Saturday, October 1, 2011

Post-Game: Exhibition Game #8 Canucks 4 Oilers 1

Scoring Summary
1st Period
VAN Cody Hodgson (PP) (Dan Hamhuis, Chris Higgins) 13:51

2nd Period
EDM Magnus Paajarvi 1 (PP) (Ryan Smyth, Shawn Horcoff) 5:08

3rd Period
VAN Jannik Hansen (Chris Higgins, Manny Malhotra) 5:36
VAN Mikael Samuelsson (Dan Hamhuis) 19:15
VAN Cody Hodgson (EN) (Chris Higgins) 19:58

Penalty Summary1st Period
Penalty Summary Time Team Penalty Players
7:16 Edmonton hooking - 2 min A. Sutton drawn by A. Burrows
12:08 Edmonton hooking - 2 min C. Potter drawn by C. Hodgson
17:10 Edmonton cross checking - 2 min T. Gilbert drawn by V. Oreskovich

2nd Period
Penalty Summary Time Team Penalty Players
4:18 Vancouver boarding - 2 min A. Edler drawn by T. Hall
7:49 Edmonton roughing - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by M. Lapierre
7:49 Edmonton roughing - 2 min T. Gilbert drawn by M. Lapierre
7:49 Edmonton roughing - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by M. Lapierre served by T. Gilbert
7:49 Vancouver charging - 2 min V. Oreskovich drawn by T. Gilbert
7:49 Vancouver roughing - 2 min V. Oreskovich drawn by T. Gilbert
7:49 Vancouver fighting - 5 min M. Lapierre drawn by T. Peckham
7:49 Edmonton fighting - 5 min T. Peckham drawn by M. Lapierre
13:40 Vancouver - 2 min A. Edler drawn by T. Hall
16:20 Vancouver slashing - 2 min M. Samuelsson drawn by R. O'Marra

3rd Period
Penalty Summary Time Team Penalty Players
0:50 Edmonton hooking - 2 min R. Smyth drawn by M. Malhotra
6:48 Vancouver interference - 2 min H. Sedin drawn by A. Lander
13:32 Vancouver - 2 min M. Sturm drawn by L. Petrell

Shots On Goal - Oilers 30 Canucks 31

Game Notes - Thankfully the preseason is over and they can start playing for real. The Oilers, for the most part, played hard this preseason. Almost a postseason type push in the preseason. The Oilers really couldn't buy a goal tonight, even on the goal they got, they fired 6 or 7 shots at net and it barely squeaked over the line. Luongo played well and he was tough to beat tonight. Half the defense looked fatigued and the other half looked disinterested. Gilbert, Petry and Peckham looked bagged after playing way too much the night before. Barker and Potter could have given more, and Sutton played OK but he is what he is. Khabibulin held the fort as long as he could but started to show cracks as the game ended. I would say Dubnyk gets the start opening night. The fringe players, O'Marra, Green, Petrell, Lander, Hartikainen, started off slow, but were right in there, battling pucks and taking the body, trying to make a mark. They all played alright, but at the end of the day, they all look the same and it will come down to individual skillsets to say who stays and who goes. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has likely done enough to earn himself the 9 game audition, but the concerns grew that when the physicality gets ramped up, it becomes tougher on him. He was unable to get much done tonight and the question becomes, do the Oilers let nights like this happen to him, or would he be better off in Red Deer this year? It seems like a question that is neverending. The Oilers competed hard but still didn't have enough bullets to finish the job. The Oilers could use, well, um, you know, say someone like Owen Nolan?

Player of the Game:
- Magnus Paajarvi. Scored the only goal tonight and looked great on the rush. Entering his 2nd season, he looks a lot more stronger and a lot more prepared to take whats coming. Paajarvi will be a very valuable and versatile player for the Oilers this year. Peckham gets an HM for making Max Lapierre atone for his misgivings, its too bad Peckham was gassed at the end of that fight. I'm sure the entire NHL applauded Peckham's efforts.

Goat of the Game:
- Cam Barker. Cam Barker is going to be a Jekyll and Hyde creature this year. Vancouver played very physical tonight he looked like he wanted no part of that. He finished the night -2 and really didn't seem all that interested in making an impact in the game tonight. When Peckham, Gilbert and Petry were running on E, due to last nights game, Barker needed to grab the reigns more to alleviate that pressure. Gilbert looked like he could barely stand out there at the end of the game.

Next Game - Sunday Oct 9 Oilers vs. Penguins 7 PM MT Rexall Place on Sportsnet West.

The Oilers finish the preseason with a record of 5-3-0

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