by Lisa McRitchie on 09/21/11 at 05:00 AM ET
The Edmonton Oilers kicked off pre-season with split squad games in Edmonton against the Minnesota Wild and in Saskatoon against the Chicago Blackhawks. Both games were streamed online, but both games had technical difficulties, even after the games were over. As fantastic as technology is, it’s funny how it still disappoints. At this time an archived version of the games is not available.
Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers: Loss 4-3
The Oilers in Rexall Place got off to a slow start, down 3-0 to the Wild in the first period, Khabibulin was showing his rust. If Khabi needs time to get going, the Oilers are fortunate that the netminder is ready to play the pre-season.
The second period the Swedish Oilers picked up the pace. With consecutive goals by Anton Lander and Magnus Paajarvi as well as a goaltender change, and Tyler Bunz stepping in, the gap began to close. Princeton grad Tyler Fedun’s efforts near the end of the second period took the game to a tie.
Unfortunately, in the dying minutes of regulation time, Taylor Hall took a high sticking penalty and that was all it took for the Wild to get their game winning goal. Overall, this game had all of the entertainment and excitement you would hope for in a pre-season game, and the Oilers hope to take the next one against the Wild.
Edmonton Oilers vs Chicago Blackhawks: Win 4-2
Meanwhile back in Saskatoon, the Oilers got on the board with a combination that fans would love to hear over and again. After a scoreless first period on a shot from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Smyth worked his magic and put the Oilers on the board. Former Saskatoon Blade and world juniors Team Canada hero Curtis Hamilton gave the Oilers their second of the night. Before the second period came to an end, Chicago pulled even with goals from Rostislav Olesz and Jamal Mayers scored on Devan Dubnyk and Olivier Roy respectively.
The final frame saw the Oilers pull ahead once again with goals from newly acquired defenceman Corey Potter and Saskatchewan native Jordan Eberle.
There was something for every Oilers fan in each game, and there is much more to look forward to in the Oilers’ next pre-season game Thursday night. The Oilers will take on the Vancouver Canucks at 7pm MST on TSN.
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