Oilers-Canadiens: Kostitsyns Lead Habs to Shootout Win

March 11th, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »

This was supposed to be easy. 1:20 into the game it looked like it was going to be very easy. Thomas Plekanec scored his 20th goal of the season on a breakaway after two perfect passes from Andrei Kostitsyn and Andrei Markov.

With the 30th place team in the league visiting, this was the type of game that Bell Centre fans expected. Cue the rout!

But wait a minute. 1:02 (to be precise) after the Canadiens goal, Robert Nilsson scored for Edmonton with Glen Metropolit failing to backcheck. The shot seemed to surprise Jaroslav Halak. It was a soft goal to be sure, and not the last one of the night.

Just over a minute later, on the power-play, Sam Gagner popped another one in over Halak's shoulder, and the Oilers led 2-to-1. The game was not even four minutes old and Edmonton had scored two goals on three shots. Halak was deep in the net and down early on both.

Brian Gionta tied the score halfway through the first. A sloppily-played period ended with the teams tied 2-to-2.

The Canadiens would take the lead twice more in regulation time only to have the Oilers tie it up on two more weak goals.

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