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Sharks 4, Oilers 3 (OT) post-game Oil Spills: Blown leads galore!

After getting edged out by the Flames 1-0 on Wednesday night, the Oilers were back in Edmonton for the second half of a double dip against the San Jose Sharks. Despite putting forward a good effort offensively, the Oilers blew three different one-goal leads and eventually got dropped in overtime.

Highlights

A couple minutes into the game the Oilers jumped ahead after Zack Kassian found Drake Caggiula alone at the side of the net with a gorgeous no-look pass. This was excellent work by the fourth line to get the puck down low and turn it into a chance in front of the net. It was especially good work by Kassian to essentially draw two defenders to him and leave Caggiula completely alone in front.

Oscar Klefbom gave the Oilers the lead back in the second period with a bomb from the point. Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion was in the crowd last night and many speculate it was to watch the Oilers defender. If that’s the case, Klefbom showed Dorion that his shoulder isn’t a big issue.

Speaking of Klefbom, he got another opportunity to impress Dorion in the third period when Connor McDavid found him at the point and he bombed a puck on net that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins deflected past Martin Jones. Of course, the Oilers couldn’t hang on to the lead.

In overtime, Leon Draisaitl got completely rag-dolled by Tomas Hertl. Hertl outworks Draisaitl to free the puck, then he gets it over to Logan Couture, gets himself open, get the puck back and buries the game-winner.

By the numbers

I usually post the heat map to show how each team performed in regards to shots and chances, but I think this game flow chart is a better indicator of what happened last night. The Oilers came out of the gate hard but clearly burnt out in the second half of the game, which isn’t all too surprising given the fact they played the night before. The Sharks ultimately had 54 even strength shot attempts to Edmonton’s 43 and San Jose out-chanced the Oilers 14 to nine. The way things tilted in the second half, the Oilers were probably lucky to get into overtime.

Thoughts…

  • After last game, I lamented Edmonton’s inability to get offence going as the Flames, Mikael Backlund particularly, did a good job shutting down Connor McDavid. Last night, McDavid had Marc-Edouard Vlasic, one of, if not the best shutdown defenceman in the league, stapled to his ass all game but still managed to score two goals at even strength. But, again, without McDavid, Edmonton was only able to bury one goal and that came in the first period. A crazy stat: In the 14:49 even strength minutes Vlasic played against McDavid, the Oilers captain had a 42.8 per cent shot attempt differential. In the other four minutes when the Sharks didn’t have Vlasic on against McDavid, the Oilers controlled 100 per cent of the shot attempts. Both of the McDavid line’s goals came in that window without Vlasic on the ice.
  • McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins are one hell of a duo. But on a more negative side of that same coin is how bad Leon Draisaitl was last night anchoring his own line. Obviously carrying around Milan Lucic and Mike Cammalleri isn’t easy, but Draisaitl was on the ice for all three of San Jose’s even strength goals. Two of them were gifts from his stick to the Sharks and his effort on the Hertl goal in overtime was terrible. I said yesterday in jest it looks like he’s actively trying to look bad to get back on McDavid’s wing but maybe I’m actually right.
  • Al Montoya had himself a very solid game, stopping 36 of 40 shots. At this point he’s auditioning to be Edmonton’s backup next season. He’s signed for one more year but the Oilers might want to find somebody who can play in more of a 1B role after how much they’ve taxed Cam Talbot the past few years. Montoya will have to show over the next month he can be that guy.
  • Consultant

    It would be nice for Montoya to get more a chance to show himself, but since his next game will cost the Oilers a 4th rounder instead of a 5th, it seems likely his time is done. I imagine Ellis will be called up if we need a back-up for a game or two.

  • Spydyr

    Montoya over his entire career has proven he is not a 1A backup. What makes you think a few games in garbage time will change that fact?

    One of the biggest needs this summer is for a 1A backup that can push Talbot and fill in when he falters.

  • The Immortal

    Is there a valid reason why #13 is in the lineup night after night? Especially ahead of the younger wingers that we need to develop and determine what they bring? Frankly is there any reason why we acquired 13 ? He’s been absolutely awful night after night…

    Funny how last year Leon looked pretty good with Lucic and Slepyshev, yet this year I don’t think they’ve ever been on the ice as a line.

    Good bye Todd…you’re a major reason for this seasons epic disaster… 30th pk, 30th pp…

    • Retired Secret Agent

      I agree 100%. Shelpy should be on that line because he has lots learn as a young guy. Cammi isn’t producing and sure as hell ain’t gonna learn anything new now. That’s on coaching. Can ’em all.

  • Not McDavid's Fault

    Most 1a back ups are young guns that you drafted pushing a aging starter for the fulltime job. You draft that goalie not trade for him. Lots of teams could so golaie help so the cost if you could trade would be huge. Most gm are not pistol Pete and take the frist offer they get.

  • NeverWas

    Maybe jumped the gun a bit on that 8M LD signing? And on the Lucic Signing? How do the oilers have the best player on the planet on a ELC, capped to the max, and still cant win?

    I think with the new contacts kicking in… oilers are screwed for the next couple years until the cap raises enough that they got room for some supplemental pieces.

    Where are all the 2nd and 3rd round picks from the previous years? Where is the depth? this is crazy…