THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring (1-0) early in the second period with a goal from his office after a beautiful passing play saw the Oilers carve through the Chicago zone like 20-year-old me at a foam party. Basically what I’m trying to say is that it was a sight to behold. Leon Draisaitl picked up a second goal late in the third period (5-3) after he and McDavid rushed into the ice on a 2-on-1 that they made no mistake of cashing in. It’s almost automatic with those two, at this point.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers some insurance (2-0) with a one-touch shot from the slot that beat Soderblom over the blocker before he could even figure out what was happening. That goal doesn’t happen without the pretty pass by Puljujarvi from behind the net to set RNH up, and it’s been nice to see the kid starting to feel it a little bit.
- Connor McDavid restored the two-goal lead (3-1) after he blew past Jack Johnson with outside speed, found an open lane to the net, and buried a shot through the goaltender. When McDavid is flying like that, it’s impossible to stop him.
- Mattias Janmark put the Oilers up by three (4-1) with his first goal as an Oiler that came on a beautifully executed 2-on-1 with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Nuge with the sauce, Janmark with the finish. Beautiful.
- Shout out to Darnell Nurse for playing in game 500 of his NHL career. I remember following him on a nearly daily basis back with the Greyhounds in his post-draft years, and it’s wild to think he’s already played this much hockey with the big club. Nurse finished the night with 29:09 in TOI, an assist, six shots on net, two hits, and a +4 rating for good measure.
- Zach Hyman may not have scored but he was a dog on a bone out there, and it will only be a matter of time before he gets a goal that actually counts. I love this guy.
- I really liked Jesse Puljujarvi’s game again and I’m convinced that the goals will come if he keeps playing this way. As much as it’s been nice to see him picking up some primary assists over the past few games, I think he’ll take his game to another level still when he has the confidence of another goal working for him.
- The Oilers dummied Chicago on the shot clock by a 41-25 margin, which is very exciting if you love a good Corski win as you know I do.
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- Boris Katchouk pulled the Blackhawks back to within one (2-1) with a deflection from the slot after he got in the way of Johnson’s point shot and had the puck take a friendly bounce for him. Are you surprised to hear it was Katchouk’s first goal of the season? No? Didn’t think so.
- Max Domi cut the Oilers’ lead down to two (4-2) with a snipe from the circle that made its way through Nurse’s stick and leg before beating Skinner clean on the glove side. Max Domi got a second goal later in the third period to pull the Blackhawks back to within a single goal after Patrick Kane found him on the doorstep with a perfectly placed no-look pass. Just a ridiculous pass by Patrick Kane.
- Only 19 seconds after Domi’s marker, Mackenzie Entwhistle pulled Chicago back to within one (4-3) after a puck bounced out to him right in the slot where he quickly ripped a shot on net that beat Skinner over the glove. Are you surprised to hear this was also Entwhistle’s first goal of the season? No? Okay.
- That third period was nearly a disaster and it would be very nice for the Oilers to be able to lock things up when they’re in control of the game as they were.
- I was a little bit surprised to see Stuart Skinner get the start because I thought he’d be in line for the tougher matchup against the Wild tomorrow night, but at the same time, it was also comforting to see him in the crease. Yet, despite the win, this wasn’t one of Skinner’s finest nights. That’s not to say that he was bad or anything — he wasn’t — but I would say that he’d probably want at least a goal or two back. Either way, two points is two points and Skinner did enough to get the job done. Stu finished the game with 21 saves and a .840 save%.
- The Oilers went 0/4 on the power play despite a plethora of chances and it would have been really, really nice if they had been able to get something done. This game was too stressful in the end to go without a PP goal or two.
- Unfortunately, the PK did not fair much better as the boys gave up two goals in six shorthanded situations.
- Speaking of penalties, how about Nuge the goon with a trio of penalties? Prison Nuge came out.
- Back-to-back games with disallowed goals for Zach Hyman. That’s tough luck for a guy that desperately wants to produce for this team. The goals will come, sweet Zach.
- The Oilers hit at least six posts tonight and it was incredibly frustrating that not one of them bounced in our way.
- Seeing that the Oilers won only 39% of the faceoffs broke my heart a little bit.
No Goals Scored
Leon Draisaitl (14)
Assists: Darnell Nurse (10), Brett Kulak (5)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (10)
Assists: Jesse Puljujarvi (5), Mattias Janmark (2)
Boris Katchouk (1)
Assists: Jack Johnson (4), MacKenzie Entwistle (3)
Connor McDavid (18)
Assists: Leon Draisaitl (21), Brett Kulak (6)
Mattias Janmark (1)
Assists: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (15), Evan Bouchard (7)
Max Domi (6) (Power Play)
MacKenzie Entwistle (1)
Assists: Reese Johnson (1)
Leon Draisaitl (15)
Assists: Connor McDavid (23), Zach Hyman (14)
Max Domi (7) (Power Play)
Assists: Patrick Kane (14)
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