Back Up's and Enforcers Prove They Can Shine

Peter BojarinovAnalyst IOctober 14, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 12:   Defenseman Taylor Chorney #41, right wing Zack Stortini #46, and left wing Ethan Moreau #19 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrate with their teammates scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators on October 12, 2009 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

In a game where the Predators seemed to be all over the Oilers to start the game (and with a total of 41 shots), the final score sheet had a different result.

Edmonton’s backup Jeff Droulin-Deslauries was the third man in last season, and boy was it cramped there. This season, he’s the only main back up.

In his first start of the season, he proved he could be even better. "He was our star tonight, no question," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said of his goaltender. "Early in the game we had some rough shifts, and he was really sharp and got us a chance to get by the early going."

Nashville had many strong scoring opportunities early, but Deslauries would thwart them all.

After that, the Oilers would score six straight goals, four in the first period, and two in the second. Tough guy Zack Stortini, who had a fight within the first few minutes of the match, looked more like a sniper by the end of the opening period. Stortini would score the final two goals in the period. The first goal was from a great feed by Mike Comrie, the other from a terrific deke move into the zone, and a great shot just inside the far post.

The Predators would have one goal before the game was done late in the 2nd period from Jason Arnott.

The final score was 6-1 for the Oilers, showed they have tons of offensive depth.


BRIGHT STARS: Zack Stortini, Gilbert Brule, Andrew Cogliano, and Jeff Deslauries

DARK STARS: Sam Gagner

BLUE COLLAR: Ethan Moreau, Dustin Penner