Oilers slip past Hurricanes 5-4 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2013 at 12:50 am •  Published: December 11, 2013

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was just happy his team won on Tuesday.

Jordan Eberle scored in overtime and the Oilers earned a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Oilers had led 4-1 at one point, but allowed the Hurricanes back into the game.

Carolina's Justin Faulk took a penalty early in the overtime for a hit from behind on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

The Oilers' forward was able to remain on the ice and set up the winner, sending a pass to Eberle at the side of the net to put the game away at 1:48 of OT.

"I'd love to have a win every night. I don't care how we get them," Eakins said. "It was two points. Would we have like to have ended that game 4-1? Absolutely. But the important thing is there is two points in the bank."

Eberle said it was a good feeling to come away with the victory, especially after almost letting it slip away.

"It was a relief to get the win," he said. "We played extremely well in the first and for a little bit in the second and then completely took our foot off the gas. I don't know what it was, but we just started turning pucks over and losing battles and playing bad defensively. It's frustrating when that happens, but we found a way to win and that's the biggest thing."

Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins and Jesse Joensuu also scored for the Oilers, who have gone 7-3-1 in their past 11 games. Edmonton also has a 2-1-1 record through the first four games of a five-game homestand.

"We are working hard to get out of the hole we created for ourselves and it seems we are on a bit of a run now," Hall said. "Now it is time to get two in a row, something we haven't been able to do for a while."

Tuomo Ruutu, Jordan Staal, Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost two in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak.

"We're a pretty resilient team," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "We have to look at the positives, we got a point. We got outplayed in the first, and came back in the second. We had a really good second and third. We got a really big point and possibly could have had two."

The Oilers got on the board just 1:33 into the first period.

Hall had a clear lane to the net and seemed to surprise Carolina goalie Cam Ward with a quick shot that beat him glove-side. It was Hall's 12th goal of the season and fifth in the past three games.

The Hurricanes tied the game just over six minutes into the opening period on a power-play goal. Ruutu was able to tip a Skinner shot on net and then get his own rebound after Edmonton defender Nick Schultz failed to clear the puck in front and put it past Oilers starter Devan Dubnyk.

Edmonton vaulted back in front with nine minutes remaining in the first period as Yakupov took a pass from Hall and sent a blast from the slot that went through the legs of both defenseman Ron Hainsey and Ward. It was just the fifth goal of the season for the 2012 No. 1 draft pick.

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