Weight lifts Oilers over Habs
Doug Weight is making the most of his borrowed time. Awaiting a likely suspension, Weight scored 1:49 into overtime as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 at Skyreach Centre on Saturday.
Jason Smith had possession along the right boards and drew three Canadiens defenders before the puck squirted loose to Weight.
The Oilers captain drifted across the slot and deked Patrice Brisebois before wiring a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Jose Theodore for his third game-winning goal of the season.
"Jason Smith carried the mail up the ice and did a great job on the wall, really working hard," Weight said. "Fortunately for me, I caught the defence flat-footed."
"I took away the five-hole and then I just followed him," Theodore added. "I didn't think he had room for that shot."
Weight was ejected and will likely be suspended for attacking Bryan Marchment in the first period of Thursday's 2-2 tie with the San Jose Sharks.
He was seeking retribution after a questionable knee-on-knee hit by Marchment.
On Saturday, the Oilers overcame overcome a 2-0 second period deficit when ex-Canadien Igor Ulanov and Rem Murray scored just 43 seconds apart.
Murray tied it 2-2 at the 16:17 mark after Ulanov counted on the power play at 15:34.
"They got a couple of goals but we battled hard to get back into it," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said. "We didn't want to come out of it without getting two points.
"We're fortunate that Dougie took care of that business at the end."
Brian Savage staked the Canadiens to a 2-0 lead with a pair of power play goals at 4:17 and 9:09 of the first, respectively.
"Obviously, we started the game really well," Savage said. "We got undisciplined and they definitely got the momentum.
"It's a good point for us on the road, but it's definitely a little disappointing to be up two and have them come back like that."
Montreal (10-23-4-1), which was outshot 29-15, has dropped three straight games, is 1-8-2-1 over its past dozen starts and remains one point back of the Florida Panthers in the NHL basement.
By virtue of the victory, Edmonton (18-15-6-1) snapped a three-game winless streak and improved to an impressive 12-4-4-0 on home ice.
The game also marked the NHL debut of newly-signed Mike Comrie, who inked a three-year deal worth a reported $10 million prior to the game.
The 20-year-old Edmonton native, who led the WHL with 79 points in 37 games for the Kootenay Ice, appeared unsettled at first, but later had two splendid scoring chances.
"He was very nervous," Weight said. "He drove in last night and realized at 10 a.m. he was going to play.
"He's made a huge jump up and he's done it with class."