Wild Nip Oilers In Shootout 2-1

What do you take from a game like this?

The Edmonton Oilers clung to a one-goal lead throughout the game until the last possible moment.  Everyone’s favourite possible candidate knotted the game up, and the Oilers were unable to claim the game in OT or the shootout.

A recap is among us.

Six games in, and Ryan Jones has two goals. Let’s watch his first period goal that gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead.

Not bad.  Jonesy is all alone in front of the net for an easy tap from Ryan Smyth.

  • This kind of goal is terrible.  You can’t be winning a close game and allow something like the shot that Dany Heatley took with just over a second remaining in the third period to go in.  You want to take the wind out of a crowd’s sails?  That’s one way to do it.
  • Nikolai Khabibulin:  full marks.  While the Heatley goal was a gas, Khabibulin played perfect for the other 59 minutes.  The guy’s allowed 3 goals in three games for a GAA of 0.95 and a SV% of .962.  Khabibulin has stopped 75 total shots over three games, garnering a record of 1-0-2.  If the Oilers could have squeezed out one more goal in those 2 overtime losses, he’d be perfect on the season.  Yes, this is the Nikolai Khabibulin we’re talking about.
  • 4LW WATCH: Ben Eager played 6:44 last night, the highest amount anyone has played on the fourth LW position the entire year.  While under seven minutes may not seem like a tonne of time, 6:44 dwarfs Darcy Hordichuk’s average of one minute per game.  Eager picked up a fighting major and a slashing call during the first period, which may or may not have stifled his overeall time on ice.
  • Eric Belanger may have dinged the tying shootout marker, but Eric Belanger is quietly earning every cent he signed for.  Belanger finished the game winning 12 of 18 faceoffs, something the Oilers have needed badly for a few years now.  It’s game 6, we’ll work on the shootouts as they come.
  • Speaking of ice time, Ryan Whitney is starting to look more like Ryan Whitney.  In his second game back, Whitney had only one shot on goal, but was on the ice for nearly nineteen minutes.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad game.  I could’ve done without the end.  The goals, they must come.  Out of six games this season, the Oilers have scored just one goal on three of those occasions.  Really thought we’d be on the defence’s back at this point, but one goal isn’t going to win you much.

The Oilers take on the Rangers on Saturday.

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