For a significant period of time, I would’ve bet money that the Oilers would have taken two points against Phoenix on Friday.
It’s a good thing I didn’t. It would’ve been the easiest money I had ever lost. Wait, check that – playing high dollar slots was the easiest money I’d ever lost. This would’ve been the second easiest.
Ray Whitney is the man responsible for all of this.
I’m laying it at his feet.
Edmonton played better this game. Much, much better. There was no blowout. Team even picked up a point. When’s the last game you saw that? What’s that? New Jersey? You’re right. Stop ruining this for me.
The Oilers had their best game in at least a couple weeks dating back to their last victory at Chicago (which was nothing to write home about, either). The PK unit shrugged off a five minute penalty after Andrew Cogliano was called for a boarding major.
Ales Hemsky scored a shorthanded goal on a feed from Ryan Whitney on an eighty foot pass. Have some of this.
More special teams madness - Horcoff has tic-tac-toe PP tally, Dubnyk hadn’t yielded a goal at this point, and just for safety, Dustin Penner added one just because. That’s three goals. There’s no way the Oilers were going to cough that up.
Yeah, about that.
It was 3-1 shortly before Phoenix had a PP tally of their own, and with just over 34 ticks on the clock, Wojtek Wolski launched one behind the net to send it to overtime. And the shootout?
After some of the stuff you’ve seen over the last four or five games, you can’t be upset with the effort you see here. The entire game was an entertaining spectacle, even if the Oilers were only able to squeeze out a blood point from Phoenix.
Dubnyk played well, the Oiler forwards got to score a few goals, and no one’s feelings were hurt by the end of the ten minute mark because the other team already had four goals. 35 seconds more, and we’d be talking about what a well-earned two points we have.
I don’t think I’ve been so happy to lose.
This next piece has no place to go, so I’m going to stick it at the end of this post here. I got linked to this on Twitter the other day, and it still cracks me up. The gentleman you see in the video is making an inquiry to the New York Islanders to fill their head coaching position after Scott Gordon was released last week. Listen to how helpful the answering system is.
If you’re not laughing at “This is a full time job?” then you need to drink more.
Oilers / Ducks tonight.