THE BRIGHT SIDE
- @Connor McDavid opened the scoring (1-0) only 3:17 into the game after Bouchard found him flying through the neutral zone with speed and he used it to burn a Kings’ defender before roofing a short-side snipe up and over Jonathan Quick. How about a 15-game point streak for the captain as well as goals in his last six games? Dude is ridiculous.
- @Warren Foegele restored the Oilers’ lead (2-1) late in the second period on the back of a beautiful passing play that saw the puck move from Bouchard to Ryan to McLovin and into the back of the net, all in the blink of an eye.
- Early in the third period, @Evan Bouchard gave the Oilers some insurance (3-1) with a bomb from the point that Jonathan Quick got a piece of but not enough to prevent the puck from dribbling over the line. How about a casual three-point night for dad?
- @Mike Smith was back between the pipes for the fourth consecutive game and looking to build upon what was a very strong performance against the Sharks on Tuesday, and I would argue that he did exactly that. From start to finish, Smith was solid for his team and he made the saves needed to weather the storms without getting thrashed about. Put another way, Smith laid a solid foundation for the Oilers and it allowed them to sneak through a few too many lulls without getting burned, and that was ultimately the reason they won the hockey game. Smith finished the night with 31 saves and a .933 save%.
- Three cheers for @Leon Draisaitl being back in the lineup. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
- Another point for @Evander Kane and the heater continues.
- Gotta give the PK some love for killing off all three shorthanded situations they faced, and a lot of that credit has to go to Mike Smith for the volume of saves he needed to make to get it all done.
- Another @Brett Kulak appreciation post.
- Am I allowed to celebrate that the Oilers won 50% of the faceoffs? I’m gonna do it.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Trevor Moore tied the game (1-1) early in the second period with a shorthanded goal after Tyson Barrie tried to clear the puck out of his own zone with a weak play along the boards and the Kings were able to turn it around in a hurry before breaking in along on Smith. Absolutely dreadful.
- Shortly after Bouchard extended the lead, Viktor Arvidsson pulled the Kings back to within a single goal (3-2) after he picked up the puck along the boards with enough time to walk it into the slot and rip a shot through traffic that somehow made its way through the bodies and past the goaltender. I
- The second period was… less than ideal, ya know? Too many turnovers, too much time back on their heels, and too many clean looks on net for LA.
- The power play wasn’t overly active against the Kings and maybe that’s a good thing because the boys went 0-for-2 with the man advantage and gave up a shortie while they were at it. Not good. Not good at all.
- The NHL site had LA listed with 23 blocked shots but it honestly felt like more than that.
Unfortunately, the Oilers lost the Corskis again after being outshot by a 33-30 margin.
- Word from the spreadsheets wasn’t much better as they showed the Oilers finishing with a 47.62 CF% and a 49.86 xGF%
- I guess the LA Kings have a free pass to hit guys in the numbers, and I’m honestly embarrassed for not knowing that sooner.
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— zach laing (@zjlaing) April 8, 2022
I used to run an A&W. You do NOT mess with the 6AM coffee crowd.
— Taco (@Gdzacher) April 8, 2022
Okay but like what if McDavid was the roast beef and Drai was the ched and Nuge was the delicious onion bun holding it all together?
— Vaccinated Tim 🇵🇸 (@Timmah780) April 8, 2022
letin’ ‘em play = not doing their jobs
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— Electronic Jordan (@ElectronsJordan) April 8, 2022