Oilers 4, Avalanche 1: The Sam Gagner Point Explosion

Solid ending to a shaky homestand for the Edmonton Oilers

This was a fun one.  Sam Gagner had a three point night, Nikolai Khabibulin was more than solid, and the Edmonton Oilers held the lead for the entire night.

Take the jump, there’s a fun review.

Yes, I do like my new linemates. Photo courtesy Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers

Sam Gagner got promoted to the first line last night. He responded by peeling off three points (2G-1A) en route to Edmonton’s 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Gagner scored his second and third goals of the season, and his addition to the Nugent-Hopkins/Eberle line paid off in spades.

Last night’s effort was the total package; a stark contrast from the effort seen against the Hurricanes earlier in the week.

  • Jordan Eberle’s goal was a beaut. Here it is.
  • Credit Sam Gagner here for letting that pass go by, and credit Jordan Eberle for burying that big boy. This goal was Edmonton’s second on the powerplay, which ended 2/6 on the night. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (who had two points on the night) sent the messenger to Eberle via Gagner.  Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov didn’t stand a chance.
  • How about the defence?  Hit and miss.  Ryan Whitney still doesn’t look like himself, and there was one particular moment where Edmonton had a terrible change that allowed a two-on-none break for the Avalanche.  Nikolai Khabibulin was stellar in picking up his tenth victory of the season, yielding just one goal on 29 shots.  Khabibulin’s GAA had reached 2.00 before yesterday’s game for the first time this season.  After yielding a single tally, it will drop below 2.00 once again.
  • Ben Eager?  Yeah, Ben Eager was going to the net last night, scoring a goal like he’s been doing it with regularity.  Eager found himself at the top of Varlamov’s crease with 45 seconds remaining in the first period.  It took three swats, but the puck had eyes.  The goal was Eager’s second of the year, and he almost had a second as the night went on.  Good show, Eager.

Oilers finish their six game homestand at 2-3-1.  Team Oil take their bag of antics to Calgary tonight in an attempt to defeat the Flames for the first time this year.

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