Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Post Game: Game #63 Blues 5 Oilers 2

Scoring Summary
1st Period
STL Andy McDonald 4 (T.J. Oshie, David Backes) 0:59

2nd Period
STL Scott Nichol 3 (David Perron, Kevin Shattenkirk) 2:05

STL Andy McDonald 5 (T.J. Oshie, Kevin Shattenkirk) 7:34

EDM Corey Potter 4 (Darcy Hordichuk) 8:48

EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 15 (Taylor Hall, Nick Schultz) 19:12

3rd Period
STL Kevin Shattenkirk 8 (PP) (Alex Pietrangelo, Jason Arnott) 3:28

STL Chris Stewart 14 (penalty shot) 7:54

Penalty Summary
1st Period
14:48 St. Louis fighting - 5 min R. Reaves drawn by D. Hordichuk
14:48 Edmonton fighting - 5 min D. Hordichuk drawn by R. Reaves

2nd Period
3:14 Edmonton slashing - 2 min S. Gagner drawn by D. Backes
9:06 St. Louis holding - 2 min R. Reaves drawn by L. Petrell
13:24 Edmonton checking from behind - 5 min R. Smyth drawn by R. Polak served by D. Hordichuk
13:24 Edmonton game misconduct - 10 min R. Smyth served by D. Hordichuk
19:52 Edmonton unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min B. Eager drawn by B. Jackman
19:52 St. Louis unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min B. Jackman drawn by B. Eager

3rd Period
2:25 Edmonton slashing - 2 min C. Barker drawn by V. Sobotka
7:54 Edmonton hooking T. Hall drawn by C. Stewart
14:43 Edmonton puck over glass - 2 min C. Potter

Shots On Goal - Oilers 24 Blues 31

Game Notes:
- Ken Hitchcock totally owns the Oilers. Even when the Oilers came back to cut the lead to 3-2, Hitchcock made his adjustments and his team went on to score 2 more in the third period. Oilers issues are philosophical ones. Every time they run into a team like the Blues or the Stars or the Coyotes or the Wild or the Flames they seem totally outclassed. None of these teams are real world beaters but they just can't beat these teams because they don't have the psychological wherewithal or the muscle to do so. The kicker is the Oilers have been like this for the last 20 years. Like they say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. The Oilers are going to have to look at their team and figure out a way to make parts of their game become a facsimile of these teams they cannot beat with any consistancy. Devan Dubnyk gave up 3 goals in 19 shots and was pulled around half way through the 2nd period. Yann Danis came in a gave his team a boost, but ultimately was the victim of his own stout legs and gave up 2 goals that was just out of reach of his outstretched legs. I'd like to see more of Danis to end the year. I believe the Dunbyk/Khabibulin experiment should come to an end this year. The Oilers should be in the goaltending market again next year. The Oilers need better from their goaltending so they can gain confidence from it. It's been too spotty this year to make all that much of a difference.

Player of the Game:
- Corey Potter. Potter scored the opener and played a modest game tonight. Kept things fairly clean in his own area of the ice. Tied RNH with the most shots on the team with 4. Not much to say as the Oilers as a team had a lot of passengers tonight. Hall and RNH were the best chance for a goal tonight, but both ended up -2.

Goat of the Game:
- Cam Barker. Lots to choose from tonight, but Barker's bad reads all over the ice is costing the Oilers hockey games these days. Barker is a player that I had on my list of UFAs the Oilers should pursue. Consider that experiment failed, but it was nothing ventured nothing gained. Thing I don't get is why is he still playing while vets like Andy Sutton and Theo Peckham are riding pressbox. If it was up to me, Cam Barker won't get another game this year. Hemsky and Dubnyk were pretty lacklustre as well tonight. Hemsky with another game where he didn't look like he gave a damn. Why did we resign him again?

Next Game - Friday March 2, 2012 vs. Stars @ Rexall Place on TSN 7:30 PM MT.

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