Oilers 4, Canadiens 3 (OT) - I'll Take Two, Please


What a game.

If the Oilers don’t have another victory this season, you can always look back to this game at the beginning of December and remember what the future was supposed to look like.

At least after Wednesday night’s game, the future is now.

Not only did the Oilers win last night, they won the right way.  With panache if you will.  Montréal scored a PPG with seven to go in the first, and Kurtis Foster was there four minutes later with a PPG of his own on a blistering slapper.    Montéal scored their next two goals in the second period, but Edmonton eventually took two points from the Bell Centre after a comeback third and an OT backhand from Dustin Penner.

This game was quite possibly the most entertaining Oilers game we’ve seen this year.   After the second period with Montréal up by two goals, it was essential that Edmonton score the next goal to retain any legitimate chance at winning.  A mad scramble in front of Carey Price after a bomb by Jim Vandermeer saw Ales Hemsky get credit for the second Oiler goal. Sam Gagner scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game up 3-3 with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation, and the rest is history.  Let’s see some of the goals.

The tying goal is scored here by Sam Gagner who upends Michael Cammalleri, causing him to lose the puck. Gagner has a two on one with Ales Hemsky skating into the Canadien zone, when Gagner buries it top left on Carey Price. That’ll get the dopamine sensors churning.

And then, this. Subban pass to Cammalleri. Cammalleri turnover to Penner.

Penner. Penner. Penner. Penner. Penner.

How about that?  Two points.  That’s a two game winning streak heading into Toronto tonight.

  • By far the most entertaining game of the year was this one.  Oilers needed a goal in the third, they got one from Hemsky.  A shorty from Gagner followed, then the GWG from Dustin Penner in OT.  Getting goals when needed?  What is this concept?
  • Solid night from Devan Dubnyk, who finished with 36 saves on 39 Canadien shots.  With Khabibulin back on the big squad, it would lead me to believe that Dubnyk is likely to play the role of backup tonight.  Still impressed with his performance, and I wouldn’t be opposed to starting him again tonight.  As long as Dubnyk can string together solid outings, it should be his ball to lose.
  • PRODUCTION – 91/89/83 was a definite go.  Hope to see this line in Toronto. Hemsky and Gagner had an assist on Kurtis Foster’s PPG in the first,  Hemsky’s goal in the second (Paajarvi’s assist), Gagner’s shorthanded tally in the third, a tip of the hat to James Vandermeer for making the Hemsky goal happen – this line was the nines.
  • Theo Peckham played like a man possessed once again, Taylor Hall had at least eight shots by my count, and everything came together tonight.

Enjoy this one, fans.  It’s been a long time coming.

The Oilers take on the Maple Leafs tonight at the Air Canada Centre.  Can the Oilers make it three in a row?