FIVE IN A ROW, AND EIGHTH PLACE FOR NOW…
I don’t have one nasty thing to say about this game. I don’t have anything nasty to say about the line matching, I don’t have anything nasty to say about the use (or misuse) of goaltenders, I don’t have anything nasty to say about defence. The only negative thing I have to say is actually a compliment, and that’s how the Oilers came back to throttle Calgary after allowing the first two goals of the game.
- HALLSY Taylor Hall had five points (1G-4A) and is now seventh overeall in league scoring with 41 points in 33 games. Really nothing else you can say other than he’s the complete package, the best player on the Oilers.
- LI’L NUGE Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had four points (1G-3A). Hard to be upset when a four point night plays second fiddle, but if RNH has a few more four point games up his gloves, everybody might stop talking about shoulder injuries.
- Did I mention the Oilers scored eight goals? They scored eight goals. Of these eight goals, there were three power play goals (Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins, Hall), and all were scored in the second period.
- YOU GET A GOAL AND YOU GET A GOAL AND YOU AND YOU AND YOU Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov had a pair of goals. Hall, Gagner and Nugent-Hopkins had a goal. RYAN WHITNEY had a goal. Here, look.
- THIS IS BIG – The Oilers flat-out dominated this game. Yes, it was against the Flames, and yes, the Oilers did allow the first two goals, but (this is the important part) they scored eight. The Oilers outscored, outchanced, and outshot the Flames in this game, and Joey MacDonald had to suffer through it all. The Oilers played a complete game and man did it feel pretty good.
- Devan Dubnyk stopped 19 of 21 shots from Calgary. Not that he would’ve wanted to, but he could’ve allowed a few more without much worry. Dubnyk’s win was his 12th of the year.
- I’VE SEEN YOUR FACE BEFORE – I know that this has been popping up around the internet in a few places yesterday, but these Flames look a lot like some Oiler teams we’ve seen in the past six years. Flat. Listless. Wanting to play out the string. I know a few Flames fans, and for their benefit I hope their rebuild isn’t nearly as arduous as the one we’ve been going through. With that being said, I wish our last twelve games were against Calgary.
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- I know twelve games remain in the season, but man, that looks good. Everybody’s having fun, and that’s a feeling some of us may have forgot. Enjoy it for just a minute, but don’t get complacent. While it’s nice the Oilers have dug up the standings enough to take a peak over the cut line, they’ll need to continue to win in order to stay there. Tonight against Vancouver, they’ll have a chance to help out the cause.
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