Monday, January 23, 2012

Post Game: Game #48 Oilers 2 Sharks 1 (SO)

1st Period

2nd Period
EDM Jordan Eberle 18 (Jeff Petry, Sam Gagner) 6:50

3rd Period
SJ Logan Couture 21 (PP) (Dan Boyle, Joe Thornton) 6:23

OT Period

Edmonton Oilers EDM Jordan Eberle shootout saved

San Jose Sharks SJ Michal Handzus shootout saved

Edmonton Oilers EDM Sam Gagner shootout goal

San Jose Sharks SJ Dan Boyle shootout saved

Edmonton Oilers EDM Anton Lander shootout saved

San Jose Sharks SJ Joe Pavelski shootout goal

Edmonton Oilers EDM Taylor Hall shootout goal

San Jose Sharks SJ Logan Couture shootout saved

Penalty Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
2:18 San Jose holding - 2 min C. White drawn by T. Hall

3rd Period
5:37 Edmonton kneeing - 5 min A. Hemsky drawn by B. Burns served by T. Hartikainen
5:37 Edmonton game misconduct - 10 min A. Hemsky

OT Period

Shots On Goal - Oilers 18 Sharks 45

Game Notes:
- Good to see the Oilers finally pull two points out of a game, even if the shot clock was uglier than sin. They battled hard in front of their own net but they battled a lot in front of their own net. While its good to see the team pull the hard hats and work hard to gut out 2 points, you can still see the deficiencies that plague this team. The fowards can't seem to sustain any offfensive pressure and the defence isn't moblie or pass efficent enough to contribute offensively. But it is what it is and hopefully management does some things to help this team out going forward. To be honest though, I thought the game overall was a bit of a dud. Not a lot of ill will and not a lot of physicality at all throughout the game. If I were a Sharks fan, I'd be quite displeased with this team. While it does have a lot of high end skill and veteran savvy, this team doesn't play with much of a pulse. Needs a little more umph, still, if it wants to get over the top. For approximately 24 hours, this win will feel good, but its back at it against vancouver tomorrow night for a really stiff test.

Player of the Game:
- Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk faced a lot of rubber tonight, albeit, a lot of outside floaters. But when the puck is in your own zone as much as it was in the Oilers end tonight, its really got to sap the energy out of you. Dubnyk stood tall tonight and didn't give away a lot of juicy rebounds that he has done in the recent past. He looked real composed in the net and its something to build upon. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of games down the stretch.

Goat of the Game:
- Ales Hemsky. Hemsky tried somewhat tonight, but got nothing done. Tried to make a hard play that caused him to take a kneeing penalty on Brent Burns that will likely put Burns on the shelf for awhile. I don't think the intent was there from Hemsky, but the penalty was fair considering the damage done to Burns. It can't do much for Hemsky's confidence, for when he actually does try, he is still putting his team behind the 8-ball. Just a tough luck play for Hemsky. San Jose's lone goal came on the 5 minute major that Hemsky had taken.

Next Game - Tuesday January 24, 2012 vs. Canucks @ Vancouver on Sportsnet West 8 PM MT.

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