I’m going to see Dave Attell (spelling? I have no idea who this guy is but I hear he’s funny) tonight so I’ll probably miss this game. Darn. Racki said he’s still going to watch the game, so it would be nice if you all swung on by during the game to say hi to him. It might be lonely here.
The Oilers have played better as of late, and are due a win so I bet it comes tonight when I can’t see it.
Ideally the player get their pride back and start to play as they can, and we can string together a few wins here.
Oilers = not good (right now…soon though, soon)
Dallas = less sucky
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
Moreau Horcoff Pisani
Penner Gagner Cogliano
O’Sullivan Potulny Nilsson
Jacques Pouliot Stortini
Souray – Gilbert
Chorney – Visnovsky
Grebeshkov – Strudwick
Dubnyk / Deslauriers
Dallas Stars Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
- Not sure about the line-up yet, so not sure who is starting.
- Smid should be out, since he got rocked by Raymond on Wednesday.
- I’m going to presume that Staios’ bell is still ringing
- Comrie is hoping to play Tuesday and wants to play in the Skills Comp to challenge Pouliot for the accuracy competition, according to Jason Gregor.
|1ST PERIOD SCORING|
|– 6:00 – Daley from Ott|
|Gilbert coughs the puck up to the blue line as a hit is coming. Daley takes the pass and wires it past Dubnyk. Quinn can’t like that one.|
|– 12:33 – Modano (PPG) from Robidas, Richards|
|Strudwick inadvertently tips a Modano slapshot up under the bar.|
|– 13:12 – Potulny (PPG) from Nilsson, Penner|
|Penner brings it in the zone and dishes it to Nilsson who comes streaking in. He dangles and shoots it on net, but it hits Potulny. Potulny picks it up and just bangs away at it. Turco makes the save, but Potulny picks it up, goes around him and throws it in. Very, very nice effort by Potulny.|
|2ND PERIOD SCORING|
|– 11:24 – Benn from Ott, Sutherby|
|Benn and Ott get a 2-on-1 on Strudwick with Chorney catching up and Ott carrying it in. Strudwick mistakingly thinks Chorney can keep up to Benn. He covers Ott only, and Ott passes it to Benn who makes a nice shot to beat Dubnyk.|
|– 19:41 – Gagner from Gilbert, Penner|
|Penner beats two Stars along the boards. He carries the puck out, drops it for Gilbert who throws it cross seam to Gagner. Gagner blasts it home. Beauty goal.|
|3RD PERIOD SCORING|
|– 18:58 – Gagner from Nilsson, Potulny|
|With the goalie pulled and the Oilers applying big pressure, and the Oilers banging away in front of the net, Modano accidentally kicks it into the net.|
|– 19:37 – Neal from Eriksson|
|Eriksson throws it out front. Strudwick intercepts it briefly but falls down and throws it back to Neal who has a pretty empty net and puts it away.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
1ST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
19:30 – Jacques nails Sutherby into the turnbuckle by the bench, and then Pouliot hits him from behind right after. A small scrum occurs as these guys think the whistle is blown, but then they realize the play is still going.
17:37 – Strudwick and Barch go at it… Strudwick “starts the lawn mower” throwing rapid fire punches. After the fight, you can see a mouse under Strudwick’s eye though.. looks like Barch got him with a good one.
13:16 – The Oilers take two penalties on a shift (Horcoff and Pisani) and are down 5-on-3.
11:47 – The best chance of the 5-on-3 by the Stars. Somehow the puck stays out from the Oil collapsing in front of the net. Wow, what a series. Great kill!
11:27 – Strudwick nails Ott from behind. He goes down and stays down for a bit then skates off slowly. Knowing Ott, he was trying to sell it. Refs ain’t buyin though.
10:31 – Gagner takes a hit from Sawada. Gagner then clotheslines/slams him to the ground right after. He takes a 2 min holding penalty for it.
8:37 – O’Sullivan takes a slashing call, the 4th straight Oilers penalty. Very brief 5-on-3 here. You know Quinn is about to snap.
4:30 – Excellent chance by the Oil here for Penner, Gagner and Cogliano. They maybe get a bit too cute with the passes, but Gagner gets a shot on net that Turco has a bit of trouble with.
3:30 – Good shift by the 4th liners again, with Pouliot and Stortini each throwing a nice hit.
2:53 – Nice play by Horcoff, intercepting a Dallas breakout pass. He gets it to Moreau who one times it over the net.
2ND PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
15:31 – Nice play by Gagner here, stripping Robidas of the puck in the corner. He then drives to the net, but is hooked the whole way by Robidas. Robidas earns a penalty on the play.
14:40 – Ott chops Potulny’s stick in half, and it will be an Oiler 5-on-3 for just over a minute. The Stars successfully kill both penalties.
11:00 – Fistric throws a nice hit on Stortini as he’s breaking into the zone.
0:47 – What a gloorrrrious chance by the Oilers. Turco survives a wave of attack, including Visnovsky hitting the post on a wide open net with Turco down and out.
3RD PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
19:35 – Hard not to laugh as the official eats it trying to go behind the net.. he falls over the back of the net and pulls it off its morings.
8:50 – Moreau sticks Richards under the visor and into his eye on the follow through from his shot. A bit of irony here. Richards seems to be OK though thankfully.
7:20 – Blown call by the ref here as Potulny is dumped behind the net with the ref watching. He takes a stick in the face by Skrastins.
5:50 – Great shift here by the Moreau / Horcoff / Pisani line as they generate a couple of chances and get the Stars running around in their own zone.
1:55 – Oilers applying lots of pressure here. Visnovsky blasts one from the point that doesn’t get to the net.
1:12 – Oilers pull Dubnyk.
0:35 – Eriksson gets a point blank chance on a pass from Neal from the corner, but Dubnyk makes a BEAUTIFUL save.
0:10 – Turco ROBS Penner having to go east/west pretty quick on a close range shot off a rebound.
What can I say? The game can be summed up by this: Sportsnet actually had the foresight to create an animated “Heartbreaker” video. It’s like we can pretty expect a heartbreaking loss now. And that’s really what happened here. The Oilers battled hard the whole damn way.
They got off to a bad start though, earning 4 straight penalties. Three powerplays for Dallas, with one being a 5-on-3… not a good start. The Oilers did manage to kill off the 5-on-3, but they couldn’t kill them all off.
Well, as far as the good, I don’t know if anyone really had a bad game, overall. However, Grebeshkov and Strudwick (moreso Strudwick) really crapped one out at the end of the game right after a wake up call in which Gilbert was caught not covering the front of the net properly (bailed out by Dubnyk). Players that had a good game: Dubnyk, who made some incredible saves and kept the team in it, the top line which looked very good together, Moreau/Horcoff/Pisani also looked very good together. Jacques, Stortini and Pouliot played a very physical game (yes, even Pouliot… I was impressed). These guys even generated some good chances.
Really, this was the kind of game that makes you feel good about this team. They’re getting better performances out of everybody. There are still some glaring holes on this team, but that is now (in my eyes anyways) a management issue for not filling those holes. These guys are giving 100% each night. Tough to see them lose another one. But they’ll break the streak (stands at 10 straight losses, currently) soon.
Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be the next game which is Tuesday vs. Chicago. It’s a 7:30 start and is televised on TSN.