The Oilers turned in a four goal performance; their best performance of the year against an injury riddled Minnesota Wild squad.
Aside from an ugly hit from Lennart Petrell on Minnesota defenceman Marek Zidlicky, the night was a complete and utter success.
Let us relive this success like an eager child dipping his hand into a container of frosting.
So let’s talk about shots for a minute.
The Oilers had 31 shots last night. At the end of the first period, the Oilers had a 20-3 lead in shots. Dancing through my head were visions of a fifty shot night, but 31 is a better number than 16, 20, or any of those numbers that we’ve seen in recent games previous.
Minnesota found 28 shots over the final two periods, knotting the game even in shots. Khabibulin played well again, and the Oilers scored four to Minnesota’s one.
- Jordan Eberle. How does it work?
An awful clearing attempt by Clayton Stoner gets picked up by Jordan Eberle. Eberle doesn’t miss from in front. Then everyone in a blue sweater gets a hug. Things are as they should be, if only for one night. Eberle finishes with two goals, and he’s got 36 points in 34 games. Imagine if he finishes with 60, 65 or more points. It’s not a crazy thought.
- Lennart Petrell was the man of two masks last night. Minnesota’s Jeff Taffe had a pretty terrible giveaway, allowing Petrell to skate on in and blast one by an unsuspecting Nicklas Backstrom. Then he got a mite bit too frisky with Marek Zidlicky, as Zidlicky took a header to the boards. Cost Petrell five and a game, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if he receives a phone call from
Brendan Shanahan in regards to the hit. Zidlicky appeared to be okay, but it was a nasty tumble.
Don’t be surprised if Lennart is the press box for a couple.
- MISC: Ryan Smyth had Edmonton’s second goal. Smyth’s goal total is 13, he’s got 28 points in 34 games. All is right with Captain Canada. Nikolai Khabibulin stamped the hell out of his eleventh victory on the season, turning aside 30 of 31. Khabibulin’s SV% is sitting pretty at .932, and his GAA is almost as pretty at 2.01. Keep it up. Taylor Hall had a penalty shot last night that was unsuccessful. Ryan Whitney still looks to be in considerable pain, although he did pick up an assist in last night’s contest. Oilers next game is Boxing Day in Vancouver, the preface of a road trip that lasts through January 7th.
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