Friday, March 11, 2011

Detroit...WHAT? Oilers lose heartbreaker.

He had less than 30 seconds to seal the deal and literally steal a win in the Motor City. Devan Dubnyk was simply that close into earning his second shut-out of the year.  He was absolutely lights out throughout the game and managed to stop 40 pucks until Nicklas Lidstrom shattered the egg. 

"Unfortunate bounce, It was tough to get a read." said Dubnyk commenting on the Lidstrom goal which tied the game to send it to overtime. I really didn’t think we were going to get scored on,” he continued. “I felt fine at the end, but it’s tough because I don’t play the puck to go off my guy. When he took that shot it, was going towards the other side of the net where everybody else was. If that’s their player’s stick, it’s a different story, but it was a tough break obviously and there’s not much you can do on those ones I guess.”

According Lidstrom, all he wanted to do was shoot the puck wide, instead the puck deflected off of Cogliano and trickled past Dubnyk.

"They had a guy come out in the shooting lanes and I couldn't get it on net so I tried to shoot it wide because I knew we had players over there," Lidstrom said. "I think the goalie reacted to the shot going wide. It got tipped and he couldn't get back in position."

In extra time, Pavel Datsyuk corralled the puck from Johan Frazen and sniped the game winner.  2-1 Detroit.

Tom Renney could only show praise for his young Oilers for bouncing back after the two horrible losses in Philly and Washington.  As soon as the puck was dropped the Oilers took the game to the Red Wings which took them by surprize.  The Oilers showed a great deal of attention to detail in facets of the game and deserved to win this one tonight. 

“I’m damn proud of our hockey club tonight,” said head coach Tom Renney. “We stuck to our game plan, we stuck with the strategy that we thought would help us win.
“We fought hard and we tried to win a hockey game. I was a little concerned about a couple of calls that weren’t made, but that’s the way it goes.”
Ryan Jones scored his 15th of the season when his shot somehow hand-cuffed goaltender Jimmy Horward for the games first goal.  By the end of the night, Jones collected a whopping 24 minutes of ice for the first time in his young NHL career. 
“For us it’s a matter of the more simple we keep it, the better team we’re going to be,” said Jones. “When we stretch out of our element, we seem to pull away from each other and teams can pick us apart a little more.
The Oilers will finish up their road swing in Pittsburgh to play the Penguins at noon on Sunday.

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