Blackhawks 5, Oilers 0 – Khabibulin to IR, Martin Gerber Called Up

Blackhawks – 5

Oilers – 0

Five goals to zero goals is usually the sign of a pretty good beating, until you realize that it could’ve really gone out of control from there.  Edmonton may have won the first two meetings between the squads this year, but to say Chicago got some revenge last night would be an understatement.

Let’s take the jump and at see how far you can make it without vomiting into your waste basket by your chairs.  Ready?

Not available for purchase at MSG. Their loss.

Usually this is the part of the post where I pick some good points from the Oiler game and try in vain to put a positive spin on some ofthem.  In an 8-2 beatdown, I can usually fall back and say “At least Shawn Horcoff scored an ugly goal”, or “At least you could buy some eleven dollar beers in Madison Square Garden to help blot out the memory that you watched this game”.

The Oilers were outshot by a margin of 47 to 18.  That’s an impressive stat.  When the amount of shots you’ve been outshot by could be the amount of total shots taken in a game, that’s probably not a good sign for your squad. Ever seen Corsi numbers in the twenties for the opposition?  It’s a new day.

  • With a natural hat trick scored in just over twenty-one minutes, Jonathan Toews is by far your first star last night.  I would say give it to Turco, but he only faced eighteen shots in a game that probably could’ve been handled by Eldon Reddick today.  To his credit, Towes and Kane played lights out last

    Jonathan Toews - Photo courtesy AP

    night.  And, as tough as it is to throw out compliments to a starting goaltender with a current GAA that’s bloated over 4, Khabibulin had some key saves that kept the game from the double digits.  BREAK:  Speaking of goaltenders with bloated GAA’s, Jason Gregor just tweeted that Khabibulin is going to the IR with a pulled groin and Martin Gerber has been recalled from the OKC Barons.   Gregor reported earlier that Khabibulin wasn’t at practise today, and a pulled groin would probably be a sophisticated enough reason why.

  • Dubnyk was called on at the end of the second period last night to help clean up a 4-0 deficit, stopping all but one of sixteen shots.  We’re probably going to see him a lot more over the next little while.
  • More beating the same mule:  Allowing a powerplay goal is bad.  Allowing a shorthanded goal is worse.  The Oilers did both last night, and again, I don’t know how only five goals were scored.

Difficult game to watch, and if the Oilers are to remain competitive in some capacity, there’s going to need to be a line shakeup.

Now, here’s a music video to distract you.  You remember music videos, no?

In case you haven’t caught on yet, I only bring these in here when I’m trying to divert your attention or pump you up. Today, it’s the former. This is Camper Van Beethoven from 1989 with “Pictures of Matchstick Men”, an old Status Quo evergreen.

The Oilers take on Phoenix tomorrow night.  Keep your head up.

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