EDM Lennart Petrell 2 (Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan O'Marra) 2:19
EDM Sam Gagner 1 (Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff) 3:00
CGY Olli Jokinen 6 (PP) (Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque) 3:49
CGY Rene Bourque 8 (Roman Horak, Blake Comeau) 6:45
EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 12 (Jordan Eberle) 5:27
CGY Derek Smith 2 (Jarome Iginla) 6:11
CGY Mikael Backlund 1 (PP) (Jarome Iginla, Derek Smith) 10:25
CGY Olli Jokinen 7 (EN) (Unassisted) 19:28
3:32 Edmonton roughing - 2 min A. Sutton drawn by L. Stempniak
14:50 Calgary hooking - 2 min L. Stempniak drawn by L. Smid
17:29 Calgary hooking - 2 min O. Jokinen drawn by A. Hemsky
5:23 Calgary closing hand on puck - 2 min B. Comeau
7:42 Calgary puck over glass - 2 min S. Hannan
12:38 Calgary hooking - 2 min R. Bourque drawn by J. Petry
15:57 Edmonton high-sticking - 2 min A. Sutton drawn by C. Glencross
8:37 Edmonton roughing - 2 min R. Smyth drawn by M. Kiprusoff
16:14 Calgary slashing - 2 min O. Jokinen drawn by S. Gagner
Shots On Goal - Oilers 29 Flames 32
- This feels like such a hopeless loss. The Oilers were up 2-0 nothing 3 minutes into the game and then turned off the faucets for the next 37 minutes of the game. Ane then turned it on again for the first 5 minutes of the third period, only to turn over the game in the next 10 minutes. The Oilers battled their backsides off and still fell short. If I was an Oiler player or coach, I would be truly disheartened by this knowing, my GM isn't going to throw me a life preserver to push games like this over the top. There are two glaring weaknesses on this team that, one that could be patched up immediately and the other not so easily. Ability to sustain pressure in the offensive zone, which means bigger, more battle hardened winger that will keep plays alive for the smaller, shifty Oiler playmakers. Owen Nolan is sitting on his couch, would have been one easily findable player or wait for another Blake Comeau to hit waivers. The other issue is finding a stud Dman to cut down on defensive cramps and lapses, which won't be so easy to find. Ryan Whitney lookes like he isn't coming around anytime soon. His ankle/knee injury looks to have severely limited his mobility. Until Whitney can get back up to speed, they are playing with a bunch of 3's and 4's out there. I give a lot of credit to Flames in this game. They know they can break the will of the Oilers as long as they keep playing hard. They never gave up and the Oilers handed over the two points eventually. The Oilers just don't have enough pushback to take the other teams' best shot. If you want a telltale sign if the Oilers' brass think they could be a playoff team, look for some moves. If they don't throw this team a life preserver, it's because they don't think this team is good enough this year.
Player of the Game:
- Sam Gagner. Gagner looked like he was an 18 year old all over again. Using his slick stickhandling to get him in and out of traffic. His confidence is now coming around and he managed to pot his first of the year. He's shooting more, which is something this team needs and he needs to do even more of. Gagner does have to reform his game into more of a shooter in order to fit in with this team in the short term. See: Jordan Eberle.
Goat of the Game:
- Jeff Petry. Looked like he struggled with fatigue tonight. Falling and flailing all over the ice and just making bad passes up the middle. Playing defense in the NHL is tough business. You get pounded night in and night out. Jeff Petry just needs experience to get accustomed to the grind of the game. Tonight was one of those games where he looked like he wanted to throw in the towel.
Next Game - Wednesday December 7, 2011 vs. Hurricanes @ Rexall Place on TSN.