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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  • Rocket

    I watched the San Jose feed for this game.

    The colour guy said that the last time The Sharks were in Calgary, the Sharks sports broadcast team asked Giordano and Brodie who the toughest player in the NHL to defend against is.

    They both answered: Connor McDavid

    P.S., ATTA BE DARRYL!

      • lucky

        It’s not these player’s fault that previous management never saw any need for veteran leadership to mentor these kids (not to mention a year and a half of Dallas Eakins).

        • hagar

          A fair point. A VERY fair point in fact!

          I am on the “should never have built a team on rookies” bandwagon, and always have been. We would have been way better served to have traded a few of them for established players, and to call THEM our “core.”

          Look at the way teams like Chicago cycle players in and out, but still rock the shasba? You know why? Because they bring players into a group of players that have grit, and know what it takes.

          I am still blown away by Kassians defensive knowledge. When he got here my eyes were glued on his movements in the dzone. That guy might not be the best talent we have, but he knows how to play nhl hockey with what God gave him.

          We have all of this talent, and they don’t know how to play nhl hockey. If Kassian had 3/4 the skill of hall, he would be up with crosby. He doesn’t..

    • OldOilerFan

      Hear hear! That attitude in that interview with Maroon was awesome! Only other comment I’d have is I love watching McD. BM said it well. I don’t care at this point whether we win or lose games, they are all meaningless. Watching what he’ll do next is enough to tune in. His speed on the eventual goal by Eberle was unbelievable.

    • .

      Only a slightly awkward statement because of who the coach has been for the Sharks in previous playoff appearances, but I think I know where you’re going with this.

      • The Bored Man

        You’ll have to excuse me. “Playoffs” is such a foreign concept by now that I just associate “NHL in the spring” with “draft lottery party.”

  • 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.

  • .

    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.

  • 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.

  • M22

    Maybe Couture can take his foot out of his mouth long enough to kiss Maroon’s arse.

    Also, loved Maroon’s no-bull answer, during intermission, of his team’s play in the first period. Guy has quickly become one of my favorites. Oh, and a goal (busting his ass off the wall to catch up to McDavid), two assists, +3, 5 shots – well done, big man.

  • toprightcorner

    I love the new play….shoot it at Maroon, it hits him, falls to the ice and he passes it for a goal. That has now happened 4 times since he has been here. Maybe the shinguard assassin should just aim for maroon.

  • toprightcorner

    For those that say Maroon is an anchor, he had some wheels catching up to McDavid. Send Patrick back home with Draisaitls trainer and he will make Eberle look slow.

    Scrap that, pay Draisaitls trainer $200k and fly him around the off season to everyone training them on the same program.

  • Pouzar99

    I love Patrick Maroon. A few more games like tonight and I might get a Maroon jersey. Jesus, I’m even starting to like Kassian. Connor only had one point, but was simply incredible. As for the refs, it’s not that they hate the Oilers. It’s that late in the season they referee by the standings, always giving the benefit of the doubt to the team with more to play for. Is it too much to ask referees to set a standard early, stick to it regardless of the scoreboard or the standings? Apparently it is.

  • CBK

    Just got back from the game! Nothing sweeter than watching your team beat another in their own building! Hi-5s amongst Oiler fans were given all throughout the SAP centre!

    I’ve seen the Oilers many of times lose at Rexall. Nice to see the tables turned

    • Borbs

      He told Mean Gene that he thought the fisticuffs were over and that Haley did a god job, and that Nurse caught a few. Then he showed off the horse teeth. He also mentioned that the Sharks were still playing for something, and that the Oilers weren’t. And then flashed the Chiclets again. He’s one of those smug a-holes I love to cheer against. Acts like he’s actually won before, yet where’s your Cup ring?!?

      By the way, the Oilers absolutely Polaked the SHarks!

  • Mr.Snrub

    Can’t help but notice the best defense in the NHL down highway 2 is now ranked 30th in the league in goals against!

    5 games left for the Oil and if they finish strong they have a chance to at least finish ahead of our 3 western canadian cousins…and then win the draft lottery again anyway.

  • O.C.

    How is it that in a 30 team league with 7 Canadian teams, there are no Canadian teams in the top 20?

    How can Edmonton be fighting for 30th, AGAIN?

    How is it that standings look like that cities with the best fans are punished the most?

    This is like some bizarro world alternate reality.