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Friday, January 30, 2009

Oilers down Minnesota 3-1


So tonight the Oilers stepped it up and brought their cojones to the game. The defining moment of the game was a devastating hit Steve Staios had on Stephan Villeux, causing Clutterbuck to immediately drop the gloves on a questionable instigator non-call. The first period was full of hits and for the most part the Oilers dominated offensively. Moreau and Staios definately stepped it up and brought the x-factor that was lacking in the Buffalo game.

The 2nd period was bit different, we started off okay, but for the latter half of the 2nd and the 3rd period I felt the Oilers let up on the gas pedal, allowing Minnesota to get chance after chance. If Roloson plays like he did against Buffalo, we would of lost the game. I don't know why they let up either, the physicality was working awesome and I wonder if the hit on Hemsky late in the 1st was a deterrant to the physicality.

Overall, I think the Oilers played a decent game. The goals were for the most part not the greatest, Hemskys was a lucky bounce, Moreau's was a must save for Backstrom (pulled in his last 3 in Edmonton), Visnovsky's goal was a thing of beauty though.

A couple of negatives to the game:

  • I love Horcoff and his work ethic, but tonight he was terrible. He had too many giveaways to count, all on soft passes or failed attempts at the cycle. Personally I think MacT should have him next on his call-out list.
  • Souray, really he's been quickly declining into Staios territory of defensive ability. I cringe most times he gets the puck while being pressured in the Oilers zone.
  • MacIntyre vs. Boogaard was a big let down. It was like watching 2 nukes collide only to get a small little poof. Hopefully it was just round 1, I would really like to see them get into a true fight.



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    4 Comments:

    Blogger Jeanshorts And Baggedmilk said...

    Who won the fight or was it a draw? I missed the game last night. Tarnation...

    -bm

    January 31, 2009 at 1:16 PM

     
    Blogger thickoil said...

    I would consider it a draw, they dropped the gloves and circled for what seemed like forever. Boogaard kinda grabbed on, they both got a couple of punches in, it seemed like both were hesitant to receive punches from the other.

    January 31, 2009 at 3:45 PM

     
    Blogger raventalon40 said...

    Visnovsky is a heckuva defenseman

    February 1, 2009 at 11:24 PM

     
    Blogger raventalon40 said...

    Visnovsky is a heckuva defenseman

    February 1, 2009 at 11:24 PM

     

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