Monday, December 19, 2011

Post Game: Game #33 Red Wings 3 Oilers 2

Scoring Summary
1st Period
DET Danny Cleary 8 (Jakub Kindl) 4:33

2nd Period
EDM Ryan Jones 11 (Sam Gagner, Eric Belanger) 2:37

DET Jiri Hudler 7 (Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula) 14:36

EDM Jordan Eberle 13 (PP) (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall) 19:59

3rd Period
DET Drew Miller 6 (Nicklas Lidstrom, Darren Helm) 15:45

Penalty Summary
1st Period
13:44 Detroit hooking - 2 min J. Ericsson drawn by R. Jones
14:48 Detroit tripping - 2 min I. White drawn by T. Gilbert

2nd Period
6:09 Detroit interference - 2 min D. Miller drawn by R. Jones
8:38 Edmonton interference - 2 min B. Eager drawn by J. Franzen
19:16 Detroit interference - 2 min J. Ericsson drawn by R. Smyth

3rd Period
5:22 Edmonton high-sticking - 2 min S. Horcoff drawn by P. Datsyuk
16:58 Detroit puck over glass - 2 min N. Kronwall

Shots On Goal - Oilers 23 Red Wings 28

Game Notes:
- One wonders how successful this team would be if a couple of players moved along and a couple of different style players come in. Hemsky hasn't contributed much at all lately and Gagner is chipping in here and there but has gone back to being invisible again. Replace them with a couple of wingers that can make life difficult on defenseman and maybe we'll be talking about wins in games like this instead of losses. Much like the game in San Jose on Saturday night, the Oilers played hard, but ultimately could not get the equalizer in the end. I didn't think that Detroit played like they can but did enough to get a win. They just got in lanes, kept the puck to the outside and played a game with little error. While everyone like the flash and dash, its the type of game the Oilers will have to learn how to play so they can win a few more games when they aren't going 100%. The Oilers are playing like a team that is taking on a bunch of water that will soon break. I'd be expecting a blowout loss sometime soon. These losses have to be super frusterating.

Player of the Game:
- Jordan Eberle. Eberle, once again, scored a clutch goal up against the clock to send the game into the 2nd intermission tied at 2. Eberle has some fast hands in tight. He was having a good game at getting the puck into good shooting areas. Hall-RNH-Eberle (The kid line) was the only line that had any real sustained pressure tonight. It's a line that can really thrive on home ice.

Goat of the Game:
- Eric Belanger. Lots of passengers tonight, Hemsky and Gagner were subpar tonight. But the GOTG goes to Belanger. Belanger was brought into Edmonton to bring some solid two way center play. His offense has been lacking all year and his defensive play is starting to take a hit. Its too the point where I'd start playing Belanger on the 4th line and moving Lander up the lineup. Belanger allowed his man to get a stick on the shot from Lidstrom that was the eventual game winner. Belanger needs to be a better manager of the game on the ice, especially in his own zone.

Mext Game - Thursday December 22, 2011 vs. Wild @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet Edmonton 7:30 PM MT.

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