Oilers 4, Ducks 2 - This Performance Brought To You By Devan Dubnyk

Anaheim shoots often early, Corey Perry scores on his own net to seal the deal.

This, plus more after the jump.

Devan Dubnyk - Serious business. Photo courtesy nhl.com

I cannot say enough about goaltender Devan Dubnyk’s play in last night contest.  The man’s a welcome breath of fresh air with his sparkly overall .930 SV% (albeit over a smattering of games) and the fact he turned away 38 out of 40 possible shots in last night’s contest speaks highly of a guy whom earlier in the season could’ve been a goalie in the AHL.

  • Someone ought to buy Devan Dubnyk a T-bone.  No, a porterhouse.  Wait, make it prime rib.  Whenever prime rib is around, something good has happened.  Turning aside 38 of 40 total shots should get you a couple fat slabs of prime rib in a performance where Edmonton was outshot 19-4 at the end of the first.  Dubnyk’s current numbers – 1-0-3, 2.76 GAA and a .930 SV%.  I realize it’s been just a handful of games, but the man’s played well enough to earn the Oilers five points out of a possible eight on the nights he’s started.  Leave him in there.
  • The big story of the game was the officiating –  When the Oilers were up 2-0,  Theo Peckham got nailed on a delay of game penalty after it was determined that he cleared a puck over the glass.  Problem here is that it was plain as day that it went through the hole in the glass for the cameraman.  You could spend a day at the rink trying to hit that hole, but when the Oilers are up 2-0 trying to snap a six game winless streak, it’ll go through every time.  The Ducks capitalized, and scored two quick goals to bring the game to 2-2.  Had this call not have been made, it’s quite possible that the Oilers would’ve gone perfect on their penalty kill, something that needs a lot of propping up these days.

During the offseason, it might be a good idea for the NHL to take a look at what things can be reviewed after the play.  The officials can review things like whether or not the puck crossed the line, or if a goal is scored with 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock.  This was clear as day, and it helped propel a two-spot on the board for Anaheim (Side note – Over at The Copper And Blue, there’s a picture worth a couple of laughs showing the referee speaking with the cameraman.  I can only imagine how that conversation went). We’re all kind of giggling about it right now because the Oilers ended up with two points in this one, but if it was the other way around, I can guarantee you that I’d be in ill humour.

A wrist shot coming from Ales Hemsky to the left shoulder of Jonas Hiller turned out to be the game winner, but Corey Perry’s errant pass with his goalie pulled is what all the kids are talking about right now.  I don’t have kids, but if I did, they’d be talking about this.

In a just world, Devan Dubnyk would’ve gotten credit for that goal. It is awarded to Tom Gilbert, which is a nice enough consolation.  With a 38 of 40 save performance, I don’t know how Dubnyk wasn’t one of the game’s three stars.

So take that, Ducks.  The Oilers snap a six game winless streak, and are on their winning ways to Phoenix tomorrow night.

Strange Advance – “We Run” (1985).

Oilers in Phoenix tomorrow night trying to make it two in a row.  A man’s got to dream.

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