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GDB 55.0 Wrap Up: Five goals should be enough to win… it wasn’t

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 wrap.

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.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
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

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
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

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
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

#GOODCONTENT

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THE NATION ROAD TRIP TO CALGARY

Photoshop: @isuckatpicking
  • 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

  • Fire Woodcroft!

    #1 reason for tonight’s loss: Talbot not being able to stop a beach ball. To be fair, he had the odd game like this last season too – including once in both of the playoff series…

    #2 reason for tonight’s loss : Some very creative game management by the officials. When even the linesman is telling you ‘Dude – you gotta call that’ you know it’s pretty blatant.

    #3 reason for tonight’s loss: the Gord-awful, soul-crushing, puppy-dog-kicking, sex-drive annihilating, Book-of-Revelations-worthy, complete loss of a Penalty Kill.

    Honestly – at this point it’s comedy.

      • RJ

        If we look back at the history of the NHL, there have been some really bad, awful teams.

        There was a Senators team that went 10-70-4. There was a Sharks team that went 11-71-2. There was a Capitals team that went 8-67-5. They all had better penalty-killing at home.

        I fail to see how firing the coaching staff makes this team any worse. And don’t even get people started on how bad Chia’s trades and contract management have been.

      • Castrum

        Chiarelli traded away top talent for nothing. McLellan & his staff couldn’t coach a peewee team. It’s pretty obvious by this point. Katz doesn’t care, so long as the money keeps coming.

        • Odanada

          Fire the 80s Oilers cabal of backslappers.
          I admire the hell out of Gretzky, but his presence will not produce results. People simply will not question/challenge Wayne and it clogs up the entire objective decision making process.
          Clean House.

      • Castrum

        Look up the banned documentary “Playing To Lose.” It’s about the 1980s Pens and how they rigged their chances to get Lemieux. The Draft Lottery did almost nothing to prevent the same machinations these days. I stand by my belief that the Oilers did it to get their top picks leading up to McDavid. Really no idea what’s going on this year, unless they think McJesus isn’t enough.

  • Big Nuggets

    Last year I felt we were in better position than the leafs going forward but here we are. Would we be a playoff team if we added Garrison and Marleau instead of Russell and Jokinen? Tough to say as goaltending has been a factor for us and the leafs have a wealth of prospects fighting for NHL games. Interesting thought experiment though.

    • jultz=2cups!😂😂

      Nah just sick of all the whining around here and well honestly that was a terrible effort. At least no one was complaining about talbot being “on his knees”. That was refreshing. Next time leave me out of your conversations. I don’t talk about you bro.

  • crabman

    I don’t understand everyone laying into the defence on this one. sure they have been bad this year, some games worse than others. But tonight with a penalty shot, empty net and 3 pp goals it’s hard to blame them as much. the Oilers win this 4-3 at evens. I blame the historically bad pk and soft goals for this lose. that falls on goaltending and coaches for me.

  • Castrum

    Katz is a man after my own heart. He hates the Oilers with a passion. How else could you explain Chiarelli, McLellan, and the entire special teams staff still being employed? They have done more to destroy this team in one year than I could have ever hoped. The schadenfreude is palpable.

  • Johnny Zylon

    Sure hope McDavid doesn’t pull a Pronger and demand a trade. Wouldn’t blame him though. Bettman would be deliriously happy to see him in a Ranger jersey.

      • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

        As much as I hate to admit it, I agree with GK. I’ve been an Oil fan for 20+ years, but I can’t invest the same amount of passion and interest these days after all the losing. The Oilers will never stop being my team, but if this franchise doesn’t get their heads out of their asses soon, players will start to want out again.

        McDavid is the best thing that’s happened to this franchise since Gretzky, and squandering his best years with inept management would be an unforgivable offence. He’s too much of a professional to be demanding trades at this point, but if the team doesn’t show any kind of improvement over the next few years, I think he’d be perfectly justified having a closed door meeting Katz and the GM, the league would collectively applaud him for it, and I’d start following that team alongside the Oilers.

  • Dapper Dan 3099

    at this point I’d suggest they trade for Hutchinson from Winnipeg in the offseason and have him and Talbot battle it out next year…this way Talbot gets another shot to redeem himself, but for once he would actually be challenged for his job (and it might make a difference)….

  • Hemmercules

    I turned the game on for about 2 minutes when it was tied. Lucic tried to receive a pass, fobbled, tried to recover and couldn’t, florida player slides over and scoops the puck, Looch lumbers down the ice 20 feet behind the play. That was enough for me. I was excited when they signed him, didn’t like the money but they needed a guy like him. Either I didn’t watch him enough before he was an Oiler or he’s a shadow of what he once was.

  • Old school

    Do you honestly believe this coaching staff could have survived on any other team?..because we have struggled finding good coaches and management in the past isn’t a reason to continue this charade .. find some courage

  • CMG30

    The only time the oilers can win is when McDavid goes from playing well to playing all-world.

    Time to clean out the GMs office. We have traded multiple 1st round draft choices for pennies on the dollar because we were told that “you have to give to get” and “sometimes you have to lose a trade to get better.” Well, we still have the holes but we no longer have the talent. Chirelli has signed numerous bad contracts which will have to be cleaned up before we can move forward, contracts which were doled out to reward players who helped him on other teams to the detriment of his current team.

    Management downgraded skill in the off season then hoarded cap space while their competitors loaded up. In the final year of mcdavids ELC no less. Chirelli needs to be shown the door before he loses more trades ‘to right the ship’

  • Keg on Legs

    Mr Milk, you should try fresh beets, more flavor. How much longer until the Oil are mathematically eliminated from ever reaching .500, then bagged milk can top this torture? And Malgin’s goal was no where close to ‘ripped’, another blown goal IMO

  • Vanoil

    First time I’ve seen a Scribe even remotely refer to the bias against a non-white boy by this coaching staff. Regardless of McL’s resume, he should be ashamed of the way he deploys his “favourites” while relegating others. Even if there is acommunication barrier, it is incumbant on him as the leader and coach of this team to find ways to overcome it and not let it affect his coaching decisions. Good on you for having the Kahonas to call a spade a spade.