That arena is cursed. Burn it down. Final Score: 3-2 Ducks
I hate the Ducks so much. When I looked at the schedule this week and saw that the Oilers would be in Anaheim tonight, I got that familiar saltiness filling my heart with hatred. I can’t help but see the Ducks logo and the punchable faces of the players and not think about what happened last spring in the playoffs. Little did we know, that holding the pad goal call was seemingly the beginning of the end for the Oilers and their chances of ever winning a challenge. Sure, I could get over it but I’d rather hold a grudge that can only be calmed by victory. Winning makes you forget about the bad times and this was a game the Oilers needed to win. My own personal Ducks hatred aside, every game is a must win at this point and failing to do so is another kick to the dead horse that was once a playoff dream.
If the Oilers foresaw themselves winning this hockey game then getting a good start had to be a major part of the plan. Unfortunately, allowing a goal only two and half minutes into the opening frame was the exact opposite of what you wanted to have happen. It’s like the Oilers need to spot the other team a couple of goals or else their world is in turmoil. It’s like some kind of hockey OCD that they can’t shake, and giving up an early lead is just something that needs to happen now. How else could you explain it? Case and point was how the Oilers allowed an early goal in two of three periods, giving the Ducks the leash they needed to walk away with the game. I can’t tell you why the first five minutes are so difficult for the Oilers to get through but it’s a black cloud that’s been hanging over this team all season, and it cost them again tonight. Anyone know an exorcist?
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Anton Slepyshev got the Oilers on the board with a beautiful deke that had Gibson guessing, giving the Oilers some life after they found themselves down by two goals. Corey Perry had just scored and Slepyshev responded only 1:58 later. Earlier on in the season, Slepyshev was said to be on the block and I wonder how many teams were watching him tonight. What’s the return here? Mid-round pick?
- Kris Russell had himself a rollercoaster of a game. He was temporarily taken off the ice after blocking a shot, was responsible for the blown clearout on the Corey Perry goal, redeemed himself with more timely blocks, and, after all that, he got himself a goal after jumping into the play and finishing on a perfect pass from McDavid. Gotta love pro sports.
- Connor McDavid continued his point streak after setting up Kris Russell beautifully with a saucer pass into the slot. The Oilers may not make the playoffs but I still want Connor to win the scoring title. He can do it and I wouldn’t bet against him.
- If the Oilers were going to win this hockey game then Cam Talbot needed to be ready to play and he needed to do it for 60 minutes. I know I’ll take heat for this but I think he had a decent night. The first goal against bounced in off Sekera and the other two were able to find their way through traffic. There’s no doubt he needs to be better but I wouldn’t say he was to blame for this one. Talbot finished the night with 31 saves and a .912 save%.
- Oscar Klefbom lead the team in minutes played (26:46), had four shots on goal, and was the only defenceman with a positive +/- rating. He was another d-man that did some good things out there.
- Props to Pat Maroon for getting into a solid scrap with Kevin Bieksa in the first period. The Oilers had just dropped a goal and Patty was trying to get the boys fired up and part of the plan was dolling out fist kisses on Bieksa’s face. Have another look at the scrap over on Pat Maroon’s fight page at HockeyFights.com.
- The Oilers killed off both penalties they faced for a perfect evening with the man disadvantage.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Hampus Lindholm opened the scoring after firing a shot through traffic that deflected off Sekera’s skate past Talbot and into the net. Horrible luck for the Oilers on the bounce. At least it wasn’t the first shot on net?
- Corey Perry added the Ducks’ second goal after Kris Russell blindly threw the puck up the middle of the ice right into Ryan Getzlaf who quickly moved it to a wide open Perry. Ugly goal.
- Ryan Kesler restored the Ducks two-goal lead early on in the third period after his shot found its way through a few bodies and past Talbot. Not only did Sportsnet force us to watch collapse highlights from the playoffs, we also had to watch Ryan Kesler contribute on the scoresheet. *spits*
- I know the NHL site has the giveaways at 14 for the Oilers but I don’t buy that whatsoever. They were turning the puck over like it was a delicious grilled cheese.
- Both Andrej Sekera and Kris Russell went down with puck-related problems in the first period. Sekera took a deflected puck in the face and Russell got hit in a bad spot and struggled to get himself off the ice. Horrible luck for both guys, but even worse for Sekera as he did not return from his injury. Maybe Sekera should sit out all future games in Anaheim?
- Drake Caggiula also left the game after he left the ice with blood pouring from his face. There wasn’t much update on him aside from him being questionable for tomorrow’s game.
- I guess getting a power play goal in three straight games was too much to ask. The Oilers finished the night at 0/3 on the man “advantage.”
- Make it 17 scoreless games for Milan Lucic.
- Sportsnet showing the three-goal collapse from the playoffs during the first intermission was cruel and uncalled for. I hate you, Sportsnet.
- This was the first time I ever had to do a #BeetCast because of the Anaheim Ducks. This could be rock bottom. As always, you can follow along over on my Twitter.
|02:28||Anaheim||Hampus Lindholm (8)||0-1|
|15:50||Anaheim||Corey Perry (11) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (28)||0-2|
|16:58||Edmonton||Anton Slepyshev (2)||1-2|
|03:04||Anaheim||Ryan Kesler (6) ASST: Hampus Lindholm (11), Andrew Cogliano (16)||1-3|
|14:55||Edmonton||Kris Russell (4) ASST: Connor McDavid (42), Patrick Maroon (14)||2-3|
Sekera must absolutely hate that arena.
— Ryan (@IAmByks) February 10, 2018
So much anger has come rushing back watching that, pretty devastating where we are almost a year later…watching highlights of previous playoffs again dreaming when the oilers will be a part of them again
— Mega Tron (@rocknrolltruckr) February 10, 2018
— Wade Poloway Photogr (@munch34m) February 10, 2018
THE NATION ROAD TRIP TO CALGARY
- When? Leaving March 31st and returning April 1st, 2018. We’ll be leaving Edmonton at 11:30 am on Saturday morning.
- How much? The cost will depend on how many people are in your crew. To put it another way, we’ve got a range of options including single occupancy ($319/person) up to groups of four ($239/person).
- Why? Because we love to party
- Where do you buy tickets? Right here, friend. But be warned, this will sell out quickly and you procrastination will not be kind if you plan on coming.
Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 02/09/2018 – 11:00pm MST