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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Oilers Lose Fight On Boxing Day 3-2 / A Beers & Jeers Game Recap


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FINAL SCORE

VANCOUVER CANUCKS - 3

EDMONTON OILERS - 2

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TONIGHTS STARTING LINES

Hall/Gagner/Eberle
Penner/Cogliano/Penner
Omark/O'Marra/Jones
Jacques/Fraser/Stortini

Whitney/Strudwick
Peckham/Gilbert
Foster/Smid

Khabibulin
Dubnyk

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FINAL SHOT TOTAL

Vancouver Canucks - 33 

Edmonton Oilers - 21

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GOAL SCORERS

EDM: R. O'Marra (13:20 - 2nd) , R. Whitney (18:10 - 2nd)

VAN: J. Tambellini (19:14 - 2nd) , M. Samuelsson (02:30 - 3rd) , K. Bieksa (19:36 - 3rd)

GOALIES

EDM: N. Khabibulin (L) VAN: C. Schneider (W)

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POWER PLAY

Vancouver Canucks - 0/3 for 0%

Edmonton Oilers - 0/3 for 0%

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PENALTY KILL

Vancouver Canucks - 3/3 for 100%

Edmonton Oilers - 3/3 for 100%

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FACEOFFS

Vancouver Canucks - 23/23 for 50%

Edmonton Oilers - 23/23 for 50%

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HIT/BODYCHECK COUNT

Vancouver Canucks - 25

Edmonton Oilers - 21

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GIVEAWAY TOTALS

Vancouver Canucks - 4

Edmonton Oilers - 7

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TAKEAWAY TOTALS

Vancouver Canucks - 8

Edmonton Oilers - 7

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BLOCKED SHOTS

Vancouver Canucks - 9

Edmonton Oilers - 17

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BEERS & JEERS PLAYER GRADES


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 JIM VANDERMEER - (0) DNP (Injured)

#4 TAYLOR HALL - (3) JEERS His giveaway caused the game winning goal. Oy! He was -2 and only took 2 shots on goal. He needs to shoot more like he has if he wants to score. Not a great night.

#5 LADISLAV SMID - (4) I wasn't a fan of his tonight. He was -2 and only had 2 hits and 2 blocked shots. He could have been more physical for sure. What happened to the spaz from last year?

#6 RYAN WHITNEY - (6) He was OK. They gave him 2nd star. He scores his 2nd goal and this time it was a for sure thing. Nice shot. He played 26:43 and had 3 hits, 2 blocked shots but had 2 giveaways. The giveaways don't shock me as much anymore because he plays a ton. Bound to happen with all that ice time.

#10 SHAWN HORCOFF - (0) DNP (Injured)

#13 ANDREW COGLIANO - (6) BEERS I liked his effort ad\nd he tried hard to make things happen. He was 6/4 for 60% on faceoffs. He picked up an assist on the Whitney goal (cheesy assist as he barely did anything other than touch it as it went to Whitney. But the highlight of his game? A team high 4 hits.

#14 JORDAN EBERLE - (3) JEERS He started out good but faded into the sunset. He was very quiet on the stat sheet as he only had 1 shot. You can't be on the top line and not register anything.

#16 COLIN FRASER - (4) Hard to tell if he even played. The 4th line stunk. He had 2 shots and 2 hits and went 2/2 for 50% on faceoffs. Not much else to report on Fraser.

#22 JF JACQUES - (2) JEERS DNP. Oh. He did play? How does the so called hitter play an entire game (only 3:12 actually) and not register a single hit? The guy is useless and needs to be sent down. I'd rather much keep O'Marra and Omark then see him play one more game. Embarrassing if those two are sent down.

#23 LINUS OMARK - (3) JEERS He was not effective. His assist was a fluke that was a redirect to O'Marra and he took a dumb holding the stick penalty before that. If he wants to be an actual NHL player, I shot that was blocked and 1 blocked shot of his own isn't going to cut it. He had 2:39 in PP time and needs to make use of that. I still think he stunk, but was better than Jacques.

#26 KURTIS FOSTER - (5) He was decent. He was +1 and played 15:55. In that time he had 1 shot, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. He needs to shoot the puck if he wants to be useful. Tonight he was just average and nothing more.

#27 DUSTIN PENNER - (6) Penner was one of the better Oilers in my opinion. He made some smart plays and started the Whitney goal with a good pass to clear the zone. But only 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot, that hardly constitutes a good game. Meh! *shrugs shoulders*

#28 RYAN JONES - (4) Another average game. 2 shots, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. If your not going to shoot more, you better be hitting guys.

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

#35 NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN - (7) BEERS Again I get pissy because I'd like to see Dubnyk in more. But again, he proves me wrong. He faced 33 shots but had another 37 go his way. Lucky he didn't have to save all of them. I figured he's earn a star after that performance, but it's clear John Garrett was picking the stars tonight (he really didn't).

#40 DEVAN DUBNYK - (0) DNP (Backup)

#42 RYAN O'MARRA - (5) Scores his first ever NHL goal tonight with a lucky break where the puck ended up on his stick. He had 1 goal with 1 shot, 2 hits, 1 giveaway and 1 takeaway. The thing I liked from him the most? 3/0 for 100% on faceoffs. Why didn't he take more draws? Was Renney not informed he was sitting at 100%? Makes you wonder.

#43 JASON STRUDWICK - (5) Struds was OK. I find he's been better this go around. Since Vandermeer been out, he's been pretty good. He ended up +1 and had 3 blocked shots. He could turn up the hit count as he only had 1. If he could hit more, I'd have no problems keeping him with Whitney.

#46 ZACK STORTINI - (4) He took a high stick to the face and for some reason was sent off too. I don't get it. What did he do ref?  His ass was stapled and only played 3:19. Why have a 4th line if they don't play?

#49 THEO PECKHAM - (4) He took a dumb penalty in the 3rd by knocking Henrik on his ass and was lucky they didn't score. At the time of it happening, it was the Bad Timing Penalty for the Oilers. He just gave up way too much momentum by doing that. While I like to see Hank knocked down, wrong time to do it. He had 2 hits and 1 shot. He needs more solid hits and he needs to make people afraid to go near him. He failed to do that tonight.

#67 GILBERT BRULE - (0) DNP (Sick)

#77 TOM GILBERT - (5) He was not really noticeable out there. 2 blocked shots is down from his usual 4 per game and while he did play 20:08, he only fired 2 shots. 1 hit the net, the other missed. If he's not offensive, then what is he? Useless?

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

#89 SAM GAGNER - (3) JEERS Oh boy! Here I thought he was going to have a great game. Was I ever wrong. He was -2 by nights end and for the #1 center, 1 shot, 1 takeaway and 1 blocked shot just isn't good enough. Especially when he plays 22:01. He went 7/13 for 35% on faceoffs. He just couldn't win against Malhotra. Boo to you Sammy.... boo to you!

#91 MAGNUS PAAJARVI - (4) He had an OK game. If only he could find that 4 point game he had at the start of the year. That MPS was awesome. This one, not so much. While I won't knock him a whole lot, he really needs to find his groove. Maybe ask Stella? He had 2 shots, 1 giveaway and a blocked shot.

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

Theo Peckham - His 3rd period penalty where he knocks Hank on his ass sent the Canucks on a momentum swing. They didn't score on the PP, but the Oilers were reeling after that for sure.

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GAMES 3 STARS

1st: JEFF TAMBELLINI
2nd: RYAN WHITNEY
3rd: KEVIN BIEKSA

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USEFUL GAME LINKS

EVENT SUMMARY

GAME SUMMARY

FACEOFF REPORT

SHOT REPORT

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BEERS & JEERS RECAP CREDITS

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-This Recap Was Written by Smokin' Ray Burnt-

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