Like a steamy bath after a sixteen hour day, this one was overdue.
I don’t know how many more victories this team has in them over the last dozen games, so enjoy this one.
Let’s see some goals after the jump. Take me there. CLAP CLAP
Firmly believe this team is going to finish in 29th overall. While it will be another summer of popping lottery balls, that shouldn’t take away from last night’s victory. It’s always fun to win, even if it takes thirty minutes to get to the fun having.
- #40 – Sure, he only turned aside 22 shots, but 22 shots is all that were offered. It’s been a tumultuous season for Dubnyk, and it’s good to see him post a bagel. Would like to see Dubnyk string some consecutive starts and add additional bagels to his bagel-arium. String them together now, and he just might be able to string some together in October. Dubnyk’s SV% improved from .908 up to .910%, just a bit down from last year’s total of .916.
- #93 – Sixteen goals this year for RNH after scoring the first of last night’s contest. Here it is, from Jordan Eberle.
- #14 – Speaking of Eberle, this is his sixty-sixth point of the season in sixty-six games. Quick, who was the last Oiler to score 70+ points in a season? If you said Ales Hemsky, come collect your prize. Eberle needs just four points to meet the 70 point marker. 70 points on a 29th place team is kind of a big deal. I don’t have the statistics in front of me, but I’m willing to venture that Eberle has a hand in over three hundred percent of the team’s goals this year.
- THE REST: Don’t think I’m forgetting the Eighth Wonder Of The World in this update. I’m not going to squat on a victory. I’m not going to even go on my typical rant of why Darcy Hordichuk was dressed and played just four minutes. Nobody noticed the defence last night, which means nothing too awful happened. With a dozen games remaining in the season, I’ve got the team clocked around 68 points at the end of the season. Good enough to make the playoffs if you’re the Minnesota North Stars back in ’91, not so much today.
The Oilers are victorious. Enjoy that taste for a while. They’ve got a chance to help play spoiler against the Calgary Flames tomorrow, and any other playoff teams that waltz in their path over the next three weeks.
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