Kris Russell scored his first goal of the season with 7:58 left in the third period, and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 at BB&T Center on Wednesday in the NHL.
The Panthers were playing at home for the first time since sweeping a five-game road trip and will be frustrated that they were not able to continue their good form and see-off the Oilers.
Admittedly, the Oilers were the better side on the night, though. Fatigue might well have played a part in the Panthers’ poor showing.
In the first period Oscar Klefbom scored the first goal of the match and gave the Oilers the early lead.
The second period was a frenetic one. Aleksander Barkov levelled matters for the Panthers before Eric Gryba got the visitors ahead again.
Colton Sceviour then equalised for the Panthers only for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to give the Oilers the advantage.
Just when it seemed as though the Oilers had the encounter under control, Jonathan Marchessault smashed home in the power play to ensure the teams went into the third period all square at 3-3.
With under 10 minutes remaining, Russell stepped up to the plate and scored the winner for the Oilers.
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Speaking afterwards, Oilers coach, Todd McLellan, felt Russell owed the team that goal given how many opportunities he had.
“He has had some chances,” McLellan said.
“Earlier in the game he hit the post.
“He has had some tough luck when it comes to offense and finishing. But he made no mistake with the shot, he put it in the right spot. “
The other two results from Wednesday in the NHL can be seen below.
Philadelphia Flyers 1-4 Washington Capitals
Anaheim Ducks 5-3 Boston Bruins