Friday, February 17, 2012

Post Game: Game #57 Avalanche 3 Oilers 1

Scoring Summary
1st Period
COL Erik Johnson 4 (Mark Olver, Ryan O'Reilly) 19:13

2nd Period
COL Mark Olver 1 (Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog) 3:55

COL Gabriel Landeskog 14 (PP) (Paul Stastny, Ryan O'Reilly) 9:37

EDM Ryan Jones 13 (Ben Eager, Jeff Petry) 14:41

3rd Period

Penalty Summary
1st Period
1:50 Edmonton hooking - 2 min S. Horcoff drawn by J. McClement
6:27 Edmonton hooking - 2 min J. Petry drawn by M. Hejduk
11:56 Colorado holding - 2 min S. O'Brien drawn by J. Eberle

2nd Period
6:19 Colorado puck over glass - 2 min K. Quincey
9:19 Edmonton tripping - 2 min B. Eager drawn by E. Johnson
10:34 Colorado holding - 2 min R. O'Byrne drawn by T. Hall
10:34 Colorado cross checking - 2 min R. O'Byrne drawn by T. Hall
15:30 Edmonton tripping - 2 min S. Gagner drawn by R. O'Byrne

3rd Period

Shots On Goal - Oilers 27 Avalanche 23

Game Notes:
- Who ya gonna call? SLUMPBUSTERS!! What a dog of a game. If you missed this one, believe me, you didn't miss much. Looked like both teams wanted to go out on a Friday night bender tonight. As for the Oilers, trying to execute a pass was a tall order tonight. Lots of individualistic play, play away from the puck was not very good tonight. Too much hesistation. Almost as if they were too cautious to make a play because of the Paajarvi play in overtime against the Leafs. That play looked like it was in the back of everybody's mind tonight. Nobody wanted to look like the goat tonight, so what happens is everyone becomes fearful of trying to make a play. I will say the Avalanche did a good job of clogging up the slot and not letting free rides through the neutral zone. The Oilers had a tough time getting shots through and when the shots did get through, Varlamov was there to make routine saves. Not much to say about this one, the Oilers weren't sharp with their passes, therefore couldn't find any good shooting angles. Four more games until the trade deadline.

Player of the Game:
- Ben Eager. He was the only player I spotted that was moving his legs, creating havoc. Everyone else was getting pushed over, Eager was doing the pushing over. When the Oilers signed Ben Eager, this is what they were expecting. Skating, hitting, yapping, fighting, chipping in with some goals, to go along with a some penalties. He took a tough penalty in the 2nd period that allowed Colorado to score the 3rd goal. I said at the time of the signing, if you being in Ben Eager, you better have a good PK, because thats what he is, and thats what you want him to be. To tell him to watch his penalties is like putting a muzzle on the dog. Ben Eager's play is exactly where it needs to be right now.

Goat of the Game:
- Ales Hemsky. Some of that secondary scoring the Hemskyites have been telling me about that he could provide, was certainly something the Oilers could have used tonight. Instead Hemsky responds by putting up zeroes across the boards, except for the -1 in the plus/minus column. Hemsky tried on occasion but was generally ineffective much like 90% of the team tonight. Only 4 more games 'til the trade deadline!

Next Game - Sunday February 19, 2012 vs. Canucks @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet West 7 PM MT.

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