Mar 3, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (14) against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Oilers Take Advantage Of Miscues, Sergei Kostitsyn, Emerge With 3-2 Win

I’ve seen a lot of hockey.  You’ve probably seen a lot of hockey too,

I’ve seen a lot of crazy. Crazy injuries, crazy bounces, crazy fans.  Crazy comebacks.

Sergei Kostitsyn quit on a play.  This is not like Sam Gagner standing still for a second and then skating towards  Marian Hossa.  This is Sergei Kostitsyn getting caught up in a turnover and then skating off the ice once Sam Gagner got one stride away.

And then Lennart Petrell scored a shorthanded goal.  Rewind that in your head, read it again, and then watch the damming video.

No biggie, just the go ahead goal.  Think I’ll get off the ice here so that Brandon Yip can skate his bag off en route to a tire fire.

WHAT A LOAD OF BROWN BANANAS

HOLY COW, you guys.  That’s lazy wrapped up in a bow.  Lazy wrapped in bacon.  That was a bacon wrapped scallop of lazy right there.  The next time I hear someone tell me that Dustin Penner was “lazy”, I’m going to send this video to them express and grab their ears and shout NO while rapping them with a newspaper like a housebroken ferret who let loose his dinner on the sofa.

But hey, thanks for the goal.  If Sergei Kostitsyn isn’t promptly waived for that sort of chicanery, I don’t know what will get you waived.

I try to preach against stories like this.  I’ve taken up for Alex Semin, Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner, Sheldon Souray, and others.  I can’t take up for Kostitsyn here, it was just dumb and lazy.  Lazy.  You’ll likely never find me calling an NHL player lazy, because you have to be crazy good and dedicated to get that far.  But Kostitsyn was just dumb.  And lazy.

A PENALTY KILLING FIESTA!

With three and a half minutes remaining in the first period, this happened.  The Oilers are on a penalty kill, and they’re in their Christmas Tree formation here.  You can see Shea Weber on the far right.  He’s going to get the puck from Roman Josi (top of the screen, you’ll read about him a little more in a bit).  Josi is Ryan Jones’ guy, and Jones doesn’t quite catch up to Josi by the time he gets it off to Weber, who launches a one-timer behind Devan Dubnyk for Nashville’s first goal.  This one could’ve been prevented, fortunately it wasn’t a game-breaker.

THE REST OF THE GAME

#ismental. Photo courtesy Sportsnet West

Magnus Paajarvi opened the scoring with a power play goal in the second period.  This is good, because he got shellacked on the shot clock while on the ice.  A power play goal and a victory help smooth things out nicely.  The Petrell goal happened in the third period, and Jordan Eberle snapped one off later on in the third period to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead.  Eberle’s goal would prove to be the difference maker.

Nashville’s Roman Josi made it a one goal game with about 9 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Oilers would hold on for two regulation points.

Oilers were outshot 31-21 in the game, and were again outchanced something fierce.  Devan Dubnyk won his eighth game of the year, turning aside 29 shots.

I’d normally be going off about how the Oilers managed just five shots in the third period and coughed up another perfectly winnable game with a lacklustre third.  Oilers scored two goals in the third, and the Kostitsyn walk-off is what’s going to be talked about tomorrow.

I shouldn’t be complaining, I ought to buy Kostitsyn a beer.

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