"This is fun. Guys? Hey, guys?" - Alex Giroux scores his first Oiler goal in his first Oiler game. Photo courtesy NHL.com

This Just In: I Believe Winning Is Fun


Wow, who had fun last night?

That’s right.  You had fun last night.

The Oilers hung a couple on the wall during last night’s 5-1 trouncing of the Colorado Avalanche, and it felt good.

The Oilers never were going to give up the lead last night.  They didn’t.  You knew it all along.

Guys who are supposed to put the puck in the net actually put the puck into the net last night.  Even some guys who you might not have expected to put the puck in the net did, in fact, put the puck into the net.

Alexandre Giroux scored in his first career game as an Oiler.  Even he can’t believe it.  Look at him in that circle with all those other guys.  I think I can read his lips…he’s yammering on about how the Oilers might have been able to use him this year because he was poised for a 30 goal breakout season at the NHL level.

I can’t be sure if that’s what he’s really saying, but I’m pretty sure he’s absolutely thrilled to have scored a goal in an Oilers uniform.

BUT REALLY, WHAT HAPPENED?

Almost everything that could’ve gone right last night actually went right.

  • Sam Gagner had a three point night (1G-2A).  Read that one again if you missed any words.  Gagner had Edmonton’s first goal on the night (a powerplay talley, one of Edmonton’s two) a little over four minutes in on a Ryan Wilson tripping call.  Ryan Jones had the other Edmonton powerplay marker a few minutes after Gagner’s, a goal that Gagner had one of his helpers on.
  • The Giroux goal was pretty.  Let’s not forget Linus Omark, who did some of the heavy lifting here.

Giroux has had some very nice campaigns in the AHL, and this year is no different.  I’d definitely like to see him play again on Tuesday in Philadelphia to see if this whole ‘one game, one goal’ thing shakes out a little more.

  • Devan Dubnyk now has ten victories on the season, and for that, he deserves at least a nice little certificate that’s printed off of your computer’s Docu-Jet laser printer.  Make him something nice, I’m sure he’ll like it.  Dubnyk turned aside 33 of 34 Colorado shots en route to his tenth victory.  Dubnyk’s record sits at 10-9-6 for now.  If you think that set of numbers is interesting, please take a gander at this set of numbers at your leisure.
  • Encouraging play from Liam Reddox early in the third while shorthanded – Reddox leads the charge on a two on one with Andrew Cogliano.  Reddox happens to get the puck on Cogliano’s tape in front of Avalanche netminder Peter Budaj, and then this…

Feather-lite pass from Reddox and a slam dunk for Andrew Cogliano in front of Peter Budaj, and that’s where it ends.  5-1.

SO WHO’S NEXT?

Let me pull out my scientific calculator.

With a three game winning streak, the Oilers are actually one point ahead of the Ottawa Senators in the standings, good for 29th place overall.

All this winning has got everyone in such a good mood.  Enjoy it.   Really, enjoy it while you can.  Philadelphia is on Tuesday, and from what I’ve gathered over the years, they’re fun to play against.

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