Sam Gagner basked in the spotlight Friday night as his late game heroics turned the Oilers around from a one-goal deficit with a minute to go in regulation into a shootout win over the Coyotes. Gagner netted both the tying goal as well as showing off some crafty moves in the shootout to seal it up.
Oilers winger Jordan Eberle should not go unnoticed as he played a critical role in coordinating the game-tying goal with 41 seconds remaining in the third period. With Edmonton netminder Ben Scrivens on the bench, Edmonton got the puck deep in the offensive zone behind the net. Phoenix goaltender Thomas Greiss made a costly error as he played the puck in the trapezoid only to have Eberle come around and pick his pocket with hardly any difficulty. Eberle got the puck out in front of the net for Gagner to put it away. Eberle was awarded the first star of the game afterward.
A winner could not be produced in overtime and both Scrivens and Greiss shutout the first three shooters in the skills competition. In perhaps one of the more exciting shootouts of the season, Scrivens turned aside Oliver Ekman-Larsson who had a goal and an assist on the night.
Gagner redefined the cliche of dangling a goalie of their pads as he showed off a little back hand toe-drag to get by Greiss. Greiss didn’t know which way to go and may have looked more helpless than when he was robbed by Eberle behind his own net a few minutes earlier.
Below is Greiss’ fumble that sent the game into overtime: