GDT – Oilers 4, Sharks 5 (SO) – Nov 27, 2009 @ 7:30PM – SNET – Game 26

By , November 27, 2009 9:41 am
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks

PRE-GAME RANT

Well here it is folks, the moment we’ve been waiting for – Heatley’s first game in Edmonton since he nixed the trade. The Oilers are coming off a poor showing versus the Kings on Wednesday – a 3-1 loss on home ice. The Sharks are also coming off a loss, having been hammered 7-2 by the Chicago Blackhawks in Marian Hossa’s 2009/10 season debut.

Since the failed trade, Dustin Penner has shown great success this season with a surprising 26 points in 25 games. Ladislav Smid has also been fantastic this year, having grown into a very reliable two-way defenseman. Andrew Cogliano has struggled a bit this season, but he also hasn’t been given much of a chance, spending most of the season in the bottom six. Meanwhile, Dany Heatley has 33 points in 26 games, with Joe Thornton serving up fat pucks on a platter for him on the top line. Whether the Oilers are better off without Heatley remains to be seen, but so far I’d say I’m pretty happy that deal never happened.

So two teams coming off horrible losses.. who bounces back? The way the Oilers have playing, my guess would be the sharks. But I’m hoping that the trade-bait players (Heatley excluded) want to prove that the trade should not have been made to begin with. Is that going to be enough for the Oil, sans-Hemsky?

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Penner Gagner Brule
Jacques Horcoff O’Sullivan
Moreau Potulny Cogliano
McDonald O’marra Stortini

Smid-Visnovsky
Souray-Staios
Strudwick-Gilbert

Deslauriers
Doobie

San Jose Sharks Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Heatley-Thornton-Marleau
Clowe-Pavelski-Malhotra
McGinn-Nichol-Ortmeyer
McLaren-Mitchell-Ferriero

Murray-Boyle
Huskins-Demers
Joslin-Vlasic

Nabokov
Greiss

TEAM COMPARISON

STATS
26 GP 25
16 W 10
6 L 12
4 OT 3
36 P 23
0.692 P% 0.46
3.27 G/G 2.84
2.54 GA/G 3
25 PP% 21.2
85.3 PK% 79.6
30.5 S/G 26.7
30.5 SA/G 32.7
56.4 FO% 46.8

GAME NOTES

- no Hemsky today… he is out indefinitely with an “upper body injury”. He had an MRI yesterday, but the Oilers haven’t received the results yet.
- UPDATE ON HEMSKY: As per Robin Brownlee: “I’m hearing that Ales Hemsky will need surgery and is likely done for the rest of the season. No official word from the Oilers yet.” VIA Tencer: Word starting to circulate that Hemsky needs shoulder surgery and could be done for the season… VIA Tencer again: Quinn says no information on Hemsky yet. Says he’s not aware of any surgery talk. There is no confirmation on that, but the rumblings are making the rounds. Will let you know what Quinn says.
- UPDATE AGAIN: It’s official now, per the Oilers official twitter.. Hemsky is having surgery and therefore is done on the year. Disappointing..
- Nilsson, Pouliot and Stone all skated Thursday. Apparently Nilsson was one of the last players to leave the ice and put some extra effort in. I’m still not sold on him at all though, but I’ll keep an open mind.
- Lines were robbed from HFBoards and are very likely to change.

1ST PERIOD SUMMARY


5:23 – SJS – Marleau from Thornton, Heatley
Thornton no look passes from behind the net to Marleau in the slot and he puts it through Deslauriers legs.
Other Highlights
- Heatley’s first shift… “BOOOOOOOO”. It’s going to be a long night, Dany.
- Jacques nails Clowe from behind in the open ice just a second after the refs whistle blows, and Fraser McLaren takes exception. Big mistake, as Jacques lands some big shots early. McLaren gets the final shot in and lands on top of Jacques in the end. I’ll try not to get too entirely aggrevated that McLaren defended a tough teammate who was love-tapped and our team watches Hemsky scrape his dead ass off the ice for fear of a penalty.
- Oilers leading in the physicality department so far, throwing their weight around.
- So they just said Heatley called Horcoff to find out what it’s like to be an Oiler.. who thinks Horcoff said “it’s a good city… when we’re winning and when you’re scoring… when you’re not scoring, they hate you no matter how well you did before”. It would be the truth.
- Horcoff line does a great job maintaining puck possession in the Sharks zone in the last minute of the period.
- Potulny smokes 2 players in a row in the Sharks zone and a scrum ensues immediately afterwards as Ortmeyer takes exception. 4-on-4 play after the dust settles.
- Tambellini interview leads me to believe that no trades will be made.. at least yet. As usual, they will take a “wait and see” approach.

2ND PERIOD SUMMARY


11:03 – EDM – Potulny, unassisted
Potulny steals the puck at the Oilers blue line and speeds into the Sharks zone alone with Jumbo Joe trying to catch him. He fakes a slapshot, and dekes out Nabokov, stuffing it five-hole. Beauty goal.
Other Highlights
- Staios and Heatley battle for a puck in the Oilers zone. Staios shoves him to the ice, drawing cheers from the crowd.
- Moreau makes a nifty play going in on a a rush with Cogliano to flip the puck out o reach of the defenseman trying to poke the puck off his stick. He gets a shot off on goal but it goes wide.
- Stortini throwing his weight around this period, hits two different players in his first shift of the period.
- Ortmeyer gets a great chance on Deslauriers, but JDD spreads the legs out, Gumby style, completely covering the bottom of the net and makes a great stop.
- O’Marra and McDonald each throw a nice hit on separate Sharks players on a shift mid-way through the period, right after Potulny’s goal.
- San Jose PK is quite good this year (3rd), except on the road (20th). The Oilers are making the Sharks feel at home on the powerplay tonight, however.
- On a partially blocked Visnovsky shot, O’Sullivan gets the “pass” and makes a great shot on goal through traffic, but Nabokov manages to stop it.

3RD PERIOD SUMMARY


2:07 – EDM – Penner from Brule
Gagner chips it behind the net. Penner picks it up there, beating Nichol and passes it to the front of the net where Brule is waiting to jam it home.
4:09 – EDM – Brule from Penner, Gagner
Brule intercepts the stretch pass, carries it in, dekes out a defender at the blue line and gets a shot off on goal. The rebound comes straight out to Penner, who just has to bang it in.
5:55 – SJS – Marleau from Thornton, Demers
Demers passes it down low to Thornton, behind the net and he just threads it through to Marleau, in front of the net and he makes no mistake.
8:28 – SJS – Clowe from Marleau, Vlasic
The rebound off a point shot comes out front to Clowe who spins and puts it behind JDD.
14:57 – EDM – Potulny from Smid, Moreau
Moreau collects his dump in and wheels behind the net. He passes it to the side boards to Smid who tries to pass it to Cogliano but it gets deflected and comes to Potulny who buries it.
18:34 – SJS – SH – Marleau from Thornton
Thornton wins the draw, Marleau gets the puck in front of the net to JDD’s left. He dekes around Deslauriers fairly easily and puts it in for the hat trick.

Other Highlights
- The Oilers show some jam this period. The Poltuny line looked good early on, but quickly after that, the Brule/Penner combination hooks up for two quick goals to give the Oil a 3-1 lead. Is there anyone Penner doesn’t have chemistry with?
- Shortly after the Oilers 2nd goal of the period, the Sharks’ top line pressures the Oilers hard in their zone, leading to a Sharks goal.
- Jacques destroys Thornton.. hitting him just as he’s turning to look behind him, and rattles Thornton’s face off the turnbuckle on the Oilers’ bench.
- Jacques again nails Jumbo Joe, this time on the boards at the Sharks blue line, putting him on his ass.
- Again Brule and Penner show more chemsitry.. this time Brule sets up Penner with a pass. from the top of the circle. The shot is saved by Nabokov but he can’t hold it, and Brule chips the rebound over the glass.
- On their next shift, again the top line applies a lot of pressure on the Sharks, generating a couple of good chances.
- Horcoff, Potulny, O’Sullivan and Souray work a good cycle in the Sharks zone, hemming them in and generating a couple of good chances.
- Jacques runs over Huskins from behind in the Sharks zone behind the net.
- The Sharks get a penalty late in the third. On the first shift, they do a great job winning the draw. Boyle skates up ice with it, dekes out Souray and gets a great shot on goal. Deslauriers saves it and hangs on. The next shift, they score.

OVERTIME SUMMARY


No scoring.

Other Highlights
- With 2.5 minutes left, Souray decides it’s a good time to shave Thornton’s cheek with a high-stick.
- Staios battles in the zone on the PK, and he gets hooked down, drawing the penalty.
- On 3-on-3 action, Cogliano gets a great chance, showing his wheels, blowing into the Sharks zone, but he’s partially covered and can’t beat Nabokov
- In the dying seconds, Pavelski tries to set up Heatley for the one time blast.. ohhh no, it’s Andrew Cogliano making a last second dive to prevent the shot.

SHOOTOUT SUMMARY


- O’Sullivan – Gets in close and Nabby throws the poke check but misses… O’Sullivan brings it forehand but fires it wide.
- Marleau – Marleau comes from ride wide and tries to shoot it to the left side of the net, high glove, but misses.
- Gagner – He shoots from the hash marks and hits Nabokov in the chest.
- Pavelski – He comes wide left, shoots from the hash marks and beats Deslauriers, low-mid glove side.
- Penner – He tries to go forehand backhand, but Nabokov gloves it in, whipping out the trapper.

POST-GAME RANT

Well, this was a much closer game than I ever would have thought, brought on my great performances by Brule, Potulny and Penner. Brule and Penner had some great chemistry together, each getting a goal. Potulny had two goals, and his line was jumping tonight. They generated several chances. Jacques also had his typical very physical game. He laid out Thornton twice tonight and also dropped Huskins with a big hit in the Sharks zone. Deslauriers made some hard saves look easy and some easy saves (turning into goals) look difficult.

All in all, this was a surprising game. The Oil showed some resiliency tonight, recovering from 1-0 to get a 3-1 lead, then losing that lead, then regaining it… it was a rollercoaster ride, but the Oil were in it all the way. The only sour note for me was the last 2 minutes of regulation. The Oilers got the powerplay and were overly aggressive, leading to an odd man rush for the Sharks. Deslauriers was forced to hang on for the whistle, and the Sharks tied the game on the next shift. Not good hockey there.

At any rate, very, very impressive performances by youngsters Brule and Potulny. Strudwick called it in the first intermission saying he thinks Potulny would be a guy to step his game up, and he did. That’s one thing to be excited about… that kid has good hands.

Next game, tomorrow night.. 8:00PM on CBC at Vancouver.

185 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 4, Sharks 5 (SO) – Nov 27, 2009 @ 7:30PM – SNET – Game 26”

  1. Racki says:

    Yikkkes. Penalty. Damn it.

  2. gr8one says:

    the thing I like about this game, is with the awesome play of Potsi and Brule should push Gagner and Cogs…they certainly won’t be thinking the top minute ice time will be automatic with Hemmer out.

  3. Racki says:

    atta be Steady Steve..

  4. Racki says:

    Yah, Brule, Penner and Potulny have been fantastic tonight.

  5. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ha ha, Staois still chirping!

    I love 3 on 3 tourney’s.

  6. gr8one says:

    this oughta be fun!

  7. Racki says:

    haha Strudwick… nice play.. *carries puck into zone.. wipes out in corner*

  8. gr8one says:

    lolol…”here come struddy”

  9. LateNightOilFan says:

    Struds takes himself out…

  10. Racki says:

    ohhh yahhh shootout time.

  11. gr8one says:

    fuck Heatley, way rather have Penner/Cogs/Smid.

    awesome final 30 seconds there by cogs.

  12. DropIt says:

    Nice backcheck by Coglianno

  13. Racki says:

    Cogliano comes up huge there.. great shift. Atta boy.

  14. LateNightOilFan says:

    Going for the SOW – let’s see how JD does – he’s 1-1 in his NHL career so far.

  15. DropIt says:

    Boo SJ. No Heatley in the SO? Weak

  16. gr8one says:

    bah.

    oh well, gg. but we really gotta learn how to finish.

    I hope Quinney lays into them instead of praising them for a game well pld.

  17. Racki says:

    I’d say its a game they should be proud of, right up until the final minute or two when they coughed up the short handed chance and then faceoff. That was just bad hockey. But other than that, great game.

  18. gr8one says:

    it was good to see Quinn’s trust in Cogs having him out there to close out an overtime under those circumstances.

  19. DropIt says:

    Hopefully Edmonton takes out their blown game on Japancouver tomorrow

  20. gr8one says:

    you mean Hongkongouver?

  21. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oh well, a point against the league leaders. Don’t like that we gave up the lead twice, but I do like the effort otherwise. It was much better than I expected so I’ll take it. Really like how some of the guys like Brule & Potulny are stepping up. I’m also glad that we are seeing JD in consecutive games so we know what we have in him. Penner, Smid and Cogs all with strong games too.

    Who does DeBrusk’s hair?? Must be the same hairdresser as the Shark fan we saw in the crowd.

  22. Racki says:

    gr8one: Yesss…. I loved that Quinn finally gave Cogliano some rope. I don’t think he realizes how clutch a player he is. Put him in those kinds of situations, and he’ll step it up… and well.. he did. He didn’t score, but he had a good chance to, and also stopped Heatley from getting a shot off in the final seconds.

  23. Bostonoiler says:

    Honestly, can any of us complain about thus one? Such a solid game by the Oilers, they played heir hearts out and got a huge point. That was the best hockey I have watched in awhile. If we can keep binging this intensity we are all set, but that could be a big if. They never quit tonight, even after bowing a 2 goal lead, that impressed me. Penner-Gagner-Brule was just an unreal line tonight. These lines need to be the same tomorrow night. The Oilers got a huge point tonight. Hoping for the same type of game tomorrow. I”m impressed with these guys. What does everyone else think about this game?

  24. gr8one says:

    Bostonoiler: Honestly, can any of us complain about thus one? Such a solid game by the Oilers, they played heir hearts out and got a huge point. That was the best hockey I have watched in awhile. If we can keep binging this intensity we are all set, but that could be a big if. They never quit tonight, even after bowing a 2 goal lead, that impressed me. Penner-Gagner-Brule was just an unreal line tonight. These lines need to be the same tomorrow night. The Oilers got a huge point tonight. Hoping for the same type of game tomorrow. I”m impressed with these guys. What does everyone else think about this game?

    pretty much the same as you, although, I do think the coachs need to let them know that finish was unacceptable, we SHOULD have won this game, but we just don’t have that killer instinct.

  25. Racki says:

    yah, meltdown in the final minutes. I think they just got over aggressive on the PP… instead of cycling it around, or killing time, or whatever, they tried to force it, and next thing you know the Sharks are eating them for dinner ;)

  26. Racki says:

    Probably the best thing for me on the night was that Cogliano was given another solid linemate, and all three of those guys on that line looked great tonight. And yes, Cogliano also showed huge jump in the final minutes too, when it mattered.

  27. Bostonoiler says:

    I think Quinn will be able to build off this game tonight. Great effort, and they are confident right now. Who knows maybe Quinn can do what Mact couldn’t and rally the troops and make a good little run. Anyways the Oilers are currently 13th in the West, tied with the Blues. They are 5 points out of a playoff spot (which is currently held by the Coyotes.) Does anyone think its doable? Anyway tomorrow night is huge. The momentum we would have if we beat Vancouver……..

    Gr8one: You are right, but Quinn will work on that with them. He knows they played a great 58 minutes tonight. The last two, not so much and that made a difference. They know thy played well, and that is how they have to play every game. Quinn will work on the little thing, and the big ones like the final minute.

  28. Racki says:

    It’s way too early in the season to be thinking playoffs. The Oilers just have to do the cliche “one game at a time” thing.

  29. Bostonoiler says:

    Racki: Yeah I hear ya. They sure played a great one tonight. Now will JDD play tomorrow night? Or will Dubnyk get the go? and what do you think of tonights game?

  30. gr8one says:

    I can’t see them throwing Doobie into the fire against a divisional rival and with JDD having played so well.

  31. Racki says:

    BO: I thought it was a great game, but again, one big mistake (on the PP) and they write-off a win. The Oilers can’t keep doing that.

    As for Doobie against Vancouver, I’d tend to side with Gr8one, in that this is a bad game to throw Dubnyk in for. However, I think Deslauriers could stand to watch the next one.

  32. Racki says:

    As expected, Quinn p.o’d about the Sharks being able to tie the game.

  33. Bostonoiler says:

    Yeah, Its good to see Quinn pissed though, it shows he cares. I hope the players are pissed too. I also hope though that they know they played a helluva game until the last PP. hey can correct that. Catch you all tomorrow night against the Nucks.

  34. Racki says:

    Later B.O, thanks for hanging out here….

  35. Bostonoiler says:

    lol you know it man. I’m pumped to see the OM go back to invision boards. Maybe I can sign in now lol

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