EDMONTON, CANADA - FEBRUARY 15: Matthew Lombardi #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates with teammates following his goal against Nikolai Khabibulin #35 Edmonton Oilers on February 15, 2012 at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
The Maple Leafs take the win in an '80s style match with the Edmonton Oilers, much like the last time the two teams met. Toronto is now three points ahead of the ninth spot in the East.
The last game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers featured nine goals between the two teams, with the Leafs taking the 6-3 victory. This time, there were seven -- three of which were scored between within the game's first 2:32 -- yielding a 4-3 win for Toronto.
Joffrey Lupul and Matthew Lombardi put the Leafs up front with a quick 2-0 lead over the Oilers. However, just under a minute after Lombardi scored, Ben Eager put Edmonton on the board. Shortly thereafter, Eager dropped the gloves with Mike Brown for a good bout to fill out a high-octane first five minutes. The period ended with no more goals but still held the end-to-end action.
Scoring slowed in the second period, but the Oilers knotted it up, thanks to a solid feed from Sam Gagner to Taylor Hall. Then Edmonton started to take over the game as if they were never down by two goals, putting bodies in front of James Reimer.
However, the Leafs didn't take long to reclaim the lead, as Jake Gardiner sent a blast from the point on the power play that was redirected past Nikolai Khabibulin. Still, the Oilers didn't go away, earning their first power play in the two games played between the Leafs and Oilers, and Jordan Eberle knotted the score again soon after.
The game-tying goal sent the game to overtime, and while Edmonton looked like they would have the upper hand, Tim Connolly came through and scored to give Toronto a much-needed two points. The Leafs are now four points back of the Ottawa Senators, but three points ahead of the outside spot. They will conclude the West Coast trip Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.