Even when the Edmonton Oilers win the news is bad. It’s been that kind of road trip that kind of season for a team that’s waiting for something anything to go their way. The Oilers finally snapped their five-game losing streak Saturday with a 3-1 decision over the Ottawa Senators but still left the nation’s capital in a sombre mood after watching Taylor Hall limp off the ice with a knee injury. The Oilers don’t know the exact diagnosis or prognosis yet but Hall looked in some serious pain when he left the made 13 minutes into the second period. after taking a hit from Eric Gryba. The Oilers were leading 2-0 at the time and managed to close out the victory despite being outshot by a nearly 2-to-1 margin most of the night. The win improves Edmonton to 2-6-1 heading to Montreal for the final game of the six-stop trip. While the win is a welcome break the afternoon took a sour turn midway through the second period when Hall took a hit along the side boards from Gryba. It didn’t look like much but it apparently was as Hall winced and took a one-handed swing at the Senators defenceman drawing a two-minute minor. When the penalty expired Hall joined the play skating to Ottawa’s left faceoff circle where he took a wrist shot and immediately felt the knee give out. He hobbled to the bench and had to be helped to the Edmonton dressing room. Things started out on a better note for Edmonton. Though Ottawa outshot the Oilers 15-7 in the first period it was Edmonton that did all of the significant damage Jordan Eberle scored on their first shot of the game using Nail Yakupov as a decoy on a two-on-one at 2:15 the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins buried a Yakupov rebound to make it 2-0 at 10:29. While he looked very shaky in the first few minutes Dubnyk settled in as the period went on and was a big reason Edmonton led 2-0 after 20 minutes.
Oilers down Senators 3-1
Edmonton Sun | Oct 20