PRESENTED BY BETWAY
on the powerplay, ryan nugent-hopkins scores his 19th of the year to open the scoring. pic.twitter.com/UFPzdhFWDR
— zach (@zjlaing) January 4, 2023
- Did anyone else boo their TV when the Oilers didn’t score four goals in the first period? Just me? Thankfully, my boy Nuge made sure that the Oilers got on the board first with a power play goal from an impossible angle that left me wondering how the hell he managed to hit the net from where he shot that puck.
- Despite only scoring the single marker from RNH, the Oilers could have easily earned at least another goal or two based on some of the pressure they produced in the Seattle zone.
- Stuart Skinner wasn’t as busy as his counterpart at the other end but that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t sharp between the pipes as he was called upon to make some big saves in the back half of the period. Stu stopped all nine shots he faced.
- The Oilers outshot the Kraken 14-9 in the period but I think the play was a little bit more lopsided in Edmonton’s favour than that regardless of what the score said.
"The second that Connor McDavid got the puck on his stick, it was already over." – @MikeKellyNHL
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) January 4, 2023
- I thought Connor McDavid could have had two or three goals with the way he was buzzing around in the first period and it was not at all surprising to see him cash in a beauty in the first few minutes of the second. When he’s flying through the neutral zone the way he was, there was absolutely nothing the Kraken could do to stop him.
- Matty Beniers hadn’t scored since Dec. 11 and so why should we be surprised when a guy comes into town on a goal drought scores a goal (2-1) by batting the puck out of mid-air?
- Jaden Schwartz tied the game (2-2) on a delayed penalty call after Seattle completely took over the period with a run of shifts that pinned the Oilers in the defensive zone. But if there’s one thing the Oilers have done well all season, it’s giving up goals on the back of defensive gaffs. And are you surprised Adam Larsson picked up an assist? No, me neither.
- Yanni Gourde gave Seattle the lead (3-2)after a faceoff loss by RNH led to the Oilers getting pinned in their zone, duffing an easy clearing attempt, and event ally fishing the puck out of their own net.
- Jared McCann scored the fourth consecutive goal for the Kraken on what was basically a tap-in (4-2) after a missed catch by Skinner led to an easy chance in the slot that the Kraken made no mistake of cashing in.
- I know Stuart Skinner got the hook — he finished with 16 saves and a .800 save% — but I don’t think this loss was on him either as the team in front of him basically stopped playing after McDavid’s early goal.
- Seattle outshot the Oilers 11-4 in the second period and the rest of the frame was just as ugly as that shot total suggests.
- Outside of Connor McDavid’s coast-to-coast beauty, the Kraken outplayed the Oilers for most of the second period and their work was reflected on the scoreboard with four straight goals in just over 10 minutes. As far as quitting on a period, I don’t know that I’ve seen the Oilers mail it in quite so spectacularly as they did in this 20-minute segment.
- Another day, another disallowed goal because of Zach Hyman. I keed, I keed.
- As much as it was nice to see the Oilers lock things down defensively a little bit in the third period, it was too little too late after their apparent disregard for defence in the second period gave Seattle everything they needed to get the job done.
- I appreciated the Oilers’ attempt to come back in the third period, but they should have never been in that position in the first place, and this is probably the 10th time this season we can say that.
- By the time Alex Wennberg scored into the empty net (5-2) I was barely paying attention, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.