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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Senators

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Senators would score nine seconds apart in the first period and go on to a 5-2 win on Thursday night. Ottawa scored five goals on 16 shots and chased Nikolai Khabibulin out of the net after just one period of play.

For the Oilers it was their first game at home in over two weeks and their fourth consecutive loss. They managed just 24 shots on goal in the losing effort.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

The Ottawa Senators would score goals nine seconds apart in the first period and never look back in this one. After a terrific shift by the Oilers top line, Ottawa got goals from Colin Greening and Kaspars Daugavins to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Sens would add one more before the period was over on route to a 5-2 win.

63 Total percentage of faceoffs won by the Oilers in tonight's game. They would win 36 of 57 draws, one of the lone bright spots.
16 The total number of shots for the Ottawa Senators in the game. They would score on five of them.
6 The number of shots on goal for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He would lead all players in that category tonight.
4 The number of losses in a row for the Edmonton Oilers during this current skid.

Jason Spezza
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +1 3

Milan Michalek
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 1

Anton Lander
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 2

Craig Anderson
24 22 2 60:00 .917

Nikolai Khabibulin
7 4 3 20:00 .428

  Erik Karlsson- D

26:27 - 1 PTS, +1 rating

  Jeff Petry- D

28:43 - 0 PTS, -2 rating

With the Oilers shorthanded and trailing 3-0 in the second, Anton Lander would take a 2-on-1 feed from Lennart Petrell and go top corner on Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson. It was Lander's first ever NHL goal and definitely one to remember.

Jason Spezza was a force for the Ottawa Senators in tonight's game. Jason used his size and speed to create a number of excellent scoring chances. He would finish the night with two assists and a +1 rating. He leads the Senators in scoring with 19 points on the year.

Although he faced only 24 shots on the night, Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was there when called upon tonight. With the Oilers coming out hard in the opening minutes, Anderson made a couple of key saves early to help turn the tide in this one. Anderson would stop 22 of 24 shots he faced to record his ninth win of the season.

Devan Dubnyk had yet to play against the Ottawa Senators in his NHL career... until tonight. Dubnyk would come out to start the second period after Nikolai Khabibulin gave up three goals on seven shots in the first. Dubnyk would go on to stop seven of the nine shots he faced.


"We started getting frustrated, started turning the puck over and got away from our game plan"

-- Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth on tonight's loss to the Senators.

Saturday, November 19 vs. Chicago
  8:00pm MDT (CBC / 630 CHED)

The Oilers will play their second game back at home Saturday night when they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to Rexall Place. It will be the second meeting in seven days for the two clubs with Chicago taking the first game 6-3. The game can be seen live on CBC at 8:00 MT.


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