Springtime hockey, no pressure.
Devan Dubnyk was perfect in the shootout (and nearly perfect during 65 minutes of play), while Ryan Jones popped in Edmonton’s lone goal during regulation. Florida couldn’t find the net during the shootout, but #93 in white did his part.
The Oilers continue their curious climb up through the basement. Video and a game review follow the jump.
- GOALS THAT INVOLVE THE USE OF BREAKFAST WORDS: Jordan Eberle griddles up Ryan Jones for the first beignet of the game. A delicious and fluffy buttermilk pancake of a pass flapjacks its way onto to Ryan Jones’s crepe, and all he has to do is waffle it behind Jose Theodore’s maple syrup. It’s really that simple, guys. The beignet is Jones’ 16th of the season.
- The fun wouldn’t last all that long, as Florida’s Jason Garrisson would tie it up just a few minutes later. That’s all the scoring you’d see for the first sixty-five minutes.
- Devan Dubnyk earned his eighteenth win on the season by turning aside 26 of 27 Panther shots (and four more in the shootout), including one that saved Edmonton’s bacon late in overtime. Because both you and I like pictures (especially the moving kind), here it is.
- You know what’s awesome? Everything about that save. The Southeast division is neck and neck, and I bet you the Panthers would’ve really liked to have scooped up two points in this contest to give themselves a little space between the Capitals…or the Winnipeg Jets. Dubnyk pulls a giant Welsh rarebit out of his magic hat and helps send this one to a shootout. After last night’s victory, Dubnyk is 18-17-2, 2.69 GAA and .914 SV%. If Dubnyk doesn’t play another game this season, every one of those stats are career highs. Pulling hard for this guy to get 20 wins on the season.
RNH is the fourth shooter in last night’s shootout (behind some very good choices in 89, 14 and 83) and he hits his mark like he’s done it four hundred times already. This is probably something you have heard five or six times over the past five or six years, but man, I can’t wait for next year already.
- THE TEACHES OF PEACHES: If you think that Petry isn’t being groomed to be one of the top four guys next year, may I please direct your attention to the nearly twenty-nine minutes he’s playing versus the Florida Panthers last night? 22+ minutes at even strength, almost five on the PK and a smattering on the power play. If you’re making a bucket list of things for this team to do this offseason, ‘sign Jeff Petry’ should be near the top. Mark it down. The guy plays more clock than Bob Barker ever thought of.
- ANOTHER PAGE FROM THE BOOK OF EBERLE: Just one assist from Jordan Eberle last night, but it’s enough to put him at 71 points (32G-39A) in 71 games.
Oilers didn’t have a terribly high amount of shots, but it wasn’t a game that they had to steal. Florida had their moments, but a Nugent-Hopkins helped take two points from a team that probably could have put them in a portfolio that expects playoffs.
Oilers are back in action tomorrow afternoon for a one o’clock start against the Blue Jackets.
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