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GDB + 11.0 Wrap Up: Cheaters never prosper, save sometimes in the NHL playoffs

Final Score: Ducks 4, Oilers 3 (2OT)

The story here is either Edmonton’s collapse in the last four minutes of the third period or the NHL’s miserable goalie interference call on the crucial 3-3 goal. We’ll get to both in a bit, but let’s start from the beginning.

The early contest was not kind to the Oilers. Leon Draisaitl made a defensive zone turnover on the first shift, and chaos ensued. Mark Letestu lost the draw which followed and Anaheim nearly took a 1-0 lead on the second shift.

Worse, Matt Benning was hammered into the boards by Nate Thompson and stayed down until the whistle blew. Hampus Lindholm rang a puck off the post. Ryan Getzlaf caught Andrej Sekera along the boards and then Sekera had to be helped off; he would not return. Oscar Klefbom blocked a shot high and was in obvious pain on the bench.

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For good measure, there were penalties. Getzlaf took a penalty shot after Milan Lucic was ruled to have hooked him just enough for the call. Patrick Maroon took a far more blatant high-sticking minor. Benning, who returned in the first period, took a slashing minor that had Twitter seeing red.

Through it all, there was Cam Talbot. Talbot turned aside 13 shots, dealt with a ridiculous amount of traffic in his crease (even drawing one penalty) and kept Edmonton afloat through a period in which they were badly outplayed.

And the Oilers took advantage. Klefbom returned for the first shift of the second, and picked up a point on Draisaitl’s 1-0 goal. The Ducks took a couple of penalties, and Edmonton took a 2-0 lead thanks to the magic of Connor McDavid and Mark Letestu on the power play. Corey Perry got burned by his reputation for diving, and the Oilers got away with a 3-0 goal, too. The second period was the reverse of the first, as Edmonton dominated the play and the scoreboard, despite a badly banged up defence corps.

The physical play never stopped – Kris Russell got hammered and returned in the game after a brief interlude – and the Ducks didn’t go away but it looked like the Oilers were going to grit out the win.

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That is, until the last five minutes of the third. Edmonton had been trying to hang on for most of the period, and finally the team couldn’t. Anaheim scored once and then a second time. Then, with 15 seconds left, Darnell Nurse pushed Ryan Kesler into the crease. Kesler, opportunist that he is, took advantage of the situation and grabbed Talbot’s pad with his hands.

The NHL ruled that a good goal, with an official explanation that put all the blame on Nurse and didn’t even mention Kesler grabbing the pad. And thus a 3-0 lead turned into overtime.

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Overtime was thrilling, as it is, with chances at both ends of the rink. But it ended with Corey Perry scoring the winner off a Ryan Getzlaf pass as Draisaitl veered too far to the boards to get back into position. The ending would have stunk for Oilers fans regardless; that it was Perry driving the knife home was insult added to injury.

The Bright Side

  • That was a gritty night for Edmonton’s defence, and a loss doesn’t change that. Benning, Klefbom and Russell all had painful moments and stayed in the game. Adam Larsson played 45 minutes, holding the fort as seemingly the entire blue line went down. Darnell Nurse played less than Larsson and suffered less than the others, but he too managed to keep his cool in the third period when Corey Perry slashed him on the hands. It wasn’t enough for the win, but it was still impressive to behold.
  • Draisaitl picked up a goal in his first game back at centre. If he can stay there and be effective, it gives the Oilers a real good shot at three scoring lines: McDavid, Draisaitl and Nugent-Hopkins.
  • Connor McDavid got a ton of credit online for the 2-0 goal, and rightly so, but Mark Letestu’s last-second flip pass was a thing of beauty, too. He knew he couldn’t get the shot, and he got the puck to McDavid’s general area. That’s never a bad play.
  • Drake Caggiula scored his second in as many games and didn’t look out of place on McDavid’s line. Tying this back to the first point, if he can thrive in that position it makes it a lot easier to leave Draisaitl at centre (and gives the Oilers a shot at a Conor Sheary/Jake Guentzel-type bargain deal on McDavid’s wing).
  • The third line didn’t score, but looked like it had some jump. Special teams, injuries and the like kept it from getting as long a look as I would have liked but I though both Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot looked more like their old selves.
  • The league got the call right on a disallowed Anaheim goal in the second period; there really wasn’t any question that Nick Ritchie made contact above the crossbar and both the initial decision and the subsequent review came to that conclusion.
  • There’s a range of opinions on both fighting ion the game of hockey and The Code, but one can’t fault Zack Kassian for making it clear to Ritchie that the hit on Russell was beyond the pale.
  • I’ve got a follow-up to this in the facepalmers, but watching Corey Perry not get the call after a head snap and a pirouette didn’t hurt my feelings any. My assumption is the officials saw his spin and assumed he was embellishing, something he has a well-earned reputation for. I’m a little torn because I like to see penalties called, but that’s a live by the sword, die by the sword kind of moment and it’s kind of nice to see a dirty player pay for his reputation.
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The Face Palmers

  • Anaheim’s 3-3 goal definitely should not have counted. If that’s not goalie interference, nothing is. It’s baffling that the league could miss Kesler grabbing Talbot’s pad; it’s equally baffling that they could see it and chose not to call it.
  • That first period. Woof.
  • That third period. Woof.
  • If you were hoping for a game of unquestionable officiating, you must not be familiar with the NHL playoffs. At any rate, this game wasn’t it; an early penalty shot call was highly debateable as Lucic battled for position with Getzlaf. We just didn’t know it was going to be a harbinger of things to come.
  • I winced both at the hit that Kris Russell took from Ritchie and the (unpenalized) slash to the hands that Zack Kassian took from Shea Theodore. This was a hurting game for the Oilers, a lot of times legally but in those two cases not so much.
  • Edmonton’s 3-0 goal could potentially not have counted, thanks to Patrick Maroon doing stupid things with his stick behind the play. Mistakes by the officials tend to even out, given enough time. Of course, you can win or lose a series while they’re in the process of evening out, and the Oilers are at risk of that here. Beyond that, Maroon’s had a problem with dumb penalties all playoffs and needs to dial it back.

Scoring Summary

First Period

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  • No goals

Second period

  • 0:15: 1-0 Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl (3), assists to Oscar Klefbom (3) and Adam Larsson (3)
  • 2:55: 2-0 Edmonton. Connor McDavid (5), assists to Mark Letestu (4) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (4)
  • 12:28: 3-0 Edmonton. Drake Caggiula (2), assists to Connor McDavid (4) and Kris Russell (3)

Third period

  • 16:44: 1-3 Anaheim. Ryan Getzlaf (8), assists to Jakub Silfverberg (3) and Ryan Kesler (5)
  • 17:19: 2-3 Anaheim. Cam Fowler (1), assists to Jakub Silfverberg (4) and Corey Perry (4)
  • 19:45: 3-3 Anaheim. Rickard Rakell (5), assists to Corey Perry (5) and Cam Fowler (3)

First overtime

  • No goals

Second overtime

  • 6:57: 4-3 Anaheim. Corey Perry (2), assists to Ryan Getzlaf (7) and Rickard Rakell (4)


  • commonsense

    If we lose fair and square, then I for one will congratulate the winner. But I will never ever accept injustice. Gotta get some cojones and strive for what is right. As Dylan Thomas would say, “Do not go gentle into that good night…”

  • How

    Why blame the refs? The Oilers had a 3-0 lead with 3 minutes remaining.

    They were out shot 22-10 in the 3rd period, then out shot 14-10 in the 1st OT, then again out shot 6-0 in the 2nd OT. Don’t blame the refs.

  • Harry2

    Just a note for the Oilers fanbase. I myself am a diehard Oilers fan.

    I agree with all the criticism of the officiating but I chose not to dwell on it cause it will drive you absolutely mental.

    Living in BC I have seen firsthand what that will do to you. The refs didnt blow a 3-0 lead. Yes the 3rd goal was questionable but it shouldnt have gotnto that point.

    If I was as bitter as Canuck fans and some fans on this site I would have to choose to stop watching hockey. It just wouldnt be healthy.

    On to game 6 and 7. Oilers have been to good and too resilient to go away quietly.

    • SedinsForever500

      Face it Harry, the Lames and Choklers will never beat the Ducks!! You live in one sad province. Move ’em to BC, and you’ll have better luck 😛

      • Harry2

        Are you talking about the team that got blown out of their own building in game 7? The same team that scored 8 goals in 7 SCF games? The Canucks are screwed until they get new ownership. Settle in

  • Connor'sGotHart

    After the first goal was scored by Anaheim in the third I was sure Mclellen was going to call a time out.some coaches do use them to settle a team down.just a thought.

  • Admiral Ackbar

    The NHL lost a fan last night, after 30 years. This level of ineptitude/corruption I could protest if it were a government. From entertainment, however, I can’t waste my time on such a cause.

    • Newj

      I’m not sure what’s worse…the reffing in this entire series or the play of Patrick Maroon?

      He’s lost his game. His physical play has changed into a bunch of stupid penalties. He’s hasn’t got the Ducks dmen looking over their shoulders like ours do of Thompson or Ritchie. Maybe he cant catch them..I dont know but he seems to have lost his way against his former team.

      We need Kassian back like he was against the Sharks..hitting everything that moves..and keep these Ducks honest against our own skilled players.

      If we can get Kassian back to his recent play & Maroon atleast getting some emotion in his game…we have a chance. Otherwise the Ducks, I feel, will continue to mug our entire team into a series win…the exact same way they intimidated their way to a Stanley Cup a few years ago.

  • Rob19

    Where was the timeout after Ducks’ second goal? Should know by now they are wasted on coach’s challenges in this league. If there ever was a time to use it, that was it in order to settle our boys down and interfere with the avalanche of Ducks momentum.

  • Natejax97

    Big shout out to Kris Russell. Hell of a game…just gritty. The Oilers can rally around that kind of stuff and I think they will. Next game will be 6-1. Not sure for who but it will be big.

  • I am Batman

    People…. complaining about the refs is what Shames fans do best: conspiracy theories, and all that crap.
    The Oilers blew a 3 goal lead. Let’s place accountability where it is due and support our team and hope that they have learnt that you need to play for 60 minutes to win in this league…. of course the officials wanted to send this to OT….
    The team needs to control what they can: get better at face offs, tighten things up in the last 5 and protect a lead, call a timeout if things are getting out of hand…. that they had control on and they didn’t take control and gave it to someone else (the refs).
    Now let’s show some class and let’s stop crying like coyotes about the refs. Nobody cares.

      • I am Batman

        “Right” – of course you could not WRITE a paragraph about anything you can barely spell.
        For idiots like you we all get a reputation of being poorly educated. Go back to school and come back when you can differentiate and spell words. Have fun.

        • ET

          An adult who calls himself “i am batman” is calling out other people, really???? Lol.). By the way fool what needs to happen is for this coach and this team to play pissed like the fans are! Feel free to show some emotion Todd, call out the refs, rant and rave, maybe pay attention instead of daydreaming and calling a timeout after they scored their second goal. While you make some good points they are all obvious and your “logical non emotional take” is not what this team needs right now. What they need is to play the tune us against the world, get pissed and play like it!!!!

        • Tombstone

          Are you still talking. Cry me a river. Write another paragraph why don’t you.

          Hahahahahahah great comeback you nerd. You sound like a woman complaining about spelling.
          That’s exactly why there should be an edit button. To silence grammar cops like you.
          Douche bag

    • Tombstone

      What kind of like do you have that you’re up at 0800 in the morning writing a paragraph?
      Life must suck when you’re 40 and still a virgin.
      At least I wrote my comment taking a dump.

      • Sustenna

        Yes, moron, one has to arise early in order to have sufficient time to write a paragraph. You are hilarious. Not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, are you! (The latter is rhetorical, simpleton, so there is no need to take half the day and write a paragraph to answer)

  • BubbaZanetti

    I think the ref already had his mind made up even before the review. Plus there was absolutely no way they were going to disallow “2” goals against the same team. Officiating in the NHL isn’t about black and white as per the rulebook. There’s multiple rulebooks, problem is refs don’t know which one to follow. Perry interference was borderline, but Kesler in the paint holding onto top of Talbot pad, seriously. But like I said ref already had his mind made up no matter what he saw on the replay.
    Plus it was only the game-tying goal. no harm no foul as it didn’t decide the game. Oilers could still win OT.
    And lastly, without a doubt, the NHL is a joke, on many fronts and my days may be numbered.

      • ET

        Things must be slow on flames nation hey fool? Spent a lot of time in cowtown over the years so i know how it makes you all so angry that not only did we get gretzky and win 5 cuos but now we get mcdavid, boy it feels great to know that whatever you write it spurred by outright and total jealousy, its fantastic for me and makes me smile thinking about it? Thanks for making me remember all that we Oiler fans have to be grateful for that you flames fans will never have, made me laugh and smile on an otherwise disheartening morning!!

        • SedinsForever500

          A loser like you doesn’t deserve to live anywhere but in the City of Whinners. Cowtown doesn’t need more crybabies like you, and especially not Vancouver.

  • Jobu

    I Anaheim not the luckiest team in the league right now? Tough loss Oil Nation, but you should all be aware of the Ryan Kesler show by now. And sorry to say, bad officiating hurts every team equally.

    • Clayton

      Yea because it was pretty unlucky for the Oilers when that puck bounced right to Leon with a wide open net for the Oilers first goal. What crappy luck! The Oilers have enjoyed amazing puck luck over the series. How many of their goals have come from good bounces?

  • Clayton

    What is wrong with all the Alberta Reffing conspiracies? Oiler fans mocked how the Flames fans complained about biased riffing ever since the Wideman assault. Now they buy into the biased riffing theory as it fits their storyline in Edmonton? If you truly watch the game back without an oiler or duck lens and just watch from a hockey perspective you will see:
    – an oilers team that has be vastly outplayed for most of the series except for pockets or periods here or there.
    – reffing that has missed calls for both teams and called some things questionably tight at other times. Welcome to the world of professional sports reffing. It isn’t an Oilers issue. It isn’t an NHL issue. It is a pro sports issue. They call it game management.
    – an oilers captain that has been invisible most of the series and playoffs.
    – a goaltender (talbot) that has played out of his mind to even keep the games close.
    – a team that gives up a 3 goal lead in less than three minutes doesn’t deserve the win. Ice the puck…you are up by 3. Oh yea, can’t win a faceoff.

    Enjoy the run. You guys in in round #2…beats being out of it by November doesn’t it? Enjoy the run as you never know when you will be back. The Oilers have a good team that should be back plenty…but you just never know. Lots of good teams never get it all together.

    • BubbaZanetti

      They didn’t give up a 3 goal lead. They give up 2 goals in a 3-2 game. Third goal was illegal according to rule book. What’s more pathetic….the people on here complaining about bull$#it goals or the idiots that constantly “b!t ch about the people complaining ?? Get the facts straight Clayton

    • srelio

      Man, i didnt mock the flames for thinking the refs were biased against them cause it certainly looked like they were. With the nhl reffing ive seen in the past 3 years alone i find it hard to believe that human error is the entire issue. By now these “conspiracy theories” just seem more plausible than the supposed best referees in the world being that bad at their jobs. Clearly the system the nhl uses regarding its officiating is flawed.

      Also in their statement of why the goal was allowed they didnt even address the entire reason we thought it should be taken back which was kesler grabbing talbots pad. This is an offense regardless of whether nurse pushed him in or not. In the 90 seconds the refs took to review a game tying goal in the Stanley cup playoffs they either saw kesler grab talbots pad and didnt think it warranted interference (which by popular consensus of more than just oilers fans is blatantly wrong) or, more likely, they took a quick look at nurse pushing kesler in and didnt bother to take a closer look at whether kesler made a reasonable effort to avoid contact.

      Now if the refs did see the grab why on earth was the review so short? Given the usual review time for similar decisions I think any logical person can be fairly confident that the refs didnt notice kesler grabbing talbots pad. If they had noticed, the review likely would have taken much longer. Thus, it appears that the refs didnt do their due diligence in reviewing the goal. It was the refs job to notice the grab and given what fans pay i think that we have a right to be pissed off about this blunder. This wasnt a split second decision and cant be viewed the same as a ref missing a penalty, this was a play that the refs had time to watch from multiple angles in slow motion yet within 90 seconds where convinced that they were right all along and that the goal was good.

      Also I think that most nhl fans, not just oilers fans, are upset with the inconsistency of how games are officiated as well as how goals are reviewed and should be demanding better from the nhl. When a goal like this is allowed it doesnt just hurt the oilers, it damages the integrity of the game.

      I for one get upset when any team (except the ducks) falls victim to a botched call like that.

    • paul wodehouse

      srelio…that’s sure a lotta words to say that the refs are mission bound…right on track … count bettman dracula’s order has filtered down and the fix is in … the road to the championship goes through an american franchise city … the california newyork scenario best fits the the view from the grassy knoll…it’s not the Oilers turn and yet I DO believe the franchise [players] must go through all these crappy things this year to better prepare them for next years’ run…

      …reviews…pivotal reviews that go against a team …a young team like this one takes it’s toll on the psyche and when these individual calls reviewed for 90 to 4000 seconds they matter little… the striped ones know the outcome of their review before the iPad’s ever given to them…yes the oilers got jobbed …just as they got jobbed by the perry GI non call the game prior … think big picture… the last thing count dracula wants is a demoralized somewhat beaten up team to go into the SCF series and get swept like the sens did a few years back … short series short bottom line …the Oilers never swept anyone to win the Cup in the final best of seven…and they unseeded a Dynasty!

      …I for one would not like the job of a referee in this horribly fast paced… filled to the nuts with technology game… where ALL SORTS OF SH*T gets by …nothing can be done srelio…the winnkwinnk nudgenudge is well underway…period!

      I would on the other hand like an EDIT BUTTON TO FOLLOW…

    • paul wodehouse

      …Clayton you foking troll…picture this …you can keep the dunce cap on or take it off…”…– an oilers captain that has been invisible most of the series and playoffs…” 97 has been ‘shadowed’ for at least one game…that tactic was abandoned…yes he has 5 points going into game 6 and if that’s being invisible according to you Clayton…fine but what about your blatant statements NOT including the chickensh*ts on the second line [including 27] making 12 million dollars…both of whom have done the classic “foldola” in these playoffs…see if those two were actually earning their wages 97 would have more room to get visible… contradicting yourself from one sentence to another doesn’t help your lameness where you say “… Enjoy the run as you never know when you will be back. The Oilers have a good team that should be back plenty…” “…but you just never know…”…I DO know you could maybe find AN EDIT BUTTON TO FOLLOW…

  • Oilerz4life

    The Oilers are still too small. PC needs to beef up the roster if we stand a chance next year/Pacific etc. That and the atypical lackluster superstar Oiler mentality needs to change, especially playing at home, brutal.

  • JimmyV1965

    I think it’s pathectic that Tmac just goes about his business, says the usual blah about the awful reffing. He needed to come out guns blazing in his presses and go after the refs. We can rant all we want, but when the coach basically lets it go with the usual “I don’t know what interference is now” and nothing else, the league won’t do anything. The coach also needs to stand up for his players, and shout from the rooftops that he’s sick of his team getting screwed. It doesn’t even matter if it’s true or not.

    • ET

      Couldn’t agree more, he does not seem to get it and that is probably why SJ never got to the finals with all that talent until they replced Todd. How can he seem so clueless on this front is beyond me.

    • ET

      Had one of the current players on the roster’s Dad tell me that Darnell is not a very intelligent person and does not pocess much hockey IQ so that explained it for me. You can see it most games. Hopefully he can have some success with us in spite of it

    • paul wodehouse

      …think about it …your own IQ I mean… Darnell Nurse was 21 years old 3 months ago … he’s so skilled they couldn’t keep him outta the show … and just like you idiot liar buddy below ET says his ‘inside source’ …the father of one of the teams players…says what he says …that’s makes it all true and “so that explained it for me” [you]…wow…

      Gee ET and HOCKEY 123 …did you two dream up a RACIST take on #25 as well??? maybe think on deleting your accounts… I would INSIST on ET & HOCKEY 1 2 3 be banned barred and banished for the duration of the Oilers run!

      • paul wodehouse

        ….AN EDIT BUTTON IS TO FOLLOW … they sent out for it but y’know I.T. types… sketchiest n’air do wells on the planet …write code ? o my gawd NOT CODE!!! an edit button? hmmm 21 days to think about it &21 minutes to write and deploy…oh and that’ll be 8000 dollars please < I'm SOOO glad I'm not holding my breath for this EDIT BUTTON …question is will there be a big T-Shirt give away and PIS UP at The Pint for the reveal?

  • Alberta Ice

    California Dreaming? I thought the Oilers were never going to lose a playoff game at Honda Center this round and show the Flames and Flamesnation what a bunch of losers the Flames were for never winning there. Then came that four minute meltdown last night. Nope, not California Dreaming; but California Cursing.

  • Play Dirty

    We did not initiate any physicality and did not respond to theirs.

    We gave up two goals in the final minutes. That CANNOT happen.

    After we come back and win this in seven, I hope every player on this team circles the first game against the Dicks on next year’s schedule. That should be a game where the score on the board does not matter but when several scores are settled.

    • a-twig

      Actually we did lol. Edmonton outhit Anaheim in the first period. We did extremely well in the second period too, less so in the third but still acceptable (sans the last 3 minutes).

  • P0pcan

    The main problem last night is no oiler finished a check almost ever it was ridiculous is thete a new rule i dont know of where oilers cant finish checks very soft play and maybe the text book definition of goalie interference but play a better last 3 min and it doesnt matter
    Just my opinion

  • BobbyCanuck

    Draisaitl picked up a goal in his first game back at centre. If he can stay there and be effective, it gives the Oilers a real good shot at three scoring lines: McDavid, Draisaitl and Nugent-Hopkins.

    I hope so, either that or you’re trying to give us a good laugh…

  • Stojanov

    As a Canucks fan, I was very disappointed when fans of other Canadian teams refused to acknowledge the biased and blatantly unfair officiating in 2011. The Aaron Rome suspension? Mason Raymond’s broken spine with no penalty call? The list goes on.
    Now, it’s the Oilers’ turn, and predictably, some fans of other teams are accusing them of whining. Wouldn’t it be nice if the game was simply called fairly? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a clear standard of officiating that never deviates from October until June? Wouldn’t it be nice if suspensions were consistent? Goalie interference consistent? Hell, even offsides are now inconsistent when they go to review.
    The NHL is a corrupt organization, and they like it that way. It’s time for all true hockey fans to demand fair officiating instead of accusing other teams of whining when they are the victims of outrageously biased calls.

  • Anton CP

    I’ve no way to confirm if your saying is true or not but most of the professional athletes are living on a different planet. So I’ve no idea what is it that you are trying to do by sharing this story at all.

  • Connor Mike-David

    This is complete nonsense from a hockey or reality perspective…but as far as creative writing goes, it’s hilarious. I needed some comic relief.