Saturday, October 22, 2011

Post-Game: Game #7 Oilers 2 Rangers 0

Scoring Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 5 (Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle) 10:09

3rd Period
EDM Corey Potter 1 (PP) (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle) 4:03

Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:31 NY Rangers tripping - 2 min M. Gaborik drawn by A. Sutton

2nd Period
1:43 Edmonton holding - 2 min A. Sutton drawn by B. Prust
1:43 Edmonton fighting - 5 min A. Sutton drawn by B. Prust
1:43 NY Rangers fighting - 5 min B. Prust drawn by A. Sutton
15:48 Edmonton too many men on ice - 2 min Bench served by T. Hall
16:51 Edmonton hooking - 2 min C. Potter drawn by M. Gaborik
19:59 NY Rangers slashing - 2 min K. Newbury drawn by A. Lander

3rd Period
3:23 NY Rangers hooking - 2 min M. Rupp drawn by C. Barker
4:18 Edmonton hooking - 2 min A. Sutton drawn by B. Prust
17:21 Edmonton interference - 2 min T. Hall drawn by D. Stepan
18:57 NY Rangers hooking - 2 min B. Dubinsky drawn by R. Smyth

Shots On Goal Oilers 29 Rangers 19

Game Notes:
- The Oilers are in full lockdown mode. They have only given up 12 goals in 7 games. They have scored only 13 but were on the right side of the win column tonight. The Oilers really grinded the Rangers right into the ice, got the 2nd goal tonight, something they could have used the 2 previous games, but tonight they got it right. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continued on with his season by scoring his team leading 5th goal by leading off the scorer with a well placed wrist shot. Corey Potter showed off his shot by blasting the 2nd goal by Lundqvist on the power play. Nikolai Khabibulin shook off the disappointed loss on Thursday to the Wild by pitching a shutout tonight. Good to see the fans get behind Khabibulin after a real tough year last year. Smyth-Horcoff-Jones had another successful night by successfully shutting down Gaborik and Richards tonight. It's been awhile since the Oilers have had a legit shutdown line. It's something that is going to be key to success for this team going forward. Good game for the Oilers tonight, right from the top to bottom of the lineup. I'd keep the lineup the same over the next little while, its a good formula and it will allow players to get some comfort in their roles. It means Linus Omark and Theo Peckham may be in the pressbox for a few games longer until injuries hit or losses start to pile up.

Player of the Game:
- Nikolai Khabibulin. I'd give it to the whole team if I could. But after that tough goal and tough shootout loss on Thursday night, it was nice to see him comeback even stronger. He wasn't particularly busy tonight, the defense was outstanding again tonight and the center play for the Oilers has been phenomenal this year. All of this is contributing to the reason why the Oilers are one of the best defensive teams in the NHL, something I don't think anyone would have expected at the beginning of the year.

Goat of the Game:
- Cam Barker. This is flat out cruel on my part. The Oilers played about as flawless as a game as they can play. The only thing that concerns me about Barker's game, well aside from his footwork, is his disadvised pinches. No need to try and win a 50/50 pinch when you are up 2-0. Other than that the game was flawless.

Next Game - Tuesday October 25, 2011 vs. Canucks @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet West. 7:30 PM MT.

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