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Two goal night for Connor McDavid not enough to overcome special teams nightmare

Colorado Avalanche v Edmonton Oilers
The weight of a hockey team on one man’s shoulders

The good news? Connor McDavid is still who we thought he is. Two goals in the third period (including a game tying goal with less than 30 seconds to play) gives the Oilers a chance to take two points every night.

The bad news? J.T. Compher scored in overtime and the Avalanche took two points in Edmonton. Edmonton’s special teams were once again barfy. The Oilers were able to hang onto a Bettman point, but they’re still some 25 wins away from the postseason.

Let’s have a peek at what happened last night in Edmonton.

FIRST PERIOD

Nikita Zadorov scores Colorado’s only goal in the first period after Andrej Sekera can’t get it out of his end. Simple stuff here, Sekera tries to get it out and Zadorov ain’t havin’ any of it. Zadorov puts a laser behind Montoya and it’s 1-0 Avalanche three minutes into the first.

Avalanche take a 1-0 lead to the dressing room after one. Gets better, yeah? Sort of.

SECOND PERIOD

The Avalanche had one power play this game. How d’ya think that ended? If you answered “not good” or a facsimile, you’d be correct.

Of course this ends badly. Samuel Girard scores his second of the year on Colorado’s only advantage of the night. Avalanche now up 2-0 eight minutes into the second. Time to insert some McDavid here.

The Edmonton Oilers are going to miss the playoffs this year. Doing it with Connor McDavid on the last year of his entry level contract is an absolute waste. Here we see McDavid in his natural habitat, picking up his own rebound mid-air and batting it behind Jonathan Bernier to close the gap to 2-1 midway through the second period.

Oilers might be making some headway here. Drake Caggiula looks to tie this up late in the second period, but everyone’s favourite goaltender interference call finds its way into the game.

No goal. Then

Yeesh. Oscar Klefbom never gets control of a pass from Al Montoya. Blake Comeau swoops in and makes it a quick 3-1 for the Avalanche while shorthanded. That’s a PPG and a SHG for the Avalanche so far tonight, and an absolute dagger with thirty seconds remaining in the second period. Avalanche take a 3-1 lead to the dressing room after 40.

THIRD PERIOD

Ryan Strome’s all out there makin’ himself useful in front of the net. Matthew Benning’s shot deflects off of Strome’s stick into Caggiula’s body. Puck in the net. It’s good.

A whole bunch of time left in the third. Maybe there’s some more tricks in the bag. There was one more trick, with 30 second remaining in regulation. I’ll give you three guesses as to who’s trickin’ it up.

Give the man whatever he wants. You wanted him to shoot more, he’s got two goals. That’s his seventeenth goal and 56th point (17-39-56) of the season. He’s dragging this team to overtime. End of regulation: 3-3

OVERTIME

Hey look, it’s Ryan Strome again! Avalanche 4, Oilers 3 (F/OT)

FINAL THOUGHTS

  • Here’s a tip: it’s gonna cost a lot.
  • Credit to the Avalanche, who find themselves in a wild card position one again.
  • It’s an absolute shame that McDavid’s final year of his ELC is wasted on this.
  • Oilers look to have Cam Talbot and hopefully Adam Larsson back for their next game which takes place on Monday against Tampa Bay.