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GDB 25.0 Wrap Up: Wasn’t pretty but a win is a win, Oilers take it 3-2 in OT

The Year of Nuge continues. Final Score: 3-2 Oilers in OT

After playing one of their most complete games of the season in Boston, the Oilers needed to find a way to replicate that effort tonight against Arizona. Let me put it this way: a game against the Coyotes should be a cake walk to win if the Oilers could play up to their own potential. We needed to see more of the team that beat Boston and Detroit, and less of the one that dropped a turd in Buffalo. When the Oilers dropped the first goal of the game and didn’t offer much pushback through the first 20 minutes, I started to get that awful feeling in my stomach that we were in for another long night.

As the game progressed, the Oilers were able to find their legs and get themselves back into it. The problem was that this was the 31st place Arizona Coyotes that they were playing, and having things shake out as evenly as they did wasn’t exactly a good look. The fact that this contest was as tight as it was isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement or a statement that shows the mighty Oilers are back. To come out and drop trou against the last place team on the same day that your GM had to get spanked by the press would have been embarrassing, and the Oilers were on their way there for about 45 minutes. Thankfully, the Coyotes are so bad that even the struggling Oilers were able to get their shit together just in time to get this thing into overtime and turn it into two points.

It may not have been pretty, but two points is two points.

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Shout out to the 50/50 winner! Winning over a quarter million dollars at a hockey game is ridiculous. Congrats.
  • Finally, on his 9000th breakaway of the season, Zack Kassian scored his first goal of the year. Kass broke in alone on Wedgewood and made no mistake as he ripped one past the tender for a goal that was long overdue.
  • Matt Benning (could be credited to RNH later) tied the game at 2-2 late in the third period on a seeing eye goal from the point that was not unlike OEL’s second period marker. Benning threw the puck on net and Wedgewood couldn’t see it through the screen, giving the Oilers a huge goal late in the game. Benning was a team high +3 tonight and easily had one of his best games of the season. Really solid effort by the sophomore.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins closed the game out in overtime after walking in alone from basically center ice. After settling the puck down, Nuge narrowed his eyes and fired it past Wedgewood to complete the comeback and give the Oilers a big win. Peter, if you’re reading this. Please do the smart thing and keep Nuge forever. Do what you have to. He’s 24 and only going to get better.
  • After having a solid game in Boston, Cam Talbot followed it up with another and that’s very encouraging. When he’s on his game, he’s easily a top 10 goaltender in this league and that’s exactly what the Oilers need right now. As you’d hope, Talbot made some huge saves and gave his team a chance to win, and that’s all you can really hope for. Dadbot finished the night with another win, 29 saves, and a .935 save%. Really solid night.
  • Darnell Nurse played a team high 25:13 and looked really good doing it. Once again, Darryl was jumping up into the play, contributing to the offensive pressure, and making his presence felt. Nurse almost had Caggiula for the winner but Wedgewood was just able to lock it down.
  • I don’t think it will surprise you to say that Connor was fantastic again. It’s wild to think about Connor McDavid putting up points after losing 10 pounds to the flu. He may not have gotten on the board but he was flying tonight.
  • Leon Draisaitl is starting to look more like the guy that carried the Oilers through the playoffs, and Gord knows how we need him. Once again, he was strong on the puck, found his linemates with regularity, and looked like the guy we’re used to watching.
  • We’re having a free BOA watch party next Saturday at the Pint Downtown. It’s a FREE event to attend so if you’re looking for a place to watch the game you should probably do it with us. Get the details here.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • That was WAAAAY too close of a hockey game against the last place team. Way too close.
  • Christian Fischer opened the scoring by outworking Darnell Nurse in front of the net and slapping the loose puck past Talbot. The Oilers were sloppy down low in their zone and the Coyotes just outworked them. Simple as that.
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson threw the puck on net through traffic on the power play and it beat Talbot high on the glove side. I don’t know what Talbot could have done differently.
  • The Oilers breakouts are bugging the shit out of me lately. Part of it comes with the forwards flying the zone early, but the biggest part comes because of their inability to connect on 6-10 foot passes. What’s up with that?
  • Another night, another round of losing the special teams battles. The Oilers went 0/3 on the PP and gave up one goal on two chances for the penalty kill. Could have been costly.
  • I get that McLellan wanted to go with the same lineup that won in Boston, but I’d really like to see Puljujarvi back. You can’t tell me he’s playing worse than any of the RWs in the bottom six.
  • The NHL had the Oilers with 18 giveaways and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was a little bit light. They were having a hard time connecting on passes all night and it gave the Coyotes all kinds of unearned possession time. Find some eggs. Pass those around. Nice and gentle like.
  • Pat Maroon had a brutal giveaway right at the start of the game that gave the Coyotes a wide open lane to walk in on Talbot. Fortunately, Dadbot bailed him out but that was a bad no looker from Maroon. He can definitely be better than that with his puck choices.
  • What is a penalty these days? There were weird calls on both sides that didn’t always make sense. What’s up with that?

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
06:22 Arizona Christian Fischer (7) ASST: Christian Dvorak (12), Max Domi (12) 1-0
16:30 Edmonton Zack Kassian (1) ASST: Mark Letestu (4) 1-1

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
19:11 Arizona PPG – Oliver Ekman-Larsson (6) ASST: Max Domi (13), Clayton Keller (10) 2-1

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
14:25 Edmonton Matt Benning (3) ASST: Kris Russell (8), Milan Lucic (12) 2-2

OT PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
04:20 Edmonton Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (9) ASST: Matt Benning (3) 2-3

#GOODCONTENT

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Source: NHL.com, Official Game Page, 11/28/2017, 10:13pm MST

  • FISTO Siltanen

    Am I alone in thinking Ryan Strome played a great game, especially on that last heavy shift near end of 3rd period. He might score in the 45-50 point range that Eberle scored last year for us…but with an added dimension.

  • percy

    Wow pretty bad. Way to slow getting to the puck. Klef,maroon, Lars, luc, camm. Thank God for Talbot and the goal posts. If Talbot isn’t lights out we probably dont win most games.

    • QuitForRealThisTime

      Nashville is playing awesome right now, have arguably the best defense in the league. Rinne still needed to make 37 save for a win last night. Talbot made 29. Not sure Talbot was lights out last night, he was good but he played good almost all of last year. Can we not expect he will be good most nights? Not saying the D get a pass but I am not sure the defensive game was all that bad last night. Yes of course the posts got us an extra point but the forwards had way to much possession for how few good chances it generated. It couldn’t how many close range shots missed the net last night.

  • rivid

    How could you and David Staples be so off when it comes to evaluations of individual? ( read his post on the journal) Are you that much of a homer you just want to see what’s really not there or is Staples just so sick of this team he is down right negative?

  • Shredder

    I’m sorry but McDavid did not have a great game. He had a few shifts where he looked great, but overall I thought something was bugging him. Maybe the flu, maybe that he’s 10 pounds lighter, I dunno. He didn’t look the same to me, and I was in the 12th row centre ice. It’s a team game, but our best player didn’t look like himself.