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Tambellini Casts a Long Shadow

Tobias Rieder scores two short handed goals as the Coyotes beat the Oilers 5-2

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Tobias Rieder was drafted by the Oilers in the 4th round of the 2011 entry draft. Taken 114th overall, Rieder has had nothing but up arrows since he was drafted which is why on March 29, 2013, as his final move as Oilers GM, Steve Tambellini decided to trade Rieder to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Kale Kessy. Today, Tobias Rieder showed us why Tambellini was arguably the worst GM in Oilers history, as he scored 2 short handed goals on the same Oilers power play.


First Period

  • 17:54 - Rieder beats Justin Schultz to the puck and chips it to Sam Gagner who zips past Andrew Ference and gets a great chance on net. Luckily for Ference it wasn’t a hooking penalty
  • 14:45 PP - Gagner tries to exit the zone with a pass but it hits Leon Draisaitl in the skate and the puck goes straight to David Perron who gets a partial break. He gets a shot away and pokes his stick into Smith’s pads trying to push the puck loose. Michalek takes exception and roughs up Perron after the play and gets penalized for it
  • 14:23 PP GOAL - Off the rush Taylor Hall breaks down the left wing and gets a shot on Mike Smith. Smith doesn’t get all of the puck and it bounces into the crease and Jordan Eberle is there to bury the rebound
  • 11:45 - B.J. Crombeen gives the Oilers a hand by fighting Luke Gazdic and taking him off of the ice for 5 minutes
  • 2:34 PP - Antoine Vermette extends his knee and trips up Nikita Nikitin
  • 0:11 PP - Shane Doan gets a roughing penalty

Second Period

  • 19:24 SH GOAL - Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins get mixed up on a pass in the neutral zone. Rieder grabs the puck and is in alone and beats Viktor Fasth through the legs
  • 18:26 SH GOAL - Rieder scores short handed again by beating Nikitin first then Fasth. The only thing that would’ve made it better is if he beat Kessy before scoring
  • 15:52 PK - Hall gets called for cross checking Brandon McMillan infront of the Oilers net
  • 15:07 PP GOAL - Oliver Ekman-Larsson scores on a weak wrist shot from the point
  • 12:11 PK - Hall gets called for boarding 200ft away from his own net
  • 8:50 - After a good back check by Nugent-Hopkins, Nikitin gets the puck and makes a great pass to Hall. Hall takes the shot but rings it off of the post
  • 8:11 - Ference makes the play from behind the net. With traffic infront the puck bounces out to Nail Yakupov who hammers it but Mike Smith robs him
  • 7:44 - From almost the exact same place this time Smith robs Tyler Pitlick in close
  • 4:49 PP - Michael Stone slashes Pitlick not allowing him to get the step around
  • 0:17 GOAL - Mikkel Boedker scores after Vermette wins the faceoff and the Oilers running around like novice players

Third Period

  • 19:45 PK - Arcobello takes an interference penalty on Martin Hanzal
  • 19:01 - Teddy Purcell holds off a couple of Coyote players and gets the puck out front to Steve Pinizzotto who takes a point blank shot but Smith robs him
  • 17:57 PP GOAL - Martin Erat scores after Stone’s shot hits the back boards and comes right out to him
  • 15:39 GOAL - Jeff Petry gets a pass from Oscar Klefbom. With Tyler Pitlick in front of the net creating a screen, Petry takes a slapshot from the point that hits David Schlempko and beats Smith
  • 11:40 PP - Erat takes a penalty for a "hook" on Nugent-Hopkins

Let’s Review

The Oilers scored the first goal of the game, something they haven’t been able to do since November 9, 2014 when they beat the New York Rangers 3-1. They then went on to allow 5 straight goals against, including 2 short handed goals on the same power play. The Oilers controlled the play for the majority of the game with a 53.47% corsi and 54.41% fenwick. The biggest difference in the game was special teams and goaltending. The Oilers let the game slip out of their hands on a handful of stupid plays that sealed their fate. The game disappeared from them after a couple of breakdowns during a 1 minute stretch and they never really gained their composure again.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this is the Oilers 10th loss in a row. That's right T-E-N-T-H as in 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. That is just a disgrace. I don't care if they have a great chance at Connor McDavid! This team has 3 first overall selections already and 5 within the top 10 over the past 5 years. As we've witnessed first hand you cannot rebuild a team through the draft at least not a successful team. You need real players, a real coaching staff and real management for a team to progress. Just because they are the best at being bad doesn't mean thing. All the new shiny objects in world won't make this team better until rebuild 3.0 happens. Every one in management needs to resign (because we know Katz isn't going to fire them) and actual hockey minds be put in charge.

Up Next

The Oilers hit the road on Wednesday to take on the Winnipeg Jets. They have yet to beat a Western Conference team and looking at the schedule for December it may be their only chance to win against Western Conference team. After that they face San Jose home in home then Anaheim home in home. That is why I say that Wednesday is probably their best chance to win a game in the next two weeks.