It’s all about perspective.
When Ben Eager scores the third goal of the game between both teams (and it’s within the third minute of the game and it’s on an assist from Lennart Petrell), you know things are going to be interesting.
The Oilers opened this one with a thud, allowing two Maple Leaf goals in the first 98 seconds. And, as many Leaf fans are fine, upstanding citizens, a whole bunch of them inside RX1 isn’t much of a good time for the rest of the good guys. Then Eager has his goal, and it’s 2-1 for the remainder of the first period.
There are good times, and there are other atrocities ahead after the jump. Bring a boat.
SUTTON AND BARKER
Shouldn’t play together again. And not just in hockey, I’m talking ever, forever ever (Forever ever?), on any team, ever. I don’t care if Corey Potter is out with a groin injury, this can’t ever happen again. Sutton is alright as a 5 or 6, but Barker cannot, can not, cannot show up on the ice with Sutton on the same pair ever. They cannot be partners at cards, they can’t play table tennis on a team, and they sure as hell can’t shoot horseshoes adjacently. This is awful, and it can’t happen ever again. So it is written.
Gah, if the Oilers aren’t going to win, at least make it a good story. The Oilers made it interesting, with Taylor Hall scoring a second period goal after the Leafs had grabbed a 3-1 lead. And then this, by Jordan Eberle.
And then Paajarvi drops it to Whitney who can’t connect. Jake Gardiner feeds it to Tim Connolly, and the rest is history.
Ales Hemsky is likely a goner after two Mondays, but he showed well last night. No points, but a couple of posts, and a Corsi rating through the roof. Jordan Eberle had the biggest Oiler goal of the night, and Taylor Hall’s was a thing of beauty. Up until the last thirty seconds, Ryan Whitney had a good go of it as well.
Eh. Oilers get a point, and move on to face the Avalanche on Friday. All this talk about Barker and Hemsky is giving me hunger pangs.
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