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Eberle & Fraser Connect
At the time, the game was scoreless and in need of a spark. With goal scoring struggling midway through the road trip, the need for others to step up and provide a lift for the offence was essential.
Jordan Eberle and Colin Fraser did just that. After skating up the ice and side-stepping a check just inside the Devils blueline, Eberle cut to the middle of the ice and drew plenty of attention. That opened the window for Fraser to scoop the loose puck and attempt several shots before eventually tapping home the game's opening marker with some impressive hand-eye coordination.
As the old saying goes, your goaltender needs to be your best penalty killer. With the Oilers holding a slim 3-2 advantage over the Devils, the team badly needed a kill. Devan Dubnyk obliged with his part showcasing some incredible talent.
A bad-angle shot deflected into the slot area where rookie Mattias Tedenby was there to pounce on an excellent scoring opportunity. Dubnyk quickly squared up, moved higher in his crease, and snared the puck that was initially headed for the top corner; a tremendous glove save that could likely be considered the best of the young netminder's career.
It all began when Ladislav Smid challenged Sean Avery to fight following a hard check on teammate Colin Fraser. Avery appeared to decline, but then jumped Smid in what could only be considered as a sucker-punch that dropped the young defenceman.
As penalties were being assessed and Avery was being escorted off the ice, the Oilers bench didn't take kindly to the actions of the Rangers forward. Ryan Whitney and Theo Peckham initially engaged the altercation, which quickly developed into a full-on brawl that featured a number of fights, misonducts, and a total of 52 minutes in penalties on that single stoppage of play.