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GDB 43.0 Wrap Up: We’re gonna need a bigger boat, Oilers lose 7-2 in San Jose

*farts loudly* Final Score: 7-2 Sharks 

Remember the last time these two teams met up about a week or so ago? Have you spent the time since doing whatever it takes to suppress the memory? I get that. The Sharks absolutely dummied the Oilers and outside of the beautiful goals scored by Draisaitl and McDavid in garbage time, the only other positive to take away from the evening was when the final buzzer sounded. Frankly, I’d be a liar and a phoney if I pretended that I wasn’t completely nervous about the way the trilogy in this season series was going to play out. Based on how bad their last meeting went, I wasn’t sure if I could sit through another stinker, but then, at it unfolded before us, there I was watching the trainwreck with my mouth agape and a tear in my eye. I honestly feel like someone stole something from me even if it was only a few hours of my time. I know that having a goal of ‘keep it respectable’ is a pretty low bar to set at the NHL level, I couldn’t help but feel like it was a fair marker at this point and one that’s apparently hard to beat.

If the Oilers were actually going to win this thing, they needed to find a way to get a good start and keep that momentum going. They had to start the game with energy, grind out some chances, and if they were lucky, their hard work might be enough grab themselves an early lead. That should have been the plan. So I actually cracked up laughing when the Sharks opened the scoring on their first shot of the game with a ridiculous deflection on a pass attempt that banked off a pair of Oilers before making its way into the net. It was absurd. But by the time the Sharks added two more goals before the first period had ended, things weren’t so funny anymore. Even when the Oilers managed to cash in a couple to bring the game a tiny bit closer, it was never enough to turn the tides. Once again, the Sharks showed us what a playoff team really looks like and just how far the Oilers are away from actually being able to contend for the division. San Jose just had too much depth and too many guys that are able to score, and the Oilers just couldn’t get the saves or the goals needed to keep up.

Unfortunately, as the team is currently built, the Oilers just don’t have the depth needed to keep up with the best teams in the division or conference, and that’s a sad state of affairs in the fourth year of Connor McDavid’s career.

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Alex Chiasson got his first goal since returning from injury by parking himself in front of the net and being ready for whenever Connor gets the puck to him. As expected, the captain fed Chiasson a perfect pass right into the slot and The Answer placed it perfectly in the lower corner.
  • MILAN LUCIC! FINALLY! The big man made his way into the slot on a 2-on-1 break with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and they converted it perfectly. Nuge set Lucic up on a tee and the big man buried it for his second goal of the season and first since the season opener. It’s been a long time coming, big man. Here’s hoping the floodgates open.
  • Personally, I think Nuge should be given credit for two assists for ending Milan Lucic’s goal drought by setting him up on a tee with a near tap-in, but I couldn’t find any forms to fill out to file with the NHL. Regardless, a big shout out goes to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for playing in his 500th game with the Oilers tonight and that’s a wild number to see for the former first overall pick at the 2011 NHL Draft. For a guy that is only 25 years old, Nuge has seen more shit in his young career than most people ever will. He’s been through coaches, and teammates, and rebuilds, new reasons for hope, and we’ve never heard him once complain about it.
  • Mikko Koskinen had to come into the game in relief of Cam Talbot and he did what he could to calm the waters but there wasn’t really much he could do — the train had already left the station. Tough situation to walk into and he finished the night with 16 saves and a .842 save%.
  • Oilers finished at 1/3 on the power play and goal they did score was a very nice display of puck movement which led to Chiasson finishing off the play.
  • At least the Oilers led in hits?! Oh wait, that means you didn’t have the puck a lot? Shit.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Dummied on the shot clock 36-22. Great. Just great.
  • How do you have three goals against in a single go in off your own players? How? Sweet mercy.
  • Evander Kane got the Sharks on the board on their first “shot” of the night after Kane’s attempted centring pass deflected off of a pair of Oilers in front of Cam Talbot before sliding through his legs. Kane wasn’t done there, though, as he got another goal in the second period when yet another centring pass banked in off of his skate. Two goals without a single shot. Pinball Wizard.
  • Marcus Sorensen gave the Sharks a two-goal lead on a penalty shot goal that beat Cam Talbot low to the blocker side. To me, it was a pretty weak call against Petrovic that gave Sorensen the PS considering the bullshit Connor McDavid plays through on a nightly basis, but that’s the way things have been going all year. Meh.
  • Less than a minute after Chiasson got the Oilers back to within a goal, Joonas Donskoi restored the Sharks two-goal lead after he walked Caleb Jones and reminded us all that he’s only a rookie. Free lesson on this one for the young defenceman and an honourable mention to Russell for the late starfish on the play. Donskoi scored another goal in the third period when he found a loose puck at the side of the net and jammed it into the open net.
  • What can you say about Brent Burns’ goal other than it was an absolute snipe? Burns fired that thing into the net so fast that they actually reviewed it just to make sure it went in, and sometimes all you can do is tip your cap to a guy for a hell of a shot.
  • Alex Petrovic left the game in the second period after he took a hit to the numbers in the corner. When Sportsnet showed a replay, you could tell that Petrovic wasn’t doing well as he slowly made his way back to the bench. Unfortunately, this one looks like a concussion and we’ll have to wait and see how long he’ll be out for.
  • It was no surprise that Cam Talbot got the start tonight after shutting out the Ducks with a 39-save performance on Sunday night less than 24 hours after coming into a game in relief of Mikko Koskinen. Dadbot earned this game and I was curious to see how he’d handle the challenge. The Sharks lit him up for seven goals the last time these teams met up, and I was hoping that’s the kind of shit kicking that would inspire some revenge. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be as Cam Talbot got the hook midway through the second period after allowing four goals on 15 shots. A couple of the goals were certainly lucky ones, but this was in no way the start Dadbot wanted to have.
  • It was a tough night for Caleb Jones but it was really one of the only times he’s ever looked like a rookie. But even though he made some mistakes, some even leading directly to goals against, there’s no better way for him to learn than to go through these situations himself.
  • How about 40% in the faceoff circle? Just another kick to the shins, really.
  • *sigh* As always, you can join in on the #BeetCast conversation over on my Twitter account.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
06:37 San Jose Evander Kane (15) ASST: Tomas Hertl (20), Erik Karlsson (36) 0-1
12:57 San Jose PS – Marcus Sorensen (8) 0-2
14:35 Edmonton PPG – Alex Chiasson (17) ASST: Connor McDavid (39), Darnell Nurse (15) 1-2
15:24 San Jose Joonas Donskoi (12) ASST: Tim Heed (1), Barclay Goodrow (7) 1-3

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
06:32 San Jose Evander Kane (16) ASST: Brent Burns (41), Timo Meier (20) 1-4
10:18 Edmonton Milan Lucic (2) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (25), Jesse Puljujarvi (3) 2-4
15:37 San Jose PPG – Brent Burns (8) ASST: Erik Karlsson (37), Timo Meier (21) 2-5

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
01:04 San Jose Joe Thornton (8) ASST: Brenden Dillon (11), Lukas Radil (4) 2-6
10:44 San Jose Joonas Donskoi (13) ASST: Evander Kane (17), Erik Karlsson (38) 2-7

#GOODCONTENT

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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 1/08/2019 – 11:00 pm MST

  • Odanada

    I saw only the first period last night. The game was on way too late where I live, but I read all the comments and feel like I watched the game.
    This is how I see it.
    By any objective analyses, Chia should already be gone. He is not a cap era NHL GM. He’s hiring was a blunder and his tenure as GM has been a colossal failure. And while Keith Gretzky might be a good man and a nice guy, he’s been with Chia every step of the way and does not deserve the GM job should Bob Nicholson ever find the cojones to admit he was wrong in hiring Chia.
    Bob Nicholson is not an NHL hockey man. He came from Hockey Canada where he had all of Canada to assemble talent from without distractions like contracts, salary caps or trades. He is better suited to International lunches and an expense account. A real hockey man would have already fired Chia. Bob is a deer in the headlights, in over his head and better at using buzzwords like “forensic audit” than he is at actually running an NHL team.
    Lowe, MacT and Gtretzky are former players, not current managers, They’re the “courtiers” that surround Katz, telling him what he wants to hear and keeping their plum jobs in the process.
    I idolize Wayne the player, but let’s face it: he was a bust as a coach and ditto as a manager. I also feel his presence in management can be debilitating. Do any of the Oilers management dare to disagree with the Great one? How do you tell the Great One he is wrong?
    Steve Yzerman? Great player- great manager. WG? Not so much. (I am sorry Wayne. I’m just being objective here)
    Lowe and MacT shouldn’t even be there. We’ve all worked at a job where there is someone of rank who doesn’t deserve to be there. It’s not good for morale and often leads to good people leaving because accountability lapses and the work environment stinks. It’s not all that uncommon, but less so in an organization so much in the public eye. We all see it. The press sees it but know access to the team will be restricted if they write about it.
    This brings us to Katz. It’s his team and it’s his money and I respect that. But at some point he has to look at his legacy of on-ice failure and say “What am I doing here?”. If it’s all about money, then that’s on us. Stop buying gear and stop buying tickets – it’s the only way to get the attention of “bottom line” type money guys. If there is some sort of hockey pride alive in Katz, I don’t see it. What makes him tick? I’ll never know.
    What I see is a hockey team burdened by arrogance and pride – not the good kind of pride that makes you try harder – but the bad kind of pride that makes it impossible to admit your mistakes. Impossible to see things clearly. Impossible to admit you might be part of the problem.
    Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Nicholson, Chia, the OBC, Katz? They’re not going to change. They schlep from season to season, dragging out their “concern” and always, always, talk of some “plan”. It’s old. It’s tired and it’s clearly not working.
    We have the best player in the world. Imagine if Wayne had this kind of management during his run with Edmonton. Do you think he would still have all those records? All those Cup rings?
    It’s a disgrace run by prideful old fools who should step aside and winter in Arizona.
    End of rant.

  • bazmagoo

    Honestly.

    Traded away one of Barzal, Connor, or Chabot (take your pick) for a player who was never an nhl player.

    Traded away the league mvp for a stay at home defenceman (who we’d be pooched without by the way).

    Signed the worst contract in the nhl.

    Traded a capable, but not great, 3rd line center RFA at the end of his contract for a guy who won’t be in the league next year.

    Traded our 5th leading scorer for a dman who won’t be in the league next year.

    And he’s probably about to trade Nurse just when he’s coming into his own.

    What more will it take?

  • Chris_Cruise

    Gotta love how Vegas woke up and yet again is better than us. LMFAO what a joke.

    A second year team is again way better than us. Smfh. Chia has effectively set this team back a decade!!! How was that allowed to happen??!!

  • Datsyukian

    You know what the worst part is. McDavid has checked out and does not care anymore. You could see it in his body language. This team is done for the season. I applaud the ON writers who actually have the will power to remain interested and force themselves to write stuff about this embarrassment of a team.

  • Johnny Zylon

    I’m in Washington on business so went to Caps-Flyers game last night. You cannot believe how happy all the Caps fans are. Nobody complains and the atmosphere in the rink is like one big hockey party. My ticket got me in plus free beer and food all night, even ice cream. I’m not joking.

  • Axe

    Fire Chiarelli now!! It’s obvious we are not a playoff team, unfortunately… No point in delaying the inevitable and having him make more pointless trades to save his job…

  • 50 Flex

    I always try to find the positive in life. I think I found some.

    Now that the Oilers have to go something like 25-12-2 to get to 95 points, I think it is fair to say that these Oilers are going miss playoffs.
    The positive:
    Now I can enjoy my 2 month euro trip without having to feel guilty about missing any of the games.

  • Heschultzhescores

    And the same goes for the guys saying Oilers fans are too negative. Ya, we rushed to that attitudr after only12 years of sucking the like no team ever in the history of pro hockey

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      I like Bob but when he said after the Manning trade that Manning would help on the blue line, I knew Chia had his hand up his butt and was moving his lips like a dummy, no other way you could justify that when everyone else in the media was going WTF

  • Stickhandler

    tough to win in NHL when, out of 9 years of 4 #1 picks and the rest top 5’s, you end up with 3 nhl forwards and 1 dman and half a goalie. oilerville, where careers go to die. GO FLAMES GO!!!!

  • Goaltender Interference

    Nothing Chiarelli has done the past year has made the team better. You could argue that each move has actually made the team worse.

    Yeah, The players share some of the responsibility but when you ice an at-best AHL level roster every night, what do you expect to happen? McDavid can’t do it all.

    Gotta take the positive that Lucic has finally notched another one. Now let’s see him notch another next game.

    Anyone who thinks we’re making the play-offs this year is deluded. There just seems to be no end in sight to the suckage.

    • Derzie

      Anyone in the OBC that is supporting what Chia has done knows absolutely zippo about hockey. When the reaction from the media and fans is disbelief, you can bank on it being a terrible move. Everything Chia has done has gotten that response and rightly so. OBC are so far out of their league, it’s frightening. Chimps with machine guns, surrounded by yes men and bought & paid for media and a stadium full of desperate-for-entertainment-of-any-kind fans with money to burn. Ay carumba.

    • percy

      Don’t count on it. Feel sorry for nuge, having Looch and pool party for wingers. 6 mil for 2goals so far, and pool party the only player in the nhl that can find the hole in his nose with his tongue at full stride. What a f_____g disaster.

  • McRaj

    Fans are all talk. The barn continues to be full each night. If the team wins one game, everyone is back on the band wagon. There was a on-line petition going around to fire PC and last I checked it had less than 50 signatures in over a week. Either take a stand or stop complaining. I blame the Oilers fans (myself included) just as much for this mess as management. Fans in other cities (see Vancouver) don’t take incompetence. We have 2 groups of fans. Over 40 who witnessed the glory days and won’t stop talking about them. Under 40 who all we can do is point to the championships we won in the 80’s, most of which none of us were even born for yet. Maybe it’s time we stop investing in this team. Don’t go to games, don’t buy merchandise, don’t watch games. Watch the stadium be empty, jerseys not sell, and ratings plummet. Guarantee something is done. But guess what, that won’t happen because we are Loyal to the Oil. Pathetic bunch of fans we are.

    • Goaltender Interference

      Dumped my season tix last year. Haven’t been to a game all season. Lots of folks I know have done the same.

      Christmas merch at the homestead has always been filled with Oilers stuff. Not a bit of it this year. All of my nephews but one have actually started to cheer for other teams.

      Doesn’t make those of us remaining as fans any less supportive of the Oilers. But everyone has a limit for how much you can spend on a product that never stops giving you such garbage results.

      Just bringing it up to point out that the swing is happening and it’s obvious to anyone watching these things. At some point the OEG is going to have some hard financial realities sink in. They’re living on borrowed time unless they change the on-ice product pretty quick.

    • Datsyukian

      It’s not even about loyalty, it’s about habit and lack of alternative entertainment. In a boring (let’s face it) winter city such as Edmonton, a professional NHL franchise, now complete with a great arena, is the best show in town by a mile (regardless of the quality of the on-ice product). It’s kinda “cool” to don an Oilers jersey, take the kids and go to the glittery rink. Most fans are not that passionate and don’t care that much about the Oilers as an organization, they just want to go out and have some ‘fun’ at the arena to pull them out of the everyday’s drab existence. Most other NHL cities have more to offer in the way of entertainment options, are warmer (so there are more things to do during the NHL season), and/or are within a relatively short drive to other great places.

      • McRaj

        That actually makes a ton of sense. Would also explain why Rexall towards the end and Rogers now is known as a “library” during the regular season. Not much to cheer about and the diehard fans don’t go anymore so just casual time passers. All makes sense now. Katz and PC and Nicholson should do a sit-down interview with a fan. Would love to see their response when shown facts and evidence of their incompetence.

      • nbandito

        That’s BS. Edmonton probably has the most passionate fan base per capita in the NHL. How do you explain all the oilers jerseys in the stands for road games?

        • Datsyukian

          This may be true, but are these passionate fans form the majority of folks in the stands at Rogers Arena on game nights? I wouldn’t be so sure of that.

          • nbandito

            I can’t answer that but someone who is spending northwards of $300 to bring their family to an Oilers game, dress their children in Oilers threads, and try to keep the experience positive is alright by me. Our on-ice problems aren’t the fans or passion from the fan base.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    WEAt’s even worse about this Manning and Benning werent on the ice for any of the goals against, they were in the press box…god that say;s a lot

  • Alf

    Didn’t watch the game last night. Used to watch them all and go to a couple when I could!

    Canceling my cable today. Oilers are the only reason I have it lol. Obviously not wasting money on going to game. Why waste any of your hard earned money on this garbage product.

    Sorry boys. Maybe catch ya on 630 ched sometime.