Thursday, March 8, 2012

Post Game: Game #67 Canadiens 5 Oilers 3

Scoring Summary
1st Period
EDM Shawn Horcoff 13 (PP) (Corey Potter, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) 12:06

MON P.K. Subban 6 (PP) (David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty) 19:43

2nd Period
MON Max Pacioretty 29 (Scott Gomez, P.K. Subban) 2:02

EDM Linus Omark 1 (Unassisted) 6:42

3rd Period
MON Tomas Kaberle 3 (PP) (Rene Bourque, Tomas Plekanec) 3:00

MON Lars Eller 15 (Ryan White) 5:07

EDM Taylor Hall 24 (Nick Schultz, Ryan Whitney) 13:12

MON Max Pacioretty 30 (EN) (P.K. Subban) 19:43

Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:50 Montreal roughing - 2 min P. Subban drawn by L. Omark
16:10 Montreal tripping - 2 min C. Campoli drawn by A. Hemsky
19:37 Edmonton interference - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by L. Eller

2nd Period
3:09 Edmonton slashing - 2 min N. Schultz drawn by A. Palushaj
11:48 Montreal tripping - 2 min E. Cole drawn by J. Petry
16:33 Edmonton slashing - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by T. Plekanec

3rd Period
2:20 Edmonton hooking - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by A. Palushaj
9:47 Montreal hooking - 2 min L. Eller drawn by N. Schultz

Shots On Goal - Oilers 27 Canadiens 31

Game Notes:
- I'd say tough loss for the Oilers, but its likely the way Oilers fans would have wanted to end anyway. Putting a 4 point gap between the Oilers and the Canadiens for the 2nd overall draft pick. Columbus won tonight to put themselves within 7 points of the Oilers for the claim of being the worst team in the league. Any way you shake it, it looks like the Oilers will be drafting within the top 3 again this year. On a personal note, it was a tough loss. It was a game that was very winnable from an Oilers aspect but brain cramps, once again, did in the Oilers and it eventually cost them this game. I felt a win from the Oilers tonight, I figured the Oilers would be able to take advantage of the Canadiens suspect defense and goaltending. Instead the Canadiens took advantage of the Oilers suspect defense and goaltending. The Oilers looked very generic tonight. Put forth some effort but not enough to want to win the game. I guess as a fan, thats what one would like the games to end this season, but for myself, these games are pretty mundane. Win and it doesn't matter, lose and it doesn't matter. Bottom line is I just want to see good, fundamental hockey, but instead we get slapstick comedy. Watching tonight's game was watching two bad hockey teams go at it, the Canadiens won the game because they wanted it a little more. Onwards and upwards.

Player of the Game:
- Nick Schultz. If you took the names and numbers of the jerseys tonight, I wouldn't have been able to tell them apart. Everyone looked the same and calling the POTG is a tough task tonight. I'll give it to new guy Nick Schultz because I've been modestly impressed with his play since the acquisition. Schultz mobilty and poise on the ice has been a nice blend with the current Oilers D. Not a total lockdown D, but a passable one in terms of not getting into trouble in his own zone. The Oilers got a lot of the same out of Tom Gilbert but the Oilers fans had so much hatred for him that they were blind to the good he brought. Schultz is here now and the Oilers will need to continue to turnover their defense.

Goat of the Game:
- Theo Peckham. Peckham is not endearing himself to the Oiler faithful by taking needless penalties and chasing the play all over the ice. Peckham is a player that needs to let the play come to him and make a play at the moment of impact. He isn't mobile enough to chase. Took the hattrick of penalties tonight of which the Canadiens scored twice on, scorning the Oilers fans. I still believe there is a player in Peckham but he is in too much of a hurry to make an impact. If he lets the play come to him and then throw a hit or use his stick, he'll be much more effective that way. It looks like the relationship between Peckham and the Oilers have hit troubled waters and will likely be ended in the spring. Peckham still looks peeved that he has been a healthy scratch for all of February. Khabibulin get an honorable mention here, he wasn't very sharp either tonight.

Next Game - Saturday March 10, 2012 vs. Avalanche in Colorado on Sportsnet West 1 PM MT.

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