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Vote for the Snickers Play of the Week - January 3-9

by staff / Edmonton Oilers
Each week, reviews all the top goals, saves, hits and fights and narrows it down to the final three. That means it's up to you, the fans, to decide which is the top play for the week.

Although the Oilers were only able to record one win in the past three games, there were still plenty of spectacular plays to choose from as we look for another weekly champion. This week, Gilbert Brule, Devan Dubnyk and Dustin Penner all go head-to-head in a battle for supremacy.

Last week, Ryan Jones' New Year's Day goal emerged victorious with 51% of the votes over Nikolai Khabibulin's breakaway save (25%) and Taylor Hall's goal against the Avalanche (24%). Who will win this week? Watch the clips & vote!

Brule's Backhand

With the Oilers down 1-0 early in their contest vs. Detroit, an offensive spark was needed to bring the sold-out Rexall Place crowd to life. Recent call-ups Linus Omark and Liam Reddox played an instrumental role in setting up Gilbert Brule's tying marker at 11:39 of the opening period.

After receiving the puck just inside the offensive blueline, Omark slid a beautiful soft-area pass to a streaking Reddox to the right of Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood. Reddox then centered the puck with a soft, yet perfectly-timed pass to Brule who was charging down the slot. Brule beat his man to the puck and roofed a backhand over the glove of Osgood to tie the game 1-1.


Dubnyk's Cross-Crease Denial

Up 1-0 over the New York Islanders early in the first period, Devan Dubnyk was called upon to preserve the advantage only moments after the home side opened the scoring.

After receiving a clever feed just inside the offensive blueline, John Tavares broke in on a two-on-with with fellow sophomore Matt Moulson. Tavares flipped a pin-point saucer pass over a sprawling Tom Gilbert to set up what appeared to be a sure goal. Devan Dubnyk, however, was there as the last line of defence. Anticipating the pass, Dubnyk met Moulson and the puck at the top of his crease to turn aside the chance and maintain Edmonton's early first period lead.


Penner's Drive to the Net

Since being reunited, both Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner have seen their respective offensive numbers increase of late. That was certainly the case Thursday against the New York Islanders when Cogliano sprung Penner in what resulted in the big man's 12th goal of the season.

After taking the neutral zone feed from Cogliano, Penner began charging down the wing with focused authority. After beating defenceman Milan Jurcina wide, Penner cut across the net and buried a backhand shot to put the Oilers up 2-0 early in the first period; a marker that would eventually stand as the game-winner.



Author: staff

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