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Blues 4, Oilers 3: The Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries

The other day I made a comment on how the Oilers are 0-6-2 in games where they are tied after 2 periods.  That’s quite a damning statistic – it’d be at least somewhat more interesting if they were say, 3-3-2.

Last night the Oilers managed to burst to a 3-1 lead by the end of two.  Surely, this was going to end differently. Right?  Right?

Not so fast.

Allow a goal, then score the next three.  That’s what happened.  A site for sore eyes on a bad road trip that’s seen just one win (and two players lost to injury).  The Blues erupt early in the third to tie the game, and a goal by St. Louis’ Matt D’Agostini was the hammer to the nail in the coffin.  St. Louis scores three in the third, and Edmonton leaves with an empty pot.

  • Oilers played their best hockey in the second period by metres and yards, scoring three goals and coming up with 21 shots to St. Louis’ 9.  Shot total ended up 37-32 in favour of the Blues, which isn’t too awful bad.  Three periods like the second period would’ve been masterful.  Instead, you’re here, and you know how it ended.
  • Ben Eager?  Two goals in your last three games?  I’m over the entire NY Islanders sequence.  While I’m not ready to hand you the keys to the Fiesta, your last three games have been a significant upgrade over the regrettable Islander game.  Good.
  • POWER PLAY IN FULL EFFECT:  You ever get sick of watching Jordan Eberle?

    Maybe if Jackman was a second late on sweeping the puck from the goal line, the officials might have awarded the Oilers a multi-goal bonus on that one. Oilers had a pair of goals with the man advantage, with one scored by Taylor Hall earlier in the second. Can’t really complain about the state of the power play this year.
  • Other Oiler notables:  Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky both had a point.  If the Oilers could’ve avoided allowing two goals in the first two minutes of the third, they might have escaped with a couple of points.  Again, you’re reading this, and you know how it ended.

If the fans could see half the effort of the second period in every other period from here on out, I think we’d be in a much better place.

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