GDB 77.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Sharks

Who saw that coming? Final Score: 6-3 Oilers

Are we all on the same page that it was kinda weird for the Sharks to call someone up from the AHL just to get retribution on 21-year old Darnell Nurse? I mean, isn’t Roman Polak a giant human being in his own right? How emasculating is it to have your team call up a guy even smaller than you to come in and defend your honour? I realize that Polak has a broken nose but then wouldn’t it make sense to wait on the fight, step up anyway, or at least have someone fight that was actually there? We all knew that a fight was coming but I think it’s weird that they called someone up to do it. 

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As for the game itself, it was weird in more than one way and I think most of you would agree with me. The Oilers went from having only four shots total, in the first period, to scoring four goals in the second. We have officially reached that point in the season where it becomes virtually impossible to predict what to expect from the Oilers. Before the game had started, the Oilers actually found themselves in 30th place in the NHL. Since the Leafs had won their game tonight the Oilers had temporarily reclaimed their rightful place on the throne of the tank empire. Many have challenged us, but few have the will to match our dedication to being some variation of horrible despite collecting all of the first overall picks, but that’s beside the point.

I don’t think any of us would have expected the Oilers to beat the Sharks by three goals, but it certainly was a pleasant surprise. After finding themselves down by two goals after the first period Gene was interviewing Logan Couture and he kept taking jabs at the Oilers to the point where it was getting annoying. We already know the Oilers suck and to hear chiclets keep running his mouth was unnecessary. To have the Oilers respond (doubt they would have known what he said) by pumping the Sharks for six goals in the final 40 minutes was the most beautiful screw you, and, as an added bonus, San Jose will have to wait for another day to clinch their playoff spot.

And all of this happens on the night when the Sharks call in the NHL’s version of hitman to beat up a rookie. Well played, San Jose.

The wrap.

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THE BRIGHT SIDE

TMNT

  • The Oilers hit 30 wins on the season for the first time since 2011! 
  • Connor McDavid extended his point streak to six games as he set up Patrick Maroon with a wide open net. McDavid now has 43 points in 40 NHL games and is tied for 4th in rookie scoring. He. Deserves. The. Calder.
  • Three points tonight for Patrick Maroon as he got a goal (his 7th), two assists, and was mixing it up physically all night long. Not to mention the shade he was throwing in his 2nd intermission interview with Gene. He’s been a huge add (PUN!) since coming over from Anaheim. It’s still early but he seems like a good bet by Chiarelli. 
  • Taylor Hall scored a big goal and added an empty netter for his 24th and 25th goals of the season. He’s been getting chances but the pucks haven’t been going in. Taylor Hall is not part of the problem people, and I can’t believe I have to say that more than once. 
  • Nail Yakupov had a solid night and picked up an assist on Patrick Maroon’s goal. Yak also looked respectable in his own end. If these are his last few games as an Oiler I will certainly miss him. 
  • Jordan Eberle scored his 24th goal of the season by doing some nice puck tracking in the offensive zone. He followed the puck towards the net and fired it home after the initial point shot bounced off Patrick Maroon. 
  • Lauri Korpikoski scored his 10th goal of the season by doing what he does and getting to the front of the net. Mark Letestu stayed hot as he got an assist on the goal which brought the Oilers back to within one, in the second period. 
  • How about Darnell Nurse stepping up to the plate and fighting the Sharks’ ringer even though Haley had no matter of Darryl beating the tar out of Roman Polak? After the fight was over, Darryl went on to have a pretty solid night as both he and Adam Clendening were +4 on the night. I’m no fan of +/- but that’s impressive. 
  • I don’t know that this would be a memorable win for Cam Talbot but he made the saves he needed to make to get his team the win. To see Talbot hit 20 wins after a slow start is a small win on a tough season. Talbot has been a bright spot since December and it was nice to see that the team gave him enough offense to get a win tonight. Talbot finished the night with 23 saves and an .885 save%.

THE FACE PALMERS

BattleToads

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  • The Oilers hit 30 wins on the season for the first time since 2011!
  • It is pretty stupid that the Sharks called someone up from the minors just to fight 21-year old Darnell Nurse. That organization should reevaluate its priorities because that’s bush league. Wait until Polak can fight for himself or get someone that was actually there to step it. Quite frankly, the Sharks look like huge assholes.
  • The Oilers only had four shots on the goal in the first period. Four. The Sharks had two goals. 
  • I can’t be the only one that thinks the refs are terrible. I can’t be the only one that thinks the refs are terrible. I can’t be the only one that thinks the refs are terrible. I can’t…
  • The Oilers allowed two power play goals on four chances and you know that’s something that McLellan will bring up in their next meetings. The Oilers penalty kill has actually been solid all night and I’m sure they can tighten it up for the last few games.
  • How did the Oilers only get one power play all night? (yes, I know that Maroon scored on a delayed penalty call)
  • 45% in the face off circle tonight. This is something the OIlers will definitely need to improve on going forward, and I’m not sure there’s a secret to it apart from gaining strength and experience. 

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD
03:47 SJS Tommy Wingels (7) Slapshot – ASST: Roman Polak (14), Nick Spaling (8) 1 – 0 SJS
11:41 SJS PPG – Joe Pavelski (35) Slapshot – ASST: Joe Thornton (54), Logan Couture (19) 2 – 0 SJS
2ND PERIOD
01:39 EDM Lauri Korpikoski (10) Tip-in – ASST: Adam Clendening (5), Mark Letestu (14) 2 – 1 SJS
08:18 EDM Taylor Hall (24) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE 2 – 2 Tie
09:03 EDM Adam Clendening (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Patrick Maroon (14), Darnell Nurse (7) 3 – 2 EDM
12:26 SJS PPG – Patrick Marleau (21) Wrist shot – ASST: Joe Thornton (55), Brent Burns (40) 3 – 3 Tie
18:04 EDM Patrick Maroon (7) Wrist shot – ASST: Connor McDavid (29), Nail Yakupov (13) 4 – 3 EDM
3RD PERIOD
12:54 EDM Jordan Eberle (24) Wrist shot – ASST: Patrick Maroon (15), Andrej Sekera (22) 5 – 3 EDM
19:54 EDM EN – Taylor Hall (25) Wrist shot – ASST: Andrej Sekera (23), Leon Draisaitl (31) 6 – 3 EDM

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  • .

    Only downside to a great come-from-behind win was Hall’s no-pass low-class goal with 4 seconds left to pad his goal scoring stats with a 3 goal lead (that’s not necessary, is it?). Even Papa Joe thought it was pretty déclassé, and he’s a freakin’ goat-bearded hillbilly.

  • Spoils

    OK, I agree the Sharks should probably feel a little sheepish about the call up, but…

    some things to consider:

    Polak did NOT actually do anything to Hendricks
    Nurse beat him to a bloody pulp before he could even drop his gloves
    Polak was out of the game with a broken nose

    on the other hand:

    Nurse is a rookie…

    I’m not as down on the call up. And if his jersey hadn’t got caught Nurse might have won that fight (he was coming on at the end). Such a BEAST!

    Playing Gazdic was clutch. As was the fact that Nurse stood up for himself, and Gazdic was just there to say – careful jose.

    Lord knows I would have liked to have seen someone beat Kassian up after that slash on Sammy Snowpants.

    I like how the whole thing played out.

    • West

      You mean the fact that Polak stuck his stick in Hendricks skates is nothing. Check out the link.

      http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=2044801

      I always thought it was the players responsibility to drop his own gloves, not his opponents to let him. If Polak couldn’t get his gloves off that is on him.
      The notion that Nurse jumped him is ridiculous. Nurse was dumping the puck in and Polak was skating right at him. No one knows if something was said but it looks like they both were going and Polak….well he Polaked.

      The refs seemed to find the fight fair as no one tried to stop it until Polak went down. Or they just thought he deserved it for being such a dirty player.

      • Spoils

        you honestly think Polak got what he deserved or even more, asked for what he got?

        Also – I’m just saying I like how the whole thing played out. Nurse might have been a little over eager, but understandable given his vantage point. SJ organization wanted to show they stand up for their players. and nurse didn’t hide behind gazdic, in fact was a stitch away from putting in a second beat down.

        I’m not calling Nurse a dirty player at all. He attacked and he is fast and vicious and that didn’t work out so well for Polak. Because he is a BEAST. That said, I think given the evidence he probably regrets the fight. It is worth noting the folks at the NHL saw fit to give him 3 games. they clearly considered all pieces here.

        Lastly, I wouldn’t call Polak a dirty player based on that play alone.

  • BM

    ATTENTION OILER PLAYERS: Those last 2 periods are a demonstration of what you are all capable of. That should be the new standard of effort we bring nightly. I don’t understand why we can’t play like that EVERY SINGLE NIGHT; a tough, fast, simple game. Get pucks deep, take the body, hell even yaks defence would have put a grin on Patrice Bergeron’s face.

    You are paid like professionals, that’s how management, coaches and even us as fans expect you to play EVERY. SINGLE. GAME. Learn some damn consistency; any effort that doesn’t at least meet what was showed tonight should be INEXCUSABLE from here on out. If you can’t or aren’t willing to bring that effort on a nightly basis there’s the door.

    PS: I don’t get all the hate for Korpi. I’ve always liked his fast simple game, does everyone expect him to be a 1st liner or something cause hes not that. He is however an effective 3rd/4th liner, we should quit trying to run him out of town he adds some needed speed and skill and grit to our bottom 6, hes not the reason were las… sorry 2nd last.

    • jdh1089

      The hatred is started by fancy stats experts, which for him are actually brutal. And he’s not brutal, but not sure if the contract is warranted with mostly term but dollars as well.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    What a great night. Phlegms get obliterated in Minny and the Oilers obliterate the Sharks.

    Really notice all the Flame fans contributing here now. Oiler fans in hiding no doubt. They’re more passionate about the Oil than most Oiler fans.

  • Spydyr

    Drew droning on about the Oilers being so improved in the face-off circle?They end the night at 45% does he even watch the games he broadcasts?

    Talbot .885 save percentage.The team won one for him tonight.

  • D-Unit

    Things I learned from this game:

    1. Polak is not a man. (Actually learned that last time, but he confirmed it)
    2. Sharks don’t have a real man in their line up.
    3. Joe Thorton is a whiner. No wonder the Sharks haven’t won anything with a “leader” like him.

  • Nurse getting the fight out of the way early, to then play heavy minutes while Haley is sitting on the bench, was genius.

    Got the garbage out of the way 5 minutes in and played his game. He played excellent at times, making some level-headed plays that demonstrated patience and poise. While I am one of those who wanted him to develop in the AHL this year, seeing these flashes of brilliance demonstrates that he is developing at this level.