Monday, January 2, 2012

Post Game: Game #38 Oilers 4 Black Hawks 3

Scoring Summary
1st Period
CHI Jonathan Toews 22 (Dan Carcillo) 12:54

2nd Period
EDM Ryan Smyth 15 (PP) (Shawn Horcoff, Taylor Hall) 7:39

EDM Taylor Hall 11 (PP) (Jordan Eberle, Corey Potter) 11:00

CHI Andrew Brunette 9 (Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane) 12:39

EDM Andy Sutton 2 (Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth) 16:23

3rd Period
EDM Ben Eager 3 (Jeff Petry 5) 8:17

CHI Jimmy Hayes 1 (Bryan Bickell, Jamal Mayers) 16:11

Penalty Summary
1st Period
3:54 Chicago hooking - 2 min D. Carcillo drawn by C. Potter
7:27 Edmonton holding - 2 min C. Potter drawn by P. Sharp

2nd Period
3:11 Edmonton hooking - 2 min A. Hemsky drawn by M. Hossa
7:23 Chicago boarding - 5 min D. Carcillo drawn by T. Gilbert served by A. Brunette
7:23 Chicago game misconduct - 10 min D. Carcillo drawn by T. Gilbert
18:47 Chicago cross checking - 2 min P. Sharp drawn by A. Sutton

3rd Period
11:14 Edmonton high-sticking - 4 min E. Belanger drawn by J. Toews
16:23 Edmonton interference with goaltender - 2 min R. Jones drawn by C. Crawford

Shots On Goal - Oilers 30 Black Hawks 42

Gmae Notes:
- That was a character, feel good win. It's been awhile since the Oilers and its fans have felt one of those. The Oilers went blow for blow with the best team in the NHL and got the victory. The game truly was a war of attrition. Nugent-Hopkins went down early with a shoulder injury and Tom Gilbert got run into the end boards by Dan Carcillo. Gilbert was foreced to leave the game with a knee injury. Neither player returned and callups are expected some time tonight as the Oilers face Buffalo tomorrow night in a quick turn around. Speaking of callups, it was good to see Teemu Hartikainen get the callup, as Lennert Petrell was sent down to OKC. Hartikainen brings some real grit with a little bit of skill to the 4th line. It was the best game an Oilers 4th line has had all year. Played with lots of energy and battle. Ben Eager also chipped in for the winner as an added bonus. Devan Dubnyk really battled hard in the pipes tonight. The first and third goals stunk like fromage, but stayed with it and helped the Oilers muster a win here. Good to see Dubnyk stick with it tonight, as the Oilers brought some offense. These are the types of wins the Oilers need to help them grow. Losing game after game while looking lethargic isn't going to help at all. Feel good moments are needed and this is one of them.

Player of the Game:
- Andy Sutton. The energy players really brought it tonight. Battle levels were high from players like Sutton, Eager, Hartikainen, Jones, Smid, Peckham. It was a game that was won in the trenches and Ansy Sutton had a big part in that. Tireless work on the PK at the end of the game. Had 3 shots, 4 hits, and 2 block shots. Also, chipped in the big 3-2 goal that gave the Oilers a lead that they wouldn't give up. Just a great read and perfectly timed pinch that allowed him to take a shot right from the slot. Ecstatic to see the Oilers lunchpail gang have a big impact on the game.

Goat of the Game:
- Ales Hemsky. Hemsky was a total non-factor tonight. Nothing is happening offensivel when he is on the ice and a great amount of lethargy is coming out of his game. End of the game and he was chasing the puck to negate an icing that would have sealed the game. Had body position, but got outhustled to the puck that gave Chicago one more kick at the cat to tie it up. Just a total, non-inspiring play from Hemsky that just leaves me shaking my head.

Next Game - Tuesday January 3, 2012 vs. Sabres @ Buffalo on Sportsnet Edmonton 5 PM MT.

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