Thursday, February 2, 2012

Post Game: Game #51 Oilers 8 Black Hawks 4

Scoring Summary
1st Period
CHI Jamal Mayers 5 (Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger) 6:29

2nd Period
CHI Patrick Sharp 21 (Patrick Kane) 0:40

EDM Taylor Hall 18 (Sam Gagner) 2:22

EDM Sam Gagner 6 (Jordan Eberle, Andy Sutton) 7:26

EDM Ryan Whitney 1 (PP) (Sam Gagner) 12:23

CHI Patrick Sharp 22 (SH) (Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson) 15:33

3rd Period
EDM Sam Gagner 7 (Ryan Whitney, Jordan Eberle) 1:54

EDM Cam Barker 2 (Andy Sutton, Sam Gagner) 3:43

CHI Dave Bolland 16 (Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw) 5:57

EDM Sam Gagner 8 (Taylor Hall, Corey Potter) 6:25

EDM Sam Gagner 9 (Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall) 14:31

EDM Jordan Eberle 20 (Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall) 16:15

Penalty Summary
1st Period
13:08 Chicago holding - 2 min D. Keith drawn by T. Hall
15:16 Chicago too many men on ice - 2 min Bench served by V. Stalberg
17:52 Edmonton high-sticking - 2 min B. Eager drawn by B. Bickell

2nd Period
2:40 Chicago high-sticking - 2 min B. Bickell drawn by J. Petry
8:02 Edmonton boarding - 2 min C. Barker drawn by A. Shaw
10:31 Chicago boarding - 2 min B. Bickell drawn by S. Gagner
14:25 Chicago tripping - 2 min B. Seabrook drawn by T. Hall
18:26 Edmonton cross checking - 2 min L. Smid drawn by J. Toews

3rd Period
6:56 Chicago puck over glass - 2 min D. Keith
9:52 Chicago high-sticking - 2 min P. Sharp drawn by E. Belanger

Shots On Goal - Oilers 41 Black Hawks 47

Game Notes:
- Wow. Just wow. I would think every Oiler fan, player and observer would be in the same state of shock I am in. Sam Gagner in one game, now gets the opportunity to be mentioned with the immortal Oilers, Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey. 4 goals and 8 points in one night. His 8 points ties an Oiler record tied with now, the aforementioned Gretzky and Coffey. Gagner was unreal tonight, had great jump in his legs and his timing was perfect on every play. It was just one of those games that rallies the masses around the Oilers. A truly feel good moment. This game was reminiscent of the Oilers/BlackHawks games of the '80s. Lotsa shots, lotsa goals, lotsa speed. Both sides' goaltenders were under siege tonight. The Oilers never let off the gas tonight. They just kept trying to score, even towards the end of the game, they just kept going. One thing that I take away from this game is that this team undeniably belongs to the kids. The vets (Horcoff, Hemsky, Smyth) all had pretty subpar games. Eberle, Hall, and Gagner really brought it tonight. Hopefully, more efforts like tonight and more wins down the stretch can salvage the season, from being a negative one to something somewhat positive. One of those hockey mysteries where the Oilers have taken 3 of 4 from the Black Hawks this year. We match up well with their lack of physicality on defense.

Player of the Game:
- Sam Gagner. No brainer. When a player gets mentioned with Oilers historical greats, you know you have had an outstanding game. Outstanding jump and outstanding effort from Sam tonight. Just for one more stat to throw out there, even though Sam Gagner went from 22 o 30 pts in tonights' game, he now leads the Oilers with 7 POTG nods. So the contribution Sam has been making throughout the year hasn't been lost on this blog.

Goat of the Game:
- Ales Hemsky. It really was a backwards game. Sam Gagner gets 8 points, vets play like rookies, rookies play like vets. Ales Hemsky hasn't been good for a lot of the year and tonight was no different. His "will to win" seems so low these days. I can understand that he is counting down the days to leaving town, but can he at least help out his current team in getting some value for him. I feel pretty confident that Ales Hemsky will be playing for a playoff team this year, and no, it won't be for the Oilers.

Next Game - Saturday February 4, 2012 vs. Red Wings @ Rexall Place on CBC 8 PM MT.

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