If the Oilers can score two goals before anyone on the other team can, they have a chance to win the game.
The Oilers scored two goals first, had a 3-1 lead, and were able to sit on it long enough to squeak two points out of a Colorado team that’s fighting for playoff air.
An exciting first period of hockey gave way to a less inviting second period, which gave way to the Oilers hanging on in the third period to preserve two points on the back of Devan Dubnyk, who has had himself three pretty good outings in a row.
- Philippe Cornet had a secondary assist in his first game in the NHL. Jordan Eberle got a few whacks in on Semyon Varlamov from close range, and Eberle walked away with his 17th tally of the year. Like I said during the pregame, Cornet had some decent linemates to work with.
- STRETCH RUN HEMSKY: Three points in his last two games, nine for the month of January. Hemsky had an assist on a third period goal by Taylor Hall, a goal that turned out to be the game winner. A smattering of boos could be heard last night when Ales Hemsky’s name was announced during the pregame. For those booing, I have nothing but cold hands. Popsicle cold.
- How about Devan Dubnyk? Dubnyk’s second goal might be considered ‘suspect’, but when you save the first two shots, things aren’t all your fault. Dubnyk turned aside 31 more shots in this game. For the record, that’s 128 saves on 133 total shots, which if you grab your pocket calculator and mash all those numbers at once, you get a SV% of .963. And that’s not too shabby. Would be sort of surprised if Dubnyk didn’t start in Chicago this Thursday.
- Eric Belanger scored Edmonton’s second goal. You can come down off the cloud now. Belanger had probably his greatest game in an Oiler sweater last night, finishing with three shots. As a few people pointed out, it was Belanger’s first goal that went off his stick and not someone’s body. Belanger finished with 17 minutes of ice, good on him. Ryan Whitney had an assist on this goal, which has got to feel pretty good for him.
- IT’S TIME TO PLAY THE GAME: Here’s the GWG from the Triple-H line.
It’s not an Edmonton Oilers party without pointing out a few flaws, most noticeably the fact that the Oilers were outshot 33-23. Dubnyk played big, the Oilers scored a few goals, and everybody is somewhat happy for the next couple of days. I’m happy. Hope you’re happy too.
Edmonton meets Chicago, a team they’ve had surprising success against this year on Thursday at RX1
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