Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Oilers Update - Oilers defeat Habs.

Reporting from Milan, Italy

After having their 6 game winning streak snapped by the Phoenix Coyotes, the Edmonton Oilers rolled Montreal for a tilt against the Canadiens and defeat the Habs by a score of 3-1.

Edmonton's Ryan Jones opened the scoring in the second period when he picked up a loose puck and went in all alone on goaltender Carey Price  and slipped home his 3rd goal of the season. 

In the third, defenceman Tom Gilbert's wrister from the point ricocheted off Hab's defenceman Josh George's stick to put the Oilers up by two.

Moments later, the Canadiens finally found a hole in the Bulin-Wall when Matt Pacioretty fooled the Russian net-mind with a backhand. 

2-1 Oilers.

With the net empty for the Hab's, Ryan Smyth found his 13th point of the season when found the open cage to seal the victory for the Oilers.

All about Khabby.

Once again the deciding factor of the game was the play of Nikolai Khabibulin. The 38 year-old kicked aside 29 shots and the win boosts Khabby's  SV% to .964 (2nd in NHL) and is tops in NHL with GAA of .098.

"Great goaltending gave us a chance.  Khabby's been playing superb all year.  In the third they (the Canadiens) had some chances but we found a way to hold on.  It was a good road win. said Smyth about his goaltender.

Smyth wasn't the only player to notice Khabibulin's brilliant play.  Former Oiler, Erik Cole and Co., couldn't solve Khabibulin despite some point blank chances late in the third. 

"We had a lot of opportunities to score, but Khabibulin played well and we weren't able to cash in on a lot of really good opportunities." said Cole.

"They have the best goals against in the league." said Jacques Martin.  "They  are a good team with a lot of speed and talent, but we dominated them in scoring chances.  You're disappointed with the score, but it wasn't a lack of effort or execution."

The Oilers will now head into Bean Town for a game against the defending champions, Boston Bruins.

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