When I was in college, I was certain I was going to land a job in radio after I graduated. It was my destiny. I would be alone in my room practising my radio voice, saying things like “Dead Kennedys up next!” or “Coming up at the top of the hour A Flock Of Seagulls…stay tuned!”
What does this have to do with Edmonton’s road win against Ottawa? Other than the Oilers put forth “Forty minutes of thrilling hockey, coming up next!” not a thing.
Join us after the jump. There are a bunch of pluses and fewer minuses on this recap.
After a slow first period (which fortunately, found Edmonton down by just one tally) the Oilers played well. The Oilers yielded a big fat zero in the PPG allowed column, and kept Ottawa to just one goal all night. A three goal third capped with a Taylor Hall empty netter is cause for what I’d call an ‘explosion’ in the offence category, and the Oilers skate smoothly out of Ottawa with a 4-1 victory. How many times have you heard “smooth Oilers victory” in the last few years? You can count them on one hand. Search engines, take note.
- I don’t know how long Martin Gerber is going to be on the big club, but in the two games he’s played so far, I like a lot of what I see. Gerber turned aside 22 of 23 shots against his former club en route to the victory. Gerber is 2-0-0 in two games, has a .950 SV% and a 1.50 GAA. That’s an extremely small sample size, but the numbers are sublime on a squad that’s had egregious difficulty keeping the puck out of their own net. Gotta ride the hot hands, right?
- Nice to see Andrew Cogliano get rewarded with some points as of late. A really nice deflection by Cogs in this video off a laser beam from Gilbert Brule
- Speaking of Gilbert Brule, he’s another guy who’s turned his tide after getting a pine ride. Brule got his goal on a feed from Cogliano in front of the Senator net, putting the Oilers up 3-1 with eight minutes remaining in regulation. Both Brule and Cogliano finished with two points. Good for those guys.
- THE BEST OF THE REST: As much as I like to harp on the penalty kill, the PK was 100% last night. Ladislav Smid has been back in the lineup for a few games now, and while I’d be hesitant to say that the Oilers defence is going to go out and dominate the 2003 NJ Devils squad, they’ve certainly looked better with Smid back in the lineup. Tom Gilbert gets credit for the first Oiler goal, a PPG slapshot from just over the blue line. Edmonton played well for the majority of this one, and are deservedly rewarded with two points in the standings.
The Oilers will be in Québec tomorrow night to take on Les Habitants at the Bell Centre.
There’s not a line that goes here that rhymes with anything.
See you tomorrow. GOILERS.