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Jets 5, Oilers 4 (OT) post-game Oil Spills: Oilers manage a point despite a depleted blueline

With Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell both out with injuries, the Oilers had their backs up against the wall in Winnipeg. Still, they managed to put in a gritty effort, erasing a 3-1 deficit and picking up a point in overtime. Three of four points on this mini road trip ain’t bad.

What happened…

The Oilers opened the scoring half-way through the first period. Leon Draisaitl picked up a turnover at the blueline and found Ryan Spooner for a one-timer snap in the slot that beat Connor Hellebuyck. I have a feeling we could see some goals from Spooner if he sees more time with the top centres.

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The Jets would answer back with two goals late in the first and one early in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Mathieu Perreault buried a power play goal, a Matt Benning turnover led to a Nik Ehlers goal that redirected off of Kevin Gravel’s skate, and Patrik Laine got left alone in the slot for the third goal.

The Oilers then scored three straight goals of their own to regain the lead. Darnell Nurse crashed the net and deflected a rebound off of his skate and in (the goal was reviewed but it stood, as it should have), Jesse Puljujarvi worked the puck behind the net out front and off JJ Khaira for the game-tying goal, and then Alex Chiasson redirected a nice pass from Connor McDavid to take the lead. That second one, though, was especially nice because it involved Puljujarvi finally getting in the mix and using his size and skill offensively.

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The Jets were relentless in the third period, outshooting the Oilers by a margin of 17-2. Cam Talbot largely stood tall, but Mark Scheifele managed to squeeze one by to tie the game.

The Oilers managed to grind their way to overtime despite the Jets pouring on endless pressure. Connor McDavid nearly ended the game but hit the post, then, soon after, Schiefele found a streaking Josh Morrissey who got one past Cam Talbot for the win. I know this looks soft on Talbot, but this really comes down to some pretty ugly defence from the Oilers left on the ice.

By the numbers…

The shot chart perfectly summarizes what went down last night. The Oilers and Jets played a tightly contested game for the first 40 minutes and then Winnipeg took over as Edmonton was clearly the more exhausted squad. The Jets hammered the Oilers with 34 (!!!) shot attempts in the third period, though the Oilers did a solid job limiting it to seven high danger chances.

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Thoughts…

  • The Oilers just went on a two-game road trip against two of the top teams in the Central Division and managed to take three of four points. That’s damn good stuff.
  • Many are blaming Talbot for the loss but if it wasn’t for his showing in the third period the Oilers don’t manage an overtime point. That overtime goal looked soft, I agree, but the defence on the play was ugly. I think that was the case on most of the goals Talbot let in last night. The Perreault goal was ugly D on the PK, the Ehlers goal was a weird bounce, the third, well, you can’t leave Laine in front of the net like that, and the game-tying goal from Schiefele came from within five feet of the net. It’s easy to see five goals against and think Talbot was bad, but that simply wasn’t the case here.
  • I thought the blueline did a decent job of mitigating the loss of Klefbom and Russell. Adam Larsson and Darnell Nurse really stepped up and munched a lot of challenging minutes, but I was impressed particularly with the rock-solid 20 minutes from Kevin Gravel. He played with a very-erratic Matt Benning last night and managed to protect the front of the net nicely. Sticking with the blueline, I would probably put Caleb Jones out there over Jason Garrison. Garrison only played nine minutes last night and looked really, really slow. He can’t keep up with teams that can wheel like the Jets.

  • TKB2677

    So Cam. Are you saying Talbot was good last night? He had a .875 % last night. When is that kind of save percentage ever considered good NHL goaltending? The Oilers got out shot 17-2 in the 3rd and Talbot gave up 1 goal. So stopping 16 of 17 shot. So that is a .941% in the 3rd. So you are right, he was a big reason it got to OT in the 3rd. But given what he did in the 3rd and he ended up at .875 for the game, that means prior to the 3rd, his save percentage was even lower than .875. That’s not good.

    When it comes to the Laine goal. You are right, Laine is a good shooter but just because a player is a good shooter that means the goalie gets a free pass on saving their shots? If you watch the clip, he saw the puck because he moved to where Laine was going and the shot HIT HIM in the glove but still got through him. So if the shot hits the goalie that much in the glove, shouldn’t he have stopped it? I would think so.

    The winning goal, no one can excuse that one. It’s 3 on 3, they kept the shooter to the outside. Talbot saw Morrissey take the puck at the blu line and bring it in so he could track it all the way. There was NO pass available, it was shot all the way. It was an unscreened wrist shot from a guy that has a career high 7 goals from a non dangerous shooting area. From where Morrissey shot from, there would have been very little if any room for that puck to go in if Talbot plays it correctly. It’s not like it was Ovie getting a cross crease onetime pass here. Talbot has to stop that shot. It can’t go in.

  • HelpMeBabyJesus

    Talbot was his average self. Never made the big save when he needed to. McDavid looked a little sick to be honest. His goal post shot was on a selfish play and then he didn’t bother to skate back to be involved in the play. Lucky to get a point and can’t wait to have Koskinen in nets against Philly. Team forecheck was very pleasing to see. McDavid.’s line was the weak link

  • OldOilFan

    Talbot trade bait?

    The decision to start Cam against the Jets just “might” be related to the fact Parayko in St. Louis looks to be available… I imagine Hitch is familiar with Parayko already. The Oil would probably need to include another player, maybe JP? It’s a steep price, but a big, mobile, right shot, Alberta born defenseman, is a real rare commodity.