GDT – Edmonton Oilers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 – Dec 9, 2009 @ 5:30 PM – CENTER ICE FREE PREVIEW – Game 31

By , December 9, 2009 12:00 am
GDT Edmonton Oilers at Tampa Bay Lightning

GDT Edmonton Oilers at Tampa Bay Lightning

PRE-GAME RANT


The Oilers are on game 4 now of a 5-game road trip, and so far things have gone almost as well as they possibly could, earning 6 of a possible 6 points. A win vs. Tampa will make it their longest streak of the season so far. Tampa are on a bit of a streak of their own, but are not so lucky. They have dropped 5 of their last 6 contests.

Still yet, the Oilers need to take these guys seriously, much like they did against the Panthers. Prediction time for me: Heart says – 5-2 Oilers. Brain says – 4-3 Oilers in SO. You have to wonder if the Oilers can keep the streak going… but I’m pretty sure they can.

Btw, if I’m home in time, I’ll try to put up the game stream here.

PROJECTED LINE-UPS



Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Penner-Gagner-Brule
Jacques-Horcoff-O’Sullivan
Moreau-Potulny-Cogliano
Nilsson-Stortini-Stone

Visnovsky-Smid
Souray-Gilbert
Strudwick-Staios

Deslauriers
Doobie


Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Line-Up (subject to change/taken from HFBoards)

Malone-Lecavalier-St. Louis
Szczechura-Stamkos-Downie
Wright-Halpern-Tanguay
Foster-Konopka-Veilleux

Meszaros-Ohlund
Hedman-Krajciek
Walker-Hale

Smith
Niittymaki

GAME NOTES


– Grebeshkov is back practicing with the team but is unlikely to play in Tampa. There is a good chance he’ll play on Friday against St. Louis, however.
– Khabibulin’s recovery process has been very slow. Tambellini guesstimates that he is “25% better”. They will re-evaluate things in a week or so, but don’t expect him back soon.
– Continuing the injury update trend, Ales Hemsky underwent successful shoulder surgery. He’ll be out a while, but should the Oilers make the playoffs, we may see Hesmky in another game yet, this season.
– Fernando Pisani skated on Monday. He’s not likely to be back until later in January.
– Marc Pouliot is about 10 days away and has been skating with the team for a few weeks, according to Jason Gregor of Team 1260. Gregor also believes he’ll get a conditioning stint in Springfield upon his return.

1ST PERIOD SUMMARY


1:08 – TBL – St. Louis from Lecavalier, Malone
Lecavalier and Souray come in on a two on one on Souray. Souray cheats to Lecavalier, who gets it to St. Louis who puts it past Deslauriers.
11:21 – EDM – Gilbert from Nilsson, Stortini
Stortini goes in hard on the forecheck and gets the puck behind the net and puts it around to Nilsson who catches Gilbert sneaking in from the point.

Other Highlights
– Potulny gets hammered onto his butt by Fedoruk in front of the Lightning net.
– Penner gets behind Meszaros on a 2-on-1 with Brule, but can’t quite get to the pass. However he draws a penalty on the play.
– Gagner cuts the powerplay very short by taking a holding call.
– Deslauriers makes a great save on St. Louis then Fedoruk on the rebound.
– Stortini and Konopka go at it. Not very many punches landed. One was a big uppercut from Stortini though. Neither could really get an arm free though.
– Penner stick handles in a phone booth in the Oil zone to get the rush going up ice. It winds up behind the Lightning net eventually where Gagner tries to bank it in off the back of Smith, but no such luck.
– Good set of saves by Deslauriers on the Stamkos line with under a half minute left in the period.

2ND PERIOD SUMMARY


6:31 – EDM – Penner from Gagner, Brule
Brule brings it into the zone and drops to Gagner who shoots it from the boards on a bad angle. Smith kicks the rebound out front to Penner who simply bangs it into the wide open net.
7:34 – TBL – Hedman from St. Louis
St. Louis winds up for the slap but finds Hedman streaking in from the point. He hits him with the slap pass and Hedman puts it up under the bar.
11:07 – EDM – Stortini from Stone
Stone nails foster on a dump in, Stortini steals the puck away and comes out front of the net and just throws it in… Gordie Howe hat trick.

Other Highlights
– Stone and Downie drop the gloves. Stone lands several good shots on Downie. Downie lands a couple of his own, but Stone definitely gets the win.
– Fedoruk throws a big hit on Visnovsky in the corner. Visnovsky looks a bit uneasy going in the corner the next play.
– Stone runs over Downie just after the whistle and a pile-on ensues. Stortini drops them with Konopka on the shift, but loses his balance. Credit to Konopka for not throwing punches with him on the ice.
– Brule gets a BAD call against him for goaltender interference as he was knocked into Smith from behind.

3RD PERIOD SUMMARY


No scoring.

Other Highlights
– O’Sullivan gets knocked down on his butt at the Lightning blue line but manages to stick handle around a player, and go behind his back to Horcoff to keep the play going.
– Potulny is robbed on a backhand shot by Smith, from in close.
– The whistle blows and Stortini comes flying in for a check on Downie and topples onto him. Stortini gets a penalty for roughing.
– On the PK, Penner carries the puck out of the zone, bowling past a d-man and in on Smith, but he runs out of room to do much.
– Deslauriers does a good job of shutting the door on Downie from in close.
– Jacques has his stick break, but does a good job pouncing on a pass and gloving it out of the zone.
– On an Oilers powerplay with Konopka in the box, the Lightning pressure the Oilers in their zone, with St. Louis bumping Nilsson off a puck and winning battles, killing some good time on the clock.
– Deslauriers makes a great save on a cross seam one timer from Downie with 20 seconds left.

POST-GAME RANT


Pretty decent game played by the Oilers. They had a tough time in their own zone, as always, but Jeff Deslauriers did a great job of keeping it close. Penner and Brule also had a very good game together. Penner in particular was showcasing his abilities. It’s hard not to think of him as having a shot at Team Canada now.

The Oilers are now 4 for 4 on this roadtrip (this is the longest win streak of the season now), which I doubt anyone would have guessed to happen, even as soft as this road trip has been. This game was probably the toughest one yet, as the Lightning’s top line looked pretty hard to handle.

Next up, St. Louis, on Friday, in St. Louis. Game time is 6:00 and the game will be televised on Sportsnet.

122 Responses to “GDT – Edmonton Oilers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 – Dec 9, 2009 @ 5:30 PM – CENTER ICE FREE PREVIEW – Game 31”

  1. Racki says:

    STORTINI!!!! That’s a goal scorers goal right there. lol

  2. gr8one says:

    STORTS!!!

  3. gr8one says:

    Huggy bear sure has come a long way…

    he deserves to lose that nickname now too.

  4. LateNightOilFan says:

    Sounds like we’re playing ok?

  5. Racki says:

    It’s been a fairly even game, LNOF.

    And yah, Stortini deserved to lose the huggy bear title long ago. Now it’s a nickname of endearment, I’d say.

  6. Racki says:

    Get real… as if there should be a penalty to Edmonton

  7. gr8one says:

    lol, Downie turtled that time….

  8. Racki says:

    Brule was knocked into the net… so if that’s a penalty I’m surprised.

  9. Steve-O says:

    awww, smith just wanted a hug

  10. Haboiler says:

    thats a brutal call!

  11. gr8one says:

    what a bullshit penalty.

  12. Racki says:

    Are you watching the webcast Steve-O??

  13. gr8one says:

    geezus, If I went to a lightning game I don’t think I’d be able to watch the ice.

  14. gr8one says:

    I love Brule, he’s fast becoming my favorite current Oiler.

  15. Steve-O says:

    nah, that comment was from the tv

  16. Steve-O says:

    that said, the webcast has its pluses

  17. gr8one says:

    ooo, more kevin smith tour

  18. Steve-O says:

    is this intermission thing the same as last intermission?

  19. Steve-O says:

    penner added to the Olympic list? interesting

  20. Racki says:

    I doubt he’ll make it, but like Lowe says, perhaps if Getzlaf and Perry make it, it would be a good idea to throw him in the mix.

  21. gr8one says:

    yeah, if it was announced today, I think Penner would be going to the Olympics on a line with Getzlaf and Perry.

  22. Racki says:

    Konopka to Stortini: we’ll go one more

  23. gr8one says:

    especially because of all the positions team Canada has by far the least depth at LW.

  24. Racki says:

    Damn, Smith robbed Potulny there.

  25. Racki says:

    gr8one: especially because of all the positions team Canada has by far the least depth at LW.

    Really, the NHL in general is pretty thin at LW. So yah, helps his chances a little bit.

  26. Racki says:

    haha taste of his own medicine for Downie.

  27. Racki says:

    Boy, would today be a good day to have Storts in a pool. What’s that… 12 mins in penalties, a goal and an assist?

  28. Steve-O says:

    do they show a cheerleader at every break?

  29. Racki says:

    If that were JDD in Smith’s place, there would be a puck in our net, I’m pretty sure.

  30. gr8one says:

    good PK so far.

  31. Racki says:

    gawdamnit, another penalty.

  32. gr8one says:

    Racki: gawdamnit, another penalty.

    that’s weird, the penalty was half over when you posted that, Steve-O wasn’t kidding when he said the online feed was way ahead.

  33. Racki says:

    Oilers are counting on JDD a bit too much here..

  34. Racki says:

    gr8one:
    that’s weird, the penalty was half over when you posted that, Steve-O wasn’t kidding when he said the online feed was way ahead.

    Actually I think the TV is ahead… I was talking about the second penalty, the one after Stortini’s.

    When I watch the feed from the web it’s about 7 seconds behind for me.

  35. gr8one says:

    yeah, I was talking about Storts penalty too.

  36. Racki says:

    huh, weird.. when I watch the web, the web is behind my tv. It could be internet lag.

  37. Steve-O says:

    yeah, and there are a lot of douchebags in attendance at the game based on the feed

  38. Racki says:

    This Tampa announcer is clueless.

    “Why would Smid hit Konopka there.. he stopped in front of the goalie… wasn’t doing any harm.”

    He’s in his personal bubble. It’s a known fact that’s the beatdown zone. Get used to it!

  39. Racki says:

    My feed sucks, mainly cause of my internet, but now the feed is about 6 or 7 seconds ahead. So who knows… I’m sure the feed is ahead, but I don’t think it’s by that much.

    Is the game over yet on the feed? It just ended on the TV… Oilers won 10-2 in a friggen fantastic finish.

  40. gr8one says:

    lol, in all fairness, that Konopka penalty was a bad call.

  41. Steve-O says:

    you saw that too

  42. Racki says:

    This last minute will be pretty tough, I’d say… given how our last PP went.

  43. gr8one says:

    bah, get Moreau off the ice.

  44. Steve-O says:

    Racki: This last minute will be pretty tough, I’d say… given how our last PP went.

    or based on how we tend to play last minutes

  45. gr8one says:

    awesome, another great road win!!!

  46. Steve-O says:

    now i feel bad for wasting that beauty guitar picture

  47. Racki says:

    Moreau really coughed it up nicely there…

    But, hooray for the win!! They held the fort nicely in the final minute. Awesome. 4 for 4 on the road… that’s awesome. Longest streak of the year so far.

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