Canucks 5, Oilers 3 - All Over After The First Period

Pretty much what you see in the title. The Canucks leaped out to a 3-0 first period, and the Oilers were never fully able to recover.

As much as I loathe the Canucks, you see why they’re a first place team.  They’ve got the offence, their defence played well enough to win when the Oilers looked to make a late game surge, Luongo played well enough to hold on, and Alexandre Burrows keeps it dirty.

The good and the bad, along with some really bad follow the jump.  Come on in.

If anyone tells you that we got spoiled early on in the season watching this team leap out to 9-3-2, politely fire back that they’ve won six games since that time.  If there was a depression around the corner, we’d keep alive by telling stories of 2006 and prior, then promptly burning them in a 45 gallon drum.

That was cheerful.

  • Ryan Jones scored a backhand back-end goal in the third period to bring the Oilers to within two goals.  It’s being credited currently to Corey Potter (who took the shot), but it looks pretty clear in the replay that it went off the rear-end of Ryan Jones.  Should be Jones’ twelfth goal of the season with an assist to Potter.  Regardless if Jones gets credit for it or not, it’ll be a two point night for Potter, a bright spot.
  • The Jordan Eberle Point Experience continues to move along.  Eberle notched his sixteenth goal and thirty-eighth point in defeat.
  • Nikolai Khabibulin:  not bad.  Too many blue sweaters, not enough white, you know the rest of the story.
  • Darcy Hordichuk played 1:35 total.  The story is getting old; if you’re going to dress the guy, play the guy.  Reminds me of the not too distant past where Steve MacIntyre would dress and sit on the bench all night.  Either play him, or if he’s too big a liability, keep him off the grid.  At least Lennart Petrell plays fourth line minutes when he’s dressed.
  • Alex Plante will likely miss some time after suffering a concussion.  Colten Teubert has been called up in his relief.

Entering the ‘make or break’ period of their season, Edmonton travels to Minnesota for a game on Thursday. Coach Renney has said he’d like to take eight points on this road trip.  The Oilers will have to do at least that much to remain within a shot of the second season. The World Juniors are on, kick off your shoes and pour yourself a tall one.

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