The Oilers defeated the Lightning by a score of 5-2 Thursday night. This comes without too much surprise as the Lightning had dressed very lightly for the game, leaving many a star behind.
Yes, it’s preseason, and yes, the Lightning might have under-dressed but WOW, did that game feel pretty good to the Oiler faithful. Probably felt good to the team, too.
Let’s start with the little things first. Andrew Cogliano scored a goal. Alright, now we have you.
Cogliano’s goal was a beautiful re-direct on a pass from former Lightning defenceman Kurtis Foster, which came from this kid named Paajarvi. You soon will come to learn the name of “Paajarvi” if you haven’t already.
Paajarvi had four points on this night, tallying three goals and the helper to Cogliano in the first. Think fast – who was the last Oiler to score a hat trick in game?
Give up? Me too.
Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis (who likely is still stinging over the deleti0n of his Twitter account), yielded five total goals, including a gaffe of a clearing attempt to some kid named Taylor Hall. Hall caught the puck at the Lightning blue line, skated in and flicked it into the yawning Tampa net.
What about the goaltenders? Devan Dubnyk atoned for his lacklustre performance on Wednesday by stopping 19 of 20 Tampa shots in the first half of the game. Jeff Deslauriers came in and stopped a serviceable seven out of eight, although he’d really like the goal he surrendered back.
You’re only as good as your last performance between the pipes, and Dubnyk’s last was a nod in his favour. Still reluctant to say that Gerber begins in the minors, as I don’t believe he’s yielded a goal this preseason.
On Sunday night, the Oilers will take another turn at Vancouver, this time at home. The linecard will be here Sunday. Let’s dream, baby.