Sunday, March 25, 2012

Post Game: Game #76 Oilers 6 BlueJackets 3

Scoring Summary
1st Period
CLS Mark Letestu 10 (Aaron Johnson) 16:46

2nd Period
EDM Ryan Jones 17 (Ryan Whitney, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) 3:40

CLS Rick Nash 26 (penalty shot) 7:42

EDM Chris VandeVelde 1 (Jordan Eberle, Jeff Petry) 11:40

EDM Ladislav Smid 5 (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Jones) 14:28

EDM Ben Eager 8 (Unassisted) 16:00

EDM Sam Gagner 17 (PP) (Jordan Eberle, Ryan Whitney) 19:29

3rd Period
CLS Derick Brassard 13 (PP) (R.J. Umberger, Rick Nash) 14:22

EDM Eric Belanger 4 (EN) (Ryan Jones, Ladislav Smid) 18:10

Penalty Summary
1st Period
2:13 Edmonton high-sticking - 2 min R. Smyth drawn by D. Dorsett
4:08 Columbus boarding - 2 min R. Nash drawn by T. Peckham
10:28 Edmonton tripping - 2 min S. Gagner drawn by N. Nikitin

2nd Period
1:36 Columbus hooking - 2 min N. Nikitin drawn by J. Eberle
7:42 Edmonton hooking L. Omark drawn by R. Nash
9:39 Columbus slashing - 2 min D. Boyce drawn by E. Belanger
9:39 Edmonton slashing - 2 min E. Belanger drawn by D. Boyce
18:10 Columbus cross checking - 2 min A. Johnson drawn by R. Jones

3rd Period
1:31 Columbus roughing - 2 min D. Dorsett drawn by C. VandeVelde
1:31 Edmonton roughing - 2 min C. VandeVelde drawn by D. Dorsett
1:44 Edmonton hooking - 2 min A. Hemsky drawn by R. Nash
3:48 Edmonton tripping - 2 min C. Potter drawn by R. Umberger
10:37 Columbus high-sticking - 2 min C. Gillies drawn by T. Hartikainen
13:28 Edmonton delaying the game - 2 min T. Hartikainen
17:52 Edmonton slashing - 2 min B. Eager drawn by B. Lebda

Shots On Goal - Oilers 38 BlueJackets 32

Game Notes:
- Oilers took 7 out of 8 points on the road trip by dusting off the Blue Jackets 6-3. Oilers really pushed the pace offensively this game, scoring 5 times in the 2nd period. The Oilers were starting to lose energy in the 3rd period but defensive structure kept them from falling apart. Steve Mason had a rough game for the Jackets as everything the Oilers shot at him seemingly went into the net. A lot of long range shots found twine. Chris Vandevelde scored his first career goal, a feel good moment for him. The Oilers 2nd overall pick in the draft is starting to look in jeopardy. With the win tonight, they tied the Islanders and the Canadiens in the standings. I still think top 5 is inevitable and I'm sure the Oilers will still get the player they covet. The Oilers have had a nice run over the last few and its good to see them finishing strong.

Player of the Game:
- Ladislav Smid. POTG seems to be coming in 2s. For the 2nd game in a row, Smid gets the POTG nod. He was all over the ice today. Chipping in with a goal and an asssist, making countless defensive plays, tied for the shots lead with 4 and finished the night +3. He's come leaps and bounds this year and for me, he's come out of nowhere. A revelation for the Oilers that he has had such a significant impact on this team so quickly.

Goat of the Game:
- Linus Omark. Had zeroes across the board. Caused the penalty shot that eventually led to a goal for Rick Nash. Omark is playing tough and hard but the results aren't there for him right now. as long as he's trying to make some impact anyway he can, he'll be fine. Only he and Peckham were the only minus players on the night, both -1.

Next Game - Wednesday March 28, 2012 vs. Stars @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet Edmonton 7:30 PM MT.

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