Oilers 4, Coyotes 3 - The Beer, Ginger Ale And Poutine Obviously Worked

Holy cow, a win.  A dramatic, three goal in the third, score in the last minute kind of win.  An exhilarating win.

You might remember a ‘win’ from such spectacles as the January 13th matchup against the San Jose Sharks, or the week prior versus the New York Islanders.  Either way, the time spent between victories is too long a time.

And to think, the Oilers have a chance to make it FOUR wins on the month tonight in Dallas.

…against a Dallas team that they’ve played quite well over the past two games, nonetheless.

A POWER PLAY GOAL

While I took a stab in the dark and predicted that Magnus Paajarvi would be the fortunate son of a freaky PP goal last night, it was Taylor Hall who got his bounce.  Have a look as Hall tries to feed the biscuit to Dustin Penner but it’s deflected in front by Phoenix’s Sami Lepisto in between the legs of Ilya Bryzgalov.  That’s pretty much the cut and colour of a slump-busting powerplay goal, in that it wasn’t pretty and that it went in. Hall’s goal made it 2-2, and it was his 16th goal of the year.

You know who got assists on that goal?  Horcoff and Petry.

Oilers and Coyotes trade goals (including a beauty from Gagner to Omark), and by the time it’s toward the end of the third, this happens.

Goals are like babies, in that you shouldn’t call any of them ugly to their face.  But my God, what a homely goal.  That’s the forkball of hockey right there.  Dustin Penner seals it from Taylor Hall with less than thirty seconds to go.

That’s kind of a short recap on a game that felt good to win.  A come from behind victory on an assist from the first overall draft pick of 2010?  That’s worth more than a quick blurb most of the time, I know.  And, for the especially studious, that’s Edmonton taking three points out of their last two games.  That’s more than can be said for a significant portion of this season.

Today’s Wayne Gretzky’s fiftieth birthday.  Happy birthday to the greatest player ever to lace on a pair of skates.

I’m not going to sit here and tick off a thousand memories that Gretzky burned into your minds.  I’ll just show you one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDU56qeJBNE&feature=related

Absolutely electric is Wayne Gretzky, and there’ll never be another one like him.

Never.

Ever.

Thanks for the memories, Wayne Gretzky.  May your next fifty be as memorable as the first.

Tonight the Oilers will be in Dallas, where they’ll try to make it right after two tough losses to the Stars.

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