The Oilers lost again, and Super Bowl Sunday is ruined for everyone. Final score: 4-3 in overtime.
I have mixed emotions about the first period. After giving up four powerplay goals yesterday against the Flyers, the Oilers came out today in Montreal by taking two penalties in the first three minutes of the game. Cool, right? Luckily they only scored on one of them and it was a howitzer by Shea Weber. Fortunately for us, Leon Draisaitl and the power play crew answered back a few minutes later with a goal which tied the game. The Oilers showed a little life after this, but the Habs continued to push the pace for the remainder of the period. We had a difficult time clearing the zone and gave up some pretty good scoring chances. Koskinen made a few big saves and took us to the intermission tied at one with the Oilers behind in shots 13-7.
The second period started exactly how we DIDN’T want it to. Max Domi opened the scoring and then we followed that up by taking a penalty the next shift. The odds eventually turned in our favor, and Connor McDavid tied the game on the powerplay, which gave the Oilers a sign of life again. Both teams exchanged some decent chances back and forth and it continued to be a grind. Fortunately, the Oilers powerplay proved to be red-hot today. McDavid drew ANOTHER powerplay near the end of the period and the Oilers went to work. After nearly everyone on the ice touched the puck, Draisaitl banged the puck into an empty net giving the Oilers their first lead of the game. The Oilers finished the period with all the momentum and went into the dressing room down in shots 19-16.
The Oilers activated the shutdown game in the third period and always had five guys back. This didn’t create some very entertaining hockey to watch, but they did a great job preventing the Canadiens to get up the ice and create opportunities. Everything was going as planned until the six-minute mark in the third period where the Habs rookie, Kotkanemi, picked up a loose puck behind the net and buried it past Koskinen. The rest of the game answered nothing, and we went to overtime, again.
The first minutes of OT nearly gave me a heart attack as usual. Both the Habs and Oilers exchanged odd-man rushes, then McDavid and Draisaitl came down on Carey Price as a 2-0 but couldn’t capitalize. The very next shift involved Jonathan Drouin taking the puck up ice from the faceoff, cutting to the middle, and sniping it home to give the Habs the W. This is the second game in a row that I think the Oilers deserved the two points, but instead they’ll walk away from the weekend with two out of the four potential points. Not terrible?
And we wrap.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- The hockey gods were on our side after a rough start to the first period as a lucky bounce in front of the net gave Leon Draisaitl a wide open net to give him the easiest goal of his career. This was Draisaitl’s 28th goal of the season and came during a powerplay that looked hopeless at the time to tie the game. Drai definitely made up for his bad penalty to start the game, and we’re now on good terms.
- At least our powerplay is rolling since our penalty kill isn’t. Halfway through the game, Connor McDavid finishes off a beautiful pass from Nuge to tie the game up at two. That’s his 31st goal of the season and he is well on his way to finishing the season with a career-high in goals.
- Darnell Nurse had another solid game today and put up two assists. He has now tied his career high with 26 points on the year with 30 games remaining. He played incredible today, especially while head-manning the powerplay. Nurse continues to show improvement on a yearly basis and is well on his way to becoming a stud defenceman.
- It wouldn’t be an Oilersnation wrap-up if I don’t comment on how good Connor McDavid played this afternoon. He continues to keep me on the edge of my seat game after game and today he was hot fire, again.
- The Oilers scored their second power-play goal of the game in the second period with another Leon Draisaitl goal! A passing play that involved almost everyone on the ice lead to a wide open net goal again by Draisaitl. It’s important to note that the Oilers first of the game came just seconds after their powerplay expired. All three goals have been lay-ups and that’s an impressive thing to pull off.
THE FACE PALMERS
- I hate to remind you, but we gave up four goals on the penalty kill yesterday against the Flyers. The LAST thing we want to do in today’s game takes a penalty, and Matt Benning went ahead to take a slashing penalty in the first two minutes of the game. Obviously, the Habs put the puck on Weber’s stick who made no mistake in rifling one past Koskinen. The Habs have the worst power play in the league, and the Oilers have the worst penalty kill in the league. Unfortunately, that one didn’t go in our favor.
- Seconds after giving up the first powerplay goal, Leon Draisaitl takes a dumb interference penalty in our own zone putting us down for ANOTHER two minutes. What kind of strategy is this? What are they thinking, seriously? I mean, we killed the penalty so maybe this point should go in the Bright Side section… but still.
- Another rough start to a period lead to Max Domi scoring the second goal of the game for the Habs early in the second. It was an unlikely deflection off his stick which created a broken play allowing him to wrap it around into the net. Tough play.
- I felt that Tobias Rieder has had two strong games this weekend, but I’m truly starting to think he’ll never score again. He’s so snake bitten right now it’s hard to wrap my head around it. Rieder had another breakaway tonight along with numerous scoring chances that he couldn’t finish off. I feel bad for the guy, he deserves better.
- Koskinen failed to cover the puck behind the net which leads to a wild scramble in the third period, and Kotkanemi tied the game up for the Habs at three. After playing a pretty good shutdown period, this was disappointing to see with six minutes left in the game.
- We lost again in overtime after an absolute snipe by Drouin. These are heartbreakers but at the end of the day, getting two out of the four points this weekend immediately after the bye-week isn’t the worst thing in the world.
|02:23||Montreal||PPG – Shea Weber (8) ASST: Jonathan Drouin (24)||0-1|
|09:44||Edmonton||Leon Draisaitl (28) ASST: Milan Lucic (9), Darnell Nurse (19)||1-1|
|01:09||Montreal||Max Domi (17) ASST: Jeff Petry (27), Paul Byron (9)||1-2|
|08:05||Edmonton||PPG – Connor McDavid (31) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (31), Darnell Nurse (20)||2-2|
|14:55||Edmonton||PPG – Leon Draisaitl (29) ASST: Alex Chiasson (8), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (32)||3-2|
|13:35||Montreal||Jesperi Kotkaniemi (8) ASST: Max Domi (30), Tomas Tatar (23)||3-3|
|00:58||Montreal||Jonathan Drouin (15)||3-4|
Only way to work on the PK by being in the PK. pic.twitter.com/nEaVcJVBxC
— Slamin Samin (@samakehurst91) February 3, 2019
Yes that was pretty cool…. https://t.co/PaPnU14Gvi
— Wilhauk Beef Jerky® (@WilhaukBeefJerk) February 3, 2019
Draisaitl ties his career high in goals…. In February.
Great season for #29!
— Bret Litke (@BretLitke94) February 3, 2019
McDavid needs 19 goals to become first Canadian player to score 50 goals in a season since Steven Stamkos scored 60 in 2012. #NHL
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) February 3, 2019
Leon Draisaitl may be the most underrated player in NHL history
— Adam (@OilersAdam) February 3, 2019