Barons win. Avalanche lose. Final Score: 4-1 Oilers
When the Oilers played the Avalanche five days ago they were able to jump out to a three goal lead within the first 10 minutes of the first period. The Oilers were able to hang on to that lead thanks to some solid goaltending from Ben Scrivens. Going into tonight’s game the Oilers would once again be hoping to ride on the back of Richard Bachman’s strong play from three nights ago. The irony of having their goalies steal wins is that these wins are coming at the worst time – the precious is slipping away.
Tonight’s game didn’t have the same excitement of the one five days ago. Tonight’s game looked like the type of game you would expect from the 22nd and 28th place teams. Even Twitter refused to be my crutch to solve any lulls in excitement. Either people have finally thrown in the towel on Oilers entirely, and refuse to tweet about the game, or we now know who skipped the game to watch the Bieber roast. The beliebers probably thought that we wouldn’t notice they were missing, but I noticed and they’ve been outed.*
As tonight’s game played out, I couldn’t help but wonder how much more fun winning would be had the Oilers been able to do some of it in October and November. It’s been so long since the Oilers have had anything to play for at the end of a season that I’m starting to forget what it’s like. Instead of excitement and a playoff push, we’re getting wins that result in meaningless points in the standings. Some very solid Oiler efforts, late in the season, are being tarnished by the complete cluster funk that was the first half of that same season. I love seeing wins, but they’ll never be enjoyable while people are arguing about draft position.
*I totally plan to watch the Bieber roast.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- I don’t have enough time or skill to write about how great a story Brandon Davidson’s 1st NHL goal was. He battled for his life and won only to make it to the NHL and on the back of hard work and determination. To see him score tonight was fantastic in so many ways.
- Speaking of Brandon Davidson: If you can find Jason Gregor I urge you to shake him down for some lotto numbers, gypsy tears, or something. The guy called that Davidson would show up on the score sheet (he said it would be a penalty, but I’m still giving him partial credit).
- Justin Schultz actually Jultzed a Colorado defenceman when he scored his 6th goal of the season. Schultz gingerly knocked the Avs d-man off the puck to walk alone and tuck the puck in on a nice little deke. Normally those kind of goals go the other way on Schultz so it was a little bit alarming to say the least.
- The Purcell-Roy-Yakupov line was producing chances all night. They didn’t score, but they were pressuring the Avs defence all game long.
- Nikki Nikitin gets an extra helping of goat carrots as he scored his 4th goal of the season on a strange bouncer into the empty net.
- Taylor Hall added a second empty netter to get his 13th goal of the season.
- Speaking of those two empty netters, Andrew Miller racked up a couple quick assists on both of those goals. Miller has six points in six NHL games since being recalled from the Barons.
- Richard Bachman was rock solid again for the second game in a row. He finished the night with 29 saves and a .967 save%.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Ryan O’Reilly would be a fantastic second line centre for the Oilers. Dare to dream?
- How does Gabriel Landeskog speak better English than I do? Damned public school system!
- I’m sure Todd Nelson’s kid is a very nice kid, but did Sportsnet really have to interview him in the second intermission? Is that what Oilers games have come to? Is Katz’s kid up next for a little face time?
- This whole Todd Nelson thing confuses me. If the Oilers wanted an interim coach, and knew they were going to look for a new coach in the offseason, why didn’t they just throw the interim tag on Craig Ramsay? I thought that’s what he was there for?
- The Coyotes and Sabres played tonight and that could have meant ground earned in the McJesus sweepstakes. Instead, the Oilers continue to win. I mean, I love when the Oilers win but not right now. Maybe they could try it in October for a change? That would be cool.
- Rob Klinkhammer had to play centre tonight. What does that tell you about the Oilers’ depth at the position?
- The Oilers are only three points back of the Leafs, and I don’t know what to do about it. I can’t cheer for the Leafs to win, but I also don’t want the Oilers to pass them in the standings. So many teams with their tank game on point!
- The precious is slipping further away by the day.
BEST OF THE TWEETS
Is there a Stormtrooper parade in the Pepsi Center? Or did they just hand out noise makers?
— TheTowelBoy (@TheTowelBoy) March 31, 2015
What would Brian Boitano do? #comeonyouoilers
— G (@Pretty__G) March 31, 2015
— Klondike Cycle (@GoKlondikeCycle) March 31, 2015
@OilersNation Nail Yakupov playing with a heavy heart after watching his fellow countryman lose the United States title to John Cena.
— Ryan B. (@IAmByks) March 31, 2015
— Mike (@m_dan25) March 31, 2015
Schultz made the Colorado defenseman look like Jultz. @OilersNation
— Stu The Penguin (@StuThePenguin) March 31, 2015
— David Smitten (@DavidSmitten) March 31, 2015
@OilersNation so this is how my parents felt when I was young, a good level of pride, tempered with disappointment.
— matthew hall (@matthall67_hall) March 31, 2015
— Daniel Jones (@dantaylorjones) March 31, 2015
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