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GDB 75.0 Wrap Up: Oh captain my captain, McDavid powers Oilers to 3-2 win

Connor McArt Ross Trophy. Final Score: 3-2 Oilers

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little bit irritated before this game even started. Thinking about the Oilers missing the playoffs while the Kings are fighting for a spot is frustrating because that was supposed to be us again. The fact that they’re not in the hunt is annoying and my saltiness seems to be getting worse as the season clock winds down. That said, a couple McPoints and a big win always goes a long way to improving not only my mood but the general vibe around here too. Miraculously, my dreams for a win looked good early on as Pontus Aberg opened the scoring only 45 seconds into the first period. As far as starts go, you can’t draw em up much better than that. And when Connor added another one to give the Oilers a two-goal lead I sat back in my chair and took a sip of my rum, smiling with satisfaction. Unfortunately, Jake Muzzin had to go and ruin that moment for me almost immediately but we move on.

Anyway…

As the game progressed through the second period and into the third, the Oilers were able to keep the hammer down and continued to put the work in, giving themselves the chances they needed to win as a result. While the Kings were able to hang around throughout, they were never able to get themselves past the comeback goals and that allowed the Oilers to keep their distance. But it’s not like LA was going to rollover and die either. They needed to win this game for their playoff lives. Heading into the third period, the Oilers had a big job on their hands of protecting the lead against a team that’s known for its third period prowess, but they did a good job of securing their own end and weathering the storms that came their way. And when you think about it, LA never really had a chance tonight, did they?

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Pontus Aberg extended his point streak to three games with his fourth goal of the season that opened the scoring only moments into the first period. Aberg got to the side of the net and knocked home a greasy one that found it’s way past Quick and into the net. Look at Aberg playing like he never wants to get scratched again.
  • Connor McDavid may ignite soon. Someone is going to have to stand by with a fire extinguisher because the captain is hot as the sun. I’m talkin’ Beatles on Ed Sullivan hot. The captain scored his 37th goal of the year after using his quick hands to deposit a loose puck behind Quick while basically standing behind the goal line. He got his 38th of the season after using his speed to blow past the Kings’ and in on a half-break on Quick where he buried a snapshot through the five-hole. McDavid wants the Art Ross Trophy really badly and he just got himself the points lead and a step closer to winning it.
  • Cam Talbot has been really good over the last month or so and it would be nice to see him finish the year strong after what was otherwise an up-and-down season for Dadbot. He was great tonight as he came up big when his team needed him, powering them to a win with 27 saves and a .931 save%.
  • Adam Larsson had a huge game tonight. He lead the team in ice with 24:12, had an assist, two shots on goal, two blocks, and was a rock on the back end. Great night.
  • Ty Rattie had another really strong game as he continues to impress on that top line with Nuge and McDavid. Rattie added another assist to his resume as he got the helper on Connor’s first of the night and makes another case to stick with the big club.
  • Ethan Bear was really good again as he keeps impressing the fanbase, the coaching staff, and anyone else that’s watching him. He played over 20 minutes and was a fixture on the power play as well.
  • The Oilers PK was perfect tonight, killing off the lone chance they faced. I’ve said it a bunch lately, but if they had been able to kill penalties like this all year then we’d probably be in the playoff chase right now.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Only 28 seconds after McDavid put the Oilers up by two goals Jake Muzzin got the Kings on the boards with a seeing-eye shot that made its way through traffic and past Talbot. Up until that point, the Oilers looked like they were starting to pull away but Muzzin’s goal halted those plans.
  • After Connor McDavid scored his second of the game to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead, Jeff Carter responded less than two minutes later to bring the Kings back to within one. Carter kept his team in it after finishing off a nice passing play with Tobias Rieder that Cam Talbot had no chance of stopping. Why can’t the Oilers ever seem to keep this guy off the board?
  • Leon Draisaitl was a turnover machine tonight and I don’t know what was going on. He was trying to force passes through all night and it gave the Kings all kinds of counterpunches as a result. No worse was the shorthanded breakaway in the third period of Leon trying to rip one rink-wide but had it intercepted instead. He can be much better than he was tonight and I know that he will be.
  • Are you surprised that the Oilers didn’t score on their two power play chances? No, me neither.
  • The NHL site had the giveaways at 18-8 for the Oilers and I believe it. I don’t know how many times I yelled at my TV after a stupid decision with the puck but 18 sounds about right.
  • Only 40% on the dot today. The Oilers have fallen off the cliff a little bit lately.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
00:45 Edmonton Pontus Aberg (4) 0-1
15:32 Edmonton Connor McDavid (37) ASST: Ty Rattie (3), Adam Larsson (8) 0-2
16:00 Los Angeles Jake Muzzin (8) ASST: Tanner Pearson (22), Jeff Carter (7) 1-2

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
04:08 Edmonton Connor McDavid (38) ASST: Anton Slepyshev (6), Andrej Sekera (5) 1-3
06:19 Los Angeles Jeff Carter (9) ASST: Tobias Rieder (12), Tanner Pearson (23) 2-3

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

#GOODCONTENT

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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 03/25/2018 – 10:30 pm MST

  • GK1980

    Watched Drai tonight and he struggled. He seems a little slow for some reason and his passes were constantly getting picked off.

    Maybe next year the oil put the best wingers with drai and the second best wingers with McDavid. McDavid can make most players look good. Ty Rattie, Maroon ect. Drai cannot consistently drive his own line. Not yet anyways.

      • Randaman

        He had that I don’t care lathargic look again. That usually means he’ll turn it up next game if it goes to script. Not to mention how he loves to feast on duck.

    • Ziom

      Draistl looks like he has banked it in for the year and is looking forward to the summer. He seems like he doesnt care. As soon as the puck is gone, he waddles off for a change. Doesnt back check. Tries to slow down the game, but that never works anymore. He just seems slow. His foot speed is a huge issue. He cant cut the deck, like he used too. Something is off. Might be mental health. I cant believe the powerplay. Dont fire Mcllelan, but definetely git rid of assistance coaches. Imagine this team with at least a top 15 specialty teams.

      • crabman

        Foot speed issue? Can’t cut the deck like “he used too”? He is 22, and in his 4th season. He hasn’t lost a step. He has some off days but his foot speed isn’t the issue. In his rookie year when everyone was complaining about his speed he won the fastest skater, over Hall, in the Oilers skill competition. People need to stop judging players on 1 and 2 game segments and look at the entire body of work. Draisaitl is a stud who gets disinterested from time to time in a lost season. But to suggest he has lost a step at 22 is ridiculous.

        • kelvjn

          …over a Taylor Hall that missed a bunch of games due to knee injuy and broken ankle in the season, to be fair. Leon is slow? Absolutely not. Leon is faster than Hall? Only when Hall is on one foot.

          • crabman

            @kelvjn, My point is Draisaitl has never been slow. He had quickness and explosivness issues in his rookie year. Worked on that and hasn’t had speed issues since.
            My comparison to Hall was made to illustrate this. Hall did have a sprained knee on Nov. 6 and missed 6 games. Came back and played 16 games before the team skills competition. Not 100% but certainly not this one legged player as you suggest. He was still only half a second slower than his average fastest skater speed. At the time much was written about Draisaitl winning the fastest skater to dismiss people’s claims he was too slow. Draisaitl will never be as fast as a fully healthy Hall but to suggest he is slow/lost a step at 22 is ridiculous and that was my point.

          • VK63

            The entire point is not the dick measurement of “in that moment”, the point is, Leon, when right, is pretty damn fast.
            If you must constrain the argument to the reductionist mindlessness of a direct comparison, when both Hall and Drai are right, the gap is actually minimal…. not substantial.
            But, build your narrative fallacies to match whatever conclusion you want to make. Thats what sports arguments are all about, not fact, just reasonably supported fiction. Stretch to fit, as, the game is fluid and concrete arguments are poorly served as player comparisons, as you duly note, are not static, they occur within a range that must allow for the current state of physical affairs of the participant protagonists. Which is idle speculation, at best.
            Good fun tho.

          • crabman

            @kelvjn, your still just arguing samantics. Hall was slightly slower than his usual speed in other fastest skater competitions and Draisaitl still beat every other Oiler. My point is he isn’t and never was slow.

          • crabman

            @kelvjn, are you suggesting Hall’s ankle injury in Janruary affected his skating in December? And I conceded he had a bummed knee but he was back for 16 games and playing top line minutes. He wasn’t far off his other fastest skater times from healthy seasons. But yes you are right Hall is faster than Draisaitl. Pretty sure I didn’t say he wasn’t.

    • Quoteright

      Drai and Nuge also has not been tried and it’s has always been obvious to me that their styles would compliment. Of course Nuge looks good next to McD but almost everyone does. Nuge , Leon and lucic would be a strong first line that could push the river well defending the other teams first and grind. Play them 20 minutes and even let McD replace lucic at the end of games if they need a goal.
      Mcdavid can play a lot between the second and fourth lines and with affordable wingers.

    • West

      Edmonton one win behind the fLames now, with a game in hand. fLames got a lot of loser points this year. (Shoutout to the troll from Calgary who was forever posting this about the Oilers last year. I don’t care to remember the username).

      • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

        I believe his name was “hockey fan”. His profile pic was the word “Flames” that was on fire. Oh and don’t forget Opi/Spilly who comes over from Sportsnet’s comments section from time to time

        • BringtheFire 2.0

          Yeah, but hockeyfan an FN regular under a different account. I know who it is , and his “main” profile is rarely over here.

          But in hockey talk, in a couple of seasons, suddenly, we have no picks and half a functional roster (complete with ONE goaltender who could give out at any moment), and depth that’s #onpaper (which is the summary of our season, BTW).

          You guys? You have Connor McDavid and as soon as Chia is replaced…well, I have a cat that could GM you guys to a cup (shoutout to Gypsy).

          Back on FN they call this; “BTF sucking up to the Oiler crowd…” but it’s not. Just realistic.

          And at least the Oilers had the decency to suck from start to finish. The Flames were f@ckin’ with our heads all year. Teasing us with; “we’re in! we’re out!” all season long.

          I hate hockey right now.

          • Anton CP

            Flames issue is very consistent for the last 5 years but for some reason that front office failed to address the issue: goalie.

            Ever since the last day of Kiprusoff that the Flames has been playing musical chairs with goalies:

            2013~14 signed 3 career backup goalies (Kari Ramo, Reto Berra, Joey MacDonald) that non of them looks strong enough to be everyday starter.

            14~15 that they signed Hiller who was looking to salvage whatever of NHL career that he has left with him and delivered one good season before fade into oblivion.

            15~16 when Hiller start to fade which the Flames went back to the option from 2 seasons prior: Kari Ramo…and never really give Joni Ortio much of chance to be everyday starter (37 games played in 3 years? That is even less than DiPietro played after he signed 15 years contract) and give up on him completely that he went back to Europe.

            16~17 with the arrival of all star (lol) goalie Brian Elliott. Who lost the job to Jake Allen (lol) back in St. Louis which the career backup Chad Johnson out-performed and almost took the job away from Elliott…then both of them left.

            And now…17~18 season. Flames have a new all star (lol) Mike Smith in between pipes who is about one little nudge away from breaking into pieces and with 19 games playoffs experience pedigree (lol) that I’m actually surprised he survived 50 games.

            Maybe it is time to look for a new has-been, I think that Jaroslav Halak is available next year.

  • What-a-Mike

    Yep. Connor has just made my night again and I am sooo looking forward to seeing his play agaon tomorrow against those F…%#&*^%$#…ing Ducks (still have hot hate for them/Kesler/Getzlaf since last years playoffs). But while I love watching wins from the Oilers, I am still getting so pissed off at players who instantly cough up goals…..been going on ALL SEASON!!!! I am especially talking about the stupidity of Sekera’s big Gaff which led to the second Kings goal. Both Kings goals could have not happened and that’s what ticks me off most… aside from the very lousy powerplay of which Draisaitl was being most stupid tonight. I love that he can drive lines himself but what???… Scores four points then decides to be an idiot for the Ottawa and Kings games? He was very bad tonight. I have to say that while I am not liking Kucic game thgios year I am liking him playing lately with PUJU and Strome. Maybe he needed simpler playing guys to play with. His mistakes have been a lot less lately while with these two and he has seemingly ramped up his energy game since being placed on this 3rd line. Anyways, I saw an Oiler win and I am tipping a salute glass to the Oilers/Connor for making it happen.

  • Arfguy

    It was awesome watching McDavid try and score goals. With a team that is lacking in offence, the more goals McDavid scores, the better off we are. I am hoping that he has hit that stage of his careers where he realizes goals will get the win and not passes, since a lot of Oilers just cannot seem to score goals.

    Having said that, it is tough to watch Draisaitl give the puck away so much lately. He’s a guy I have been defending as one of the better players in the NHL since last year. I hate to say it, but it almost seems like he’s moping. Yeah, you don’t get to play with McDavid anymore, but you’re making a lot of money to be the second line centre. Aberg is no McDavid, but he seems to show a lot of speed and shows some skills. This guy may be your winger going forward. Try to play a game that works for both of you.

    Good win tonight. Let’s keep the scoring going, Connor.

  • Rob19

    Loved Hrudey’s and to lesser degree Kypreos’ comments after the game getting shut down by Elliot re: CMD. Hrudey looked like Trudeau reading his cue cards and then got stunned when someone challenged him. Anyone who’s watched CMD knows he’s got all the tools and then some compared to the purest goal scorers the NHL has ever had. I’ve only seen CMD play in person a few times but he’s magic as we all know. Hrudey and some of the other CBC dreamcast seem to have a different perception of reality- just like our current governments do (sorry lefties). I watched Hrudey as a kid and always hoped someone would knock that stupid bandanna off his head somehow when he played. Cocky, tempermental goalie. I’m done now.

  • West

    It’s time for McDavid to be in the Hart Trophy conversation. He is leading the league in scoring and is +24. The Oilers as a team are -21. That is some kind of valuable, right there.

  • Heschultzhescores

    I sure hope this team shows up when it matters next year. They are saving Todd’s job for him. Even though he and the coaching staff are the number 1 reason we are not in the playoffs!

  • Battman

    At the pace Mcdavid is going what are the chances he is able to score enough to challenge for the rocket as well as the art Ross? Wouldn’t that be something?

  • Fire Woodcroft!

    Have to admit I’m really liking the Rattie-Nuge-McDavid line. Nuge and Connor are just so freaking hockey-smart, and Ty is all effort filling in the gaps and doing the simple things to keep the play going.

    I fully expect McLellan to pull out the blender and bring back FrankenLucic to the first line before the season is done. This is why we don’t have nice things…

    The game was great except for that abortion of a power-play. The best chance on the first PP was the breakaway by LA. (Thanks for the save, Cam.). Heard McLellan asked during the post-game why the PP was so bad and he said it was lack of player confidence. Good grief – way to throw the players under the bus for your piss-poor coaching team Todd. That’s why he’s gotta go.

    • Kneedroptalbot

      Woodcroft, isn’t it Amazing how well that 1st line plays together. Skill, flow, and hockey smarts.
      McDavid , Nuge, and Rattie look like they have been playing together for years.

    • GK1980

      That first power play was atrocious. There was about 3-4 opportunities to shoot the puck in the first minute then of course they give the puck away and end up trying to regain the zone for the rest of the PP. Typical 2017-2018 powerplay.

    • crabman

      6 goals back with 7 games to go. plus he would need to pass 6 players. Not gonna happen. He is on a heck of a run but just not enough time. If he had 12 games left I wouldn’t bet against him.

  • RJ

    I love the late season charge for the Art Ross, even being stuck with Lucic most of the season.

    If they want to challenge McDavid next season, they should re-sign Fayne and have him play RW.

    Then he’d win the Rocket Richard trophy for sure. He’d have to shoot all the time.

  • Danoilerfanincalgary

    Draisatl is being burdened with some wingers who are simply not good enough. I am not sure why there is so much love for Cagguila he does not deserve his top six placement. Rattie and Aberg have been good additions to the wing hope they keep it up, they both seem to be seizing the moment. Connor is makes hockey fun to watch.

    • GK1980

      Right, that’s why I say give Drai the better wingers next season and McDavid the “second” best wingers. Theoretically this should enable to have 2 consistent scoring lines.

    • Stack

      His wingers looked pretty good on the first goal of the game using hard work and speed. A guy that gets paid 8.5 mil a year should be able to elevate the game of the players he’s with…..thats why he gets paid so much!! Can’t blame his puck management skills on wingers, if he goes out and plays like we know he can he will produce!

    • Fire Woodcroft!

      Draisaitl is an amazing player who is a big part of any Oilers success – but everyone has bad games. Last night he looked disengaged and disinterested and his wingers didn’t have anything to do with that…

  • Slipknot 8

    The Oilers need to fix the top 6, should be a priority this summer.
    even if the Oilers run in pairs
    RNH – McDavid – whom ever
    ——— Draisiatl——- Please fix this!!
    Lucic – Strome – JP
    Abereg – J.J

    • crabman

      Not sure I understand the trashes. That’s almost how I see it lining up. My 4th line looks like Pakarinen-Khaira-Kassian( unless Kassian is moved for cap relief it is a lot of money for 4th line wing).
      I hope they bring in an experienced top6 winger for Draisaitl and mix and match the last 2 top 6wing spots with cheap vets or qualified players already on the roster. If Puljujarvi or Yamamoto play so well you can’t keep them off the top 6 great. Or if Rattie keeps playing well there on the cheap great. But I think going into next year without at least 1 more proven top 6 player would be too much of a risk. And I like the bottom 2 lines.

  • orangepylon

    Besides leading in points, CMD is among the 10 scorers: first in +/-, first in even strength points. First in blocked shots in the top 6. Screw Elliott Friedman. He should get an MVP vote.

  • camdog

    Ted Lindsay award is awarded to leagues most outstanding player as voted by the players. Connor should win this one easily.

    The Hart is awarded to MSM guys based on some vague wording as confusing as goaltender interference. Connor should win the Hart based on second or third ballot points. It’s such a tight year, the MSM guys will split their number one votes, but they’ll look really stupid if they don’t have Connor top 3 on their ballot which is public this season.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Hahaha GREAT WIN BOYS! OH WHAT A GAME THAT WAS! AND CONNOR MCDAVID…WE ARE NOT WORTHY!

    Hockey gods, thanks you. Thank you for Connor McDavid. Thank you for smiling down on him so that he can make this godforsaken season have some semblance of dignity and pride. Thank you for gifting us the chance to see this glorious player each and every night.

  • After Connor McDavid scored his second of the game to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead, Jeff Carter responded less than two minutes later to bring the Kings back to within one.
    – Makes no sense

    With Connor McDavid playing the best hockey of his young career it was going to take more than a p

    – Huh?

    Why is this guy allowed and (presumably) paid to write here? He’s at about a sixth grade level, and that’s being generous.