Tonight’s theme: More.
Whether it be Smyth, Jones, or Nugent-Hopkins, The fabulous Ryans of Edmonton were on the scorecard tonight.
Well, three of ‘em to be exact.
Okay, we’re getting carried away. Let’s review the game after the jump.
Twelve shots. You’re not going to win a game in the NHL with twelve shots in sixty minutes.
Twelve is how many shots that the
Oilers Predators were able to muster tonight in Nashville’s Edmonton’s 3-1 victory.
Doesn’t seem too long ago we were talking about Edmonton’s anemic offence in such a manner. Feels different to have the shoe on the other foot.
So other than Nashville mustering up just twelve shots, what went right for the Oilers? Let’s start with the first goal of the night. It’s a powerplay goal scored by Taylor Hall from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Shawn Horcoff (who had three points on the night).
Much ado is still being made about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ third goal from the Canuck game on Saturday. Here’s RNH returning the favour by scooting the puck past two Predators onto the stick of Taylor Hall. Hall (as you’ll see) doesn’t miss from that range, and the Oilers finally got on the board in the third period. Enjoy the fact that it was on the powerplay.
- Ryan Smyth had Edmonton’s second goal on the night, and Ryan Jones ended up potting the third into a yawning net. Rexall Place just about uprooted when Smyth scored his second goal of the season, a pretty little backhand that caught Pekka Rinne out of his mind. He could have had a second goal on the empty net, but after some curious passing with Shawn Horcoff the puck wound up on the blade of Ryan Jones. Only 17 more to go, Jonesy! Ryan Smyth ended up with 1G and 1A. Good numbers for all.
- Khabibulin stopped 11 of Nashville’s 12 shots, and he probably should’ve had the shutout had Sergei Kostitsyn not been able to unload a tricky wrist shot to Khabibulin’s left in the first period. Oilers played well and came back, and Khabibulin picks up his first win on the season. All’s well on this front.
- Shawn Horcoff is awesome. There is nothing more to talk about. Horcoff had an assist on each Oilers goal last night. The video on this page? Secondary assist. Ryan Smyth’s goal? Primary assist. Empty net goal? Another assist to Ryan Jones. Plug in the fact that Horcoff ended the night with over 21 and a half minutes of ice time (and was 10/20 – 50% at the faceoff dot) and you’ll quickly see how important Horcoff is to the Oilers.
Lost under this game is the fact that the Oilers played damn good hockey. Something’s got to be going right when you keep a team in the NHL to twelve shots. The Oilers didn’t score any goals in the first, but the play was in Nashville’s zone an awful lot.
Next up is this team from Calgary. Wonder what this will be all about.