THE BRIGHT SIDE
- @Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied the game (1-1) with a shorthanded goal after he and Hyman worked a little bit of magic in the neutral zone that led to an odd-man rush down low in the offensive zone. In that moment, I thought the last pass from Hyman over to RNH was going to backfire and so I was mighty relieved when I saw my boy pump it home.
- @Connor McDavid completed the comeback with the OT winner (2-1) after Mike Smith (MIKE SMITH!) found him with a stretch pass that put him in all alone on Reimer and the captain made no mistake.
- @Mike Smith got the call for his third straight start as he looked to build upon a fine start against the Ducks on Sunday, and the boys ended up needing him because they didn’t get the memo that the game had started until the first period was nearly over. The good news is that the veteran netminder was up for the challenge as he made plenty of quality saves to not only keep his team within striking distance but also in a position to get at least a point in the standings. Frankly, had it not been for him then we wouldn’t be talking about a win because the Oilers could only muster a single regulation goal, and Smith deserves some love for keeping the dream alive. Not only was he making big saves but he ended up getting the primary assist on the game winner and if that’s not hilarious to you then I feel like you may have no soul. Smith finished the night with 31 saves and a .969 save%.
- I know @Jesse Puljujarvi was taking some heat on Twitter for missing out on some quality scoring chances but I’m going to change the narrative a little bit and give him props for putting himself in a position to get those looks. The goals will come if the kid keeps playing like that.
- Quick post of appreciation for @Brett Kulak. From the way he skates to the way he’s always willing to shoot, I appreciate his game quite a lot.
THE FACE PALMERS
- @Tomas Hertl opened the scoring (1-0) with a power play goal after he teed off on a one-timer from the faceoff dot that beat Smith through the five-hole. This goal was especially annoying since the Oilers had just failed to even register a shot on their power play opportunity that came only a few minutes beforehand.
- This game was painfully boring.
- The power play was painfully bad as the boys could barely even get set up in the opposing zone let alone get a goal. Unfortunately, on a night when we desperately needed a goal, the Oilers finished at 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
- Not only did they miss out on the power play, but the PK was also no better as they allowed one goal on three shorthanded situations. That said, the PK was responsible the tying goal so I will amend this Face Palmer point with a sunshine sticker for their efforts.
- Unfortunately, the Oilers lost the Corskis after being outshot by a 32-24 margin.
- Unfortunately, word from the spreadsheets is that the Oilers finished with a 47.42 CF% and a 41.72 xGF%
- I must also report that the Oilers won only 46% of the faceoffs. Take a moment to let this horrible news sink in.
- I hate the trap. It’s so painfully boring.
- Pray for Leon Draisaitl. According to Reid Wilkins, Draisaitl missed a game for the first time since October 21, 2017. That was 354 consecutive games in the lineup. 😭
- What was the deal with Sportsnet playing a Pepsi commercial in the middle of the play during the first period?
- Why are the cameras seemingly in space in San Jose?
Just enough time to decant a bottle of 🍷
— Allen (@rakramer79) April 6, 2022
Solid first period for the cola so far!
— Joey Zanfino (@BoxofgradeAs) April 6, 2022
Leon Draisaitl you hurt bitch
I'm sorry I've had NyQuil
— Ryan (@IAmByks) April 6, 2022
KEEP NUGE FO…oh wait.
KEPT NUGE FOREVER!!!
— Taco (@Gdzacher) April 6, 2022
— Tyler Yaremchuk (@tyleryaremchuk) April 6, 2022