The Oilers took the Coyotes by a score of 4-3 in a shootout, and that’s quite remarkable after what was going on after the first fifteen minutes.
A game that likely would’ve ended in bloodshed had it occurred last year ends rather positively this preseason.
Good times after the jump.
This game was one of those from last year that would’ve had the score at something like 5-0 for Phoenix by the end of the first period, Devan Dubnyk would’ve been called in and probably replaced, Dustin Penner would’ve ended up shooting someone in the stands, and the game may have been called at the end of the second period after the nine goal mercy rule. It’s my idea, my rules.
Might not’ve been that bad, but the potential was there. The Oilers went down by two goals in the first period, and the potential for the floodgates to be thrown open was written all over Rexall. Phoenix tallied two goals in a minute a little more than midway through the first.
Credit goes to the team for finding a way to climb back in a game that could’ve otherwise been lost.
- Alexandre Giroux had a pretty goal in the second period on a feed from Liam Reddox, who looks more and more like a guy who will stick around the fourth line this year. Decisions, decisions. Giroux had to come hard this game, and it’s nice to see a career AHL guy get one in the bigs, even if it is a preseason game.
- Martin Gerber got credit for the win last night, stopping 14 of 15 shots in the third period. Jeff Deslauriers had a hand on 16 of 18. Strangely enough, Gerber was waived after the game last night, and unless another team takes a flyer, Gerber will start the season in Oklahoma City. This is a head scratcher to me, as Gerber has shown he’s well worth the $500K contract that he was signed for. It’s a bit of a gamble to send him down, but should he make it to OKC, they’ll be in good hands.
- Speaking of players that were sent down, Colin McDonald had a handy redirect off the stick of an Alex Plante shot from the blue. If the Oilers turn sour by December, you’re almost assured that Oklahoma will be rocking.
- Ales Hemsky looked like Ales Hemsky last night. Dustin Penner had the first, but Hemsky had the deal sealer during the shootout. Unrelated fact: The Oilers play the Flames twice in the preseason, and three times during the regular season, and that’s in October alone. Hemsky is to have five points total in those three games. If I can get Giroux a goal by saying his name, then getting Hemsky some points should be easier than breathing. And, if you haven’t yet voted on how many points you think Ales Hemsky is capable of this year, do that near the bottom right of the page.
- Along with Martin Gerber, Sheldon Souray was waived. Doubt he’ll end up in OKC, so I’m not sure what the idea is behind this. I can’t seriously think that Tambellini thinks anyone will take Souray at full price, so I’m led to believe he’ll be pulled up shortly and a team (ahem, NYI) will plunk down half on re-entry waivers, splitting the cost with the Oilers.
Edmonton looks for their fifth straight preseason wins tomorrow night versus the Flames at home. Game time is 7 MST / 9 EST.