While the Flames game may have technically "mattered," and was "exciting," and had "a point to it all," and had "defensemen that don’t fall over when they have the puck," let me tell you: well, nothing really. This last Oilers home game is MacTavish’s last whiff of the stink in the fridge before buying some baking soda.
The Oilers wore their white jerseys in their last home game today, in tribute to the white flag of surrender. (Thanks people of twitter for that gag).
But first let’s start with goalie Laurent Brossoit called up from Oklahoma to play his first NHL game. The latest in a rotating cast of junior goalies to start the game. He was spectacular. He stopped 49 shots. Fourty-nine! That’s as if the Sharks played an ordinary hockey game and the Oilers turned around and also shot pucks at him.
Amusingly enough, that’s 10 shots away from Ben Scrivens’ NHL record of most saves in a shutout, set last year, also against the San Jose Sharks.
If you’re the Sharks you must have to start getting suspicious. Like, ‘Why are they letting us shoot at them?’
Brossoit - you did awesome, bud. Too bad 49 saves isn’t good enough for a win in this town. Welcome to the Oilers. It’s up for debate which of his saves was the best, but there were a lot of them. My favourite was a lightning fast drop to the splits robbing John Scott of his rebound opportunity toward the end of the first period.
Also, honourable mention goes to Nail Yakupov. He and Derek Roy were on their game tonight. Almost every shift they played they were up to their high-velocity weirdness in the offensive zone. They’re nothing if not high-flying and unpredictable and it earned them the Oilers only goal tonight, plus several other beauty chances including a ringer off the post that I could hear from my house.
Jordan Eberle on the other hand looked sluggish and registered a mere shot on net all game.
The rest of the game was spent by the Sharks mostly throwing rocks at Brossiot who ate them all and smiled.
Then in the third Justin Schultz loses an edge with Patrick Marleau all over him. Marleau swoops in, Brossoit commits low, Marleau puts it high. You’ll be hard pressed to see Marleau mess that one up.
Then with less than three minutes left in the game, the Sharks cruise in on a 3-on-2. Logan Couture puts the puck through the slot to Bryan Lerg who, in his first NHL game, gets his first NHL goal.
Then Matt Nieto gets an empty netter and we have ourselves an Oilers game.
17:52 OILERS MAJOR PENALTY Curtis Hamilton boarding major drawn by Bryan Lerg
Shots Sharks 19 - Oilers 7
15:26 SHARKS PENALTY Matt Irwin tripping drawn by Tyler Pitlick
7:30 OILERS GOAL Nail Yakupov, assists none. 1-0 Oilers
Shots Sharks 14 - Oilers 14
15:55 SHARKS PENALTY Karl Stollery tripping drawn by Taylor Hall
10:25 SHARKS GOAL Patrick Marleau Tied 1-1
2:52 SHARKS GOAL Bryan Lerg assisted by Logan Couture, Tayler Fedun 2-1 Sharks
00:28 SHARKS EMPTY NET GOAL Matt Nieto assisted by Tommy Wingles, Chris Tierney 3-1 Sharks
Shots Sharks 19 - Oilers 6
Total shots Sharks 52 - Oilers 27
Edmonton's best two goaltenders this year were emergency call ups from their AHL club. Haha. Oh man.— Matt Henderson (@Archaeologuy) April 10, 2015
Congrats to Keegan Lowe, to his parents Kevin and Karen and to his family on the kid making it to the NHL. An impressive accomplishment.— David Staples (@dstaples) April 10, 2015
Speaking of three-game veteran David Musil, he played 8:15 head-to-head against Joe Thornton *at evens* tonight.— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) April 10, 2015