Sunday, November 6, 2011

Post-Game: Game #13 Coyotes 4 Oilers 2

Scoring Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
PHO Daymond Langkow 3 (Keith Yandle, Mike Smith) 4:44

PHO Adrian Aucoin 1 (PP) (Patrick O'Sullivan) 17:58

3rd Period
EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 6 (Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth) 9:27

PHO Boyd Gordon 2 (Ray Whitney, Radim Vrbata) 11:36

EDM Theo Peckham 1 (Colten Teubert, Magnus Paajarvi) 13:47

PHO Ray Whitney 6 (EN) (Radim Vrbata, Boyd Gordon) 19:49

Penalty Summary
1st Period
7:14 Edmonton cross checking - 2 min L. Smid drawn by L. Korpikoski

2nd Period
10:00 Phoenix too many men on ice - 2 min Bench served by R. Torres
16:25 Edmonton interference - 2 min L. Smid drawn by R. Vrbata
19:28 Phoenix hooking - 2 min R. Vrbata drawn by J. Eberle

3rd Period

Shots On Goal - Oilers 26 Coyotes 29

Game Notes:
- Whats turn about is fair play. What the Oilers did to the Kings on Thursday night, happened to them tonight. We all wanted to see what would happen if the Oilers didn't score first. That happened tonight and the Oilers played catch up all night. It was a game where the Oilers needed more strength and more bullets and they just didn't have them tonight. Phoenix, for 50 minutes grinded the Oilers right into the ice. The Oilers battled hard and battled right to the end but just couldn't muster the final goal to tie the game. All the lines tonight seem off. Just not a lot of cohesion or chemistry. I still wouldn't mess with the lines, but they have to get back on the same page. Just one of those games where you have to shrug your shoulders and move on to the next one. A lot of unnecessary indecision. Things that the Oilers usually react to quickly, they were double clutching and overthinking plays. When you start doing that, the game's done. Put this one behind you and start thinking about Montreal on Tuesday and start thinking about where matchups can be won.

Player of the Game:
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. There was a long while in this game where I was thinking he could have been the goat of the game. The Oilers offense was dry and there was nothing happening. The kid line was getting stymied at every turn. Then with ten minutes left to play, the urgency in RNH's play was ramped up and he scored the first goal and was doding everything he could to try and get the equalizer. This kid is a special player and early on in his career, he's proving to be a money player.

Goat of the Game:
- Devan Dubnyk. I hate to pin this one on Dubnyk because in the first period the Oilers were flat and he held them in it. But then, he gave the first goal when he inexcusably lost his angle, which for this current Oilers team is crippling. This Oilers team, like many other teams in the NHL have more comfort playing with a lead then chasing. The 3-1 goal was equally crippling. It would have been a tough save, but if he stands his ground instead of lunging towards the puck, the result might have been different. I'm sure Tom Renney will play the "what if" game tonight if he had started Khabibulin, maybe the result might have been different.

Next Game - Tuesday November 8, 2011 vs. Canadians @ Montreal on Sportsnet West 5:30 PM MT.

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