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Watch: Oilers’ Sam Gagner ties game late before winning it in shootout

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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:


  • Published On Apr 05, 2014
  • Jordan Nolan suspended one game for throwing sucker punch at Jesse Joensuu

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    It was a busy night for the penalty box in the Kings-Oilers game. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    It was a busy night in the penalty boxes as the Kings and Oilers mixed it up. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    The NHL announced on Monday that the Kings forward Jordan Nolan has been suspended for one game due to his sucker punch of Edmonton’s Jesse Joensuu in just one of the heated incidents that broke out during Sunday night’s game.

    After a scrum in front of the Kings’ net, Nolan and Joensuu scuffled in what appeared to be a common post-whistle exchange. Then, out of nowhere, as officials began to separate the group, Nolan threw a cheap shot at Joensuu — a punch in the face while the Oiler winger wasn’t looking, then tried to throw two more hits before he was stopped. Nolan was assessed a double-minor for roughing and Joensuu was given two for cross-checking Nolan.

    Jordan Nolan punches Jesse Joensuu (GIF by Darian Somers)

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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Top Line: Avs gambling on Varlamov; Ovechkin struggles; more links

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    Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche

    With his fat new deal, the spotlight on Semyon Varlamov in Colorado just got brighter. (Barry Gutierrez/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Avalanche hitched their wagon to Semyon Varlamov on Thursday night, signing the goaltender to a five-year extension worth an average of $5.9 million per year. He’s been dynamite this season, but his thin postseason track record makes me leery — this deal might be too much, too soon for a still unproven player.

    • After watching another truly sorry performance by the Capitals on Thursday night, Adam Proteau says that there’s no reason for continued patience with this roster.

    • Alex Ovechkin was a brutal minus-5 in the game, a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets. Could be that he’s feeling the weight of a nation starting to bear down on his shoulders.

    • But hey, no pressure on Washington. After all, the Capitals play in a division in which the general managers appear to have no accountability for their teams’ performances.

    • Ryan Johansen is just gross:

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  • Published On Jan 31, 2014
  • Top Line: Ben Scrivens sets modern record; outdoor game a bore; more links

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    Goalie Ben Scrivens of the Edmonton Oilers sets a modern NHL saves record.

    The Oilers’ defense kept goalie Ben Scrivens busy, but he was up to the task. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Hey, remember a couple of weeks back when Ben Scrivens was traded to the Oilers and we all thought his numbers would suffer playing behind Edmonton’s schoolyard defense? Funny thing. Turns out that the more shots he sees, the more he stops. Last night it was a post-expansion NHL record of 59 as he led his team to a wildly undeserved 3-0 win over the Sharks.

    • It was a nice effort and all, but Scrivens still can’t hold a candle to this 15-year-old girl.

    • New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is always doing the unexpected … but would he really trade Martin Brodeur?

    • Adam Proteau came away from last night’s Rangers-Islanders outdoor game at Yankee Stadium with a realization: Playing the game outdoors doesn’t make bad hockey more watchable.

    • Reports indicate next year’s outdoor schedule could include as many as four games, with several offbeat locations in the mix.

    • And maybe one well-trodden one.

    • SI’s Brian Cazeneuve was given behind-the-scenes access at the games in Los Angeles and New York. Here’s his collection of scenes and heards.

    • “I couldn’t remember how to get to the rink for half the season. I was totally forgetful. I couldn’t remember what time it was, what I was supposed to be doing. It was just one turn to the right, one turn to the left to get to the rink, but I got lost just going there. Everybody wanted to play me in the simplest of card games because they knew they could beat me.” That’s former NHL enforcer Gino Odjick speaking candidly for the first time about his battle with concussion-related mental illness.

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  • Published On Jan 30, 2014
  • Top Line: Ducks lay record rout on Canucks; Rask’s woes; more links

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    The Anaheim Ducks scored a team-record nine goals vs. the Vancouver Canucks

    The red-hot Ducks had the reeling Canucks under siege all night. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Jonas Hiller didn’t just miss out on a start on Wednesday night. Too sick to go against the Canucks, the NHL’s hottest goaltender missed out on all the fun as the Ducks set a pair of franchise records in a 9-1 thrashing of Vancouver. The most amazing stat of the evening? Anaheim started the game with the league’s 22nd ranked power play, but after scoring five times with the extra man the Ducks had jumped up to 15th.

    • So instead of turning a corner with their hard-fought 1-0 loss to the Kings last Monday, the Canucks simply ran face first into a different wall. With seven losses in their last eight games, it’s fair to ask where do they go from here?

    • Wyatt Arndt doesn’t blames referee Paul Devorski for making the calls that turned the game into a farce, but he’s sure not thrilled by how they were made.

    • A young Finn took center stage in Pittsburgh as the Penguins set a franchise record of their own.

    • Adam Oates did not enjoy his part in that historic event.

    • Claude Julien says he knows there’s something wrong with Tuukka Rask’s game and that the team has a plan to address the goalie’s tumbling numbers. With defenseman Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup, Rask is not getting the help he’s used to, but he’s also visibly not as sharp, either, especially when the Bruins are on the penalty kill.

    • Rask’s swoon could cost him the starting job on Team Finland in Sochi if it’s not quickly corrected, especially in light of how well Antti Niemi has played of late.

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  • Published On Jan 16, 2014
  • Predators add Devan Dubnyk in trade; Oilers obtain Ben Scrivens

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    Goaltender Ben Scrivens of the Los Angeles Kings was traded to the Edmonton Oilers.

    Early season star Ben Scrivens must now duplicate his performance behind the Oilers’ much weaker defense. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    The update on the health of goaltender Pekka Rinne issued by the Predators last week may have sounded rosy on the surface, but anyone who read between the lines could have surmised that there is a very real chance the All-Star stopper won’t be back this season.

    The team finally handled up on that grim possibility today. Recognizing that their playoff chances were slipping away, and that they weren’t going to climb back into the race with a pair of rookies between the pipes, the Preds sent veteran forward Matt Hendricks to the Oilers in exchange for goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

    Dubnyk began the season as Edmonton’s No. 1 goalie, but lost whatever tenuous hold he had on the job when the team picked up Ilya Bryzgalov in November. That he hasn’t been able to reclaim it while Bryz has gone 3-7-2 with a 3.27 GAA and .902 save percentage illustrates how fully Dubnyk had lost the faith of the Oilers’ coaching staff. And it shows just how little it took to upgrade Nashville’s current situation, where Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec weren’t getting it done.

    Getting out of Edmonton might be the best thing to happen to the former first rounder (14th overall, 2004). He won’t make anyone forget Rinne, but playing behind a more structured defense than he has during the past few years gives him a chance to create some impression of value before he heads to unrestricted free agency this summer.

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  • Published On Jan 15, 2014
  • Top Line: Ben Scrivens NHL’s top goalie; Olympic roster news; more links

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    Ben Scrivens of the Los Angeles Kings

    Ben Scrivens is making the most of his chance to show what he can do for the Kings. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • He’s not about to Wally Pipp Jonathan Quick or anything, but Ben Scrivens has been lights out since taking over for the injured star in Los Angeles. He hasn’t been beaten in more than 150 minutes and now leads the league in goals-against and save percentage. Nice way to make an impression on the new bosses.

    • With Evgeni Nabokov rumored to be out for at least four weeks, Kevin Poulin is another backup with a chance to prove he’s ready for prime time. The kid’s played well of late, and with Nabokov’s time running out, this is a great opportunity for him to show he’s capable of eventually assuming the No. 1 job on Long Island.

    • Interesting news this morning out of Russia, where Olympic team boss Vladislav Tretiak has told the media that only a 15-man Olympic roster needs to be announced by Dec. 31, allowing for additional time before the full Sochi rosters need to be finalized. Very interesting if true as it allows teams more time to evaluate injuries (hello, Steven Stamkos) and fill in spots with players who are peaking at the right time.

    Changing up his equipment hasn’t helped Evgeni Malkin look any better around the net.

    • Jim Matheson says this young gun is an Olympic lock, and explains the necessity of six outdoor games this season in his Monday morning column.

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  • Published On Nov 18, 2013


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