THE BRIGHT SIDE
- @Derek Ryan opened the scoring (1-0) with a wrister through Bobrovsky’s legs after he and Warren Foegele broke into the Panthers’ zone on an odd-man rush that they executed perfectly. Ryan added a second goal midway through the second period (2-2) after taking a pass along the right-hand side of the ice and ripping a bullet up and over Bobrovsky over the glove hand. Ryan finished off his first career hat trick late in the second period (4-2) after Evander Kane found him at the side of the net with a perfect pass that he just had to gentle tap into the back of the net. Truly incredible. Anybody else notice how Ryan looks like a totally different person under Jay Woodcroft?
- @Leon Draisaitl restored the Oilers’ lead (3-2) with a power play goal after McDavid found him in his office along the boards with enough time and space to walk into the slot and bury a wrister past the goalie down low.
- Would it be too much to say that @Mikko Koskinen was the best Edmonton Oiler today? I don’t think so, right? After getting absolutely shelled for 60 minutes, it’s almost a miracle that the Oilers won this game because the Panthers were firing from everywhere any time they had a chance, and to his credit, Kostco was mostly unphased by the heavy workload. To put it mildly, this game would not have ended in a win had it not been for Koskinen and he deserves all of the love in the world for the performance he turned in today. Koskinen finished the day with 44 saves and a .936 save%.
- Two points for @Connor McDavid means he’s reclaimed the NHL scoring lead.
- The Oilers’ power play made it five straight games with a goal, which is the kind of production we need right now. Edmonton finished the day at 1-for-2 with the man advantage and I’m hoping this run of success is exactly what they need right now.
- Another wrap up means another chance for me to pump Markus Niemalainen’s tires for the way he throws the body around. Another round of congrats to the kid for picking up his first career NHL point.
- Yesterday on ON Radio, we talked about whether or not the Oilers should consider re-signing Evander Kane, and with the way he’s putting points on the board, you’d have to think Ken Holland will at least try to start that conversation.
- Sign up for the new ON Newsletter! It’s a weekly thing I’m doing and I’ll have some giveaways, etc happening in there.
THE FACE PALMERS
- @Anton Lundell tied the game (1-1) on a one-touch bullet from the slot after Vatrano found him with a beautiful no-look pass that came about as a result of some shoddy defending by the boys below their own goal line.
- @Aleksander Barkov gave the Panthers the lead (2-1) with a power play goal after he found a loose puck near the goalmouth and beat William Lagesson to it before he was able to clear. Barkov got his second of the game (4-3) late in the third period with a second power play goal after Huberdeau found him for a one-timer from the circle that Koskinen had no chance of stopping.
- Once again, the Oilers’ PK was unable to shut the door when they needed to as the Panthers were able to get two goals on five chances with the man advantage. As much as it was annoying to see two goals against on the PK, you can’t be taking five penalties against a team like the Panthers either.
- The Oilers coughed up the puck far too often in their own zone and those Christmas raffles allowed the Panthers to get their cycle going and maintain zone pressure. To be honest, the fact that we didn’t get burned for it more than we did is a testament to Koskinen’s fine play and the Hockey Gords giving us some love for once.
- This was not a strong game for Evan Bouchard as he was often caught making decisions a split-second too late, and it nearly cost his team on more than one occasion.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins left the bench midway through the first period and did not return. When the broadcast showed the replay, it looked like RNH got twisted up along the boards and hurt his shoulder, but I’m obviously guessing at this stage. The official word from the team was an upper-body injury and that makes me think my shoulder guess is accurate.
- If you were hoping for another Corski win then you’re probably disappointed that the Panthers outshot our boys by a 47-22 margin.
- I know life wouldn’t feel right without a faceoff update, but I regret to inform you that the boys won only 46% of the draws.
- The spreadsheet report states that the Oilers finished the night with a 37.31 CF% and a 33.4 xGF%.
I was assured you needed fourth line grinders and 38 year old veteran defenseman to be this good?
— NotCooperMarody (@NotCooperMarody) February 26, 2022
I'm writing a letter and will be posting it at the local post office at first intermission. I expect it to arrive by the third period. This egregious error will be fixed.
— Adam (@Adam24762036) February 26, 2022
Yes. Similar story.. Peter Forsberg once lounged himself into my luggage at the airport making it fall over. Even gave me a "whoops, sorry".
It was a nothing play by his measures but I still tell people about it 🙌 https://t.co/ig2Gaj9kGm
— dohfOs (Martin Lundén) (@dohfOs) February 26, 2022
Holy shit! It worked!!
— JB 🇺🇦❤️ (@JackieBee_16) February 26, 2022
Fun Fact: Derek Ryan's hat-trick tonight is the first hat-trick from a non Top-six Oilers player since Lauri Korpikoski on December 11, 2015
— Sid (@NHL_Sid) February 26, 2022
Expelled all his energy expressing his first emotion of the year when he caught that fish
— McCam (@CamMcCam) February 26, 2022
This last minute of play has been 90 minutes
— dangersuede esq. (@dangersuede) February 26, 2022