Sunday, November 13, 2011

Post-Game: Game #17 Blackhawks 6 Oilers 3

Scoring Summary
1st Period
CHI Jonathan Toews 8 (Viktor Stalberg, Nick Leddy) 4:55

CHI Steve Montador 2 (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp) 5:29

EDM Ryan Smyth 10 (Jordan Eberle, Tom Gilbert) 11:41

CHI Steve Montador 3 (PP) (Nick Leddy, Duncan Keith) 16:11

2nd Period
CHI Jonathan Toews 9 (Marian Hossa) 0:22

EDM Jordan Eberle 4 (Unassisted) 6:17

CHI Duncan Keith 2 (Marian Hossa) 7:47

EDM Shawn Horcoff 3 (PP) (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Eric Belanger) 19:15

3rd Period
CHI Dan Carcillo 2 (EN) (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp) 18:15

Penalty Summary1st Period
14:21 Edmonton holding - 2 min J. Eberle drawn by M. Hossa

2nd Period
2:28 Chicago holding - 2 min R. Olesz drawn by B. Eager
4:07 Edmonton high-sticking - 2 min J. Eberle drawn by B. Seabrook
9:23 Chicago high-sticking - 2 min P. Kane drawn by C. Potter
15:01 Edmonton tripping - 2 min R. Smyth drawn by M. Hossa
18:01 Chicago broken stick - 2 min V. Stalberg

3rd Period
12:17 Edmonton holding - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by V. Stalberg

Shots On Goal - Oilers 23 Blackhawks 35

Game Notes:
- Rough ending to a rough road trip. The Oilers came out slow tonight and paid dearly for it. Playing catch up on weary legs is not a winning formula. The Oilers end the trip 2-4 and now on their way home to face Ottawa on Thruusday. The pair of Ladislav Smid and Tom Gilbert were eaten alive tonight. They got matchuped against the Jonathan Toewn line, a matchup the Oilers wanted, and still got run over. Nikolai Khabibulin looked as human as he had all year, almost a re-run of last year's Khabibulin. Just could not make a save when the Oilers dearly needed him to make one. I guess chalk it up to another lesson learned and hopefully this team isn't set too far back in its learning curve. The Oilers need to get back to what was winning games for them earlier in the year. Better defensive center play (no cheating), defenseman getting in lanes (no chase mode), goalies playing their angles, back to a full fledge checking line. Ever since Ales Hemsky came back into this lineup, the Oilers team has looked like junk. No flow, no syncroncity, not enough jam. Hockey is a game about energy consumption and right now the Oiles are getting the other team to waste enough. Time to get back to that.

Player of the Game:
- Ryan Smyth. Ryan Smyth's effort down low is the only reason the Oilers were even close tonight. He had a goal, should have had two if it wasn't for a quick whistle. There wasn't a lot of players that had strong roadtrips but Ryan Smyth had himself a very good roadtrip. Just banging in pucks around the crease and keeping plays alive. I would really hate to see what kind of peril this team would be in if he wasn't on the team right now.

Goat of the Game:
- Nikolai Khabibulin. If I give him the crown when he's great, welp, I gotta give him the horns when he's not. He looked like old school Khabibulin tonight. Pucks were sifting through him, wasn't strong in the crease, rebounds were bouncing off of him. Just not a lot of good things came out of his game tonight. His defense tonight did him no favors as they were back in chase mode again instead of being strong positionally.

Next Game: Thursday November 17, 2011 vs. Senators @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet Oilers 7:30 PM MT.

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