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GDB 81.0 Wrap up: Draisaitl’s hunt for 50 continues, Oilers lose 3-2 to Sharks

The final game of the season in Rogers Place concludes. Oilers lose 3-2.

The first period of tonight’s game wasn’t awful. The Oilers, who were eliminated from playoff contention this past week and don’t have a lot to play for, came out pretty strong. This is the final game of the season in front of their home crowd, and it looked like they came out playing with pride for us. After scoring in the first few minutes of the game from a shorthanded breakaway by Draisaitl, the Oilers gave up back to back goals to the Sharks midway through the period. They didn’t let that slow them down and finished the period strong. The shots going into the intermission were 12-9.

The second period remained entertaining as well. If it wasn’t for Leon Draisaitl’s race to 50 goals, or Connor McDavid’s absurd amount of points this season, these last few games would be extremely hard to watch. Instead, our star players are still giving us something to cheer about even after being eliminated. Anthony Stolarz played extremely solid this period, stopping nearly every shot he faced. Leon Draisaitl’s 49th goal of the season tied the game up at two, but with minutes winding down in the period, Nyquist scored to put the Sharks up by one again. Both teams exchanged chances on both ends and went into the dressing room with the shots being 22-20 for the Sharks.

All eyes were on Leon Draisaitl in the third period as he looked to pot his 50th goal of the season. You can tell it was the mission of the entire team as at times they were trying to force him the puck even when the play wasn’t there. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the hatty, and he didn’t get to fifty, but you can’t say he didn’t have his chances. Draisaitl was all over the puck in the third period but couldn’t get anything through the Sharks goalie. In fact, the Oilers were all over the Sharks in the third period but nothing stuck.

It was a fun game to watch and it’s too bad the Oilers couldn’t pull out a win in their last game. I for one am proud of how they played tonight. It definitely isn’t easy to motivate yourself to work hard at this point of the season, but the Oilers found a way. For now, we will go into Calgary on Saturday with all eyes on Leon Draisaitl who looks to score his 50th. 

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Leon Draisaitl, who’s been an absolute unit this season picks off a Sharks pass two minutes into the game and takes it down to score on the shorthanded breakaway. This was his 48th of the season and a beauty at that. Friendly reminder that Leon Draisaitl has the best shooting percentage in the league!
  • Shoutout to Sam Gagner who played his 800th career game tonight. The guy is a beast and I’m still very happy he’s an Oiler again.
  • Leon Draisaitl one-times home his 49th goal of the season to tie the game up at two in the second period. You know the whole team’s looking for him to score that 50th.
  • Stolarz hasn’t played much for the Oilers this season, but he sure showed up tonight, especially in the second period and the third when we needed him the most.
  • Andrej Sekera got absolutely leveled by Timo Meier in the second period and it didn’t take Milan Lucic long at all to pounce. Lucic went right after Meier and gave him a couple of shots to the head. Both players ended up sitting two minutes for roughing, but it was awesome to see Looch jump in to defend a teammate, even if it is in game 81 of the season.
  • There were more “Let’s go Reider” chants tonight from the Rogers Place crowd and I loved every second of it. He had quite a few scoring chances and the building lit up every time he touched the puck.  We’ve all got your back, Toby!
  • Matt Benning played his first game without the cage and looked fantastic out there. I thought he really stood out in the offensive end and was getting a lot of point shots through to the net. Looking forward to what he has to bring next year!

THE FACE PALMERS

  • It took the Oilers 42 whole seconds into the game to take a penalty in the offensive end. Draisaitl ended up scoring while we were shorthanded, but c’mon guys, let’s stay out of the box!
  • Joe Thornton strikes again with that beautiful passing of his. He set himself in Gretzky’s office and dished it to Sorenson who was battling in the slot to put it home behind Stolarz. This goal tied the game up at one and put Thornton in the number eight spot in most career assists in the NHL.
  • Just a minute after Sorenson’s goal, Brent Burns snipes one upstairs passed Stolarz to put the Sharks up by one. This was an absolute rocket and was a pretty hard shot to stop for Stolarz, who got his second start in an Oilers jersey tonight.
  • The Sharks got their third goal off the faceoff again near the end of the second period. Brent Burns fired a puck to the net where Nyquist was there to tip it passed Stolarz.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
02:03 Edmonton SHG – Leon Draisaitl (48) 0-1
08:52 San Jose Marcus Sorensen (17) ASST: Joe Thornton (34), Jacob Middleton (1) 1-1
10:04 San Jose Brent Burns (15) ASST: Tomas Hertl (37) 2-1

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
03:22 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (49) ASST: Matt Benning (12), Connor McDavid (75) 2-2
18:48 San Jose Gustav Nyquist (21) ASST: Brent Burns (66), Evander Kane (25) 3-2

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

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      • joilers

        The Oil made good decisions on Draisatl, Mcdavid, Hall, Nuge, Eberle, Benson, Marody, Yamamoto, Bear, Bouchard, and Jones in recent years on how they were/are developed. They bungled yakupov, Shultz, and likely puljujarvi. Complaining about development is misguided. Complaining about terrible trades is intelligent.

  • Arfguy

    Man…it would have been so cool to watch Draisaitl net 50 in front of the home crowd. We’ve got some great players in RNH, McDavid, Draisaitl and Nurse. Hell, I liked a lot of what I saw from Benning, so I don’t think he should be moved.

    L50N next game, please!

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    Drai came close tonight to getting his 50th, I almost thought he might get the hattie. Stolarz did well I though for a guy with a knee injury, I am not so sure Koskinen would have faired so well..so do the Oilers play Koskinen in Calgary or stick with Stolarz?

    Honestly if Klowe and MacT love the Oilers as much as they say… they retire… They have made a lot of money, they will both retire very comfortably…. time to take one for the fans and go enjoy life away from hockey

    • Garnett

      Funny how it was always Spector in that intermission slot… After his infomus “Red Wine Summit” article it seems sombodie’s don’t want him around no more. No biggie, Drew and Gene are “safer” to have around, and their analysis is so much better…

  • Arfguy

    I wonder if the Oilers can afford a player like Ryan Dzingel next year. Also, it’s probably a long shot, but if the Oilers are looking for a decent right-shot defenceman…Tim Heed of the San Jose Sharks is UFA next season.

  • Abagofpucks

    Maybe the flames will be dumb enough to play lil johnny, and he gets crushed on the half wall and leaves the game with a dislocated shoulder. Then drai closes out the season with a hat trick and wins the Rocket Richard trophy while Conner has 3 assists and a goal. AHH HAHAHA suck it Fools Nation!!!

    And now here come the birds……….

  • Oiler Al

    That was fun..Drai chasing 50. Wasn’t for lack of trying.Not sure if the Sharks came with their”A” game, but who cares,, some good action, even if the defense sucked ,yet again. Fire Yawny on Monday.

  • Serious Gord

    77 points with one game left. If they lose Saturday (and don’t you think the flames will be going all out to prevent Drai from getting 50) they will have a season record one point worse than last season.

    And they are currently in second last place in the west.

    To heck with the three great seasons by three individual players – the season has been a giant leap backwards.

    And likely no one in the “mind trust” will be gone at the start of next season.

  • Heschultzhescores

    They had only won 1 out of the last 10…of course we’d be the slump busters. Until we can beat teams when they are down, we will stay right where we are.

    • Serious Gord

      Maybe, maybe not. But he couldn’t even smile at the pregame reward ceremony. The two guys who were on the carpet looked pumped to be there and mcdavid grudgingly shook their hands – not good. He’s definitely unhappy.

    • Boba The Fett

      If u honestly think Connor is going to ask for a trade after next year when he is playing on a $100M contract AND currently build quite the house in Edmonton then I would say you think very little of his character and perhaps you should just quit commenting. The guy was brought up by his father in a manner that has built an immense amount of character and he isnt just gonna jump ship. Remember Lemieux and Sakic as well I believe didnt even make the playoffs once in the first 4 years

      • QuitForRealThisTime

        Would he leave because of the terrible management, probably. Would be abandon his loyal fans, likely. Would he give up on his teammates? I don’t believe he would.

  • madjam

    How can an NHL team with the likes of Connor , Leon and Hopkins be so bloody poor so consistently ? Defence and goaltending still remain a joke , but rest of forwards could not fair well even in the AHL or KHL . They obviously have to be trained to be this bad .Step 1- Running a 6M non contributor on team probably a bad idea , and effects efforts on other cheaper support players that would probably do better without that severe underachiever using up time they might /can do better at . Maybe Jujar and Jesse have turned to busts and should also be replaced . Yamamoto might never be big enough for NHL and Bouchard is iffy at best . Samarukov and Benson might be best to graduate next season ? Bear and/ or Jones ready ? Larsson biggest disappointment this year and Klefbom , Sekara and Nurse all overated this year.

    • Boba The Fett

      Samorukov ready to graduate? The kid hasnt even played a pro game yet, maybe in 3 years. Jones is ready for the jump and I think Lagesson/Benson may be as well

  • Spoils

    I think the orange pylon color makes special teams worse. Easier to spot and track.

    Obviously, there are much bigger fish to fry… home v away stats might illuminate this, maybe from awhile ago – since the habits persist

  • Aquavid

    I have a feeling that there will be a lot of lockers cleaned out on the management side of things this year. The Oilers didn’t miss the playoffs because Reider didn’t score. Bad management from top to bottom was the reason the Oilers didn’t ice the best possible team.

  • FlamesFan27

    Ideal outcome on Saturday. Drai gets his 50 goals and JG gets his 100 points. Flames win, but that doesn’t really matter that much as long as no one gets injured.

    Oilers are close to being a contender; they have the best 1-2 punch in the league. If they can get just a little depth, we’d have a BOA back. Who is old enough to remember the BOA from the 80s and early 90s?

    But, what’s with the popups where I can’t see what I’m typing???

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Oilers goals for Saturday.

    1. Get Leon #50
    2. Injure as many Flames as they can. Make that squad as injured as they possibly can, so we can bask in the glory of an early exit for those losers

  • Mitch64

    With the oil slide we have had you have to wonder if we can get to top4 pick … if we could get the russian or even that big fin.. i mean could we have another fin for jesse to talk to and play with nuge on a line it would be huge

  • Odanada

    Bob Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer & Vice Chair (OEG)
    Kevin Lowe, Vice Chair, OEG & Alternate Governor
    Craig MacTavish – Senior VP, Hockey Ops
    Duane Sutter VP, Player Personnel
    Bill Scott, Director, Salary Cap Management & Assistant to the President, Hockey Operations
    Scott Howson, VP Player Development
    Bob Green, Director, Player Personnel

    Every last one of these under-performing plugs should be shown the door

    • OldOilerFan

      That position of Director Salary Cap Mgmt makes me laugh everytime I see it. You need to give someone the title of Director to just type salary numbers into a spreadsheet and calculate the total? Maybe he was doing it by hand because he did a lousy job….

  • goodtobelucky97

    Damn it would have been nice for Leon to get his 50th goal last night in Edmonton….now, when he does get 50, the puck will have a Flames logo on it. Crap!! However, I’m sure Leon won’t care.

  • Dave2

    We do not need the best goalie in the league but consistent goaltending would be nice. Stolarz delivered the type of goaltending that I would like to see in the future.