What I saw all night was the AV's blanketing with close coverage all over the ice and exerting a lot of pressure on the puck carrier. So when you see Cornet open, the guy with the puck is being intensely pressured and having to make a quick play, or turn the puck over. The quick play being an instant attempt to forward or move the puck but not of the quality of play if a guy gets time to make a play.
Intense pressure = opponent making increasingly lower quality play. Av's were all over us for extended periods last night. The whole Oiler team struggled with that and fortunately we got the better goaltending on the night.
The Avs are a big team as well and imposed their size on the Oilers. It was very evident when Hall, Gagner and Eberle were on the ice...along with Horcoff and Smyth puck battles were consistently being lost.
The top 6 desperately needs some size.