Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Oilers Update - Avalanche Lose...all that matters!

Ales Hemsky began the scoring parade when he found the loose puck under the toe of Semyon Varlarmov to earn his second goal of the season, as the Edmonton Oilers went on to defeat the visiting Avalanche 4-1.

Adding to fun, was Jordan Eberle how wristed a howitzer past the Av's keeper in the 1st.  Soon to follow was Shawn Horcoff who "accidentally on purpose" scored his first of the season via deflection off his heal.  Finally, with the net open, rookie Nail Yakupov sealed the victory.   watch highlights

3 out of the 4 goals scored by the Copper and Blue were on the power-play and it is worth noting that
after last night's win, the Oilers are now second best in the league on the PP at 35.7%.

"You guys are going to point out we didn't score an even strength goal again, but that's the way the seaons goes.  You play how it comes to you.  Taylor Hall said to the media after the game.  "When you get power-play goals, you're not going to trade them for other goals.  They count the same on the scoreboard.  If we take our power-play game into our five-on-five game, eventually it'll turn around for us.  We're creating chances and we have pressure in the other team's end."

Power-play goals, even strength goals, short handed does it matter when you score?  Here is a club who was struggling to find the back of the net for a few seasons.  It's only now that the young kids are finding ways put up the points and really what is most important are the W's...right?

After playing 5 games, the Oilers are: leading the Northwest Division,  3rd in the Western Conference and 12th over-all in the league.

It's a fairly good start, though they are not the league leading Chicago Blackhawks, (who have won all six of their contests with 12 points) but that's another story.

The Edmonton Oilers will now fly south for mini 3 game road-trip, with stops in Phoenix, San Jose and Colorado.

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