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GDB Wrap-up 60.0: McDavid returns and the Oilers end the losing streak against the Islanders

The Oilers needed a win. They had two wins in their past 12 games coming into this game. It hasn’t been the Oilers year in 2019 so far.

At this point, you’re just hoping for an entertaining game with some goals and a good effort. The Oilers certainly started with that and sustained that for most of the game. That was a game the Oilers should win and they almost didn’t. A late goal from Oscar Klefbom tied the game and the Oilers finished it in overtime with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl doing their thing.

The Oilers had a very poor finish to the first period and the second period was a bit of a lull. Still, they came back firing in the third and managed to pull out a win.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Sam Gagner! His first goal as an Oiler since 2014. Gagner should provide more offence than Ryan Spooner did as an Oiler. I thought he looked okay playing with McDavid and Zack Kassian. Kind of strange to see Gagner and Kassian on the same line given their history, but this is a weird season so that’s to be expected. Gagner is capable offensively and that’s what the Oilers need right now.
  • The Oilers had a good start. Draisaitl continues his hot stretch and notches another goal on the power play. 2-0 start! Everything was coming up Oilers in the first half of the first period.
  • The Oilers outshot the Islanders significantly for most of the game. Yes, this was the second half of a back-to-back for the Islanders, but it’s good to see them limiting the opposition’s chances and generating chances. Having Klefbom and Andrej Sekera back helps. Those are two defenceman who can move the puck on a defence group that sorely lacks puck-moving defencemen. That’s five games in a row they’ve outshot the other team.
  • The Oilers came on again in the third period and the game-tying goal felt inevitable. That was a game where the Oilers could have easily folded in the second period.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • McDavid hits Nick Leddy in the head and gets two minutes for checking to the head. I don’t think McDavid gets any supplemental discipline from the league, but it wasn’t a great play. McDavid gives them so much every night so he’s allowed a curious decision every once in a while.
  • Darnell Nurse and Anders Lee engage with each other again. They both get penalties and Russell gets another penalty to put them down 5-on-3.
  • Jordan Eberle getting some sort of point was very predictable. The former Oiler curse is alive and well.
  • The Oilers had a good start. Then they allowed three unanswered goals. That was less good. Two came on the power play, but that can’t happen in such a short amount of time.
  • Koskinen let in three goals on 23 shots. An .870 save percentage isn’t good enough. I know they were on the penalty kill but this team needs a lot of things to go right if they want a win and a sub-.900 save percentage will sink them most nights.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
05:12 EDMONTON PPG – LEON DRAISAITL (46) ASST: CONNOR MCDAVID (53), RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS (36) 1-0
06:30 EDMONTON SAM GAGNER (2) ASST: TOBIAS RIEDER (11) 2-0
12:57 NEW YORK ANDERS LEE (21) ASST: JOHNNY BOYCHUK (12), BROCK NELSON (21) 2-1
19:21 NEW YORK PPG – BROCK NELSON (19) ASST: JORDAN EBERLE (15), RYAN PULOCK (22) 2-2
19:49 NEW YORK PPG – CAL CLUTTERBUCK (7) ASST: RYAN PULOCK (23), DEVON TOEWS (7) 3-2

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
NO SCORING


3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
05:12 EDMONTON OSCAR KLEFBOM (46) ASST: MILAN LUCIC (10), COLBY CAVE (5) 3-3

OVERTIME

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
01:22 EDMONTON CONNOR MCDAVID (3) ASST: LEON DRAISAITL (37) 4-3

#GOODCONTENT


Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 2/21/2019 – 10:00 pm MT