Pop Quiz, hotshot. What if I told you that the Oilers were on a two game winning streak at the beginning of March? Exciting stuff, isn’t it?
Okay, now what if I told you that the only thing the Oilers were competing for was draft position, and their number one overall pick might have gotten injured in a fight on this particular night.
Kinda dampens the victory parade, I know.
The Oilers and the Senators are fighting TO THE DEATH to see who finishes first last overall. Ottawa maintained a slim lead on 29th place overall by defeating the Thrashers 3-1, while the Oilers did their part to keep things interesting by throwing a wrench in Columbus’ playoff parade by defeating the Jackets 4-2.
The big footnote on the night would be Taylor Hall injuring himself after fighting Columbus’ Derek Dorsett.
Forty games ago, here’s where I’d be questioning the guy’s mind. You’re working on a two point night, your team’s out in front by a couple, where’s your brain? I’m going to let the car slide off the rail here a bit because a) Hall’s absence won’t be felt nearly as badly at this point of the season, and b) I probably would’ve thrown with Dorsett had I been given the line that Taylor Hall had been given up to that point.
Just take your visor off next time, Taylor.
Fast forward to 01:30 and you’ll get an idea as to why Taylor Hall was absent from the remainder of last night’s game after this fight. He may have just tweaked his ankle, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him out for a few weeks as a precautionary measure.
Edmonton’s first goal on the night was a powerplay goal scored by Sam Gagner. Taylor Hall would have one of his own a few minutes later, and the Oilers would finish period one up by two goals.
Jordan Eberle got in on the action just fourteen seconds into the second, and it looked like Edmonton would run away with this one.
The Jackets kept it interesting, scoring the next two goals, but Andrew Cogliano had an empty netter in the third period to seal the deal.
A solid 26 save effort by Devan Dubnyk earns him his ninth victory on the season (9-9-6 overall).
Jordan Eberle is one of a few things that really can get me out of my chair on this year’s Oilers squad. You really don’t know what’s going to happen when he carries that puck across the red line.
A two game winning streak is all well and good, although everyone would like to have seen this kind of effort in November and December instead of March when the string is being played out. Today, the Oilers are likely to find out how long Taylor Hall’s injury will keep him sidelined, and soon team will hit the road to take on the Avalanche on Saturday Night.
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