Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Post Game: Game #25 Wild 3 Oilers 2 (SO)

1st Period
EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 11 (Andy Sutton, Jordan Eberle) 9:58

2nd Period
EDM Jordan Eberle 9 (PP) (Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) 5:10

MIN Devin Setoguchi 8 (Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley) 11:31

MIN Kyle Brodziak 6 (PP) (Nick Johnson, Marco Scandella) 14:51

3rd Period

EDM Jordan Eberle shootout goal

MIN Pierre-Marc Bouchard shootout goal

EDM Ales Hemsky shootout saved

MIN Mikko Koivu shootout goal

EDM Sam Gagner shootout goal

MIN Matt Cullen shootout miss

EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shootout miss

MIN Devin Setoguchi shootout saved

EDM Shawn Horcoff shootout goal

MIN Dany Heatley shootout goal

EDM Ryan Smyth shootout saved

MIN Kyle Brodziak shootout goal

Penalty Summary
1st Period
2:12 Minnesota fighting - 5 min B. Staubitz drawn by D. Hordichuk
2:12 Edmonton fighting - 5 min D. Hordichuk drawn by B. Staubitz
2:52 Minnesota holding - 2 min M. Lundin drawn by A. Hemsky
10:42 Minnesota tripping - 2 min K. Brodziak drawn by A. Hemsky
12:30 Edmonton too many men on ice - 2 min Bench served by A. Hemsky
16:18 Edmonton interference with goaltender - 2 min R. Jones drawn by N. Backstrom
17:02 Edmonton cross checking - 2 min L. Smid drawn by C. Clutterbuck

2nd Period
4:31 Minnesota roughing - 2 min G. Zanon drawn by M. Paajarvi
12:56 Edmonton interference - 2 min A. Sutton drawn by C. Gillies
14:55 Minnesota high-sticking - 2 min N. Johnson drawn by M. Paajarvi

3rd Period
4:44 Edmonton roughing - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by M. Cullen

OT Period
3:07 Edmonton tripping - 2 min R. Smyth drawn by J. Spurgeon

Shots On Goal - Oilers 30 Wild 29

Game Notes:
- Tough to be critical of this loss, but at the same time, it feels like the Oilers let a point slip away to a divisional opponent. I commend the Oilers for battling their tails off tonight, but ultimately could not score the third goal that would have mattered. Players played, coaches coached, managers continue to sit idly by. Like somehow Ryan O'Marra is the missing ingrediant for what ails this team. I do wonder if Steve Tambellini and company will throw this team a life preserver and get this team some top 6 bigger body help. It might have been the difference tonight, and it may be the difference in many more games this season. Watching a game like tonight and just shaking my head in shame. The Oilerss are close. When I say close, I mean they are only one maybe two pieces away from being a playoff team, this year, I kid you not. The defense is playing hard and limiting mistakes, Khabibulin has been pretty consistant this year, but the forward lines are missing some umph, especially in the top 6. Minnesota should feel fortunate they walked away with two points, much like the last game they played here. A lot of it has to do with the fact the Oilers are not playing with a full deck, some because of injury, some because of management.

Player of the Game:
- Jordan Eberle. Scored a goal, had an assist, scored in the shootout, did everything but deliver the beer. Eberle and the Nuge have really been having a good run of chemistry, pretty much since the beginning of the year. Right now, these two players have been the best options for an Oiler goal over the last 10 games. Eberle is on a nice scoring run these days.

Goat of the Game:
- Eric Belanger. To play almost 20 minutes and not have a shot on goal is mystifying. I know Belanger is here to win faceoffs and kill penalties and he's doing a wonderful job of that. But if you are playing almost 20 minutes a game, you gotta find a way to contribute offensively. Belanger is stuck in first gear offensively and the only way he's getting out of it is shooting the puck. Disappointed to see zero shots by his name.

Next Game - Friday December 2, 2011 vs. BlueJackets on Sportsnet West 7:30 PM MT

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