And just like that, as mysteriously as the regular season had arrived, it was gone. Final score: 3-2 SO.
It’s honestly hard to believe the regular season is all but wrapped up for the Edmonton Oilers. It feels just like yesterday we kicked things off with a 3-2 shootout win against the same Canucks the Oilers played tonight. In that one, Edmonton went up two through the first two period only to give up two in the third.
But in this one, both teams traded goals and guess what? It needed a shootout too! Nice work by the Oilers to stick with it to get the win.
There have been no shortage of storylines along the way, too. Newcomers in Zach Hyman, Cody Ceci, Warren Foegele, Derek Ryan, and Duncan Keith all showed well in their own ways in their first season. Trade acquisitions in Derick Brassard and Brett Kulak have worked quite favourably for the Oilers bringing some much-needed depth throughout the lineup. Evander Kane, meanwhile, was a tremendous addition to this roster playing in 43 games scoring 22 goals and 39 points.
From the game tonight itself, there wasn’t a whole lot to talk about. You could tell the Oilers were playing a more cautious game, and that’s fine by me. The last thing this team needs heading into playoffs are more injuries, especially with Darnell Nurse’s availability still being up in the air heading into game one on Monday.
I did, however, like the way the team played in the second half, especially in the third. They came out with some more jump in their step wanting to close out the regular season and I thought they did so well.
But truth be told, the real games are about to get underway with a massive first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Bright Side
- The Oilersnation crew was in the house!
- Everyone stayed healthy!
- No, seriously. Everyone stayed healthy.
- Mikko Koskinen stood strong in the crease making 39 saves. He helped seal it in overtime, too.
- While stagnant for the first half of the game, the Oilers best chances in the game came in the second. Evander Kane put one just wide and a smart defensive zone play by Puljujarvi sprung them the other way for a Grade A chance.
- The Oilers scored a goal! Brett Kulak unloaded a cannon of a shot in the third period. He’s going to be an important player these playoffs.
- You know who else scored? Tyson Barrie! He had a big shot of his own from the point to get on the board.
- Boy, nothing like dragging it out, hey? This one took a shootout, but Devin Shore snagged the winner.
- Have I mentioned everyone stayed healthy?
- The only thing that would’ve been worth a facepalm was anybody getting hurt, which didn’t happen. Phew.
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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]