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GDB 28.0 Wrap Up: It wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it, Oilers win 3-2 in the shootout

That’s a big comeback win, boys. It may not have been pretty but I like it. Final Score: 3-2 Oilers in the shootout

The Hitchcock homecoming tour continued in St. Louis tonight as the Edmonton Oilers were looking to get themselves back in the win column after dropping a tough game in Dallas on Monday. From where I blog, this was a must-have game for the Oilers as the Blues have really struggled this season, tail spinning their way to the bottom of the Western Conference standings. This was another one of those games where the Oilers needed to handle their business and get two points from a team that is really spinning their wheels, and anything less than that would be a complete disappointment. The problem, of course, is that we’ve seen the Oilers fail to step up in games like this before so as much as a win seemed likely, there are certainly no guarantees in life. Not with this team.

Fitting nicely into the ‘of course they did’ universe we’re living in, the Oilers dropped a fresh turd on the ice in the first period and they let the Blues build a two-goal lead and look like a team that hasn’t been playing terrible hockey all season. If I’m being honest, the Oilers looked like an AHL team at the start of this hockey game and they deserved to be in the hole they dug for themselves. And frankly, they were lucky they did allow more than the two goals. Even with  Connor McDavid back in the lineup, the Oilers looked overmatched early and it was tough to watch. The good news is that they settled things down in the periods that followed and ended up battling their way to a win that looked almost impossible after 20 minutes. It was a comeback win that I certainly didn’t see coming after the way they started but I, along with every Oilers fan, will happily take it.

It may not have been the prettiest ‘W’ they’ll ever get, but we’ll gladly take the two points and roll out. Sometimes you just need to take the money and run.

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got the Oilers on the board and back to within one after he put his hard hat on and got to work in the St. Louis slot. RNH parked himself in front of the net and took a couple of hacks at Nurse’s centring pass before finally getting it past Jake Allen for his seventh goal of the year. To me, Nuge was the best Oiler and it wasn’t really close.
  • Oscar Klefbom has decided that he only wants to score big goals this year. Last week, he had back-to-back game winners and tonight, he smashed the tying goal past Allen when the Oilers had the empty net. That doesn’t normally work for our boys, so seeing them tie it up late was a welcomed surprise.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited to see Connor McDavid in my life. Frankly, with him out of the lineup on Monday, the Oilers lacked the sense of spontaneity and flash so I was thrilled to see the McFlow back out there. McDavid finished his night with another assist on the pile and a shootout goal. Here’s to infinite health for you, sir!
  • Cam Talbot was making his first start in a while and he needed to be a good one. Not only was he still looking for his 100th win with the Oilers, but he’s also looking to get himself back in the rotation to play in net. Mikko Koskinen has straight up stolen Dadbot’s job and I was looking forward to seeing how he’d respond with tonight’s start. Talbot responded with a fantastic effort that not only kept his team in the mix when they needed him but kept things locked down at two goals. Dadbot finished the night with his 100th win with the Oilers, 28 saves, and a .933 save%.
  • I liked the way Nuge’s line looked and I thought they were the best trio by far. I also liked bumping Jujhar Khaira up there and giving him a chance in the top six.
  • I take a shot at Nurse and Russell’s first period in the ‘Face Palmers’ but I’ll also give them credit for calming things down in the following 40 minutes. I liked Nurse’s rush into the zone and assist on Nuge’s goal.
  • I can’t believe I forgot to mention the disallowed goal call. The Oilers got lucky on that one and obviously they needed it. Praise be to the ref? Still feels weird.
  • Pat Maroon and David Perron didn’t score! Small victories, friends.
  • Huge booze not beets wincast is coming up in a few minutes! As always, you can follow along and join in the chat over on my Twitter.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • That first period was as bad as I’ve seen the Oilers play in a while. Brutal start that probably cost them the game.
  • Ivan Barbashev opened the scoring for the Blues after he found himself WIDE OPEN in the slot after both Oilers defenders (Nurse and Russell) decided that covering that area was not all that important. Barbashev couldn’t have had any more space on the play and it wasn’t overly surprising that he was able to score. Brutal coverage.
  • Brayden Schenn put the Blues up by two goals after he corralled a hard rebound off the backboards and put it into the empty net behind Talbot.
  • The first period of this hockey game was a disaster for the Nurse/Russell pairing. They were on for both of the Blues’ first-period goals and they completely spaced on their coverage both times. Fortunately, the duo got better as the game went on, but the start was almost detrimental.
  • The powerplay was horrible tonight. I know the Blues were running a pretty aggressive PK, but the Oilers couldn’t get anything done tonight when they needed it the most. Disappointing 0/5 night with the man advantage, including the 4-on-3 opportunity to end things in overtime. This game could have been over long before OT if the PP had gotten anything done.
  • Only 40% in the faceoff circle tonight which is not near good enough. Yeah, yeah I complain about this a lot and I know fancy stats guys don’t care about faceoffs all that much, but I’m of the opinion that it’s a good thing to start with the puck as often as you can.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
06:05 St. Louis Ivan Barbashev (3) ASST: Oskar Sundqvist (2), Jordan Nolan (1) 0-1
13:32 St. Louis Brayden Schenn (6) ASST: Chris Butler (1), Vince Dunn (7) 0-2

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
04:04 Edmonton Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (7) ASST: Darnell Nurse (5), Kris Russell (6) 1-2

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
19:04 Edmonton Oscar Klefbom (3) ASST: Connor McDavid (22), Jujhar Khaira (7) 2-2

OT PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

SHOOTOUT

TEAM RESULT
St. Louis Goal – Tyler Bozak
Edmonton Goal – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
St. Louis Missed – Vladimir Tarasenko
Edmonton Goal – Connor McDavid
St. Louis Missed – Brayden Schenn

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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 12/05/2018 – 9:30 pm MST

  • BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull

    Rattie had two good looks and a nice toe drag in the 45 seconds playing with McD. Has Lucic’s skating gotten a hell of a lot better? With all the pressure of a large contract and no goals for forever…at least he’s busting is ass out there. Hitch said over and over the strength of the team is goaltending. If some of these plugs can get couple of bounces and score a few greasy ones. Hey Flames vs Oilers first round

  • Mitchvar9412

    Is it just me or should Chiasson maybe get moved down. Looks good at times but GASSED others. Id move him down to a REAL third line and keep him on that power play until Zykov can play.

    My suggested roster would also include splitting Connor and Leon again.

    23-97-98
    93-29-Zykov
    91-16-38
    27-28-44

    3rd pair defence is a different issue 🙄

  • GK1980

    First off, pat maroon and his kid are Awsome. Good on those two!

    Second, starting to get offense from D. Important. I found McDavid was trying to do a little too much last night. I saw him try to charge into 3 blues several times. He’s is amazing no doubt but going against 3 NHL players on one rarely works out.

    • JariCurry

      Some mention of Mcdavid being human. Take it back!! He hasn’t been 100% for a few weeks. If he isn’t attacking and extremely dangerous literally every rush, you know he isnt 100% Must be his yearly early winter illness. Even some mention he won’t win the scoring title. That’s garbage as well. He typically lights it up after Christmas for the rest of the year. We should all pool our money and buy him a nice touque and one of those Milwakee heated jackets to keep him feeling healthy all winter. I know, not ideal for that GQ hair, but as we saw the other night we are impotent without him.

    • Glencontrolurstik

      The problem is that he is the only one his team-mates see. I wish they would notice players other than McDavid once in a while to make a play with… Way too predictable. Last night McD was at least double covered, sometimes triple. That leaves two of us open… This problem is easily solved if the team would notice each other on the ice.

  • Quoteright

    Awesome
    Can’t remember the last time they actually scored with the goalie out!!!
    Let’s bury the Lucic bone and show some patience. Hope that in the playoffs, he catches fire, otherwise, he’s ours. I like how Hitch deploys him and hopefully he will find chemistry.
    Nuge for president!