Edmonton Oilers: 6
Nashville Predators: 1
Play of the Night
Zack Stortini scored twice in the latter half of the first period to put the game out of reach for the Predators. In the first goal the Nashville had three players down low and none of them covered Stortini, who made no mistake with a quick shot from deep in the slot, but it was his second goal that stood out because he looked like a power forward barreling through two defenders and scoring on the backhand.
The Coach Is Saying…
“[Deslauriers] was our star tonight for sure.”
“We did not need to – against their best line, it’s the only line that’s got any points for them – we decide our defenceman is going to carry it into the zone and be a fancy Dan and it was certainly the wrong play because it ended up in our net. It was disappointing because our goaltender shouldn’t have had that chance against him in that situation. Nevertheless, you try to just ask your guys to live with good habits; we have a structure here, if you go away from the structure we have not been successful. Every time we’ve gone away from it the other team’s taken over.”
Fun With Numbers
- The Oilers were outshot 41 – 20, yet won the game 6 -1
- Nashville didn’t manage a powerplay goal, but they did manage 17 shots on six opportunities
- The three players (Penner, Brule and Stortini) with less than ten minutes of even-strength ice-time all managed two points on the night
- The Oilers were outshot 15 – 4 in the third period
Taylor Chorney recorded his first NHL point last night. Aside from that, it’s been a fairly miserable week for me and it was a real pleasure to come home, fire up the computer and see a 5-0 lead. What was even more fun was keeping tabs on the Calgary game; the night was really a double helping of wonderful.