Friday, January 25, 2013
Kings Dethroned By Oilers in Overtime
If you missed the third period of the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers game Thursday night, you missed one of the best finishes to a hockey game in the past few years.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick had held the Oilers scoreless for nearly 59 minutes of the game when Oilers top-liner Ryan Nugent-Hopkins rifled one to the back of the net making the game 1-1. However, the goal was then called back because of an apparent goaltender interference by Edmonton's Jordan Eberle. With a minute to go, and the game on the line in Edmonton, the no goal call turned Rexall Place into a madhouse.
Trash rained down onto the ice. Boos thundered through the arena as the scene above the ice looked like a hurricane with all the debris flying. The scorer's table had to be toweled off after it was covered in beer and soda. When the rowdy crowd finally cooled its jets, the game resumed.
The Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk was pulled, giving them a six-on-five attacking advantage. The seconds ticked away, and the home team's hopes became more dire. Finally, with just under five seconds to go, Nail Yakupov got a pass down low and wristed a rocket over the shoulder of Quick. Tie ballgame, sports fans.
The game went into overtime, and the Oilers were riding high, they poured pressure on Quick, and scored the game winner rather quickly, sending the Kings to their locker room, tails between their legs.
Hockey this season has been absolutely amazing. The blog now has access to NHL Gamecenter Live, has been keeping up with all the action and is ready to pass it on to you readers. Stay tuned and don't forget to check our Twitter page, @threeifbystrike!