GDB 61.0 Wrap Up: The Oilers won a challenge… oh and the hockey game too

Maybe Cam Talbot needs to swear at the NHL more often. Final Score: 4-3 Oilers

Heading into tonight’s game, I needed the Oilers to come out flying, beat the Kings, and avenge the loss from two weeks ago. Frankly, I’m bored of being angry about the Oilers and I’d rather not get into apathy territory so another win would have gone a long way for me. Besides, the Oilers got killed by the Kings the last time they played and I’d rather not watch the same movie so soon, ya know? Fortunately, the Oilers got an excellent start tonight as they were able to open the scoring only 51 seconds into the first period which gave them a chance to settle into their game, and, for the second straight game, close out the opening frame with a lead.

Heading into the second period, Edmonton kept battling hard, they moved the puck effectively, and they did a good job of creating chances for themselves. When the Oilers struggle they’re likely to give up the next goal, but rather than allow the Kings to tie things up they built off of their strong start and actually increased their lead to two goals. But as we’ve seen, the Oilers handle two-goal leads like a live grenade and you never know what’s going to happen. Before the last five minutes or so, the Oilers actually did a really nice job of nullifying LA’s transition game and limiting their speed through the neutral zone, allowing for some easy takeaways and added possession time for the boys. For the first 45-50 minutes, the Oilers played well and deserved to be in the mix for a win but, frankly, they were lucky to get it with the walls started caving in.

At the end of the day, things went pretty well in all three zones for the Oilers for most of the night until they decided they had had enough of took their foot off the gas. I mean, they were close to having the wheels falls off entirely but they were lucky to close out this win. But that’s the beautiful thing about sports, sometimes things get weird and you get lucky enough to reach the final buzzer before the wheels fell off.

The wrap.


  • There goes the 12-game losing streak in LA that dated back to 2011.
  • Anton Slepyshev opened the scoring for the Oilers only 51 seconds into the game, and, get this, the goal came on the first shot of the game. The goal was a result of a nice passing play with all three forwards getting a touch in before it wound up in the back of the net. Now that I see how much fun a first-shot goal can be I can understand why the other teams keep doing it to the Oilers.
  • Leon Draisaitl has gotten better and better as the season has gone along and we’re seeing more of the guy that dominated the playoffs last spring. He continued his run of dominance tonight with yet another goal scored after smashing a Cammalleri pass past Jonathan Quick, giving the Oilers a two-goal lead.
  • Jujhar Khaira’s legend grows around the Nation as he scored yet another beautiful goal after he dangled his way into the high slot and ripped a shot top shelf and past Quick to restore the Oilers’ two-goal lead. Khaira has been a fantastic story this season and I love how pumped he gets any time he puts one in. Great goal for the bearded beauty.
  • Ryan Strome closed things out with an empty net goal that gave the Oilers an insurance goal that they ended up needing desperately. The Kings scored with only 18 seconds left in the game and it ended up making Strome’s goal the game winner. It was another good night for Strome as he finished the night with the game winning goal and a primary assist on Slepyshev’s first period marker.
  • Cam Talbot was really good for the Oilers tonight and I say that knowing he’s going to take some heat for the third period. For most of this night, he handled his business and gave his team a chance to win the hockey game. Dadbot made a ton of big saves in this hockey game and he deserved the ‘W’ that came along with them. Talbot finished the night with 30 saves and a .909 save%. Personally, I think he was better than the numbers will say.
  • Mike Cammalleri had a good night tonight, putting up three assists against his former team and pumping up his stock heading into the deadline. Atta up that trade value (maybe?), buddy!
  • Make it five games without allowing a power play goal against. Progress! A little late, mind you, but it’s better late than never.
  • Can you believe that was the first challenge that the Oilers have had gone their way with in the last 19 attempts? Mind-boggling stat.


  • Tyler Toffoli got an easy one tonight after the Kris Russell got caught with a pinch at the blue line which created a two-on-one down low. After sneaking past the Oilers’ defence, Nate Thompson made a perfect pass to Toffoli that cashed in a goal to get the Kings back to within one.
  • Would you be surprised to find out that Tobias Rieder scored his first goal as a King against the team that drafted him and traded him for nothing? No, you wouldn’t be, would you?
  • Dustin Brown got the Kings to within a goal with only 18 seconds left in the game after finding a loose puck at the side of the net. Amazingly that goal was scored with almost enough time to get things tied up, but the Oilers were actually on the right side of an NHL challenge.
  • That third period ‘wait and see’ approach was not a great idea and the Oilers are lucky they were able to close this win out without blowing it.
  • Checking in on the Oilers’ power play and it went… well… you know:
    • The PP went 0/2 on the night. They had some shots and chances but couldn’t get anything done on a night when they needed all the offence they could get.
  • Make it 25 straight games for Milan Lucic without a goal. Actually, he didn’t even have a shot on goal tonight. At this point, I just feel bad for the guy because he’s not doing anything out there. Well… I felt bad until he hit Connor coming across the ice and nearly hurt him. I know it was an accident but… you know. Don’t touch Connor. I don’t care which team you’re on.
  • The Oilers had a tough night in the faceoff circle, winning only 38% of the draws they took.
  • I hate knowing that this win helped Calgary.
  • I’ll miss you, Davy. I know how much you loved playing here and how disappointed you must be right now.



00:51 Edmonton Anton Slepyshev (4) ASST: Ryan Strome (16), Michael Cammalleri (18) 1-0


06:16 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (19) ASST: Michael Cammalleri (19), Adam Larsson (5) 2-0
14:26 Los Angeles Tyler Toffoli (20) ASST: Nate Thompson (9) 2-1
17:04 Edmonton Jujhar Khaira (10) ASST: Drake Caggiula (6), Darnell Nurse (14) 3-1


07:51 Los Angeles Tobias Rieder (9) ASST: Derek Forbort (13), Anze Kopitar (40) 3-2
19:01 Edmonton EN – Ryan Strome (10) ASST: Michael Cammalleri (20) 4-2
19:42 Los Angeles Dustin Brown (18) ASST: Drew Doughty (34), Adrian Kempe (15) 4-3


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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 02/24/2018 – 11:00pm MST

  • D

    The Kings (near) two-goal comeback in the final 18 seconds of the game rekindled memories of last year’s playoffs in Anaheim. Happy the Oilers won and Baggedmilk can skip the beets for tonight.

  • TruthHurts98

    After the way this season has been going and the 12 game losing streak in L.A. I had no faith they could win… Happily I was dead wrong. I wish this effort and goaltending was here for most of the year! At least one good game on this tough road trip, so thanks from an otherwise beaten down and depressed Oiler fan. And good on Talbot for giving it to the league for the awful calls going against the Oilers. I was in disbelief when they first said it was a good goal. Goalie interference was almost (but less blatant) than the allowed Kesler goal in the playoffs. Maybe Connor should give it to the league and the refs for the horrible non calls every game. It’s getting beyond ridiculous. But tonight, thanks for a gutsy win.

  • munch34m

    Can you believe that was the first challenge that Todd McLellan has won as the Oilers’ head coach? Mind-boggling stat…… NOPE, It wasn’t a coaches challenge, it was the war room challenging themselves

  • Gary

    •Would you be surprised to find out that Tobias Rieder scored his first goal as a King against the team that drafted him and traded him for nothing? No, you wouldn’t be, would you?

    Nope. Wondering where the twelve and half million $ man has been the past two games. Anyone seen him?

  • Gary

    Taylor fringing Hall and Jordan Eberle for Strome and Larson? Just how much dose that hurt?
    But wait. Lucic at $6,000.000.00 a year and Russel at $4,00.000.00. It hurts man. it hurts. Our team after many, many years of struggling and finally poised for success has been destroyed by the OBC.

  • Fire Woodcroft!

    Two-game winning streak! One-challenge winning streak!

    We’re going down by the quad, over by the gymnasium!

    Man it’s awesome that Khaira and Slepy are starting to step up. These are the type of young guys we need firing on all cylinders. Too bad Chia-Pete will probably trade one or both of them on Monday for a ham sandwich.

    • jultz=2cups!??

      Is that what happened last year when they went to the 2nd round? ??. Great job cambot! Does oilersnation still think he’s a backup?? I had his back all year. No hindsight here again derian!

      • Derian Hatcher

        That’s what I’m saying Bradley. You have nailed every prediction and you are obviously a top notch player evaluator. How you are not a GM in the NHL is mind boggling. Keep up the excellent work.

  • This website is so toxic it’s sad. So much to be happy about in that effort tonight and it’s basically crickets.

    Best game that Talbot has played in a long time and it was treat to watch. Secondary scoring was there tonight which this team has lacked all year.

    Wow Lucic is in a funk and single handily nullified the top line and almost sidelined Conner. One of the best games for Leon he was skating great tonight. JJ’s goal was money, watched him in Penticton at the prospect tourney and he was the best player on the ice in a loss against the Flames.

    I am just as disappointed as most in the way the year has gone but tanking and losing is not a way to get this team where we should be.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Is it just me, or are the things that werent happening before, happening now?

    PP: Still in search of a goal, but I like how it looked tonight
    PK: Has killed off 14 straight
    Goaltending: Talbot’s got a .934 sv% over his last 5 starts

    I’m guessing its because theyre out of the playoff picture, but if this was happening earlier on, I’d like to think we’d be in a playiff spot right now.

    Anyway great game from the boys ans they really gave it to the Kings. If they put forth more efforts like this, many of their losses this season wouldnt hurt as much. Gotta love how they do the reviews. Its like they want to build tension and drama by splitting up the two calls. But you gotta love Cam’s reaction. Who’d have thought it eh? 19 effing challenges before we FINALLY get one that rules in our favour. And yes, I am aware that this was the war room and not Todd, but still. Took the NHL long enough to say “stop screwing Edmonton”

    • There was lots to like tonight, I respect what Chia did with going with the same line- up this season. They have played some games and looked like a team that could contend. I question the Hall trade but it needed to happen. Not only was Adam a rock last year but young players were getting better around him. Yes this year not the way we expected this to work out and with Taylor having a great year it is a tough argument.

      The Eberle move was understandable if Pete had the feeling that he had checked out and didn’t want to be here. I am sure if he knew that he was going to have the year he is having he would of kept him till Monday.

      With a fan base as knowledgeable is the nation I ask that you remember the player when the deal was made not when you choose to remember. And cheer for the players we have playing for us.

    • OilersGM

      Who says the NHL has stopped screwing Edmonton, this was a meaningless game for us wait until next season and they will just start another streak. Bettman sucks.

    • GK1980

      This is all fine winning the challenge but Edmonton needs to learn how to counter a strong attack LA brought on the last few minutes of the game. Unless Edmonton can play better in this area they will continue to lose leads and lose games.

    • Mc?

      frustrating thing was outside of the PK, they were the same dominant team at 5×5 at the start of the year, they are now getting that one or two bounces they need, and not allowing that one garbage goal that kills them.

  • Pouzar99

    Yes, the challenge was from the Toronto war room. The rules say they initiate challenges in the final minute of play or overtime.This incident is very close to the ‘goal’ Caggiula scored against the Avs on Feb. 1, when he shoved Bernier’s glove with the puck in it across the goal line. The ref’s reviewed it and said it crossed the line, tying the game. Immediately afterwards they reviewed it for goaltender interference and correctly ruled out the goal on goaltender interefrence. The only difference tonight is that Brown used his stick to shove Talbot’s pad across the goal line and then shove the puck into it. In both cases the correct decision was ultimately made.

    • OilersGM

      Funny how that works, I think the players aren’t stupid and know he (Maroon) is disengaged and has tuned out and I’m sure it bothers them inside but the way they have played this year most of them did.

  • GK1980

    Oilers played well but I think we all expected them to be a powerhouse in the Pacific in the next few years. LA still looked better by my eye last night but Edmonton did manage to hang on. Edmonton needs to learn how to shut teams down when they have the lead.

  • Heschultzhescores

    Our PP looks so tentative. The passing is very deliberate and they seem content to pass it around on the perimeter. We need more creativity and confidence.

  • This.Is.NHL

    Of course they were given the coaches challenge the Oilers are out of the Playoffs it doesn’t metter, i wouldn’t be surprised if the Oilers win/ get more calls now.

  • Oiler Al

    Memo to Todd; Please play Lucic on the third line. Quit putting air in a tire that has a hole in it.
    Besides he will fair better playing third liners, instead of tagging and lagging behined 97 and 29..
    He is not a first line player.PS. he should not have had his stiff legs out on the ice in the last min. of the game.

    • Kneedroptalbot

      Tagging and lagging, he sure takes the speed out of the top line. Hopefully Pontus Aberg or Jesse Puljujarvi will play well enough to stick with Mick David and Leon?