A TONIC FOR THE TROOPS
This is what it feels like. How quaint.
Devan Dubnyk did a lot of work in last night’s Oilers victory. Dubnyk made 44 out of 45 saves (plus a couple extra in the shootout) to help Edmonton pocket two points. The victory snaps a three game slide for Edmonton, while the loss gives San Jose their third consecutive defeat.
So Devan Dubnyk was pretty good, and while the Oilers were outshot badly in this one (again), some familiar faces scored for the Oilers.
The Oilers were outshot by twenty-seven shots. Twenty-seven shots is a decent total for one team to have all game, and that’s how many shots the Oilers were outshot by. There’s one reason why the Oilers were able to escape from Rexall Place with two points, and he wears number 40.
San Jose had 17 shots in the third period, only one less than Edmonton had all game. Dubnyk played the game of his season so far, turning aside everything that came his way for the first forty minutes until Logan Couture was able to tip one in for Couture’s 21st goal of the season.
One goal was all San Jose was able to muster. Dubnyk was a man-machine throughout the contest.
Seeing as how Eberle was named to the All-Star Game yesterday as a replacement for Mikko Koivu, it seemed good enough a time to score a goal as any. Eberle got the Oilers on the board in the second period with this rebound-wrister, his eighteenth goal of the year.
Little bit of ‘right place, right time’, but good players have this happen every so often. Petry and Gagner had the assists on Eberle’s goal.
Eberle and Couture were the only scorers in regulation time. There were no goals in the OT period, so Dubnyk needed a little more magic in the shootout. Gagner scored for Edmonton, and Joe Pavelski kept the game alive for San Jose.
Then, the Oilers called on Taylor Hall.
What does Taylor Hall do?
When Taylor Hall isn’t busy trying to stack pads in front of an empty net while his team is down 5-2, it turns out he’s pretty good with the puck. A save by Devan Dubnyk at the other end, et voila. Oilers are victorious!
The glee is short lived. Edmonton will be in Vancouver tomorrow to take on the Canucks at Rogers Arena.
Enjoy this one. While the Oilers got outshot, outchanced, and pretty much every other out- you can think of, they were able to take two points from a pretty good San Jose squad.
Two points for the Oilers against anyone is a pretty good day.
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