GDB 49.0 Wrap Up: Oilers beat the Flames twice thanks to a horrible OT review

I guess you have to beat the other team and the refs these days. Final Score: 4-3 Oilers in the shootout

With the Oilers dropping an all-world turd against the Buffalo Sabres, maybe a date with the Flames is exactly what the doctor ordered? The Oilers are undefeated against Calgary in the past season and a half and I was hoping that the good times would keep rolling. Even with the season on life support, a win against the Flames would go a long way for getting people to put their machetes away. Unfortunately, when you allow the first goal of the game only 92 seconds into the opening period, the table was set for the anger to boil over. After Calgary scored the second goal off of a needless turnover and sloppy zone coverage, it felt like a matter of time before the wheels fell off.

As the game progressed, the Oilers were able to settle down and get themselves back into the mix. Frankly, it was refreshing to see them battle their way back after being down by two goals rather than lay down and wait for their diapers to be changed. It’s amazing what a little effort and anger can do for their game. After giving up the first two, the Oilers started playing a simpler game that was based on firing the puck at the net, getting to the net, and looking for rebounds. This change in approach changed the night for Edmonton as they were not only able to work their way back into a tie, but to take a lead and eventually win the game. It was a sense of resilience that was non-existent in the game against Buffalo and they needed it tonight as some horrible calls meant they were forced to beat the Flames twice to get the job done.

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The wrap.


  • Brandon Davidson got the Oilers on the board with a spin-around wrister from the circle that beat Rittich and gave his team some life. Davy’s goal was his first in 66 games, and it couldn’t have come at a better time as the Oilers looked about as flat as they could get. Davidson wasn’t done there, though. He ripped a clapper past Rittich early in the third period to give the Oilers their first lead of the night. Davy had a great night.
  • Zack Kassian was trying to mix things up in the first period and ended up landing himself a 10 minute misconduct. I’m guessing that he spent the time in the box visualizing how he would tie the game up because that’s exactly what happened. Kassian charged towards the net and had a rebound come right out to him, leaving him a wide open net to knock the puck into. A little bit later, Kass got into a scrap with Ryan Lomberg that ended up getting him tossed from the game.
  • Connor McDavid said the other day that the Oilers need to do a better job at being prepared and he did his part to lead by example tonight. He was all over the ice tonight and used his speed to kill on almost every shift and the fact that he only got the one point (should have been two) is almost shocking. Personally, my favourite Connor moment was when he taunted the refs for calling the goal back after his shootout winner. The fact that he got an ‘Abuse of Official’ call for that just shows how big of a baby these refs can be.
  • After being pulled against the Sabres, the Oilers needed to get a much better effort out of Cam Talbot. After having a tough start to the game, Talbot provided his team with enough saves to keep them in the game and give them a chance to win the hockey game. He was especially great in overtime as he made some huge saves late to get things through to a shootout. Talbot finished the game with 31 saves and a .919 save%.
  • Oscar Klefbom played a team high 26:33 and had four shots on goal, was +2, had two takeaways, and blocked three shots. Great game for Klefbom.
  • The Oilers finished the night at 56% in the faceoff circle and that advantage came in handy as the game went on and the pressure got cranked up.
  • The Oilers haven’t had a perfect game on the penalty kill since December 21st, against St. Louis which was eight games ago. They did it tonight. The Oilers were a perfect 4/4 on the PK, which is something that happens at Rogers Place about as often as a lunar eclipse.


  • How many times have the Oilers given up the first goal of the game? 30 times. As if that’s not bad enough, they’ve also allowed that first goal on the first shot of the game an amazing eight times this season.
  • Matt Tkachuk opened the scoring for Calgary on the first shot of the game after Milan Lucic completely blew it with his attempted breakout pass. Tkachuk was the beneficiary of another horrible Oilers turnover midway through the third period as Matt Benning couldn’t clear the puck from behind the net and had Backlund steal it from him. From there, Tkachuk planted himself in front of the net and tied the game at three apiece.
  • Mark Giordano got the Flames’ second goal with a seeing eye shot from the point after the Oilers turned the puck over at the opposing blue line. The Flames were able to walk the puck right back down to Edmonton’s end of the ice and get them scrambling.
  • That goal being called back in overtime for goaltender interference was absolutely awful. After Connor’s skate bumped Rittich’s he had a full two seconds or so to get himself set but that still wasn’t enough time for the NHL. I guess they just hate goals. Gregor may have said it best:

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  • Milan Lucic was absolutely awful tonight. He was directly responsible for the first goal and got caught passing the puck to no one in particular on several occassions. Frankly, he was handling the puck like it was a live grenade and it was a complete no show for a guy that is supposed to provide leadership.
  • The Oilers, once again, got nothing done on their power play as they went 0/3 on the night. At some point, I wonder if they’ll start turning them down? Can you do that?
  • Adam Larsson sat out tonight for personal reasons. Those reasons were not disclosed but I still want to send him best wishes anyway.



01:32 Calgary Matthew Tkachuk (15) ASST: Troy Brouwer (11), Mikael Backlund (21) 1-0
14:21 Calgary Mark Giordano (9) ASST: Dougie Hamilton (15) 2-0


13:50 Edmonton Brandon Davidson (1) ASST: Jesse Puljujarvi (6), Ryan Strome (11) 2-1
14:54 Edmonton Zack Kassian (4) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (28), Connor McDavid (39) 2-2


05:16 Edmonton Brandon Davidson (2) ASST: Ryan Strome (12) 2-3
07:50 Calgary Matthew Tkachuk (16) ASST: Mikael Backlund (22) 3-3


No Scoring


Edmonton Goal – Michael Cammalleri
Calgary Missed – Micheal Ferland
Edmonton Missed – Leon Draisaitl
Calgary Goal – Matthew Tkachuk
Edmonton Goal – Connor McDavid
Calgary Missed – Sean Monahan


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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 01/25/2018 – 10:00pm MST

  • BingBong

    1) Get Benning OFF THE ICE. The most baffling coaching decision of the year for me is the fact that this guy continually gets ice time. It’s laughable at this point.

    2) The goalie interference and offside challenges are ruining hockey. No doubt about it. It’s just not as fun to watch with BS like that on a nightly basis. Oh, and get rid of the extra OT point already.

    • Glencontrolurstik

      Bing, I agree with your Benning comment… But what options do we have???
      I don’t think it’d be fair on the developing players like Bear… Maybe worth a shot? But we have all seen that kill a prospects confidence level for a long time… Better to put the prospects in when the whole team is not so fragile.
      So, what do you do with Benning? I agree something needs to happen…
      Trade him to his Uncle for Stetcher maybe? (kidding)…

      • BingBong

        We picked up Davidson on waivers; surely there was another #7 available on waivers earlier in the year. I mean Gryba playing 10 minutes a night would be better at this point.
        Or at least refrain from playing him the last minute of a tie game like he was last night.

  • Johnny Zylon

    I had to listen to the game on CHED so maybe I’m missing something but was Letestu a healthy scratch? If so that may be the most positive significant coaching decision of the year. Yay! BTW, Lestestu sports the worst plus/minus on the team even playing low minutes. So maybe rational look-at-the-stats logic will finally prevail.

    • Glencontrolurstik

      Yeah, I did too (good’ol Jack, I think that was more exciting than watching that one?)… You must have missed it, but yes it was mentioned & Bob said basically the same thing you did… (Just sayin’ Oilers are lucky having such great radio coverage,… have you ever tried listening to other teams radio coverage?… we are definitely the Best of the Canadian market)

    • BasementDweller

      Good thing the brilliant minds working for the Oilers protected this guy in the expansion draft! I said last year wasting a spot on a bottom 6 guy who’s over 30 coming off a good year was ludicrous but, hey, reasonable decision making is not a trademark of this organization…… At least Vegas passed on Jujhar for Reinhart.

    • Glencontrolurstik

      Haha, they do like to manipulate the outcome don’t they?
      Hey, what’s everyone doing this weekend (speaking of the NHL & their “growing the game” agenda),… skiing?… cards?… board games?… what?

  • Ten Long Years

    I think it was awesome that McDavid asked the ref to check upstairs after his shootout goal. The down side – he will not get a call his way for a long long time. I fear it is open season on McDavid in the league now cause the refs will give him no help. I wish the refs would just shut up and do their job and quit trying to be the tough guy. Its ruining the game.

      • nijames

        McDavid is an awesome player, one of the top 2 in the league but in the sports world you have to earn your place in the ref’s “books” and McDavid hasn’t done that yet. Doesn’t matter if its hockey or football or baseball the young guns do not get the respect until it is earned. With McDavid chirping them it only sets that process back a whole bunch. Getting an abuse of officials penalty will be noticed by all the other ref’s so hang on Connor, it could get rough on you. Be quiet and play the game at your high level and leave the chirping to the others.

    • The last dynasty

      Has McDavid EVER gotten a call in the league? He plays every shift having to piggy-back some drooling defender, never gets the call, I’m having a hard time supporting this league. Maybe if we all only bought knock-off merch until the NHL fixes their reffing they might get the hint.

    • Fire Woodcroft!

      Yeah. It’s already open season on McDavid.

      And with the PP the way it is – if the refs drop the ridiculously small amount of calls they actual make on the McInterference, it honestly won’t make a difference…

  • Keg on Legs

    Lucic was awful for most of the game, but seemed to pick it up after Kass was ejected, not sure why, but he was better in the 3rd. 19’s 2nd goal was bad on many levels, 1st we had the puck within a foot of getting out, then Benning happened, then somehow Talbs let the puck go under his stick and Darrell was not paying attention to anything.
    NHL must look at these goaler interference calls, ridiculous.

  • dw

    To the people running Oilersnation: please take a look at the comments section from last night. I come to this site because I have followed the Oilers religiously since they entered the league and I am looking to read what other Oiler fans thought about the game and possibly share my thoughts as well. What we actually get is an endless barrage of aggressive BS and utter nonsense from jultz=2cups!. Is this the product that you want to put out there? He absolutely takes over the comments section and turns every comment into moronic, grade school crap. Any body that I see that actually tries to make an actual point gets followed up with jultz=2cups! misinterpreting it (probably intentionally) and skewing the conversation from something that could have been really interesting into his BS. I have been loyal to this site for years but it is turning into something that is no longer worthwhile due to guys like him. And I understand that you are going to get trolls, which is fine, but if you are going to allow trolls take over the site I will be taking my loyalty elsewhere.

    • camdog

      I have been on these blogging sites for over a decade and have run into many posters with obvious mental health issues. Hopefully Bradley (his other posting name) gets the help he needs.

    • Prairiechicken

      While I agree … And would love to exclude many posters, there is not much one can do aside from moderate and approve each and every comment. It’s a slippery slope.

      It’s an open comment section … All opinions unless violent, racist, sexist etc are allowed. I just don’t read anything posted from the above mentioned comment or (and several others)

  • This.Is.NHL

    I’m so glad the oil are saying things to the refs and talking back because for the last year and a half the oil just take what the refs give and look what being quiet has done, harded then needed playoff resulting even to the loss to thr ducks, now this year a very rough road to plaoffs sometimes eough is enough.

    It’s garbage when im scared to cheer for my own teams goals because on every goal theres always some sort of interference on every goal and when its left to the refs or war room, well you know where i’,m at.

    • Fire Woodcroft!

      No offence but this comment belongs over at FlamesNation – where they ban folks for just having a different opinion than the majority.

      Don’t like the guys comments – don’t read them. Better that than having the ‘opinion-police’ around.

      Just my two cents…

  • This.Is.NHL

    I forgot to mention how the oilers player gets a 10min game and Matthew Takchuk has some kind of invisible shield were he can do anything he wants around the net and no penaltys but if an Oiler doese the same thing its a penalty for unsportsmanlike or interference or roughing.

    • OnDaWagon

      I only wish we had a Matthew Takchuk. I love the way he plays. Just because he’s not on the team i root for, doesn’t mean i don’t respect and admire his ability.
      And lots of you people respect him also, otherwise you wouldn’t trash him so much.
      Like i said, I wish we had one like him. Actually, i wish we had him.

  • Green Bastard

    If crying about the refs helps a team get calls their way, the oil may be on a power play for the remainder of the season. Whaaaa, did the refs make Peter a moron too?

    • you either get to draft McDavid in a lottery, and not get any calls go your way, or you get to draft Tkachuk and all the calls go your way. What would you rather have. It’s give and take. They give us McDavid and take away any rational officiating. Hold a goalie down in the playoffs, No problem. Skate past the crease after taking a shot, no goal on the rebound because you were too close to the goalie!

  • Snoop Scottie Dogg

    I think it’s funny that one blown offside call is to blame for all is madness. I would much rather have the game called by eye than dealing with all this BS.

    Not to beat a dead horse but… hit it Axel. If after the contact was made the goalie has time to stand up on both feet before he shot comes it obviously didn’t affect the save. I think it was a couple years ago when the same thing happened to the Oilers back-up (Nilsson maybe). After getting run over he was laying on the ice when another shot went in. The play was challenged and TORONTO determined that he had enough time to stand up. WTF!!!! I love hockey; hate the NHL.

  • That 6 d-man spot should be let’s see what we have contest. Bring up Bear, Jones and give them a chance. Leon and JP weren’t exactly lighting up the A when they got called up. If they look above their head send them back down. At least Benning can watch a few games from the PB