GDB 51.0 Wrap Up: Not so sunny in Philadelphia, Oilers lose 5-4 in OT

Special teams disaster. Final Score: 5-4 Flyers in OT

I’m not going to lie to you guys, I was very nervous about how this thing was going to go. With the Oilers playing their first game after the bye week and the Flyers rolling all week long, it was hard to imagine things going all that smoothly for our boys. In my head, I was thinking of a team that likely needed time to shake off some rust while trying to make it happen against an opponent that is red hot right now. Combine those two facts and you don’t exactly have the makings of a tasty burrito. So when the Flyers opened the scoring on their first shot of the game, I wasn’t exactly brimming with sunshiney feelings, ya know? The crazy thing, though, is that the Flyers scoring first wasn’t at all a reflection of how the game actually started. No, it’s never ideal to fall back by an early goal but the Oilers didn’t let that affect them, instead, they kept the hammer down and basically pinned Philadelphia in their own zone with relentless pressure. To put it lightly, I was feeling hopeful.

After wrapping up the best first period we’ve seen in months, I was very interested to see how the Oilers would follow it up. We’ve all seen periods where we thought that the Oilers played well, but this one felt different. This time, the Oilers were as engaged and energized as we’ve seen in recent memory and I was desperately hoping that they could keep that going for the full 60 minutes. While the Oilers weren’t able to suffocate the Flyers in the second and third periods as they did in the first, they didn’t just roll over either. They still got their chances and they did a decent job of keeping Philly under wraps at even strength. In fact, I thought they were playing well enough to pull out a win despite the Flyers finding ways to grind their way back into the game. With the Oilers carrying a one goal lead into the third period, giving themselves the chance to come back from the break on a high note, I thought that all they needed to do was stay out of the box. If they could do that then they’d be alright. Unfortunately, keeping the game at even strength was too tall a task and a special teams disaster wiped out what should have been a great win. This one stings.

The wrap.

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  • Ty Rattie tied the game up at one apiece after Milan Lucic sprung him on a breakaway and he made a nice little backhand play to beat Hart down low. Rattie hadn’t scored in 21 games and I can’t think of a better time to end that drought than today in Philly. Great finish by Rattie.
  • Fresh haircut, same results for Connor McDavid as he registered his 30th goal of the season on an absolutely beautiful play by the captain. From where he started in his own zone to where he finished, Connor was basically wearing a couple of Flyers like a cape but he still managed to find some space and snipe a beautiful wrister past Hart to give the Oilers their first lead of the game.
  • Adam Larsson gave the Oilers a two-goal lead with his second goal of the season off of a beautiful shot that beat the goalie high over the blocker side. Larsson took a nice pass at the top of the circle with all kinds of time, and he used the space to fire a perfectly placed shot into the upper half of the net. Really nice puck movement by the Oilers and a better finish from Larsson a day after the anniversary of his father’s passing. That’s a great moment that I’m sure he will remember for a long time.
  • Zack Kassian had a really nice game today and I wanted to give him a shoutout for it before he even scored the shorthanded goal that temporarily restored the Oilers two-goal lead. Kassian was great all night tonight and I was pumped to see the guy get rewarded for his efforts because he was hustling all game long. Kass finished with two points on the day and it’s almost unlucky that he wasn’t able to get more based on how well he played.
  • Cam Talbot got the start today and I was really interested to see how he’d do given the break and realization that he’s likely playing for a job elsewhere. I thought he played well enough to win, but he, along with his teammates, was a nightmare on the special teams and that ended up being the difference. I don’t know why this team looked so different at 5-on-5 than they did when up or down a man, but that ended up being their downfall. Talbot finished with 34 saves and a .872 save%.
  • Today’s assist moves Jujhar Khaira up into sixth place in Oilers’ team scoring. Honestly, I’m reaching for bright sides right now and I thought JJ was a good place to start.
GDB 60.0 Wrap Up: Huge point for the skeleton crew, Oilers fall to Bruins 2-1 in OT


  • Sean Couturier opened the scoring for the Flyers as he finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play that completely dissected the Oilers’ PK box. All Couturier had to do was keep his stick on the ice and he had a tap-in.
  • Claude Giroux pulled the Flyers back within a single goal after he blew a slapshot past Talbot from the high circle. Giroux’s goal was the second power play goal of the afternoon for Philly and it was especially frustrating to see them execute with the man advantage, something the Oilers were unable to do.
  • Only 27 seconds after Zack Kassian’s shorthanded goal, Travis Konecny answered for the Flyers with their third power play goal of the game. Lindblom picked up a loose puck just outside the crease and fed it across to a waiting Konecny who made no mistake when it got to him.
  • No OT goal was more obvious than the one Nolan Patrick scored to end this thing. The Flyers were all over the Oilers in the bonus period and it really seemed like only a matter of time before they were able to score the winner, and when it finally came, I doubt anyone that watched was surprised. Brutal finish.
  • The power play was a gigantic problem today. That’s not to say that the Oilers looked completely ineffective with the man advantage, they didn’t, but it really would have done a world of good to get something done when they had the chance.
  • Wayne Simmonds tied the game up at four apiece with the Flyers’ fourth power play goal of the afternoon with less than nine minutes left to play, and at that point, I really had no idea how this thing was going to turn out, though, the scales were certainly tipped in Philadelphia’s direction.
  • I don’t really have to talk about how bad the penalty kill was today, do I? Flyers went 4/5 with the man advantage and, in my opinion, is the biggest reason they were able to win. Special teams matter and the Oilers were a disaster.
  • Refs were shit again but whatever.
  • No Klefbom today. Boo. Anyone else miss him like I do?
  • Of course I have to eat beets again. Why not? As always, you can join in on the #BeetCast win cast conversation over on my Twitter account.
GDB 62.0: King for a Day (8pm MT, SNW)



03:10 Philadelphia PPG – Sean Couturier (20) ASST: Jakub Voracek (32), Claude Giroux (39) 0-1
08:03 Edmonton Ty Rattie (3) ASST: Milan Lucic (8) 1-1
17:33 Edmonton Connor McDavid (30) ASST: Zack Kassian (5), Jujhar Khaira (13) 2-1


08:19 Edmonton Adam Larsson (2) ASST: Kevin Gravel (3), Connor McDavid (45) 3-1
16:54 Philadelphia PPG – Claude Giroux (16) ASST: Shayne Gostisbehere (16), Jakub Voracek (33) 3-2


04:07 Edmonton SHG – Zack Kassian (6) 4-2
04:34 Philadelphia PPG – Travis Konecny (14) ASST: Oskar Lindblom (11), Sean Couturier (23) 4-3
11:02 Philadelphia PPG – Wayne Simmonds (16) ASST: Claude Giroux (40), Jakub Voracek (34) 4-4


02:01 Philadelphia Nolan Patrick (10) ASST: James van Riemsdyk (11), Travis Sanheim (13) 4-5


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  • Alfonso

    Blues won already & one of the Nucks/Av’s will end tonight with two points putting the Oil four points out … never mind five teams being between them & the last wildcard spot … their losing ways are catching up to them … time to start thinking about the draft …

    • Derzie

      People really need to stop talking about how many points in or out of the final playoff spot they are. It’s about how many points they need to get to the normal threshold (90, 95, whatever that is). It’s not “just 2 points or 4 pts out” It’s about getting more points than the other 6 or 7 teams fighting for that spot. That’s a lot of points because some of those teams will get hot. It’s a war, not a battle.

  • HelpMeBabyJesus

    First, no I do not miss Klefbom at all. Second, this was such a painful game to watch…an emotional roller coaster. Third, what the heck was Talbot doing in net? He is the backup now and should not start unless Koskinen gets hit by a bus. Who cares if they are playing a back to back…they just had 10 days off. The Oilers are done and I will start watching again when we have a new GM with a plan to correct this debacle.

  • Hemmercules

    Lucic isn’t being lucic. Maybe his game has just become obsolete in the new NHL? He’s trying be some kind of playmaker. His passing is terrible. Give the puck to Connor or rattie and hang out in front of the net. Unfortunately for looch the game is so fast now that cycling is really really important and he can’t keep up or think the game quick enough to make the right play. I liked him when they first picked him up despite the contract but he fell off hard and playing him with mcdavid should not even be an option at this point. In the third period he seemed to be making the right plays sometimes and then ruining it on his next touch. I would almost feel bad for the guy but he’s paid handsomely. Like 300,000 a point handsome.

    • Gravis82

      you liked him despite the contract on day one? …… 😐

      It was a contract that was signed that everyone knew wouldnt be value in the last few year….and they still did it. You cant do that and expect to win. If someone is expected to not be worth their contract on the last day, they are not going be worth in on the 2nd day. You dont sign a regressing player to that type of deal.

      • Hemmercules

        At the time I felt like they needed a guy like him and he was doing the right things. They made the playoffs and he had a good season that year. I still liked him at the time, nothing wrong with that. Difference between liking the player and the contract. After that playoff year I thought he might be able to hold his one for at least the first 4 years if that deal. Not even close though. Don’t like the player or the contract anymore.

  • Aquavid

    The NHL can change so drastically in a short period of time. If you told an Oilers fan 4 years ago that in 2019 Edmonton would be one point ahead of Chicago in the standings with 2 games in hand at this point in the season, they would be ecstatic.

  • KootenayDan

    Benning was plus +3 but he is not a NHL defenseman at least not yet. He is panicking when he has the puck his confidence is obviously shot. Why do they not have him playing in Bakersfield?

    • camdog

      He’d get claimed on waivers. It’s a five man unit, that is only good when Connor is on ice. Schultz wasn’t an NHL d-man here either. You might be right on Benning though. I don’t know what he is yet.