The winning was fun while it lasted. Final Score: 5-2 Sharks.
I was at the game on Sunday night, and as I walked out of Rexall Place a “we won a game” chant started going towards the LRT station. Of all the losses the Sharks will have this season, they’re the ones that ended the Oilers 11-game losing streak. To say “that can’t feel good” is the understatement of the century. An 11-game losing streak is the stuff of legends. Losing to the Oilers was like striking out at a hooker convention. Obviously, the Sharks were going to come out like a pissed off team, and they weren’t going to make anything easy for Oilers.
With the way tonight’s game started, (2 goals on 5 shots) I wasn’t expecting much from the Oilers for the rest of the game. Little did I know, or expect, that they would come roaring back with 2 quick goals of their own, late in the first period. That was pretty much all that went well though. That’s not to say that the Oilers played overly bad, it’s just that nothing seemed to go right. They didn’t get great goaltending from Ben Scrivens (he had a .792 save% – that’s not good), and any mistake they seemed to make ended up in the back of the net.
Tonight was another one of those nights when the Oilers played decently well, but the goaltending let them down. There were too many defensive lapses that resulted in goals against. It’s the same movie we’ve been watching all year, and I’m really tired of the ending. I don’t know how else I/bloggers/MSM/radio guys/fans can say it, the Oilers need to learn to play a complete game consistently. That means the whole team, and not just a few parts of it.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- The Oilers were actually shooting on the power play. This is scientific proof that they are able to hear us yelling “SHOOOOOOOOT” through the TV.
- I’m really digging the Yakupov-Draisaitl-Eberle line. They produced chances all night long.
- David Perron is heating up nicely. He had another goal tonight.
- Eberle was making plays happen all night. He had scoring chances, was setting guys up, and had the puck on string all night long.
- I thought Nail Yakupov played a really solid game. He needs to find a way to score consistently though.
THE FACE PALMERS
- The Sharks don’t have enough ex-captains playing on their roster. Maybe they could give Doug Wilson a call to see what he’s up to.
- Scrivens/The Oilers let in 2 goals on 5 shots to open the game. That makes it really tough to win when you’re spotting the other team two goals off the top.
- Barclay Goodrow scored his first NHL goal against the Oilers. Is it just me or has this become a recurring thing of late?
- Steve Pinizzotto got a penalty for holding John Scott’s stick. And, of course, the Sharks scored on the power play. They deserved to score. Frankly, any team deserves to get scored against if someone on their team gets a penalty for holding John Scott’s stick. Seriously.
- Night to forget for Scrivens. 5 goals on 24 shots.
BEST OF THE TWEETS
@OilersNation Are you watching the Victoria’s Secret special?
— Kevin Radowits (@sportsjunkie007) December 10, 2014
— Zachary Bliss (@Arbitraryholds) December 10, 2014
— El Creepo (@Edmonton_rookie) December 10, 2014
@OilersNation Dr Drai knows that he needs to have been in the league a bit longer before he’s allowed to make passes like that right?
— Rip Van Winkle (@bhlazo) December 10, 2014
@OilersNation So many DP’s lately! Too much pleasure I do say!
— Douglas (@chop_sticks77) December 10, 2014
— David Smitten (@DavidSmitten) December 10, 2014
— Buddy on a couch (@Buddyonacouch) December 10, 2014
I wonder a little if Yakupov spends the rest of the year at LW.
— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) December 10, 2014
That’s the 10th time in the last 13 games that these “highly skilled” Oilers have scored two or fewer goals.
— Rob Tychkowski (@Sun_Tychkowski) December 10, 2014
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