Under the Scope: Oilers vs Avalanche
| THE TURNING POINT
The Avs went up early in the opening period on Milan Hejduk's goal from Scott Hannan. The score remained one zip until midway through the third period when Wojtek Wolski made it 2-0. He ripped down the right wing with Taylor Chorney on his heels trying to poke the puck away. Wolski's good hands and stick handling abilities allows him to one hand around Chorney and through the crease to shoot and score stick side on Khabibulin.The Oilers were on their heels for most of the night after this goal.
OILERS -Although Khabibulin gave up two goals to the Avs, he was pretty solid between the pipes for the Oilers. He saved 31 of 33 shots with the third goal of the game coming as an empty netter. Khabibulin was challenged by some of the most talented players on the Colorado lineup and came up huge on several Avs chances. Khabibulin earned himself the third star tonight.
AVALANCHE- Milan Hejduk wastes no time getting his team on the board scoring 25 seconds into the opening period from a nice pass from Scott Hannan. He added as assist to his night on Wolski's goal. Hejduk now has five goals and six assists in the 12 games that he's played.
Wojtek Wolski was hot tonight scoring the second goal halfway through the period and was credited with the third Avalanche goal that would have gone into the empty net but he was hooked from behind from Taylor Chorney so it was an automatic goal. Wolski gets his seventh goal on the year and his 12th point of the year.
SAVE OF THE GAME
With the Avs down a man with 6:00 to go in the second period, Anderson had to be huge. As the power play unit peppered him with shots. The Avs then found themselves down by two men and Anderson had to grow an extra foot bigger by swatting one out of the air which kept the Avs with a 1-0 lead and robbed the Oilers of the tie.
Khabibulin was also very strong against some of the strongest offensive players in the league. Milan Hejduk got one past Khabibulin early in the game but stopped four other shots from the sniper and three from Paul Stastny.
THE 4TH STAR
The first star went to Avs goaltender Craig Anderson for his second shutout stopping all 25 shots faced. Second star went to Milan Hejduk for scoring just 25 seconds into the game and adding an assist on Wojtek Wolskis first goal. The third star was awarded to Nikolai Khabibulin for stopping 31 of 33 saves tonight against the best team in the Western Conference.
The fourth player who did many things right for the Avs tonight was Paul Stastny who assisted on the second and third goals in tonights game. Stastny was there everytime an Oiler turned around. He was hard to play against and was constantly a step ahead all game.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
The Oilers have been held without a goal for 141.25 minutes. Oilers last goal was scored by Dustin Penner on the PP at 18:35 of the second period against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.
Oilers Captain Ethan Moreau:
"Credit to them, they were the best team we've faced defending their neutral zone so far this year. That is still no excuse for us turning over the puck so many times."said Moreau.
"We couldn't get a forecheck established and we turned too many pucks over early."
Edmonton Oilers Coach Pat Quinn:
“We were on our heels for most of the night. We were looking for big plays when we should have been looking for little plays."
"We're using the wrong tools, even though we think we have the right tools!"
BY THE NUMBERS
12- Starts in a row for new Avs goalie Craig Anderson.
75- to 1 Odds that the Avs would win the Stanley Cup this year-at the start of the season.
40- to 1 Odds that the Avs will win the Stanley Cup...as of today.
9.36- Anderson's impressive current GAA.
25- Seconds into the game that it took Hejduk to score for the Avs.
10-- Rookie Ryan O'Reilly has 10 goals this year- 2nd in NHL Rookie Goals.
141.25 minutes since the Oilers have scored a goal.
Author: Kristi Hennessy | edmontonoilers.com