In absolutely no way, shape, or form should Edmonton have emerged victorious in this game.
But, they did.
The Panthers outplayed Edmonton in every statistic you could possibly think of, save the final score. Edmonton was was outshot by 28-13, they were outchanced, they were outskated… if there was a stat, I’m likely to say that the Panthers ‘out’-whatever that stat was. I don’t have the faceoff total in front of me, but I don’t think I want to look.
Yet the Oilers somehow hung on. They clung on.
Some talking points
- Full marks again go to Nikolai Khabibulin. Khabibulin was the reason the Oilers were able to skate away with two points. Had 26 saves out of 28 shots. Khabibulin deserved this win and the number one star. Two games, two victories. Who’s going to argue with those numbers?
- Theo Peckham picked himself up the third star in tonight’s game. Peckham was a shot-blocking machine on Thursday, and tonight was a repeat performance. Peckham earned an assist on the eventual game-winning Oiler goal, a goal that will likely be discussed tomorrow due to the fact that it went in off of Shawn Horcoff’s skate. Everybody in the ‘he kicked it in’ camp, over there. Us logical folk will remain over here.
- It was a controversial goal that Shawn Horcoff scored. From overhead, it appears that Horcoff directs a centering pass off his right skate and into the net. Then again, it also appeared that he could have been just trying to bounce a pass off of his right skate blade in order to set up a shot. Eh, the squad was terrible last year. I’m going to go with goal.
- Some guy named Taylor Hall scored the primary assist on that Horcoff debacle. Congrats on your first career NHL point.
- Ryan Jones scored the team’s second goal on a tip from Jim Vandermeer, who has two assists in two career games with the Oilers.
- It’s always the ones who got away: Former Oiler Marty Reasoner was Florida’s most productive player, scoring both Panther goals in the second period. Not too awful shabby for a fourth line centre against his former team.
- Tomas Vokoun allowed three goals on thirteen shots. I can’t even begin to imagine how that makes his SV% look after one game. According to the calculator option under my accessories tab, that puts it about .769. Ouch.
While this game didn’t have all the glitz or glamour of the Flames game Thursday night, this year’s Oilers squeezed two points out of this game, where last year’s squad likely would’ve likely have been chasing their tails down 6-1 with three minutes left. A tough game played by Florida, a lucky squad tonight in the Oilers.
And, after all of that, the OILERS are on a TWO GAME WINNING STREAK. When was the last time in the regular season you could say that?