There are good goals, and there are bad goals. Then, there’s this goal. As well as Khabibulin has played in recent games, this right here is a deal killer. Two goals by Sabres defenceman Mike Weber (one empty netter) and this…thing by Jochen Hecht help give the Sabres a 4-2 victory in Edmonton Tuesday night.
The Oilers again turned a game into a classic episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. In every episode of the Dukes, the Duke boys get away. Somehow, someway, they were able to sneak, connive, or otherwise outwit Boss Hogg and Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltraine using a tacky escape route that usually ended with them jumping a creek in the General Lee.
Unfortunately for the Oilers, they’re not playing the part of the Dukes. Maybe they’re shooting themselves in the foot by sitting on a syringe of truth serum, or maybe that speed limit sign with the flippy numbers is going to malfunction. They’re going to find a way to cough up a perfectly winnable game, and Tuesday was no exception.
NOT REALLY WHAT YOU WANTED TO HEAR
Ryan Whitney suffered an ankle injury in the first period of last night’s game. Pending results of his MRI, he could be out a few games (ideally) or a few months (not so ideally). Whitney was quietly putting together an all-star season (2G-25A, +13) on a questionable blue line. His +13 plus/minus rating currently ranks second among active defenders, only behind Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang. If Whitney’s gone for any more than a few games, you can begin purchasing your lottery tickets now.
A less than enthralling performance by Nikolai Khabibulin, an injury to your number one defenceman, add in a three point performance by a third line defenceman on the other team, and you’ve got this game in a nutshell.
Game two of this five game homestand takes place tomorrow night versus the Colorado Avalanche.
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