There’s nothing more romantic than an Oilers game, am I right? Final Score: 7-2 Senators.
The only good thing about an afternoon game is that it gives you an excuse to start drinking beer at breakfast. I like to watch football in the morning. I like my hockey games to be a little bit later, but today was Hockey Day in Canada so I guess the hockey gods were giving the Oilers another opportunity to embarrass themselves on national TV. Oh how the Oilers love to come through for the hockey gods.
I don’t know if it was because of the early start or what, but this game turned into some pond hockey in the second period. After finishing the first period in a 1-1 tie the doors got blown open with five goals in the second period. Put it this way: defence looked optional out there but dammit if it wasn’t entertaining. Well… it would have been better if the Senators hadn’t been able to beat Fasth twice in 58 seconds. I guess defensive breakdowns and “he probably should have stopped thats” are never a good mix.
On the bright side, the Oilers are the Wayne Gretzky of getting blown out on national television. I wish I knew how many times the Oilers have played on Hockey Night (Day in this case) in Canada and have absolutely been embarrassed. This didn’t look like the same team that beat Montreal on Thursday night. This team looked more like the Oilers we’ve all been used to for the past few (nine) years. They couldn’t put a pass together, they couldn’t finish on their chances, and every turnover seemed to end up in their net. The Oilers gave up their chance at winning this hockey game with the second period gong show that they couldn’t recover from.
Even though the Oilers played better in the third period, the damage was done. It’s been a while since the Oilers have let one period dictate the outcome of a hockey game, but that’s what happened today. Not surprisingly, giving the Senators four goals in the second period was an awful idea and they couldn’t recover.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Benoit Pouliot was back in the lineup after missing the last week with a foot injury.
- Derek Roy scored a great goal in his hometown in front of his parents. Roy came down the right wing on a 2 on 1 with Justin Schultz. Roy looked off the defended and buried the puck upstairs.
- Nail Yakupov made a nice little chip play on the Derek Roy goal and extended his point streak to four games. To me, he looks like he’s starting to play with the same joy as he did when Ralph Kreuger was around. It’s good to see.
- Mark Fayne scored his second goal of the season on a nice little play from Jeff Petry. Why the Oilers don’t plan on keeping Petry is ridiculous. From what’s out there, it doesn’t even seem like they’ve offered him a contract.
- The #Tank2015 lives for another day. SAVE US MCJESUS!
- Great tilt between Luke Gazdic and Chris Neil! Be sure to vote on the fight at HockeyFights.com
THE FACE PALMERS
- It’s amazing how many times one team gets a chance but can’t cash, and the other team takes the puck back the other way and scores. That’s what happened when Teddy Purcell couldn’t close on a shorthanded breakaway in the first period. Bad luck, or creepy hockey god intervention?
- After having a solid first period, the wheels fell off for Viktor Fasth in the second. The Senators scored two goals in 58 seconds, and that was it for Fasth. Richard Bachman made his first appearance of the season and finished with 23 save and an .857 save%. Fasth finished with 12 saves and an .800 save%.
- The Alex Chiasson goal was the kind of goal that seems to always go in on the Oilers. The puck bounced in off a broken stick, and into an empty net. If there is luck in hockey, the Oilers have none of it.
- The second period buried the Oilers. I guess opening the game up for some shinny doesn’t always work.
- This game was 50 shades of awful.
- Valentine’s Day: When we all have to pay for our own wives and girlfriends to… nevermind.
BEST OF THE TWEETS
DO A FEATURE ON EVERYBODY! #Roy ???
— Ryan B. (@IAmByks) February 14, 2015
I can’t stop loling at this play pic.twitter.com/GuKdpr4bY7
— The Big Teejbowski (@TJrocks33) February 14, 2015
@OilersNation Its cause the play by play guys said Sens struggle to score. Assists to the the play guys.
— Kyle Eldstrom (@KEldstrom) February 14, 2015
I wouldn’t mind this game ending 7-6
— Avry’s Sports Show (@Avry) February 14, 2015
@jsbmbaggedmilk There hasn’t been a goal in 5 minutes now. This game is soooooooo boring.
— David Smitten (@DavidSmitten) February 14, 2015
@OilersNation there’s a 50 Shades of Grey theme going on here with the torture the oilers put us through…
— Shaun Ali (@shaunathan) February 14, 2015
Have the Oilers won on a Saturday, like EVER?
— Rascal Gas (@rascalgas) February 14, 2015
@OilersNation So I take it the wrap ups already done?
— Kyle Eldstrom (@KEldstrom) February 14, 2015
@OilersNation see beers were so necessary !!
— Ashley Mugford (@ash_mug) February 14, 2015
— Chris. (@MagicPizza101) February 14, 2015
— Jeanshorts (@JSBMjeanshorts) February 14, 2015
THEOILERSRIG.COM MS FUNDRAISER
I want to give another shout out to the Oilers Rig for the fundraiser they’re holding at Brewsters on February 21st to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. This is the 2nd year that the Oilers Rig has held this event, and we’re hoping to help them raise as much money as possible for a great cause. Last year, they raised over $2000 for MS research and with the auction items they’ve got this year I’m hoping we can help launch them past that.
What are the auction items? They’ve got a signed Connor McDavid team Canada jersey, a Ryan Smyth autographed farewell canvas, and a lot more. The point is, they scraped together some really cool stuff to auction off, they’ll also have trivia and prizes, but more importantly an opportunity to do something positive in the community.
If you don’t have plans set for February 21st, you do now. Shout out to our friends at the Oilers Rig for raising money for such a great cause. If you’re looking for more details on the event, the article explaining everything you need to know is here. You can also hit up any of the writers at the Oilers Rig for details, and I’m sure they’d be happy to help.