Oilers Win Fourth In A Row, Put Out Flames 4-1

Yakupov scored a long-awaited goal.  Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Oilers started early and often, scoring three goals in the first period. As is (very, very recent) tradition, they also chased Miikka Kiprusoff from his crease after just sixteen minutes of play.  The Flames were without the services of Jay Bouwmeester, as he was dealt to St. Louis for a first round pick and two prospects.  Dubnyk was fantastic, and the Oilers got goals from some likely suspects, a not so likely suspect, and someone who was probably pretty relieved to get one after being pretty dry over the past couple dozen games.

  • Oilers chased Miikka Kiprusoff after allowing three goals in six shots.  This is the new ‘thing’ for the Oilers – scare the crap out of the starting netminder, get the backup in there, and then let Devan Dubnyk take over.  If they could get about four goals in nine shots tomorrow, that’d be fine as well.
  • Who got goals?  Justin Schultz got one all alone in front on a nice pass from Taylor Hall.  Taylor Hall had one on a nice feed from Justin Schultz.  Ryan Jones blew by Cory Sarich to score a one handed goal on Kiprusoff.  Nail Yakupov scored his seventh of the season on a pass from Ryan Jones.  Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald got a big piece of it, but it found a way to bounce in.
  • SHOT CLOCK BE DAMNED Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice when the team scores three goals in six shots, but last night’s third period was an exercise in gut clenching.  The Flames outshot the Oilers 17-3 in the third (and 34-20 overall), and Dubnyk was pretty sharp, stopping 33 of 34 shots.  This is nothing new for the Oilers, but with thirteen games remaining in the
  • So where are we now?  The Oilers have now won four in a row, are 6-2-2 in their last ten, and they’re a single point away from St. Louis, who is right above the cut line.  Thirteen games remaining, 37 points in the bank.  If this is the part of the season where Edmonton would like to catch fire, now is just fine with me.

In the vein of Tambellini, I’ll be in a better place to evaluate where we are after tomorrow night’s game versus Calgary. But right now, you’ve got to be happy if you’re pulling for the good guys.

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