Blackhawks 4, Oilers 1 - The Road Most Commonly Traveled

We sure had fun watching the Predators game a few nights ago.  Dubnyk had a shutout, four different players had a goal, and after a rocky first period things sure turned around.

Yeah, about all of that.

Tom Gilbert and Jonathan Toews in a quick game of Jenga. Photo courtesy EdmontonOilers.com

Eight penalties in a row.

Eight.

Ocho.  Huit.

Eight.

Other than that, the game went swimmingly.

The Edmonton Oilers managed to take eight consecutive penalties from about 8 minutes remaining in the first period through the first five minutes of the third.  Surprisingly enough, the Oilers yielded but one powerplay goal, and two even strength tallies.  Even more surprising is the fact that the Blackhawks were only able to muster 25 total shots on the Oilers. At this time, you may compare the 8 penalties that Edmonton took to the number 2, the amount of penalties that the Blackhawks drew.

  • Jordan Eberle had a goal.  Feel free to bask in it, as it was one of the positives in the game.

Jim Vandermeer picks up an assist on this play – his second assist in as many games on a fat rebound that finds the way on Jordan Eberle’s tape.   It’s about as satisfying as a goal scored with three minutes left while being down three goals can get.

Combine a three goal Blackhawk lead with just eight penalties taken by the Oilers, now add a single goal by Jordan Eberle and the fact that Devan Dubnyk didn’t wear his flypaper outfit and you’ve got this game rolled up in a ninety-nine cent burrito.

Coming up in the next few days, we’ll take a look at the whole Ales Hemsky-Dustin Penner trade rumour scenario(s), as we eagerly gear up for rush to the draft.  Stay tuned, and vote in related poll down the screen towards the right if you already haven’t.

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