Le Tango Des Voleurs

Remember at about last time this season when Devan Dubnyk would pull himself a fifty save performance out of his back side in order to help the Oilers defeat the Kings?

Trying their best to divert my attention from Dustin Penner, the Oilers put together a 2-1 shootout victory that saw another remarkable performance by Martin Gerber as well as a satisfying shootout goal by Linus Omark to help seal the deal.

As if it hasn’t been that way for the last few months, each game is its own one game series by now.  After the debacle that was the Dustin Penner deal happened and is now over, I’m onto playing out the string for whatever it’s worth.

Martin Gerber had himself another fine night of service turning away 34 of 35 shots in sixty-five minutes of play, as well as 3/4 shootout attempts.  It would’ve been nice to see a little bit more Gerber this season, as he’s played well enough in three games to earn three wins.  If the Oilers were eschewed of Nikolai Khabibulin, there’s a couple of reasons I’d like to have Marty Gerber as my backup.  Solid performance on the board.

They don’t get nearly more cut and dry as that one. Right after Bernie Geffrion scored Nashville’s first of the game, Jim Vandermeer accepts a parcel from centre Sam Gagner and promptly puts it behind Pekka Rinne less than one minute later.

And then, it sat.  Oilers were outshot 30-13 in the first two but played the favourites in the third.  Final shots at the end of overtime were 35-26, Jordan Eberle had a shooutout marker as did Linus Omark, and the Oilers skate away with a rare victory.

Edmonton finishes off their current homestand against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight in the elusive search for a two game victory.

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