|THE TURNING POINT
The Oilers knew that tonight, in front of Kevin Smith and a packed crowd, they had to come out strong against the Coyotes. They did just that in the first period. You might be safe to say that the funny bounce goal from Souray at 11:07 in the second was not a pretty one, but one we'll happily accept. Seven seconds later, the Oilers beat their record of eight seconds between goals that was set back in 1982, Penner and Hemsky broke in on a two on one play. Hemsky faked to his backhand and swept the puck gracefully past Bryzgalov. The wide eyed Coyotes immediately called a 30 second time out to catch their breath and figure out what had just happened.
OILERS - JD picked up his first NHL career shut out turning away all 36 shots on net. A huge win for Deslauriers and a huge win for the Oilers. He raised his stick in victory tonight and raised his confidence for his next start in net.
Hemsky with his 100th career goal, had a beauty in the first period. With Penner on his left, the two of them broke hard to the net. Penner tossed a nice pass onto Hemsky's stick who deeked left and fooled Bryzgalov stick side on a nice backhand shot.
COYOTES- Scottie Upshall had his fair share of time with the puck tonight as he took six shots on net, dished out one hit and saw 17:16 minutes of ice time. His biggest chance came down low with just over two minutes to play in the first period. He wired off a wrist shot on net after snatching the rebound on Lombardi's snap shot. With that missing by a hair, he grabbed his own rebound and attempted to sneak one in passed Deslauriers. He got robbed as JD's toe saved the day and saved his shut out.
SAVE OF THE GAME
The save of the night I would easily hand over to Jeff Deslauriers with 2:00 minutes to play in the opening period. The Coyotes found their legs in the closing minutes and Deslauriers had to be big. Lombardi just missed the net on a hard snap shot at 17:39. Scottie Upshall was there to gather the puck and quickly whip a hard wrist shot at Deslauriers. He turned that one aside just barely and Upshall was there again to scoop his rebound and throw one back at him on the rebound. JD had his work cut out to keep the puck out and hold on to his shut out.
O'Sullivan also made a huge save early into the second period after Visnovsky went into the box kiling the Oilers power play.The Coyotes had Deslauriers beat to his glove side. Who else but Shane Doan there to swoop in from behind the net. O'Sullivan was there to block the wrap around attempt and keep the game 3-0.
THE 4TH STAR
The fourth star of the night should go to Sheldon Souray with his pair of points. He got credit for the second goal of the night and although it wasn't pretty and no one really knew how it ended up in the back of the net, it boosted the momentum of the Oilers and sure enough just seven seconds later, they were up by three goals. The stunned Dave Tippett and his Coyotes were forced to take a time out. Running away with his first NHL shut out, Jeff Deslauriers swipes the first star. He played a great game for the Oil especially in the third period when the Coyotes attempted to boost their game. Hemsky took the second star picking up his 100th career goal tonight while Shawn Horcoff grabs the third star giving the Oilers the their fourth goal with one lonely second left on the clock in the second period. Sound familiar?
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
The Oilers beat their record of eight seconds between goals scored tonight scoring a pair just seven seconds apart. The previous record was set in 1982 when Glenn Anderson and Wayne Gretzky scored either seconds apart against the St. Louis Blues.
Ales Hemsky scored his 100th career NHL goal tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Oilers head coach Pat Quinn:
"In the third period, the goaltender preserved what could have been a different ending. He was really good out there for us."
Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers:
"I just went in there and thought about stopping the puck, no matter how I stopped it. If it was with my hand or my head or my stick, I just had to do less thinking, more stopping."
Phoenix Head Coach Dave Tippett:
"We have some people who I'd call, "I'd like to hate to lose a little more". We don't have enough guys that hate to lose." said Tippett.
"You gotta get pissed off in this game. If you're not pissed off to lose, than you're playing on the wrong team."
7- seconds between goals tonight. A new record for the Oilers. The last record set in 1982.
200 - Games played for Tom Gilbert tonight. In 199 games, Gilbert has collected 89 pts and 54 PIM.
100- Hemsky scores his 100th career NHL goal.
441- Games played for Hemsky in his NHL career, recording 352 points.
25-23 Penner has 25 points in 23 games this year.
21-20 Hemsky has 21 points in 20 games this year.