This could’ve been a waxing.
The Oilers were playing their second game in as many days, Devan Dubnyk was getting his second consecutive start, and the Oilers got mercilessly outshot by the Sharks the night prior.
And it wasn’t awful. As a matter of fact, the Oilers had a pretty legit shot at winning this game, taking it to five rounds of the shootout.
Let’s talk about it.
Rather, let’s just bullet-point this one. I’ve got a hot date with the brewmaster in an hour.
- DUBNYK: Dubnyk’s last two performances have been very good. DD turned away 74 of 77 shots over the last 130 minutes of play, including a barrage of Canuck shots late in overtime. Here, take a look. Full marks, great eBayer, A+ would do business with again.
- Anybody see the goal that Taylor Hall tipped off a Corey Power Potter Play Slap Shot? My God, the Oilers tied it up in the third period. Along with Agent Dubnyk, the goal you’re about to see looked like it was carefully orchestrated in in practice. It looked good.
Nice shot by Potter, nice set up by that Hemsky guy that everyone always talks about trading. The Oilers were 100% on last night’s power play, as this was the only penalty called on Vancouver. Onward.
- Ryan Whitney played in last night’s game, and as expected, he’s rusty and obviously playing through pain. How he managed to pull over 18 minutes last night is a testament to how much he wants to play the game. Now someone give him a horse tranquilizer to numb the pain.
- Darcy Hordichuk had three shots in 4:45. I admit it, I’d like to see him score two goals in a game, just once.
- An encouraging effort by these Oilers. Three points in four games against the Sharks/Canucks isn’t anything to sneeze at during this point in the season, and the Oilers looked, well…good at times during the Canucks game. Shawn Horcoff had a the first Oiler goal, perhaps that will keep critics at bay for a few hours. The fact that this is the second game in two days also speaks well, and the Oilers didn’t get bombed out on the shot clock (35-32 in favour of the Canucks after OT).
- ASG weekend is upon us. Enjoy the skills competition and game if you partake. The next few days will be full of surprises at Oil On Whyte. Not sure what I mean by that yet, so here’s Michael Bolton.
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A bright second half comes for this Oiler team.
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