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The Oil Finally Get it Right

Posted on: March 18, 2009 3:48 pm
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In the midst of a battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Edmonton Oilers pulled off a key victory with a 2-1 shootout win at home against the St. Louis Blues. The Oilers finally won an extended game, having dropped their previous 3 games in overtime.

At a time when victories are important and the margin for error is extremely slim, the Oilers have not played with a sense of urgency and have looked lethargic and sloppy, especially when trying to maintain a lead. The Oilers scored first again last night, on a rocket point shot by Sheldon Souray during a power play in the first period. It was Souray's 20th goal this season, the kind of production the Oilers envisioned when they signed Souray prior to the 2007-2008 season.

The Oilers were carrying the play to that point, pressuring Blues goalie Chris Mason and throwing everything they could get their sticks on toward the net. After getting the lead, the Oilers actually continued to play with energy and verve, something that's been missing lately.

Maybe the team realizes they need to play hard every night at this point to make the playoffs. The energy that has been sorely lacking lately was noticeable last night. The first line of Hemsky, Horcoff and Patty O'Sullivan looked sharp and focused. Keep up the fight, and let's go Oil!

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Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2009 10:44 pm
 

The Oil Finally Get it Right

I just hope we dont burn out Rolie! 27 games straight now, but looking at there upcoming games and I cant see any game where he can rest.  39 years old facing an average of 35 shots a game.     
      
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nbsp;  It's good to see that we are not relying on hemmer and the top line to produce every game. Finally some secondary scoring and it looks like we are peaking at the right time of the year! Hope we continue our push for the playoffs!!!



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