Saturday, October 29, 2011

Oilers Update - Mile High Win

Make it 4 straight wins for the Edmonton Oilers who waltzed into Colorado to defeat the Avalanche by a score of 3-1.  The red hot Oilers received goals from the "unusual suspects" such as Cam Barker and Andy Sutton who both potted their first points of the season.  Ryan Smyth also found the back of the net, but the man of the match was the goaltender Devan Dubnyk with his 40 save perfomance.

Good Defence Makes for Good Offence

While it has been all Nikolai Khabibulin in the collecting the wins for the Oilers, Dubnyk simply took over the reins and remained solid for 60 minutes.

"I saw some shots, quite a few shots, but I maintained my focus and kept playing my game.  The guys up front did an amazing job of blocking shots.  It made it easier for me.  Whenever the puck got past them to me, I was ready to make the save. It is noticable how hard our defencemen played. said Dubnyk.

Cam Barker lit the lamp with a tick left on the power-play clock.  The defenceman jumped into the played a received a soft pass from Sam Gagner and then shoveled a brilliant backhand past Av's Semyon Varlamov to make it 1-0 in the second.  

With 6 minutes left in the second stanza, Lennart Petrell earned his first point as rookie for the Oilers when his point shot blast was tipped in by Andy Sutton.  Both Sutton and Barker went 10 straight games with goose-eggs in the stats section.

27 seconds after the Av's buried their own tally, Ryan Smyth drove the final nail into the coffin when the "King of Muck" swooped in on a loose biscuit to secure the teams 4th straight victory.

"Leave it to the "King of Muck", he was pretty much on his belly and swinging at it."  said Tom Renney about Captain Canada.

The Oilers will now head to St. Louis this Sunday to face the Blues for the first time this season.

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