Rookie defenceman Justin Schultz scored a goal and two assists while goalie Devan Dubnyk was rock-solid once again with 33 saves as the Oilers beat the Calgary Flames in another round of the Battle of Alberta on Monday night at Rexall Place. Edmonton also got two-point games from forwards Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall and Ryan Jones, en route to their fourth straight victory.
Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:
THE TURNING POINT
Just like they did two nights prior against another Northwest Division rival, the Vancouver Canucks, the Oilers got off to a hot start. Rookie blueliner Justin Schultz fired a wrist shot from the slot past Mikka Kiprusoff just 3:52 into the game to set the tone.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Taylor Hall continued his red-hot scoring touch, tallying his fourth goal in four periods to extend the Oilers lead to 2-0 midway through the first. Justin Schultz set him up in the slot with a perfect pass, and Hall deked to his right, sliding a backhand past Kiprusoff for his 12th goal and team-leading 36th point.
Justin Schultz snapped an offensive dry spell in a big way against the Flames, scoring the team's opening goal and helping set up the next two for a three-point night and first-star honours. The rookie rearguard only had one point in his previous nine games, but he shot up to 19 points on the season with Monday's effort.
THE UNSUNG HERO
Fresh off signing a four-year contract extension Monday morning, Oilers veteran Ladislav Smid showed exactly why he deserved a new deal. The Czech defenceman had the second-most ice time at 22:39 and led the team in blocked shots (three) and hits (six).
STAT OF THE DAY
Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk had an impressive shutout streak snapped with just 1:32 to go in the third period. Dubnyk didn't allow a goal in a span of 166 minutes, 28 seconds. The franchise record is 192 minutes, 53 seconds, achieved by Tommy Salo in 2001.
THEY SAID IT
They're the best line in the NHL right now, arguably. With them and (Dubnyk) going like this, it's a lot of fun."
- Ryan Jones on the Hall-RNH-Eberle line, which has combined for 21 points in their last 10 periods together
9 – Consecutive regulation road losses for the Flames
17 – Taylor Hall's rank in the NHL scoring race
1 – Point back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference for the Oilers (15-13-7)
13 – Regular season games remaining for Edmonton
47 – Minutes until the first power play of Monday's game
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