GDB 9.0 Wrap Up: Third period comeback falls short as Oilers lose to the Dallas Stars

Ryley Delaney
7 months ago
Sam Gagner is an Edmonton Oiler. 
On Thursday evening, the Oilers hosted the Dallas Stars, losing 4-3 in a rather exciting game. This brings Edmonton’s record to 2-6-1 in their nine games so far this season.
Let’s take a look at the Oilersnation’s Player of the Game, as well as things worth mentioning.


Oilersnation’s Player of the Game: Sam Gagner

I won’t lie, no matter what happened, Sam Gagner was going to be tonight’s player of the game… and then he scored two goals.
Edmonton’s sixth overall pick in 2007 made his season debut and looked great even before potting two. He created several scoring chances in limited time on the power play, and was all over the ice.
His first goal of the game came after he undressed a Stars player at the blue line before he found himself in the right spot at the right time to poke home a goal that made it 4-2.
It was just three minutes later when Gagner scored his second of the game. This one was another broken play after Evander Kane made a nice play to get around his defender. Gagner got the backhand off weakly, and it just squeaked by the goaltender.
Sadly, there was no hat trick on the night, but man, it’s nice to have Gagner back.

Things worth mentioning:

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Oilers got goalie’d once again. They put 50 shots on Scott Wedgewood, who saved all but three to earn the win. The Oilers had 26 shots in the third period alone as the Stars were exhausted due to playing the night before.
Connor Brown left the game injured. There hasn’t been an update as to why he left, but he was supposed to be their second-line right winger this season. In nine games, he has no points and is a -5. He looks like a player who is returning from a missed season due to an ACL injury.
Evander Kane has been great the past few games, and that continued on Thursday. He scored his third goal of the season to tie the game at one in the first period, but also assisted on Gagner’s second goal by making a nice play around the defender. His four hits also led the game.
The Oilers power play continues to look disjointed. They went 0/4 on it and really didn’t have any grade-A scoring chances. The only real sustained pressure they had was in the dying moments of the second period when Sam Gagner and the second unit took to the ice. It really looks like the team’s game plan is better against the Oilers this year.
Edmonton will be back in action on Saturday to face the Nashville Predators at home. This game will start at 1:00 MDT, and Nashville is one of only two teams Edmonton has defeated this season, so hopefully, they can do it again.

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