GDB 30.0 Wrap Up: Rangers @ Oilers

That was emotional. Final Score: 7-5 Oilers

Was anyone else nervous about how the Oilers were going to play on ceremony night? Before the game, Jason Gregor tweeted that the Oilers were 3-3-2 on nights with banner raising ceremonies and tonight’s ceremony happened to be a long one. As I was watching it, and listening to Glen Sather talk about being lucky, all I could think about was how I must have missed out on a hell of a ride. Being 30 years old I barely remember the fifth Stanley Cup win, and Gretzky was already gone by that point, so it’s hard to imagine the glory days. I remember getting ladder match bunged up in 2006 so I can only imagine what the 80s were like. To have all of those players on the same team was some kind of miracle.

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With how this game started it seemed like the Oilers were getting plenty of that luck that Glen Sather was talking about in his speech. Putting three goals past Henrik Lundqvist is a wish at the best of times let alone putting three past him in one period. As far as head starts go this was about as good as you could get, for the Oilers. Unfortunately, the tricky part always seems to be hanging on to that lead. In the second period, the Rangers bounced back (like all good teams seem to do) and erased a two goal deficit to tie things up, all the while pushing for more. I might even suggest that the Oilers were lucky to take a tie game into the third period. 

Speaking of the third period, I thought I was going to have a heart attack and die (pantsless) on my living room floor. That had to be the most exciting period of Oilers hockey that I’ve watching a long, long time. The Oilers rebounded from a mediocre second period, reclaiming their two goal lead only to give it up again. I’m not going to lie, when the Rangers tied things up for the second time I was half expecting the Oilers to find a way to lose this one. Giving up two two-goal leads in the same game and still winning? I’m not used to it. I guess the rebuild has us all feeling a little bit antsy.

Lastly, could there ever have been a better homage to Glen Sather than a game with twelve goals scored? Talk about a throwback to the time when the Oilers were putting up goals in droves. Great game. Great win. 

We wrap.

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  • Props to the Oilers for the Glen Sather tribute ceremony. I thought it was beautifully done, and his speech was heartfelt and well written. My only complaint is that creepy painting they gave him. I’m not sure who thought that thing was a good idea but it weirded me out. 
  • Lauri Korpikoski must read the weekly Report Card. He got hammered in this morning’s rankings and he responded with his first career hat trick. I admit that I down-voted him in the Report Card and, therefore, take some of the credit for his offensive outburst. Either way, this was a great night for the boy named Lauri. 
  • Teddy Purcell’s goal (his sixth) was a thing of beauty. Draisaitl’s cross ice pass to Taylor Hall shows the kind of vision that kid has, and it was perfect. From there, Hall threw a quick pass towards the middle and Purcell finished off the tick tack toe. 
  • Is it good when you register four points in a game? Taylor Hall keeps producing offense at a wizard like pace and is in the midst of a four game point streak… again. In that time, he has five goals and four assists.
  • Another four point night (four assists) for Neon Leon. Draisaitl is quickly becoming Big Sexy 2.0 and I’m not even sorry about it. My apologies go out to Sheldon Souray as I imagine it would be painful to be replaced in sexiness. 
  • Darnell Nurse scored his second goal of the season on a quick wrister, coming in from the point. With the way Darryl is progressing I’m wondering if the Oilers haven’t already found their #1 D-man. It may not happen this year, or even next year, but Darnell Nurse is going to be a rock on that blue line for years to come. 
  • The Oilers went 1/3 on the power play.
  • My friends, we’re looking at a five game winning streak. 



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  • Despite putting One Direction as the lead image for the face palmers I do actually like a couple of their songs. I felt compelled to tell you guys. I have embarrassed my family, and I have embarrassed the Shaolin temple.
  • I saw a lot of Ranger players running their mouth against Darnell Nurse but no one seemed willing to do anything about it. Darryl is a warlord. Our warlord.
  • Why couldn’t the second period be as nice as the first period? In fact, the second period was the opposite of nice. The Rangers are rude houseguests. 
  • I like the way the Oilers completely forgot that Mats Zuccarello existed on his goal. How did the guy get so wide open? Shocking. 
  • I was hoping that Henrik Lundqvist had forgotten to play goal after letting in three goals on 15 shots in the first period. He almost had me fooled, in the second period. Seriously though, who would have expected the Oilers to chase Lundqvist tonight? I like to think it’s karma for when he laughed at the Oilers last season after shutting them out. Who’s laughing this time, Hank?
  • Tonight wasn’t a great night for Anders Nilsson but he stopped enough pucks to get the win, and that’s all that matters. For all the times that Nilsson bailed the team out, in the past week, it was nice to see the skaters return the favour. Nilsson finished the night with 29 saves and an .853 save%. 
  • Oscar Klefbom got hurt tonight and had left the game to get X-rays. There wasn’t much of an update at the time of posting the Wrap Up. 


06:35 EDM PPG – Lauri Korpikoski (4) Wrist shot – ASST: Iiro Pakarinen (2), Mark Letestu (5) 1 – 0 EDM
12:16 NYR Mats Zuccarello (12) Wrist shot – ASST: Chris Kreider (9), Dylan McIlrath (1) 1 – 1 Tie
15:47 EDM Lauri Korpikoski (5) Wrist shot – ASST: Matt Hendricks (3), Justin Schultz (3) 2 – 1 EDM
16:57 EDM Teddy Purcell (6) Wrist shot – ASST: Taylor Hall (19), Leon Draisaitl (14) 3 – 1 EDM
00:53 NYR Chris Kreider (5) Backhand shot – ASST: Mats Zuccarello (12), Henrik Lundqvist (1) 3 – 2 EDM
08:44 NYR Derick Brassard (10) Wrist shot – ASST: Rick Nash (11), Marc Staal (9) 3 – 3 Tie
00:18 EDM Taylor Hall (13) Backhand shot – ASST: Teddy Purcell (12), Leon Draisaitl (15) 4 – 3 EDM
02:40 EDM Darnell Nurse (2) Snap shot – ASST: Taylor Hall (20), Leon Draisaitl (16) 5 – 3 EDM
06:28 NYR Derick Brassard (11) Wrist shot – ASST: Rick Nash (12), Keith Yandle (14) 5 – 4 EDM
18:14 NYR PPG – Rick Nash (9) Wrist shot – ASST: Dan Boyle (6), Ryan McDonagh (10) 5 – 5 Tie
18:26 EDM Taylor Hall (14) Snap shot – ASST: Leon Draisaitl (17), Teddy Purcell (13) 6 – 5 EDM
19:22 EDM EN – Lauri Korpikoski (6) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE 7 – 5 EDM


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  • rnj


    5 in a row for the first time since 1987, with the whole top line injured and $13M sitting in the AHL.

    playoff spot for the first time in a decade.

    draisaitl’s PPG is now better than anyone not named patrick kane.

    7 goals against one of the top goalies in HISTORY on a banner-raising night honouring the best dynasty in modern hockey.

    korp first career hatty.

    revenge on lundqvist for mocking the oil a year ago.

    for the fist time since ’06 I have chills thinking about the future

    GO OIL

  • Germoil

    Something is changing in Edmonton. I think I can finally smell it in the air. Draisaitl is for real. He is a tank, and paired with Hall, they can use muscle, quickness and sharp hockey sense to really control the play deep in the offensive zone. Their neutral zone speed and new found (seemingly out of thin air) forchecking prowess is tilting the ice toward the opponents end. Nurse and Klefbom are a real difference maker this year, also. It seems that with the new coaching staff, a few minor unheralded trades in the off-season and the emergence of a handful of hard-nosed, big, talented kids, this team will be able to turn this thing around for good. Good on Hall to climb up the leader board, and congrats Slats!

    Glen Sather pioneered 5 Stanley Cups in 7 years, so it seems fitting his New York Rangers went down in defeat to the Oilers 5 goals, to 7. I think the hockey gods chuckled a little bit when they came up with that one.

  • dougtheslug

    Interesting. Currently Neon Leon is tied in scoring with such unknowns as Duchene, Pavelski, Malkin, Carter and Bergeron. And has one more point than an anonymous fellow named Ovechkin. Despite playing anywhere from 7 to 9 fewer games than the above named. And he just turned 20.

    A star is born.

    • Chainsawz

      A Star was born the nano-second someone in the Oilers Braintrust recognised an accurate superior valuation of a below the Radar DRAFT DAY STEAL in Draisaitl….5% were pushing the River on Leon,everyone else was on the Bandwagon and delegating him

      There was one single moment in time where the tables tipped directly in Leon Draisaitls favor,when an optimal VISION of how he could fit into the Oiler future was actioned upon.

      We thank the visionarys who fought for Dre’ Pre-Draft,they are the Pillars of the Oilers future.

  • R U Kidding Me!

    I cannot imagine once McDavid and Yak come back. This offence is finally clicking and clearly able to overcome average goaltending like tonight. Lets keep this going!

  • offshoreoil

    Wow… The first game in a while where Nilsson wasn’t feeling it, and the team rewards him with 7 goals… Great to see.
    PP is still awful but even strength goals are just as nice.

  • dougtheslug

    Last year Lundquist was laughing at the Oilers after a pathetically easy 16 save shutout. “I didn’t make a single tough save”, he chuckled in the post game interview.

    Well, your Highness, Karma’s a bitch. I don’t remember you making a single tough save tonight either.

  • gus1000

    Oil keep fighting for an entertaining win.

    Scrivens with a shutout – the better he plays the more he pushes LB, that can’t be a bad thing.

    I think the Ders has earned a night off. He hasn’t looked sharp the past two, but the team picked it up. He needs to get a night on the bench to recharge, enjoy the view and take it all in.

    I am hoping Talbot is in a good place and ready to fight for his job.

  • Lyxdeslic

    Face Palmer: Teddy taking a god awful offensive zone penalty with a one goal lead with under 2 minutes left. Had a great game but omg was that penalty brutal.

  • Simmerdown

    This all happened with our whole second like out. Can’t wait for McDavid and Yak to come back.


    It’s going to be tough to say goodbye to JJ or Paks when they get sent down. Just dont have the room for them.

  • bazmagoo

    Was at the game tonight and one I will never forget. What a night! After the cheap shot to Purcell I knew karma would step in and boy did it ever.

    – nurse is a beast again. His long successful NHL career is well on its way
    – same goes for Drai, I always knew the kid had it in him
    – hall, what can I say

    Could these guys actually make a run at the playoffs this year?

  • Germoil

    Was happy for Sather until they showed him on the game tying goal. When hall got the go ahead I flipped the bird and everyone in the pub, swearing at him looool.

    Great win love it.

    Sad to see kelfbom be hurt hopefully he comes back fast we can’t have him out for too long.