Edmonton goes down three goals, plays a strong second period and recoups two of those goals, only to pull the goaltender in the third on a 5-3 advantage (which later became a brief 6 on 2 advantage) yet fails to get the job done.
If you thought that sounded riveting, just wait until you take the jump.
Once Teemu Selanne had a couple of points (he ended up with his 1300th and 1301st points on the night), it appeared the game had a strong propensity to balloon out of control. Magnus Paajarvi and Sam Gagner made it a horse race the second period, tallying goals just 00:26 apart, and Edmonton had more than enough opportunities to cash in a tying goal in the third.
While the penalty kill has had more than its fair share of faults in 2010-11, the (not so) new hotness is the powerplay, and more specifically, the 0-37 streak the powerplay is on. Especially frightening moments came in the third period, and more specifically, the dying seconds of regulation. A five-on-three develops as Anaheim takes two penalties late. When the faceoff is taken in the Ducks zone, Khabibulin goes to the bench to make it a six-on-three.
Then you can insert your favourite blooper reel soundtrack as Saku Koivu’s stick breaks. He goes to the bench, thereby creating a little six on two action, something I’ve never quite seen before until now. Guess how many goals Edmonton was able to pump in? Collect your prize if ‘zero’ was your answer.
An array of questions can be asked about this situation, like why weren’t Omark, Paajarvi or Gagner on the ice for this powerplay? It seemed like the Ducks just stopped skating after their got three goals up on the Oilers, and the Oilers outshot Anaheim by a 12-7 margin in the third. Coach Renney has to be running out of ideas on the power play at this point, and if I was near an 0-40 streak that dated back to the Shayne Corson days, I’d probably be throwing my top guys on the ice at every opportunity.
Cripplingly bad powerplay aside, it was an entertaining second half of the game. As stated earlier, Gagner and Paajarvi got their mojo working and the Oilers all but dictated play in the third period. Oh, and this happened.
Jeff Petry better get himself a beer out of this. Maybe even a steak. A small steak, a pétit filet. Great heads up moment here.
Oilers take on the Minnesota Wild back at Rexall Place tonight. If Dubnyk gets in, the team will win. Vote for me.
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