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Oilers hammer Habs hard

Ales Hemsky celebrates his goal with Dustin Penner during second period action at Rexall Place....

Ales Hemsky celebrates his goal with Dustin Penner during second period action at Rexall Place. (Sun Media/Amber Bracken)

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

For Montreal Canadiens fans in Edmonton, it definitely wasn't worth the wait.

Over three years between visits just to see the Canadiens get soundly beaten by the Edmonton Oilers.

For Oilers fans, the Canadiens can't come here often enough.

Last night the Oilers defeated Montreal 7-2 silencing the thousands of fans who turned out at Rexall Place to cheer for the Original Six side celebrating their 100th anniversary season.

This time, the 'We want 10' chants were in the Oilers favour.

The influx of the Canadiens fans made for a great atmosphere early as the two sides competed against each other to see who could drown out the other.

But it didn't take long for the Oilers to silence the visiting cheers.

Sam Gagner opened the scoring, depositing a rebound essentially into an empty net after Andrew Cogliano and Robert had already been stopped by Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

Both Cogliano and Nilsson took a swipe at a loose puck in front before it came out to Gagner.

Zack Stortini increased the Oilers lead tipping a Tom Gilbert point shot over Price.

The Oilers forward had lost control of the puck entering the zone as it was knocked back towards the blue line. Stortini took off towards the front of net as Gilbert collected and was able to get his stick on the shot from the point.

While Oilers fans were still celebrating the goal, Andrew Cogliano made it 3-0 taking a gift from Price in front and firing into the net.

The Canadiens goaltender had taken a shot off Ethan Moreau off the mask and as he went to cover the puck at the side of the net, inadvertently knocked it back out in front to Cogliano, who had gone 15 games without a goal to that point.

Ales Hemsky rounded out the scoring for the Oilers in the period, corralling a Shawn Horcoff pass at the side of the net on the power play and firing it in from an acute angle.

That's the way the period should have wrapped up, but since one bad turnover deserves another, 10 seconds later, Dwayne Roloson handed the Canadiens a gift.

The Oilers goaltender came out to play the puck that had been shot around the boards. However, it didn't make it to the point where he could legally touch it leaving Roloson stuck behind the net. Eventually the puck came out to Mathieu Dandenault, who put it into the open net.

IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR THE OILERS TO SILENCE THE CHEERS FOR THE VISITORS BY THE LEGION OF HAB FANS.

In the second the Oilers had a great opportunity to extend their lead early in the period, when they were awarded a two-man advantage as Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec took penalties 19 seconds apart.

Pacioretty ran over Dwayne Roloson, taking a goaltender interference penalty and Plekanec slew-footed Oilers defenceman Denis Grebeshkov going back for a puck at the end boards.

Grebeshkov went into the boards heavily and left the game unable to put weight on his right foot. He did not return to the game with what was officially called a lower-body injury.

The Oilers were unable to convert on the two-man advantage, but did add to the lead short-handed later in the period as Kyle Brodziak took a fortunate bounce off a linesman, went in alone on Price and scored.

Dustin Penner added another as the Canadiens goaltender knocked a rebound right back to him then was unable to get enough of the shot to keep it from trickling in.

In the third Liam Reddox extended the lead tipping in a point-shot from Gilbert.

Francis Bouillon was able to pull one back for the Canadiens.

The loss was the Canadiens ninth loss in their last 11 games and seventh straight on the road. The still have four games to go on their current season-long six game road trip.

With the win, meanwhile, the Oilers improve their record to 27-23-4 as they venture out on a four-game road trip starting Saturday in Los Angeles.


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