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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Leafs

An in-depth look at tonight's game against Toronto

Wednesday, 30.12.2009 / 9:46 PM / Features
By Kristi Hennessy  - edmontonoilers.com
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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Leafs
THE TURNING POINT

Gilbert Brule scored with just 53 seconds to play in the opening frame.
He fooled Vesa Toskala with a slapshot 27 feet out. This late goal in the opening frame gave the Oilers the momentum they needed to start the second period. They continued to throw pucks at the net and started to make things happen. O'Sullivan netted a pair of goals in the second period to give the Oilers some breathing room over the Leafs.




TOP PERFORMERS

OILERS - O'Sullivan picked up two goals tonight against the Leafs. He had five shots, a pair of hits, a blocked shot and went 57% in the face off circle. He played 16:17 minutes of ice time tonight and earned himself the second star of the game.

Jeff Deslauriers picked up an assist on the Oilers third goal of the game tonight. He saved 27 of 28 saves and was awarded a well earned first star.

LEAFS-
Ian White had scored three goals in his last four games before tonight. Lee Stempniak had a  goal and two assists in the Leafs victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night.

Phil Kessel had the lone goal for the Leafs tonight and threw seven shots on goal. He had two blocked shots and played 20:37 minutes of ice time.

SAVE OF THE GAME

JD had to make a couple big saves at the 13 minute mark of the third period. He almost had Grabovski's snap shot in his glove but it bounced off of him onto the stick of Ponikarovsky who fired a wrist shot on net. JD sucked that one into his glove, keeping the Leafs off the scoreboard and out of the game.


THE 4TH STAR


The fourth star should go to Gilbert Brule for his strong play tonight. He picked up the first of the three Oilers goals that came at a critical point of the game. He wired a hard slapshot from a tough angle with just 53 seconds to play in the first period.  He clearly fooled Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala as it flew past his head. Brule finished the night with a +1, had one shot, three hits, two blocked shots and went 67% in the face off circle. (his jersey number is 67-coincidence?)



STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT

The Oilers have now lost more man games so far this season (two games before the half way point) than all 82 games last season. They are currently at 226 man games before tonight's game against Toronto. Last year they had 225.




QUOTABLE

  Oilers Head Coach Pat Quinn:

"We talked this morning about not necessarily trying harder but trying smarter and doing things with the puck that make sense."

Oilers goaltender Jeff Deslauriers:

"It's a big relief,"said Deslauriers. "We're on a bad streak so it's nice to have the two points. We have to build on that. It's never done, we have a lot to go. We have to play at our best like we did tonight and play as a team."
BY THE NUMBERS

27- At home the Leafs are 27th on the PP.

  7-  On the road the Leafs are 7th in the NHL on the PP.

  200- Denis Grebeshkov played in his 200th career NHL game last Wednesday night. (13g, 60a in 200 GP)

88- Leafs have 88 man games lost before tonight's game.

303,103- Total attendance this year at Rexall Place.

300- Dustin Penner played in his 300th NHL game on Monday night. He has 174 points (92g, 82a)

+11- Smid is tied for the team lead in +/- with 11. He is tied with Dustin Penner.




Author: Kristi Hennessy | edmontonoilers.com