The Edmonton Oilers may not sit anywhere near the top of the Western Conference standings, but that didn’t stop them from beating one of the elite teams in the NHL last night.
Edmonton earned an impressive 4-2 win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks at Rexall Place yesterday.
Four different players provided the offence for Edmonton: Taylor Hall, David Perron, Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle. The Ducks got goals from Jakob Silverberg and Corey Perry.
Anaheim actually took an early lead in the game thanks to Silverberg’s goal, but Edmonton eventually responded in the second period and never looked back, scoring three straight goals in the frame.
Edmonton’s cause was helped by the superb play of goaltender Viktor Fasth. Facing his former team for the second time this season, Fasth turned aside 34 shots to secure the win. He lost his first matchup against the Ducks as a member of the Oilers earlier last week 3-2 in regulation.
This is the type of high-quality play that the Oilers were hoping to receive when they traded for Fasth, and they have a potential winning tandem in Ben Scrivens and Fasth. The team has been consistent in alternating between these two goalies (when both are healthy I should say) whenever one loses, providing balance in net.
(Head coach Randy Carlyle and the Toronto Maple Leafs failed to follow through on a similar arrangement in managing Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer, and the results speak for themselves: Bernier has been overworked while Reimer’s confidence has been completely destroyed.)
To date, Edmonton remains stuck in rebuild mode, but they’ve finally addressed the hole in net. They already have a crop of talented, young forwards so the focus should now switch to solidifying their defence.
If those efforts continue, I may soon be reporting that the Ducks pulled off a surprise upset against the league-leading Oilers.
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