Oilers rewrite tired script in win over NJ

Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third...

Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Rexall Place Oct. 7, 2013. (Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:04 AM ET

EDMONTON - The script is seven years old.

We’ve seen it a hundred times before.

Start slow. Lethargic second period. Mediocre goaltending. Come to life in the third period. Make a game of it. Make a late, costly mistake. Lose.

You can set your NHL entry draft by the Oilers tragic storyline.

And Monday at night against the New Jersey Devils, they followed it to the letter, right up the part where they were supposed to lose.

On what the struggling Oilers were calling redemption night, they strayed from the traditional death scene at the last moment, doing what almost nobody ever does - come from three goals down on one of the best shutdown teams in the NHL.


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