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GDB 51.0 Wrap Up: Points in the standings, McPoints on the board, and a 4-1 Oilers win

These two games are the start of your payback for the Sedin years. Final Score: 4-1 Oilers

After clinching a playoff berth with a 5-3 victory, I was wondering what kind of game we would get from the Oilers on night two of this back-to-back set. I mean, did the boys get up to some Zoom drinks with each other when they got back to the hotel, or did they head straight to bed knowing that they had some business to tend to less than 24 hours later? Regardless of what actually happened outside of my imagination, the Oilers didn’t get the start they wanted as the Canucks were able to strike first in the opening moments of the hockey game. It was a lucky goal, but it was still a hole. Despite the early deficit, I thought the Oilers were trying to get too fancy with their attack rather than dumbing things down a bit, firing shots on net, and hunting for the garbage. Instead, they passed up a bunch of opportunities to fire the puck in favour of passing and it gave Demko an easier time than he should’ve had. The good news is that their shot count and quality chances improved as the period wound down, but the Oilers were just unable to make things click and actually cash in on their work.

Heading into the second period, the boys needed to come up with a goal without opening themselves up too much to allow their hole to get any deeper and they did a really nice job of putting that plan in motion. For a team that got only six shots in the first period, the Oilers needed to put away the overpassing and start ripping shots to create their own luck, which was exactly what they did. They were playing well, but they needed a goal to open the floodgates, ya know? And as the period wore on, the Oilers did indeed shift towards dumping pucks on Demko and it paid off for them to the tune of a trio of goals in a span of just over five minutes. The boys went from trailing to being up by a pair in a snap and it was beautiful to watch. Up by two with 20 minutes left to play, the Oilers were exactly where they wanted to be and all they needed to do to close out the win was make sure that they didn’t pull a Kevin and drop the chili. But as we’ve come to expect from this team when they have a third period lead, Edmonton was steady in all three zones and it gave them the luxury of being patient and waiting for Vancouver to make a mistake.

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The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • After a few good looks on net that he couldn’t get to go, Leon Draisaitl tied the game (1-1) with a ridiculous snipe from the slot (McPoint!) that beat Demko in an unstoppable spot. Draisaitl added another goal (2-1) late in the second period on a rare 4-on-3 powerplay after McDavid set him up for a one-timer that Demko had no chance of stopping.
  • How hilarious is it that Evan Bouchard scored a goal (3-1) on a beautiful wrist shot from the point after not playing since March 1st? Anyone reading this right now knows how badly I wanted him playing here or in Bakersfield and to see him score honestly made me laugh out loud. Turns out this guy is pretty good, huh?
  • Darnell Nurse’s heater of a season continued with another goal (4-1) after Josh Archibald set him up in the slot with enough time to make a sandwich.
  • What can you say about Connor McDavid when he’s consistently putting up multi-point nights every single game? Add another two McPoints on the pile.
  • After a night off and an extra-large bottle of Pedialyte, Mike Smith was back between the pipes and looking for his 19th win of the season and as he’s done all year, he stood tall between the pipes and gave the boys the foundation they needed to get the job done. Outside of the lucky goal the Canucks got to open the scoring, Smith was dialed-in and laser focused, stopping everything we wanted him to and some of the stuff he probably should have missed to lock in another W. Smith finished the night with 28 saves and a .966 save%.
  • How about Dominik Kahun putting points on the board in back-to-back games?
  • I don’t know about you guys but I like having Tyler Ennis in the lineup, and I would honestly love to know what Dave Tippett sees that I don’t. I know the roster is getting tighter to crack but it seems like he comes up with offensive chances any time he’s in the lineup. What gives?
  • Anybody else get scared of Adam Larsson when he was giving that death stare in the third period?
  • I love when the Oilers’ powerplay is rolling and that was the case tonight as they were able to grab two goals on three PP chances.
  • You’ve gotta give the penalty kill some love for the way they handled all four of Vancouver’s chances with the man advantage. After a slow start to the year, the PK has really turned things around and it’s turned into a nice asset as we head into the playoffs.
  • I know that you love knowing that the Oilers won 51% of the faceoffs.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Brock Boeser opened the scoring only 34 seconds into the game with a lucky bounce on a cross-ice pass that banked in off his shinpad. Actually, the goal took a couple of hops as it also jumped off of a sliding Darnell Nurse. Bad luck goals happen, friends, and that’s what this was.
  • Kailer Yamamoto needs a sacrifice in his name or something. The guy probably could have had a hat trick in the first period, but he’s just not getting any luck right now. Frankly, Yamamoto may never score again.
  • It’s not that Kyle Turris did anything wrong but he didn’t do anything right either, and it just reminds me of how wrong I was about how this signing would go.
  • The Corsi Gords will be upset once again as the Oilers were outshot by a 29-27 margin. Score effects, ya know?

SCORING SUMMARY

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