THE BRIGHT SIDE
- There aren’t many lessons to take away from this hockey game but one that I’m going to hang onto is that Jacob Markstrom is beatable.
- Nearing the midway point of the first period, Connor McDavid got the Oilers on the board (3-1) after picking up a puck near the crease and dangling Markstrom until he didn’t know what was happening. With four points on the night, the Captain did his job. Now, if everyone else could also get on board.
- @Evan Bouchard got his first goal of the playoffs (5-2) after McDavid found him walking in from the line with plenty of time to beat Markstrom with a well-placed wrister.
- @Zach Hyman cut the Flames’ lead back down to three (6-3) with a wrister from the sideboards that caught Markstrom cheating. The goal also marked Hyman’s first against Calgary as a member of the Oilers. Just under five minutes later, Hyman added a second goal (6-4) on the back of one of his signature second efforts as he was buzzing around the net before walking out front and ripping a shot through Markstrom.
- Leon Draisaitl pulled the Oilers to within one (6-5) with a snapshot that made its way through the goaltender after he was able to hustle up ice for an odd-man rush with McDavid.
- @Kailer Yamamoto tied the game (6-6) right on the doorstep after McDavid’s deke attempt kicked out as a rebound right to Yamo’s stick. Once it got there, Yamamoto basically had a wide-open net to shoot at.
- At least we won 53% of the faceoffs, amirite?
THE FACE PALMERS
- That was the Gigli of starts for the
- Does it get any worse than a first-shot goal to start off the game? No. It doesn’t. That’s what happened when Elias Lindholm opened the scoring only 26 seconds into the opening period.
- To make matters worse, @Andrew Mangiapane extended the lead (2-0) only 25 seconds later after a defensive collapse in their zone allowed the puck to kick out in front of the net to a wide-open Mangiapage.
- Just over five minutes later, @Brett Ritchie put the Flames up by three after his shot from the slot squeaked through Smith to end his night only 6:50 into the hockey game.
- @Blake Coleman restored Calgary’s three-goal lead (4-1) after picking up a loose puck near the crease and lifting it up and over a sprawling Koskinen. Coleman added a second goal midway through the second (5-1) after getting his stick on Hanifin’s point shot as he was flying through the slot.
- Shortly after Bouchard’s goal, @Matthew Tkachuk restored the four-goal lead (6-2) after he was able to bat a puck out of the air and past Mikko Koskinen. Tkachuk gave the Flames a late two-goal lead (7-5) with a shot through the five-hole after a Draisaitl giveaway at the blue line gave him an uncontested breakaway. The real mystery is why he was on the ice in the first place as he was supposed to still be with Kane in the box for their coincidental minors. According to Elliotte Friedman, the rule is that the team is allowed to decide who comes out first (Tkachuk or Kylington) but that seems like a garbage rule to me. Tkachuk completed the hat trick (9-6) with an empty netter.
- Just over a minute after Yamamoto tied the game, @Rasmus Andersson restored Calgary’s lead (7-6) after a defensive breakdown led to him having a clear lane to the net that he made no mistake on. Ideally, Koskinen could have given us a save here but it’s not like it wasn’t a crazy good chance on goal.
- The Oilers’ power play was incredibly ineffective and I cannot believe the man advantage was an issue for Edmonton in what ended as a 9-6game. The Oilers went 0-for-4 on the power play on a night when we desperately needed one.
- The penalty kill wasn’t much better, allowing one goal on the three chances they faced.
- The Archibald-Nuge-Ryan line was horrific. Just awful.
- Mike Smith got yanked after allowing three goals on nine shots. I know the team in front of him didn’t help much, but what else do you need to say? He needed to match his counterpart at the other end of the ice and didn’t come close. Smith finished with only seven saves and a .700 save%.
- Unfortunately, Mikko Koskinen didn’t fair better as he gave up five goals on 37 shots in relief. Koskinen finished with 32 saves and a .865 save%.
- Oilers outshot 48-28. Not nearly good enough.
- Looking at the spreadsheets, the Oilers finished the game with a horrific 36.17 CF% and a 33.31 xGF%.
- The NHL site had the giveaways listed at 20 for the Oilers but that still seems mighty generous to me.
Leon Draisaitl told Ben that he eats chicken and pasta before every game. Tonight Ben wanted to have the same pregame meal. Let’s go Oilers!!! #benoilersstrong #Oilers #boa @edmontonoilers #nhl @sportsnet pic.twitter.com/Xeaz9cpKhJ
— Mike Stelter (@m_dan25) May 19, 2022
That opening montage for the Battle of Alberta was awesome! pic.twitter.com/wFGpk2ZJBB
— TheTowelBoy (@TheTowelBoy) May 19, 2022
Donair in one hand, machete in the other
— x – 🌋🇺🇦Wacke Geologist🇺🇦🌋 (@geology24_7) May 19, 2022
That was the second best part of the period 😔
— Sherwood Mark (@MarkSalamandick) May 19, 2022