Thursday, December 29, 2011

Post Game: Game #36 Wild 4 Oilers 3

Scoring Summary
1st Period
EDM Taylor Hall 10 (Jordan Eberle, Tom Gilbert) 1:24

MIN Mikko Koivu 9 (Marek Zidlicky, Greg Zanon) 13:47

2nd Period
MIN Jarod Palmer 1 (Kyle Brodziak) 10:02

MIN Pierre-Marc Bouchard 8 (Marek Zidlicky, Greg Zanon) 10:21

EDM Ladislav Smid 3 (Taylor Hall, Ben Eager) 14:40

MIN Dany Heatley 12 (Marek Zidlicky, Mikko Koivu) 15:26

3rd Period
EDM Shawn Horcoff 8 (Ryan Smyth) 6:40

Penalty Summary
1st Period
9:22 Edmonton roughing - 2 min L. Smid drawn by C. Clutterbuck
9:22 Minnesota cross checking - 2 min C. Clutterbuck drawn by L. Smid
13:03 Minnesota roughing - 2 min N. Prosser drawn by T. Hall
13:03 Edmonton roughing - 2 min T. Hall drawn by N. Prosser
18:01 Minnesota roughing - 2 min B. Staubitz drawn by T. Peckham
18:01 Edmonton charging - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by B. Staubitz
18:01 Edmonton misconduct - 10 min B. Eager drawn by M. Kassian
18:01 Minnesota misconduct - 10 min M. Kassian drawn by B. Eager

2nd Period
3:36 Minnesota high-sticking - 4 min M. Koivu drawn by S. Horcoff
6:42 Edmonton unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min R. Nugent-Hopkins
11:17 Minnesota fighting - 5 min M. Kassian drawn by D. Hordichuk
11:17 Edmonton fighting - 5 min D. Hordichuk drawn by M. Kassian

3rd Period
0:03 Edmonton fighting - 5 min D. Hordichuk drawn by M. Kassian
0:03 Minnesota fighting - 5 min M. Kassian drawn by D. Hordichuk
4:49 Edmonton cross checking - 2 min C. Teubert drawn by C. Clutterbuck
4:49 Minnesota diving - 2 min C. Clutterbuck drawn by C. Teubert
5:25 Minnesota roughing - 2 min N. Backstrom drawn by R. Jones served by P. Bouchard
5:25 Edmonton interference with goaltender - 2 min R. Jones drawn by N. Backstrom
18:37 Minnesota interference - 2 min J. Falk drawn by T. Hall
20:00 Edmonton roughing - 2 min R. Smyth drawn by N. Prosser
20:00 Minnesota roughing - 2 min N. Prosser drawn by R. Smyth

Shots On Goal - Oilers 30 Wild 27

Game Notes:
- The Oilers played well early, had massive brain cramps in the middle frame and brought it late but just could not get the equalizer tonight. If the Oilers could find a way to get rid of the lethargic losses, losses like tonight would be easier to take. But a loss is a loss and the Oilers record since November 1 is 8-16-1, a record that will get you thinking of highly regarded 2012 prospects. Its hard to be too miffed about a game like tonight. The Oilers had their chances to tie it up, but failed to capitalize. Just one of those games they failed to capitalize when the game was on the line, including a 6 on 4 to end the game. The defense and goaltending was subpar tonight. Khabibulin looked tired and the defense couldn't stop the puck rolling towards the Oilers net. Defense needs to keep the puck moving forward by any means necessary, they didn't do that tonight, often chasing the puck. Andy Sutton suspension came to an end tonight, I'm guessing Teubert draws the short straw next game. 0 and 2 to start off the 7 game road trip.

Player of the Game:
- Taylor Hall. He was in pure beast mode tonight. Competed like a champion, chipped in with a goal and an assist. Was relentless on the puck all night. He had the high motor going. Hall was getting double shifted with The Nuge and Eberle, as well as, Lander and Eager. Playing the with Lander and Eager has some possibility as I wonder how Hall would play if he had a power forward flanking him. I think it would give him more space to operate. At any rate, solid game from Hall. Love it when he plays like he does tonight.

Goat of the Game:
- Theo Peckham. Peckham needs to keep his game simple. Pucks in, pucks out and keeping the puck in the front of you. A few times tonight where he tried to corral a puck and it got away from him that resulted in a couple of goals against. Needs to have a better stick that can bat pucks out of harms way. I like Peckham and his relentless toughness, but he needs to find the right balance of playing tough and using his brain. He needs to be better than he was tonight. The Oilers can't cover the mistakes that Peckham makes.

Next Game - December 31, 2011 vs. Islanders @ New York on Sportsnet West 11 AM MT.

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