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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  • Simmerdown

    We had a 5 game win streak in 2008. We tanked that season. This team is a joke. It angers me that the NHl will award this awful team with yet another #1 pick. What a joke. All 5 games they won by luck. all advanced stats suggested they sucked. Corsi/possesion/shot differential etc… JOKE The team will collapse soon, just like they did in 2008 after they won 5 in a row.

  • Simmerdown

    So what happened to Nuge and Eberle? No points, -3 on the night each. Totally dominated by the Rangers. He will get older, but he won’t get any bigger. Time to trade the Nuge. Drai and McDavid have surpassed him.

    • Dawn

      Nuge and unsung heros have been the BACKBONE of this streak and tonight Ebbs worked with him perfectly getting their jobs done.

      LOL…Nuge isnt going anywhere….he will likely have a “C” on his chest when this team raises the Stanley Cup….there is to much offense on this team for anyone BUT a 2-Way Centerman who can swing games to bring balance via leadership or a stud D-Man but he has to be game changer .

    • 2Oilers4

      Nuge played poorly tonight, as did Ebs. It is not a matter of McDavid, and Drai surpassing him. They are just struggling right now, it happens. Wait until Nuge is playing at the top of his game, and Dr. Drai is fighting it, and then say stuff like that.

      Anyone that goes cold is on the trade block around here. I say hold the team we have right now together as best and for as long as we can.

      Size is not the issue, Nuge and Ebs did play soft tonight. Lots of big players, play small and lots of small players, play big, I just did not see a lot of determination out of either of them tonight, and that is the problem, not their size.

      • Chainsawz

        Among of the last dozen first overall picks, Nuge’s best offensive season is only about 8th (only Yak and two d-men have scored less). He is not an elite scorer.

        *but centre depth! – do it in the off-season, and Chiarelli can add a veteran centre. The team will still have centre depth
        *but he is a two-way centre! – yes, but you can add a bigger, two way centre to be ready for the playoffs next season.
        *but I want him! – if you move him, you may get someone to over-pay for his potential, and the team is better.

        I’m just looking at this from a cost-benefit perspective – what other team pays $6m for a third-line centre?

    • bazmagoo

      We can keep all of them easily. Darnell is progessing super nicely, Oscar too. Justin isn’t great, but he’s an asset. Sekera is solid. Davidson is looking great. Our defence hasn’t looked better in 5 years, minimum.

      I give a lot of the credit to Todd McLellan, he’s one of the best coaches in the league.

      • hagar

        MacLellan is engineering a turnaround no one would have guessed two weeks ago.

        But they were totally dominated tonight, and that’s too common. You should expect more from the team’s top-paid centre and a $6m winger.

        • Ready to Win

          Some Wall-Flies were quite sure a philosophical adjustment was in progress 6 games ago,clearly…lol…..because…”I get by with a little help from my Friends”…”I cant deny there was some help from my Friends”…lol.

          Nuges line set the tone early and kept the pressure on in just the right places,very good night for them.

          Nuge – Dre’- McDavidsky = Stanley Cup in 3yrs or less.

          • offshoreoil

            I try to ignore you, and I, unlike many here, love Ebs and Nuge. But it is not possible that you watch the game tonight.

            Nuge and Ebs were terrible tonight. New York was taking tons of ice unchallenged while they were on the ice. They were the Oilers worst line tonight. Even the 4th line out played them.

            I am pissed with them actually. I defend them at every turn, but with a lack of effort like they displayed tonight, it gets hard to defend them.

            Having said that, lets see how they bounce back next game. I expect a dominant effort out of that line against Boston.

          • Canoe Ride 27.1

            You werent watching the same game as I was , even though you are an arse generally and I try to ignore your redundant shallow observations,what the heck a little charity never hurt anyone so I will help you out here.

            !st off no offense intended but you dont know Jack because you arent watching Jack….you are like the mark for a pickpocket in Paris,you are to caught up in the ever changing cocophany of dynamics every game brings,you want to see the big picture,you reserve TV time to see the big picture,you sometimes pay to see the big picture ,and you LOOK FOR the Big Picture…..its what 99% of people are doing….which is good because Hockey is Entertainment just like the internet is,but just because we are being entertained it doesnt mean there arent thousands and thousands of tiny machinations all seamlessly working together like the innards of a Clock to bring the finished product to the table.

            If you cannot identify and quantify all of the System focuses or presentations BOTH Teams use and the CHRONOLOGICAL SEQUENTIAL pattern they are meshed together in,you are in no positon to judge or evaluate ANY Oilers or Rangers lines,In fact all you can do is give us the Entertinment Tonight breakdown of what you saw on the ice externally. You can descide one-dimensional results,which we all see but which are EXTERNAL TO THE PROCESS AND AFTER THE FACT OF IT.

            To simplify it for you like I did for Mac-L last night…..the Rangers were using 2012 LA Kings NHS Tactics,they adjusted many more times than is usual for any NHL Team and have shown us they are now pursuing a Possesion/Transition style,likely based off of Stolly,smart move IMHO,but they need some work,they could have lit the OIl up really badly but they were exposed in key-stone areas at sevral critical junctures.Mac-L stuck with his KISS presentation AGAIN for the 6th straight game.This is WHY HE WON THE GAME.He had actioned via a KISS process a consistant stable set of dynamics programmed into the Rangers heads and he let the skillset of his Roster bleed through using the 2-Minute Drill and win the game for him.

            When you can tell me which line is leading the Rangers and when you can describe to me EVERY different Tactical Adjustment Nuges opposition line was actioning,well then we can chat.Then we wont need to chat because you will see all of the 7’s and 11’s Nuges opposition was trying to roll all game long…..Nuge and Ebbs KNOW the NHS tactics Stolly was rocking with….lol.Mac-L KNOWS the Kings System inside out and he KNOWS the Rangers have replicated it.Stoll should call me and make up,if he gives Moma2 a SC ring we call it even,and we “blend”,I have a lot of people I want to crush like he does.The enemy of my enemy is my friend.Poor Slats,his boys were SPANKED in a most unusual way , lol, they were toyed with like they were the Oil-Cats mousey….lol…and when the game got boring…CRUNCH WENT THE RANGERS SYSTEM BONES.

  • Germoil

    Will Tmac have my babies?

    what if I promise to pump out 25y/o Halls and Drais?

    Inseminate me Tmac!

    If “Inseminate Me, Tmac” is on a future ON
    Tee I expect royalties.

    FIVE AND OH!!!!!

  • 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

  • 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.

      • 2Oilers4

        The Process makes the Player so the men who make themselves available to be on the ice in the most optimal situations will eventually lead the entire Pack.

        The best players in the NHL MUST BY PROXY be on WINNING TEAMS….you CANNOT BE considered the best if you cannot elevate your entire Team and put them on your shoulders,yes there are a multitude of ways different Leaders can do this,we have seen Smurfs and Giants escalate their games this way.

        We shall see what we have within 2 years,no one is peaking yet,lol.

    • bazmagoo

      Don’t get me wrong, Hall has been tearing it up since he was paired up with Draisatl. Patrick Kane, current scoring leader, and owner of a 25-game point scoring streak is ahead of him. Let’s check back at game 60.

      • Simmerdown

        Hall is not the best player in the league. Not much more you need to say. And in any event, there is more you need to do then score points, I honestly don’t think Kane, Ovi etc. Are the best players in the league.

        Best players in the league are more the Toews, Datsyuk, kinda guys. That is why RNH is so valuable, although admittedly struggling a bit this year.

        The guys that go head to head with the other teams best offensive players 5 on 5, and neutralize and outscore them are more valuable players in the league. Nuge usually draws the other teams best talent historically, and has done well in that situation. This year he is struggling.

        bad thing about our team, is the more depth we have, the worse our players seem to play. If Ebs and Nuge are our only good players, they are world beaters, but when we have more good players around them, they stop performing… That is a big problem.

        Add Pou and McDavid to our present lineup, we should dominate, but I bet the play of a bunch of our players will drop off,a dn we will hardly be any further ahead. That is what I ahve noticed over the years.

  • Germoil

    Great Game, but Nuge and Ebs do need to get it going, another poor night for that duo. I thought they were coming out of it, but a big setback for them tonight.

    Come on boys, get er going.

  • Canoe Ride 27.1

    Tonight really did harken back to the days of old. Fuhr muffing a bunch but making just enough saves at just the right moments. Our favourite form of defense always was… score one more goal than our opponent. Makes for nervous times, but wow what a win. This is a completely different Oilers team from the start of the year, and I like it.

  • 2Oilers4

    @ Baggedmilk….nice article…my my wasnt the 3rd period one of the highest drama periods of hockey you have seen in long time…lol…it was one of those “wait till you can see the whites of their Eyes” type of endings….it seemed almost “hand-scripted”,like the hand-of-God was on both Teams from the inside out puppeting them into a Beauty of a Game for Slats.

    IMHO the Oiler Core GRADUATED LAST NIGHT AND THE ENTIRE NHL NOW KNOWS IT.What monumentel game in terms of Edmonton Oilers History…..this Eras Cores coming out party is over….they have “arrived”.

    The entire Game was truly a work of art.All respect to Players and Coaches on both sides for truly reminding us all what the NHL CAN GIVE US if we ask for it loud enough.TWELEVE GOALS.WOW.NHL Coaches have just as much fun as Players and Fans with high offense Hockey….they dont like defenseive stagnant hockey but have to project that way to compete in todays over-managed NHL.To NHL Coaches 2 points are 2 points,they dont give a rats hat if they use a defensive or an offensive System to earn those 2 points.

    I hope we see another game this exciting before we all pass through the Pearly Gates,how old is Bettman again?Jeeesh I might not make it if they dont deflate the Goalies right now,lol.

  • 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.

  • ubermiguel

    What do we do on rw for next year? Ebs yak and potentially teddy. Lots of skill, not tones of toughness but if they score 7 doesn’t matter so much. I’d be in no hurry but curious what plays out on rw. No matter what hall, Leon, mcd, and I think nuge are here to stay even if nuge plays wing (I think) but rw I have no idea

    • ubermiguel

      I still have no issue with putting Dr. Drai on RW, as long as he stays with Hall.

      Even when we get healthy, there are decisions to be made. TO help with size and balance.

      Hall-RNH-Drai, Pou-McDavid-Ebs, Hendricks-Letestu-Yak, Pak-Lander-Korpi Looks fine to me.

      Anyone who actually thinks that Yak is a better option with McDavid, then Ebs is smoking crack.

      One thing I will say, Yak has issues with his game, but toughness isn’t one of them, he is quite physically, and has actually shown some very good fore checking ability this year. I am not sure where Yak gets the label of not being tough. Yaks problem is he goes at a million miles an hour, and is on the edge of losing control, before anyone even touches him, but for fore checking he is getting very good at it, and is a pretty hard hitter too.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!