Saturday, December 17, 2011

Post-Game: Game #32 Sharks 3 Oilers 2

Scoring Summary
1st Period
SJ Martin Havlat 2 (Michal Handzus, Dan Boyle) 8:36

EDM Jordan Eberle 12 (Taylor Hall) 17:16

2nd Period
EDM Ryan Jones 10 (SH) (Unassisted) 5:28

SJ Joe Thornton 6 (Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joe Pavelski) 14:33

3rd Period
SJ Patrick Marleau 12 (PP) (Joe Pavelski, Jamie McGinn) 6:11

Penalty Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
4:58 Edmonton hooking - 2 min E. Belanger drawn by J. Braun
9:09 Edmonton interference - 2 min T. Hall drawn by M. Vlasic
10:23 San Jose high-sticking - 2 min M. Havlat drawn by R. Jones
12:49 Edmonton holding - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by M. Havlat
12:49 San Jose roughing - 2 min M. Havlat drawn by T. Peckham
17:56 Edmonton interference - 2 min L. Smid drawn by J. McGinn

3rd Period
5:59 Edmonton interference - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by J. Thornton
9:07 San Jose holding - 2 min J. Demers drawn by T. Gilbert

Shots On Goal - Oilers 25 Sharks 37

Game Notes:
- There seems to be 2 types of Oilers games over the last 6 weeks. The "I don't give a stiff" loss and the "hard working" loss. The Oilers brought a lot of try tonight but had a couple of brain cramps at some bad times and ultimately lost the game. If you are a team that is just looking for some hard work and effort, this team will bring it time to time. But if you are looking for results and wins, better look away. I don't know whats going on with management or what their mandate is, but there seems to be some clashing of styles in terms of being patient and finding success and what the cost of that would be. The Oilers seem to continue to preach patience, but I'm wondering how much longer the fanbase will take it. The voices will only get louder as the losses start to pile up. I didn't think the Sharks were sharp tonight, but made plays when they needed to and ultimately broke through in the third period. The Oilers played well for the first half of the game but faded as the game went on. Just couldn't make a play to get the equalizer. The season is starting to take on a feel of last years team, young players learning on the job and vets not finding much success in anything they do.

Player of the Game:
- Ryan Jones. I thought Ryan Jones brought a high battle level tonight and was rewarded with a gift breakaway, shorthanded goal. Jones is at his best when he plays with energy, forcing the other team to burn energy. This team could use at least one more Ryan Jones on this team. A lot of the pundits were ready to bury Ryan Jones early in the year in favor of Linus Omark. Ugh, right now, I would hate to picture this team without Ryan Jones.

Goat of the Game:
- Ladislav Smid. The broadcasters were giving a lot of grief to Shawn Horcoff for not covering his man in front of the net on the winning goal. On the PK, that isn't his area to cover. The wrong play was made by Smid chasing his player behind the net, vacating his area. The dangerous players are the ones in front of the goal line, not behind it. The Oilers Achilles' heal lately has been positional play. Chasing players all over the ice instead of covering areas. Bad read by Smid, ultimately ended up costing the Oilers some points.

Next Game - Monday December 19, 2011 vs. Red Wings @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet West.

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