The Oilers came into this game sitting in the 8th playoff spot in the west, and needed to take two points out of this game to stay there. The Canucks could move ahead of the Oilers with a win, so it is monumentally important that the Oilers don’t lose. Well, this is what happened.
- The Milan Lucic, Kyle Brodziak, and Zack Kassian line start the game. They keep the puck in the Canucks end the entire shift. Good start.
- On that lines very next shift four minutes into the game, Lucic commits a terrible turnover, and Tyler Motte opens the scoring for the Canucks by beating Mikko Koskinen. 1-0 Canucks.
- Just under seven minutes in, Elias Pettersson chips a perfect pass by Matt Benning, Brock Boeser ends up with the puck and puts anther by Koskinen. A save there would have been nice. 2-0
- Oilers find themselves on the powerplay halfway through the period, as Loui Eriksson gets called for hooking Connor McDavid.
- On the powerplay, the Oilers set up quickly, Leon Draisaitl gets the puck to McDavid in the corner, who immediately finds Ryan Nugent-Hopkins wide open in front. RNH goes low-blocker on Jacob Markstrom and the Oilers are within one. 2-1 Canucks.
- Oilers were playing quite a bit better after the powerplay goal, but unfortunately they let Pettersson get in close and make it 3-1.
- That is how the period ends.
- Scratch that, the Canucks add one more to make it 4-1 with ten seconds left. That’s how the period ends.
- Cam Talbot is in for Koskinen to start the period, that’s what happens when you let in four goals on six shots.
- The Oilers start strong again and pin the Canucks to begin the period. Just over a minute in, Jake Virtanen interferes with Chris Wideman and the Oilers get another powerplay.
- Two shots on the powerplay. No goals.
- It’s ok though, we get another powerplay as Ty Rattie gets tripped entering the zone.
- On this powerplay, it’s Leon Draisaitl taking the McDavid pass, he walks in from the blueline and puts a laser past Markstrom. 4-2.
- The Oilers haven’t allowed a shot this period and it’s half way over. Everything but the score is looking pretty good. Unfortunately, McDavid is going to the box for elbowing.
- The Oilers kill the penalty, and looked pretty good doing it only allowing one shot.
- As soon as they kill the penalty, the Oilers go right back on the attack and get some good chances. The biggest of those chances was Jesse Puljujarvi deflecting a Darnell Nurse shot off the post. We really could have used some puck luck there.
- With 3:30 left, McDavid gets a breakaway, takes it to the backhand but can’t get it to go into the net.
- The Period ends 4-2, and the Oilers looked a lot better than they did in the first, and certainly better than the Canucks did.
- Really boring start to the third frame. At the four minute mark, nothing remarkable has happened. Just a lot of neutral zone play, and each team struggling to enter the offensive zone.
- At the eight minute mark, Matt Benning rings a shot off the cross-bar. Still no puck luck,
- Halfway through the period, Adam Larsson does some fooling around with the puck at the Canucks blueline for no good reason, he loses the puck in atrocious fashion and Cam Talbot has to make a monster save on Jake Virtanen on a two-on-one.
- The Oilers pull the goalie with two and a half minutes to go.
- Nothing much happens, McDavid ges behind the defense for the equivalent of a breakaway, but again can’t score.
- Game ends 4-2.
- It’s an unfortunate game to lose. In the first period, the Oilers gave up four high quality chances and the Canucks scored on all four of them.
- It would be nice to have more than two saves on 6 shots. Koskinen was due for a bad game, I suppose. Just as long as he doesn’t make a habit of it.
- Alex Chaisson took a puck off the knee early in the game, left, and did not return. We really can’t afford to keep losing players like this.
- Speaking of, I did not much care for Adam Larsson’s game tonight.
- Nurse was ok, but he made a few mistakes himself. I also hate how incapable of making a pass he is.
- If this wasn’t our fourth straight loss, and against a team that just leap-frogged us to kick us out of the playoff picture, this would be the kind of loss I would tolerate. We played better than them for the most part, McDavid had two breakaways, we hit three posts, that’s a winnable game if not for the goalie issue in the first.
- Cam Talbot only faced a dozen shots or so, but he stopped all of them.
- Really liking Caleb Jones and Kevin Gravel. I only notice them on the ice when they do good things. And right now, Caleb Jones is the best passing defenseman on the team. The kid is good, and I hope he’s not sent back down. Ever.
- If you’ve noticed, this recap is short, and not very good. I’ve caught a cold, so you’ll have to forgive me. Or don’t, I’ll mange.
- The Oilers play next against the Sharks on Saturday. We really need a win in that one. No excuses.