THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Only moments after Caufield opened the scoring, @Evander Kane tied things up (1-1) with a spinning shot from the slot that caught the goalie off guard after Draisaitl found him with a pass and just enough space to make a play. As we’ve seen his entire time with the Oilers so far, Kane was very good against the Canadiens and I especially like the way he seems to drag his linemates into the fight.
- @Ryan McLeod tied the game up for a second time (2-2) after he drove to the goalmouth and picked up a rebound created by Hyman’s drive to the crease. At first, the Habs actually challenged the play for goalie interference but the goal was ultimately confirmed after a lengthy delay.
- @Leon Draisaitl has 14 points (5 G, 9 A) in 11 games under Jay Woodcroft
- Give the video coach an edible arrangement for the way he battled out there.
- If you’re a fan of the Corskis, you’ve finally landed at the point in the wrap up where I report that the Oilers outshot the Canadiens by a 30-29 margin.
- At least, I can report that the Oilers won 58% of the faceoffs.
- Once again, I bring you a report from the spreadsheets which states that the Oilers finished the night with a 56.34 CF% and a 56.79 xGF%.
- Loved seeing the Axios men’s Ukrainian choir performing the Ukrainian and Canadian anthems.
- 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
- @Cole Caufield opened the scoring (1-0) after he picked up the puck in the high slot with enough time and space to pick his spot with a snipe to the top corner.
- @Brendan Gallagher restored Montreal’s lead (2-1) with a power play goal in the dying seconds of the first period that came from right in the slot after the Habs did a really nice job of moving the puck around the zone effectively.
- @Nick Suzuki gave the Canadiens their third lead of the night (3-2) with a power play after he walked the puck down broadway and ripped a shot over Mike Smith on the glove-hand side. This was actually the second time the Canadiens scored on this power play but the Oilers were able to negate the first with a well-placed coaching review.
- Artturi Lehkonen threw some sand in our eyes with a shorthanded goal (4-2) that came on the back of a disastrous sequence by the Edmonton Oilers that almost looked like this was the first time they’ve ever had a power play before. Truly abysmal.
- By the time @Mike Hoffman got the empty-netter (5-2), I had already given up hope and could feel myself dying inside.
- I’m not going to say that @Mike Smith is fully responsible for this loss but I will absolutely say that he didn’t help his team out very much at all, and a major reason the final score was even close as it was is that he got bailed out by a pair of coaching challenges. Smith finished the night with 24 saves and .857 save%.
- Can I just say that the entire forward group looked like they had next to no confidence with the puck?
- Once again, the PK was unable to keep their opponents off the board — they finished 2-for-4 on the night — and it’s a trend that’s about as annoying as it possibly gets.
- Not to be outdone, the power play was a herculean disaster that was both unable to score (0/4) or even keep the Canadiens off the board despite being down a man. Absolutely atrocious. Horrible.
- Sometimes @Warren Foegele will dance through an entire lineup with some silky mitts and other times he looks like he’s never played hockey before. I hate to say it because the dude clearly works hard, but it’s just that he’s a very confusing player to me.
- The Oilers announced in the third period that @Evan Bouchard left the game with an illness, but I think the real answer is that he couldn’t stop vomiting when he realized they were about to lose to the Montreal Canadiens.
- I really, REALLY dislike hearing the Canadiens fans doing their chants in our building, and I hope they were all grossly overcharged for their tickets.
Who’s jumping on the Bus to Calgary with us for the BOA?!!!
— Oilersnation.com, Oily Since ‘07 (@OilersNation) March 6, 2022
Mike Smith beaten for at least 2 goals in the 1st period for 11th time in last 13 starts. 😬
— Bruce McCurdy (@BruceMcCurdy) March 6, 2022
The offside review for Vezina!!!!
— Jay Downton (@thesquireyeg) March 6, 2022
Video coach is battling
— MrSmith (@IIMrSmithII) March 6, 2022