The first 10 minutes were fun. Final Score: 7-3 Blue Jackets
I don’t think that I’m breaking any news here when I say that one of the biggest (only?) reasons to watch the Oilers right now is Connor McDavid’s pursuit of a second straight Art Ross Trophy. With six games left on the season (counting tonight’s game), the captain was up by three points, but even so, #97 had to keep making moves to close out this win. We needed Connor to do Connor things again, and I wasn’t about to bet against him being able to do it. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long for the captain to get his 100th point of the year as the picked up an assist only minutes into the opening frame and added another two within minutes. McDavid had three points before the first was even half finished and it seemed like we should have all been in line for clear sailing. Unfortunately, that’s when the wheels fell off.
For as quickly as the Oilers were able to score three goals, they were equally as fast in allowing three against. As if coughing up a three-goal lead wasn’t bad enough, the Oilers weren’t able to figure out how to stop the bleeding and the Blue Jackets were able to capitalize on that ineffectiveness over and over again. I know that the boys weren’t getting much help in net but it’s not like they were helping out by playing anything that was even close to resembling responsible defence. The Oilers were a disaster in their own end and when you add in the unfortunate fact that they couldn’t get the saves needed to cover up their plentiful mistakes, then the result was the predictable long walk down the short path to a bad time. At the end of the day, the Oilers got the result they deserved, as they were outplayed, outworked, outscored, and forced to pay for their shoddy defending. Had it not been for the pursuit of McPoints, then this night would have probably been worthy of changing the channel.
At least we’ll always have those first 10 minutes.
Like chicken, we wrap.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- I don’t care what anyone says or how bad the Oilers are doing at any given time, Connor McDavid is worth every single second that I’ve spent watching this hockey team. He picked up his 100th point on Nuge’s first period goal after making a perfect pass right onto his stick for a tap-in. Moments later, RNH returned the favour with a beautiful saucer pass that put Connor in alone where he made no mistake of finishing. Despite the horrible loss, it was a good night for the Art Ross chase as McDavid finished with another three points on the pile.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring with his 22nd goal of the season, which was one of the easier goals he’ll ever score. As I said above, Connor set Nuge up with a tap-in and he made no mistake. Not to be outdone, RNH fed Connor with a filthy saucer pass that gave him a wide-open look that ended up in a goal. These two are magic together and I really hope that this is the combo that’s planned for the start of next season.
- Drake Caggiula scored on the power play! And I really mean it! Leon Draisaitl set the Drake up with a patented backhand pass and the Toothless One made no mistake of burying it for his 13th of the season.
- Shout out to Laurent Brossoit for stepping into the game in what mustn’t have been easy circumstances. With Montoya out due to illness, Brossoit has been backing up Talbot but it didn’t seem like he was ever going to play. To his credit, LB did his best with a tough situation and was mostly able to patch up the holes in the dam long enough to get through this thing with single digits still up on the scoreboard.
- The special teams were actually effective tonight, as the Oilers killed off all three penalties they took and scored once on three chances with the man advantage. Coincidentally, both special teams units were two of the few things that didn’t go wrong for once.
- I MISS YOU, LETESTU! Thank you for not scoring.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Thomas Vanek got the Blue Jackets on the board… well, kinda. He ends up with his name on the scoresheet because he was the last Blue Jacket to touch the puck before getting a lucky bounce into the net of Nugent-Hopkins’ chest. On the bright side, if there is one, Nuge is so hot that he’s scoring on all nets. Vanek added another one only four minutes later which completed the comeback with a third straight Blue Jackets goal. By the time he finished off his hat trick and gave the Blue Jackets six goals on the night, I had completely checked out aside from hoping for more McPoints.
- Less than a minute after Vanek’s lucky bounce goal, 46-year-old former Rookie of the Year, Artemi Panarin, added a second goal for the Jackets. Larsson lost Panarin in the slot just for a second but that was all the time he needed to get the job done. In fairness to Larsson, the shimmy-shake used by Panarin to ditch the defender was pretty impressive.
- Boone Jenner scored the fourth straight Columbus goal early in the second period as the Oilers continued to look lost in their own zone. I don’t know what was going on tonight but the Oilers looked like they were running with the swarm again.
- Cam Atkinson scored the fifth straight goal just as a CBJ power play was expiring, and if you listened carefully you could hear the last wheel fall off. Atkinson’s goal was the final nail in Talbot’s night, a result that seemed more and more likely as the game progressed.
- Markus Nutivaara scored Columbus’ seventh straight goal and… *farts loudly*
- The NHL site has the giveaways listed as 23-9 against Edmonton and I believe it. The Oilers coughed up the puck almost every time they touched it and it gave the Jackets all kinds of extra possession time, scoring chances, and resulting goals. Horrible puck management by the Oilers tonight.
- I don’t think I’m talking out of school when I say that Cam Talbot will want to have this one back, or maybe he’ll want to move on from it — whatever works. Allowing five goals on any night isn’t a great look, but when those five come off of 18 shots then you know the goaltender wasn’t good enough. Actually, I was almost surprised that McLellan waited for a fifth goal to give him the hook because it looked like something that was coming sooner or later. Dadbot finished the night with 13 saves and a 722 save%.
- The Oilers had another mediocre night in the faceoff circle, winning only 47% of the draws, which is a real bummer considering how well they were doing earlier in the year.
- Doing another #BeetCast at this point of the season is like adding salt to an open wound that won’t ever seem to heal. Up until Sunday night, I was having a really nice break from the red death known as beets but now I’ve had two cans after the last two games. As always, you can follow along and join in over on my Twitter and you should because I would love the company.
- Thoughts go out to linesman, Steve Barton, as he took a nasty spill in the first period after getting caught up with McDavid along the boards and falling straight onto his head. Barton had to be stretchered off the ice and transported to the hospital as a result of the collision, but the good news is that he was moving all of his extremities as of the last report.
|03:37||Edmonton||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (22) ASST: Connor McDavid (61)||0-1|
|06:06||Edmonton||SHG – Connor McDavid (40) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (23), Matt Benning (15)||0-2|
|10:08||Edmonton||PPG – Drake Caggiula (13) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (44), Connor McDavid (62)||0-3|
|12:39||Columbus||Thomas Vanek (22) ASST: Ryan Murray (9), Boone Jenner (18)||1-3|
|13:31||Columbus||Artemi Panarin (26) ASST: Zach Werenski (20), Pierre-Luc Dubois (25)||2-3|
|16:40||Columbus||Thomas Vanek (23) ASST: David Savard (12), Alexander Wennberg (26)||3-3|
|01:38||Columbus||Boone Jenner (12) ASST: Thomas Vanek (30), Alexander Wennberg (27)||4-3|
|06:24||Columbus||Cam Atkinson (20) ASST: Pierre-Luc Dubois (26)||5-3|
|15:02||Columbus||Thomas Vanek (24) ASST: Boone Jenner (19), Ian Cole (15)||6-3|
|11:57||Columbus||Markus Nutivaara (6) ASST: Artemi Panarin (45)||7-3|
@OilersNation McDavid has 40 goals. Just like prolific goalscorer William Karlsson…
It's been a weird year…
— Sean Maloughney (@SMaloughney) March 28, 2018
You may have a beet cast tonight. If we lose, you probably deserve it. :/
— Jesse (@A94Jesse) March 28, 2018
@jsbmbaggedmilk Well I'm hyped for the beetcast later, I'll see it live this time for once.
— Gurmanjit Sagoo (@GurmanjitSagoo) March 28, 2018
@OilersNation Well at least we know the McMVP appreciates the fans…..
— James Rothwell (@rothwell_james) March 28, 2018
If Connor McDavid doesn’t win the Hart then he can have this Conn Smythe trophy I made when I was 13. Pretty sure it’s still at my mom’s house pic.twitter.com/oF5bmOSPy8
— Ryan (@IAmByks) March 28, 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, 03/27/2018 – 10:00 pm MST