THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Connor McDavid tied the game (1-1) with a power play goal that came on a breakaway after Zach Hyman put him in alone with a bomb of a pass from his own zone that hit the captain at the opposite blue line. Once Connor had the puck with that much space, there was no stopping him, and that included Spencer Knight who had no answer for the filthy backhand deke and shelf job.
- Tyson Barrie gave the Oilers the lead (2-1) with a tap-in from the doorstep after he charged toward the net from his post on the blue line, perfectly deflecting Hyman’s centering pass past a sliding Spencer Knight. Make that Barrie’s third goal against the Panthers this season, which is pretty damned good considering he only has four.
- With only 5 seconds left in the game, Evan Bouchard tied the game for a second time (3-3) with a blast that kept the Oilers alive and pushed the game to OT.
- Leon Draisaitl finished the game (4-3) in overtime after he and McDavid broke into the offensive zone on an odd-man rush and executed the play perfectly. Connor to Leon and then it’s game over.
- After a tough outing in his last start, I was looking forward to watching Stuart Skinner get back in the crease and give us a strong bounce-back game, which is exactly what he did against the Panthers. By no means was it a perfect night, but Skinner made the saves he needed to make to keep his club in the mix and ultimately give them the win. From start to finish, the Oilers got what they needed from Stu and that’s really all that matters. Skinner finished the night with 25 saves and a .893 save%.
- How about Zach Hyman with a trio of assists and a disallowed goal against the team that drafted him? Former Panthers curse? Can it be a thing?
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has six points (1G, 5A) in his last five games, and I couldn’t be happier for the guy as the ‘Year of Nuge’ rolls on.
- I know I say it all the time but I love watching the Oilers cashing goals in on the power play, and it makes me happy whether they score three goals or one on five tries as they did tonight. Lethal with the PP.
- Big shout out to James Hamblin for making his NHL debut after being recalled from the Bakersfield Condors. He finished the game with 9:56 in TOI, including 20 seconds on the PK.
- The Oilers outshot the Panthers by a 40-28 margin and it was nice to see considering Florida takes the most shots in the league, on average.
- You know I love to see that the Oilers won 58% of the faceoffs. You. Know. This.
- With this win, the Oilers are now back to .500 at Rogers Place.
- It still makes me laugh that Paul Maurice dipped on the Winnipeg Jets in the middle of a season because he couldn’t do anything else with the team or whatever his excuse was. Hilarious.
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- Matthew Tkachuk opened the scoring (1-0) after a blown attempt by Nurse to kick/stop (???) the puck only to have it pop out in front of the net right to where the former Flame was standing. I don’t even know how to describe what happened here but just know that it was a mess.
- Anton Lundell tied the game (2-2) as the business end of a perfectly executed tic-tac-toe passing play that carved up the offensive zone in a flash. In a span of about two seconds, the puck moved from Luostarinen to Reinhart to Lundell and into the back of the net before anyone could even figure out what was going on.
- Brandon Montour restored Florida’s lead (3-2) after a wild scramble in front of the net left bodies everywhere and kicked the puck out to the point, giving Montour a look at the wide-open net.
- The Oilers gave up one goal on four shorthanded situations, which isn’t the worst PK effort of all time but certainly not the best either. Killing off penalties is still an area we need to improve.
- How did we lose both Ryan McLeod and Warren Foegele on the ride home from New York? How hard were they celebrating that win?
- I guess I don’t know what the rules to high sticking are anymore.
sorry must've been my scream breaking the audio
— smiley ☃️ (@adobohockey) November 29, 2022
— kylietheintern (@kyliesalai) November 29, 2022
This team always wants to pass the puck into the net. They’ve done it forever and it’s infuriating
— El Cola Grande (@kingofcolas) November 29, 2022
— Bruce Wayne (@TheBrucewayne14) November 29, 2022