Lightning In A Bottle

Another day, another harrowing defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks.

It’s times like this where…hey wait, they won?

The win improves Edmonton’s record to 24-43-11.

-Quote from the official Oilers website (Oilers.NHL.com)

Everything worked last night.  There were no broken hinges, no anemic powerplay, a near perfect penalty kill, and everything between the pipes was solid as a rock.  The Oilers allowed 41 shots, yet amassed a lofty 34.

The Oilers put a halt to their eleven game skid with a convincing victory over their BC rivals.  In the standings, it’s worth two forgetful points to a 30th place squad.  The Canucks will trot into the playoffs with the league’s best record for the first time in Vancouver’s forty season existence, while the Oilers will be relegated to choose one of the first two picks in the 2011 Entry Draft.

But stop for a minute.  How many games played this season felt like that one?  You can definitely count them on one hand.  Maybe three along with the Calgary and Chicago games?  I’m not a big believer in holistic medicine or homeopathic remedies, but the ‘feel good’ factor of this game is off the charts.

Two powerplay goals?  What, did someone run off and switch this year’s Oilers with the ’78-’79 Canadiens?  Edmonton’s first two goals coincidentally were both powerplay goals coming off the sticks of Kurtis Foster and Jordan Eberle.

Readers here are probably well aware of the love-in for Jordan Eberle, so here’s Foster’s powerplay marker.  This is how it’s supposed to go, some 28 times from the blue line every year.

I CAN SEE THE FUTURE FROM HERE

How about the Linus Omark’s goal?  A picture perfect NHL ’94 style feed from Teemu Hartikainen right in front of Canucks tender Corey Schneider gives Omark the opportunity to dispose of the puck behind Vancouver’s relief goalie just one second from the midway point of the game.  Are we going to link to it?  Does a baby drink milk?


Andrew Cogliano with a secondary assist on this one. Let’s see this one a whole lot.

AND…

Magnus Paajarvi had the final Edmonton tally of the night to put Team Oilers over Team Canucks 4-1. Devan Dubnyk is again flirting with the .500 marker on the season, turning aside forty of forty one total shots to earn a sparkly .976 SV% on the night.

Everything went right.

Enjoy, and bottle the feeling. It’s a long offseason.

The Oilers are off until Tuesday, where they’ll face the Canucks again in the second part of a home-at-home.

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Tags: Andrew Cogliano Devan Dubnyk Kurtis Foster Linus Omark Teemu Hartikainen

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