The Oilers are the most gracious of hosts. Final Score: 7-5 Panthers
Considering the Oilers were absolute dogshit on their California road trip, I didn’t exactly have high hopes for their first game back at Rogers Place. A lot of times, the home team is sluggish in their first game back from being on the road, but this was more than that. To put it bluntly, I had a hard time even believing that the Oilers were going to give 60 minutes worth of effort, and the idea of watching another painful loss was draining emotionally and physically. I mean, putting back four cans of beets over a six-day span is cruel and unusual punishment that this team has forced upon me, and I’m over it at this point. This bet was supposed to be for a laugh. I needed to see a win and I needed the Oilers to play like they actually cared about making that happen.
After starting the hockey game like they do on most nights, allowing their opponents to score first, I don’t think I was alone in having that familiar, “Here we go again,” feeling. For the 35th time this season, the Oilers allowed the first goal of the game and set themselves up with another early hill to climb just to get things tied again. Fortunately, tonight was one of those nights when most of the skaters played with the drive to win. Not only were they able to work their way out of the early deficit, they even went a step further and grabbed the lead, something they’d do on multiple occasions. The problem, of course, was that the Oilers couldn’t get a save to go along with their goal scoring. In the end, it didn’t matter whether they were trying to come back or trying to grab the lead, the Oilers just couldn’t keep the puck out of their net and it cost them the game. It really was a simple as that. Needless to say, it’s tough to win when you allow a touchdown against.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Pat Maroon tied the game up at one only moments after Aaron Ekblad opened the scoring for the Panthers. The Big Rig picked up a loose puck right in the slot and he was able to tuck it past Reimer. Massive bonus points go to Connor for the work he put in leading up to the goal. He was a man possessed with the puck before Maroon was able to cash in.
- When was the last time the Oilers got a penalty shot? I’ve seen them get hauled down on breakaways a time or two but very rarely do they get the penalty shot call go their way. But that’s exactly what happened tonight, as Leon Draisaitl was able to snap a wrister past Reimer for their first lead of the night and his 16th goal of the year. Actually, it’s surprising that Draisaitl didn’t get more than the one goal tonight because he was flying, and was tough to handle for the Panthers.
- Drake Caggiula got a nice deflection goal after he got his stick on a Kris Russell slapshot from the point. Personally, I think Caggiula was channelling the power of the bubble visor and using it to increase his hand-eye to superhuman levels. Prove me wrong. You can’t.
- Anton Slepyshev’s third goal of the year got the Oilers back to within one after they allowed the Panthers to open the third period with two straight. Slepyshev got himself into the slot and finished off the play to keep things tight. If his name was Anthony Smith he’d probably be in the lineup every night.
- Connor McDavid kept his point streak alive with a beautiful goal and an assist, as he looks to continue his ascent to the top of the NHL points leaderboard. Sure, it’s depressing that we’re talking about a points race for Connor rather than a playoff push, but that’s where we’re at and it’s all we’ve got at this point. McDavid deserves better than this.
- Kris Russell point streak!
- Once again, the Oilers did a great job in the faceoff circle, winning 57% of the draws they took. It didn’t matter, but it’s still true.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Are you surprised that the Panthers both scored first and that the goal was scored on the power play? No, you’re not. Anyway, Eklbad opened the scoring for Florida blah blah blah.
- Denis Malgin tied the game up at two after the Oilers allowed the Panthers to walk into the offensive zone without much problem or resistance. From there, Michael Matheson found a trailing Malgin and he was able to rip a shot past Talbot right from the slot.
- After reclaiming the lead with Caggiula’s second period goal, the Panthers responded almost instantly (less than 30 seconds) with a weak goal by Evgenii Dadonov. Sure, the Oilers allowed the Panthers to talk into the zone but Talbot should have had the shot by Dadonov. He stops that shot all day, last season. Fast forward to the third period and Dadonov became the second Panther with a multi-goal game. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a game with two penalty shots before, but that’s what happened. And just like Draisaitl did before him, Evgenii Dadonov walked in and snapped a shot past Talbot, executing the penalty shot perfectly.
- With the game tied heading into the third period, the Oilers got themselves into a good spot to win the hockey game. Unfortunately, they weren’t ready to play again and the Panthers were able to score just 18 seconds into the final frame after Keith Yandle sent Vincent Trocheck in alone, where he beat Talbot with a perfect deke. Trocheck scored again on the power play only a few minutes later after he ripped a stoppable puck past Talbot for his second goal of the period. Trocheck went on to complete the third-period hat trick as he cashed in the empty netter to close the game.
- Cam Talbot needed to have a better night. He needed to look more like the guy that was snubbed from a Vezina nod only a year ago, and less like the guy that is almost as likely to allow a goal on the first shot as he is to stop it. Unfortunately, that did not happen as Dadbot got beat with some very stoppable pucks and finished the night with what could have been his worst game as an Oiler. In the end, Talbot allowed six goals on 39 shots for a .846 save%.
- Make it 19 games without a goal for Milan Lucic. The swagger has flatlined.
- How many times do you think we’ve complained about the special teams through 55 games? The answer: thousands. TBH I’m lazy and don’t feel like counting but I’m guessing that I’m in the ballpark.
- PP: Missed on all three chances. Just kidding they didn’t even get one. (0/0)
- PK: Allowed three goals on four chances (3/4)
- Allowing 40 shots against is never a good look, and it’s especially bad when you can’t get a save. The Oilers need to do a much better job of containment as they allowed the Panthers to basically do as they pleased whenever they had the puck.
- It’s been a while since I’ve complained about the refs so I’m going to do it tonight. Why? Watch this shift by Connor and tell me there aren’t four or five things that could have been called.
- I don’t normally write about doing a #BeetCast in the intro but it’s been on my mind all day. This past weekend was horrible for my insides and it looks like a new work week won’t bring any reprieve. As always, you can follow along and join in over on my Twitter.
|17:46||Florida||PPG – Aaron Ekblad (12) ASST: Denis Malgin (6), Michael Matheson (12)||1-0|
|18:35||Edmonton||Patrick Maroon (14) ASST: Yohann Auvitu (5), Connor McDavid (43)||1-1|
|02:46||Edmonton||Penalty Shot – Leon Draisaitl (16)||1-2|
|06:21||Florida||Denis Malgin (9) ASST: Michael Matheson (13), Mark Pysyk (7)||2-2|
|09:35||Edmonton||Drake Caggiula (8) ASST: Kris Russell (16), Jujhar Khaira (8)||2-3|
|09:58||Florida||Evgenii Dadonov (12) ASST: Nick Bjugstad (17), Aaron Ekblad (10)||3-3|
|00:18||Florida||PPG – Vincent Trocheck (19) ASST: Keith Yandle (26), Aleksander Barkov (30)||4-3|
|06:05||Florida||PPG – Vincent Trocheck (20) ASST: Keith Yandle (27), Jonathan Huberdeau (34)||5-3|
|06:53||Edmonton||Anton Slepyshev (3) ASST: Mark Letestu (10)||5-4|
|10:46||Florida||Penalty Shot – Evgenii Dadonov (13)||6-4|
|14:58||Edmonton||Connor McDavid (23) ASST: Patrick Maroon (15)||6-5|
|19:00||Florida||Empty Net – Vincent Trocheck (21) ASST: Jonathan Huberdeau (35)||7-5|
2 dirt cheap lower bowl seats. Drive downtown, pay $20 for parking, walk 4 blocks, have a couple $14 beers, watch Talbot let in the first shot & see Lucic wallow around like a lost dairy cow. #Oilers #tickets #almostfree
— Nazderovya (@Nazderovya) February 13, 2018
A pregame ceremony AND a new banner. @jsbmbaggedmilk should just eat beets now and get it over with.
— Jaime (@jaimepern) February 13, 2018
— Colin Carriere (@ColinCarriere) February 13, 2018
— Julie Rohr (@JulieRohrYEG) February 13, 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, 02/12/2018 – 11:00pm MST