Oilers 2, Blues 1 (OT) - Try To Remain Calm

Taylor Hall delivers the groceries in OT. Photo courtesy EdmontonOilers.com

A solid effort by the Oilers nets them two more points in the standings.  By the looks of things, the team is trying to make a habit out of this sort of behaviour.

What does four consecutive victories get you if you’re the Edmonton Oilers?  Happy fans and a vacation from the last spot in the conference.  Students of the game will notice that although Calgary has one more win than the Oilers do so far this season, Calgary has three wins in the shootout in comparison to Edmonton’s zero,  therefore Edmonton is listed ahead of Calgary in the standings.   Please note that shootout victories are the first tie-breaker to determine playoff seedings at the end of the season now.  This will be on the test.

I thought the Oilers may have been vulnerable coming back home after sweeping their recent road trip, but Edmonton came out and hung with St. Louis all night.

  • Hats off to Nikolai Khabibulin, who finished up with 31 saves in earning the W.  This is Khabibulin’s second consecutive marquee performance, and he’s yielded a total of one big fat goal over those two starts.  The Oilers will only go where their goaltending takes them, and right now Khabibulin is playing like his contract commands.
  • Ryan Jones scores his second goal in as many games early in the third period.  Gagner picked a puck up from Brad Winchester in the Edmonton end.  Gagner flicked it to Paajarvi, who lobbed it to a streaking Jones, and Jones didn’t miss.
  • Taylor Hall with a fantastic goal in  OT.  Unfortunate for Andy McDonald losing an edge and taking a bump, a great coup for Taylor Hall.  Hall looks to be adjusting to the NHL level of play quite nicely, and it’s exciting to see your franchise’s future scoring game winning overtime goals like the one you see below.

Defence played at an overall grade of B last night – They were out-Corsi’d by quite a bit, but they made Khabibulin’s life a bit easier by keeping the area free from bodies and general debris – a solid effort all around by Team Oilers.

Edmonton’s second game of a six game homestand will roll along on Tuesday as the Oilers look for their fifth consecutive victory versus Anaheim.

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