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GDB 73.0 Wrap Up: Forget About It, Let’s Move On

Forget about this one, boys. See you tomorrow. Final Score: 4-3 Ducks

I don’t remember the last time that I’ve been this excited/stressed out by an Oilers game that happened in March. Probably 2006? I can’t think of anything since then. Whenever it was, there was no chance that I’ve been able to write about it because I’ve only been blogging since about 2008 (only 😭) and this year is literally the first time that I’ve ever been able to use ‘Oilers’ and ‘playoffs’ in the same sentence, unless it was something like wondering where the Oilers would be watching the playoffs at? I think my favourite thing about this playoff push is that I know absolutely nothing about what’s happening at this year’s draft. Not a clue. Isn’t it beautiful?

March fuzzies aside, this game was a megalodon for the Oilers. Had they been able to beat Anaheim, it would not only have given Edmonton sole possession of second place in the Pacific but also would’ve been like hockey’s equivalent of heading to the store to pick up nails for LA’s coffin. LA wouldn’t be quite dead yet, but someone would’ve definitely been reaching for the plug if you know what I mean. That makes the loss a double jab to the pills. With the way the game started, I wasn’t sure whether we were going to end the night on high or wind up pissed off about another wasted chance at points. The Oilers were able to score a couple goals early but couldn’t keep the Ducks from getting back into it. After Anaheim came back for the second time the Oilers couldn’t get anything else going.

Edmonton started out like a house on fire, but the work was undone to the point of no return by some sloppy defensive play and the inability to get a save. It seemed liked Talbot got rattled after the Eaves goal went in and he didn’t quite look the same after that. With Talbot unable to bail the team out, the wheels started to fall off allowing Anaheim to take control from there. Even when things looked like they were going right it almost seemed inevitable that Edmonton would find a way to screw it up. It was just one of those nights, man. Obviously, the most disappointing thing about this loss is the fact that the Oilers dropped the ball and missed out on a huge opportunity to grab hold of second place and add two big points to their total.

Fortunately, they won’t have much time to dwell on this loss as they’ll have to regroup and get back at it in Colorado tomorrow.

Wrap it up.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • After the Ducks hit the post, the Oilers walked the puck down to the other end of the ice and found a way to beat Bernier. Leon Draisaitl got the puck on his stick in the slot and he fired a quick wrister past Bernier to open the scoring.
  • The Ducks had just tied the game up at one but Captain Connor didn’t like that very much as he added another highlight reel goal to his resume. The captain smashed his turbo button and flew past the Ducks’ defender, made a slick little move to his backhand, and cashed in his 26th goal of the year past a helpless Bernier. On the bright side, McDavid ended his pointless streak against the Ducks with three McPoints tonight which gives him 85 on the season.
  • Mark Letestu scored his career high 15th goal of the season just as the game was winding down. The Oilers got a couple late power plays and Letestu was able to sink one but it was too little too late. That said, big props to Mark Letestu for the career high. He’s found a home on that power play and he’s taken full advantage of the opportunity.
  • Laurent Brossoit was solid in relief of Cam Talbot and you have to wonder what Todd McLellan will do tomorrow in Colorado. You’d hope that the Oilers should be able to beat the Avalanche regardless of who is in net so it would all boil down to whether McLellan wanted to give Talbot a chance to bounce back or rest. Going back to Brossoit, he finished his 30+ minutes perfectly by stopping all 16 shots he faced.
  • The penalty killers were perfect again tonight as they killed off all five of Anaheim’s chances.
  • The power play scored a goal tonight (good) but often looked tentative and unwilling to shoot the puck (bad). Tonight’s Oilers didn’t look like the winning streak Oilers on the man advantage if you know what I mean.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Patrick Eaves fired a weak wrister on net from about 25 feet out and it somehow beat Talbot. Dadbot stops that puck 9/10 but it snuck through him tonight. Cue the “Talbot is tired” narratives.
  • The Oilers gave up a tough goal with less than a minute left in the first period and it kept the Ducks hanging around when they shouldn’t have been able to in the first place. Hampus Lindholm’s goal was avoidable had their defensive zone coverage been what it’s supposed to be.
  • Josh Manson hadn’t scored a goal in 11 games but he beat Talbot with a softie tonight. Manson’s goal was second stoppable puck that beat Talbot tonight and, at the time, it was the third goal on eight shots faced. Not good enough.
  • Second Period = Vomit worthy
  • After getting those two early goals the Oilers took their foot off the gas and weren’t ever able to find it again. They couldn’t execute the small details that they excelled at over the course of their winning streak. Passes were a bit off, the were trying to force offence to happen, and Talbot didn’t look like Talbot. All in all, it was a poor effort by some that resulted in a forgettable night for all of us.
  • This was a forgettable night for Cam Talbot. After allowing a bad goal to Patrick Eaves, Talbot was never really the same until he got pulled midway through the second period. Talbot finished the night with four goals on 18 shots and a .778 save%. He’ll bounce back.
  • Jordan Eberle didn’t have a very good night. He got thrown off the puck on the Josh Manson goal and the play died with him on more occasions than not. He needs to be better.
  • Darnell Nurse and Eric Gryba share the green jacket tonight if you’re into that kind of thing. The pair each finished with a -2 in their column. Not the best night for the third pair.
  • I’ve complained about the refs 2000 times this season but did anyone else think that they were especially bad tonight? It seemed like the Ducks were getting the veteran benefit of the doubt where the Oilers were getting pinned with weak calls. I mean, for fox creek, Ryan Kesler was allowed to jump on McDavid’s back without getting called for it? What is this? Junior C? Ridiculous.
  • How are the Ducks challenging for the division and their building is that empty? Embarrassing.
  • The Oilers finished the night at 48% in the faceoff circle. Not bad by any means, but not good either.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
05:58 EDM Leon Draisaitl (25) ASST: Patrick Maroon (13), Connor McDavid (58) 1-0
07:46 ANA Patrick Eaves (25) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (46), Hampus Lindholm (10) 1-1
08:49 EDM Connor McDavid (26) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (42), Kris Russell (7) 2-1
19:29 ANA Hampus Lindholm (6) ASST: Rickard Rakell (13), Ryan Getzlaf (47) 2-2

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
01:33 ANA Josh Manson (4) ASST: Hampus Lindholm (11) 2-3
11:23 ANA Rickard Rakell (32) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (48) 2-4

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
19:53 EDM PPG – Mark Letestu (15) ASST: Connor McDavid (59), Patrick Maroon (14) 3-4

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  • Kaplan

    Oilers have a bit of a goalie issue heading into tomorrow’s game in Denver. Had Talbot pulled out a win or an allowable loss, Brossoit likely would’ve gotten the nod. But now, with Dad in need of some legit rest (it’s not a narrative, it’s real. Guy’s been ridden like a pack mule), he pretty much has to be given the opportunity to bounce back against a weak Avalanche team.

  • Simmerdown

    Where the hell are all the other commenters. So Kesler gets to surf McDavid. If I’m either of Maroon, Lucic, Kassian, Nurse, Gryba or Hendo, I’m pounding his face next game. The refs suck, get used to it and take it into your own hands. This is what the playoffs are going to be like. I hope these boys learned from this game.

  • Oiler fan in Dallas

    The comment about he empty building was spot on. I was at the game tonight and without Oiler fans that place was a graveyard. Multiple times In the game the “lets go Oilers” chant was loud and crystal clear. Great to see how the Oil faithful travel!!!!

      • Oiler fan in Dallas

        Can’t say I noticed a big difference between seating areas but I can say that I was at the game with a bunch of coworkers (most not hockey people) and they all commented on the number of Oil fans. I am headed to Denver in the morning an will be at the game tomorrow and as sorry as that team is it will be interesting to see what that crowd looks like.

  • Better to learn a lesson from a loss late in the season as compared to the first game in a series vs the Ducks (potentially).

    I’m not speaking to general lessons like playing all 60 minutes like they played in the first, but rather what sort of pushback you can expect from the Ducks, what sort of weaknesses they can exploit on Bernier, how much the Ducks get away with in regards to reffing (the playoffs will be worse), how to deal with that sort of checking game (the Ducks were on the Oilers like white on rice). The Oilers were stuffed and not given an inch and they had to figure out a way to respond.

    It was a good taste of what to expect. Everyone from the players to the coaching staff can try to redeem themselves on April 1st and hopefully take that into the playoffs.

    The normally hot PP let them down, and really, if they got one they’d have been back in this game. While the Oilers were dominated in the 2nd and struggled at points in the 3rd, I like how the game was still pretty close and within reach.

    • GK1980

      The lesson tonight is the get home ice advantage against these guys in the playoffs. The homer penalty calls and non calls on the ducks was atrocious. Ducks are cheap and dirty. Oilers killed them in the first. I understand talbitbhad a rough game but the non calls on the ducks was brutal.

  • Simba99

    Eberle and nug couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag ya think they will accomplish something in the playoffs don’t think so put jujar on the 2nd line for eberle we need the size against the big boys this time of year

      • Eberle did not play any different than he does on any given night, weak on the puck, gives up possession if he even sees a jersey in his vicinity, or just gets pushed off it from lack of effort. He does skate miles every night getting to non contact areas of the ice. Why he is wearing a letter is beyond me. If everyone played like him , we would never have the puck. Nuge is sound defensively, but neither are earning their paycheques.

  • Oilerchild77

    The officiating was so obviously in favor of the Ducks that I worry about a first round match up with them. It’s not that I don’t think the Oilers can beat the Ducks, it’s that I don’t think they can beat the Ducks AND the refs.

      • toprightcorner

        The one change I would suggest is start with the oldest comment and work chronologically, that way you don’t have to start at the bottom to get a gist of the conversation flow.

        • McPucker

          Threaded comments – there is some good about them. What I don’t like is that I’ll read through the comments, so there’s 26. I come back later and there’s 46. So 20 new but some are threaded. If I want to look at them all I have to go through from the beginning again.

          They’re great if you’re just going to run through the comments once.

  • Spaceman Spiff

    Love the usage of the “fox creek” in this. For us folks from northwestern Alberta (in my case, Grande Prairie), it’s exciting when one of our go-to swear-word-replacements makes it to The Show.

  • winteriscoming

    Oilers looked out of it after the first, the comment section needs to provide additional formatting option like latest or oldest and provide the page number.

  • Sammy p

    I think we are going to see many more flip- flops in the standings with Oilers-Flames before the season finally ends . I hope that we get the last flip and Calgary gets the last flop.itsgonna be an exciting time for sure.

  • Not a First Tier Fan

    Ugly game last night. McDavid showed up and brought Maroon and Draisatl with him but the rest of the team seemed to be still on the plane.

    First ten minutes – not much to be said of. The first line came out swinging. Too bad the whole Ducks team then chose to focus on them and were let off the hook by our other nine guys.

    Credit to LB for coming into the shooting gallery and handling himself well. I think he needs to cut out that right post and carry it with him like a lucky charm. Those two shots rung off it in the space of two seconds was crazy. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

    Slepyshev and Caggiula sure brought the effort but it was obvious they were over matched by the experience of the Ducks. In a Cogs vs Slepy match-up you take Cogs every time. That one might hang on McLellans head. The fourth line we saw last night would probably have more luck against a team like Colorado.

    Talbot. Well we can wish he chose a different night to have an off effort but the team wouldn’t be where they are without him…. so as far as I’m concerned he can still stand with head held high.

    Eberle and Lucic were awful. Full stop.

    Solution for next week is simple. Need more hits. Need more shots. Need to be tougher to play against. Need more effort from anyone not on the first line. I expect next Saturday will be a much different game.

    Bring on the Avalanche!

  • Not a First Tier Fan

    Sorry – one other note on an already overlong post… Kassian got better towards the end of the fame but his first half was brutal. That second Ducks goal should never have happened because he should have stayed with his man like his d-men were counting on him to do. Hope the Oilers staff show him the tape and get to the bottom of just what the hell he was thinking there. That’s the kind of rookie error that sinks you in the playoffs – and as an example it was the Ducks scoring that second goal right before the end of the period that really seemed to rattle the team – that’s when the tires fell off.

  • Oiler Al

    The first line show’d up …. not so much the rest of the team.Talbot and defense were ugly..[Sekera was OK]. Second and third lines looked like they didnt get their skate guards off and had not eaten for days. Good to see McMellan bench Eberle. Should have done the same with Nuge and Kassian.

  • Danoilerfanincalgary

    A poor performance only happens once in awhile now remember the last ten years when poor performances were the norm. Punish Colorado and all is forgotten.

  • toprightcorner

    How do the refs give Boll and Maroon offsetting penalties when Maroon was trying to get t the bench and Boll was trying to stop him and fight him when Maroon was clearly saying no? The refs must have been sponsored by the CNIB