Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadiens' Eller Learns the Hard Way in Oilers' 4-3 Win over Montreal

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadiens' Eller Learns the Hard Way in Oilers' 4-3 Win over Montreal

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Eller learns the hard way in Oilers' 4-3 win

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MONTREAL - The Edmonton Oilers taught Montreal Canadiens' 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 Montreal on Tuesday night,

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins took offence 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," said Eakins. "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," said Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien 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 (3-6-1) 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 struck in the first period to give Montreal (5-4-0) the lead and Brian Gionta scored with three seconds left to play.

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

"I got a huge momentum boost from (Eakins') talk between periods," said Nugent-Hopkins. "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."

With the win, the Oilers ended a six-game road trip on a high. They went 2-3-1 on that stretch, and sit in last place in the Pacific Division.

Plekanec put the Canadiens on the board first when he scored a power-play goal at 16:36 of the first period. …

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