Saturday, January 26, 2013

Post Game: Game #4 Flames 4 Oilers 3

CGY Backlund 2 (Cammalleri, Stempniak) 5:16
CGY Bouwmeester 1 (Giordano, Stempniak) 14:25
EDM J.Schultz 2 (Eberle, Hall) 19:19 PP

CGY Glencross 3 (Iginla, Tanguay) 3:59
EDM Eberle 2 (J.Schultz, Horcoff) 8:47
CGY Stempniak 3 (Bouwmeester, Hudler) 14:57

EDM Gagner 2 (Nugent-Hopkins, J.Schultz) 19:58

Devan Dubnyk 31/35

Miikka Kiprusoff 17/20

Game Notes:
- Another game, another learning experience for the Edmonton Oilers. Never underestimate your opponent, don't think goals will come like water out of a faucet, and every game is its own entity. Last game is done, its on to the next one. The Oilers are going to win games that they have no business winning, like the one against the Kings, and they will have games they have no business losing, like tonight against Calgary. Sure, its going to be exciting and a wild roller coaster ride, but what teams like this ultimately end up to be are mediocre .500 clubs. The Oilers are getting next to nothing offensively out of the bottom of the lineup which is putting the heavy burden of scoring goals on the top two lines, the top line more specifically. Oilers fans are going to have to approach this season a lot like the players, in one eye and out the other. There will be moments of greatness this season and moments of inepitiude. It's difficult to say which one will outnumber the other, but every game is unto itself, and its onto the next one. Tonight is not the night to crush players. Calgary needed to win this, the Oilers played with a bit of an emotional hangover that occurred versus the Kings. It will be important for the Oilers to respond on Monday.

Player Of The Game:
Justin Schultz D - Schultz is an amazing talent and the Oilers coaching staff have played him perfectly during the beginning parts of this season. When the Oilers need a goal he sees a lot of ice, when the Oilers need to protect the net, that's his time to catch his breath. Its good that the Oilers aren't giving the young Schultz too much on his plate early. It's good that the Oilers don't put the leash on him too much and his has a great understanding of when to join the rush or when to back off. His pinches always seem to catch everyone by surprise even though the whole building knows he's doing it. Schultz was great tonight. A goal, two assists tonight, leads the Oilers with 6 points thus far this season. He's the sparkplug for the Oilers offense.

Goat Of The Game:
Jeff Petry D - Tough night for Petry. Was -2 on the night but was posterized for three of the Oilers goals. On the first goal, lost position and fell down in the crease which allowed Backlund to crash the net and score a squeaker. On the 3rd goal, got puck gazing and and magentized himslef to the puck which allowed his man Glencross, to have a tap in, right in the spot where Petry should have been. On the fourth goal, he got gravitated to the boards on the penalty kill, which is a no-no, which allowed his man Stempniak to have a tap-in, once again, right in the place where he should have been standing. Learn from it and then forget about it. Move on to the next game.

Next Game - Monday February 28. 2013 vs. Avalanche @ Rexall Place.

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