Thursday, February 23, 2012

Post Game: Game #60 Oilers 2 Flyers 0

Scoring Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
EDM Taylor Hall 22 (PP) (Ryan Whitney, Jordan Eberle) 3:26

EDM Jordan Eberle 27 (Unassisted) 8:04

3rd Period

Penalty Summary
1st Period
4:37 Edmonton hooking - 2 min S. Horcoff drawn by W. Simmonds
8:23 Philadelphia fighting - 5 min J. Shelley drawn by D. Hordichuk
8:23 Edmonton fighting - 5 min D. Hordichuk drawn by J. Shelley
8:23 Edmonton roughing - 2 min D. Hordichuk drawn by J. Shelley served by M. Paajarvi

2nd Period
2:15 Philadelphia holding - 2 min P. Kubina drawn by J. Eberle
18:24 Philadelphia kneeing - 2 min S. Hartnell drawn by M. Paajarvi

3rd Period
9:21 Edmonton unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min R. Whitney drawn by S. Hartnell
9:21 Philadelphia unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min S. Hartnell drawn by R. Whitney
16:27 Edmonton slashing - 2 min T. Hall drawn by W. Simmonds
17:06 Philadelphia hooking K. Timonen drawn by S. Horcoff

Shots On Goal - Oilers 29 Flyers 35

Game Notes:
- Oilers did it again. Just when you want to write them and the season totally off, they come out with a strong effort for the second game in a row. The Oilers are now doing the things that made them successful in October. They are battling for each other, something you haven't seen from an Oiler team for quite sometime. The Flyers brought it physically tonight, but the Oilers took it all and gave some back and had energy to spare. There is still a lot of growing for this team still left to do, but there are some encouraging signs from tonight, that they won't back down from a fight. The Oilers got good center play from Belanger and Horcoff tonight. They are better positioned in the defensive zone to break up plays, the types of things that was helping the team win games in October. Center support is very key for this team if they are serious about winning games. Responsible play from vets + scoring from kids + strong goaltending = victories. Its a recipe the Oilers need to rely on going forward.

Player of the Game:
- Devan Dubnyk. ABC, Always Be Closing, and thats what Dubnyk did tonight. A couple of pucks squeaked through him but didn't find net. Good to be lucky, lucky to be good. The thing I liked about Dubnyk the most tonight, is he battled hard for the ice in his crease. The Flyers crashed net a lot tonight, but Dubnyk thwarted them at every turn. He looked confident and he looked like he wasn't going to be denied of a shutout. Probably his strongest game of the year.

Goat of the Game:
- Magnus Paajarvi. You know the Oilers played well when its tough to find one. Kind of a cheapy on Magnus tonight. Magnus started off like gangbusters, relentless on the puck but when the game got physical, he started to look scared, and then inevitably got in the way when Hartnell went ape. Paajarvi at best endured a charley horse from it, at worst, torn knee ligaments. We'll know more soon enough. Paajarvi needs to find a way to put on a bit more muscle mass while not losing his speed. The biggest thing is his fear of getting hit. He's going to be a player the Oilers are going to need to be in traffic so, he's going to have to get rid of that mental block.

Next Game - Saturday February 25, 2012 vs. Coyotes @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet West 2 PM MT.

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