Four-goal first period fuels Oilers to rout

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) — The Edmonton Oilers used seven
different goal-scorers to add to the woes of the Montreal

Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner, Ales Hemsky and Kyle Brodziak
each recorded a goal and an assist as the Oilers scored four
times in the first period and cruised to a 7-2 triumph over the
Canadiens on Wednesday.

Sam Gagner and Liam Reddox added a power-play goal apiece and
Zack Stortini also tallied for Edmonton, which matched its
season high in goals. The Oilers skated to a 7-2 victory over
the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 18.

Defenseman Tom Gilbert collected a career-high three assists,
Shawn Horcoff set up a pair of tallies and Dwayne Roloson made
36 saves for the Oilers.

After missing 25 games with a broken left forearm, Mathieu
Dandenault recorded a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who
fell to 2-9-0 in their last 11 games – scoring two or fewer
goals eight times during that stretch.

Defenseman Francis Bouillon also tallied and All-Star Carey
Price turned aside 27 shots but surrendered three or more goals
for the eighth time in his last nine contests.

Montreal has dropped seven straight games away from the Bell
Centre, getting outscored, 35-14, in the process.

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With his team on the power play, Gagner opened the scoring at
5:41 of the first period, when he gathered a loose puck on the
doorstep and beat Price for his sixth goal of the season and
second in as many games.

Stortini doubled the Oilers’ advantage with 6:29 remaining in
the session by converting a rebound while in front of the net,
and Cogliano made it 3-0 just 70 seconds later by tucking the
puck past Price for his 13th tally of the campaign and first
since January 5.

Hemsky added a power-play goal with 26 seconds left in the
period to give Edmonton a four-goal bulge, but Dandenault
tallied 10 seconds later to get Montreal on the scoreboard.

Brodziak netted the Oilers’ third shorthanded goal of the season
on a breakaway with 8:20 remaining in the middle session. The
tally was the third shorthander in two games allowed by the
Canadiens, as they surrendered a pair in a 6-2 loss to the
Calgary Flames on Monday.

Penner and Reddox gave Edmonton a 7-1 lead before Bouillon
netted his fourth of the season midway through the third to cap
the scoring.