The best part of that game was probably the final buzzer. Final Score: 5-1 Ducks
Regardless of what happens with the wild card race or anything else that’s going on, I always feel like I can get fired up for a game against the Anaheim Ducks. For me personally, I feel just as much hatred or disdain towards the Ducks as I do for any other team in the league and that includes the rest of the Pacific Division and beyond. So I didn’t care what the odds said or what anyone else thinks of where the Oilers are at as a franchise, we’ve got plenty of time for that in the offseason, I wanted to see a win. I wanted to see the Oilers beat the Ducks not only for the points they so desperately need but because they’re the kind of team where everyone can get behind their failure.
When the game finally got underway, I was expecting the Oilers to come out like a house on fire. Given the injuries that the Ducks are playing through and the fact that they lost last night in Calgary was reason enough to expect a beatable team. Instead, what we got was a back and forth start that saw the Ducks open the scoring with a goal that you’d want to have stopped every single time, leaving the Oilers to chase once again. In the second period, the Oilers started the frame with lacklustre attention to detail and absolutely no goaltending to speak of, which allowed the Ducks the daylight they needed to extend their lead and put this game in a chokehold. By the time the third period rolled around, I was trying to see if there was any paperwork that we could fill out to have the league run the clock out.
At the end of the day, the Oilers looked like they were not at all ready to play and the Ducks, albeit a skeleton squad due to injuries, found a way to take advantage of their sloppiness. For a game that Edmonton desperately needed to win, they didn’t play with any urgency and finished their night with one of the more disheartening losses in recent memory.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- The game is over now.
- Sam Gagner got the Oilers on the board, ruining John Gibson’s shutout bid, with a one-timer goal that came midway through the third period and at a moment when it looked like they might not get anything.
- Shout out to Anthony Stolarz for having to come into what can only be described as a dumpster fire of a situation. Stolarz finished his night with 16 saves and a .941 save%.
- Another shout out to whoever won the 50/50. At least someone had a good night.
- At least the Oilers won 58% of the faceoffs? Anybody? Bah. =
THE FACE PALMERS
- Corey Perry opened the scoring with what can only be described as a dogshit goal that Mikko Koskinen should be able to stop 10/10 times. We all know that Mikko’s been having glove hand issues, but this one literally hit him in the mitt and the puck still managed to make its way through.
- Early in the second period, Rickard Rakell extended the Ducks’ lead to two goals when they capitalized on a terrible giveaway by Adam Larsson on his own end. Larsson whiffed on the clearing attempt and Rakell beat Koskinen up high and, all of a sudden, the Oilers were down by a pair. Rakell added another goal a few minutes later in the period to put the Ducks up by three and the Oilers down on the mat, locked into a submission hold. Unfortunately, Rakell wasn’t done yet as he ended up paying homage to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and finished off his hat trick before the second period was through.
- Only moments into the third period, Sam Carrick won a clean draw right back to Devin Shore who absolutely ripped a snap shot past Stolarz and into the top corner. At this point, Shore’s goal was the hockey equivalent of beating a dead horse.
- Getting outshot 38-31 by a team that got torched last night is not a good look.
- Who started in net? You know it was Mikko Koskinen. As we’ve seen since Cam Talbot was traded, the big Finn is being played until the wheels fall off which would have been nice to see before he was signed to a new three-year deal but what are you gonna do? Needless to say, tonight was not Koskinen’s night as he could not stop anything to save his life in the second period and ended up getting the hook after Rickard Rakell finished up his hat trick. Koskinen finished his night with 17 saves and a .810 save%.
- From the giveaways to the missed saves to the poor choices with the puck, the Oilers looked like they were not at all on the same page tonight and that was clearly reflected on the scoreboard.
- Speaking of giveaways, tonight was not Adam Larsson’s night. I hate to single the guy out but he was not very good tonight and that can happen for a guy on the top pairing that plays as many mintues as he does.
- Over their last seven games, the Oilers have only been given a single power play in each so I was very curious to see how many they’d get tonight. I find it seriously hard to believe that their opponents collectively played seven hours of hockey while only cheating seven times, especially when tonight’s opponent was the Anaheim Ducks.
- Late night beets are the worst kind of beets. As always, you can join in on the #BeetCast conversation over on my Twitter account.
|15:17||Anaheim||Corey Perry (6) ASST: Adam Henrique (24), Hampus Lindholm (21)||1-0|
|01:21||Anaheim||Rickard Rakell (16) ASST: Jakob Silfverberg (16)||2-0|
|08:48||Anaheim||Rickard Rakell (17) ASST: Sam Steel (5), Korbinian Holzer (3)||3-0|
|15:13||Anaheim||Rickard Rakell (18) ASST: Jakob Silfverberg (17), Hampus Lindholm (22)||4-0|
|01:29||Anaheim||Devin Shore (10) ASST: Sam Carrick (1)||5-0|
|13:09||Edmonton||Sam Gagner (6) ASST: Milan Lucic (14), Oscar Klefbom (22)||5-1|
— Ashley (@ashmash09) March 31, 2019
Can we get this setup for Koski? pic.twitter.com/Ul9hguBBqY
— theschroeds (@The_Schroeds) March 31, 2019
C’mmaaaaaaa Edmonton (Rogers Place needs the bathrooms fixed) #KraftHockeyville
— Ryan (@IAmByks) March 31, 2019
— march maxness (@ILovePulju) March 31, 2019
@jsbmbaggedmilk If you start the Beet Cast now, you can still salvage your Saturday.
— ⛺️🥃☕️ TCD ☕️🥃⛺️ (@The_Camper_Dave) March 31, 2019
I’m just saying we shouldn’t place too much emphasis on training camp predictions. https://t.co/nKZdvvVqjx
— Rob Tychkowski (@Rob_Tychkowski) March 31, 2019
SEASON ENDING ROAD TRIP
Based on the last two times we’ve done this trip, this is a weekend that you really don’t want to miss and to get a little silly with 50 of your fellow citizens while behind enemy lines takes everything to another level. And since I already know that you want to be there with us, let’s get to the details, shall we? Cool? Cool.
Give me the details, guy:
- When? Saturday, April 6th, 2019
- How much? The depends on how many people are coming with you. To put it another way, we’ve got a range of options including single occupancy ($335/person) up to groups of four ($250/person).
- Why? Because we love to party
- Where do you buy tickets? Right here, friend. But be warned, just like the last time we did this, the trip sold out quickly and procrastinating will be your enemy.
Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 3/30/2019 – 10:30 pm MT