I was definitely disenchanted after the 1st period but the Oilers really got stronger as the game wore on. When's the last time we beat the Canucks when we were down after two periods? When's the last time we outhit, outshot and won more face-offs against them?
After the first goal, Dubnyk was solid in Net. Schultz and Yakupov had good first games. Eberle was unreal. Hall and RNH... not their best game. Our top 4 D looked great, especially Petry. Our bottom pairing has no future here after this season.
The best thing about this win is that it wasn't a fluke. The first period was pretty sloppy but, for the first time in many seasons, the Oilers weren't just along for the ride against Vancouver. Very encouraging and hopefully something we'll see for many years.
I was extremely happy with the Oilers' top-4 defensemen tonight. Smid and Petry looked very solid, with Petry really being physical. The Schultzes were very good, both with so much poise, I REALLY like this pair.
It was far from perfect, but the Oilers came back from 2-0 down and picked up 2 pts in Vancouver, not a small accomplishment, imo.