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GDB 47.0 Wrap Up: Congrats to everyone on surviving OT, Oilers win 3-2 in the shootout

Two. Big. Points. Final Score: 3-2 Oilers in the shootout

When I woke up this morning, all I could think about was how desperately I wanted the Oilers finally put together a full 60 minutes and beat the Canucks. I know that the first two games were disasters for varying reasons, but I also felt like they would be alright if they got a little bit of luck. As far as I saw it, the only problem with my plan was that the Oilers got a whole lot of luck on Monday night against the Sabres, and it wouldn’t have been all that surprising if the Hockey Gords decided we were not allowed to have any more fun this week. That said, the Oilers got some help early this morning when news came out that Elias Pettersson wouldn’t be playing, which significantly reduces the Canucks’ ability to score goals. To me, that set the table for the Oilers’ first win of the season series. Unlike what we saw against the Coyotes and their depleted lineup, the Oilers needed to find a way to take advantage.

After bulldozing their way through the first period and grabbing a one-goal lead, the Oilers needed to find a way to keep pushing forward and not let the Canucks get back into the game. Too often, we’ve seen them lag and space out for blocks of time, and if they could have only avoided that then this game would have been in the bag. The Canucks could not handle the Oilers’ early pressure and, to me, doing more of that could have been the key to success, but our boys struggled to get a repeat performance. Instead, they got scrambly and spent too much time in the penalty box, severely disrupting the flow they had going early. As the game went along, you could see the Canucks settling in and you could feel the pressure mounting. The Oilers went from having a lead to tied to down by a goal in the blink of an eye and were incredibly fortunate to have been on the right side of an offside challenge that cancelled out what would have been the game winner.

Though it didn’t matter in the end, the Oilers were fortunate to get a second chance to close things out after nearly blowing it in the second. It wasn’t the prettiest win we’ll ever see but you have to like the way the Oilers were able to grind it out.

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Jujhar Khaira opened the scoring with a shorthanded beauty and you know that the BC boy will be pumped about that one. Khaira picked up the puck in the Canucks’ zone and he pulled off a fancy little spin-o-rama to top-shelf snipe that you’ll be seeing in the highlight heels later tonight. Beautiful goal by Khaira.
  • Connor McDavid restored the Oilers early lead with his 29th goal of the season that came on a snipe that beat Markstrom high over the glove side. I don’t know if I have the words or the ability to describe how happy it makes me that Connor has decided he wants to shoot more, but the transformation has been a beautiful thing to watch and I’m grateful for it.
  • Big props to Alex “The Answer” Chiasson for scoring the only goal in the shootout and, as it turns out, the only goal that mattered.
  • Mikko Koskinen was rock solid against the Sabres on Monday and with the Oilers net seemingly up for grabs on a day-to-day basis, he had another chance to get a little run going as the starter. Despite having the lighter workload of the two goaltenders, Koskinen was called on to be sharp on several occasions and he made plenty of saves to keep the game close, especially in the third period and OT. If I was to nitpick, I guess that he’ll probably want that Sutter goal back. I certainly won’t hold it against him. Koskinen finished the night 20 saves and a .909 save%.
  • How about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins quietly putting up another two-point night? Nuge is having a great season and it’s been fun to watch him blossom into the polished player that he’s become.
  • Another big night for Darnell Nurse as he finished the game with a team-high 26:51 minutes, one hit, and five blocks. I never get tired of watching Nurse skate the puck out of trouble, but I do wish that he would have more of a plan than heading straight into the corner every time.
  • I don’t know what happened to Kris Russell that caused him to love throwing his body in front of pucks but I thank him for it. Had he been a goalie as a kid then I think he would have probably been one of the greats. If only.
  • I’ll tip my cap to Colby Cave for his first game with the Oilers. I can’t imagine it was easy to do considering he has yet to have a full practice with the team, but there were a couple of shifts where I noticed his nose for the net. Let’s see where this thing goes.
  • Ken Hitchcock challenge win? ✔️
  • Shout out to Cam Talbot for hooking that young fan up with a stick after warmup ended. You could tell by the tears in his eyes that the little man just made a memory he won’t ever forget.
  • WIN! win! WIN! win! YES! As always, you can join in on the #BoozeNotBeets conversation over on my Twitter account.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Just over a minute after Jujhar Khaira’s shortie got the Oilers on the board, Brandon Sutter evened things up with a wrist shot from the boards that Koskinen would probably want back.
  • Marcus Granlund knotted things up at two apiece after he picked up the puck in the high slot and ripped a quick snapshot up over Koskinen’s glove. The Canucks won a battle down low despite being outnumbered and that left Granlund wiiiiiide open when the puck finally got to him.
  • After having a really nice first period spent building themselves a lead, the Oilers took their foot off the gas and allowed the Canucks to get back into the game and almost into a lead had it not been for the Hitchblock. I know that both teams are battling for that second wildcard spot but this game should not have been this close. I know the Canucks are basically in line with the Oilers in the standings, but they shouldn’t be. You guys know I’m right.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi only played 6:09 tonight. Why is he here? I thought Hitch wanted to help him grow or whatever? Send the kid back to Bakersfield and let him figure it out.
  • Caleb Jones left the game after taking a late hit by Gudbranson when he didn’t even have the puck and we have to hope that he’ll be okay. Did the Canucks get a penalty? No. They did not.
  • Oilers won only 45% of the draws they took and that’s not good enough, especially against a younger team like the Canucks. I know it didn’t matter in the end but it’s still an opportunity for improvement.
  • Tobias Rieder may never score again.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
07:35 Edmonton SHG – Jujhar Khaira (3) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (28) 1-0
08:53 Vancouver PPG – Brandon Sutter (4) ASST: Ben Hutton (12), Markus Granlund (9) 1-1
19:03 Edmonton PPG – Connor McDavid (29) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (32), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (29) 2-1

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
09:52 Vancouver Markus Granlund (8) ASST: Tim Schaller (6) 2-2

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

OT PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

SHOOTOUT

TEAM DETAILS
Vancouver Missed – Markus Granlund
Edmonton Missed – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Vancouver Missed – Brock Boeser
Edmonton Missed – Connor McDavid
Vancouver Missed – Bo Horvat
Edmonton Missed – Leon Draisaitl
Vancouver Missed – Josh Leivo
Edmonton Missed – Jujhar Khaira
Vancouver Missed – Antoine Roussel
Edmonton Goal – Alex Chiasson

#GOODCONTENT

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REAL LIFE PODCAST

With Jay back from his Australian vacation, there was a lot of catching up to do as he reacclimatizes himself to being back home and being back in the mix with the Oilers. When he left, the Oilers were in the midst of a solid run that saw them climbing their way up the Western Conference standings, but then, somewhere along the lines, things really went sideways.


Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 1/16/2019 – 11:00 pm MST

  • Heschultzhescores

    WOW, was that ever hard on the heart! KOSK was a monster when it mattered. A well deserved win by the boys. gtg, still shaking, I need a drink, and a smoke and I don’t smoke

  • RexHolez

    Should I be happy? Every one dislikes Chiarelli’s work, but Nicholson says he’s safe if they make the playoffs, so…. are we happy when we win?? I’m confused

    • Not much we can do other then enjoy what they give us. No use getting worked up on what may or may not happen. Should we demand change? Yes we should but we shouldn’t stress about it on every goal allowed and every win/loss, just come along for the ride and see where it takes us. Me waking up my entire househould when Chiasson won it is exactly why I watch and moments like that will always make me happy.

      • Hemmercules

        Good comment. It’s out of our hands. Is funny around here after a win. Everyone is all bummed that Chia has a job and it tarnishes any good feelings about the game. I have been negative all year but it ends now. Chia should be fired but there’s is really nothing we can do but enjoy the wins and hope for a better future.

        I called a 3-2 OT win for the Oil last night so I got pretty close. I hope my other prediction of them going on a bit of a streak now happens as well. If they can win a few more before the break and get Reggie and Klef back for the final month that would be a huge boost.

    • Odanada

      We’re hockey tramps born and bred. We have a team and love the game.
      The fact we think the management is a joke from Katz on down, drops off if we see a game where the team competes – especially when we win.

    • OilersBro

      Imagine this (it won’t happen)
      Oilers make playoffs, Chiarelli is guarenteed a job next year by Nicholson… Katz realizes that’s a stupid idea and we fire Bobby Nicks and his replacement fires Chiarelli.

    • Honestly i’d stress about how we played against a team without their star player but im just glad we got another 2 points. Beggers can’t be choosers here, just grab everything we can from whoever, aslong as our season is still worth watching for another 2 days instead of crashing down in December like we always do.

  • McHitch

    Must be nice for Nuge and the team to hear that management is all in on winning for once.

    Typically we are sellers and talking about a lottery pick this time of year.

    The fact our 1st rounder is available for scoring help for a push into the playoffs may be a motivator for this roster.

    Anyways, great game. Looking forward to having Klefbom back for the stretch. If all things go to plan, itll be BOA first round of the playoffs.

  • slats-west

    Just when you thought Jujhar would have the HON – McRockets does that. markannen had no clue, no chance.

    Was wondering if Hitch was going to go with Luc on that shootout, playing in his hometown – probably the right choice with the PTO player EVER.

    Keep winning Baby!

    NEXT STOP BOA!!

  • Todd the electron rod

    “Jesse Puljujarvi only played 6:09 tonight. Why is he here?”
    Did JG leave his notebook lying around the office today!?
    Hopefully a seat sale this weekend can get JP and Yamamoto back to Bako.

  • From Vancouver missing wide open shots to that offside challenge to Nurse’s insane save, my gosh did they ever deserve to lose this and somehow end up winning. The hockey gods have messed with us for a while so it’s nice that we collected some of that karma

  • A-co

    Time to send Yamaha and pizza boy back to the farm for the balance of the year and see what spoon man and rat boy can do…and hopefully Jones is ok after that hit he took

  • The Off Ice

    Oiler fans are so conditioned for loss and negativity that the blogs seem to dry up when there’s nothing to be negative about. If the Oilers win lately, they get less response than if there was something to cheer about. You will never see the ultra negative people posters after a win. The “yeah, but” guys hate it.

    • Johnny Zylon

      Gotta agree with you. I’m way better at criticism than praise. Just ask my kids. Will now endeavour to change that. Yay! Oilers win! Oilers win! Oilers win! ( voice of Chicago Cubs announcer)

    • Serious Gord

      Wrong.

      Looking at a bad team and saying they are doing good is pollyannish nonsense.

      This is a bad team that, if healthy, might be a slightly above average quality team.

      How many oilers fans at the start of the season would have been happy that Vancouver is an equal match for the oil?

      How many are not disappointed with how this season is going? And how many want chiarelli and the rest of management kept on?

      The organization is rotten.

      Much of the team is rotten.

      A skin-of-the-teeth win over a (fellow) bottom-feeding rival should provide comfort for no oilers fan.

  • Odanada

    Love to see the team win. Kosko came up big when needed and we need that consistently to make the playoffs.
    Hope Jones is OK.
    My joy on the win does not change my view that we will not compete with the big boys and challenge for the Cup with Nicholson at the helm. Chia has to go should already be gone. The OBC needs to winter in Arizona.
    We are challenging for a playoff spot not because of our management, but in spite of them.

  • GK1980

    A win but game could have gone either way easily. With the skill Edmonton has if they just played like the canucks and got goaltending like the canucks they oil could have like 10 more wins.

  • Big Jacks Meat

    Small sample size for sure , but I liked what I saw from Cave. Step up on Spooner for sure, has some grit and smarts. Hey Colby , get ready for the BOA , going to need your ” A” Game.

    Pretty exciting game actually , not great tactically but fun to watch.

    Keep it real Oilers !!

  • Rob...

    One of the worst games of the year for officials in regard to McDavid. Connor was being mugged all night long and not only didn’t draw a penalty, but was given one himself.

        • Green Bastard

          No, I’m just watching games without orange glasses. Some of you oil fans would only be happy if the opposing team gets a penalty just cuz Connor steps on the ice. Why wouldn’t Connor get a high stick penalty? Cuz he’s Connor? Cuz the oil are picked on by everyone? Be less silly, sport

          • Rob...

            I never said he didn’t deserve the penalty. It was mentioned as proof that the refs are watching the plays. Your anti-Oiler bias is showing much more than my wish for the flipping rule book to be called fully. If you look further down you’ll see me getting slammed for thinking the hit on Jones was OK.

    • 99CupsofCoffey

      Did you see the Vancouver goalie wacking McDavid with his stick in OT every time 97 got close to the blue (not in it), especially when Vancouver had the puck behind the net? That stuff is just silly. Refs just dont really care what teams to to 97.

    • Green Bastard

      I saw that. You’re opening post sounded as if you felt cheated Connor was actually given a penalty. Let’s recall too, while Benning was a willing combatant in his tussle with Rousell, and appeared to be the instigator by throwing the first punches, Rousell got the extra minor. And if you watch Kassian’s hit on Horvat, Kass lifted his left leg just before the check on Horvat to get a little extra mustard on the hit, and it worked, and it went unpenalized. If a canuck did that to Connor, and he Connor limped off like Horvat did, would that be considered an unjustice in oil world?

  • Serious Gord

    Equalizing for games played, the oil are one point out of the playoffs and two points ahead of 26 place in the league.

    That’s how close the race is in the west and and how equally awful a large chunk of the western conference is.

    Fans who are optimistic about these teams are like kids in a pile of horse$hit looking for the pony…

    • Redbird62

      Not sure how you did your math, but Florida would be in 26th place on a point % basis at .467, while the Oilers are in 19th at .521% (which is 9th in the Western Conference which is consistent with your logic). It would be slightly generous to assume the Panthers would get 2 of the 4 points from the 2 games in hand leaving they 5 points behind the Oilers. You are truly a negative depressing blogger with a high degree of arrogance and disdain for fans who choose to be even slightly optimistic towards this team. Based on where this team was two seasons ago, they should not be in a desperate fight for a playoff spot now, and some bad and questionable moves by Chiarelli are contributors this being where they are. I want better, but I will take this over the Decade of Doom and last season and will choose to cheer every victory and be cautiously optimistic that they can stay in that fight for the remainder of the season. I do not want the Oilers to radically mortgage the future to make that push however, but I want them to be buyers through the deadline for the right move – though I will admit I am skeptical that Chiarelli can do that, but unlike you I am not 100% certain he can’t.

      • Serious Gord

        .467 is much closer to .500 than .333 or .250 so the proper projection is 2/4 points.

        The team should be solidly in the playoffs by now looking to go deep in the playoffs. They are not. And the prospects are grim for next year

        The oil is the worst team of the past 25 years and you criticize me for being negative?

        Are you a cubs fan?

        • Redbird62

          I did give Florida credit for 2 points just indicating that they don’t quite average 2 points per 2 games, getting them to 44 points still leaving them 5 points behind the Oilers so no change to my math.

          I did say that the team based on 2 years ago should have trended to being a perennial solid playoff team and they have not achieved that. I disagree with your grim outlook, in part because this is just hockey and I might as well maintain some hope. Plus I take a more balanced look rather than the chicken little the sky is falling view of things. I have little time for fans who excessivley trash players, coaches or managers as worthless, garbage, lazy just because they don’t meet their expectations. I am not some googly eyed optimist who thinks the Oilers can do no wrong, but the useless rhetoric and venom spewed often by many on this website is overly excessive criticism.

          By the way, by any measure, the New York Islanders are the worst team in the last 25 years – still bad for the Oilers but just pointing out another inaccuracy.

          And as for Cubs fans, of which I am not one, their continued support for their team over 100 years is to be much more admired that what many demonstrate on this website.

          • Ghosts of Northlands

            Ive lived just outside of Chicago for 40 years and Cubs fans were never anything close to be as negative as the Oilers fans I’ve seen on the web. And the Midwest of the US is notorious for their negative fandom.

  • camdog

    Wasnt happy with hit on Jones, that should have been 5 and a game for interference. I do like what Benning has done with that team. I don’t hear the fancy stat guys complaining about the Canucks rebuild anymore.

  • camdog

    I see the twitter verse is using fake numbers to justify Klefbom as a star d-man. Klefbom is a really good d-men, that hasn’t brought offence at 5 on 5 playing with McDavid for 2 years. He makes Larsson look better than he is. Koskinen going on a Vezina quality heater that ended when Klefbom got hurt is a coincidence, not a statically significant reason to justify Klefbom as a difference making d-man that makes Darnell Nurse an expendable d-man.

    What I’m getting at is the narrative starting on twitter that Nurse should be traded for a winger is ridiculous. The Oilers simply don’t have enough good d-men entering their prime to trade either Klefbom or Nurse for a winger.

  • OriginalPouzar

    I try about once a week to engage more on ON but any post over a line or two simply doesn’t show up. Its so frustrating to take the time to write a thoughtful post (and research the data) for it not to show up.

    I’m sorry BM but, again, its too painful to try and be an active member of this community.

  • Quoteright

    Keeping on keeping on!! Winning is good.
    Trading bad.
    Patience good.
    Blender bad.
    Belief can build a team.
    Look at Vegas.
    Appreciate the fact that last night mattered and they won…
    Playoff race is good.
    Better then 11 of the last 12 years.
    And definitely room for improvement (it’s not like they have plateaued)….
    So go Ooooiiiiilllllllll….