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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.

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.



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