Shawn Horcoff had a power play goal. Photo courtesy TSN

Oilers 4, Avalanche 1 - The Power Play Comes As Advertised

Edmonton scores four power play goals while Devan Dubnyk stops 37 of 38 shots to preserve the win.

    • A game of two halves.  The Oilers power play was everything you’d hope it would be, finishing 4 for 6.  Anytime your power play unit finishes at 66.7%, good things will come.  As the game progressed into the third period, the Oilers seemed complacent to play in their own end of the ice, yielding twenty-four shots in the third period.  This is a complete 180 from the first period, where they did most of the talking.
    • 37 saves on 38 shots for Devan Dubnyk.  That’s more than a worthy performance.  Dubnyk turned aside 23 of 24 in the third.  The Oilers finished with 27 total shots.
    • THIS IS AN ENERGY LINE- While I’m pretty happy to see that the power play is firing on all cylinders, the fourth line was almost as refreshing.  Lennart Petrell gets moved to the third line, leaving a fourth line of 56-20-91.  And for the most part, I think everybody was happy with the results.  Everybody on the fourth line played at least ten minutes last night (Paajarvi finished with 10:21, the least on the team, still yards away from where Darcy Hordichuk finished on Saturday).  Fewer double shifts means less fatigue for top line players.  Less fatigue for top line players is good for everyone.
    • THE TIE-IN -Hartikainen also played an integral role on the power play in the first power play goal.

    That’s my definition of ‘grit’.  That’s a well-earned assist. Hemsky just has to pass go and collect $200, and the Oilers are up 1-0.

    • Shawn Horcoff scored a power play goal last night.  That’ll hold off his detractors for a minute.  Maybe.  Of interest to some, Horcoff also had a 62% per cent success rate at the dot.
    • BEST OF THE REST – I’ve argued that Jordan Eberle’s shooting percentage will almost have to come down from last year’s mark of nearly 19%.  Score a few more goals like this one, and I’ll be hard pressed to defend my position.  That thing is a laser.  Taylor Hall had two assists, he currently leads the Oilers in scoring  with seven points (1-6-7) in five games.  Nail Yakupov scored an empty net goal, his third goal of the season.  Sam Gagner had a pair of assists and was 53% at the dot.  I’d have nothing bad to say if the third period was half as good as the first.

    The Oilers take on the Coyotes in Phoenix tomorrow.  If you’re within driving distance of arena, there are fistfuls of tickets available for less than $50 US.  Might be worth checking out, no?

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