Monday, November 21, 2011

Post-Game: Game #20 Stars 4 Oilers 1

Scoring Summary
1st Period
DAL Toby Petersen 1 (Tom Wandell, Eric Nystrom) 8:30

2nd Period
DAL Steve Ott 3 (Mike Ribeiro, Brenden Morrow) 8:38

EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 8 (Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth) 15:24

DAL Michael Ryder 7 (Nicklas Grossman, Loui Eriksson) 16:14

3rd Period
DAL Radek Dvorak 1 (EN) (Vernon Fiddler 5) 18:36

Penalty Summary
1st Period
8:45 Edmonton slashing - 2 min S. Gagner drawn by J. Benn
18:33 Dallas cross checking - 2 min M. Ribeiro drawn by T. Peckham

2nd Period
17:14 Dallas hooking - 2 min J. Benn drawn by R. Nugent-Hopkins
19:48 Edmonton slashing - 2 min L. Smid drawn by M. Ribeiro
20:00 Dallas interference - 2 min B. Morrow drawn by T. Gilbert

3rd Period
3:34 Dallas hooking - 2 min B. Morrow drawn by L. Petrell
5:51 Edmonton delaying the game - 2 min C. Teubert
13:22 Dallas delay of game - 2 min S. Souray
16:41 Dallas interference - 2 min B. Morrow drawn by R. Jones

Shots On Goal - Oilers 18 Stars 35

Game Notes:
- It's games like this why I wonder Steve Tambellini has a job. I know he's trying to get maximum value for players like Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner, but these players are eating up space that a more beefy experienced body (Owen Nolan) would be much more suitable. I can't see Hemsky or Gagner making it past this year, they can't not if the Oilers want to start becoming a formidable team that can start winning games anyway the game might be played on any given night. Once again that was evident tonight. The Oilers got pushed around, piledrived and just didn't have enough bullets to do anything about it. The average Oiler fan wants to seemingly pile on Hordichuk, Eager and Peckham for a lack of physicality. While this is true, hockey is a team game, and players are like bricks. One brick doesn't mean anything, but the more bricks you have, the stronger the structure becomes. The Oilers have a bunch of great individual talent, but play the game that way, individually. The best teams play like a team and has everyone playing their role to the best of their ability. Not enough beef on this team for that to happen. This game played out like any other Oilers vs. Stars game has over the last 15 years. The Oilers try, the Stars run them out of the rink, the Oilers get scared, the Stars capitalize on turnovers and badly outshoot the Oilers. Game Over. To me, this ball is in Tambellini's court, what strings he wants to pull will tell us how good he wants the team to be. The longer he waits, the worse the Oilers will be. Tom Renney can't do much with this team when he doesn't have enough soldiers willing to give up mind and body to win a battle.

Player of the Game:
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The only player that I saw being engaged in the game, push and being pushed, but never giving up on a play. The Oilers can learn something from this kid, he brought it tonight, there were just too many other passengers to make his effort matter.

Goat of the Game:
- Ales Hemsky. Hemsky needleesly takes pucks into places he doesn't need too. Dumping the puck in is not in his vocabulary. If it was, maybe he might have shoulders left and not be such a turnover machine. There is such a thing as living to battle another shift, but Hemsky plays every shift like its his last, and one of these days, it will be his last. Gotta be smarter with the puck and his body. On the one time he tried to throw a hit, he barreled assed over Theo Peckham trying to step up and throw a hit, resulting in a 3 on 1 and a goal against. Not one of Hemsky's finer moments.

Next Game - Tuesday November 22, 2011 vs Predators in Nashville on Sportsnet West 6PM MT.

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