It’s a streak.
The Oilers got four goals off of four different sticks and Devan Dubnyk turned aside all 36 Avalanche shots, ending the road trip with a satisfying 4-0 victory.
So what happened?
- Everyone knows the importance of finishing the game with more goals than the other team. A good scientific way to help start this process is to score first. Shawn Horcoff scored for the Oilers a little more than halfway through the first period after Gabriel Landeskog blew a tire in the Oiler end, giving Horcoff a free pass to Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Horcoff’s goal was his second goal in two games, and it got the team up 1-0.
- Looks like Magnus Paajarvi has been taking lessons from Nail Yakupov in the “swat it out of the air for a goal” department.
- Individual effort? Check. Hand-eye coordination? Check. Brilliant goal? Check. Two points for Magnus Paajarvi this game, and if this doesn’t help solidify his spot on the roster, I don’t know what will.
- OTHER ADVENTURES IN SCORING – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his second goal of the season, a power play goal in the third period. Sam Gagner scored his tenth goal on the year in the second period. Ryan Whitney had an assist, he’s got four points in his last five games.
- Devan Dubnyk stopped all 36 shots en route to his first shutout of the year. Not bad for a guy who’s taken a beating over the past week for a couple of lousy goals. Yann Danis has been sent down to OKC, which signals Nikolai Khabibulin is ready to rejoin the team. A shutout should give Krueger some more confidence in #40.
- Although the Oilers were able to come away with a convincing win, again, they were outchanced for the 24th time in 26 games this season, and nobody’s really surprised that they were outshot again. Granted, when you win 4-0 it’s not so much of a problem as when you’re getting kicked up and down the ice in a six goal drubbing. Ryan Jones had a rough night with RNH-Eberle line, as he was out there for seven more shots attempts against than were taken. Oilers finish the road trip at 3-4-2, and will try to string together a ton of wins upon getting back home to Edmonton.
- Speaking of games, the Oilers have a four game set in Edmonton beginning on Friday against Detroit. Oilers play 14 of their final 22 games at home, needing about 14 or 15 wins to get into the playoffs. So if winning is cool, now’s the time to start doing it a lot.
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