Alright, let’s see here.
- Victory against Vancouver? Check.
- Shutout? Check.
- Second consecutive victory against a President’s Trophy winning team? Check.
- Dubnyk? Check. Luongo? Check.
- Check? Check.
Alright, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover in one post.
The Oilers delighted a Rexall crowd by defeating the Vancouver Canucks on a second consecutive occasion, this one by 2-0 decision. Aside from the team having to feel quite good after defeating the 2010-11 President’s Trophy team, you actually enjoyed watching this game. Probably the one before this one too, but if you’re an Oilers fan and you didn’t enjoy this game as much as you did the first game of the season against Calgary, you’re kidding yourself.
POINTS OF INTEREST, AND TWO POWERPLAY GOALS
- Tonight, the words “Devan Dubnyk” and “shutout” go into the same sentence tonight, and not in some creepy Google search that doesn’t mean anything coherent. Dubnyk turned aside all 26 Canuck shots (including 14 shots in the second) for his second shutout and twelfth win on the season. A great win for Dubnyk, and more importantly, a great win for the team. The win brings Dubnyk’s record to 12-12-8 on the season. If Dubnyk played sixty games in a season and could hold these numbers (something like 22-22-16?) that would be sixty points in the standings. So far, sixty points (okay, sixty one) is the number of points the Oilers have earned with just two games remaining.
- Ryan Jones doesn’t score pretty. There’s nothing more to that, he just has a tendency to score some ugly goals.
Ugly goals be damned, he was in primo real estate with just a couple of ticks on the first period clock. Eberle gets a clear shot, Jones gets enough on it to make it real interesting. The Oilers took a 1-0 lead here and never looked back.
- Magnus Paajarvi had the team’s second goal, scored on a five on three that was the result of a pretty negligent penalty on Raffi Torres. Torres absolutely blindsided Jordan Eberle with an elbow to the head. Eberle looked as if he suffered no ill effects from the elbow, but it would surprise me if Torres didn’t at least receive a telegram from the league office.
- Didn’t see much Steve MacIntyre tonight. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see him on the ice once tonight. O’Marra, Strudwick and Jacques had some time together, but it was all quiet on the Mac front.
- Jeff Petry had assists on both Oiler goals. If the Oilers don’t sign a defenceman this offseason, I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Jeff Petry on the Oiler blue come October.
Hey! Remember this nugget from the Vancouver pregame?
A National Hockey League regular season game took place on Saturday at Rogers Arena – at least that’s what the official record books will show. In actuality the tilt between the Oilers and Canucks three nights ago more resembled a game of shinny, one in which Vancouver – having already secured the best record in the league – seemed for the most part to be an unwilling participant.
The end result was the Canucks managed to do something that no one since Chris Pronger in 2006 has: make the Oilers look good.
Yeah, lots of luck to you in the playoffs, kid.
Let’s go. A couple more games, and then we’re on our way to the draft. You in?
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