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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  • 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.

    • Petrolero

      I am not too worried about losing a LD. Sekera, Shultz or Gryba would create more problems.

      Sekera-Schultz, Davidson-Nikitin, Nurse-Gryba would work for me next game. Nurse-Dryba to me seems like a good combo. Put two big men together, and likely our most mobile defensemen with our least. Plus with Gryba hanging back, mayb Nurse can activate a little more.

  • Oilers-Entourage

    Our boys in blue have taken out two of the top teams in all of the NHL on this homestand thanks to General Hall and Major Drai. That was a game that had me in full hyperventilation mode and so much so that my dog was locked in full tinkle yourself mode after the Rangers came back to tie late. I was swearing at my TV and telling my neighbor to fornicate himself and that his wife needs to shut up when theyre well you know! So after reassuring myself and my dog and seeing the Oilers bounce back and win 7-5 I was left to rest easy. Scotch and Xigars for all my gentlemen. Shout out to Remenda for the best call of the night on the second Korpse goal. You do something like that…….. AND TOTALLY REDDEM YOURSELF!!!

  • offshoreoil

    Easy to say after korp gets a hat trick…but wasn’t sure the point of the trade but makes sense now. Boyd has no goals 2 assists this year. Replaced cheaper face off guy by lander. Korp actually had pretty good #s in the past, and now has 6 this year playing lower line minutes. I’d take Boyd on my team always but that trade improved the team I think, and I have criticized it before

  • Chainsawz

    I also don’t think I keep Petry at the $$ and term he got. He’s good but for oil situation and with all the stars we need to sign in years to come I like not having him on the contract Habs have him at. Yes I’d like to have him on my team but he’s not exactly lighting it up and I take Davidson at cheap over him at 6mil any day, especially when cap room is precious in a couple years. Again easier to say when we’re winning but I’m glad he’s not getting 6 mil for 6 years or whatever it is for us, might mean letting someone better go

  • 2Oilers4

    Re-watched the game.

    1st goal on RNH line was all Hendricks fault.

    Hendricks was totally out of position.
    1st Klefbom put it up the left side(where Hendricks should have been), then rangers got control.
    Then the puck comes to Hendricks behind the net, and he puts it back up the left side(where he should have been), then he leaves his man ( based on his position). Zuch scores.

    Second goal against RNh and ebs was just a lost puck battle on the boards, that one is something that happens sometimes. RNH was out of position, he should not be fighting battles on the board out at the blue line. Better to lose the battle and maintain position. RNH committed to much, and lost.

    3rd goal, Broken play, and not well handled by Nilsson. And actually everyone on the ice stopped except for Brassard, who scored the goal. Lander and Nurse, most guilty.

    The rest of the problems as RNH’s line got dominated tonight, had nothing to do with size. Everything else I saw was just laziness, and a lack of compete. Ebs job is the point, and they were able to throw it back to the point at will.

    It is not about size, we got scored on because of laziness and lack of compete.

    That can be coached out of them. And that is why it is mental to trade them. I don’t think you can question there offensive game. RNH and Ebs have proven they can get it done there. They even had some grade A chances tonight. But McClellan needs to show them where they are going wrong defensively.

    I can accept leaving your point open the odd time right after you have collapsed to the net. But Ebs is playing positionally at the point and is still not there in time to compete for the puck at the blueline. Either he is not skating, or he needs to be a little closer to the boards.

    Anyway.. a bit of an essay, but you don’t trade this talent, they need to be taught.

    I guarantee Ebs and Nuge will be much better next game.

  • MattyFranchise

    Thanks a lot you Oilers jerks. Now the Flames have to play a pissed off Rangers team tonight. Looks like the Oilers streak is going to last longer than the Flames.

  • 2Oilers4

    Thoughts on the night:

    I like that Bettman expects to get booed everywhere he goes. At least he owns it.

    I love the Last Supper inspired painting they gave to Slats.

    I hate regional blackouts. Being in Ontario, I hate how The NHL wants me to be a Leafs fan. I wish I could have watched this game.

    Great choice of pics for the ‘Bright Side’ and ‘Face Palmers!’, Baggedmilk! Zeppelin is one of the best bands of all time. I understand your pain of liking some of One Direction’s songs, I hate the fact that I like a few Taylor Swift songs. They’re catchy!!

    I hope this game is recreated exactly on Tuesday when I get to see my first ever Oilers game at MSG!

  • 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.

  • Simmerdown

    Great game last night I’m thinking the Oil are going to need blow open games on good teams to break there will to win the game because last night was kind of stressful but a lot of fun.

  • offshoreoil

    I think Nurse has stood head and shoulders above all the oilers for captain. He has his rookie moments but his tireless work ethic, sticking up for his teammates and general influence when he is on the ice far out weigh any growing pains he is going through. Crown the kid and let his positive attitude become the norm in the dressing room.

  • 2Oilers4

    I’m still in disbelief, because I was sure that the Rangers experience, both in players but also the team’s experience in playing Vigneault’s system, would have resulted in a Rangers win.

    The Oilers get an unexpected lead after the first. Great! But I knew it was a matter of time before the Rangers tie it. Amd they did.

    The Oil go up again, could they really win this? Purcell penalty late, with the goalie pulled, that’s a Rangers goal right there. And they score.

    And in my mind I settled for a point. 9/10 points at home isn’t bad.

    Then Drai with an incredible play at the line, Hall rushing the net, and I can’t see the puck, but Rexall is going crazy!

    My expectations, formed over the past 5 years of watching this team, all of them were exceeded. I’m used to the mental and psychological sways we see when the team is tested. Not tonight.

    The Oilers could conceivably lose 5 games in a row to undo this homestand, but the manner in which they won the games tells me this isn’t a fluke.

    The only danger is getting too much of a high from these wins, but something tells me they’ve matured past that point.

  • Delete

    Tomorrow will be a tough test. If they actually beat the rangers on a back to back I will truly believe this team has turned a corner. If they can even get to OT tomorrow I will start to believe.