Sunday, February 10, 2013

Post Game: Game #12 Oilers 3 Blue Jackets 1

EDM Hemsky 5 (Hall) 13:58

No Scoring

CLB Umberger 1 (Tyutin, Dubinsky) 9:43
EDM Paajarvi 1 (Gagner, Smid) 16:50 SH
EDM Gagner 4 (Nugent-Hopkins) 19:47 EN

Devan Dubnyk 39/40

Sergei Bobrovsky 11/13

Game Notes:
- What can be said that has not been said before? The only positives that can be taken from this one is the Oilers got the win and Devan Dubnyk was unbelievable. Throw in Magnus Paajarvi actually making a positive play with the puck and the Oilers walk away with two points. The Oilers fought the grain of hockey history the entire game two pull out a win. Dominated in their own zone, poor power play, poorly timed penalties, all things that should have bit the Oilers right sqaure in the backside if they were playing a better. Thankfully they were not and a win is a win. The Oilers are in no position to grade wins, so they should run to the airport with two points in hand and start focusing on things that could use some polish because there is a lot of work to be done with this Oilers club. The Oilers face the Dallas Stars once again on Tuesday, they better be a lot more prepared heading into that game. Thanks to the empty net goal the Oilers finally broke the 3 goal barrier for the first time since they scored 4 against the Avalanche two weeks ago.

Player Of The Game:
Devan Dubnyk G - I'm kind of tired putting goalies in this spot, but this was likely the best goaltending performance of the year anywhere in the NHL. As the Oilers were starting to fade from playing back to back games, Dubnyk's workload kept increasing as the game wore on. The chances were getting better and the Oilers were offering less on less resistance. Devan Dubnyk solidiified himself as the undeniable starting goaltender for the Oilers now and going forward. The only question left is what is the ceiling on Dubnyk's game? Spot starting Khabibulin will be important but giving Dubnyk the bulk of the games shouldn't even in question now.

Goat Of The Game:
Ryan Smyth C - Was not a good weekend for Ryan Smyth. After taking a questionable misconduct penalty yesterday, he took the hat trick of penalties in this game, forcing a fatigued Oilers club to kill off needless penalties. Ryan Smyth looks like a player that is winding down his career, trying to help out wherever he can, but the Oilers cannot afford the goofy penalties he has taken this weekend. Ryan Smyth has been making positive contributions on the penalty kill while battling the 5v5 action to a stalemate. The less he is in the spotlight, the better off the Oilers will be.

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