Monday, February 27, 2012

Post Game: Game #62 Oilers 5 Jets 3

Scoring Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
WPG Kyle Wellwood 13 (PP) (Nik Antropov, Alex Burmistrov) 15:45

EDM Ryan Whitney 2 (PP) (Taylor Hall, Devan Dubnyk) 18:13

WPG Alex Burmistrov 13 (Dustin Byfuglien) 19:27

3rd Period
EDM Ryan Jones 14 (PP) (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ales Hemsky) 1:54

EDM Lennart Petrell 4 (Unassisted) 2:29

EDM Taylor Hall 23 (Lennart Petrell) 9:24

EDM Jordan Eberle 28 (Ryan Smyth, Ladislav Smid) 17:34

WPG Nik Antropov 9 (Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien) 18;50

Penalty Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
5:21 Winnipeg holding the stick - 2 min D. Byfuglien drawn by T. Hall
14:00 Edmonton hooking - 2 min T. Hall drawn by A. Ladd
17:51 Winnipeg roughing - 2 min E. Kane drawn by C. Potter
18:29 Edmonton unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min T. Hall
18:29 Winnipeg roughing - 2 min B. Little drawn by T. Hall

3rd Period
0:34 Winnipeg high-sticking - 2 min B. Wheeler drawn by C. Potter
13:54 Edmonton closing hand on puck - 2 min L. Petrell
17:52 Edmonton interference - 2 min R. Jones drawn by E. Kane

Shots On Goal - Oilers 25 Jets 30

Game Notes:
Kudos to the Oilers for taking initiative and coming out in the thrid period to take this game over. Through 40 minutes, the Oilers had very little going execution wise, while Dubnyk was trading save for save with Pavelec. In the third period, the Jets got sloppy, their goaltending fell apart and the Oilers took full advantage. if the Jets have any playoff aspirations, they'll need to tighten things up something fierce. That was a terrible thrid period for them. As for the Oilers, the Oilers hung around long enough to make an impact in the third. It wasn't the greatest played game, but one thing I noticed is the Oilers defensive structure and commitment to puck battles is likely the best its been all year. Commitment to these small things will keep the Oilers in games, like it did tonight, so their offense can make a difference in crunch time. On a day where Tom Gilbert was traded to Minnesota for Nick Schultz, the Oilers did well to gut out a victory and end the day on a positive note.

Player of the Game:
- Lennert Petrell. It rare that a player that plays 6:46 in the game gets the recognition here but Petrell was the player that made the plays that were the difference in the game tonight. He was the crunch time player. He scored the go ahead 3-2 goal on a 2 on 1 sifter that Pavelec wasn't ready for and assisted on Hall's 4-2 goal. When the 4th line makes a major contribution to a game, you usually end up winning the game.

Goat of the Game:
- Jeff Petry. Had himself a real solid game except for the play that allowed the Jets to take a 2-1 lead. Got caught in the headlights, froze, and allowed Byfuglien to steal the puck from him that eventually led to a Burmistrov tap in. Now that Gilbert has moved on to Minnesota, all of those minutes will now get dumped on Petry. While I think he is ready to take on a major role, those brain cramp type plays need to be few and far between. Steadiness is the major key for a big, minute eating defenseman. The key for Petry going forward is reliability and keeping the puck moving away from your net.

Next Game - Wednesday February 29, 2012 vs. Blues @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet West 8 PM MT.

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