GDB 24.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Penguins

DersNilsson

We won? We won! Final Score: 3-2 Oilers in the shootout.

I would be lying if I told you guys that I was exciting about watching tonight’s hockey game. I’m sick right now (as are many people at Nation HQ) and the last thing I really wanted to be doing was watching the Oilers drop a shit on the ice like they have been for the past couple nights. As much as I love my job, the last thing my sickly corpse needed was to watch another beatdown. I needed a miracle. I needed a win.

Much to my delight, my prayers were answered! When the Oilers pulled out to a two goal lead I had just assumed that all the flu meds I’ve been pumping into my system were making me trip balls. Surely I must have be hallucinating. There was no way that this was the same team that played against Carolina and Detroit. After checking with the missus to confirm that my eyes weren’t lying to me I realized that the Oilers had, indeed, shown up to play.  

For a minute, I thought I my Dayquil dreams were coming to an end.  Why? Evgeni Malkin was a menace to society tonight, and he almost single handedly robbed the Oilers of this victory. The puck seemed to be following him around and it wouldn’t have surprised me if he had scored four or five tonight. I was literally nervous for the final 20 minutes of play. I mean, this the Oilers we’re talking about, and we all have reason to be nervous about games being tied up late. I was sure they were going to find a wing to bung it up.

Fortunately, for all our sanities, the Penguins (Malkin specifically) were unable to complete the comeback and the Oilers closed out the win in the shootout. Who saw this coming?

Wrap it up.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

Crepes

  • Shout out to Jujhar Khaira for making his NHL debut tonight. There were a couple times when he looked a little bit nervous, but that’s to be expected, but he was solid out there. A little luck and he would have had his first NHL goal late in the third period. Bonus points awarded for that mo he’s rocking.
  • Leon Draisaitl has been a well oiled machine since his recall from Bakersfield. He banged home his 8th goal of the season after being in the right spot at the right time, in front of the net. 
  • I have to say that I’m coming around on Andrej Sekera which is a miracle considering he is going to be around for a while. He seems to be settling in and playing better as the season goes on. Is he the #1 the Oilers need? No, but the pairing of Sekera and Nurse have been doing their best to fill the part. 
  • I always love seeing Matty Hendricks pull off the paralyzer in the shootout. He only has one move, but it’s a good move.
  • Anders Nilsson was rock solid tonight. Nilsson was huge when they needed him, and he did everything he could to get them the win. How about that sequence on Malkin in overtime? Great game. Nilsson finished the night stopping 39 of 41 for a .951 save%
  • 50.5% in the faceoff circle. Could always be better but not as horrible as we’ve seen.
  • David Perron was held scoreless tonight. The curse loses this round. 

THE FACE PALMERS

Haggis

  • Where the hell was this team the past couple nights?
  • Malkin was an unstoppable force tonight. His goal will be on every highlight real there is tonight. The thing that sucks is that we’ll have to watch that goal in the “best goal” countdowns for the rest of the season. How did he follow that up? With an absolute bullet on the power play. Just ridiculous. 
  • Klefbom needs to up his awareness to make sure he doesn’t get pick pocketed like he did against Malkin, on his first goal. To his credit, Malkin is a filthy pick pocket.
  • Even though they scored on their first power play of the night, the Oilers didn’t get much done from there. On more than one occasion the Oilers were actually out-chanced on their own power play. The power play had a chance to close out the game in overtime, but spent most of their time chasing the puck on account of not being able to hit the net. 
  • How does Leon Draisaitl speak better English than I do? 

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD
02:02 EDM Leon Draisaitl (8) Wrist shot – ASST: Taylor Hall (16), Teddy Purcell (9) 1 – 0 EDM
07:30 EDM PPG – Lauri Korpikoski (3) Tip-in – ASST: Andrej Sekera (8), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (11) 2 – 0 EDM
2ND PERIOD
00:48 PIT Evgeni Malkin (10) Backhand shot – ASST: NONE 2 – 1 EDM
03:29 PIT PPG – Evgeni Malkin (11) Slapshot – ASST: Kris Letang (13), Sidney Crosby (10) 2 – 2 Tie
3RD PERIOD
NONE
OT PERIOD
NONE
SHOOTOUT
ROUND EDMONTON OILERS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
1 Matt Hendricks (scored)   David Perron (miss)
2 Jordan Eberle (scored) Sidney Crosby (miss)

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  • vetinari

    Is there another team in the NHL, that gets this badly locked up in their own end,. time after time they cannot get the puck out and the play becomes a shooting gallery. Nilsson won this game for them.

    Not sure if its the system or the players, but other teams for the most part do a one two and you are out… not the Oilers.

    Anyway good on them for the win… they can use one. Can’t wait for the Toilet Bowl game on Monday against the Leafs.

  • toprightcorner

    WTF??? Why is Paul Romanuk Still doing Oiler Games did we not Vote him off the island and BTW Nation Great news from San Jose Shames are getting their assessment handed to them♡♡♡♡♡

  • CapeBretonOilers

    Man oh Man.
    Praise be to NILLSON!

    I think our Defence WILL be just fine after about 10 more games of gelling together

    We could have really turned this season around on the road trip with a W in Carolina and one in Toronto, but one game at a time

    Eberle your drunk go home

    Klefbom check for your wallet after the game I think Malkin has it.

  • CapeBretonOilers

    Fact:
    We are 9 points out of 1st place in the pacific.
    winning 5 outta 6 narrows the gap.
    More efforts like this from Nillson night after night. wowzas
    sign the boy.
    him and LB next year

  • CMG30

    Nice to get 2 points but I’ll be THAT guy.

    3rd game in a row we were outplayed and deserved to lose. Thanks Nilsson. Also 3rd straight game we look like pansies, all vs Eastern teams.

    When Fayne touches the puck I automatically prepare to be let down.

    Klefbom had a rough night – Malkin’s steal, tossing it over the boards on a clearing attempt when down 2 men, etc. The list goes on and on for him.

    And when Nuge actually wins a board battle remind me to play the lotto.

    • CMG30

      The Oil lost a lot of games they deserved to win this year. Only fair they get one back. Plus the W seems to have pulled half the commenters here back off the ledge.

  • CapeBretonOilers

    Oh and don’t even get me started on Nuge and faceoffs.
    He took one late – maybe OT? – and the wingers automatically rushed towards the Pitt D – they KNOW he’s losing that draw clean.

        • camdog

          Those 5 games before that though he was sub 30% in the dot as you are well aware. This team won’t win much if 20 minute a night centres can’t win the faceoff. I know there’s a large segment of the hockey world fixated on advanced stats, but the number one stat I look at for possession is the face off winning percentage. This team isn’t built to retrieve the puck at any position (not just defence, forwards as well).

  • passenger

    We’ve been hearing over and over that the Oil need a goalie that can steal games. Well, start the counter boys and girls, that’s one.

    Our boys provide entertaining game after entertaining game, this time they pulled one out for the good guys. Top that off with a day in the mountains and a Sh!?ttytown Dumpsterfires loss, and it’s been a good day.

    • LordVallko

      I disagree, the Carolina game was the worst most boring game I’ve watched all year. Actually, it is the only Oiler game I couldn’t bare to complete and deleted same prior to it ending.

  • passenger

    REALLY starting to think that the angriest posters on GDBs after a loss are just Dumpsterfires trolls over here sowing dischord. Ima matlock this MAF’Q

  • Speed Junky

    Oh the Oilers. Growing pains

    fan since 1984.

    how can we beat Crosby one night and lose to Carolina

    It’s very exciting when games are so close

    good to be Oiler fan

    97 please get us into the playoffs!!!!!!!!!

  • Petrolero

    I think my whole.building heard me scream when letestu put that puck between pakarinen’s skates.

    I’m glad they won but guys like Eberle and polio are going very quiet lately.

    The thing is from now on its going to be a roller coaster of emotions in oilers nation. A win and the party poopers disappear. A loss and they come and smear the whole message board.

    I still think a trade needs to be made in order to stabilize the team.

  • sportsjunkie007

    Feels great to get a win.

    Also, happy with PCs presser – so much better then MacTs pressers which made me feel like the franchise was doomed.

    Good luck to the Eskimos – what a boost for the city if they can bring the Cup home. First championship in E-Town in a decade.

    • Have it every now and then, not for everyone! But being from an Irish background (NL) Haggis was a food from long ago. But then again, I truly love blood sausages aka black puddings, fried up chicken harts and chicken livers……

      Now, if only the Oil could string some wins together!

    • Semi

      It’s no where near as bad as people make it out to be.

      It’s a sausage, just with sheep instead of pig.

      The spices that are traditionally used give it a strong flavour, but you can get ones that are toned down.

      You should try it at least once.

      Fresh haggis with a warm guinness and a deep fried mars bar for desert.

      You’ll be a true Scotsman!

  • Petrolero

    I realize this is the ultimate small sample size but I was impressed with Khaira’s pre and post games interviews. I thought he acquited himself fairly well for a first game in his career at the NHL level. He seems like a polite and respectful person. He skates reasonably well and knows how to forecheck and battle for pucks. He made a real heads up play in front of Pittsburg’s net and showed a good stick in the process.

    I’m pulling for this guy to make it as a solid bottom sixer within the next season or two. We’ll see.

  • Anton CP

    At least that Klefbom redeemed himself by picking off Crosby and forced a PP. Even that they didn’t score but at least that kept Pens on their toes until the end of OT.

  • Jay (not J)

    Klefbom’s overtime move on Crosby was a thing of beauty. It’s a shame he wasn’t awarded the penalty shot he deserved, but with the quality of refereeing we’ve seen this season we should be thankful Klefbom didn’t wind up on the bench. There’s no point in overstating a win now, but it’s still nice to see one from time to time even if only for its own sake.

  • Chainsawz

    I woke up this morning and thought it was a dream.

    I know Ebs is in the ON doghouse, but he looked more engaged in the game than any game previously. I hope the shootout winner leads to a massive up schwing in points for him and the team.

  • Speed Junky

    Ebs is high skill, hard to come by.

    Yes he needs more intense play.

    The coach will set fire under these players or PC will trade them.

    I like Ebs and Nuge, they need to try more like Hendricks

    I every Oiler put the effort in like Hendricks, we would be in top 10

  • Speed Junky

    Ebs is high skill, hard to come by.

    Yes he needs more intense play.

    The coach will set fire under these players or PC will trade them.

    I like Ebs and Nuge, they need to try more like Hendricks

    I every Oiler put the effort in like Hendricks, we would be in top 10

    • R U Kidding Me!

      Yesterday Chia stated that he is disappointed on the team’s performance and the performance of some players. TodM stated that we should expect that every game to be a challenge for this team and we shouldn’t expect a turn around (I paraphrase). After 20 games the new management team have a had chance to evaluate what they have, and its not good.

      There is lots of chatter that Chia is trying to make a move, but a significant move in season is very rare. Swapping bottom 6 forwards isn’t what the Oil need. Other than McD’s return what you see is what the Oil will be this year.

      This off season I expect more changes with some of the “core” bring swapped out.

  • Soiled Trousers

    Great job by the Oilers getting the win. Sure there were some sketchy moments but there were also some pretty good plays. I’m not planning the parade anytime soon but a win is always a good night and a cause for celebration!

  • hagar

    The people who know things need to change to be a real nhl team are quiet after a win because they are fans.

    The people that randomly pop up and ask “where are all the haters now” after one win are the hilarious ones.

    The biggest problem with the oilers has always been that they suck against sucky teams, and play decent against good teams. Squeaking out a win against the pens doesn’t change that.

    I am sure as hell not going to crap on a win, and am happy when they win.