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GDB 71.0 Wrap Up: McKlefbom in overtime, Oilers win 3-2 in Arizona

The Oilers needed a better effort after that dud against New Jersey. The Coyotes are better than the Devils, but look at their roster. I know they’ve been on a bit of a roll but that is a very mediocre forward group and the Oilers should be competitive based on Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl alone.

The Oilers really needed a win in regulation. Giving a point to Arizona doesn’t do much. They’re still seven points with a game in hand but that’s a difficult gap to close with just 11 games left.

Still, a win is a win! Regulation or not, the Oilers gain two points and that was a solid game all things considered.

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THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Those Kachina jerseys are elite and I won’t hear otherwise. The Coyotes need to switch to them full time.
  • Best way to kill a penalty is to score a goal. Draisaitl takes a poor penalty and McDavid bails him out.
  • Posts! The post saved the Oilers a few hands. All hail post!
  • I thought an Alex Galchenyuk hat trick was inevitable. Especially with that late power play. I was pleasantly surprised it didn’t happen.
  • McDavid in overtime is such a cheat code.
  • I liked Andrej Sekera again. He makes a lot of small good plays that the Oilers badly need.
  • Draisaitl hits 90 points for the first time in his career.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • The Coyotes outshot the Oilers 12-4 in the first period.
  • Matt Benning scores! Then the Oilers immediately give up a goal. Not great.
  • Milan Lucic takes a penalty with seven minutes left in the third. It was a bit of a soft call but that can’t happen.
  • Absolutely no one was trying to score in the last couples minutes of regulation. That was hard to watch.
  • Oilers Nation Twitter is still in jail. Keep us in your thoughts.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
03:38 EDMONTON SHG – CONNOR MCDAVID (35) ASST: ALEX CHIASSON (13) 1-0
18:24 ARIZONA PPG – ALEX GALCHENYUK (16) ASST: OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON (28), JAKOB CHYCHRUN  (15) 1-1

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
04:52 EDMONTON MATT BENNING (5) ASST: CONNOR MCDAVID (67), LEON DRAISAITL (48) 2-1
05:04 ARIZONA ALEX GALCHENYUK (17) ASST: NICK COUSINS (14), CONOR GARLAND (4) 2-2

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
NO SCORING

OVERTIME

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
00:58 EDMONTON CONNOR MCDAVID (36) ASST: OSCAR KLEFBOM (16) 3-2

 

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  • Heschultzhescores

    Disappointed that they didn’t go all or nothing in the last few minutes of the game. The positive…they did just beat a team that was beating everyone.

    • 99bestever

      Shut up with the Conner leaving crap!! He’s not going anywhere but to the playoffs and Stanley with the Oil. He’s not a loser or a quitter! He’s a leader and will lead the Oil to the Stanley Cup. Be patient!! Rome wasn’t built in a day. Slowly but surely the Oil are getting the player experience and players that Conner will lead! Go Oilers (with Conner) Go!! Now shut the f up about him leaving!

      • Dark Knight Returns

        Oh muffin. So cute of you. Why isn’t he leaving a team going nowhere, in a dump of a town, in the middle of the frozen tundra,when he could be playing for a contender, in a better city runner the same $?
        Care to explain with reasons and not by being all butt sore and stuff?

        I agree w Bung, one more year of circus and McDavid asks for a trade

  • At the end of the season this pathetic organization has to make big changes or they will be a team on the outside of the playoffs looking in, yet again. This could be a great time to trade either Draisaitl or McD as this would be the fastest way to rebuild and they would return a kings ransom for the Oilers. Does either of them want to be part of a 3-5 year rebuild in order to have a top 5 team? Keep them and you have two 100 point a season players but no team success. I’m sure this isn’t going to be a popular post but what has this team done with these two players in the lineup but regress?

      • Not uninformed but a realistic comment. Enjoy having two 100 point scorers who seem more content to play for points rather then help the Oilers make the playoffs. Don’t whine about the Oilers have no wingers to play with McD when Crosby can take unknown wingers and make them very good players.

        • camdog

          You might think Jake Guentzel is an AHL quality winger, reality is he’s going to be good wherever he plays. Hornqvist might have not been good in your books, but 2-3 years ago when he was playing with Crosby he was better than anybody McDavid had other than Leon. Reality is Penguins find good wingers.

    • OilerForLife

      If they do that and fail the Oilers would never recover. Salary cap will go up and those two contracts will look better and better. That has rarely worked out. Lindros comes to mind, but more often the team that gets the big star wins. Only for the right deal, but most teams are too smart to offer a king’s ransom.

    • OilerForLife

      What’s sad is a defeatist attitude. Some players like Benning are earning a job for next year, and I’m excited for the future. There is a number of prospects that are nearly ready for the NHL in Bakersfield. This season isn’t over and there is no tanking in this team, and I respect that.

      • The future never comes

        You also do not know very much about an NHL calibre team by the looks of it. As far as a number of prospects for next year that can contribute? Maybe Benson and Yamo for forwards, maybe Jones and Lagesson on D. But we have a log jam on D with contracts so probably not. Defeatist or realist. I do not choose to be willfully ignorant about this team because you and some other naive people do.