GDB 26.0 Wrap Up: Duck Down

Two wins in a row. The Oilers are in 2nd place in the Pacific. Life is good in OilersNation. Final Score: 3-2 Oilers in OT

The last time the Oilers and Ducks met the result didn’t go well in spite of the Oilers outshooting the Ducks. As a result, Edmonton extended their losing streak to four games and the citizens of the Nation wept with despair. Coming into tonight’s rematch, our boys in blue are rallied for a big win in Winnipeg which saw the offense being spread throughout the lineup and a forward group that seemed to be building confidence. On the backend, Edmonton loses Darnell Nurse to the long-term injury reserve as a result of an injured foot, presumably caused by envious alien creatures (or the Winnipeg Jets). In Darryl’s place, Mark Fayne got into his second game of the season. Well… this was basically his first game considering he got hurt on his second shift the last time he played. Technicalities aside, the Oilers needed their new makeshift to stand tall if they were going to beat the Ducks. The result was a squad that bent but did not often break. 

Edmonton started the game well, getting more shots and chances than the Ducks in the first 10 minutes, but they weren’t able to capitalize on their early opportunities. As a result, the Ducks were able to hang around and settle into the heavy, grinding game that they’re known for playing. After finishing the first period scoreless, the Oilers won the middle frame by scoring two goals to the Ducks’ one and they gave themselves a good chance to win the hockey game. Going into the final frame, the Oilers were going to have to play tight defensively, keep their foot on the gas, and find a way to keep Anaheim’s best players off the game sheet. Unfortunately, the Ducks had no interesting in our plans to have them roll over and die. The visitors came out strong in the third period, bullying their way into the Oilers zone seemingly whenever they wanted, and forced overtime on a game could have been over. To make matters worse, the Oilers got a late penalty that bled into the extra time which was nearly a gift for the Ducks.

For as big of a mistake as it was to allow a too many men penalty with under a minute left in a tie game, it was equally as impressive to kill off that penalty and finish the game off with an OT win. Leon Draisaitl set up shop in front of the net and Andrej Sekera found him up beautifully, and the Oilers go home with their heads held high. For far too long we would have seen the Oilers get dry humped up and down the ice against bigger teams like the Ducks and it’s extremely satisfying to see the tides turning. This game was no picnic and the players should take satisfaction in knowing that they were able to grind out a win. The Oilers need to beat teams in their division if they want to get into the playoffs, and those wins are even more important at home. Over the years we’ve seen countless teams roll through Edmonton and finish their visit with two points without having to break much of a sweat. Tonight’s win against the Ducks wouldn’t have happened a year ago, and it’s measuring sticks like this that reaffirm that this team is finally pointed in the right direction. 

Wrap we must so wrap we shall.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • Drake Caggiula scored his first NHL goal on a nice little wrister from the slot on the power play. Caggiula has been getting some chances lately and it seemed like it was only a matter of time before he got that first goal. I was pumped to see him get it tonight. 
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hasn’t had the best season offensively but he scored a big goal tonight. The Oilers and Ducks were tied late in the 2nd period and Nuge sniped his 4th of the season past John Gibson to give the Oilers the lead going into the third period.********
  • Leon Draisaitl continues to roll as he scored the OT winner from his office in front of the net. Draisaitl’s 10th goal game from right in the slot off of a beautiful pass from Andrej Sekera from behind the goal line.
  • Three-point night for Jordan Eberle as he got assists on Caggiula first, Nuge’s second period goal, and Draisaitl’s OT winner. Eberle made a mistake on Rakell’s third-period goal, but was otherwise good tonight. He needed a big game and he got one.
  • Beautiful pass to Draisaitl by Andrej Sekera for the OT winner. The ol’ boy looked like an eastern European Bobby Orr (not really) flying around the net like that. Seriously, though. Great pass.
  • Cam Talbot was rock solid tonight, especially in the third period, and he gave his team a chance to win. Talbot stopped the shots you would expect him to stop and some of the ones you wouldn’t, and his performance did not go unnoticed. Talbot finished the night with 31 saves and a .939 save%.
  • Matt Benning is one of the biggest surprises of the season for me. He’s stepped in despite no one expecting him to, and he’s played admirably despite being in over his head a little bit. He’ll make a few mistakes while he’s learning the NHL game but he’s been a pleasant surprise regardless. Benning played more than 21 minutes tonight and his confidence looks to be growing. 
  • Kris Russell made some fine defensively plays tonight, and I know that the fancies don’t like him again but he made some important plays down the stretch. Feel free to debate down below. (Russell had a 27% Corsi tonight)
  • Mark Fayne had an effectively quiet game tonight, and I say that as a compliment, which was impressive considering this was only the second time he’s been on NHL ice this season. Fayne played a quiet, solid 12:44 tonight and looked fine by my eye. 
  • The power play contributed again tonight which was nice to see. Not only did Caggiula get his first NHL goal, but the Oilers find themselves with a power play that’s heating up. The Oilers PP finished the night at 50% going 1/2 with the extra man. 
  • Milan Lucic wanted to get the boys going in the second period so he dropped the gloves and got into it with Jared Boll. Check out the fight over at HockeyFights.com. 
  • I missed hearing Louie DeBrusk calling Oilers games. It was a nice change to get the big man back for tonight’s broadcast. 

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • The Oilers took a 2-1 lead into the third period and weren’t able to keep the Ducks off the scoresheet. I expect, as the Oilers continue to mature, that they won’t be giving up leads in the third nearly as often as they do now. Part of the learning curve. 
  • I’m looking forward to whenever it is that Ryan Kesler retires. He’s been annoying the Oilers for far too long and I will be thankful when his reign is over. I guess he can consider that a compliment. Anyway, Kesler scored if anyone cares. On the bright side, we’re one day closer to that retirement. 
  • What the hell happened to Darnell Nurse’s foot that landed on the long-term IR? Lower-body injury my ear. Turns out he almost broke his foot, and while it may not be broken he’ll still be on the shelf for weeks. Not good. I thought we were friends, Winnipeg. 
  • Rough third period for the Oilers. To their credit, they didn’t allow more than the one goal but there were times when I was holding my breath. Cam Talbot held them in the game during the final 20 minutes and they should be giving him props when they go for drinks tonight. 
  • The Oilers have had the luxury of a wonderful penalty kill this season, but it can’t be perfect all the time. The Ducks went 1/2 on their power play tonight, and you know that the Oilers’ PK will want to be perfect again tomorrow night.
  • Speaking of the penalty kill, the Oilers took an awful too many men call with only 44.4 seconds left in the game. Terrible time to forget how to count. 
  • Corey Perry hasn’t scored a goal in 17 games after tonight’s game. I was worried that the goalless drought would end all night long, because, well… you know.
  • The Anaheim Ducks are in the top three in the league at faceoffs but you wouldn’t have guessed it tonight. The Oilers kept themselves on par with the Ducks for two periods until losing in in the third. Edmonton finished the night winning only 44% of the draws.
  • Connor and Milan Lucic both had their extended point streaks end tonight. No worries, here’s to both of them starting another one tomorrow.
  • Matt Hendricks fans won’t be happy to hear that his name might be out there in trade talks, as per Elliotte Friedman tonight

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
05:17 Edmonton PPG – Drake Caggiula (1) ASST: Patrick Maroon (5), Jordan Eberle (11) 0-1
09:28 Anaheim PPG – Ryan Kesler (9) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (18), Cam Fowler (9) 1-1
13:35 Edmonton Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (4) ASST: Oscar Klefbom (6), Jordan Eberle (12) 1-2

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
09:42 Anaheim Rickard Rakell (10) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (19), Corey Perry (15) 2-2

OT PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
03:16 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (10) ASST: Andrej Sekera (7), Jordan Eberle (13) 2-3

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A GOOD OL’ HOCKEY GAME

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  • When: Friday December 9th with doors opening at 2pm (the game starts at 6pm). 
  • Where: West Edmonton Mall at the Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace
  • Who: Edmonton takes on Minnesota
  • Why: Because we love to party
  • What else: We’re going to have prize giveaways all night long
  • How much to get in: FREE!

Huge thank you to everyone at West Edmonton MallThe Brick, Vimy Hockey, Donnan, 1st RNDTSN 1260Eddie BauerThe Bear and everyone else that worked so hard to help us get this event off the ground. Your hard work is appreciated, and I can’t wait for December 9th to get here. It’s going to be a fantastic night.

  • Jay (not J)

    Why even argue with Matt when he says something off the rails like ‘Russell hurts the Oilers’? Tweeting about Larsson’s hair like this is a wives of fans support site, not a fan site. The guy isn’t a hockey fan, it’s just a vehicle for him to fight.

  • NealH

    After the Russell bashing last couple days I made a point to really focus on him tonight. He’s not a Larsson, but you know he’s not bad either. Maybe it comes from being a cowboy; whatever, but he’s a player who’ll do anything to stop a play or prevent a chance. On this team, we can use someone with that kind of guts and determination.

  • Gadgets

    I know this never works but can we please ignore the trolls? Starting with Matt, the guy is just trying to write clickbait articles and has zero hockey knowledge. His article should have been “Russell played this week and you wouldn’t believe what happened next!” Ignore him, don’t click on his articles and don’t comment and he’ll go away.

    And ignore the 12 year olds that cry about Eberle. They don’t contribute anything in their 20 posts per night. Stop giving them the attention they are craving and they’ll get bored and go somewhere else for their validation.

  • S cottV

    It’s good that Nuge and Eberle produced some offence.

    That line has to get going.

    The points they got, does however – mask the fact that their leaking out the back end almost cost us the win.

    We were in position for an outright win and gave up another preventable GA.

    Sure – it didn’t help that Sekera lost his stick, but when s___ happens, you immediately take a quick look to see where the threats are coming from.

    It’s as easy as counting to 3.

    So – if Eberle could have counted – one rubber duckie, two rubber duckie – oh oh, where the ____ is that 3rd rubber duckie? He might have looked behind him and saved the day by easily covering off that 3rd duckie.

    I know – I know – he doesn’t get paid to count to 3.

    His lack of situational awareness on the d side is a real problem and will probably never go away.

    • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      Okay, sure it’s all Eberle’s fault. But consider the following when you’re watching the replay of that Rakell goal:

      The play starts with Perry getting the non-call interference, as Perry comes from behind Sekera to knock his stick out of his hand and tag up at the line to prevent the offside.

      Two things happen next that are kind of important:

      1. The puck is thrown over to the open wing that Perry’s moving into and Pouliot is also moving into, but Perry actually skates at this point while Pouliot switches to glide mode, to the point that Getzlaf actually passes Pou to be in position to take a pass from Perry. Amazingly, Pouliot actually glides all the way from the red line, while Getzlaf had started the play with a pass to Fowler from in front of his own net.

      2. At the same time, after giving up his twig, Sekera made his second mistake of chasing Perry into the corner, and then behind the net, like he’d be able to prevent a pass without his stick.

      Every Oiler on the ice froze for a tenth of a second watching Sekera double down on his mistake (including Eberle). Pouliot was already frozen from the red line in, and because of Getzlaf’s new position on Pouliot he’s able to attempt a shot on net–not a pass, a shot on net.

      Benning had been trying to catch Perry to make up for Sekera’s second mistake but with the back pass to Getzlaf he stops chasing Perry behind the net, just long enough to deflect Getzlaf’s unintended shot-pass right on Rakell’s stick.

      Eberle collapsed too deep on the play, no question, but had the ref called the interference, had Pouliot taken just one single stride, or had Benning or Sekera made a better call on coverage (or RNH), we don’t get to a point where Eberle misses Rakell. Or maybe we do, as he’s not paid to count.

      TLDR: about 6 mistakes were made in preparation for Eberle’s ultimate mistake. My own personal, I’d have preferred Pouliot took a single god damn stride either toward Perry or Getzlaf when he had the chance, given that Sekera had no stick at that time.

      I guess my larger point is that we love to find a single player who’s responsible for a goal against, but this one’s a little bit more complicated than that imho.

  • Looch#27

    Oilers played a great game and Eb’s was awesome!!! Was fun reading the comments and hearing only one complaint about his play!!! More games like that and the bandwagon well be over capacity great team game. Can’t believe still hearing about Hall give it a rest sheesh