GDB 66.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Flyers


As Chris the Intern said, “MAROOOOOOOOON!” Final Score: 4-0 Oilers

The last time Connor McDavid played against the Philadelphia Flyers he fell, ran into end boards, and broke his collarbone. You know, just in case you hadn’t heard. By the time the game started I was tired of that storyline, but if there is one thing that MSM love doing it is banging home a narrative. I honestly felt bad for Connor McDavid for how many questions he had to answer about the injury considering it happened months ago. I felt even worse for Brandon Manning after finding out that was getting death threats on Twitter over Connor’s broken angel wing. Some of you people have no chill. It’s a game. Relax.

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Death threats aside, I did think that the Oilers were cursed, for a minute, when Taylor Hall went crashing into the end boards and was slow to get up. I don’t know what it is about the Philadelphia Flyers but they seem to hold some kind of death card that causes Oilers players to go crashing into the boards. We were lucky this time. Little did Ghost Bear know that Taylor Hall is NHL gumby and his limberness saved him from incurring any serious harm. Luckily, the Philly boards curse was as irrelevant as the Flyers’ hopes in this hockey game. The Oilers played another solid road game (penalties aside) and extended their winning streak to three games. This was a very good hockey game for the Edmonton Oilers. 

Speaking of said game, wasn’t it weird to see an Oiler player wearing #19 and not having a feeling of dread that things are likely to go horribly wrong? It was refreshing, and I honestly didn’t remember what that felt like. From where I blog, #19 is a fantastic hockey number and I am glad to see that it will have a new life with newly acquired mountain man, Pat Maroon. Maroon did his best to make #19 great again as he scored a goal and caused the kind of mayhem that Oilers fans have been missing for years. Now I’m not saying that Patrick Maroon will be Hulk McDavid, but it is nice to see the big man causing a ruckus.

If the type of game Maroon had tonight can be a semi regular thing I don’t think it will take long before Oilers fans fall in love.  

Wrap it up.

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  • This is one of the feistiest Oilers games that I’ve watched in a long time. For once the Oilers have some big men in the lineup and they threw their weight around. Not only were there hits, but the Oilers didn’t back down from the Flyers for one minute, and a lot of that can be attributed to some of the new guys. 
  • Connor McDavid has to be the fastest player in the NHL. Taylor Hall is very fast, and Connor is even faster than that. It’s insane to think that he may one day get faster. Lordy. 
  • Nail Yakupov scored his sixth goal of the season by driving to the net and banging home Connor McDavid’s rebound. Strange how Nail Yakupov (complimentary player) provides more offense when he’s playing with offensive players. ConYak is back!
  • Taylor Hall scored a huge goal (his 21st) tonight to put the Oilers up by two goals. Hallsy earned that goal by flying into the Flyers zone to pick up the breakaway puck, scoring while falling, and crashing into the end boards. Huge effort by Taylor Hall. 
  • I thought Patrick Maroon had a hell of a debut in his first game for the Oilers. He threw the body around, put himself in the tough areas of the ice, and scored his first goal (fifth of the year) as an Edmonton Oiler. Maroon was banging and crashing every time he was on the ice. Refreshing player type for this franchise. Great game. 
  • Lauri Korpikoski scored his seventh goal on a great shorthanded effort by both he and Mark Letestu. Those two, along with Hendricks and Lander, earned their pay tonight with some stellar PK work. 
  • What can you say about how well Cam Talbot is playing right now? He was rock solid again, and didn’t give the Flyers anything. Which is amazing considering how many power plays they had. It will be fun to see how good Talbot can be behind a competent (future) Oilers defense. Talbot was perfect tonight and finished the game stopping all 35 shots he faced. 
  • For as bad as it was to give up seven power play chances, the penalty killers — largely Talbot — were also perfect. 


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  • What is it with the Philadelphia Flyers and our skilled players crashing into the end boards? Taylor Hall slammed into the end of the rink tonight and he was lucky to get out of unscathed. Not to mention, what was Ghost Bear doing diving for the puck and taking out Hall’s skates? 
  • I can’t be the only one that thought the refs made weird calls tonight, right? I could have sworn that Claude Giroux called a penalty in the second period. 
  • The Oilers took way too many penalties. They gave Philly SEVEN chances on the power play. Ridiculous. They were lucky that it didn’t come back to bite them in the ass. 
  • Todd McLellan briefly benched Jordan Eberle for a lack of effort in the first period. Eberle doesn’t have a great reputation among some Oilers fans for his effort coming back to the defensive zone. It seemed like the silver fox noticed the same thing in the first. 
  • It must have been weird for Sam Gagner to see Zack Kassian as an Oiler, right? I know Sam isn’t here anymore but you’d have to think it’s weird that the guy that broke his jaw is now on his former team. 
  • Speaking of Gagner, the Flyers had three former Oilers on their roster tonight. (Nick Schultz, Sam Gagner, Chris Vandevelde?. 
  • The Flyers were 69% in the face off circle. That’s ugly. 


11:20 EDM Nail Yakupov (6) Wrist shot – ASST: Connor McDavid (20), Jordan Eberle (20) 1 – 0 EDM
14:22 EDM Taylor Hall (21) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE 2 – 0 EDM
16:11 EDM Patrick Maroon (5) Snap shot – ASST: Adam Pardy (2), Brandon Davidson (7) 3 – 0 EDM
11:59 EDM SHG – Lauri Korpikoski (7) Snap shot – ASST: Mark Letestu (10) 4 – 0 EDM


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In today’s podcast, the boys take a look at what will happen with the Oilers on deadline day and whether or not Connor McDavid should be given the captaincy. Chris also forces Jeanshorts and Baggedmilk to play a game that he put together only minutes before recording. 

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      • West

        In a couple of places in the media they said “Hall falls into boards”, instead of “Philly tries to break another Oiler with stupid , dangerous play”. Basically just glossed it over.

        • Rob...

          The solution is simple. Regardless whether a goal is scored a penalty will be served for a minimum of 2 minutes after the infraction.

          Get rid of the whole BS excuse that you can risk taking a penalty to prevent a goal. Make it clear that you risk having the scoring attempt turn into 2 goals if you do something worthy of a penalty while trying to prevent a goal.

          • McPucker

            To jump on your bandwagon to a certain extent, McDavid took a pretty chop on the skates while scoring his goal.

            This isn’t the only time it’s happened. You see slashes/hooks all the time on partial breakaways.

            1. I have visions of him crashing into a goal post or the boards.

            2. Yes. These should be penalties whether or not a goal is scored.

          • Shaunm

            This is actually a great idea. If a defender gets beat and can’t get back in position to make a safe play on the man or the puck he has to let him attack or risk a goal and a penalty. With technology now it could even be a 4 minute penalty if the play happens above a certain speed.

            Reduce injuries, increase in exciting plays and goals. Get rid of offside review, put better guidelines on goalie interference and make this rule change and we could see an extra goal or two per game.

            Makes way too much sense. Bettman will never go for it.

      • Rob...

        Sure, and Eric Nystrom’s number on Taylor Fedun wasn’t dirty either. Crap that needs to be taken out of the game needs to be highlighted.

        We almost lost another key player last night on a high risk takedown that didn’t need to happen.

  • smiliegirl15

    I was listening to the XM satellite feed last night in my car and the Philly commentators were up in arms that Connor McDavid was Rookie of the month for Feb. Although Connor scored more goals than their Ghost, he broke an NHL record in February for most points by a rookie defenseman in a row at 15. They felt he’d been robbed by Connor being named Rookie of the Month. Interesting to hear a bias in Canada / Western League hockey for once. Glad Connor is making such an impact on the NHL and in the east.

  • blark

    Ok, I don’t know this Ghost kid at all, so I am trying to not make a judgement on his character. But during the scrum in front of the benches where Pardy hit his head, it looked like there was no high stick or contact on Ghost’s face at all. I looked at it 5 or 10 times and could find no evidence of a high stick or a fist that was anywhere near his face.

    End of the day, Flyers fans can all go home crying because their flashy new Dman was -3 on the night and was directly responsible for the SHG and almost injured a star player.

  • I enjoyed watching Kassian and Maroon last night. Add in Nurse and those are three very big, very mean players. It would be great to add one more big and physical presence on the back end like Hamonic. No offence to Pouliot because I like his game, but I wonder if him and a pick can bring back Hamonic. I doubt it, but I wonder.

    It’s nice to see the team, not just win, but be dominant. Talbot was great, the team kept the play in the Flyers zone for long stretches. They really only had issues against the Giroux line, which is understandable. But it showed how deep the Oilers are getting.

    Once Nuge and Klefbom get back, and even Pouliot if he makes it before season’s end, the Oilers are finally going to be a very difficult team to handle.

  • S cottV

    Been saying for a long time, that I didn’t understand why a blue collar – oil services town, seemed to love a bunch of small – skillsy guys – flitting around, trying to score nothing but pretty goals.

    That Maroon goal – is my idea of pretty. Pretty awesome.

    Keep going PC. There is more work to be done.

  • Spoils

    I was happy to see Louis DeBrusk finally be the only other person in the world who thought the McDavid collar bone injury was dirty.

    I’m not saying it was against the hockey rules, just that it SHOULD BE.

    The NHL needs to protect its stars.

    One Flyer clearly grabbed and tugged McD’s jersey which put him off balance, and the other barreled through the crease running them over.

    Last night Taylor Hall had his skates taken out sending him flying into the boards.

    Want to see fast players score great goals? protect them.

    the rule change to minimize head shots has helped. I’d suggest minimizing plays that lead to the other player awkwardly smashing into the boards.

    if you were playing against your family and friends you wouldn’t want to send them careening into the boards.

    so don’t do it to the stars of the NHL.

  • McPucker

    I too enjoyed the game. Many thanks must go to Talbot on his goal posts. It very well could have been a very different outcome. Still a lot of D-zone time for the Oilers but they were short handed a good portion of the night.

    Maroon! What a beast. I have he can keep up or improve on that level of play and I hope he gets the support from his team mates.

    Twice he was jostling one on two or one on three and no one came to help him to provide some sort of support. Hall did good at the end of the game but then he was the initial point of attack. Not to knock it. Good on Hall.

    Hall owes Maroon a beer for that plus the scrum in front of the benches.

    When Hendricks first started with the Oilers, he was a one man wrecking crew but he had no support. He’d be in a scrum and it was him against everyone else. He’s become less of a pain to the other teams but kudos to him because he still is aggressive.

    Oilers have a different look now than when Hendricks got on board. I hope it’s enough that they do develop a pack attitude now.

    Pardy looked good. I think he’s looking better than Gryba, and I like Gryba.

  • Isn’t it funny that the NHL wants to increase scoring, but are perfectly fine with making breakaways, or partial breakaways, one of the most dangerous plays in the modern NHL?

    I gotta find a way to fit that under 140 characters so I can tweet it. 😛