Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Post Game: Game #28 Hurricanes 5 Oilers 3

Scoring Summary
1st Period
EDM Eric Belanger 1 (Magnus Paajarvi, Andy Sutton) 10:33

CAR Jeff Skinner 12 (PP) (Unassisted) 19:22

2nd Period
CAR Jamie McBain 3 (PP) (Tomas Kaberle, Justin Faulk) 4:36

CAR Patrick Dwyer 4 (Eric Staal, Tomas Kaberle) 11:47

CAR Chad LaRose 8 (SH) (Bryan Allen) 15:41

EDM Ben Eager 1 (Lennart Petrell, Anton Lander) 15:50

3rd Period
CAR Tuomo Ruutu 9 (Jussi Jokinen, Tim Gleason) 3:43

EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 13 (Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle) 13:21

Penalty Summary
1st Period
18:36 Edmonton hooking - 2 min A. Hemsky drawn by J. Skinner

2nd Period
2:59 Edmonton hooking - 2 min L. Petrell drawn by A. Ponikarovsky
4:36 Edmonton boarding - 2 min A. Sutton drawn by T. Ruutu
8:41 Carolina unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min E. Staal
11:47 Edmonton misconduct - 10 min T. Peckham
13:49 Carolina tripping - 2 min A. Ponikarovsky drawn by J. Petry

3rd Period
4:55 Edmonton roughing - 2 min L. Smid drawn by A. Stewart
4:55 Carolina roughing - 2 min A. Stewart drawn by L. Smid
7:30 Carolina roughing - 2 min B. Allen drawn by R. Jones
10:27 Edmonton boarding - 2 min A. Sutton drawn by A. Ponikarovsky
10:27 Edmonton charging - 2 min B. Eager drawn by B. Allen
13:48 Edmonton slashing - 2 min T. Gilbert drawn by P. Dwyer
17:51 Edmonton fighting - 5 min A. Sutton drawn by T. Gleason
17:51 Carolina instigator - 2 min T. Gleason drawn by A. Sutton
17:51 Carolina fighting - 5 min T. Gleason drawn by A. Sutton
17:51 Carolina game misconduct - 10 min T. Gleason drawn by A. Sutton

Shots On Goal - Oilers 25 Hurricanes 33

Game Notes:
- Disappointing yet not surprising this is the outcome Oiler fans receive. The Hurricanes played a game more desperate and more cerebral than the Oilers were willing to equal. Everything was off tonight, no checking line, not enough shots, no protecting of the slot area whatsoever, just mayhem on the ice which played into the Hurricanes hands to break their 7 game losing streak. The Oilers came out real slow tonight, eventually started with some body contact, but its something that needs to be engaged right from the drop of the puck. The offense, even though they scored 3, was out of synch all night. As much as the Oilers are trying to get one-timers all over the ice, they need to incorpoate that in their top 6. Smyth-RNH-Eberle is more of a cycle line but has little for one-timer options unless Eberle floats to the left side of the ice, which is fine if they score but if they don't then players are out of position heading back on defense. Gagner-Horcoff-Hemsky for me is just a flat out gross line. Lots of individual talent but very little in terms of cohesion. The line is setup to have Gagner be the triggerman, but he is more miss than hit which makes this line a low percentage play. This team is sorely missing a power forward that isn't shy about shooting the puck. Shooting in general is a big ailment on this team, especially when Taylor Hall is out of the lineup. It will be interesting to see how soon Hall is back and if he might be "rushed". I didn't think Carolina played any better or poorly than they did in Calgary, but the Oilers couldn't make a pass, a check, a save when they needed one. Memo to Steve Tambellini: I'm very curious to see your next move. It will tell me all I'll need to know about your managing ability.

Player of the Game:
- Andy Sutton. I'm giving the POTG to anyone who had a pulse and was willing to inflict physical punishment on the other team. If the other team is taking two points from you, make it hurt. And thats what Andy Sutton did. I thought Sutton, Peckham and Eager really ramped up the physicality tonight. Problem is there just isn't enough bullets in the chamber. After these 3, they aren't getting much physicality from anyone. The Oilers are going to need more energy players to combat the other teams energy, in order to win these games of attrition. Instead, the Oilers are waiting for the other team to gift wrap them a win and that just doesn't work very well in today's NHL.

Goat of the Game:
- Shawn Horcoff. Horcoff did a piss poor job of covering the slot on his defensive assignments tonight. It directly cost them 2 goals. The vets, Smyth, Horcoff, Hemsky, really didn't do anything to pull this game out of the fire. It's game like these where the vets need to show up and be counted for. lord knows the Oielrs have lost enough games to bottom feeders for many years now. You'd figure they would have some sort of mental gameplan of how to break the malaise.

Next Game - Friday December 9, 2011 vs. Avalanche @ Rexall Place on TSN 7:30 PM MT.

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