Devils 4, Oilers 3 (OT) - Point Taken

Two goals by Colin Fraser aren’t enough to bypass a third period letdown, and the New Jersey Devils take two points in an overtime victory.

Edmonton was up 3-1 at one point in the second, propelled by a Sam Gagner tally and Colin Fraser’s first two goals of the season.

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When you’re up 3-1 on a Devils team that’s had similar troubles as the Oiler squad, you begin to feel good about the game.  A fresh Devan Dubnyk was between the pipes,  he finished with a more than respectable 35 save performance.

The Oilers led 3-2 at the beginning of the third, and slowly, the wheels unhinged.  New Jersey amassed twelve shots, newcomer Mattias Tedenby had a powerplay goal for New Jersey propelling the two squads to overtime, and then Ilya Kovalchuk atoned for his shootout gaffe earlier in the week by burying a powerplay goal on a penalty that Dustin Penner took.

So, the Oilers got a point.  Which, although it is a point, it’s a rather unsatisfying morsel from a tray that could’ve contained two points.  To the bullets we go.

  • Devan Dubnyk needs some more starts.  Dubnyk turned aside 35 of 39 shots in this game.  In three games (two starts, one mop-up duty), Dubnyk has a .920 SV% and a GAA of a whisker under 3.  While Dubnyk hasn’t yet tabbed himself as the Curtis Joseph of the future, a few more starts sooner rather than later is something I’d like to see.  Dubnyk’s performance earned him third star honours.
  • Let’s go to video for Colin Fraser’s first of two goals on the night.

Colin Fraser is rewarded four and a half minutes into the first period with his first of two goals.  His efforts would earn him second star honours.

Oh, the penalty kill.  If I could cryogenically freeze you like a giant mole and then rip you from the neck that is the Edmonton Oilers, you bet that I’d have already made an appointment.  Dustin Penner takes a penalty in the overtime period allowing New Jersey’s One Hundred Million Dollar Man a chance at the mole.  Kovalchuk rips a one timer past Dubnyk, and that’s the way things are.  Mattias Tedenby had New Jersey’s tying goal in the third on a powerplay.  Sometimes it’s the goaltending, and sometimes there aren’t enough goals being scored, but more often than not, we’ve seen the PK as the Oilers undoing.

What next?

Glad you asked.  Oilers are in the Big Apple tonight to take on the New York Rangers.  It’s an early one, so you might need to break out the mixers earlier than usual today.

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