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Whitney & Penner Connect
Ryan Whitney continues to be the architect of beautiful passing plays, and this instance was no different.
Following a pin-point pass from Ales Hemsky to get the play started, Whitney collected the puck at the point and began looking for options. He found a lane in the middle of the ice and Dustin Penner sneaking in the back door. Whitney sent a beautiful pass through the slot to an open Penner who tapped the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov for the goal.
It was a three-on-two for the Oilers entering the Ducks zone. With the puck on Taylor Hall's stick, you knew something special was going to happen.
Hall brought the puck down the left-wing and challenged Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler in the process. As Hall approached the middle of the circle, he pulled a slight toe-drag to change his shooting angle and to use his former Spitfires teammate as a screen. It worked to perfection as Hall's shot lit the lamp after denting the twine in the top corner behind Jonas Hiller.
It was yet another example of the Oilers, and Ales Hemsky in particular, driving the puck with speed and cutting to the net when the opportunity came.
After receiving a pass from Dustin Penner just outside the offensive blueline, Hemsky took the puck wide and began using his speed to make a hard cut to the net. He eventually found himself in tight against Jonas Hiller, but still managed to get a quick shot away. Much like Hall's goal, Hemsky's aim beat the dejected Ducks goaltender top-shelf, glove-side.