How can words be strewn together in a sentence that accurately describes how this game played out? The first two periods were as useful as a damp paper towel trying to absorb the contents of Lake Ontario. Let’s go to Coach Renney for the answer.
“We could have allowed ourselves to be pushed out, and we didn’t do that,” Oilers coach Tom Renney said. “That’s really important. It does take a lot of intestinal fortitude to play in this League in the first place, never mind come from behind.”
-quote from EdmontonOilers.com
Ah yes. The old ‘intestinal fortitude’ line.
The Oilers had a sparkling third period. I can’t rave enough about the third period. Add in the fact that somehow this squad was able to squeak an OTL point out of this mess, and I’m somewhat amazed.
Let’s review this game after the jump.
Where to start?
This Magnus Paajarvi character seems to be adjusting to the NHL quite nicely.
Andrew Cogliano has been in the doghouse lately because of his faceoff percentage, but oh, that pass! Paajarvi had himself a beauty finish crossing over one-handed as well. That’s an exciting goal at a time where Edmonton came out of their shells. We’ll call it the third period.
Not to outdo Paajarvi, but Jordan Eberle awoke a slumbering Calgary defence after he put one behind Kiprusoff near the end of the second period. Add one more from Tom Gilbert in the third, and Edmonton somehow hangs on to the 4-4 tie long enough to take the game into OT and eventually a shootout.
Now, the rest of the game.
The Calgary Flames certainly looked like a team that had won five of seven coming into this game, in that they all but completely dominated the first forty minutes of play. Usually I’m not shielding my eyes from the television screen until somewhere in the third period, but the second period really did test the strength of your stomach.
- The penalty kill looked like the penalty kill has this season, allowing two more goals. When it gets surprising, you may raise your hand.
- Even the power play began to look like the penalty kill at some points. A pretty significant puck was lost by Ryan Whitney just after a faceoff in the Flames zone that caused Brendan Morrison to gain a breakaway that turned into a shorthanded goal. It was Morrison’s second goal on the night. It was a tad ugly.
- General Asshattery - Colin Fraser squares off against Mark Giordano after Giordano levels wunderkind Taylor Hall pretty good. Fraser picks up a 2-5-10, and Steve MacIntyre gets to Fraser’s minor in the box. Go ahead and write that one up. And Gagner tees off with Olli Jokinen? I can’t make this up. To his defence, Gagner held himself up a ton better than I thought he would.
The shots were a modest enough 39-32 in favour of the Flames, but I can’t say this enough - I’m glad the Oilers were able to steal a point on their way out of Calgary, but after the first 38 minutes of this game, it could easily have been 6 or 7 to 2 instead of the four that were tallied.
Good news. The Oilers are in Columbus tomorrow to take on the Blue Jackets, in a game that has piqued my interests, and if you’ve made it this far, probably has piqued yours. Pregame will be up tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.