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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Canucks

by Ryan Dittrick / Edmonton Oilers

Despite a 32-12 shot discrepancy, the Oilers and Devan Dubnyk in particular kept the game close throughout the night. A goal by Jordan Eberle with only 4.5 seconds remaining brought the score closer, but it proved to be too little too late as the Canucks skated away with a dominant 2-1 victory Sunday night.

Devan Dubnyk did his part, making 30 saves on the night and providing his team with the opportunity to win, but the offensive attack sputtered all evening. Roberto Luongo was unable to record the shutout with the late tally, but it was an otherwise relaxed evening for the veteran goaltender.

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Alex Burrows' fifth goal of the season came at 6:12 of the first period and silenced the Oilers from the get-go. A beautiful passing play orchestrated by the Sedin twins confused the Oilers defence, forcing them to collapse and over-pursue the puck carrier. Burrows was spotted at the side of the net, where the pass eventually arrived. With Dubnyk now out of position and the Oilers defence in fire drill mode, only a tap-in was required to finish the play and put the Canucks up 1-0. The Oilers were unable to respond offensively, putting out a mere 12 shots on goal at the end of the evening.

42 The Oilers won 42% of the draws tonight. Dustin Penner led the way with a 56% efficiency rate, and Andrew Cogliano surprised with a 6-6, 50% outing.
22 It was a night where the Oilers were unable to generate much, and the result could have been due to the fact that the team's puck management was lacking. In total, the Oilers gave the puck away 22 times tonight. Vancouver only committed 13 giveaways.
12 In the season's lowest output of offensive zone pressure, the Oilers were only able to record 12 shots on goal tonight; a number dangerously close to the team's franchise record of fewest shots in a single game (11, set on October 20, 1989 vs. Boston).

Henrik Sedin
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 2

Daniel Sedin
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +2 4

Devan Dubnyk
32 30 2 58:29 .938

Roberto Luongo
12 11 1 59:04 .917

Devan Dubnyk
32 30 2 58:29 .938

Alexander Edler - D

23:51 - 0P, +2 rating

Ryan Whitney - D

29:58 - 0P, E rating

Without much going the way of the homeside offensively, it was Devan Dubnyk who stood up and provided a bit of a lift for his club. With the Oilers down 2-0 late in the third period, the Oilers were still very much in the game. Following a bad bounce off an official's skate, the Canucks were off to the races in a glorious two-on-one opportunity. Ryan Kesler made a perfect pass across to Alex Burrows as he looked to score his second of the night. Devan Dubnyk came across strong with one solid push and robbed the crafty forward with an excellent effort.

With only 12 shots on goal to Edmonton's credit in a 2-1 loss, Devan Dubnyk somehow provided his team with an opportunity to win. In total, Dubnyk collected 30 saves on the night; several in spectacular fashion he robbed some of Vancouver's most prolific goal scorers. Despite the lopsided effort, Dubnyk's strong play earned him the game's third star honours and confidence for his team moving forward.

Gilbert Brule has struggled this season. With only four goals and six points on the year, it hasn't been the start the gritty forward was looking for. Having said that, he brought some tremendous energy tonight and helped to fuel an offensive zone forecheck. While the offensive game still wasn't as strong as he needs it to be, Brule ended the night with a team-leading five hits and one shot on goal in only 12:28 of ice-time. It's something to build on as Brule looks to turn his season around.

J-F Jacques is still trying to find his footing early this season. While his personal results have been up and down, the physical play has been consistent from the powerful forward. Midway through the second period when the Oilers were searching for a spark, Jacques delivered. A heavy hit in the offensive zone on Vancouver's Alexander Edler brought the Rexall Place crowd to life and helped to extend the offensive forecheck. All around, it was a perfectly executed play and an impressive hit.

The most goals the Oilers have ever scored in a single game is 13. It's happened twice, most recently against the Canucks on November 8, 1985 when Edmonton defeated Vancouver 13-0.

"We've got to be better. Tonight it was the whole night. We just didn't play well tonight. Personally, I didn't play well -- and we've just got to be better."

Ryan Whitney on the loss to the Canucks

Tuesday, December 14 vs. Toronto
  7:00 pm MT (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

With the six-game point streak now snapped, the Oilers look to get back on track against a team they had success against only 12 days ago.

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