Sunday, April 1, 2012

Post Game: Game #79 Oilers 2 Ducks 1

Scoring Summary
1st Period
EDM Teemu Hartikainen 1 (Jordan Eberle) 0:15

EDM Teemu Hartikainen 2 (Ryan Whitney, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) 6:04

ANH Teemu Selanne 26 (Assists: Niklas Hagman 13, Saku Koivu 25) 14:12

2nd Period

3rd Period

Penalty Summary
1st Period
15:00 Edmonton roughing - 2 min A. Sutton drawn by D. Smith-Pelly
15:00 Anaheim roughing - 2 min D. Smith-Pelly drawn by A. Sutton
15:00 Edmonton roughing - 2 min C. Potter drawn by B. Ryan
15:00 Anaheim roughing - 2 min N. Bonino drawn by R. Smyth

2nd Period
5:56 Edmonton fighting - 5 min C. Barker drawn by R. Getzlaf
5:56 Anaheim fighting - 5 min R. Getzlaf drawn by C. Barker
10:41 Edmonton slashing - 2 min R. Whitney drawn by J. Blake
10:46 Anaheim hooking - 2 min C. Perry drawn by C. Potter
10:58 Edmonton interference with goaltender - 2 min R. Smyth drawn by J. Hiller
20:00 Edmonton holding - 2 min E. Belanger drawn by S. Koivu

3rd Period
1:13 Edmonton delay of game - 2 min N. Schultz
3:18 Edmonton interference - 2 min N. Schultz drawn by J. Blake
7:06 Edmonton fighting - 5 min C. Teubert drawn by S. Brookbank
7:06 Anaheim fighting - 5 min S. Brookbank drawn by C. Teubert
15:21 Anaheim tripping - 2 min C. Fowler drawn by R. Nugent-Hopkins

Shots On Goal - Oilers 15 Ducks 33

Game Notes:
- The Oilers got back in the win columm tonight. Really had to gut this one out. Relied heavily on strong defensive play and great goaltending to get the victory. The Oilers defense, though undermanned, held up well enough even though they were under siege most of the night. It's a good experience for the Oilers to understand they can win hockey games this way. On the other side of the coin, the offense really misses the breakdown speed of Taylor Hall, or even Magnus Paajarvi for that matter. Their ability to sustain pressure in the offensive zone simply isn't there. The Oilers will just need to patchwork the offense in the last 3 games and just hope for the best. Its a team that needs to work on defensive play, at any rate, and just keeps things simple. When the team is up to full speed again, offense should be less of a problem than the defensive play. The fact the Oilers eeked out a 2-1 win bodes well for them. If and when the Oilers start their ascent up the standings, they will need to find a variety of different ways to win a hockey game. For a game that meant little in the standings for either team, it sure was a chippy affair. Ales Hemsky left the game with a sore shoulder.

Player of the Game:
- Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk has had a good stretch of games where he has been rock solid. The Oilers pretty much sandbagged the Ducks tonight, as they built up a 2-0 lead early in the 1st and then held on for dear life at the end. With his recent strong of game, I think it warrants him getting another contract with the Oilers. Whether or not Khabibulin is riding shotgun with him is another story. Dubnyk was strong again tonight, had some flaky moments but only had one count against him. Made several point blank saves.

Goat of the Game:
- Sam Gagner. Lost his man on the only goal the Ducks scored. Had a relatively low event game. His positional play has improved tenfold, but it still doesn't stop him from being small and weak. One thing the Oilers will have to improve on over the summer is physical strength down the middle. It will help them with slot battles and in the faceoff dot. In spite of the team makeup, Gagner has had a solid year this year. Not sure he is the right fit for the Oilers going forward, but he is unquestionably an NHLer. Only he and Ales Hemsky were the only minus players on the Oilers tonight (-1).

Next Game - Monday April 2, 2012 vs. Kings @ Los Angelas on Sportsnet West 8:30 PM MT.

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