They don’t ask “how you won”, they ask “if you won”, right? Let’s hope so.
Devan Dubnyk’s 39 saves helped power the Edmonton Oilers to one of the ugliest 3-1 victories you’ll ever see in the National Hockey League. Full marks go to Devan Dubnyk who kept Edmonton in a game that could clearly have been a 5 or 6 goal blowout.
- The Oilers were outshot 40-14.
- I wanted to create another bullet point because that’s an incredible amount of shots to be outshot. That’s 26 more shots allowed than taken. You will not win a lot of games when being outshot by 26 goals.
- Did I mention how well Devan Dubnyk played? The victory is Dubnyk’s fifth of the season bringing his record to 5-3-3 with a 2.45 GAA and a .928 SV%, which is nearly super-human.
- Ales Hemsky got the festivities started in the first period with a goal that should never have happened. Sergei Bobrovsky had a chance to smother the puck with his catching glove, and he made the wrong choice. Ales Hemsky picked up the pieces and made it 1-0 Oilers.
- The Oilers got Eric Belanger back tonight after being off a week with broken toes. While playing through broken toes, he was 52% at the dot. Other success stories at the dot tonight include Sam Gagner at 57% and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at 53%. Small victories.
- If you guessed that Magnus Paajarvi would have tonight’s game winning goal, come collect your prize. A shorthanded goal scored with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. This game was bizarre.
- Sam Gagner had an assist on that goal. He also had an empty net goal for a two point day.
- Ryan Smyth had a day he’d like to forget, taking three minor penalties. Putting him on the fourth line as the centre hasn’t been good to him. The fourth line of 55-94-37 is…interesting.
- Jordan Eberle almost had a goal, but it was ruled no goal because the puck made contact with the stick while it was higher than the crossbar.
- The power play? 0/4. Devan Dubnyk’s Big Pad Saving Association kept the Blue Jackets power play at 0/7. Seriously, buy that guy a steak.
What can you take from this game? The Oilers had the ice tilted the wrong way for a large majority of this game. Devan Dubnyk played the role of Rich Uncle and bailed everyone out, and a timely shorthanded goal from Magnus Paajarvi saved the day.
Devan Dubnyk has 337 saves, which leads the NHL. He’s 37 ahead of 2nd place Ryan Miller. His .928 SV% is 8th amongst NHL goalies w/6+ games.
— Dan Tencer (@dantencer) February 11, 2013
Feels good to get off a five game winless streak, but it feels like this team robbed a Scotiabank to do it.
ON TO THE NEXT ONE
The Oilers begin a five game homestand Tuesday against Dallas.
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