the left wing. The puck rolls in on net and Zatkoff smothers it. What a play by Orpik.

10:37: Smyth tries to turn a wraparound from the right of the cage but loses the puck.

9:53: The Oilers go to the net and tie the game. After Engelland turns the puck over at the Edmonton blue line. Hall pushes it up ice on the right wing through the neutral zone. Gagner picks up the puck at the blue line pushes it deep into the left wing corner and turns to deal a pass to Nugent-Hopkins at the top of the right circle. Nugent-Hopkins snaps off a shot which is partially blocked. Hall is able to settle the puck above the blue paint, spins and plunks it into the cage by Zatkoff's right skate. Engelland's turnover led to that scoring chance. Nugent-Hopkins and Gagner get assists. Oilers 2, Penguins 2.

8:32: We'll get some more four-on-four play as Maracin cross-checked Neal. Neal responded by swinging his stick at Maracin. Maracin gets a cross-checking minor. Neal is given an unsportsmanlike conduct minor.

7:46: The Penguins will get another power play. Nugent-Hopkins wraps his arms around Niskanen. That's an easy holding minor. The penguins call a timeout to get organized. They will have 1:15 of a four-on-three power play. Crosby, Kunitz, Letang and Malkin take the ice.

7:44: The Penguins strike immediately. Crosby wins the draw in the left circle against Gordon. Letang takes the puck behind Crosby, sweeps it to this forehand and chucks a wrister by Dubnyk's blocker. That wasn't the prettiest shot. Play will remain four-on-four for 1:13. Crosby gets the only assist. Penguins 3-2.

7:15: Gagner thumps Letang from behind into the Penguins' left wing corner. No penalty. Letang gets up and seems fine. He is later shown on the bench being talked to by athletic trainer Chris Stewart.

6:32: Play returns to five-on-five.

3:10: The Penguins are trying to eat some clock.

2:37: Niskanen golfs a one-timer from the right point wide on the near side.

2:00: The Oilers won't go away. They tie the game. Ales Hemsky digs a puck out of the left wing corner and deals a pass off the boards to Belov at the right point. Belov takes the puck and slides to the center point and whips a rising wrister by the blocker of Zatkoff. It's Belov's first career goal. Hemksy and Arcobello get assists. Oilers 3, Penguins 3.

 1:33: Perron snaps off a shot from the right point which Zatkoff steers away.

1:21: The Oilers almost take a lead. Perron deals a pass from the left circle to Justin Schultz moving into the left circle. Schultz puts a quick shot wide of the cage.

0:32: Skating with Crosy and Kunitz, Sutter puts a wrister from the right of the net wide of the cage.

0:23: A late penalty gives the Oilers a chance to take a lead. Sutter trips up Justin Schultz to the left of the Edmonton net.That's two minutes for tripping. The Oilers will take a timeout to get organized. Adams, Glass, Letang and Orpik take the ice.

0:02: Gagner curls and drags the puck off the right wing. Zatkoff smothers it.

0:00: End of period. Oilers 3, Penguins 3.

THIRD INTERMISSION

 

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-The Oilers have a 29-28 edge in shots on net.

OVERTIME

5:00: The Oilers will have 1:37 of power-play time to start the overtime period.  Orpik, Adams and Glass take the ice.

3:59: Hall booms a one-timer from the right point which Zatkoff kicks out. Adams tries to clear the rebound but can't get it past Hall. He deals to Justin Schultz at the left point. Schultz slides the puck to Eberle in the left circle. Eberle is able to deal a pass by a kneeling Orpik to Nugent-Hopkins all alone on the back door. Nugent-Hopkins bangs in the easy goal to win the game. Zatkoff didn't have a prayer. Eberle and Schutz get assists. Oilers 4, Penguins 3.

POSTGAME

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-Blaming one person for this collapse isn't easy. There's a lot of folks who can stake a claim in this loss. Allow us to find legitimate reasons to everyone who skated for the Penguins and the coach as well:

-Craig Adams for his weak clearing attempt in overtime.

-Brandon Sutter for his tripping minor late in regulation.

-Dan Bylsma for not using Sidney Crosby in overtime on the three-man penalty kill.

-Kris Letang for a penalty which eliminated the Penguins' first power play.

-Evgeni Malkin for a penalty which eliminated the Penguins' second power play and gave the Oilers a power play which led to their first goal.

-Jeff Zatkoff for not stopping a pedestrian shot from the point by Anton Belov to tie the game late.

-Chris Kunitz for being credited with three giveaways.

-Deryk Engelland's turnover which led to the Oilers' second goal.

-James Neal for retaliating and taking a penalty after being cross-checked by Martin Maricin.

-Matt Niskanen for being a fisherman.

-Robert Bortuzzo and Taylor Pyatt for being from Thunder Bay.

-Brian Gibbons for not being drafted.

-Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta for being blond.

-Joe Vitale for being a Cardinals fan.

-Rob Scuderi for being a Denis Potvin fan.

-Marc-Andre Fleury for being... he always deserves blame.

-Okay... maybe only a few of those were legitimate.

-In short, this was a multifaceted loss and blaming an individual or even a selected group of players is foolish.

-The special teams, which have been such an asset for the Penguins, absolutely killed them. They had early chances which were wiped out by bad penalties from Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. Then the penalty kill allowed two goals, including the game-winner in overtime. These units failed the Penguins tonight.

-Malkin didn't help his team by starting a stupid skirmish with Dubnyk. He kicked Dubnyk's stick and took two penalties. That wiped out the Penguins' penalty kill and gave Ryan Nugent-Hopkins a chance to get the Oilers' first goal of the game. After that dust-up with Dubnyk, the Oilers outscored the Penguins, 4-1.

-Kris Letang had another up-and-down game. He had poor plays - several sloppy turnovers and a check to the head - but then also had a whole series of great plays such as his hit on Taylor Hall which eliminated a scoring chance and his shot which regained a 3-2 lead for the Penguins.

-Adams looked pretty bad in that overtime period. Even before his failure to clear the zone, he just hasn't played as effectively as he normally does. Granted, as a fourth-liner, his opportunities to make a real impact on the game are limited, but something's not there. Maybe all those consecutive games and blocked shots have piled up. An occasional healthy scratch could do him some good.

-Jeff Zatkoff was fine for the most part. Three of the Oilers' goals were next to impossible to stop. One, Anton Belov's game-tying goal late in regulation seemed preventable.

-The Penguins mixed and matched their lines quite a bit tonight. We're not sure how much that helped in the ways of chemistry.

-Malkin and Neal combined to take six minutes in penalties. That's hardly helpful.

-Overall, the Penguins didn't get quite as run-and-gun with the Oilers as they have with the Canucks and Jets. Special teams had a bigger impact on the numbers of goals which were scored in this game.

-Beyond his penalty, his third minor in four games with the Penguins, Taylor Pyatt didn't leave much of an imprint on this game.

-Prior to his turnover which led to the Oilers' second goal, Engelland had been okay in his forward role. He had a few chances in tight near the net.

-The Oilers' young stars we hear so much about really came through in this game. Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner really sparked this comeback. Their stars outplayed the Penguins' stars.

-Dubnyk didn't play a perfect game but he did more than enough to earn a win.

-The Oilers led in shots on net, 31-28.

-The Oilers led in attempted shots, 51-48.

-Nugent Hopkins led the game with six shots.

-Kunitz led the Penguins with five shots.

-Justin Schultz led the game with 27:09 of ice time.

-Letang led the Penguins with 22:25.

-The Oilers led in shots on net, 32-28 (53 percent).

-Boyd Gordon was 16 for 25 (64 percent).

-Gordon went 10 for 12 against Malkin (83 percent).

-Crosby was 14 for 24 (58 percent).

-Bortuzzo, Maatta and Andrew Ference each led the game with two blocked shots.

-Zatkoff had a seven-game winning streak snapped.

-Ales Hemsky has eight career points in seen games against the Penguins.

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