DAMN YOU POST! Final Score: 5-4 Jets in OT
The last time the Oilers were in Winnipeg, they pulled off one of the greatest comebacks I’ve seen from them in a very long time. The start of that game was absolutely brutal for heroes and I remember a lot of us were raging because it looked like they were going to drop their third game in the opening four. At that point in the season, we were all a fragile group and it was the kind of the start that left you questioning what you’re doing with your life. Some people even went so far as to shut their TVs off and missed the magic that happened in the third period that led to Darnell Nurse’s OT winner. For tonight’s contest, the Oilers were rolling in the MTS Centre with some key injuries on the back end and they were going to need some magic and a lot of guys to step their games up if they were going to extend the winning streak to five games.
The good news was that Ryan Spooner opened the scoring for the Oilers early, giving them the strong start and lead they desperately wanted. The bad news was they blew the advantage almost instantly. When you’re going up against a team like the Jets, even the smallest mistake can end up in the back of your net and the Oilers made two of them in quick succession. Moving into the second period, the Oilers quickly found themselves down by a pair of goals after they had a tentative start to the frame and stuttered their way into another goal against. Fortunately, the goal that seemed to kickstart the engines as the boys turned the tides with three straight markers of their own. Heading into the third period up by one, I was hoping to see the Hitchcockian trap lock things down until the final buzzer went but the Jets weren’t having any of that plan. Winnipeg poured on shots and pressure in the third period while the Oilers struggled to stay afloat, and it wasn’t exactly surprising to see them tie things up.
While we should be happy to go into Winnipeg and steal a point with a depleted defence, it’s tough that the OT loss came only moments after ringing one off the post at the other end. That said, it’s hard to get too upset about going up against a top team like Winnipeg and stealing a point in their barn. I’m choosing to be positive about this one.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Ryan Spooner opened the scoring for the Oilers as he found himself some open ice and smashed home a one-timer off of a perfect feed by Leon Draisaitl. Spooner’s second goal with the Oilers was a big one as it put the Jets back on their heels a little bit after opening the first period with all kinds of pressure.
- Darnell Nurse got his fifth goal of the season by charging towards the front of the net in search of a rebound. Fortunately, the puck bounced in off his foot and even upon review, it was shown to be a good goal and the Oilers were back to within one. As it turns out, Darryl loves scoring in Winnipeg!
- Jujhar Khaira got his second goal of the year in a similar fashion to Nurse’s goal in that he drove to the net and had the puck bounce in off of him. Jesse Puljujarvi threw the puck into the slot and got a friendly bounce in off JJ to tie the game up at three goals apiece. Gotta love those greasy goals.
- Alex Chia’s son gave the Oilers their first lead of the night after he parked himself in front of the net on the powerplay and kept his stick on the ice, creating the perfect target for McDavid. The thing I like about Chiasson is that he plays a simple game and is finding ways to contribute with greasy goal after greasy goal.
- What a night for the captain, huh? Connor McDavid’s first assist on Darnell Nurse’s second period goal gave him 300 points on his career. That point made him the second fastest Oiler behind Gretzky and the 18th fastest player in NHL history to get to 300 points. McDavid wasn’t done with a lone apple, though, as he added another on Chiasson’s powerplay goal and likely should have had more if he had some luck go his way.
- After getting blanked on the scoresheet with the man advantage for nearly 20 straight times, the Oilers have scored powerplay goals in back-to-back games and I am a big, big fan. The boys finished the night at 1/2 on the PP.
THE FACE PALMERS
- The Oilers were up by a goal but ended up taking a tough penalty, giving the Jets a chance on the powerplay that they would make good on. Mathieu Perreault grabbed the puck in the corner and walked it past Nurse and was able to feed the backhander past Cam Talbot.
- Moments after Perreault tied the game at one apiece, Matt Benning couldn’t clear the Oilers zone and the puck ended up on Dustin Byfuglien’s stick. From there, he got a lucky bounce after his shot from the boards bounced in off Kevin Gravel’s skate. Bad luck goal for sure.
- The Oilers only let Patrick Laine score because they’re trying to help inflate his upcoming contract to put the Winnipeg Jets in cap trouble. I get it.
- Mark Scheifele tied the game up at four after he wandered into the slot with waaaaay too much space and ripped a one-time shot past Talbot. Wheeler was posted up behind the net and fed the puck out front to an open Scheifele and that’s a bad combination if you’re trying to hang onto a lead.
- Josh Morrissey won the game for the Jets in OT immediately after McDavid hit the post at the other end because that’s the way these things seem to work in sports. Frankly, I think Talbot should have had that shot and I’d expect him to say the same thing.
- That third period was UGGGGGGGGLY. Wow.
- Unfortunately, the Oilers needed perfection from their PK tonight and they didn’t get it. I’m not saying that allowing a single goal against is the worst outing you’ll ever see — it’s not — it’s just that they needed to be perfect. Edmonton finished the night at 1/3 on the PK.
- The Oilers were HEAVILY outshot tonight (40/26) and a lot of that came in the third period.
- Cam Talbot looked really good in his last two starts so I was very interested to see how he’d follow that up after getting the last couple of games off. From where I blog, I saw an up and down night for the goaltender, meaning that he made some huge saves that kept the game close but also allowed a couple of goals that he definitely should have stopped. At the end of the day, the Jets got a lot of shots on net (17 in the third period) and Talbot should get some credit for getting the Oilers a point, but he should also take his part of the blame for losing the second. Talbot finished his night 35 save and a .875 save%. At the other end, Hellebuyck finished with 22 saves and a .846 save%.
- Jason Garrison only played 8:59 tonight and I wonder that means we’ll see Caleb Jones soon? Tomorrow? Too soon?
- The Oilers were not good in the faceoff circle again tonight, winning only 47% of the draws they took.
- I was having so much fun making myself cocktails after wins lately, but that got RUINED tonight. RUINED! #BeetCast coming up in a few minutes and you can join in the conversation over on my Twitter account.
|10:12||Edmonton||Ryan Spooner (3) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (22)||1-0|
|15:43||Winnipeg||PPG – Mathieu Perreault (5) ASST: Bryan Little (11), Josh Morrissey (13)||1-1|
|16:51||Winnipeg||Nikolaj Ehlers (10) ASST: Mark Scheifele (21), Dustin Byfuglien (19)||1-2|
|01:42||Winnipeg||Patrik Laine (22) ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (20), Bryan Little (12)||1-3|
|06:04||Edmonton||Darnell Nurse (5) ASST: Alex Chiasson (4), Connor McDavid (27)||2-3|
|17:18||Edmonton||Jujhar Khaira (2) ASST: Jesse Puljujarvi (1), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (20)||3-3|
|18:55||Edmonton||PPG – Alex Chiasson (13) ASST: Connor McDavid (28), Leon Draisaitl (23)||4-3|
|09:58||Winnipeg||Mark Scheifele (18) ASST: Blake Wheeler (34), Tyler Myers (6)||4-4|
|00:41||Winnipeg||Josh Morrissey (4) ASST: Mark Scheifele (22), Blake Wheeler (35)||4-5|
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REAL LIFE PODCAST
Welcome, friends, to another episode of the Real Life Podcast! It’s the podcast where a show outline gets made but rarely matters as the boys often find themselves wandering the forests of their own minds rather than sticking to the plan at hand. This week, the guys jump right in by talking about the Oilers big win last night against the Calgary Flames and how the team really seems to be embracing the Hitchcock style of play.
Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 12/13/2018 – 9:30 pm MST