The Oilers planned all along to play Mark Fayne and Martin Marincin against the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top line last night. Them, along with the Oilers trio of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, had the responsibility of playing against the dynamic Steven Stamkos and company. They did very well in a 3-2 victory.
“I thought we played pretty solid, I thought we limited a lot of their chances,” Fayne said. “Also, you’ve got to get a lot of credit to the forwards, they controlled a lot of the puck. I felt like we had a lot of possession when that line was out there, which is always the best defence when they don’t have the puck.”
Fayne was the easy choice for the Oilers. The defenceman got a lot of experience against Stamkos while playing with New Jersey.
“He’s one of those tough guys to handle,” Fayne said of Stamkos. “He can change the game on one shift, he’s a tough guy to cover. I don’t think you really can contain him, you just try to limit the amount of chances. Last night we were lucky enough to do that.”
The Oilers in the locker room had complete trust in the veteran defenceman and knew the 22-year-old Marincin had it in him as well.
“We all knew Fayner could do it from playing against him in New Jersey,” David Perron said. “It was good to see Marty play as good as he did. He was assertive, he uses his body well and we obviously need more of that.”
Fayne has been impressed with his new defensive partner, who he says has played well since being recalled from Oklahoma City.
“The last two games, I thought he’s been playing great,” Fayne said. “We’re talking a lot at practice, working on some stuff. I think the chemistry is there, I’ve really enjoyed playing with him and I thought last night he had a real good game.”