That, right there, was a damned good road game. Final Score: 4-2 Oilers
I don’t think I have to tell you guys how bad the Oilers were on Friday night — we all lived through it and we don’t need to talk about it ever again. Is it bad that I was nervous that we were in for a repeat performance? You never know which team is going to show up on any given night and it’s starting to mess with my head. I know that’s probably a pessimistic way of looking at things, but I couldn’t help it. This beet life is making me crazy. Will I eat them? Won’t I? Last year, Todd McLellan talked a lot about the Oilers not folding their cards, and I don’t think anyone would disagree with me when I say that they’re doing exactly that and they’re doing it too often. That wasn’t the case tonight.
After getting beat by an ice cold team in the Buffalo Sabres, the Oilers faced the Bruins who were coming on the opposite side of the spectrum right now. Winners of four straight, Boston was going to be a challenge regardless of what happened the night before, but to have this game come under the current climate felt like bad news waiting to happen. That said, the Oilers played well from the opening faceoff and the start they wanted except for the whole not scoring first thing. To their full credit, they persevered and grinded their way back into the hockey game, even grabbing the lead on two separate occasions. Fortunately, the second time they jumped out front was the last lead they needed as they were able to completely shut the Bruins down, even adding an empty netter to seal the deal. This was the kind of game the Oilers needed. A bounce back win over a good hockey team.
Frankly, if you take out that gross Buffalo game from Friday night, the Oilers had themselves a nice little showing in two of the last three games on this road trip. More of that, boys.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- You’ve gotta love balanced scoring!
- Pat Maroon tied the game up for the Oilers off of a beautiful pass from Zack Kassian. Maroon was coming into the zone off of a change and Kassian hit him in the slot, giving him a clear shot on Tuukka Rask. The Big Rig made no mistake as he put the puck upstairs for his seventh goal of the season.
- Adam Larsson got a little bit of luck as his wrister from the point snuck through traffic and took a friendly bounce past Rask two temporarily give the Oilers a 2-1 lead.
- Leon Draisaitl walked into the zone and found Ryan Strome trailing up behind the play. After taking a perfect pass into the slot, Strome made no mistake and fired a rocket past Rask and into the top corner. It was a hell of a shot for his fourth goal of the year.
- Speaking of Draisaitl, he had a hell of a game today. It was one of those days where it seemed like he was able to produce something on almost every shift. His passing game was on point, his puck possession was impressive, he scored the empty netter, and this had to be one of his best games in a while.
- After missing the Buffalo game with the flu, Cam Talbot was back between the pipes and looking to get the Oilers back on track. Talbot looked good after missing Friday’s game and he gave his team a chance to win which is pretty much all you can ask for. Dadbot finished a very solid game with 23 saves and a .920 save%. Big win for Talbot.
- As we’ve come to expect, Connor McDavid had another multi-point night, adding two more assists to his total. I expect him to break the top five in league scoring any day now.
- Darnell Nurse was a +3 to go along with his team leading 25:01 worth of ice time. He’s really emerging as a legit top 4 defender as this season progresses and it’ll be neat to see where his ceiling is. Another solid night for Darryl.
- The Oilers did a really good job of limiting Boston’s chances on net from the high quality scoring areas. A lot of their shots came from the outside and that’s a credit to the Oilers playing a much tighter brand of hockey.
- Once again, Edmonton did a good job in the faceoff circle, winning 54% of the draws they took. Draisaitl led the way at 64% with Nuge following at 58%.
- No #BeetCast tonight! It’s a Grey Cup miracle.
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THE FACE PALMERS
- The Oilers took the first penalty of the game and weren’t able to kill it off as David Pastrnak was able to gain some space in the defensive zone and bury the opener. Klefbom got caught out of position and Pastrnak took what was given to him. If you’re looking for an extra punch to the figs, Tuukka Rask picked up an assist on the play.
- How many times have the Oilers allowed a goal almost immediately after scoring one? I don’t have the number for you but that’s exactly what happened David Krejci tied things up only 1:16 after Adam Larsson gave Edmonton the lead. Luckily, this quick comeback goal meant nothing in the end.
- Turnovers at the blue line are something that is causing all kinds of trouble for the Oilers. If they could find a way to eliminate those I bet you they would give up a goal or two less per game.
- Remember that scene in Mighty Ducks when they pass the eggs back and forth on the ice? I think the Oilers need to try something like that. Passing is an issue right now and I think the boys could take a minute to work on that. Maybe getting back to basics is what they need so that they remember? The Oilers still had some issues with the breakout tonight.
- Were special teams a problem again? No but they could have been. Were you surprised? No. Why can’t the Oilers score on the power play? Who the hell knows. Another day, another 0/2 performance with the man advantage.
|14:03||Boston||PPG – David Pastrnak (12) ASST: Torey Krug (9), Tuukka Rask (1)||0-1|
|09:50||Edmonton||Patrick Maroon (7) ASST: Zack Kassian (5)||1-1|
|14:20||Edmonton||Adam Larsson (3) ASST: Michael Cammalleri (6), Connor McDavid (19)||2-1|
|15:31||Boston||David Krejci (3) ASST: Riley Nash (6), Torey Krug (10)||2-2|
|02:07||Edmonton||Ryan Strome (4) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (12)||3-2|
|19:09||Edmonton||EN – Leon Draisaitl (7) ASST: Connor McDavid (20), Milan Lucic (11)||4-2|
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Source: NHL.com, Official Game Page, 11/26/2017, 5:30pm MST