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GDB 79.0 Wrap Up: Royal Flush

At least the first period was fun? Final Score: 6-4 Kings

Having late weekday games this far into the season is annoying. I want my Oilers fix now dammit. I don’t want to wait to watch the Oilers and even saying that is a massive improvement. It’s even worse when you have to wait for the Oilers to go up against some schlubby non-playoff team like the LA Kings (I’m joking before you rattle off in the comments). Maybe I’m just getting impatient in my old age, or maybe I just don’t know how to handle meaningful games in March? Either way, it’s still blowing my mind that the Oilers are contending for the division title and they’re playing against the LA Kings that have missed the playoffs. What dimension are we in?

After the seemingly endless wait was over and the game had finally started, it was nice to see that the Oilers showed up ready to play. They came out flying, were able to pot a couple, and things looked good after 20 minutes. But I guess that was enough fun for one night, as the Oilers weren’t very sharp in the middle frame which allowed the Kings to claw their way out of the first-period hole and end up with the lead. Edmonton looked like they were on a scavenger hunt for finding ways to give LA chances. They allowed Los Angeles to take control of a game that should have been out of their grasp considering the start.

In the end, the Oilers wasted a wonderful start which not only ends their winning streak but now leaves them four points behind the Anaheim Ducks. That one hurts.

Wrap it up.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Milan Lucic has really elevated his play over the last quarter of the year and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The big man opened the scoring tonight with his 20th goal of the season by being parked in his office in front of the net.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his 17th goal of the year after getting himself to the front of the net and keeping his stick on the ice. Jordan Eberle made a nice play behind the net to feed the puck to Nuge out front and Nugey made no mistake. RNH followed up his hard working goal with an absolute beauty that left Quick guessing. Huge night for Nuge.
  • Darnell Nurse threw the puck at the net from the blueline and Jonathan Quick fanned on it. Sure, Leon Draisaitl’s stick was swinging downward like a funkin’ lumberjack which probably threw off his focus, but that’s neither here nor there.
  • Connor McDavid is five points away from 100. The countdown is on.
  • Both Connor and Leon extended their point streak to 11 games.
  • The Oilers swept the special teams battle as they went 1/3 with the man advantage while also killing off all three of LA’s chances.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Nick Shore got the Kings on the board by deflecting the puck through Talbot from six feet out in front of the net. Not much Talbot could do on that one.
  • Dustin Brown scored off of a quick wrister from the slot, but the problem started long before the puck went in the net. The Oilers couldn’t clear the zone and the Kings were able to keep on the offensive until the d-zone coverage collapsed and the game was tied. Attention to details, boys.
  • You could almost feel Nic Dowd’s goal coming. The wheels had fallen off completely and the Kings seemed able to do with the puck as they wished, without any real resistance. The third straight goal almost seemed inevitable.
  • Trevor Lewis scored early in the third period but the Oilers weren’t able to answer like they did the first time LA took the lead. It was just another one of those ugly plays that always seem to end up in the net when the Oil aren’t playing well.
  • Tanner Pearson’s goal was the dagger that ended it for Edmonton. Even though the Oilers were able to add a fourth on the scoreboard they weren’t able to pull another rabbit out of the hat.
  • The Oilers completely bunged up their empty net attempt as Patty Maroon threw a blind pass over to nobody. From there, Drew Doughty threw a strike from his own blue line and the comeback attempt was over.
  • What can you say about a second period when the Oilers allowed three straight goals and looked like they weren’t aware the period had started? Aside from Nuge’s beauty, that second period was awful.
  • Forgettable night for Cam Talbot as he allowed five goals on 26 shots with a .808 save%. A lot of the goals weren’t his fault, but there were still a few that he probably would like to have back. Shake it off, Dadbot. We’ll see you Thursday.
  • The Nurse/Benning combo was not working tonight as they got caught on the ice for three goals. Both Nurse and Benning had a tough nights as they were both fighting the puck and struggling to deal with LA’s forechecking pressure. This pairing shares the green jacket with a -3 on the evening.
  • The NHL site has the Oilers only listed with six giveaways but my eyes tell me that that number is way too low.
  • Why did the ice look like it had a pinkish hue to it? What was up with that?
  • Speaking of TV, why was it so hard for the cameraman to follow the play?

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
02:31 EDM PPG – Milan Lucic (20) ASST: Connor McDavid (66), Oscar Klefbom (20) 1-0
11:13 EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (17) ASST: Jordan Eberle (30), Kris Russell (11) 2-0

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
02:22 LA Nick Shore (6) ASST: Jonny Brodzinski (1), Dustin Brown (22) 2-1
12:29 LA Dustin Brown (12) ASST: Nick Shore (9) 2-2
15:30 LA Nic Dowd (6) ASST: Kyle Clifford (6), Jonny Brodzinski (2) 2-3
16:45 EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (18) ASST: Zack Kassian (17), Darnell Nurse (6) 3-3

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
01:40 LA Trevor Lewis (11) ASST: Nick Shore (10), Paul Ladue (8) 3-4
10:09 LA Tanner Pearson (24) ASST: Tyler Toffoli (18) 3-5
13:48 EDM Darnell Nurse (5) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (47) 4-5
18:39 LA EN – Drew Doughty (10) 4-6

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