Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Post Game: Game #5 Flames 2 Oilers 1

Scoring Summary
1st Period
EDM Tom Gilbert 1 (PP) (Corey Potter, Shawn Horcoff) 6:42

2nd Period

3rd Period
CGY Jay Bouwmeester 1 (Olli Jokinen, Lee Stempniak) 14:03

CGY Alex Tanguay 1 (Cory Sarich , David Moss) 15:32

Penalty Summary
1st Period
2:06 Calgary misconduct - 10 min P. Letourneau-Leblond drawn by B. Eager
2:06 Edmonton misconduct - 10 min B. Eager drawn by P. Letourneau-Leblond
6:15 Calgary high-sticking - 2 min T. Jackman drawn by C. Barker
18:31 Edmonton tripping - 2 min C. Barker drawn by D. Moss

2nd Period
1:42 Edmonton too many men on ice - 2 min Bench served by L. Omark
14:00 Edmonton tripping - 2 min E. Belanger drawn by L. Stempniak
15:08 Calgary interference - 2 min A. Tanguay drawn by R. Jones
17:43 Calgary hooking - 2 min C. Sarich drawn by E. Belanger

3rd Period
5:56 Calgary high-sticking - 2 min C. Glencross drawn by L. Omark
9:29 Calgary hooking - 2 min M. Giordano drawn by R. Jones
19:51 Calgary cross checking - 2 min M. Giordano drawn by R. Smyth

Shots On Goal - Flames 30 Oilers 26

Game Notes:
Tough loss. It's the kind of loss that could cost you a potential playoff spot at the end of the year. Essentially, The Flames did to the Oilers what the Oilers did to Nashville last night. Without Taylor Hall, the Oiler offense went very pop gun, they were very timid to shoot the puck and I'm not sure why. They had traffic in front all night and there were a lot of passed up shots. I'm not sure if it was by design or a timidness or fatigue that they just couldn't generate a lot tonight. The defense had a strong game for 55 minutes then it all fell on them like a house of cards. This is the type of game that Ben Eager need to play more early, to soften up the Flames D, so they can take advantage of them in third. The Flames D was still pretty fresh at the end of the game and the Oilers had the heavy legs. It was a game where they just didn't have quite enough in the tank. The Oilers can't live on rolling three lines forever, eventually they will have to even out the lines at some point. Jeff Petry is a player they need to play full time, he is their most mobile Dman and is able to skate the puck out of danger. Barker should be the one sitting if Whitney is back full time. They need Sutton and Smid to play for toughness purposes. As a positive, I have really been impressed with the center play on this team over the last two games. Nugent-Hopkins, Belanger, Horcoff, and Lander have all played well at especially as good support for the defense. It's something I wouldn't break up anytime soon. I know some people have Lander on the bubble when players get healthy, but to me he stays and the others move around him.

Player of the Game:
- Corey Potter. It's somewhat of a shocker I know, but I like the way this guy plays. He's calm, composed, shoots the puck when he's supposed to play, play the body when he needs to. Along with Petry, this two should be playing full time at the moment, game in, game out. Barker and Peckham should be the healthy scratches right now. Fed a nice apple to Gilbert for a one-timer on the only goal.

Goat of the Game:
- Ladislav Smid. I hate to give it to him because he has played so well to start the year, but his play on the winning goal looked like old Ladi Smid. Dubnyk makes a save, puck pops up in the air, he swats at it, misses it, lands behind him, he has no idea where it is, and Tanguay pots it into an empty net. Just a horrible time for an unfortunate play to happen. Jordan Eberle gets an HM here for overpursuing the zone and allowing Bouwmeester to come behind him and fire the tying goal in the high slot.

Next Game: Thursday October 20, 2011 vs Wild @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet West 7:30 PM MT.

1 comment:

  1. Completely agree with the player of the game there. Potter looks like a guy that wants to make it impossible to send him down.

    I also really liked Gilbert in this game. His offense seems to be heading back in the right direction and I dont mean that just because he scored the lone goal. He had several chances, was jumping up in the play and he was solid in his own end too. If the Oilers get THAT Gilbert for 82 games they are going to be much better off than even I gave them credit for.

    I would add Smyth to the HM's for goat of the game. He may not have directly given up goals, but he seemed to be slow and unable to battle in his usual manner. He gave up the puck several times and was just ineffective pretty well all night.

    I liked what I saw last night over all I just wish there was more than 1 guy that could score on any given night. IMHO if they slowed things down a little bit and were a little less sloppy in the passing/transition game the over all skill would have taken the game over and the flamers wouldnt have known what hit them.

    Here's to hoping the game on Thursday is a bit more crisp and alot more confident.