If you didn’t support Devan Dubnyk before last night’s game, you might now.
Dubnyk was spectacular. End of post.
In a game that saw Edmonton amass just fifteen shots, Dubnyk stopped more than twice that amount in helping the Oilers preserve a 2-1 victory over Anaheim. If you’re still not sold on 40, go find a highlight. Here, I’ll find one for you. That’s some guy named Teemu Selanne with a last second shot in regulation. No biggie.
After the jump: Harski nets two, and more on Dubymania.
Devan Dubnyk played as good a game as he’s played this season. With the exception of one (1) goal by Teemu Selanne, Dubnyk turned aside everything in front of him. Five on three power play? No problem.
It was like this the whole night, even in non five on three situations. The man held it down. He earns his twentieth win of the season, a feat not held in the organization by anyone since Dwayne Roloson did it in 08-09, and he’s doing it on an Oilers team that will miss the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. He’s only played in four more games than Nikolai Khabibulin, yet has eight more wins and two fewer losses. Also of note: he comes at 25% of the rate of Nikolai Khabibulin. Start Dubnyk in October.
Teemu Hartikainen scored a pair of goals for the Oilers last night, and it’s all they would need. The rapture began just fifteen seconds into the first. If you’re into the whole “score a goal before the house lights go up” thing, then Hartikainen’s first period goal is for you.
What can we take from this? You could put a 1986 Caprice Classic on that first line, and it’d have a 50 point season. Not to take anything away from Harski on this goal, but Eberle does his thing, and Harski finishes the job. #56 would have another tally six minutes later on a nice deflection from Ryan Whitney. Jordan Eberle is still pretty good. His assist on Hartikainen’s first goal was his 75th point (33G-42A) in 75 games. Just think, next year is a contract year.
Edmonton had fifteen shots this game. Add that to their previous game against LA (14) , and you still wouldn’t have as many shots as Dubnyk faced and turned aside last night.
The circle of life continues tonight, as the Oilers are in Los Angeles to take on the kings in Game 80.
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