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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Wings

by Kristi Hennessy / Edmonton Oilers

The Wings seemed to snap out of it in the third period. They threw 17 shots on Devan Dubnyk but they couldn't find a way to beat him and tie things up. Theo Peckham was in the corner with the puck trying to buy time yet somehow it slipped out to the Wings where Brian Rafalski tapped it behind Dubnyk at the buzzer. The puck had crossed the line with 0.3 seconds left on the clock to take it to overtime followed by a shootout.

1400 Lidstrom dressed for his 1400th NHL game tonight.
6 Wings PK has not allowed a goal in last six games.
18 Bertuzzi has no goals in his last 18 games.
800 Lidstrom hit 800 assists in his career on March 5th vs NSH.
200 Zetterberg tallied his 200th career goal on March 3rd vs. VAN.
1st Star
Devan Dubnyk
33 31 2 65:00 .939
2nd Star
Jimmy Howard
22 18 2 63:39 .818
3rd Star
Gilbert Brule
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +2 2

Jimmy Howard
22 18 2 63:39 .818

Devan Dubnyk
33 31 2 65:00 .939

About 12 minutes into the second period, the Oilers had their best chance of the game. Brule snatched the puck up at centre ice with Penner with him on his right. Brule fired his hard wrist shot on net and Howard just got his toe on it to make the save. Penner was there for the rebound that beat Howard but not the post. The puck bounced right back out this time onto the stick of Cogliano who bankhanded it back on net but Howard sprawled out on top of the puck for a whistle.

Before tonight's win, Dubnyk was 0-8-2 in his NHL career. That's enough for the MVP in tonights game. Dubnyk stopped 31 of 33 shots tonight and 16 of them came in the third period alone. The puck was in his glove and in his belly for most of the game giving off hardly any rebounds. This proved to be the edge for Dubnyk giving his team a chance at two points.

In 2008-2009, Detroit set a new NHL record by recording their ninth consecutive 100-point season. MTL recorded eight consecutive 100-point seasons from 1974-1982.

"I’m going to have to sit down for a bit after that one. After that last goal I just thought, don’t flinch, don’t  think back. I just tried to stay level headed." - Devan Dubnyk after the game.
"I didn't feel like I could make a safe play so I just tried to eat it. I knew there was about 10 seconds left so I figured I could eat the whole ten. I almost got there!"
-Theo Peckham talks about the last minute scramble and unfortunate goal at the end of the third.

Sunday, March 21 vs San Jose Sharks
  6:00 PM MT (SNET-W) (630 CHED)

The Oilers continue their four-game homestand Sunday, March 21 vs. San Jose. The game starts at 6:00pm and will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet West.

Author: Kristi Hennessy |

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