It lived up to the hype, and then some.
The Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout Friday night at Rogers Place in what was the best game played so far in Edmonton’s new building.
The Penguins controlled the first period and took a 2-0 lead on goals by Nick Bonino and Evgeni Malkin. Malkin took a long slap shot that trickled through Cam Talbot. Connor McDavid kicked the puck away from the goal line, but it hit Talbot and rolled in.
The Oilers struck 4:55 into the second period when David Desharnais jammed in his first goal as an Oiler. The Oilers applied tons of pressure in the period and outshot the Penguins 15-6.
McDavid tied the game on a power play with 7:15 left in the third. The Oilers once again had the majority of the chances. They outshot Pittsburgh 32-14 over the final two periods.
More drama followed in overtime. McDavid narrowly missed on a breakaway early. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins a had a chance in tight but couldn’t lift the puck over Marc-Andre Fleury’s pad. The Penguins went on a power play after Jordan Eberle tripped Phil Kessel, but the Oilers killed it off.
In the shootout, McDavid scored for the Oilers with Sidney Crosby and Kessel connected for the Penguins.
The Oilers are 35-23-9 on the season. They’ll host Montreal on Sunday. (jrw)