|25-15-8, 58 points, 1.208 p/g||Ranks||24-21-3, 51 points, 1 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 3rd||Pacific Division - 4th|
|11th||Points per Game||19th|
|4th||Shots on Goal||24th|
|12th||Goals Against per Game||14th|
Late Heroics From Lucic Not Enough
A big hit and a power play goal from Milan Lucic helped propel the Oilers to overtime, but it would be Nashville taking two points on the second half of their back-to-back.
Viktor Arvidsson opened the scoring late in the second period with his eleventh goal of the year. It would be followed up by a Matt Hendricks tally just 45 seconds later. Teams would exit the second period tied at one. Ryan Ellis would make it 2-1 nine minutes into the third period. Milan Lucic had a big hit, he drew a penalty, and he ended up with the game tying goal with four and a half minute remaining in regulation. Third period was probably Milan Lucic's best period as an Edmonton Oiler.
The game would go to overtime, but the Oilers would eventually succumb to the Predators in a shootout. The Oilers get one point, they finish their homestand at 4-1-1 and will face off against Calgary tonight.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"When things aren't going well for you as of late in the scoresheet you kind of have to sometimes just get yourself involved physically and emotionally to break the drought that you're on."Source
That's Milan Lucic on last night's game, and his recent struggles to hit the scoresheet.
Since he's become an Oiler, I've kind of languished over the contract that Milan Lucic has signed. If I could get fifty or sixty more periods of hockey this year like that third period we saw last night, I think it'll all work out. At least, the first year of his deal. If Lucic is on the power play, he's got to be scoring goals. Last night, that's exactly what happened.
The opponents are saying
"It wasn't really what we wanted...We had a couple breakdowns. All in all I think we played a solid game actually and kind of kept ourselves in it. We have to put it behind us now and be ready for an extremely hungry team Saturday and we're going to be really hungry too."
That's Flames forward Kris Versteeg on their 4-3 loss to Nashville on Thursday, and their preparation tonight for the OIlers.
When you're down by four goals to Nashville, you'll probably want to start making your comeback with a little more than five minutes remaining in regulation.
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