Edmonton 2, Florida 1

Friday, March 23, 2012 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Edmonton 30-36-2-7 18-15-2-3 12-21-0-4 W1
Florida 36-24-5-9 20-9-1-8 16-15-4-1 L2


OILERS 2, PANTHERS 1 (SO): Rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in the fourth round of the shootout as Edmonton edged Southeast Division-leading Florida to improve to 2-0-1 on its four-game road trip.

Ryan Jones tallied in regulation and Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Oilers, who have earned at least one point in each of their last six overall games (4-0-2) and five straight on the road (3-0-2).

After Dubnyk denied Stephen Weiss on Florida's fourth attempt, Nugent-Hopkins raced in and lifted a backhander past Jose Theodore to end the Panthers' five-game home winning streak.

Jones opened the scoring 97 seconds into the second period with his 16th goal. Jordan Eberle made a cross-slot pass from the right faceoff circle during a 3-on-1 rush to Jones, who beat Theodore to the glove side for his second tally in three games.

Florida pulled even just 3:21 later as Jason Garrison took a backhand pass from the slot by Tomas Fleischmann and ripped the puck past Dubnyk from the left circle. The goal was Garrison's 16th, setting a franchise record for a defenseman previously shared by Jay Bouwmeester (twice) and Bryan McCabe.

Kris Versteeg nearly gave Florida the win in overtime, but he failed on a stuff attempt at the right post during a breakaway with five seconds remaining. Versteeg then poked the loose puck across the crease before it hit the left post and caromed away from the net.

Theodore turned aside 20 shots for the Panthers, who remained three points ahead of Washington in the Southeast and climbed within one of idle Boston for second place in the Eastern Conference.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Oilers have won six of their last seven meetings with the Panthers. ... Edmonton improved to 6-1-2 in its last nine road games. ... The Panthers have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine home contests (6-1-2) and eight of 10 overall (6-2-2).

Top Game Performances

Edmonton   Florida
Ryan Jones 1 Points Jason Garrison 1
Ryan Jones 1 Goals Jason Garrison 1
Jordan Eberle 1 Assists Tomas Fleischmann 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Devan Dubnyk .963 Save Percentage Jose Theodore .952
Devan Dubnyk 26 Saves Jose Theodore 20

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Edmonton 21 2 0-1 4-4 8 24
Florida 27 1 0-4 1-1 2 28

Upcoming Games

  • Florida will play its next game at home against NY Islanders. The Panthers have a W/L % of .472 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Edmonton will play its next game on the road against Columbus. The Oilers have a W/L % of .345 after a win and .435 after a loss.
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