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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hall Creates Excitement in Dying Seconds / Oilers Win 3-2 / A Game Recap


Welcome to another fine Edmonton Oilers Beers & Jeers Game Recap.







Jacques/Fraser/ Stortini







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Oilers - 24   Avalanche - 37



COL: K. Shattenkirk (05:50 - 1st) , M. Duchene (PPG, 03:04 - 2nd)

EDM: G. Brule (01:40 - 1st) , A. Cogliano (03:51 - 1st) , T. Hall (19:31 - 3rd)


COL: P. Budaj (L) EDM: M. Gerber (W)


Photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club


The Cult of Hockey Grading System:
10 perfect game,  9 extraordinary,  8 great,  7 good,  6 above average,
5 average,  4 below average,  3 poor,  2 terrible,  1 deserves to be in minors.

#2 JAMES VANDERMEER - (4) JEERS He played limited minutes with 11:37. He was -1 and did very little to help the team. Really, what more do you expect at this point?

#4 TAYLOR HALL - (7) BEERS He made some great plays tonight. He used his speed well and managed to pick up an assist AND score the game winner. WooOooOoo! Two point night for the rookie. H had 4 shots. His bad side? 3 giveaways. That will happen I guess when you play reckless like Hall.

#5 LADISLAV SMID - (6) He was back for his first game and didn't look 100% ready. Very rusty. He was nailed good twice and he seemed to play timid for most of the game. He was OK, just not himself. He had a team worst, 4 giveaways.

#6 RYAN WHITNEY - (6) I don't know how he logs so much time and yet registers nothing for stats? 1 missed shot, 1 blocked shot and 1 giveaway, yet he played 26:16. Go figure.

#10 SHAWN HORCOFF - (7) He had a great game on the faceoffs. He went 11/9 for 55%. Team best. He finds a way to play his game when he plays with hall and Eberle. Tonight was no exception. While only 3 shots hit the net, he took 9 shots in total. I say never take him off of this line.

#13 ANDREW COGLIANO - (8) BEERS I bust his balls a lot and I have to give him credit. When most people would be in the hospital or in bed, Cogs in out there busting his ass playing hockey with a busted face. He wore a full face shield and was a huge reason the Oilers had a great start. He was in on the first goal but no assist and scores the Oilers second goal. He was making stuff happen all game long.

#14 JORDAN EBERLE - (7) Another good game for the rookie. So poised and composed. Love this kid. He made some good things happen tonight and was awarded with an assist on the Hall winner. That goal happened because of Ebs hard work.

#16 COLIN FRASER - (2) JEERS So-so. He was the weak (can't believe I thought Jacques was better) link on the 4th line. He found himself 45 seconds of PK time, but only played 8:07. Other than skate up and down the center, what does he do to contribute?

#22 JF JACQUES - (3) JEERS He had a couple of big hits and had a shot. I thought Jacques was so coveted by the Oilers because he was physical? He's not living up to the billing.

#26 KURTIS FOSTER - (3) JEERS He was -1 and tried to make stuff happen, but always seemed to come up short. He took 4 big shots, but all were blocked. He needs to find better openings. He's always firing shots off, but unless you or your teammates are scoring, your doing jack squat.

#27 DUSTIN PENNER - (8) BEERS He might have played one of his best games tonight. He was emotional and he played with passion. Much like the Penner from last year. He picked up an assist and was +2. Out of all the Oilers, he played great all game long.

#28 RYAN JONES - (4) He was pretty average. Not sure how to grade him as he only played 9:04. I didn't hate his playing, but nothing stuck out as good. 1 shot and 1 hit. Big deal. His line was burned for a goal against and I could see that coming before the game started. Hated this line combo.

#29 MARTIN GERBER - (6) His only start of the season and he gets and assist and a win. He made 35 saves and he made one huge save to keep the game tied at 2. And to think I said it was crazy to have him in instead of Dubnyk. He did have 3 giveaways. Count that up as jitters?

#33 STEVE MACINTYRE - (0) DNP (Healthy scratch)

#35 NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN - (0) DNP (Injured)

#40 DEVAN DUBNYK - (0) DNP (Healthy scratch)

#43 JASON STRUDWICK - (0) DNP (scratch)

#45 SHAWN BELLE - (0) DNP (Minors)

#46 ZACK STORTINI - (6) BEERS He was hitting everyone he could. It seemed like very shift he was trying nail someone. He did get credited for 2, but he had way more than that. He also had 2 takeaways. By Stortini's standards, he had a good game, minus a fight.

#49 THEO PECKHAM - (7) BEERS He was 3rd star and he laid some huge hits in this game. Very impressive that when the team is called out, the rookies step up the most, including Peckham. He was credited with 6 hits a high for both teams. He finished +2.

#67 GILBERT BRULE - (7) Brule scores the Oilers first goal and keeps the fine play up all game. Both of his linemates were on fire tonight and that helped Brule keep it all going. He made some great plays and really tried hard to be productive.

#77 TOM GILBERT - (8) BEERS He was on the ice for a few goals tonight. Only once did he make me curse. He ended the night +2 and had 2 assists.

#83 ALES HEMSKY - (0) DNP (Injured)

#89 SAM GAGNER - (3) JEERS He knocked in the Avs first goal and was -1. His only good quality tonight was his 3 shots on goal. But his overall hockey game sucked. He played 15:37 and was 50% on faceoffs.

#91 MAGNUS PAAJARVI - (6) He did find his game a little bit tonight. His legs looked quicker. He started the Oilers momentum swing right before Hall scored the winner. He took 3 shots.






SHOT REPORT Scoring Chances


BAD TIMING PENALTY (what is a Bad Timing Penalty?)

None - Lucky!


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