GDT – Oilers 5, Avalanche 3 – Nov 8, 2009 – Game 17

By , November 8, 2009 11:11 am
I wonder what was done to piss off the hockey gods?

I wonder what was done to piss off the hockey gods?


The pic above is just a placeholder for now, as I think Steve-O might put in one of his world-famous art creations in hopes of sparking a win out of the Oilers. So Steve-O, I’ll leave that up to you, if you want to whip up a picture.

The Oilers are going to try and hand the Avalanche their first home loss of the year. The Avalanche are a perfect 6-0 at home. The Oilers have had only 1 win on the road so far this year (against Nashville) in 6 games. The Oilers and Avalanche have met once this year (Oct 27) with the Avalanche blanking the Oilers 3-0, so the Oilers have their work cut out for them this time around, to say the least. The Oilers are even more beaten up now, as Ales Hemsky joins the list of injured players. He should be back soon, but did not fly to Denver with the team.

The Oilers are coming off 3 straight losses and only have one win in their last 7. The Avalanche have won their last two, with a shootout win over the Blackhawks on Friday and a 4-1 win over Phoenix on Wednesday. The story this year for the Oilers has been shots. The Oilers have been outshot in 13 of 16 games so far this year. Most of their woes seem to be on the powerplay as well, as they’re actually near the top of the pile (8th) in even-strength goals. However, the Oilers have also allowed the 4th most number of goals at even-strength as well.


Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up




Colorado Avalanche Projected Line-Up







– Ales Hemsky joins the list of injured players with a shoulder injury. He should only miss a game or two of action.
– JFJ is still out with back spasms.
– Reddox and Potulny were called up yesterday to replace the newly injured Hemsky, and likely to keep Big Mac out of the line-up (who drew recent ire from Quinn for taking a bad penalty early on in Thursday’s loss).
– Smid is out again due to sickness.
– Pisani collided with another Oiler in practice yesterday and was cut. He took some stitches, but will play today.


4:47 – EDM – PP – Comrie from Gagner, Penner
Gagner attemps a cross-crease pass but it gets partially intercepted by an Avalanche. The puck ends up on the door step for Comrie who back hands it in while Anderson is looking the other way.
8:00 – COL – Svatos from Quincey, Stastny
The Oilers get hemmed in their own zone after an Avalanche powerplay. The Avs apply the pressure. The shot from the point is initially saved by Khabibulin, but Svatos bangs in the rebound.
14:48 – EDM – PP – Gilbert from Nilsson, Potulny
The puck is passed back to the point and Gilbert wires a wrister through traffic with Potulny screening Anderson.
19:02 – EDM – PP – Penner from O’Sullivan, Visnovsky
O’Sullivan gets the puck off Visnovsky’s stick up high and passes it to Penner who’s waiting and snaps it past Anderson quickly.

Other Highlights
– The Avalanche get a favorable bounce on a dump in off the glass as it comes out in front of the net with Khabibulin behind the net, but Visnovsky got there in time to save the day.
– Reddox gets drilled from behind by Svatos, which creates a scrum in the corner. Reddox didn’t look so hot after the hit.
– On the Avalanche powerplay, the Avs try a cross-crease one timer and Cumisky is robbed by Khabibulin as he kicks the leg out.
– Chorney goes down to block a shot and takes a shot in the head, possibly in the ear.
– Potulny sees a couple of shifts on the second powerplay of the game, and ends up getting an assist.


4:56 – COL – Hensick from Clark, Wolski
With a bunch of traffic in front, a slapshot from the point is saved by Khabibulin, but it bounces off someone in front and into the net.

Other Highlights
– Staios slaps one from the point and it knuckles off another Avalanche player and into Hannan’s beak.
– On the PK, the puck is dumped into the Avs zone and Reddox presses hard on the forecheck and even creates a scoring chance for Gilbert.
– Staios is pretty soft on the puck on a dump in into the Oil zone. He loses it to an Avalanche player, but luckily Khabibulin has his force field up on two great chances by Wolski.
– On the powerplay, a horrible bounce leads to Khabibulin looking the other way and Stastny staring at a yawning cage, but Strudwick spins around and bats the puck off his stick in time to get it out of danger.


4:46 – EDM – PP – Potulny from Grebeshkov, Gilbert
Potulny receives the cross-ice pass from Grebeshkov and he buries it behind Anderson.
7:27 – COL – Jones from McLeod, Stastny
Khabibulin gets caught out of the net and is tackled by an Avalanche player who knocks Chorney over on top of him. The puck bounces over to Jones who is looking at a very empty net and makes no mistake with it.
16:40 – EDM – Cogliano from Reddox, Staios
Reddox picks up the puck, goes to the faceoff dot and fires a back hand on net. The rebound comes to Cogliano and he has a wide open net to put it into.

Other Highlights
– Hendricks carries the puck behind the net and is flattened by Grebeshkov.
– On one of the powerplays, Visnovsky passes it cross-crease to Gagner who stickhandles in close to Anderson who is way out to challenge. Looked good, but Anderson barely gets a toe on it to keep it out.
– The Red Ox gets a two-on-one with Cogliano. It seems that the message now is “shoot first”, as that’s what he does. He stickhandles it in close but can’t beat Anderson.
– Kevin Quinn points out that Reddox and Potulny have combined for three points so far on the night.


Well, the Oilers powerplay somehow woke up tonight. Who would have thought it would be with Hemsky out for the powerplay to have an epiphany? The Oil went 4 for 7 on the night. They were also perfect on the penalty kill (4 for 4). Add to that, in the final minute and a half, the Oilers didn’t quit. With Anderson pulled, they won all the right battles to prevent the Avalanche from coming back.

Overall it was a very well played game, although the Oilers did blow the second period (outshot 20 to 7). The Oilers did make their usual defensive mistakes (Chorney had a very bad night in particular, defensively), but they did play a good enough game to win it, outplaying the Avalanche in two of three periods.

Reddox and Potulny both had solid contributions tonight. Potulny had 1 goal and an assist, while Reddox had one helper. Both looked very good out there. Reddox had his usual jump to his game and also played very solid on the penalty kill. Quinn put some trust in Potulny having him out on the top powerplay, and the kid made the most of it.

The defence also came to Khabibulin’s aid on occasion tonight, bailing him out. Strudwick made a pretty highlight reel play to spin around blindly and whack the puck off of Stastny’s stick to keep him from getting a sure goal.

And so the Avalanche home-win streak comes to an end, and the Oilers prevent the Avalanche from making history (their best home record to start a season).

99 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 5, Avalanche 3 – Nov 8, 2009 – Game 17”

  1. Trogdor says:

    I should be able to slide into first place then… Maybe they should pull Anderson and jack up his GAA.

  2. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Anderson’s performance tonight might ruin me in the pool. Grr.

    These are the types of sacrifices we have to make as Oiler fans sometimes…

  3. Trogdor says:

    The hottest powerplay of the night gets to go back to work.

  4. Racki says:

    POTULNY scores!!!

  5. Trogdor says:

    Where’s Stevo? He’s a Poo lover isn’t he? I’m warming up now too.

  6. LateNightOilFan says:

    Potulny! Nice!

  7. Racki says:

    Trogdor: I should be able to slide into first place then…Maybe they should pull Anderson and jack up his GAA.

    They could do the same just by leaving him in net.

  8. Steve-O says:

    Trogdor: Where’s Stevo?He’s a Poo lover isn’t he?I’m warming up now too.

    lets not start any crazy rumors now

  9. Racki says:

    Trogdor: Where’s Stevo?He’s a Poo lover isn’t he?I’m warming up now too.

    POULIOT lover, not a Potulny lover.

  10. Steve-O says:

    bush play by khabibulin

  11. Trogdor says:

    Damn it… Just put the Avs away already.

  12. Trogdor says:

    And what’s with the Bulin dog pile?

  13. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ohh, it was like that one unfolded in slo mo, as soon as Khabi lunged for the puck, I was like Nooooooo…

  14. NorwegianOiler says:

    There it was, too obvious a play from Chorney, turnover – goal. Don’t like it. We must wise up to win.

  15. Hockey Noob says:

    Chorney!!! Chorney’s the best Avlanche player on the ice! He made slick pass then drove to the net to knock over Bulin!

  16. Racki says:

    In other news, the Great White North is the best pizza on the planet. All these BPs commercials were getting to me, had to place an order.

  17. Racki says:

    Hockey Noob: Chorney!!!Chorney’s the best Avlanche player on the ice!He made slick pass then drove to the net to knock over Bulin!

    He did give it away, but I don’t blame him for the dog pile on Khabi. He was taken out into him by an Av.

  18. LateNightOilFan says:

    Khabi made himself hard to avoid on that play.

    Let’s pot another PP goal!

  19. Hockey Noob says:

    Well, let’s hope that we can hang on to this :).

    Yeah, I am being a little harsh with Chorney, but he’s been on for every goal against–
    1. didn’t cover his man
    2. deflected shot/screened bulin
    3. bad turnover

  20. Trogdor says:

    Gagner had it, but didn’t get it over the pad.

  21. Racki says:

    Damn, the Red Ox… nice moves.

  22. LateNightOilFan says:

    Liam out-deked himself there I think.

  23. Trogdor says:

    Nice rush by Reddox. One more on the powerplay here would make me feel a lot better in the last 5 minutes.

  24. Hockey Noob says:

    Racki, Cogliano took a stick to the face that somehow went flying into him??? Didn’t quite catch how that happened.

  25. Racki says:

    Noob: yah I couldn’t tell what happened there either. I might rewind and take a look if I get a chance.

  26. LateNightOilFan says:

    First I’ve heard Nilsson’s name all night.

  27. Racki says:

    Well Cogliano is getting some PP time.

  28. Racki says:

    OH AND HE SCORES! (a bit after the PP ended though)

  29. Trogdor says:

    Woohoo! Not a PP goal, but who cares!

  30. LateNightOilFan says:

    Alright Cogs!! He needed that and so did we!

  31. Racki says:

    Wow, who thought that Potulny and Reddox would be impact guys tonight? 😛

  32. Racki says:

    Come on boys. Hold the fort.

  33. Trogdor says:

    Nice to see Pisani not ice it there. Veteran thinking. But as I type someone else sends it down the ice…

  34. Racki says:

    Woohoo! Great game, minus period #2. Can’t believe they were the team to end the Avalanche home streak.

  35. Hockey Noob says:

    Props to the AHL callups!

  36. Trogdor says:

    We won! Time for a celebratory beer. They taste better than consolation beers… So bitter…

    As for the Avs, anyone else see the stats earlier about their declining attendance? Pretty sad when they’re tops in the West and get 11,000 or so fans coming out.

  37. NorwegianOiler says:

    Aaaah, I refrain from making any kind of analysis. Just savour the delicious feeling of a win. Good night my Oiler friends! (Or, good evening for you and good morning for me) Later!

  38. Trogdor says:

    Awful shot count in the 2nd, but a much better 3rd period.

  39. LateNightOilFan says:

    Huge, huge win, thank you Oilers for proving my doubts wrong tonight. Defeating the top team in the NHL, getting 5 goals on one of the hottest goalies in the league is a huge boost to the team’s confidence. Khabi held the fort during the 2nd period barrage, the PP was simple and effective and the Avs beating themselves with penalties helped as well. Had this not been a special teams dominated game we would have been on the losing end since we were out-scored 3-1 at EV. Nice job by the callups as well, and nice to have a bit lighter mood in Oil Country to start this road trip.

  40. Racki says:

    Thanks for coming out, N.O!

    And yah, I saw that too Trogor. Crazy how they’re having such an awesome start to their season but the fans aren’t buying in yet. I guess it doesn’t help that there is no Burnaby Joe anymore. However the Avs have some great young stars this year that they’re showcasing – O’Reilly and Duchene now, Stastny before. They should be on the rise in attendance. But who knows, if they keep winning, maybe they’ll come.

  41. Racki says:

    LNOF: I doubt anyone saw this one coming. Especially such a big win, after being blanked to them in the last game.

  42. Racki says:

    That 2nd period was horrible (20 to 7, the shots), but the Oil put up two great periods though outside of that. Despite the huge differential in shots in the 2nd period, they kept it close overall at 37 to 32 in favor of the Avs. They outshot the Avs the other two periods, including limiting the Avs to 4 shots in the 3rd.

  43. Bostonoiler says:

    Racki: LNOF: I doubt anyone saw this one coming. Especially such a big win, after being blanked to them in the last game.

    Racki, do you not remember I picked us to win this one? Anyway lol I was very happy with the play tonight. Tough 2nd period but the wall stood strong. Penner adding another goal was huge as he had been slumping, Comrie scores again, Cogs gets out of his funk, Gilbert finally put one in, and Potulny, just as i said made an impact in this game. We need to carry this into Ottawa Tuesday night, where we will be getting Hemsky back hopefully. I hope Hemsky tries to keep it simple on the PP too.

  44. Racki says:

    Yah but you pick them to win every game, and proceed to swear up and down at the team when things don’t go your way, so your 3-1 win prediction doesn’t count. 😛

    Anyways, thanks to all that showed up tonight! Watching Zombieland now, which is a friggen awesome movie.

  45. Bostonoiler says:

    Racki, did you just try and kill my self-esteem????? lmao come on man, thats what Oilers fans are all about, picking their team every game ans getting on them when they lose!

  46. OilerTyler says:

    I noticed on the boxscore that Foote received a game misconduct at the end of the game, does anyone know what he did?

  47. Hockey Noob says:

    Yeah, I saw that too Tyler–I am not too sure myself.

  48. Racki says:

    Really? Never noticed that at all, and I don’t think it was said on Sportsnet what happened either.

  49. zackman35 says:

    I kind of found it odd when Grebber didn’t get the assist, according to Sportsnet but then on TSN he was credited. Good ol’ Sportsnet.

    And Burke’y should have been all over the Cam Ward issue, he probably could have go something in return for MacD or Toskola =p

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