This scandalous goal that Hemsky scored on Kipper last year was the one that won the Oilers.nhl.com "goal of the year" contest was the same move Hemsky used in his goal-scoring debut as he beat Biron for his first of the year. It was the source of "Sweet Jesus" moments in basements and sports bars everywhere across Edmonton and Philadelphia.
Key to the Win: Maintaining the lead throughout, and thus not letting momentum slip away
Story of the Game:: Sick dangles
Holy mother of pearl... did we ever wake up in that game or what? The Oilers should play more matinee games because we are unbeaten in contests that start betweeen 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, and we were 4-0 last year in matinees. Ethan Moreau's two goals in Carolina was just the start of things for this team: Ales Hemsky and Sheldon Souray cemented their roles as key offensive contributors on this team and some key players turned the page on the early season funk. Those would include Tom Gilbert, Erik Cole, and Dustin Penner. Staios, Smid and Visnovsky look solid too and Strudwick was sound despite playing with an injury.
Signs of Oilers Confidence: Hemsky has a multigoal game; Souray hits the net with everything; PP is clicking; Roloson bats the puck out of the air; Smid rushing the puck
Signs the Oilers won the trade: Lupul in the penalty box, Pitkanen on the IR and Cole on the scoreboard
Signs of Oilers turning the tide: scoring 5 goals for the first time this season; team toughness shows through
And in case you wanted to know, I was pretty tempted to shoot for a stereotypical newspaper headline for this post title and I think I managed that in this post. A for effort.