What do you get when you’re down three centres, and then you lose Anton Lander to a foot injury?
You should get something terrible. Very bad, even.
The NHL’s 30th ranked defence met in Edmonton to take on the NHL’s 29th ranked defence. Dallas emerged victorious, but even in defeat, it was a pretty good showing for the Oilers.
- The Oilers are pretty good at getting the first goal in a game. That’s exactly what happened tonight. Ales Hemsky did most of the heavy lifting by bringing the puck into the Dallas zone, circled the net, got a shot off. Nail Yakupov was able to get the puck in the slot, he let a shot go, and Hemsky was able to scoop in the rebound. Hemsky now has 7 points (4-3-7) in ten games. Sam Gagner was able to continue his wild point streak (which now stands at 10 consecutive games) with a secondary assist on Hemsky’s goal.
- Justin Schultz scored a big time power play goal when the Oilers were down 2-1 in the third. With just over seven and half minutes gone in the period, Ales Hemsky fed Schultz with a pass at the top of the slot for a one-timer. Schultz cashed. It brought the Oilers to a 2-2 tie, and the game eventually went to overtime.
- Another solid effort from Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk turned away 26 of 29 Dallas shots. I’ve already heard about how Dubnyk should’ve stuffed the short side in OT. Here’s what that looked like.
- Could he have stopped it? Sure.
- Anton Lander took a shot in the foot and left the game early on. He also left Rexall in a boot, on crutches. Add this to Horcoff’s knuckle injury, Belanger’s broken toes, and RNH’s mysterious new (old) shoulder injury, now might be the time to go on and work those phones, eh Tambellini?
- Jordan Eberle had a glorious opportunity to bury a power play goal in the third period. That’s a lot of net. Do I expect Jordan Eberle to score this goal? Yeah. Am I surprised he didn’t? Maybe a little. Is his shooting percentage regressing to the norm? Absolutely.
- A couple hairy calls in this one. First, there’s this ‘hooking’ penalty on Ales Hemsky, which led to a goal that might have been offside a few seconds earlier. Officials missed a too many men call in overtime as well, but if the Oilers scored three goals, none of this would have been an issue.
The thought that the Oilers could have escaped this game with two points while down three centres (and losing another one in the first period) is almost comical. They got a point, and while I”m not ecstatic about it, it’s OK.
The Oilers will play Detroit on Saturday afternoon.
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