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GDB 24.0 Wrap Up: Oilers had to score twice in OT to win it for Hitch

Perfect time for Klefbom’s first. Final Score: 1-0 Oilers in OT

Remember how well last week’s California road trip started off? The Oilers grinded out a big win against the Sharks on Tuesday night, setting us up for a strong finish to the three-game set that just never materialized. As the week went on, the Oilers seemed to get progressively worse and it was incredibly frustrating to watch them give up points they needed against teams they should beat. As a result, I really wasn’t sure which team would show up to play against the Stars. Would we see the team that never quit, like the one that beat the Sharks a week ago? Or would we see the team that looked like ass, like the one that looked completely disinterested against the Kings? That question was answered early when the Oilers came out of the gates like a house on fire and the fact that they weren’t able to score was mostly due to Anton Khudobin and bad luck. Aside from cashing in a goal, a problem that persisted for 60+ minutes, they couldn’t have done much more to get the start they wanted. Even without scoring, the first period was very encouraging. The problem, of course, is that we’ve been fooled before.

With a scoreless first period in the books, I was still having a hard time figuring out what to expect from the remaining 40 minutes. Considering we’re Oilers fans, we know damned well that there’s just as good of a chance that they follow up a good period by letting the wheels fall off as there is that the boys continue playing well. We’re basically gambling with our happiness on a shift-by-shift basis. But in true Hitchcockian fashion, the rest of the game played out exactly like the first 20 minutes in that both teams kept things locked things down defensively and scoring goals seemed as likely as a Jackson 5 reunion. To be fair, both sides had plenty of opportunities to close things out, but the goaltending was superb. On the home side, the fact that the game was scoreless heading into overtime, I think, was more due to the Oilers being a bit snakebitten rather than it was not deserving of it. At the end of the day, no one cares how you win, I’ll take a 1-0 win over a loss any day of the week, they just care that two points go up on the board.

It may not have been the perfect outing, but the Oilers were able to shut the door defensively, get great goaltending, and close out a close game.

The Wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Congratulations to Ken Hitchcock for his first win at home as the Oilers head coach. Even though he’s already seen and done it all, it must still be a pretty cool feeling for the hometown boy. Congrats to you, sir.
  • Mikko Koskinen was back between the pipes tonight and he was absolutely perfect for the second time this season. With Talbot struggling as much as he has been (0-6 in his last six starts), the Oilers desperately needed Koskinen to grab the ball and run with it and he’s done an excellent job of that so far. He stopped all 28 shots he faced tonight and could find himself raising The Answer title belt very soon.
  • Oscar Klefbom has been getting a lot of shot on net so far this season but he hasn’t been able to score. It seems like every time Klefbom got something on net it would hit the goalie in the chest or he’d never get any luck on a bounce, but that changed in OT tonight. After taking a perfect pass from Draisaitl, Klefbom managed to sneak the puck through Khudobin’s arm and body.
  • I really liked Ryan Nugent-Hopkins game tonight, especially his work on the penalty kill. It can’t just be me that’s noticed how the guy is slowly turning into a silent assassin on the PK and how he’s starting to get shorthanded chances on the regular.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi got a chance to play on the second line tonight, and the big Finn certainly did what he could to make the most of it. He had his legs moving, looked confident with the puck, and did a nice job of reacting to his linemates. Puljujarvi finished his night with one shot, one hit, one blocked shot in 14:33 on the ice.
  • You’ve gotta like a night when the boys are perfect on the penalty kill. The Oilers killed off both chances they faced with special credit going to Koskinen for shutting the door.
  • The Oilers have really struggled in the faceoff circle lately but they finished their night at 51% on the dot. More of that please.
  • We really needed a win tonight and I’m thrilled to be doing a #BoozeNotBeets wincast rather than choking down more late night beets. Join in the misery over on my Twitter account.
  • I was sure that either Tyler Pitlick or Tyler Fedun was going to score tonight but I am happy to report that it didn’t happen. Frankly, with the game as tight as it was I wouldn’t have been surprised if either of them scored the winner.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • McDavid’s OT goal should have counted. Yes, I’m complaining about it.
  • Why do the Oilers make goalies like Khudobin look like an all-star? It’s driving me crazy how often they hit these guys right in the chest. Thank the good Gord we didn’t get burned for it again tonight.
  • I really wish the Oilers would shoot more on their power play. If you got points for ripping passes around then there would be no one better than our boys, but that’s not how it works so someone is going to have to be a little more selfish. Please. Oilers went 0/2 with the man advantage tonight.
  • That chance Jamie Benn got with only a second or two on the board almost gave me a heart attack.
  • I don’t want to dump on the guy but I’m starting to think that Milan Lucic may never score again. On Oilersnation Radio, I guessed that his next goal will come against Tampa in the game right before the Christmas break. Leave your guess in the comments section, I’m curious what you guys think.
  • Not to be outdone, Ty Rattie may never play again. Can anyone have been more upset about the Hitchcock hiring than Rattie? Doubtful.
  • Remember, kids. Jamie Benn is a selfish lover. If you don’t know why, look it up.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

OT PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
02:42 Edmonton Oscar Klefbom (1) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (14) 0-1

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THE REAL LIFE PODCAST

Welcome, friends, to the 100th episode of the Real Life Podcast! Since its inception, the Real Life Podcast has seen its share of roster turnover, good and bad news for the Oilers and beyond, and now it’s time to look back on the first 100 episodes to try and make sense of it all.


Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 11/27/2018 – 10:00 pm MT

  • PleaseWinOilers

    They need to start winning some of these games in regulation. Not to moan too hard about a win but they can’t give conference rivals points either.

    • OilersGM

      I agree, but let’s take the points and run because if it wasn’t for Koskinen we could’ve lost both points in regulation literally in the last second.

      • jesse says yep

        They arent that far off of either one. And apart from 4-5 teams, no one is looking like they can make a consistent run at it yet. Another good winning streak will drastically change the optics of the race. Assuming the streak is coming of course.

  • JayTee

    I wish I could find my BOLD prediction from one of the pre-season articles here at ON where I stated Koskinen would overtake Talbot as the starting goalie…

  • BasementDweller

    Quick thoughts:
    1. 2-1-1 in the era of Hitch so far. Feels lucky considering the L.A. and Anaheim performances.

    2. Perhaps it’s time to rid ourselves of Talbot and free up a little salary for a winger. Won’t win many scoring 1 a game.

    3. Watching the Identity Line is like watching every Todd Marchant breakaway from his time here…. It’s nice to see chances for the Oil but you know absolutely nothing is coming from it.

    A wins, a win – Nice work boys! We’ll take it when it’s desperately needed but there’s still a lot of work to do.

    • NickL89

      Your third point resonated with me. A shift for the identity line is a comfortable 30 seconds where I can check my texts without much concern. It may be in the offensive zone but I’m confident I won’t miss a goal.

    • MrBung

      No player “work” will solve the Oilers problem. They don’t have the talent compare to playoff level clubs. Chia urinated it and opportunity away. This team is 2 to 3 seasons away from the playoffs but it requires competent management and good high level drafting.

  • OnDaWagon

    Now, if i only had to connect once to your site, and bot have to deal with “redirects”, it would be nice. But no, Wayne wants to get that Telus revenue i guess. I will take you down. Wanna bet?

  • Randaman

    I surely hope Hitch will run with the big Finn in net. He’s playing very well. The team seems to have a lot of confidence in him too. Jesse was pretty good tonight. He needs to try and be more of a physical presence and I thought Looch played ok. Not scoring but he’s been physical.

    A good win

  • OilersGM

    Koskinen makes big saves @ big times and that’s how a starter wins you games.
    As far as I’m concerned Talbot is yesterdays news, can’t make the big save when the team needs it and takes the air outta the balloon.
    I love this nickname Shi!ttman’s league (can’t take credit for it as someone else came up with it) for taking McPoints away from us when it was clear as day and night that puck crossed the line. When is the league gonna give McDavid the respect he deserves and get the same treatment Crosby gets ( don’t wanna hear when he win a cup) B.S.
    Constantly getting hooked, slashed and cross-checked. The league is suppose to promote their best player Not demote him.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    It’s time the Oilers let Koskinen run with it untill he loses a game, go with the hot hand. If the Oilers want to figure out Talbot’s woes get rid of Schultz and get a different goalie coach in, he should have went in the last clean out, why keep him he isnt able to help your goalies solve their poor play issues that are plaguing them.

    The issues that are still haunting the Oilers are in their own end they get caught puck watching too much and not enough communication with one another. The breakouts out of the zone issue seems to be back again, the Oilers had been chipping it off the glass, off the boards into the zone and getting out for some reason they have gotten away from it.

    Th other thing is Faceoffs, the Oilers need to bring in someone who had a lot of success on the dot and get the Oilers players to learn the tactics to garner a higher percentage of face off wins, cause when you dont have the disc off the dot you have to chase it down and get it, more wins on the dot means more control of the puck and better percentages of plays with the puck go up, This is one area I dont think the Oilers have ever really addressed that they should

  • The future never comes

    This may sound amateur, but I really believe some of these guys that cant score to save their life should put on some extra work. Take 15 minutes after practice and shoot for the posts and crossbar to get better accuracy. Do something, to many crests being hit or perhaps learn from Chiasson and get your nose in the blue paint to score on a rebound.

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      One thing I would like to see is they fire more pucks at the net, A lot of the guys seem to look for the pass, and the perfect pass, but I see a lot of opportunities to shoot get passed up on, like fire it at the net , hope for a rebound, nothing wrong with that and you never know when you might catch the goalie off guard or could get a lucky bounce, but more shots to the net, get that goalie working

  • slats-west

    A good win with a solid team game for 60 mins. When was the last time we said that? 2016 playoffs maybe? Everyone came to play except Rattie …poor ba$tard. Deserves better or maybe he should apologize and buy Hitch a baconator.

    Mikko now until we lose….. if ever!!

    • Hockeytalkguy

      @ serious gord….respect your comments on here, why do you feel that no goal was the right call? Maybe I’m out to lunch but I’m sure I can see white between the puck and goal line.

      • Serious Gord

        The call on the ice was no goal. The puck was ever so slightly elevated form the ice and the line dye is below the ice surface (and is blurry) and the camera has a slightly parallax viewpoint. And even then the edge of the puck looks to some viewers to be touching the line.

        All together too much doubt to overturn the ruling on the ice.

        • Rob...

          It’s not often I get to stare at a picture of the goal line, but I see a severe problem when I look at that picture. The goal posts and the goal line are heavily out of alignment. This causes an issue where you can debate what the point of reference you need to use. If you truly draw a line between the two bars that is equal in thickness, the puck did not cross the goal line. I’m not buying the parallax viewpoint argument if you are using the painted line as a reference. Given the position of the camera the fact that you can see white between the puck and the line suggests it is over and a goal. Had the camera been outside of the net your explanation would carry more weight.

  • Heschultzhescores

    Ok, the first one was in but that would have been just another McD miracle. The reason it was called back is so we could have an even bigger miracle. Klef gets his first!! Whoop, now open the flood gates!

  • Hockeytalkguy

    BM……great pic showing the puck completely over the line. How do the officials reviewing the replay screw that up. So frustrating that the oil seldom get a call go there way.

  • Oiler Al

    Hell of a way to get 2 points! But its a win, and you move on.For Hitch 0-0 goining into OT is a perfect game….not so much for the fan that spent $500 bucks to watch the game.PS. Nice tick tak toe on the PP. eating up your own clock.SHOOT THE PUCK ON THE NET.!#29 ALWAYS LOOKING TO FEED THE PEREFECT PASS.

  • Oiler Al

    NHL did not want to over rule the call on the ice, making the REF look like an idiot that he is.If you don’t see “white” then you probably cant see”optometrist”, in the yellow pages.

  • Rufio Barcoli

    Remember all the experts and insiders hating on Chia for the Koskinen signing?
    Anyone believes that one of numbskulls will come out and praise Chia for it after Koskinen brings us to the play-offs? Probably not.
    But who cares? #*@$’em
    That’s why Chia is the GM and they’re a bunch of sideline “experts” and “insiders”

  • Abagofpucks

    1 thing ppl are forgetting is the fact the Oiler’s beat the dreaded backup goalie, as well as the ref’s and the league video review dummies HaHaHa take that Buttmen.

  • MrBung

    “Why do the Oilers make goalies like Khudobin look like an all-star? It’s driving me crazy how often they hit these guys right in the chest. Thank the good Gord we didn’t get burned for it again tonight.”

    Because the Oil lack the talent and depth.

    • Oil DAWG

      Good god Bung. All you do is spout the same garbage every comment every article… we get it dude!! You don’t think the Oilers are good and are making playoffs and fire Chia. Every comment is the same thing just worded different. So much for Bagged Milks “ Troll filter”.

      • MrBung

        If you dont like my comments don’t read them. When management changes and this club us where it should be my comments will change. My comments don t change because the situation hasn’t. You don’t like my comments because they are true and it hurts.

    • Kneedroptalbot

      Really, did you expect the Slug Line to score a goal? Lucic has 4 goals in 88 games or something, like that.
      The rest of the team was told to play Nuetral Zone Trap. Oh and Rattie was Hitchcocks whipping boy in St Louis, so
      Hitchcock is making an example of him (who’s the Boss, style).

  • Gonzo

    Good game though frustrating to watch at times with McDavid dancing around but not really a threat on the night. He seemed off falling a few times.
    I don’t know how more times Drai will miss one timers but better figure it out. I think Drew R. said Drai was our best finisher. Never laughed so hard in my life.
    Every pass Lucic makes is in the skates, He’s not processing the game fast enough right now.
    That was McDavids goal, it would suck if he finished with 49, we’ll look back at this one.
    Koskinen is our guy, Talbot is literally playing himself out of the NHL. He does not look good when in net.
    That Nuge line was our best line of the night I thought. Jesse seemed into it last night wasn’t a drag on his linemates.
    Revenge on Thursday!