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Oilers 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

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EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers upset the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime Friday at Rexall Place.

In a game between the first place team in the East and the last place team in the West, with the Penguins 32 points better in the standings, the Oilers were one goal better on the scoreboard after center Ryan Nugent Hopkins scored early in overtime to steal the win.

In a wild third period at Rexall Place, the Oilers erased a 2-0 deficit on goals from Nugent-Hopkins and left winger Taylor Hall, fell behind again when Penguins defenseman Kris Letang scored two seconds into a power play, then tied it again when defenseman Anton Belov scored with 1:59 left in regulation.

The first period was the kind of back and forth road-hockey game that the Oilers enjoy, one in which they can skate freely and trade chances. And they handled it well, playing even up with the Penguins in the first 20 minutes and going to the first intermission with a 0-0 tie, otherwise known as a moral victory.

Pittsburgh pulled away in the second, thanks to a couple of costly mistakes from Edmonton's defense. Defenseman Jeff Petry gave the puck away twice in 10 seconds to Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, who set up left winger James Neal's goal at 2:09 of the first period. Then, an ill-advised pinch by defenseman Andrew Ference led to a two-on-one in which Penguins center Sidney Crosby's centering pass banked in off Oilers center Sam Gagner and past goaltender Devan Dubnyk at 7:55.

Nugent-Hopkins scored 53 seconds into the third and Hall tied it at 10:07, setting the stage for the final period dramatics.

NOTES: Despite getting C Evgeni Malkin, D Kris Letang, D Rob Scuderi and D Brooks Orpik back from injury in recent games, the Penguins still have eight players out of the lineup with injuries. ... Penguins C Sidney Crosby has a seven-game point scoring streak on the go. ... Penguins LW Chris Kunitz came into the game with the best plus-minus in the NHL at plus-23, while Edmonton's Nail Yakupov came in with the league's worst minus-24. ... Former Oilers captain Mark Messier confirmed that he has indeed accepted an advisory role with Edmonton. ... Edmonton plays nine of its next 13 on the road before the Olympic break. ... The first-period goal by Penguins LW James Neal gave him 16 in the last 19 games.
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