THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Shout out to everyone that bet the over.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied the game (1-1) with a tap-in goal on the power play after Leon Draisaitl found him charging toward the far post and hit him with a laser of a pass that RNH finished beautifully. Nugent-Hopkins now has five points in his last five games played (2G, 3A) as my dude continues to have a fantastic start to the season.
- Leon Draisaitl gave the Oilers the lead (2-1) with a power play goal from his office in the circle after Joel Edmunson took a five minute penalty for cross checking, giving Edmonton their second 5-on-3 PP of the period.
- Connor McDavid extended the lead (3-1) to two goals with a third power play goal on the night after the Habs just could not stay out of the box and kept giving the Oilers extended looks with the man advantage. In this instance, Connor grabbed the puck up high in the zone and buried his sneaky wrister through Allen’s legs before he knew what was happening. McDavid added a second goal (5-3) with a filthy deke in the third period after the Habs got caught on a bad line change and Leon put him in all alone with a perfect pass right on the stick. Once he was in all alone, Jake Allen had no idea what was coming and you almost feel bad for the guy based on how unfair that move was. How about another casual four-point night for McDavid? Ridiculous.
- After taking a costly penalty that led to Montreal tying the game, Darnell Nurse made up for it with a goal late in the second period (4-3) to restore the lead and atone for his earlier mistake. Hockey Gords taketh, Hockey Gords giveth right back.
- Zach Hyman may not have scored but he was all over the puck again, and I was happy to see him rewarded with a pair of assists. Even better news was that he wasn’t seriously hurt by Edmunson when he got cross-checked in the head in the second period.
- While I wouldn’t say that this was a great night for Stuart Skinner, the thing I liked most about this win was that he kept battling even though things weren’t necessarily going his way early on. But when the Oilers needed him to shut the door, that’s exactly what he did and he gave the boys the foundation they needed to close out a win that looked to be in jeopardy at times. Skinner finished the night with 30 saves and a .909 save%.
- Props to Tyson Barrie for quietly picking up a two-point night.
- The Oilers power play was deadly in this hockey game and the three goals they scored on five chances with the man advantage are the main reason we’re celebrating a win right now.
- Shout out to Jake Allen. Thanks, bro.
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- Nick Suzuki opened the scoring (1-0) with a power play goal on a missile of a shot from the circle that beat Skinner on the short side between the arm and post. After a rough start by the Oilers, having the Habs score first was anything but surprising.
- Evgenii Dadonov pulled the Habs back to within a single goal (3-2) after Skinner kicked a rebound on Armia’s shot right out in the slot without having anyone in a blue jersey available to knock the puck out of danger.
- Arber Xhakej tied the game (3-3) with a second power play goal after his shot from the high circle made its way through traffic and past Skinner down low on the blocker side.
- Another night, another instance of the PK struggling to kill any penalties at all as Montreal was able to score two goals on three opportunities with the man advantage.
- I’m not sure I agree with the NHL site saying that the Oilers had only 15 giveaways in this hockey game.
- I really dislike this trend of being outshot every night but it continued against the Habs as they outside the Oilers by a 33-22 margin.
- To make matters worse, the Oilers got caved in at even strength and they were lucky that the power play was able to lead them to victory because the result could have easily gone the other way.
- I’m sorry to report that the Oilers won only 40% of the faceoffs.
- What was the deal with so many fans standing up and turning around just to be on TV? Way more of that than normal, no?
Nick Suzuki (13) (Power Play)
Assists: Mike Matheson (2), Kirby Dach (14)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (11) (Power Play)
Assists: Leon Draisaitl (23), Connor McDavid (25)
Leon Draisaitl (17) (Power Play)
Assists: Connor McDavid (26), Tyson Barrie (10)
Connor McDavid (20) (Power Play)
Assists: Tyson Barrie (11), Zach Hyman (16)
Evgenii Dadonov (2)
Assists: Joel Armia (1), Johnathan Kovacevic (3)
Arber Xhekaj (4) (Power Play)
Assists: Juraj Slafkovsky (3)
Darnell Nurse (4)
Assists: Leon Draisaitl (24), Zach Hyman (17)
Connor McDavid (21)
Assists: Leon Draisaitl (25)
2021-22: 11 goals in 63 GP
2022-23: 11 goals in 25 GP
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) December 4, 2022
— 🇨🇦Dylan Pikaway 13-69-0🇨🇦 (@PikaOil89) December 4, 2022
Stand up to be on TV guy is the worst.
— Festivus Kevin🇺🇦 (@sportsjunkie007) December 4, 2022
He’s “That’s how you know the Leafs or Habs are in town” level hammered.
— Andy Martin (@andy_martin523) December 4, 2022