Friday, March 2, 2012

Post Game: Game #64 Stars 3 Oilers 1

Scoring Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
DAL Radek Dvorak 4 (Eric Nystrom, Vernon Fiddler) 8:35

DAL Tomas Vincour 3 (Philip Larsen, Jamie Benn) 12:55

3rd Period
DAL Michael Ryder 27 (EN) (Unassisted) 18:32

EDM Sam Gagner 15 (Ales Hemsky, Ryan Smyth) 19:30

Penalty Summary
1st Period
16:08 Edmonton holding - 2 min N. Schultz drawn by J. Benn

2nd Period

3rd Period
0:57 Edmonton puck over glass - 2 min N. Schultz

Shots On Goal - Stars 20 Oilers 15

Game Notes:
- One more game in the books. Neither team played well, neither team played like this game mattered all that much. I could understand it from an Oilers stand point, but Dallas has a lot more on the line and they played just well enough to get 2 points. The Stars only mounted 15 shots against the Oilers and we all know the Oilers aren't a defensive juggernaut. The Oilers looked defeated from the opening puck drop and I'm sure we'll see more of that until the end of the year. The Oilers look to be trying to change philosophy midstream without changing any of the personnel. The Oilers traded Tom Gilbert, but he shouldn't have been the first to be walking the Oilers plank. The Oilers are stuck in no mand land. I mentioned three years ago, when the Oilers started their trek into the abyss that losing is a hard habit to break. Losing breeds more losing and it will affect the players on the team long term. It's not that their is a lack of try on this team, its a lack of giving that little extra thats required to win games or the lack of having the right type of player in a certain situation in the game. All that to go along with underachieving vets (which is the worst thing to have for a rebuilding team) and you get what you see. Wins are going to be hard to come by for the Oilers down the stretch because their hearts and their heads looked to have checked out.

Player of the Game:
- Jeff Petry. Petry has come a long way since the beginning of the year. Now the leading man for ice time and becoming more reliable with each passing game. Petry is starting to add the element of taking the body which will round out his game very nicely. Petry is starting to become dependable with and without the puck. Something that is sorely needed with the regression of Ryan Whitney's game.

Goat of the Game:
- Corey Potter. All the things Potter did well last game, were absent in this game. Potter pushing a Stars player into Khabibulin directly resulted in the Stars 2nd goal. He and Whitney were -3 on the night and by far were the worst pairing on the Oilers. This pairing is too slow and not defensively aware enough to keep the goals from piling up. I wouldn't keep these two together after tonight.

Next Game - Monday March 5, 2012 vs. Ducks @ Anaheim on Sportsnet West 8 PM MT.

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