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Oilers lose 5 - 3 to Canucks
While I was enjoying the 2012 IIHF World Juniors tournament in Calgary, the Edmonton Oilers were struggling with their first game of their World Juniors road trip. The first stop was Vancouver, another difficult divisional rival game that on paper the Oilers had lost before the game even began.

Due to a number of injuries and ailments, defenceman Alex Plante was called up from the Oklahoma City Barons. It is interesting that Plante was called up and not Colten Teubert, but most likely the team was looking for size against the hard hitting Canucks.

Ryan Whitney was out of the lineup with tendinitis in his ankle and Ales Hemsky was out with out with dizziness and sinus issues. This of course is not the way that the team would like to begin any road trip.

The Oilers quickly fell behind, but that is what happens when your team allows 3 goals and manages only 5 shots on net through the first period.

A second period comeback with power play goals from Jordan Eberle and Ryan Smyth were not enough to get the Oilers within striking distance, nor was the extended power play due to Dale Weise’s hit on Plante. The call was charging and a game misconduct, but of course the deliberation will continue until the NHL reviews the play.

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector had this to say on the play:

How can Plante be called “vulnerable?” He had the puck, Weise came from some ways away. Nothing to stop Plante from seeing him. Lots of time

Initially, Dan Tencer of 630 Ched said:

Dale Weise will get suspended for the hit he just delivered on Alex Plante. It’s a major and game misconduct for a blindside hit into boards

But upon further reflection commented:

Have watched the Weise/Plante hit a hundred times now. Point of contact is clean. But it’s a charge that led to injury. So…it’s close.

The Oilers third goal was originally credited to Corey Potter, but will be changed to Ryan Jones, his 12th of the year. Yes, Jones will score at least as many goals as he did last year; 18. Re-signing Jones this summer was one of the best things the Oilers’ management team was able to accomplish. Selecting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins likely beats out the Jones signing, but really they were both positives that have made the team as competitive as it is now.

For the Vancouver Canucks the scoring isn’t what one might have guessed going into the game. With only two Sedin points, a goal from Daniel with an assist from Henrik Sedin, it was scoring by committee but from some less than usual suspects. Andew Ebett scored his second and third goals of the season, Alexandre Burrows managed to keep up with Daniel Sedin scoring his 14th goal of the season short handed, and Ryan Kesler scored the Canucks fifth and final goal.

The Oilers will have until Thursday night to rest and recover before taking on the Wild. The team has managed to break the losing streak in the Excel Center this season. Oilers’ fans hope that another one will not be starting already.

During the game, Ben Eager smashed the penalty box camera. Today, Mark Spector tweeted:

BtW, #Oilers Ben Eager will be billed after smashing robotic penalty box camera last nite. Likely comes in under $5000.

Why can’t Ben Eager have normal trips to the penalty box in Vancouver?

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Lisa, I enjoy reading your recaps when the teams play.

But using Dan Tencer as anything other than a punchline about a biased homer hack is demeaning to you Lisa.

The guy’s a moron.

Posted by vancitydan on 12/27/11 at 06:28 AM ET

Lisa Brown's avatar

I can appreciate your opinion, and thank you for the compliment.

I was looking for a clip of the hit as well as people that had seen it and had something to say at 2am. I’ll get back to looking for updates.

Thanks again

Posted by Lisa Brown on 12/27/11 at 01:55 PM ET

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