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Oilers 4, Panthers 3 (SO) post-game Oil Spills: Last second heroics get the Oilers a much-needed win

Not all wins are created equal! The Oilers are facing a critical stretch before the All-Star break with a few easy teams on the horizon. They didn’t make things very easy on themselves, but Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl bailed them out in the nick of time.

What happened?

This game featured the Oilers coming back from three separate one-goal deficits before finally winning the game in the shootout. Two of the goals Cam Talbot allowed weren’t pretty, but you can’t blame him for this weird one late in the third period. Henrik Borgstrom spun around behind the net and it bounced off of two Oilers defenders before getting past Talbot.

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You have to love the resilience of the top line at the end of the game. The Panthers had a lot of chances to get the puck out, but Edmonton managed to keep the puck, and the game, alive, and it paid off. Alex Chiasson caused a turnover behind the net and then Leon Draisaitl grabbed the puck and patiently waited for Connor McDavid to escape Florida’s defender in front of the net.

McDavid then came through again in the shootout. Honestly, McDavid could have told James Reimer exactly where he was going to put this puck and he still wouldn’t have been able to stop it.

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By the numbers

This game went back and forth for the first two periods without much action. The Panthers didn’t have much offensive punch and neither did the Oilers. Then, in the third period, the Panthers started to step on the gas a little bit as Edmonton’ lack of depth started to show. By the end of it, Florida had a decent lead in shot attempts at even strength, which would reflect the fact that they looked like the better team last night.

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Thoughts…

  • I watched a good chunk of last night’s game on Shaw’s flashing on-and-off feed and came out of it feeling like I had the spins. I finally gave up and listened to the game on the radio while trying to piece what was happening together between the frequent flashes of darkness. Get it together, Shaw!!!
  • Connor McDavid is obviously going to get the credit for saving/winning the game, but Leon Draisaitl was also a beast last night. He played 28:34 minutes and picked up two assists, most importantly, on the game-tying goal in the dying seconds. Draisaitl picked the puck up in the corner and calmly waited for McDavid to get open in front of the net before threading a perfect cross-crease pass.
  • While the offence was largely non-existent last night, I thought the team defence was strong. Darnell Nurse had a mammoth game, playing over 30 minutes (including 23:34 at even strength) while allowing Florida to generate just one high danger chance over that time. Having Kris Russell back in the mix has been a game-changer for the team especially on the penalty kill. It wasn’t the best night for the Caleb Jones and Adam Larsson pairing, but the Russell and Nurse duo did a lot of heavy lifting.
  • The Oilers only had one power play last night and it was… ugly. Florida handed them a five-on-three at the end of the second period and couldn’t manage a quality scoring chance. I think it’s valid to complain about the reffing, but given the way the power play looked on that one prime chance, I’m not sure it would have mattered much if the refs had given the Oilers more calls.


  • Redbird62

    A lot of negativity from many posters in many of the post game articles about the Oilers getting a ‘lucky’ win over the lowly Panthers. The Oilers certainly did not have one of their better games, but a win is a win. Some nights the team plays better and loses. As for the lowly Panthers, they have managed victories against the Capitals and the Jets and taken the Lightning to overtime among their 9 road wins, so even non-playoff teams can put on a good road performance once and a while. And while the Panthers out shot the Oilers pretty handily through the first 60, the scoring chances and high danger scoring chances were almost even (before OT dominated by the Oilers) – largely due to the decent defensive play of the Oilers as Lewis pointed out (except on the Malgin goal where 4 Oilers rushed the shooter and screened Talbot without having any impact on the shot). Last but not least, while technically not a PP goal, McDavid’s tally in the second occurred 2 seconds after the penalty expired where the lack of the 5th Panther skater in the zone contributed to the Oilers getting the goal. The team will have to perform consistently better than this though to stay in contention for a playoff spot.

  • Redbird62

    I wonder what the vote tally was for Draisaitl. I imagine it was a 2 horse race between Draisaitl and Giordano not just because they were the most deserving, but because the actual hockey fan bases in each of Edmonton and Calgary markets probably exceeds the fan bases in all the US Pacific division teams combined despite their huge population advantage. Edmonton and Calgary I believe would each also be larger avid fan bases than Vancouver.

  • yahsper

    Oilers have lost games where they played really well and maybe deserved a win. That was a bit of a dumpster fire last night but they got the win. Thats hockey for you. Get a few good bounces , some timely saves and any team is capable to beat any team.
    Lesser teams can pull it off but roster flaws are highlighted in the post season when you cant be lucky in a best of seven. Still believe Oilers will make the post season… It will be tight but we are making it!!! (Then getting clobbered in the first round)
    I will cheer regardless!!!

    • Oilerup!

      A win is a win
      No matter how you get there
      But this kind of win
      Keeps Pete in his chair!
      …… right or wrong
      No playoffs, fire his ass now! Or at very least cap his powers to do any further damage!
      ……question is, actually 2 questions,
      1. Who could they get… ( for the love of good someone with zero connections to anybody in the organization.
      1 a. Who the [email protected]#+€ Would want to wade into this mess and find out your not part of the ( oilers) old boys club!