For about forty minutes, the Oilers played solid.
Unfortunately, the Oilers had an awful time in the first.
HOW AWFUL WAS IT?
SO IT WASN’T ANY GOOD?
No. At least, not the first period.
- I had mentioned about how the Oilers would need to not take so many penalties. After all, they escaped from Vancouver unscathed after taking six penalties. The Oilers took three penalties in the first period, and allowed three powerplay goals. The Sharks had two goals in less than five minutes. Nail Yakupov‘s first career NHL goal sliced that lead in half, but the era of good feeling was short lived.
- San Jose’s trio of Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, and Logan Couturewere all over the score sheet, and all did their damage in the first period.
- This is an ESPN video (I know, right?) that has all six Shark goals in about 45 seconds. There are a couple that Devan Dubnyk could likely have had, but pay attention to the ones where Sharks are just floating in front of the goal. No good.
- Devan Dubnyk is going to catch some heat from tonight’s performance (6 GA in 17 shots). While he was far from perfect, Dubnyk wasn’t the proximate cause why the Oilers lost this game. Patrick Marleau skated in the slot absolutely untouched on both goals he scored. Logan Couture was afforded the same comfort on another occasion. Counting the Kassian goal from Sunday, there have been four goals in two games where forwards from the other team were allowed to walk into the slot untouched. Go on and fast-track that to the top of your “things to do something about”, Coach. I’m sure this problem will no longer exist when Los Angeles comes to town on Thursday.
- YANN CAN – Devan Dubnyk was (mercifully) relieved at the end of the first period. Yann Danis got the call in starting in the second period. Danis played perfectly, turning aside all 14 shots in relief.
As the game continued, it looked like the Oilers were able to figure out how to hang with the Sharks. I’m not sure how much of that was San Jose letting off the gas and Edmonton figuring out what was going on, but we weren’t treated to two Sharks in front of the net. But, I’d be lying if I told you that the Oilers didn’t get better as the night progressed.
And as the old saying goes, this was just one period of one game. The Oilers get another crack at two points on Thursday versus the Los Angeles Kings, where I’m sure that the PK will be as tight as a drum.
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