Oilers Play Sixty Minutes Of Hockey, Finally Defeat Stars 4-1

There are maybe a couple of games like the one that played last night, but you’d have to rewind the clock all the way back to October when the Oilers played the Flames for the first game of the season to remind me of how much fun last night was.

Oilers win!  Khabibulin wins!  You win!  We all win!  Taylor Chorney scored a goal!  BRING US THE CUP!

The Oilers played Dallas three times before last night, and they’ve played about as well as one team could play without taking points.  Kari Lehtonen had been a force in between the pipes for the Stars.  Last night, the Oilers were able to cash their chips, if only for one game.

Taylor Chorney has himself his first career goal on this one-timer. I had commented last post that while I’d rather see Jeff Petry in the lineup for a little more, I thought Taylor Chorney had played well enough this season to earn himself another shot in the lineup. Congrats to Taylor Chorney on scoring his first NHL goal last night, a moment I’m sure he’ll never forget.

When’s the last time we had bullets?

  • Shawn Horcoff!  Remember this guy?  The 15th captain in team history? Yes, him.  Horc was back in the lineup after recovering from bronchitis last night, having himself a three point night (1G-2A).  Not too shabby an effort for your first game back.
  • Jordan Eberle turned the festivities up a notch in the first period with a quick snapper out in front of Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.  It’s a shame, as it was about two or three seconds from becoming a power play goal.  We know how beleaguered the Oilers special team stats are, but it’s good to see an Oiler scoring goals…well, anytime.
  • Ales Hemsky had a goal and an assist.

Yeah, you’re right.  This guy doesn’t fit with the team. I don’t even know why the team keeps him around.

Don’t trade Hemsky.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also include Nikolai Khabibulin in this blurb – after all, he did snap a fourteen game losing streak with this victory.  Khabibulin had 24 stops on 25 shot attempts, and he’ll likely savour this victory at least until he plays again (which could be tomorrow night against the Canadiens).  Either way, he didn’t play poorly last night, and for that, I’m relieved.

So cut out of work early today.  When your boss gets all jacked up because you’re cutting out at noon to head over to the local gentry for finger foods and liquid courage, tell them it’s Chorney-day.  When your boss asks what that is, tell him that it’s a celebration of the call-up who scores the game winner in a season filled with few wins.

Or just call in sick.  You earned this one, Edmonton.  You earned this one.

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