As much as I would like to completely rip the shades off the lamps in this one, it will be a subdued rip. The Oilers rolled out a clunker, and it took eight games to do it.
Shine on, you crazy diamond Devan Dubnyk. The rest of the squad will need a few more quarters to buy some more shots, because an average of one every five minutes isn’t going to win you any tough ones.
Many Oiler fans have gotten used to describing the kind of defeats they’d like bear witness to. As partisans of this generation of Oilers hockey, it’s pretty safe to say that we’re decent authors on the subject.
Granted, no one likes losing very much, but there’s a certain kind of loss that one would rather not be a part of. Such losses that we’d like to avoid include (but are not limited to)
- Any game with the word ‘drubbing’ attached to it (by me or any other)
- Any game against the Calgary Flames
- Games where Nikolai Khabibulin’s save percentage meets or does not exceed .800
- Games lost by a total of five (5) or more goals in regulation time
- Games lost by what members of Edmonton media would describe as a ‘gaffe’ by an Oiler goaltender
You get the idea. I’d like to add a new one in there
- Games where our team fails to shoot the puck more than once in any frame of time meeting twenty standard Earth minutes (now known as a ‘period’ from here forward)
The Oilers managed just one shot last game versus Tampa Bay, but were able to skate away on Linus Omark’s spectacular shootout heroics.
Twelve shots was the final number registered for the gents sporting the Oiler logo at Rexall Place last night. Twelve shots would likely not have defeated the Lloydminster Junior A Bobcats let alone the Vancouver Canucks, who are a pretty good hockey team over in British Columbia.
FOR THE OILERS:
Devan Dubnyk played as well as anyone who only had twelve shots in support could’ve played. Dubnyk propped the team up with 30 out of 32 saves. For those of you with a degree in multiplication and the long divisions, that’s nearly three times as many shots allowed as those taken. Gold star for Dubnyk.
It’s not worth much in the standings, but Jordan Eberle manages to upset Roberto Luongo pretty good here after scoring with just a few remaining ticks in regulation.
The Sedins both had a couple points for Vancouver, and there’s that whole twelve shot thing looming in the rear view window.
The Oilers NEED to come out with a response against Toronto on Tuesday night. Two points against a Maple Leafs team that Edmonton handled a few weeks back would be a tonic for everyone involved.
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