THE BRIGHT SIDE
- UNDEFEATED IN THE BEN STELTER ERA! 9-0, baby!
- @Ryan McLeod got the Oilers on the board (2-1) with a power play goal after he found a rebound in the slot and pumped it past Reimer with authority. Outside of the cumulus cloud, there is no doubt he is my favourite.
- @Kailer Yamamoto tied the game for the Oilers (2-2) after Draisaitl hit him with a beautiful backhanded pass that left the winger with enough time and space to make a sandwich before sneaking a wrister through James Reimer.
- @Derek Ryan tied the game (3-3) after deflecting Barrie’s point shot and having the puck bounce towards the net multiple times before finally beating Reimer and crawling over the line.
- @Philip Broberg tied the game for a third time (4-4) with his first NHL goal after McDavid found him in the high slot with a lane to rip a shot that cleanly beat the goalie.
- @Zach Hyman completed the comeback in OT (5-4) after RNH set him up for a one-timer in the slot that he blasted past a flailing Reimer.
- @Mikko Koskinen was back between the pipes and looking for a better result than he got on Sunday morning against the Columbus Blue Jackets when he gave up four goals on 30 shots. Even though not all of those goals were his fault — Gord knows the team in front of him was flat as month old Dr. Pepper — you knew he’d want to respond with a better showing against the Sharks. Early on, I wasn’t so sure that we were going to get the rebound we hoped for, but Koskinen kept battle regardless of where the boys were at on the scoreboard and it kept his team in the game. Koskinen finished the night with 40 saves and a .909 save%.
- I’m going to keep pumping @Brett Kulak’s tires until we get an announcement that the team has signed him to a reasonable extension. The guy has fit in seamlessly since coming over from Montreal and I love it.
- Shout out to the power play for picking up one goal on four opportunities with the man advantage. Obviously, we’d like to see more than one goal when you’ve got that many chances, but the good news is that the boys were able to take advantage in a game when they needed to come back on three separate occasions.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Noah Gregor got the Sharks on the board (1-0) after picking up a pass in the high slot and snapping a quick wrister up and over Koskinen on the blocker side. Gregor added another goal (2-0) only 26 seconds later after his centering pass attempt took a friendly bounce off of Bouchard’s skate and through Koskinen’s legs. The first one was rough defender, the second one was just bad luck.
- Scott Reedy restored San Jose’s lead (3-2) on the power play after he parked himself in front of the net, caused a little mayhem, and perfectly deflected the Brent Burns point shot past Koskinen down low.
- Shortly after Ryan tied the game, @Nick Bonino gave the Sharks their third lead of the night after the Oilers couldn’t handle the dump-in, which allow San Jose to move the puck around with ease before sinking a shot from the slot. Brutal defending by Edmonton on this one tbh.
- The PK got tagged for a second straight game after giving up a goal in their lone shorthanded situation. By no means is this a horrible stat or anything, but it is notable after the boys were perfect on the kill for a couple of weeks.
- This probably goes without saying but the Oilers gave up waaaaaaaaaaay too many shots on net.
- Oilers lost the Corskis after the Sharks outshot them by a 44-31 margin.
- I hate to say it but the Oilers won only 42% of the faceoffs. I know, I’m bummed about it too.
- The spreadsheet society offers tough news after the Oilers finished with a lowly 39.66 CF% and a 33.28 xGF%.
Remember that decade when we didn't make the playoffs lmao
— Ryan (@IAmByks) April 29, 2022
This is just fire 🔥 🔥
— x – Greg (is pissy) (@Genosys79) April 29, 2022
Derek Ryan has playoff Big Goal energy.
— The Mad Hatter (@TheMadHatter91) April 29, 2022
Brett Kulak when asked on this team looking playoff ready:
"The biggest thing that stands out to me is the balance throughout the lineup" #Oilers
— Avry's Sports Show (@Avry) April 29, 2022