Petry, Jones score in 3rd as Oilers beat Canadiens

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm •  Published: October 22, 2013
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MONTREAL (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers taught Montreal forward Lars Eller a tough lesson.

Eller said the Oilers were a "junior team" that was "all over the place" before Edmonton's 4-3 victory over the Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins took offense to Eller's comments and used it to motivate his youthful team.

"When you've got some young player who's trying to get his feet wet calling an organization a junior team, people take notice," Eakins said. "I knew it was going to turn. It makes for great banter in our dressing room.

"That is a total hockey god thing. I'm sure that young man has learnt his lesson, and I highly doubt you'll see anything like that out of his mouth again."

Eller, Montreal's leading goal-scorer, had only one shot on net and didn't earn any points in the loss.

"He's a young player," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said of Eller. "I think he'll learn from that. He made inappropriate comments."

Ales Hemsky and Ladislav Smid both scored in the second period for Edmonton to tie the game 2-2. Jeff Petry and Ryan Jones then had back-to-back goals in the third to give the Oilers a 4-2 lead.

Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher scored in the first period to give Montreal the lead and Brian Gionta scored with 3 seconds left.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was at the center of Edmonton's turnaround with two assists.

"I got a huge momentum boost from (Eakins') talk between periods," Nugent-Hopkins said. "That was big for us. I thought we responded well.

"It's what we needed at that point. We were losing battles, we weren't playing with the passion that we need to win games in that situation."

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