Going into the game versus the Vancouver Canucks, the Edmonton Oilers were still chasing a win against them. In what was a very odd game at first, the Oilers finally grabbed the elusive victory in large thanks to David Perron and Ilya Bryzgalov. Perron scored a hat-trick and the Oilers goaltender Bryzgalov came up huge when he had to in order to seal the victory.
It is no secret that coming in the Canucks had been struggling offensively but then the Oilers hadn’t been too wonderful either. Considering their positions in the standings, the Oilers certainly could still be called the clear underdog in this game however. They played like they wanted the win however.
Key to the victory was not the number of saves that Bryzgalov made, as he only had to face 27 shots and stopped 25 of them, but rather what he did when the Canucks finally pushed offensively. In the final five minutes of the third period, he was absolutely huge in net. At one point he made a save on a play where he was sprawling and the entire Canucks line wound up in the crease with him.
Perron completed a hat-trick which counts just as much even though one was an empty-netter. Obviously, in a 4 – 2 victory, the guy with a hat-trick matters a great deal. Interestingly enough however, the humongous play of Bryzgalov when it counted the most is what won this game for the Oilers. As with all of their wins, it could be something to build on, especially for Bryzgalov.