Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Post Game: Game #49 Canucks 3 Oilers 2 (SO)

Scoring Summary
1st Period
VAN Daniel Sedin 21 (Alexandre Burrows, Dan Hamhuis) 10:24

2nd Period
EDM Shawn Horcoff 9 (Taylor Hall, Ales Hemsky) 9:43

3rd Period
VAN David Booth 8 (Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins) 5:00

EDM Taylor Hall 16 (PP) (Corey Potter, Ales Hemsky) 15:49

OT Period

Vancouver Canucks VAN Alexander Edler shootout goal

Edmonton Oilers EDM Jordan Eberle shootout saved

Vancouver Canucks VAN Mason Raymond shootout miss

Edmonton Oilers EDM Sam Gagner shootout saved

Vancouver Canucks VAN Alexandre Burrows shootout saved

Edmonton Oilers EDM Ales Hemsky shootout goal

Vancouver Canucks VAN Ryan Kesler shootout saved

Edmonton Oilers EDM Taylor Hall shootout saved

Vancouver Canucks VAN Cody Hodgson shootout goal

Edmonton Oilers EDM Shawn Horcoff shootout saved

Penalty Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
2:07 Edmonton hooking - 2 min E. Belanger drawn by M. Lapierre

3rd Period
5:10 Edmonton hooking - 2 min J. Petry drawn by A. Burrows
14:58 Vancouver interference - 2 min D. Hamhuis drawn by R. Jones

OT Period

Shots On Goal - Oilers 32 Canucks 35

Game Notes:
- From an entertainment standpoint and a structural standpoint, that was a fantastic game. Closest the Oilers will likely feel to a playoff type atmosphere. Chances end to end, solid goaltending at both ends, not a lot of errors from either team, this game was simply just a treat to watch. The Oilers brought it tonight. Even though it was a back to back and the legs were getting heavy in the end, the Oilers really persevered through everything to try and make plays for the greater good of the team. It was truly refreshing to see. Ryan Whitney made his long awaited return to the lineup and you can see the impact he has on the backend. His calmness and awareness was infectious throughtout the backend. Whitney has an excellent sense of what needs to be done at any given time. Here's to hoping for many more games from Whitney. Dubnyk struggled at times but really battled, especially when the game was on the line. The last two games have been a thumbs up largely, conditioning may hold him back from being a 60-65 game starter, but there is little doubt he is an NHL goaltender. I still perceive Dubnyk to be a quality backup. I also want to give kudos to Ales Hemsky and Magnus Paajarvi for positive contributions tonight. They are back to using their speed on the edges, they will have to continue doing that if they want to be helping the team. It keep the other teams' defenses honest. On to the All Star break the Oilers go, they are off until next Tuesday.

Player of the Game:
- Taylor Hall. Speaking of speed off the edges, Taylor Hall was bringing it tonight. Setup Horcoff on the first goal with a sweet dish and scored the tying goal that sent the game into overtime. Hall was engaged in the game tonight. Hall is a pure treat to watch, he just wants to make plays. Watching the evolution of this player is something to behold. He's only going to keep getting better, folks.

Goat of the Game:
- Jeff Petry. First off, I want to say that everyone played well tonight. Really brought it. Its games like this that are tough to pick a GOTG but if I had to pick one its Jeff Petry. Petry is still having some issues with consistancy, which is fine for someone who is getting accustomed to big minutes. He is still trying to figure out energy levels and such. Petry had a cuple of blunders in handling the puck and getting mesmerized on the first goal where he didn't move when the puck was turnover. Other than that Petry played well and he is emerging in front of our eyes.

Next Game - Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet Edmonton 7:30 PM MT.

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