If you were late to the game, ya dun goofed. The Oilers scored on their first three shots of the game, Canucks goalie Cory Schneider was pulled for Roberto Luongo, and the Oilers continued to pile it on. All the scoring was done in the first period, and the Oilers earned two big points in the standings.
- Taylor Hall scored the fastest hat trick from the start of a game in the history of the Edmonton Oilers. Hall scored his first goal of the night just sixteen seconds into the game, his third goal came at 7:53 of the first period. Hall’s hat trick was the third of his career. There are not enough superlatives you can hurl at the playmaking ability of Taylor Hall. So, we’ll leave it at that.
- While Hall was putting on a clinic, Ladislav Smid found the time to score one of his own. Smid scores about once every fourteen years, so it’s good to see him get rewarded.
- THE OTHER KIND OF GOALTENDER CONTROVERSY – Cory Schneider’s night was less than memorable, getting the hook after yielding the first two shots in the game to Hall. Roberto Luongo came in and immediately yielded the goal to Smid. Then a few minutes later, Luongo allowed another goal.
- PLAYER ETC – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a pair of assists. Shawn Horcoff was 60% at the dot. I heard ‘Chelsea Dagger’ play in Rexall before a faceoff.
- The Oilers outshot the Canucks 24-23. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but when this team was getting outshot 40-14 by the Blue Jackets earlier in the season, that was bad. Tonight, it wasn’t too bad. Heck, it was good. Real good.
- ICE TIME: A bit puzzled by Lennart Petrell’s 11 minutes of ice time, but Mike Brown had only about five and a half minutes. Not sure if his ten minute misconduct penalty at the end of the first factored into that, but it was something I noticed.
- DEVAN DUBNYK earned his second shutout of the season, turning aside 23 Canuck shots. Think he’ll get to start Monday?
- MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND ETC – Oilers are now on a three-game wining streak, and our good friends from Calgary visit Rexall on Monday. The Oilers have taken five points out of a possible six against Vancouver this year.
- Oilers now have 35 points, and are tied with Dallas, Nashville and Columbus. These four teams are one points behind eighth-place St. Louis. Oilers even won in regulation tonight. Nothing more you could ask for.
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