Dougie Hamilton Scores From Centre Ice And Oilers Fans Take Off Early
- Even though the Edmonton Oilers entered Tuesday’s game in a tie for first place in the Pacific Division there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about what they are actually capable of this season.
- They are still the most top-heavy team in the league, relying almost entirely on one line for offense.
- They have also been playing below .500 hockey for the better part of the past two months, and after Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes have won just 11 of their past 25 games.
- Not great!
- This most recent loss also included a rather embarrassing play as goalie Mikko Koskinen was faked out by Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton and allowed a goal from the center red line.
- As Hamilton controlled the puck at the red line off of a face-off win, he made it look like he was going to simply dump the puck into the corner.
- That resulted in Koskinen starting to leave the net so he could cut off the dump-in and hopefully make a play to gain possession for his team.
- The problem for Koskinen?
- Hamilton ended up putting the puck on net — while still looking at the corner! — and scored his 11th goal of the season, continuing what might turn out to be a Norris-worthy campaign.
- You can see the play in the video above.
- Giving up a red line goal is always tough for a goalie, but this one had to especially sting because the Oilers had just rallied from a two-goal deficit earlier in the period only to give up three consecutive goals — including Hamilton’s goal — to lose their second game in a row and their fifth in their past seven games.
I think Dougie Hamilton just "scoreboard"-ed an Oilers fan. pic.twitter.com/58VpQ4XYyQ
— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) December 11, 2019
Sources & Credits: NBC Sports
NHL Highlights | Hurricanes vs. Oilers – Dec. 10, 2019
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