That goal was no fluke. That wrister was a rocket and Leclaire was lucky to get a piece of it. Would be nice to see more of that from Brule. Good effort from him to beat both D to the puck to make sure and poke it in, although it probably would have gone in anyway after the puck forced its way by Leclaire.
I was in attendance and I was pleased with the effort level. As said before, Grebs and Gilbert aren't ready to be a top tier d-men.
It was a very fast and open game, I feel that if Hemmer was able to go, he would have been the difference and it never would have gotten to OT. But we had ample opportunities in order to close the deal and couldn't do it.
I had a blast and screw the usher that told my buddy who was sitting at the glass, to sit down and stop cheering because people around him couldn't see. Lady, it's a hockey game, **** off.
I just got back and watched the highlights. Looks as if the Oilers played decent and if it wasn't for a rare Vis giveaway that resulted in a goal and Deslaurie getting steamed over by the Sens.. this was an Oiler victory. How they counted that goal is beyond me..
At least the Oil got a point out of it.
I was at the game... what probably wasn't noticable on TV was that when Vis got the puck, Smid (who had been "square" across from him bolted cross ice for the bench. It took away Vis' only passing option, and since the LW had also left (before Smid) for a change, he had nowhere to go except behind his net, or to throw a hopeful backhand up the boards (risking a too many men at the Oilers bench).
In short, I blame Smid for that goal. It was a poor change on his part. He should have received the pass from Vis and fired to a fresh changed forward before making his way to the bench.
Overall it was a pretty good game, but I was amazed at the poor puck protection by both teams in the first. Typical of regular season games, but I find that whenever I'm there in person it feels like it takes till 2nd/3rd period before people learn to control the puck.
I agree with others in attendance: Penner was good (A), OMarra very noticeable on the ice (B+). Brule still chugging along (B+). JDD just not sharp and had rebound control issues (C-). Moreau played a better game than most of his lately (B). Pisani wasn't skating... too cautious on the forecheck (B-). Vis was our best defenceman (A-). Gilbert and Grebs both seem to be too carefree with the puck (D+). Strudwick was pretty solid (B). Staios played a "steady Steve" game (A). Comrie must have been sick (C). Cogs played well, initiated physically, shame about the finish (A-), Gagner was good with the puck, but looked like a child physically, was pushed around and on his butt too much (B-).
Too funny, I could hear a chant in the third period on the tube.. "let's Go Oilers". Good for them...
Yeah we got it going pretty good. Big props to the "Oilers section" in the 300's. They were noisy all night. The rest of us did our best to chime in. But most times you didn't know what was being chanted "Go Sens Go" or "Let's Go Oilers" because both are on different beats, it was just a jumble of noise.
As compared to what? Obviously you weren't watching the Oilers last week. This team remains vulnerable to aggressive forechecking but this game was a huge improvement over some of their other recent efforts in that category.