Sunday, November 27, 2011

Post Game: Game #23 Avalanche 5 Oilers 2

Scoring Summary
1st Period
EDM Ladislav Smid 1 (Sam Gagner, Ryan Jones) 2:59

COL Jay McClement 3 (Chuck Kobasew, Matt Duchene) 4:35

2nd Period
EDM Ryan Jones 6 (Eric Belanger, Sam Gagner) 2:24

3rd Period
COL Shane O'Brien 1 (PP) (Ryan O'Reilly, Milan Hejduk) 6:06

COL Stefan Elliott 1 (Ryan O'Reilly) 8:03

COL Jan Hejda 2 (Chuck Kobasew, David Jones) 16:19

COL Paul Stastny 7 (EN) (Milan Hejduk) 18:07

Penalty Summary1st Period
17:40 Colorado cross checking - 2 min K. Quincey drawn by T. Hall

2nd Period
3:55 Colorado hooking - 2 min P. Stastny drawn by A. Hemsky
18:37 Edmonton hooking - 2 min R. Jones drawn by D. Winnik

3rd Period
1:11 Colorado tripping - 2 min M. Duchene drawn by R. Smyth
3:12 Edmonton holding - 2 min R. Whitney drawn by C. Kobasew
4:46 Edmonton slashing - 2 min J. Petry drawn by G. Landeskog

Shots On Goal - Oilers 33 Avalanche 29

Game Notes:
- Tough one to take. The Oilers left point(s) on the table tonight, mostly due to one ill-advised penalty to Petry and Smid showing the down side to blocking shots. The Oilers played well for 50 minutes. I thought even after a point shot went off of Lander's glove and in the net, this game was salvagable. But then a couple of sifters beat Dubnyk, with no help from Smid and it was lights out. Taylor Hall got wiped out early by Ryan Wilson and left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. With Ales Hemsky's career as an Oiler surely winding down, its time for a new set of shoulders to start getting beaten up. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but this is the type of injury that should raise all kinds of red flags, moreso than his ankle injury from last year. Shoulders are things that do not repair easily and will only get worse with the style that Hall plays. Need to treat this injury with kid gloves. The road trip ends 2-2. If the Oilers would have taken that at the beginning of the trip, however I felt this was the most winnable game of the trip and they found a way to let it slip away. I'd say heavy legs would be a concern, but how the last couple goals went in, in my mind these were just mental gaffes. This season has that the ebbs and flows to the season will be sharp. If anything, this year should make every Oiler fan totally bipolar.

Player of the Game:
- Sam Gagner. I felt he was the most dangerous player for the Oilers tonight. Chipped in with 2 assists, including a nice feed to Ladi Smid for his bi-annual goal. He was able to find some space while a lot of the other Oiler players were getting smushed into the glass. Reminded me a lot of his rookie year, which is a good sign he is starting to understand his role better and he might finally be starting to channel his inner Jordan Eberle.

Goat of the Game:
- Devan Dubnyk. There was a lot on Dubnyk's shoulders tonight considering the Oilers were in a back to back, end of the road trip, rarified air, yadda yadda yadda. Dubnyk played for 50 minutes and then wheels fell off. The Oilers really needed Dubnyk to bring this game home, but instead he left it there. Dubnyk and Smid were a mess on the final two goals. I blame mostly Smid because, well if you're not going to block the shots, get the frick out of the way. Smid was running out of gas and did score a goal tonight, so I'll cut him a bit of slack. Dubnyk gave up two sifters and that was that. Just a tough way to lose when being up 2-1 going into the 3rd period.

Next Game: Monday November 28, 2011 vs. Predators @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet West 7:30 PM MT.

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