GDB 79.0 Wrap Up: Ducks @ Oilers

That was probably one of the worst offside calls in the history of ice or whistles. Only three more games left. Three. More. Games. Final Score: 2-1

This really has been a strange year. Last summer, we were all flooded with positivity after the hiring of Peter Chiarelli, Todd McLellan, and, very obviously, the luck that landed us Connor McDavid. But now that we’re wrapping up chapter one of Peter Chiarelli’s first year as the Oilers’ GM, the narrative around Edmonton has moved from story of hope to a tail of despair. Now we’re three games away from what could be a total yard sale.  I know the day is coming where one, or possibly two, of our first overall picks get(s) traded, but it will still fell odd to process the news when the time comes. I mean, we already know that Nail Yakupov has three more games left to play as an Oiler but that doesn’t make it any less strange.

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This summer could possibly (hopefully?) be one of the wildest summers we’ve around here. It’s funny to see how passionate we fans can be about who should stay and who should go, but, in reality, who shouldn’t go when your team is perennially finishing in last place? In reality Connor McDavid probably should be the only untouchable that the Oilers have on the roster, but that doesn’t mean we won’t fight for our favourites to stay. As much as it will be exciting to see what happens I can also see how unbearable Oilers Twitter/Internet will be until next season starts. Trade winds they are a blowin’, and they seem to making their way right through the Nation. 

As for tonight’s game, it was definitely frustrating, but not so much because the Oilers played poorly, but more so because they made dumb mistakes that led to goals. Adam Clendening was the goat master general tonight, and he was the direct cause of both of Anaheim’s goals, with the second being the toast to his transformation into Jultz 2.0. Unfortunately, getting down by two goals to the Ducks was too much. That being said, the Oilers did keep up with the Ducks for the most part (MOAR SHOTS!) and could have, once again, taken points away from this game had it not been for a couple mistakes and their power play striking out worse than a mute at phone sex job fair.

I don’t know how many games the power play has cost the Oilers but I’d put money on several. Who would have thought that the power play would be such an issue on this team? Add it to the pile, I guess.

The wrap.

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THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • Only three games left. 
  • Connor McDavid is an absolute pleasure to watch and I don’t care if I say it in every Wrap Up for the rest of my life. 
  • Nail Yakupov scored his seventh goal of the year on an absolute rocket of a snap shot from the slot. After news broke about his trade request there was a big segment of fans that understand and wish him well — myself included. I was happy to see him score tonight and will enjoy watching his last three games as an Oiler. 
  • Taylor Hall had a solid game, and he was buzzing around the puck all night long. He got an assist on the Yakupov goal and likely should have gotten more. I think he’s played better than his point streak would have some people believe. 
  • Darnell Nurse was solid and brought the physicality that we’ve come to expect from him. I especially liked when Darryl got in Kesler’s face. I would have loved to see Nurse hurt his face feelings. 
  • Jordan Eberle had a solid game and likely should have had a couple goals. He got set up a few times on the power play with good looks at the net but John Gibson was able to shut the door. 
  • Cam Talbot was also solid again, and it’s a relief knowing that the Oilers won’t  have to go out looking for a starting goalie this summer. Talbot finished with 23 saves and a .920 save%. 
  • For as bad as the Oilers power play is, the penalty kill is good. They killed off all four of Anaheim’s chances and the Ducks have a very good power play. 
  • The Oilers were 57% in the face off circle. Impressive when you consider the amount of experience on the other side. 
  • Outshot Anaheim 28-25 which would have been a win in lost seasons past. 

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • Moral victories for everybody! 
  • Anaheim ended the McPoint streak!
  • Three more games left in the Yakupov era. I, for one, am bummed out about it. I’ll miss you, Yak. I’m sorry that things didn’t work out between us, but a good chunk of that is our fault. The player is always the one that should look in the mirror first, but I can’t help but wonder about how he was handled along the way.
  • Adam Clendening has filled in for Justin Schultz better than anyone could have imagined. He makes the weirdest choices at the weirdest times and it’s not overly surprising when they end up in the net. He was on the hook for two tonight. Amazing how much of an impact he played in 6:27 on the ice. 
  • You’d have to think that Anton Lander is playing his last games as an Oiler, right? 
  • Corey Perry scored tonight and he is so annoying for so many reasons. 
  • Power Play = Garbage Fire Marshmellows
  • Does anybody else watch that kind of reffing and think that these guys got the job as a result of a contest? That offside call at the end of the game had to be one of the worst calls in an NHL game in the history of the world. 

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD
04:02 ANA Corey Perry (31) Slapshot – ASST: Jamie McGinn (16), Rickard Rakell (23) 1 – 0 ANA
2ND PERIOD
12:48 ANA Brandon Pirri (13) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE 2 – 0 ANA
3RD PERIOD
11:40 EDM Nail Yakupov (7) Snap shot – ASST: Taylor Hall (36), Leon Draisaitl (32) 2 – 1 ANA

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PREVIOUS EPISODES


  • Prometheus

    Are the hockey gods punishing the Oilers for winning the draft lottery, or gifting it to us to make up for our suffering?

    Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

  • OldOilerFan

    I’ve got nothing. The Refereeing (sic) spoiled it for me.

    No wait, I’m watching mostly for what McDavid will do next. And now I’m wondering if we are experiencing déjà vu – remember how many experiments with line mates it took to find guys who could play with Gretzky?

  • Sation

    Can someone please inform Gregor that predicting the oilers to miss the playoffs yet picking them to win about 75% of their games is kinda contradicting himself?

    The amount of times he’s predicted an Oilers win and them losing is ridiculous.

  • Prometheus

    On a night where the Oilers were surprisingly good at faceoffs, Letestu was 22%. Why is he still on the team, exactly?

    Aside from two mistakes by Clendening (that led directly to goals), the Oilers outplayed the Ducks tonight (IMO, of course). Note that Clendening only played 6:27, so the coaches certainly noticed.

    Patrick Maroon is an absolutely beauty. Methinks Chiarelli has earned himself half a statue already.

    • Kevrock

      $23.00 for a steak sandwich helps me not miss home. Seriously, how do you keep a straight face handing a bill like that over? Crooks getting it all in before they go bankrupt I guess. Will miss the Yak, but this team can do with a few less enigma’s still so buckle up kids, going to be some kind of summer.

  • Heschultzhescores

    Ok, what a brainless off-side call that was. We have a challenge rule for offsides on a goal, why blow something you didn’t see? If you let the play go and and it ends up in the net it can be reviewed…the other way around can’t be fixed…Doh!

    • West

      There have been multiple times this year that the Oilers were called offside and I was sure they were not, so I rewound the PVR and watched in slow motion and I was right. It seems from all the offside goals called back this year by replay, that for the other teams in the league the linesmen are letting the play go, while for the Oilers they say “that was close to offside, I’ll just blow my whistle now”. I would like some of these guys to get their eyes checked, they seem to be seeing things.

      • Heschultzhescores

        Ya, it just proves they really don’t need to see an infraction to call it…just love being the centre of attention I guess. I’ve always said, the game isn’t about the refs, but they sure make you wonder sometimes. That is definitely one of, if not the worst, offside calls I’ve seen that wasn’t offside.

    • Seanaconda

      Do you find that cheap or expensive?? Imma assume it’s the version where it’s just a steak on a piece of bread. It doesn’t seem outrageous to me. I know in other places they are actually sandwiches with sliced steak but in Alberta it tends to just be a full steak on a piece of bread. And steaks can cost you like 30 bucks at a restaurant.

      • Serious Gord

        Crazy expensive.

        Usually a steak sandwich in AB has a fairly low grade cut of steak (and a small portion at that). It is usually a value proposition. Not too long ago a steak sandwich at coliseum was $15.95.

        • Seanaconda

          Hmm I see. I thought the one they used to have at Boston pizza was around 20 dollars. Do you happen to know the name of the steak sandwiches we have here?

          I wanted to google the ones we always have in edmonton where it’s just a literal steak on bread but only actual sandwiches show up.

          • Kevrock

            Lmao A 7-ounce New York striploin steak, aged a minimum 28 days to the peak of tenderness and flavour, seasoned with Montreal steak spice and charbroiled the way you like it. Served on a slice of garlic toast. $12.69 .straight from Bp’s online menu…..Cant wait to go to a game down town with actual options on where to eat.

          • Seanaconda

            Where do you live ?? I’ll order from there hahaha. It’s 17 dollars for me on their online menu. I don’t really like steak anyways but I do like cheaper food. The prices must change depending on what region you’re in.

        • pkam

          I believe this steak sandwich uses a 7 oz striploin instead of a 5 oz sirloin like most other places. An 8 oz striploin in most places will be around $28 so I don’t think it is expensive at all.

  • OldeTymeHockey

    Best moment of the game was Yak’s face when he scored. He took a good long look and squinted a bit and didn’t raise his arms until someone told him it was in.

    • Rob...

      I interpreted it differently. I thought Yak knew he had scored but wasn’t sure his team-mates would want to celebrate with him. It took Hall and Dr. Dre to convince him they were happy he got the goal.

  • testyesty44

    The most infuriating part of that offside is that it was the linesman that was facing the entire play, and therefore could see THE ENTIRE PLAY.
    wow.

    is the NHL trying to make us finish last so we cant win the lottery??

    we’ll show them…

  • Oiler Al

    Hall,Drisaitl,Yak,were on the ice for all three goals scored toight.[2-1].assisted by Glending on two of them.In fairness, this line did play a pretty solid game otherwise.

    The Oilers didn’t play that badly, they just can’t score. Heck they were even mucking around the blue paint, more than usual. Lets be honest this wasn’t the Ducks “A”, game either. They were on a bit of a coast. You cant put them away scoring only one goal.

    • JimmyV1965

      Hall is -1 for the night and he was the best player on the ice. Stats just don’t always show you the reality of the game. I guess that’s why you have to watch the games to get a true understanding.

  • toprightcorner

    Maroon is awesome, he knows the Ducks hang up the puck for every game they win so he picked it up after the game and wouldn’t give it to them and he threw it in the garbage.

    I love that man!!

    • OTOF2

      I can understand he is pissed at the Ducks. They sent him to the Oilers! It’s like being sentenced for a crime you didn’t commit. “What did I do to deserve this?”

      • Jordanzza

        Ya he’s only getting to play regular shifts with McDavid… Have you seen his point totals since he got here? Tough job. The offside call was just the icing on the cake for me tonight. Normallly missed calls come out in the wash equally throughout a game (and for sure whole season), but tonight was bizarre.

        The “boarding” call on Maroon when the guy lost his edge and checked himself into the boards? The penalty on McDavid earlier in the game going in for the puck? Kesler interfering with Eberle by driving him into the net, or obviously slough footing Hall in the corner and pulling him backwards – judo style?

        Unbelievable.

        All this and we had momentum late in the third but nope the officials had to get involved and dictate the outcome.

        We pay good money to see honest hockey.

        I think it is time to have a third official up above with the press who can see the whole ice at once and call down penalties during stoppages after the fact when play is stopped. Let the on ice officials make the call with a video review at the timekeepers box and get rid of the stupid coaches challenge.
        /rant

  • RJ

    Watched the game on Sportsnet. Normally after a goal they’ll show it a half dozen times so you see it go in. They were so anxious to show the crowd, I didn’t even see how it went in. How did it go in?

  • Oilfaninvan

    I’m having a hard time making it all the way to the end of the season guys. I’m now accepting your encouraging words on why I should actually watch the final few games…

  • Craig1981

    I’m going to get trashed for this, but when I slowed it down it actually looks like in the air it bounced of an Oiler amd was indeed MAYBE offside. Because it was in the air it looked worst than it was.

    I think Drew Remenda is going a little overboard on the amount he critiques the refs. Good and bad calls both ways.

    edit: I looked again online and and Connor made a great play to keep it in. I WAS WRONG

    • Connor's Better

      Theres no way it could have been offside though. The puck was nowhere near the blue line when it changed directions so if it didn’t even touch the blueline then in no way can you even considering calling the play offside.

    • Connor's Better

      Theres no way it could have been offside though. The puck was nowhere near the blue line when it changed directions so if it didn’t even touch the blueline then in no way can you even considering calling the play offside.

  • Oilerz4life

    I don’t know about everyone else but I’m getting a little tired of hearing about next summer, draft picks etc. etc. Moral victories. When are the Oilers going to learn it takes a full 60 minute effort. It takes more than talent to win the cup it takes character. More players like Patrick Maroon. Like the 90’s Oilers who finally took a run at the cup 05/06. Not one McDavid on that team. A top line with Smyth and Horcoff. Character. You can take your core and shove it I’m sick of millionare teenybopper’s who don’t know a damn thing about playing a full 60 minutes, like McLellan says.

  • Jordan88

    I bet somewhere in some expensive New York penthouse Gary Bettman kicked one of his cats when he realized the Ref’s are single handedly responsible for the level of suckage that was this game.

    Does anyone else think Bettman lives alone with like 6 Maine Coon cats who have their own staff to clean, feed, and groom them?

    Like on paper he is married and looks normal but in reality he is extremely eccentric and like loves cats?

    However he hates cat hair so like he has 50 Roomba’s all going and cleaning up the cat hair.

    He stores all his suits in plastic bags in a room the cats have no access to.

    When you go over and look into his medicine cabinet to get advil for the headache you have from all the robo vacuums you see: Viagra, Zoloft, Valium, Midol, Advil, Tylenol, Ear drops, etc. Then you realize this is the guest bathroom and not his actual bathroom and no names are on the prescription bottles.

    He always follows you around with that freaky little smile of his like a psychotic troll doll that had its hair tamed down.

    Thats how I think Gary Bettman really is.

    Wait what are we talking about?

  • ntrprtr

    I was an on ice official for 15 years and consequently I tend to side with the officials when debate breaks out. Having said that the offside call tonight was one of the most amateurish calls I’ve ever seen. The Linesman’s positioning was bad, his posture was bad, his arm wasn’t raised straight over his head appropriately and his hand looked like he was asking to be excused to the washroom as opposed to wanting to make an authoritative call. The Linesman should be embarrassed and so should the NHL.

  • Butters

    Trade winds they are a blowin’ and they seem to making their way right through the Nation.

    Yes a mighty winds a blowin’, cross the land and cross the sea…

    …Yes it’s blowin’ peace and freedom, it’s blowin’ you and me…

  • Dawn

    The last couple games have had a ridiculous number of agregious(?) calls and non-calls. WTF is that about? I just want the NHL to try for the appearance of impartiality. Is that too much to ask for? How can they not see what a slap in the face it is for the fans who are their bread and butter. We pay good money to see a game and we expect it to be called fairly dammit!

  • Mr.Snrub

    Auston 20:16 says we just won the lottery!

    Hell even if we don’t, one of those 2 big talented Finns will almost certainly be coming our way which will make trading one of the $6 million dollar men a very easy decision.

  • RJ

    They didn’t score enough goals to win or play defence well enough to tie.

    It wasn’t a horrible game they just aren’t good enough to win these close games.

    Hopefully Chiarelli is half as good as his fans here make him out to be.

    Talbot and Maroon have been good, Sekera didn’t suck, and the rest have been meh or blah.