We won if we ignore that hockey games are three periods. Final Score: 3-2 Bruins
After what amounted to a horrible road trip for the Oilers aside from Sunday’s win in Colorado, I was hoping that these next two games at home would be what the doctor ordered. Maybe a couple days of sleeping in their own bed would give them the rest and energy needed to rattle off the 20 straight wins needed to get back into the playoffs. Alright, so maybe I’m a dreamer. It’s either that or I’m losing my mind slowly with every can of beets that goes down the hatch. All I did know for sure is that I had a good time with my beet free Sunday and I would have been extremely grateful had the Oilers been able to repeat their end of the bargain.
Is it bad to say that I actually felt hopeful after the Oilers made it through the first few shots and more than 15 full minutes without allowing a goal against? Hell, remaining goalless was the best start to a hockey game that we’ve seen in ages and I was way more excited about it than what was probably necessary. That’s why I lost it when Strome opened the scoring. No joke, when Strome scored on only the third shot of the night I screamed and then burst out laughing at the absurdity of it all. The Oilers didn’t deserve to have a lead but it had been so long since they scored first that I got excited and almost lost control of my hands. Then when Khaira scored a little bit later to put the Oilers up by a pair, I was convinced that Edmonton might actually steal a win or that I was watching some kind of replay from a year ago. I mean, the Oilers were leading by two goals after 40 minutes — what could go wrong?
And then, in a glorious fashion that only the Edmonton Oilers could pull off, they blew their two-goal lead by allowing three straight markers against in the final frame. They had managed to fight off the Bruins all night long but then the wheels fell off entirely in the third and they couldn’t stop the walls from caving in. Ah well, at least it was fun for 40 minutes.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Ryan Strome finds himself on a two-game goal scoring streak as he opened the scoring with a quick wrister that beat Khudobin. Strome came down the ice on a 2-on-1 with Cammalleri and had the goaltender thinking pass, giving #18 a chance to rip it into the back of the net.
- Jujhar Khaira is one of my favourite stories of the season as he keeps impressing with timely goals and a level of play that I doubt anyone would have expected from his this season. Khaira put the Oilers up by two goals after he cashed in a quick snapshot from the high slot that beat Khudobin and got a friendly bounce in off the post.
- Personally, I think Cam Talbot had two of his best games of the season in the back-to-back set from this past weekend. Early goals aside, after settling in he was square to the shooter, controlled his rebounds, and made plenty of big saves throughout both games to keep the boys in it. I know he allowed three goals in the third period but I would not hang this loss on him, considering he stopped 42 of 45 shots, ending with a .933 save %. The team in front of him could have helped a little bit.
- Anton Slepyshev had all kinds of chances tonight and even hit the crossbar late in the third period. Since being back in the lineup with some regularity, Slepyshev has been one of the most consistent bottom-six guys they have. Not sure why they’re want to trade him considering the depth on the right side.
- Kris Russell had a really solid night on the back end for the Oilers. As you’d expect, Russell was throwing his body in front of every puck sent his way (he finished with five blocks), but he was also jumping up into the play and contributing on the offensive side of the puck with a couple shots on goal, including a post in the first period.
- The penalty kill was solid for the Oilers tonight, killing off all three chances they faced. It probably won’t affect the fact that the home PK is historically bad but it does (kinda) make us feel better.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Noel Acciari got the Bruins on the board after he threw the puck out front and got a friendly bounce into the back of the net off of Ryan Strome’s shinpad. It was the kind of bad luck goal the Oilers have seen a lot of this season, and it seeing another go against them wasn’t exactly surprising.
- The Bruins got the Oilers scrambling in their own end to the point where it looked like they had no idea what they were supposed to be doing. By the time Grzelcyk found himself with a tap-in goal, the boys in orange had gone full yardsale all over the ice and were caught well out of position.
- In the most Oilers move of all time, David Krejci scored the game winning goal with only 1:04 left in the game with a shot that beat Talbot high, over the shoulder. Only the Oilers could make losing a 2-0 lead with 20 minutes left to play look so easy.
- Make it 23 games without a goal for Milan Lucic. I was hoping he’d get one against the team that drafted him but no dice, at least not this time. The struggle continues.
- Giveaways, man. They were the problem that sunk the ship in the third period. I don’t know why the Oilers seem to enjoy passing the puck to their opponents as often as they do but the spirit of giving is real.
- Let’s check in on the power play, shall we? *crowd roars no* But we must, my friends:
- The PP finished at 0/1 on the night, as per tradition.
- Oilers got KILLED in the faceoff circle, winning only 34% of the draws they took. Ugly.
- Getting killed on the shotclock is never a great look but when the shots are 45-20 then you probably deserved to lose.
- According to John Shannon, Cam Talbot will be fined by the NHL for calling them out on their incompetence this past weekend. I’m thinking we should start a GoFundMe.
- As I’ve said in the past few wrap ups and will surely say many more times before we’re done, I’m just here for the McPoints. All I want is Connor McDavid to win his second straight Art Ross win. After a season like we’ve had, is that so much to ask?
- This one hurts. Nothing will ruin the glow of a long weekend quite like doing a #BeetCast on my first day back to work. We spent the morning having a productive meeting about the future, but then game time hits and blam — beets again. As always, you can follow along and join in over on my Twitter.
|18:29||Edmonton||Ryan Strome (9)||0-1|
|11:38||Edmonton||Jujhar Khaira (9) ASST: Anton Slepyshev (4), Darnell Nurse (13)||0-2|
|04:37||Boston||Noel Acciari (7) ASST: Torey Krug (28), Brandon Carlo (6)||1-2|
|11:42||Boston||Matt Grzelcyk (2) ASST: Riley Nash (18), Charlie McAvoy (22)||2-2|
|18:56||Boston||David Krejci (11) ASST: Danton Heinen (27), David Backes (16)||3-2|
I would be a ok with 97 dragging the oilers into the playoffs. Hat tricks every night should do it. ?
— Dieter Wentzel Ⓥ (@DieterWentzel) February 19, 2018
I’m not sure why people are still talking about Taylor Hall because last I checked he was not part of the 84-85 Oilers which by the way were recently named THE GREATEST TEAM IN NHL HISTORY
— Ryan (@IAmByks) February 21, 2018
Oh I thought about it.
— Robert Clark (@RobClarkTenor) February 21, 2018
YOU JUST CAN'T STOP THE MAN. SCORING ALL THE GOALS, ALL THE TIME.
— Ebs4CapSpace (@Chayzdj) February 21, 2018
He is the goalie of our Senior AA hockey team. pic.twitter.com/JVun2Qm4co
— C_Fairplay17 (@C_Fairplay17) February 21, 2018
— CW (@CJW_101) February 21, 2018
Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 02/20/2018 – 10:00pm MST