March 13, 2008
Phone lights up for Mr. OTCogliano getting congratulations for record-setting three-in-a-row
By DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media
DENVER -- Andrew Cogliano still had trouble believing it the next morning.
For that matter, the entire team was still coming to grips with the rookie's accomplishment, scoring three overtime winners in consecutive regular-season games -- an NHL first.
"I've been getting a lot of phone calls today from family and friends," Cogliano said yesterday. "It's been pretty cool. I don't know what to say about it anymore. I didn't know how to react from the beginning, it's unbelievable."
Cogliano took a pass from Sam Gagner 4:55 into overtime on Tuesday and lifted a shot over Manny Legace to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.
"I saw the puck bounce off the boards and I figured (Gagner) knew that I would probably go to the net," Cogliano said. "There wasn't that much time left and he made a good pass right to my stick. The puck was on it's side and I just swung at it. (Legace) was down and it kind of just went over him."
Robert Nilsson set up Cogliano on the doorstep for the overtime winner in a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks after Cogliano scored a 2-1 overtime winner against the Blue Jackets.
"It's quite a story," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "You can add that to the list of the wild and wacky things that you see over the years. It really defies all odds or really any explanation.
"That's why people play the lottery - sometimes those things happen. What are the odds, when you think about it, mathematically?."
It's an impressive accomplishment considering the NHL introduced regular-season overtime in 1983-84.
Glenn Anderson once scored three consecutive winners in overtime for the Oilers in the playoffs over three consecutive playoffs.
"The look on his face when (Cogliano) scored the goal was just surreal," Gagner said. "I'm sure two goals was an NHL first, but to do it three times in a row is pretty special for him and pretty special for the team ... he's been pretty crucial for us as of late."
The win had the Oilers in pretty good spirits as they boarded the plane bound for Colorado and the first game of a three-game road trip.
Lost in the euphoria of the overtime victory may have been the fact the Oilers blew a three-goal lead in the game.
Had they not been able to pull out the win Tuesday, the mood would have been much different heading to Denver.
"That would have been the nail in the coffin," Cogliano said.
"We were playing so well in the first period, then we gave up two goals in the second. It was a brutal period.
"I think that could have been it for the whole season had we lost that game. But fortunately it ended up going the right way for us."
"We talked about it between periods, we had an awful second period, but we still had a chance to pull out the win," Gagner said.
"It was a win-win situation for us, we learned our lesson and we were able to come out with the two points at the same time. It was pretty big to come out with those two points."