Friendly reminder that we began the third period with a 2-1 lead. Final score: 6-2 Blackhawks.
Remember the last two games on the weekend where we gave up an early goal on the penalty kill? Well, it happened again tonight. Nuge took an early slashing penalty in his shift, and it took exactly four seconds into the power play for Erik Gustaffson to score after his point shot deflected off an Oilers player. Luckily for us, the Blackhawks pretty much took consecutive penalties for the remainder of the period allowing us to take ALL of the momentum back. Draisaitl scored his first goal on the power play after a scramble in front of the net. Then just minutes later, he scored his SECOND powerplay goal of the period on a one-timer from a nice cross-ice pass from McDavid to put the Oilers up 2-1. Believe it or not, Chicago took MORE penalties after that and we entered the intermission on the upswing. Remember how happy we were all feeling after this? Let’s continue.
Draisaitl and the rest of the team came out flying in the second period as we finished up a 5 on 3 powerplay, but after that, it pretty much turned into the Chicago Blackhawks show. They dominated the play up and down the ice and we really struggled in every way possible to clear the zone. We had a couple scoring chances near the end of the period and went into the dressing room leading in shots 23-21. Frankly, if it wasn’t for Cam Talbot’s big saves, we would have for sure been down after the second period.
I’d like to tell you how well the Oilers played in the third period, and also talk about how many goals the Oilers scored…. but that didn’t happen. Instead, the exact opposite happened. After a few minutes of back and forth during the beginning of the third period, the Chicago Blackhawks turned it up to 11 and scored four goals in under four minutes. Yes, you read that right. I honestly don’t even know what happened and I have a hard time comprehending it. Things got flipped completely upside down and the Hawks just kept scoring and scoring and scoring. Talbot got pulled after the first three, and then it was Drake Caggiula (of course) who scored the Blackhawk’s fifth goal of the game. In the middle of this horrific collapse, a fan in the lower bowl walked up to the glass to throw his jersey on the ice. See below for pics and a video. That brings back some old memories, doesn’t it? Things didn’t get any better as the Blackhawks potted one more goal and the Oilers got booed out of the rink.
The losing streak has now been extended to six games, and the season looks gloomier and gloomier as the days pass.
*Remembers when we were leading 2-1 and everyone was happy*
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Just like last game, Leon Draisaitl scored again on the power play with an empty-net tap-in during the first period. After a tight scramble at the net, Connor McDavid slid the puck over to Draisaitl who made no mistake. This is Drai’s 30th goal of the season and a career high for him. The guy is living up to his giant contract pretty well so far don’t you think? Darnell Nurse got an assist on the goal as well, who also has a career-high 27 points this season.
- Thankfully for us, the Chicago Blackhawks continued to take penalties in the first period giving us a 5-on-3 immediately after Draisaitl’s first goal. It took a handful of seconds into the two-man advantage for McDavid to dish it over to Draisaitl to pot his second powerplay goal of the period. It was a classic McDrai connection and gave the Oilers the lead for the first time in the game. Nuge got the second assist as well!
- Two forwards who I thought stood out quite a bit for me tonight were Alex Chiasson and Ty Rattie. Rattie’s been playing really well since being on McDavid’s line but still can’t seem to score any goals. He had a couple really good chances tonight but continued to get robbed by Cam Ward. I’d call him a little snake-bitten at the moment, but hopefully, that changes soon. I’m still expecting to see preseason Ty Rattie sometime this year!
- Please ignore the entire third period when reading this next point, but I thought Oscar Klefbom looked pretty solid in his first game back. No one really knew what to expect from him, but he looked fairly patient with the puck and didn’t show any issues keeping up with the play. He played just over 20 minutes tonight which was a lot more than I expected to see out of him.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Tell me if you’ve heard this story before: The Oilers take a penalty in the first two minutes of the game and give up an early shorthanded goal. Sound familiar? Well, it also happened tonight. We NEED to start games better.
- Connor McDavid took Brad Malone’s stick to the face in the second period and I’M REALLY GETTING SICK OF SEEING CONNOR GET HIT IN THE FACE. Fortunately, he was okay and didn’t miss any ice time, but the boys have to be careful!
- Drake Caggiula was flying all over the ice tonight while playing alongside Toews and Kane. I’m super happy for him but at the same time, I will never forgive Chiarelli for trading him for Manning. Also, it doesn’t sound like the Oilers gave him a video tribute? I know he didn’t do a TON here but we were his first NHL team and I was definitely expecting a little something.
- After a failure to clear the zone and mishandling in the high slot, the Blackhawks took advantage and Hayden scored to tie the game up at two. After playing fairly solid throughout the second period, it didn’t take a big mistake for the tables to turn.
- Just a couple minutes after the Hayden goal, the Blackhawks come up the ice and Dylan Strome snipes one upstairs past Talbot from the top of the circle. Strome has been red-hot since he got traded from Arizona and he definitely showed it tonight with that shot.
- Literally a minute after the Strome goal after the Hayden goal, Patrick Kane scored the Hawks THIRD unanswered goal off of a weak rebound from Talbot. Things got out of hand real quick and all of a sudden the Oilers lead turned into a two-goal deficit. Not cool, boys. To kick us while we’re down, Andrew Shaw was standing directly on Cam Talbot in the blue point prohibiting him from making the rebound save. See below for a picture. The Oilers challenged it for goalie interference but it didn’t fly with the refs which I don’t completely understand. To shake things up, Hitchcock pulled Cam Talbot and replaced him with Mikko Koskinen.
- After giving up another early goal, Cam Talbot was absolute fire throughout the first and second period. He was the reason we maintained a lead throughout most of the game. Unfortunately, after a few bad bounces and poor plays, Talbot let three goals past him in a row which gave Hitchcock no choice but to give him the hook. I feel for the guy, he was playing so good and in a matter of minutes, it went down the drain.
- Please don’t make me write this… but shortly after the Blackhawk’s third goal of the period, Drake Caggiula finally scored a well-deserved goal passed Mikko Koskinen. Caggiula planted himself in the high slot and one-timed a pass through the goalie. Caggiula was buzzing all night long and honestly, I wasn’t surprised to see him get one against this former team.
- We had our very first jersey throwing incident of 2019 tonight, and it happened right after the third-period collapse. There’s a video of it below. Listen jersey throwers, I know you’re pissed at this team, but throwing your jersey on the ice is a huge slap in the face to the players, who are working their asses off to try and win games. If you want to protest management for putting us in this horrible situation then find another way than insulting the players.
- With eight minutes left in the third period, Kahun scored the fifth unanswered goal for Chicago to put them up by four goals. Did I mention the Oilers entered the period with a 2-1 lead?
- I think the Face Palmers section has gotten long enough… but the Oilers only took four shots on net in the third period, where the Blackhawks scored five goals.
|01:55||Chicago||PPG – Erik Gustafsson (11) ASST: Jonathan Toews (29)||1-0|
|16:41||Edmonton||PPG – Leon Draisaitl (30) ASST: Connor McDavid (46), Darnell Nurse (21)||1-1|
|18:45||Edmonton||PPG – Leon Draisaitl (31) ASST: Connor McDavid (47), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (33)||1-2|
|03:50||Chicago||John Hayden (3) ASST: Marcus Kruger (5), Chris Kunitz (3)||2-2|
|05:23||Chicago||Dylan Strome (13) ASST: Dominik Kahun (15), Alex DeBrincat (22)||3-2|
|05:51||Chicago||Patrick Kane (32) ASST: Brandon Saad (13), Artem Anisimov (15)||4-2|
|06:38||Chicago||Drake Caggiula (9) ASST: Jonathan Toews (30), Patrick Kane (46)||5-2|
|12:12||Chicago||PPG – Dominik Kahun (9) ASST: Brent Seabrook (16), Brandon Saad (14)||6-2|
Oilers have allowed a power play at 1:55, 2:23, and 3:10 of last three games.
— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) February 6, 2019
Cam Talbot has been good tonight so I'm glad we haven't made any rash decisions with our goaltending positio-HE DID WHAT??!
— Keith Gretzky (@FakeOilersGM) February 6, 2019
Connor McDavid plays chess while everyone else plays checkers
— Ryan (@IAmByks) February 6, 2019
We have the first official jersey on the ice of 2019. pic.twitter.com/2iYxGweVbA
— ???? ?????? ??? – ?????? ??? (@TheNationDan) February 6, 2019
This isn’t goaltender interference? His leg is literally wedged inside the pad. pic.twitter.com/rorpXHHRjY
— Dustin Nielson (@nielsonTSN1260) February 6, 2019
— William James (@William_J87) February 6, 2019
How long until Hitchcock asks for a trade?
— BDC (@Ben_in_yeg) February 6, 2019
And let’s be honest if you want to send a message to the organization, instead of throwing the jersey, stop buying the jersey.
— Dustin Nielson (@nielsonTSN1260) February 6, 2019