Thursday, January 12, 2012

Oilers Update - Pottter Burns Oil in Snoozer

TSN chose a brilliant day to nationally broadcast a snoozer last night in Edmonton.  The fans in the stands didn't actually wake up until Ales Hemsky tied the game late in the 3rd to force overtime.  However, Corey Potter's tripping penalty with less than a minute to go in the game, allowed for stalwart Zach Parise to pick up the second point for Devils in OT.

 "Yeah, obviously feeling pretty terrible at the moment, just trying to go out to the net there and make something happen, had a little collision there and I'm not feeling great right now."  said Potter after the game.  

Potter recently signed a two year extension with the big club after showing some very promising work on the depleted Blue-line this year.  However, his play last night is one left for the bush league.  On the replay, it appeared that Potter purposely administered a slew foot to the legs of Adam Larsson.  

"It cost us the game," said head coach Tom Renney. "You know, we certainly had a chance to win the game. Corey has been very good for us but it was on those very, untimely penalties and hopefully, everybody will learn from that..."Safe to say that I wasn't really thrilled with what happend."

The only consolation for the Oilers was the much needed point they received after playing two lack-luster periods.  After a scoreless first period, Kovalchuk opened the scoring in the second with a short-handed break-away goal.  The Russian speedster intercepted a pass intended for recent call up Magnus Paajarvi and wristed a clean shot past countryman Nikolai Khabibulin.
"I really liked our third period, I liked how we didn't quit," said Taylor Hall who had an assist on the Hemsky goal.  "We showed a lot of really good habits in coming back.  It was a good effort and a good feeling to know that we can play that way at home."

The Oilers will now face the Ananheim Ducks this Friday.

Not in attendance for the game was super fan of the Oilers and Devils Kevin Smith  It was said that the Hollywood director was to appear at the game in Edmonton but opted to stay at home with his sick pooch Scully.

Here is a picture of myself with Kevin Smith in Las Vegas.

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