The Oilers were outshot by a margin of 17-1 after the first period, and mercifully were down by just two goals.
Don’t worry, that was just the first 20 minutes.
A painfully bad first period for the Oilers yielded just two goals for the Philadelphia Flyers last night. By the time JF Jacques was able to display his puck wizardry and score Edmonton’s lone goal, the jig was up.
- Edmonton had some solid chances after the first period. If the Oilers could’ve gotten ahold of an Etch-A-Sketch and shook the first period away, they had a legit shot at coming away with their fourth victory in a row.
- Ladislav Smid took himself the five minute variety of a boarding penalty with about seven minutes remaining in the first. Only Jeff Carter was able to score on the extended powerplay, which is sort of a miracle given the state of this year’s penalty kill. The Oilers were outshot 17-1 by the end of the first period, and if it wasn’t for some serious calisthenics by Devan Dubnyk, the game could have easily been a montage of clips from Carolina or Ranger games from earlier on in the season.
- Statistics you don’t expect to see: Steve MacIntyre was +1 in 3:31 of ice time. There’s a bargaining chip for his next contract.
- JF Jacques had the only tally for the Oilers, coming midway through the second period. It was a redirect, and it looked like the Flyers were under the spell of some pretty high octane Sleepytime Tea when it was scored.
Anything else? The first 20 minutes I could’ve done without. The second and third periods were actually palpable. Unfortunately for the Oilers, Philly got their legs back last night and were rewarded with two more points in the standings. Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo last night, making first place in the Eastern Conference a dogfight towards the end of the season.
The Oilers will take on the Capitals tonight at the Verizon Center.
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