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Clad with a new four year contract, Ladislav Smid is takes his morning constututional in the box. Photo courtesy TSN

Oilers Overcome Kings 2-1 In OT

Last night was fun.  How much fun was it?  Last night was so much fun, it was easily the most fun I’ve had during a regular season game since the Ales Hemsky / Patrick Stefan incident in 2007.  Maybe even more fun.

The build up was intense – the Kings had a 1-0 lead until a minute left, the Oilers seemingly scored the tie-breaker only to have it ripped from the board due to a crease violation.  Nail Yakupov had a goal with less than five seconds remaining in regulation which was followed by Sam Gagner‘s power play goal in overtime.

I hard a hard time laying down after that one.

There was more to the game instead other than the last ten minutes of real-time.  Let’s take a look at the rest of the game.

      • Zebras were calling each and everything they could possibly think of.  Usually, that’s not a bad thing, but there were some chestnuts that were dug out of the closet for this game.  Instigating with a visor?  That happened. Two minute minor for consecutive face-off violation? That too.  In the first ten minutes of the game, Edmonton had to PK a 5 on 3, a four minute minor, and another 5 on 3 when Ladislav Smid was in the box for his ten minute misconduct-major minor after fighting Jordan Nolan.  Officially, the Oilers had to kill eight power play opportunities during the game.  As we saw during the Sharks game, that can get really out of control fast, and the Oilers will find themselves in trouble more often than not if they’re down a man (or two) eight times during the course of a game.
      • Devan Dubnyk did all you could ask for last night.  Dubnyk’s effort was spectacular, turning aside 30 of 31 saves.  This coming after he was yanked after the first period of Tuesday’s 6-3 shellacking at the hands of San Jose.  Dubnyk had about five saves I can remember that were top notch, like this one against Dustin Brown.
      • Mark Fistric was in the lineup for Corey Potter last night.  Fistric introduced himself to Jordan Nolan near the end of the first period and made about 16000 new friends in the building.  Fistric did have one giveaway, but is listed as having four blocked shots in over fourteen minutes of ice.  I’d be surprised if he wasn’t in the lineup tomorrow night against the Flames.
      • Save for Sam Gagner, everyone had a 50% or better night at the dot.  None were bigger than Eric Belanger‘s win with ten seconds remaining in regulation that eventually led to Nail Yakupov batting a puck into the net off a mid-air rebound.
      • Finally, you’re likely going to hear about how Nail Yakupov’s game-tying goal celebration was over the top, brash, disrespectful, ‘cheeky’, or some other ridiculous combination of those words.  It’s your civic duty to block all of that garbage out.  Remember, the same thing happened with Linus Omark a few years back.  If Theoren Fleury saw that celebration and didn’t get all Mercury Morris and the ’72 Dolphins on it, then nobody else should make it a half hour segment.
      • Aw, what the heck.  You can’t have one goal without the other.

      This is another one of those games that you wouldn’t have expected the Oilers to be able to win in recent years past.  I can’t see how Saturday night’s game versus Calgary can be any better, but this team has surprised me twice this year already.

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