GDB 76.0 Wrap Up: Third period leads are overrated anyway, Oilers lose 5-4 in OT

Third period leads are the Oilers’ kryptonite. Final Score: 5-4 Ducks in OT

I know that the Battle of Alberta is supposed to be the thing that we all get fired up about and that the Flames are the Oilers’ provincial rival, but can I be honest and say that the Anaheim Ducks are way more annoying to me? Yeah, last year’s playoff series certainly contributed to it, but I’ve been hating the Ducks for years now and that hatred has only gotten stronger as time moves along. There’s a smugness to that team that I find distasteful and, in my mind at least, it translates into a roster full of the most punchable faces in professional sports. As expected, things played out as closely as we thought they would in a matchup between these two divisional foes.

As the game progressed into the second period, the play started to open up and that looseness gave both teams sexier chances to score. Though each side was able to get something done, the Oilers were able to cash in some early chips for timely goals, building themselves a two-goal lead after 40 minutes. Things looked good, right? Not so fast. Being up two goals and heading into the third period is normally a position of comfort for most teams but, for the Oilers in 2017-18, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and you never know how they’ll handle this position on any given day. So when our boys in orange gave up three third-period goals and two separate leads that allowed the Ducks to tie things up two different times and eventually won the game it wasn’t exactly surprising, ya know?

I mean, the loss certainly stings but we’ll always have the McPoints, amirite? Anybody?

The wrap.


  • Connor McDavid opened the scoring with his 39th goal of the year, a snipe that beat Gibson cleanly between his arm and body. After last night’s two-goal performance against the Kings, which landed him atop of the NHL scoring race, I really wanted to see Connor McDavid keep the hammer down and start to pull away from Nikita Kucherov, and he did that tonight with three more McPoints to give him 99 on the year. With the Art Ross Trophy in sight, the captain looks like a man possessed with his sole purpose being to make it happen.
  • Ty Rattie continued his hot streak as he added the Oilers second goal to the board on the power play after deflecting Matt Benning’s point shot in past Gibson. The play, as you’d expect, started with Connor McDavid setting up Benning on a tee, allowing him to blast a clapper towards Gibson that Rattie was able to get his stick on.
  • I’m always amazed when Leon Draisaitl is able to smash a puck home from that horrible angle near the goal line in the corner. He scored yet again from his bad-angle office in the corner after Ethan Bear was able to set him up for a clapper from his wheelhouse for his 24th of the year.
  • I really appreciate Ethan Bear’s offensive instincts and so I was pumped for the guy when he scored his first NHL goal in the third period off of a beautiful set up by Connor McDavid. On almost every shift, the guy makes plays that other players may not even see, and if the Oilers can do this thing right then they could have a real beauty here. I hope the slow play is on the agenda because rushing him into too much responsibility won’t do anyone any favours.
  • Add more points to the McNuge pile. Those two guys have the skills to make magic together and it’s been fun watching their budding chemistry grow.
  • Jujhar Khaira got himself another assist as he continues to be one of the brightest stories from an otherwise dreary season.
  • The Oilers went 1/4 on the power play which you wouldn’t normally think is all that great of an accomplishment, but when it comes to our boys in orange we’re happy to get any special teams goals we can get.
  • As per recent tradition, the Oilers were also solid on the penalty kill, answering the bell on both chances they faced.


  • Josh Manson tied the game at one apiece on a wrister that beat Talbot high only 19 seconds after Connor McDavid opened the scoring. Mason hadn’t played the last couple games for the Ducks due to injury and he made an immediate impact in his first game back in the lineup.
  • Adam Henrique got the Ducks’ second goal of the game after he was able to deflect the Marcus Petterson point shot into the net past Talbot from in close. Dadbot had no chance on the shot as it changed directions sharply only a few free from the front of his crease.
  • When Corey Perry scored to tie the game up at three were you even close to being surprised? You weren’t, were you? Of course not. Kris Russell got caught, the Ducks capitalized, and all of a sudden the Oilers’ two-goal lead no longer existed. Even after Ethan Bear scored the go-ahead goal late in the third, you just had the feeling that Ducks would find a way to come back again and that’s exactly what happened. Perry added his second of the game after throwing the puck at the net from a bad angle and getting the friendly bounce he needed to tie the game.
  • Ethan Bear put the Oilers up by a goal with just over seven minutes left to play and even then they couldn’t manage to shut the door in their own end. Adam Henrique tied the game up late, forcing an overtime that should not have even been necessary.
  • In the bonus period, the Oilers barely had a chance to touch the puck as Hampus Lindholm closed things out after some sloppy defensive coverage led to a game winning shot on net. After Darnell Nurse swung and missed at the loose puck, Linholm had a clear lane for a shot and the win and he made no mistake of getting the job done.
  • Why is it that Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler, both punchable human beings in their own way, can get away with so much clutching, grabbing and slashing on such a regular basis? When do the Oilers, Connor McDavid specifically, start getting some of that veteran love?
  • Cam Talbot got himself back-to-back starts after Al Montoya suffered from an illness that kept him from being able to play. Unfortunately, Talbot could have probably used the help as he allowed five goals on 38 shots with some of which being shots that he would likely love to have back.
  • The NHL site had the giveaways listed at 17-15 for the Ducks but I don’t really buy that. For me, I found that the Oilers gave up the puck at some of the worst possible times and that should probably count for more than one tally mark on the total, in my opinion.
  • There is nothing lower than doing a #BeetCast because of the Anaheim Ducks. Full stop. I’m unhappy, my Sunday night is ruined, and I can really use some company to help me get through this latest round of beet-related suffering. As always, you can join in and follow along over on my Twitter.
  • The Oilers started off the year making great strides in the faceoff department, but lately that run of improvement as apparently hit the wall. They won only 47% of the draws tonight and that’s not nearly good enough.



No Scoring


01:46 Edmonton Connor McDavid (39) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (22) 0-1
02:05 Anaheim Josh Manson (6) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (21), Ryan Kesler (4) 1-1
07:44 Edmonton Ty Rattie (4) ASST: Matt Benning (14), Connor McDavid (59) 1-2
18:18 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (24) ASST: Ethan Bear (3), Jujhar Khaira (10) 1-3


01:55 Anaheim Adam Henrique (21) ASST: Marcus Pettersson (3), Corey Perry (29) 2-3
05:51 Anaheim Corey Perry (17) ASST: Cam Fowler (23), Rickard Rakell (33) 3-3
12:42 Edmonton PPG – Ethan Bear (1) ASST: Connor McDavid (60), Andrej Sekera (6) 3-4
18:31 Anaheim Adam Henrique (22) ASST: Brandon Montour (21), Cam Fowler (24) 4-4


01:21 Anaheim Hampus Lindholm (12) ASST: Rickard Rakell (34) 5-4


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  • OilBlood

    What ducks did in OT was pure dirt, just the definition of that team, granted it worked but that OT tells you everything you need to know about the ducks.

    • Ted

      In OT they only needed one shot … Hmmm Talbot whiff … Can’t this guy make one big save! And what’s with less than a minute later after we have scored! This is more common than you may know but just a small example in 28 seconds yesterday Muzzin, today 19 seconds Mason! This happens far too often! Do you think he may need glasses! I’m not joking!!!
      Also Sunday with Remenda has to stop! Can we not buy this puts out!

      • GK1980

        When the oilers score this team needs to realize that the other team will most likely have a “push back shift”. The oilers need a smart energy line that can counter that attack for a few minutes and bring the opposition back to earth. They just can’t seem to do this consistently.

  • Oilfaninvan

    Finally – after 75 games of a sh**y PP the coaches decided to put two defencemen out with the man advantage – and it proved to be far more effective…

  • OilersGM

    When you have your foot on the snakes head you better finish it or it will come back and bite you in the a$$. I know it’s a lost season but it’s games like this that show the coaching staff is not good enough to take a team to the next level. On the positive side more McNuge points. I’m loving it.

  • scott5017

    Talbot had a stinker. Not suprising considering he got little to no help, but why did he HAVE to play back to back? Coach clearly has zero confidence in LB. Game meant nothing and he still doesnt get to play.

  • Bringer_Of_Snow

    -Interesting tactic by the Ducks. Think they tried to kill the McDavid OT shift? I know Connor conserves his energy pretty well, but if I’m other teams, I would definitely exploit that in the future, if you get opening possession.
    -McDavid 3 points makes the game worth the watch, but my God was the team ever manhandled in that 3rd period.
    -The Lucic-Strome-Puljujarvi line has been brutal the last couple games. They have absolutely ZERO going for them. Feel sorry for JP. Ever puck that touches Looches stick ends up on an opposing teams stick. Strome isn’t the smartest player, and seems to have a new favourite play. Circling the offensive zone like he’s 97 or something.
    -I like that they changed the pp up, but if you’re playing a dump a chase pp, someone better remember the CHASE.
    -I truly hop Nurse and Bear don’t pick up Sekera’s, Russell’s, or Benning’s breakout decisions. Regroup 5 times, while 97, 29 and 98 wait at the blueline because they didn’t move the puck to them when they had full speed ahead. They constantly go D to D until one of the players either bobbles the puck, leading to chance for the other team, or ices it. It’s been a theme all year.

    CONGRATS TO BEAR. WHAT A SHOT. Imagine how many more points McDavid would have if they had a player who could one time the puck (instead of dusting it off) like that on a regular basis (Looking at you Strome and Eberle)

    • TruthHurts98

      This exactly. Surprisingly Strome and Khaira have excellent numbers together but have to be broken up to put a boat anchor on the left wing. Looch is awful, just plain slow, soft and awful at hockey now. Could be coaching too, I don’t know. But JP on the line is the worst thing for his development. I wish they could play him on the top two lines at least. But it seems obvious TM doesn’t like the player that much at this stage.

    • Kneedroptalbot

      The “Big L” has difficulty making or taking a pass. Then the team has difficulty on zone breakouts when he is on the ice.
      It’s happened all year long.

  • RJ

    Im as big a fan of Bear’s game as anyone else. To have a right-handed defenceman who makes quality passes and can play on the PP…well this could be just what the Oilers need!

      • RJ

        Bear is playing great in a short spurt but I’d still plan for him to be in the AHL next season.

        But given the cap being what it is, and the Oil being unable to make decent trades for defencemen, I’d bet they play the heck out of him next season.

        He better rent a room off of Connor and train with him all summer to get ready for next season.

  • Oiler Al

    Might be proof how far off the play off mark this team is. Tire fire on the blue line and Steve Sieve in net and three boneheads wobbling around behind the players bench.I know this is the Oilers,but this is not a well oiled machine.
    Hoping for points for McDavid is all that’s left for me.

  • Anton CP

    I really like the way Aberg is playing, Rattie also start to shoot a lot like Aberg.

    Lucic’s confidence is nowhere to be found, he has not even trying to make a shot when he has the open lane. This is a forgettable season for him and hopefully that he will remember on how to play hockey again next season.

    Nurse has good aggression but he needs to settle down sometimes. The last play clearly that he lost patience and chase the puck then give Lindholm an open net to shoot at.

    As to baggedmilk, reason for Getzlaf and Kesler can get away with so many dirty plays simply because for the reason how players like Matt Cooke and Brad Marchand can have a career: NHL refs do not call penalties by the book but more so on reputations. When certain players always play with an “edge” that refs will ignore the obvious infractions otherwise their team will always be at a man disadvantage. McDavid will eventually getting more calls when either NHL hire some new refs or those who used to get away with calls retires.

  • Bag of pucks

    I’ve seen a lot of people bashing Nurse on the OT goal but it really was a bad bounce. It looks like he was trying to move the puck but it gets tipped slightly by McD trying to recover from Rakell’s move and ends up passing Nurse’s blade onto Lindholm’s. Tough break.

    • Anton CP

      Not really much of bashing just he should trust McDavid to be able to check down Rakell and Talbot should be able to stop the shot from Rakell when McDavid was all over Rakell. He did left his assignment on Lindholm for that last play. Nurse is still the best defenseman for the Oilers this season but he still have much to learn.

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        and herein continues to be the problem for Talbot….his bad goals. 2 of them this game, the Manson goal was weak, and he couldn’t stop the weak OT goal that made him look like a sieve. same old problems happening against rival teams we can beat….bad team defensive play, can’t hold leads, weak goals by the goaltending, and letting the veteran teams dictate play from the 3rd period on. i honestly wonder if this team will EVER be the ones in the position that the Ducks, Kings and Sharks are in?

  • GK1980

    F the ducks and I’m glad to see Ethan score. Getlaugh still gets away with krap. If you watch sometimes if he gets beat to a puck or player going the other way he knocks them down and also falls. Taking both himself and said player out of play. He did this a few times. Cheater.

  • OilersBro

    It’s crazy what happens when you put a shooter on a powerplay full of playmakers in the ovechkin spot. I think Bear is going to be a fan favourite here – everyone is stoked for the kid!

  • KennyG

    Bear here to stay. No need to send him down. Lucic makes every line weak he plays on so why not do as people suggest and sit him in press box. Can only hope he comes back next year as a good bottom 6 player. His days in top six are done. Santa please send us a nhl goalie. I know Xmas a ways off but starting early.

  • GK1980

    “Third period leads are the Oilers’ kryptonite”

    I can’t say a specific period has been the Kryptonite of Oilers this season. The Oilers can’t handle push back from the opposition. This has been the Oilers “Kryptonite” all season. They need to learn to calm their game and weather a teams push. I believe this will improve with experience, this team is still relatively young.

  • VK63

    Troy Terry is going to be a nice ad for the Ducks.
    So many top notch mentors to nurture his development. And how about Adam Henrique, my goodness is he solid, all situations all over the ice.

  • McDiddles

    I’m always amazed when Leon Draisaitl is able to smash a puck home from that horrible angle near the goal line in the corner. He scored yet again from his bad-angle office in the corner after Ethan Bear was able to set him up for a clapper from his wheelhouse for his 24th of the year.

    Reminds me of Mario back in the day, he would sit near the goal line on the PP and just hammer the sharp angle goals in. Need more of this!

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Didn’t think a comment about getting nailed in the head by a mini stick would make “tweets of the night” but I’ll take it. As for the game…4 words.