Remember Friday’s ugly effort against the Ducks? A completely different Oilers club took the ice in last night’s 2-1 OT victory. So much different, I was surprised that the team didn’t win in regulation time. The team had momentum. Panache. Effort. Edmonton outshot Los Angeles by a wide margin. Team got solid goaltending. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was the predominant reason the Oilers didn’t emerge with four, five or more goals.
The Oilers got a goal from a likely source, another from an unlikely source, and the Oilers got to smell victory, even if only for a day.
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An unsuccessful clearing attempt by LA’s Kyle Clifford eventually leads to Josh Green scoring his first NHL point in nearly five years. Green perfectly deflected a point shot from Jeff Petry in the dying seconds of an Oiler power play. The goal put the Oilers up 1-0, and it had to have lifted a pretty big weight from Green’s shoulders.
All goals count the same, but this was an aesthetically pleasing goal as well. Not sure if it’s Green or Jones that does the hollering after the puck crosses the line, but either way, it’s sure fun standing up when the right team scores.
It looked like the Oilers were going to shut the door after having it shut on them on Friday night, but a third period marker by Justin Williams knotted it up at one goal apiece. Unfortunately for the Kings, Theo Peckham drew Williams into a high-sticking penalty in the overtime frame, giving the Oilers an opportunity to bury the game.
A picture perfect goal is what ensued. By the Oilers, wouldn’t you know?
A shot right on by Hemsky, rebound picked up by Horcoff. Horcoff no-looks it to Taylor Hall who happens to know exactly what to do in this circumstance. That feeling can never get old.
- Who taught this team how to shoot? Oilers shooters hung 34 shots on Jonathan Quick compared to LA’s 21. Shots aren’t the perfect metric, but it’s usually a good thing when your team has more than the other team. In this case, thirteen more.
- Solid effort from Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk has had a wobbly year so far, good to see him turn in a W. 20 of 21 saves will pad every one of his stats.
- GREEN DOT: Not only did Josh Green have his first NHL goal (and first NHL point) in five years, he was 80% (4/5) at the faceoff dot. Horcoff (9/18) and Gagner (2/4) also had decent showings. Not too shabby.
- THIS REALLY HAPPENED: Jeff Petry played over 27 minutes last night. Smid, over 26. Peckham, over 23. Corey Potter had over 20. For three of those guys, those are unreal minutes.
- SO DID THIS. You know the rules.
The Oilers look to make it two in a row when they take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus tomorrow night.
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