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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Islanders

An in-depth look at Thursday's 2-1 win over New York

Thursday, 06.01.2011 / 8:00 PM / Cenovus Game Story
By Karmela Arocena  - edmontonoilers.com
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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Islanders
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The Oilers came into this game hoping to end a seven game losing streak against an Islanders team that sat 14th in the Eastern Conference.  But the Islanders were on their own streak, having one three straight games and earning seven wins in their last ten games.  However, the Islanders were without star goalie Rick DiPietro after he suffered a groin strain in previous game.  Devan Dubnyk was in goal for the Oilers.

Dubnyk was tested early when Islanders foward Michael Grabner was sprung on a breakaway less than two minutes in.  The young goalie made the save, which was one of the many brilliant plays he made all night.  Gilbert Brule quickly scored the game's opening goal less than four minutes into the first frame to put the Oilers up 1-0.  Less than two minutes later, Dustin Penner came in shorthanded to make the score 2-0.  The Islanders would then pull Nathan Lawson in favour for recent call-up Kevin Poulin, but it made no difference as the Oilers went on to win the game 2-1.

Oilers defenceman Jim Vandermeer left the game in the second with an ankle injury.


All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:


It may have happened early, but without an early save by Devan Dubnyk, the game could have had a different outcome.  With less than two minutes played in the game, the Islanders Michael Grabner was sprung on a breakaway, but Dubnyk was there to stop the Austrian's chance and keep the game scoreless.  Less than two minutes later, Gilbert Brule was able to pop one past Islanders goalie Nathan Lawson.  From there on, the Oilers didn't look back and secured the 2-1 win.


34 The Oilers only managed to win 34% of their draws tonight.  Dustin Penner and Taylor Hall had the best luck in the faceoff dot tonight, both managing 50% efficiency rates.
7 The penalty kill played an instrumental part in tonight's game.  The Oilers PK was a perfect 7 for 7 tonight, which included a lengthy 1:38 5-on-3 advantage for the Islanders in the third.
2 With Gilbert Brule opening the score early in the first, it marks the second time in a row the young forward scored the Oilers first goal of the game.
21 It took 21 days for the Oilers to record a win after their last victory on Dec. 16 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Devan Dubnyk
SA SV GA TOI SV%
31 30 1 59:34 .968


Andrew Cogliano
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +1 2


Kevin Poulin
SA SV GA TOI SV%
19 19 0 53:43 1.00



ISLANDERS
Kevin Poulin
SA SV GA TOI SV%
19 19 0 53:43 1.00

OILERS
Devan Dubnyk
SA SV GA TOI SV%
31 30 1 59:34 .968



ISLANDERS
Andrew McDonald - D

24:09 - 0P, -1 rating

OILERS
Tom Gilbert - D

28:43 - 0P, +1 rating

The Oilers were perfect on the penalty kill tonight, but what was even sweeter was Dustin Penner's first period, shorthanded goal.  After taking a slick pass from Andrew Cogliano at the blue line, Penner was able to skate up the ice past Islanders defenceman Milan Jurcina, and eventually flip a backhanded shot past Islander's goalie Nathan Lawson to make the score 2-0 Oilers.  The goal would be the eventual game winner.


Devan Dubnyk was, without a doubt, the star of the game.  The Oilers puckstopper was solid all night.  A breakaway save on Michael Grabner, stopping a John Tavares shot on an Islanders' odd man rush, and stopping numerous chances in a lengthy Islanders' 5-on-3 late in the third with the score at 2-1, are just a few examples of the amazing play Dubnyk had tonight.


Andrew Cogliano had an impressive night both offensively and defensively.  Playing on a line with Gilbert Brule and Dustin Penner, the speedy forward assisted on both Oilers goals and achieved a +1 rating on the evening.  He was relied on heavily in faceoffs, taking 18 draws and winning 8 of them.  By the end of the night, Cogliano had played a solid 17:49 of ice time, and blocked three shots


Ladislav Smid made a point tonight to play with an edge.  The Czech blueliner had three minors on the night, one of which came from a thunderous hit on Islanders forward Josh Bailey at 15:03 of the first.  Smid took Bailey hard into the boards by the Islanders bench, and the young forward was slow to get up.  Smid did receive an interference call on the play, but the penalty was successfully killed off.



The Oilers and Islanders don't see much of each other.  Their last meeting was 430 days ago at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 2, 2009 (a 3-1 Islanders win).




"Devan was great. Our PK was good tonight because of him."

-  Oilers forward Andrew Cogliano on the play of goalie Devan Dubnyk




Friday, January 7 @ Vancouver
  8:00pm MT (SNET-EDM / 630 CHED)


After having snapped a seven game losing skid, the Oilers hope to continue on their winning path on Friday in Vancouver against the Northwestern Division leading Canucks.