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Oilers 5 Stars 4 (SO) post game

We'll take the two points.

That was one fugly game, at least as seen on a very choppy Internet feed. Hard to tell how much of the choppiness was the feed and how much was the actual hockey. Lots of coverage problems, lots of ugly goals, and not much in the way of top notch saves. The highlight was probably Marty Turco's airmail pass to James Neal for the shorthanded 2-on-1, which was still pretty ugly from an Oiler perspective.

Interesting to see the contributions of the lines in a couple of key statistical categories:

Jacques-Horcoff-Hemsky -- 52:01 TOI; 1 shot, 1 hit, 0-1-1
Stone-Comrie-O'Sullivan -- 48:14 TOI; 5 shots, 7 hits, 1-0-1
Penner-Brule-Nilsson -- 42:04 TOI; 5 shots, 3 hits, 1-1-2 
Cogliano-Gagner-Stortini -- 36:14 TOI; 5 shots, 6 hits, 1-2-3

One of these things is not like the others. The top line had a brutal night, at least until the third when Penner started to spell off JFJ who had a very rough time. After being a disinterested spectator for two periods, Ales Hemsky emerged the shootout hero, which I guess is why they pay him the big bucks.

Looking at the defence:

Souray-Staios -- 48:45 TOI; 3 shots, 1 hit, 6 blocks
Grebeshkov-Gilbert -- 45:17 TOI; 4 shots, 3 hits, 5 blocks
Smid-Visnovsky -- 36:05 TOI; 1 shot, 3 hits, 3 blocks

That's a little more balanced. The third pairing had the fewest issues in their own end of the ice.

Bruce's Three Stars:

1. James Neal
2. Brenden Morrow
3. Stephane Robidas

Oops, let's try that again ... Bruce's Three Oilers: :)

1. Dustin Penner
2. Sam Gagner
3. Ladi Smid