Alright, let’s see here.
Oilers score lone goal in the first, manage to hold on to slim lead for over 53 minutes until Wings score with the goalie pulled and less than thirty seconds remaining on clock in regulation, then the Wings bury chance in overtime with less than one minute remaining.
We’re going to need some liquid pain reliever after this one.
This one could’ve gotten out of hand early. Only two Oilers had positive Corsi numbers at the end. And, after saying that, this was probably the most frustrating loss of the year. Team is way beyond playing for playoff position, and the two points would only look good from an aesthetic point of view, but defeating the Red Wings with such a depleted Oiler squad would have been a pretty big feather in anyone’s cap.
A Ryan Jones tally in the first looked to be all that the Oilers would need in order to sneak two points out of Detroit.
Not so fast.
00:25 seconds to freedom.
Devan Dubnyk held the fort for the Oilers last night. Dubnyk yielded zero powerplay goals (he had twelve saves while Edmonton was shorthanded) and was the legitimate force behind the Oilers quest for two points. Including overtime, Dubnyk finished with 42 saves. Not too awful shabby against some team from Detroit.
Dubnyk’s performance last night is reminiscent of his April 10 performance of last year, where he shook 52 Kings shots in a 4-3 victory. Don’t tell anyone in management, but it appears that we could be entering prime goalie real estate with this one. Dubnyk will be turning 25 in May, and his numbers (10-10-7, 2.75 GAA, .915) aren’t bad at all on an Oilers team that’s been depleted with injuries recently.
The Oilers trot out this road trip in Pittsburgh tomorrow.
Good times ahead.
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