Taylor Hall’s return to action was triumphant. Devan Dubnyk played out of his socks last night.
After that? Eh.
Phoenix dropped 42 shots on Edmonton last night. Edmonton managed just twenty. Because you know how optimistic this sounds, you already know how it ends.
There are a few Taylor Hall / Devan Dubnyk highlights worth checking out after the jump. Come.
TAYLOR HALL IS BACK: Return from a shoulder injury, score two goals. Perfect. Taylor Hall scored both of Edmonton’s goals in last night’s contest, including this pretty little thing that started when Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata turned the puck over to Ryan Whitney. Hall’s other effort in the first period was also a powerplay goal. After last night’s pair, Taylor Hall has 20 points (9G-11A) in 23 games on the season. Welcome back.
You want to see something jaw dropping? No, not that movie of those kids engaging in extra-curricular activities on the TTC. I’m talking about Devan Dubnyk outright robbing Shane Doan while the Oilers were two men down.
Dubnyk finished with 38 saves, this one goes down as my vote for most impressive. Doan had all sorts of goal written here. Tough for Dubnyk as although he turns in a fine performance (save the fourth Coyote goal), it gets chalked up in the L column.
After those highlights, it’s a cliff dive.
- 20 SHOTS: Shoot. Shoot some more. Go on and shoot a little bit after that. You might be able to steal one game per year when the shot total is so grossly out of line. The Coyotes had 42 shots, the Oilers 20. You don’t have to be a statistician to know how these games usually end. The Oilers shot the puck about half the amount of the Coyotes, and scored about half as many.
- A couple of madcaps around the Phoenix net that could have resulted in goals ended up not being goals of any sort. Phoenix netminder Mike Smith had a few hot potato moments. Jordan Eberle had one of these moments where he was unsuccessful on a backhand, and Shawn Horcoff missed one similar.
- STATISTICS! A sleepy overall effort, but here are some numbers to bury your head into. Eberle’s assist on a Taylor Hall goal gives him 21 assists on the year, while RNH has 20 with an assist on the very same goal. Captain Canada also had an assist, giving him 15 on the year (and 27 points total). Not much to take comfort in, but it’s a little window dressing. Things do not get any easier for the Oilers who will face San Jose at the Shark Tank on Saturday.
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