Sam Gagner picks up right where he left, Jordan Eberle gets in on the action, and the Oilers survive a three goal comeback by the Red Wings to emerge victorious in the shootout. The shootout loss is Detroit’s first of the year.
Having taken nine points our of their last possible ten, the Oilers are on a roll.
FROM THE TOP
- SAM GAGNER: In a shocking revelation, Sam Gagner was unable to keep pace with his eight points per game clip, but a pair of goals plus an assist (and one in the shootout) isn’t anything to sniff at. Both of Gagner’s goals were those of the power play variety, and both were scored in the first period. The Oilers power play hummed along nicely as Edmonton was able to chase Ty Conklin from his crease after the first period. Conklin faced nine Oiler shots, yielding three.
- TIMELY GOALS: Jordan Eberle scored one of the more timelier goals of his NHL career last night when the young winger was able to tie the game with forty seconds remaining in regulation. While crowd noise is different in many occasions, this is my favourite kind of crowd noise: the eruption.
I’m holding my hand out like I’m controlling Eberle in a video game when this happens. When he gets the puck, I’m jamming my thumb forward as if I’m going to get him to poke the puck in the area beteween Joey MacDonald and the right post. Look at Eberle’s poise, he slinks it to MacDonald’s left side, and tucks it in like a pig in a blanket. Like he’s sacking the trash, rolling it to the curb. He’s done this a thousand times, and this one’s no different. Eberle had a pair of goals in this one, this one was a biggie.
- RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS put the finishing touches on this one, scoring the go-ahead tally in the shootout. Nugent-Hopkins still leads all rookies in scoring even though it’s been a month since he’s been on the ice. And, he’s still pretty good.
- DEVAN DUBNYK did not have a spectacular night on the score sheet, but he was pretty darn good in the shootout. Dubnyk turned aside five of six Red Wing shots, helping preserve the victory for the Oilers. Dubnyk is now 4-0-1 over his last five games, and Renney has been playing a ‘win and you’re in’ motto for the goalie position. This would lead me to believe that Dubnyk is in line for his sixth start in a row as the Oilers take on the Leafs in Toronto this Monday.
- TWO POINT GUYS: Ryan Whitney had himself a pair of assists, as did Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky. Everybody’s in a good mood when the Oilers win. It might be too late in the season to talk about playoffs, but this is as satisfying a win as there has been all year. When people are feeling good, things look up. When things look up, good things happen. When good things happen, we go dancing.
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