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GDB 51.0 Wrap Up: Welcome to the McDavid show, Oilers win 6-2

Thank you, Connor. That was amazing. Final Score: 6-2 Oilers

I don’t know if the schedule makers are nuts or if they’re trying to taunt us purposely, but the fact that the Oilers have only played three games in the past few weeks is annoying and unnecessary. To make matters worse, the Oilers had to work through their layoff rust against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the highest scoring team in the NHL. To win on this night, the Oilers had to play a seamless game in all three areas of the ice and find a way to limit Tampa’s ability to generate offence, a task easier said than done. But on this night, the Oilers were up for the task.

After coming out with all kinds of jump, even opening the score with a power play marker, the Oilers looked like they were playing like a team possessed. They played with all kinds of tenacity, and even after the Lightning scored to tie the game the Oilers kept hammering away until they were able to reclaim a lead that they would not give up again. From start to finish, the Oilers kept their feet moving and made smart choices with the puck, which really limited Tampa’s possession time and hampered their ability to generate any offence. Not to mention, Connor McDavid was an absolute warlord on the ice , and he looked like he would have single handedly won this game on his own if he had to.

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In the end, the McMagic was too strong for Tampa as Connor’s clinic ended with him dominating the opponent on almost every shift. Best team in the league or not, I don’t know how you stop that.

We wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Connor McDavid opened the scoring for the Oilers on the power play after he perfectly deflected a Ryan Strome pass into the back of the net. Vasilevsky had no chance on the play and the Oilers opened the scoring with a power play goal for the first time in what seems like forever. Connor’s second goal was a thing of absolute beauty. He picked the puck up near the blue line and charged into the zone, beating the goaltender by threading the needle with a perfectly placed wrist shot. I still don’t know how he got that puck in the net. Unsurprisingly, McDavid completed the hat trick after he pulled away on a breakaway and made a nice deke and shoot move that beat Domingue and started the hats raining down. Was Connor done? Hell no. He scored a fourth goal by getting one of the friendliest/weirdest bounces I’ve seen in a while as the puck popped up and banked in off a Lightning player. What a night.
  • Leon Draisaitl gave the Oilers back their lead with a second power play goal after he was able to sneak a puck through Vasilevsky from the side of the net. The Oilers moved the puck around the zone well, and Ryan Strome found Leon parked at the side of the net and he made no mistake, though he definitely got some luck. Not only was Leon scoring but he was also dishing as he added two more assists to his total as he finished with a strong three point night.
  • Iiro Pakarinen scored his first goal of the season by being willing to shoot on a 2-on-1, and when he did he snapped a wrister right past the goaltender. The Oilers had been trying to force passes through on their odd-man rushes and it was refreshing to see Pakarinen rip it on net and get rewarded for it.
  • Really solid game for Ryan Strome as he got the primary assist on both of the Oilers’ power play goals.
  • Cam Talbot needed to be on his game if the Oilers had any chance of winning, and he held up his end of the bargain. He was square to the shots, controlled his rebounds for the most part, and was able to keep the boys in the game when they needed him. Dadbot played very well and deserved this win. He finished the night with 32 saves and a .941 save%.
  • Oscar Klefbom played a team-high 22:59 and finished the night with an assist, two shots on goal, and four blocked shots.
  • Would you believe me if I told you that the Oilers scored two power play goals in one night? Because that’s what happened. Like… for real.
  • Classy move by the Oilers to have a moment of silence before the game for the Larsson family. Well done.

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • The game is over and I can’t watch Connor do Connor things any more tonight.
  • Alex Killorn tied the game up at one apiece after the puck took a bad bounce off Darnell Nurse’s stick in the slot. Killorn was following up the play after making a pass at the blue line, and he got a gift with the turnover.
  • Yanni Gourde got the Lightning back to within two goals after he was able to knock a loose puck past Talbot from right on top of the crease.
  • Edmonton did manage to kill off a pair of penalties but they couldn’t kill the third. Fortunately, that PK stumble had no effect on the outcome. Thanks again, Connor.
  • The Oilers went 48% in the faceoff circle but that’s just nitpicking because it really didn’t matter tonight.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
01:48 Edmonton PPG – Connor McDavid (18) ASST: Ryan Strome (14), Oscar Klefbom (9) 0-1
09:42 Tampa Bay Alex Killorn (8) ASST: Yanni Gourde (19) 1-1
17:24 Edmonton PPG – Leon Draisaitl (13) ASST: Ryan Strome (15), Connor McDavid (40) 1-2

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
02:33 Edmonton Connor McDavid (19) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (31), Matt Benning (8) 1-3
12:59 Edmonton Iiro Pakarinen (1) ASST: Anton Slepyshev (3), Mark Letestu (9) 1-4

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
01:54 Tampa Bay PPG – Yanni Gourde (19) ASST: Tyler Johnson (23) 2-4
06:55 Edmonton Connor McDavid (20) 2-5
13:49 Edmonton Connor McDavid (21) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (32), Michael Cammalleri (12) 2-6

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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 02/05/2018 – 10:00pm MST


  • OilersGM

    I have a feeling Connor will have a huge push in the second half now the extended breaks are over. By the way I did predict an Oilers win 4-2 but I was glad Connor made me second guess my math.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Well that was unexpected! THANK HOCKEY GOD FOR MCDAVID! He was flying tonight and that was his best game as an Oiler for sure. I know its one gsme, but I wonder if this is the literal turning point. Eveything was clicking tonight. Powerplay was effective and smart, PK was great, and they’re solid 5 on 5.

    Lets face it guys, when this team plas like THIS, Chiarelli gets a pass from you all.

  • Oiler Al

    Greatest performance by McDavid yet.He meant business and he played like it.Even though it wasnt Tampas A game, good to see Oilers keeping their big guns off the sheet.
    Very skeptical of Stroms game this year, he played a strong game tonite.Hope he keeps it up.

  • GK1980

    Lots of good things tonight but we also need to recognize Tampa had a weak game for sure. Oilers were quick and the transitions were fairly clean and effective. Pakarinen has a great shot but he probably disappears the rest of the week.

  • Natti_89

    People make fun of Talbots claim about making the playoffs. Well, I agree with him that it’s not over until the x’s are next to the team. Let’s think positive, cheer our boys on, maybe have some luck in the process, and finish this season off one game at a time. There will be haters and realists , but really, at the end of the day we are here on this site because we are all copper and blue. Let’s go with the positive angle and one game at a time and maybe, just maybe, our boys will do it. Messier made a promise once and how did that turn out in the playoffs? I think it’s a mental battle with the boys and in this case, as fans, positive reinforcement will help. Screw the math, screw the refs – believe positive, believe copper and blue

  • hagar

    So where does a team including a mcdavid performance stand in the PC sucks and built a crap team stand after beating the best team in the league like that?
    There are still pieces missing, but even the harshest of skeptics must see that this team plays well when it Choo Choo chooses to.
    The problem is 90 percent mental, and 10 percent ingredients.

  • Heschultzhescores

    With this team you just never know. The only thing you do know is that you will never know, and nobody should pretend they know, because they don’t know.

    • hagar

      Maybe we are just waiting for Mcdavid to make it happen. Can’t blame him for losses when he is so good, but you also can’t ignore the way the team plays when he is fully on his game. Everyone knows how bad an idea it is to pile their hope for results on one player, but many teams be it a goalie or a star forward do just that to succeed ie)price. We don’t want to put any pressure on Mcdavid, and before tonight he has very obviously been trying not to make it his show… but I think we all know that the key is in him going full out like he did tonight.

      • Big Nuggets

        I think McDavid typically gets shadowed more than he was against Tampa. The Bolts thought their offense was strong enough to play a more wide open game and they got burned. If every team played us like that McDavid would be dominating the scoring race.

  • Gary

    At $12.5 million its about time he decided a game, he wasn’t cloaked tonight like Mathews, Taveres or Gaudreau, Tampa made a mistake there, its unlikely LA will do the same. We need Drai to drive his own line at $8.5 Million, there just seems to be no secondary help.

  • hagar

    Connor is so good, he just refused to exploit his skills fully until tonight. Again, not to blame anything on our best player, but there are maaaaany games we could have won if he simply played like he was trying to win the game, and not trying to to be a nice guy. He can score with the puck a half inch off the goal line 15 feet beside the net, but he passes every single time he is in prime scoring position if any other oiler jersey is in sight.
    He needs to embrace his role like all the big hitters do, and understand he is the single reason why a team can make or not a cup. He needs to play like all the greats have, and create awesomeness so awesomeness follows.

  • Gary

    If by the slightest chance we made the playoffs (we wont) we wouldn’t stand a chance, McDavid would be shadowed, and after that. Well we have zilch. WTF are we going to do! Ill be dead before we ever get close to a cup. Chia must go. Connor and Taylor would have been awesome. Connor and Drai not so much.

  • hagar

    Just look at what a single player can do in the capitals. How many times have they been a top three team and OV checks out in the playoffs. How about the canucks when luongo would check out. Teams truly rely on single players all the freakin time to play their best. As mentioned before Cary Price. Single star players can and will form the entire outcome of a hockey team.

    • hagar

      Lots of people can be considered dumb if they aren’t taught something. This team is dumb because they haven’t been taught how to win yet. You just saw the most basic example tonight of what the first page in any “how to win” book would play out. We have known all year the key to winning is shooting, and everytime they win is because they shoot the puck.
      These guys have a clear as day mental issue with shooting the puck in scoring zones and it is killing them.

      • hagar

        It even trickles overs into dman call outs.. their o zone set ups in both 5×5 and 5×4 are so pathetic you end up with our lower paid dman getting put in positions above their pay grade. The way the forward pressure constantly gives the puck away on stupid passes puts our demen on the hot seat when the puck comes back the other way and they are half choking up on the scoring chance.
        A quick shot on net from the blistering mcdavid should result in a winger out front for the rebound, with a dman about fifteen feet behind thats snaking for a rebound. Nothing is set up right with the way the oilers play.

        • hagar

          It’s hard to make players on our team play like we imagine we would if we could make 100 thousand dollars for one single game of fun.
          Every single person reading this right now would love the chance.
          I don’t think it is too much to ask for a quality performance day in and out for anywhere between 1.5 million and 12.5 million dollars per year?

  • I like the idea of McDavid just going all out on offense. Rarely looking for pass options, just go hard to the net.

    Maybe he needs linemates that let him do that. The Oilers have been looking for certain combos for chemistry…I’m thinking a guy like Nuge can focus on solid 2-way play for such a line and McD can go all out on rush chances.

    I have faith in Drai, Letestu, and Khaira centering the other lines, at least for a couple weeks to try this out. I really want to see Nuge and McDavid together as Nuge eases back into the lineup after such a long break. Add in Cammi and the combined hockey IQ would be pretty high.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    So this game is one where ya’ll are proven wrong YET again. Sorry, but where do our wingers lie flat again? Caggiula was flying, Strome had a great game, Puljujarvi gave a sweet dish to Lucic. If our PP and PK was LEAGUE AVERAGE, we’d probably have won 5 or 6 more games thus far. 5 on 5, this team is solid and I have no complaints. Too slow you say? Not from what I saw.

    I’m sorry, but Chiarelli still gets a pass from me. And I’d take THIS team over the gong-show from 2007-2015. Thank you very much.

    • GK1980

      Oh your absolutely right. Cags had a great game, actually probably one of the best I have seen him play. I was simply stating that no one on earth can keep up to McDavid when he is skating like that. NOBODY.

    • crabman

      lack of consistency is a problem with our wingers. And that includes on our special teams. When things go right like last night everything looks fine. But remember for last night to look so good McDavid needed to score 4 goals and have 5 points. That’s not going to happen every night. Plus Tampa Bay started cheating for offence once they were down a couple opening up more room for our players. Even after a great game like last night I see we are 11 points outside the last wildcard spot. I guess I don’t think that is exceptable like you do.