Leads are overrated anyway. Final Score: 4-3 Sharks in OT
After last night’s loss in Calgary, the Oiler didn’t have much time to dwell on it with the Sharks in town for the second half of their back-to-back set. Frankly, I had hoped that the Oilers were still annoyed after last night’s game. Losing to Calgary is bad enough on its own, but to do it because Mike Smith pretended like he was in the running for the Vezina was like having no mustard on a turd sandwich. Needless to say, it’s tough to win hockey games without any goals so I was really hoping that getting shutout last night means that the floodgates would open tonight. When Drake Caggiula opened the scoring less than three minutes into the first period, I had big dreams that they’d make it rain goals all over us like dollar bills at a strip club. Instead, the Sharks tied things up almost immediately, a trend that would continue throughout the night. Life as an Oilers fan, I guess.
As the game went on, both teams had their fair share of chances and they both traded punches at a pretty even pace, so it wasn’t exactly surprising that the game was tied after 40 minutes. For a team that was playing back-to-back games, the Oilers had some jump and were able to put together a nice effort for themselves, but they were never able to hang onto a lead which is always a problem. On three separate occasions, the Sharks were able to score a goal quickly after the good guys took the lead and that resilience kept them in it long enough to get the game to overtime. In the end, the Oilers being unable to hang onto their leads or find a way to score a second straight goal cost them the game. I couldn’t tell you how many games specifically that the Oilers have lost because of bad turnovers but you can definitely add tonight’s L to the pile.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Drake Caggiula opened the scoring after a beautiful pass by Zack Kassian from behind the net gave the Drake a wide-open side to shoot at. With Jones looking behind the net at Kass, Caggiula was able to slip into the slot unnoticed and made no mistake of sinking the perfect set up.
- Oscar Klefbom gave the Oilers back the lead after he clapped a shot from the point that beat Jones and went in off the post. Considering the fact that Klef is having some weird “may get surgery, doesn’t want to get surgery” stuff going on, this goal came as a result of a big shot from the point. Basically, what I’m saying is that Klefbom’s injury situation is weird. That’s all. It’s just weird. Regardless, he finished the night with a goal and an assist as he looks to finish the season on a high note.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his 19th goal of the season after perfectly deflecting the Oscar Klefbom point shot past Jones and into the net. I love that Nuge scored because the panel was talking about whether or not he could get anything done while playing with McDavid in the first intermission. Ridiculous, I know, considering how many chances they’ve been getting, and I laughed out loud when Nuge put one home.
- Connor McDavid is worth my time every single night he’s playing hockey. Regardless of the bad season for the team around him, he makes every night a little bit more bearable and for that I thank him. Fortunately, we still get to cheer for the Art Ross Trophy race and he added two more assists to the pile tonight.
- Ethan Bear keeps getting better and better as he plays more and it’s nice to see. I could use some good news at this point in the season and he’s fitting the bill a little bit. Bear played 17:29 tonight with one shot on goal, two hits, and one takeaway.
- At least losing to the Sharks hurt the Flames.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Leon Draisaitl got caught on a bad turnover at the blue line as he tried to force a cross-ice pass through to Lucic but had it easily intercepted instead. From there, the Sharks walked the puck down on a 3-on-1 break with Tomas Hertl finishing it off with the tying goal. Those turnovers, man.
- Drake Caggiula got a four-minute penalty for high-sticking and Logan Couture was able to take advantage in the first half. Couture walked in and ripped a shot past Montoya to tie the game up at two apiece.
- If I told you the Brendan Dillon hadn’t scored a goal in 31 games but he did tonight, would you be surprised? You wouldn’t, would you? Of course not. It was another tough giveaway for Draisaitl on this play as Big Sexy 2.0 did not have the best night.
- Al Montoya made his seventh appearance in net for the Oilers tonight and they needed him to be sharp from the jump to buy them some time to get their legs into the game. While he was okay in the net, the Oilers really need him to come up with a couple more saves to preserve their win. That’s not to say that I’m blaming him for the loss, but he definitely needed to be better to help them win. Montoya finished the night with 36 saves and a .900 save%.
- Kris Russell left tonight’s game after what looked like he took another shot to the hand. Normally, Russell comes back from these things so the fact that he left and didn’t return means that the injury must be more serious than normal. Fingers crossed that he’ll be back soon.
- It’s that special time in the Wrap Up where we take a look at the special teams. Excited? Of course you are:
- PK went 1/4 which wasn’t horrible but they really needed a clean sheet.
- PP went 0/1 on the night.
- The Oilers had another mediocre night in the faceoff circle as they were only able to win 49% of the draws. Not horrible, but not good either.
- Doing another #BeetCast after back-to-back losses is like a kick to the pills that I just didn’t need right now. Up until last night, I was having a really nice break from the red death but now I’ve had two cans in two days. As always, you can follow along and join in over on my Twitter. Tonight, I’m doing Gregor’s horrible “Hot Beets” idea from this morning’s GDB.
- Pumped on the shot clock, 40-28. Lost the game and the Corsi.
- Seriously, Mike Cammalleri may never score again.
|02:39||Edmonton||Drake Caggiula (9) ASST: Zack Kassian (10), Jujhar Khaira (9)||0-1|
|08:03||San Jose||Tomas Hertl (17) ASST: Logan Couture (23), Mikkel Boedker (16)||1-1|
|07:44||Edmonton||Oscar Klefbom (5) ASST: Connor McDavid (52), Pontus Aberg (8)||1-2|
|10:01||San Jose||PPG – Logan Couture (28) ASST: Brent Burns (44), Joe Pavelski (38)||2-2|
|01:26||Edmonton||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (19) ASST: Oscar Klefbom (16), Connor McDavid (53)||2-3|
|09:05||San Jose||Brenden Dillon (2) ASST: Mikkel Boedker (17)||3-3|
|02:40||San Jose||Tomas Hertl (18) ASST: Logan Couture (24)||4-3|
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— Mike (@LTGimpy) March 15, 2018
Spector & Debrusk logic: RNH and McDavid look great together creating a lot of opportunities… but, RNH hasn’t taken over the league lead in the scoring race in the last three games so trade him. pic.twitter.com/CEnLkRGHdf
— Lauren Dyck (Mr.) (@LaurenJDyck) March 15, 2018
“The fuck you filming me for?” ? pic.twitter.com/31x1BDxbmU
— The Towel Boy (@TheTowelBoy) March 15, 2018
They don’t need to trade nuge to find a shooter. They need to find a shooter to play with nuge and McDavid.
— Mike Simpsonite (@WazMagoo) March 15, 2018
Been there… never paying for a Melker Karlsson again
— Drew Boyer (@ithrow79) March 15, 2018
WHAT YOU GET:
The bag: Exclusive 10th Anniversary Party tee, commemorative Nation poster, Pint GC, Oodle Noodle GC, stickers, and a ticket to enter all of the night’s draws
The giveaways: Signed jerseys, golf passes, our box for the Edmonton Prospects, a weekend in Jasper, FREE Oodle Noodle for a year, a weekend staycation at Crash Hotel, and more.
Anything else: We’ll buy a Nation Beer for first 100 people to show up, have special guests stopping by, and a silent auction from our friends at Pro-Am to raise even more money for charity.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Where: The Pint Downtown
When: April 7th, starting at 6 pm with the hockey game starting at 8 pm
Why: To celebrate 10 years together and raise money for Hockey Helps the Homeless
How much: Tickets are $30 each with net proceeds going to Hockey Helps the Homeless
How: Tickets are available here.
Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 03/14/2018 – 11:00 pm MST