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Klefbom scores game winner in OT, Oilers take two points after giving up two goal lead in the third

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Edmonton Oilers
“THE BEST OF TIIIIIIMES”
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The Oilers emerged on top of the last-place Arizona Coyotes in overtime last night. Oscar Klefbom would score the game winner on a nifty pass from Leon Draisaitl to halt Edmonton’s winless streak at three.

The Oilers had a really good first period save for the early goal allowed. Yes, it was against the Coyotes, but the Oilers felt like they had something really going for the first 20 minutes. Club would score a shorthanded goal, a power play goal, and one at regular strength. I can’t tell you the last period of hockey that’s happened for the Oilers, but let’s watch some goals.

It was 1-0 Coyotes early in the first period. The Oilers would take a minor penalty in the seventh minute. If you’ve watched any of the Oilers’ special teams this year, you know exactly what a show the penalty kill is. Fortunately for Jujhar Khaira and the rest of the Oilers, Kevin Connauton would misplay the puck at the point. He would dive for it, but Ryan Strome’s already gone by that point.

When opportunity knocks, you answer. 1-1.

It took 30 games, but Milan Lucic is off the schneid.

I’ve given Lucic the gears for the last ten games of his streak, it’s good to seem him score a goal. He’ll never, ever, ever, ever live up to that contract and my hope is that they’ll slot him properly next year at 3LW next year. Maybe he’ll score another goal next game, you know, in bunches. A huge relief is off of Lucic’s shoulders, and the OIlers are up 2-1 at this point midway through the first.

Jesse Puljujarvi would score to make it 3-1 late in the first. A guy could get used to this.

That’s a power play goal for Jesse Puljujarvi. It’s also Jujhar Khaira’s second point of the game. Look at all of these points! Put Puljujarvi in the top six already.

The Oilers would finish the first period up 3-1. They’d carry that to the middle of the third period when things would get a little hairy. Christian Dvorak would score his twelfth of the season midway through the third. Three minutes later, I don’t know what the hell happened when Niklas Hjalmarsson scored his first of the year.

After that debacle, it’s all tied at 3-3. The score would carry to overtime, when Oscar Klefbom would atone for an earlier gaffe on an open net.

That’s your game. 4-3 Oilers (OT).

  • Lucic breaks his scoring slump. Klefbom scores for the first time in 33 games.
  • Multiple point night for Jujhar Khaira (1-1-2).
  • Connor McDavid’s primary assist on the OT winner is his 50th assist of the season. It’s his 80th point of the year, he’s got 16 games to reach 100 points in back-to-back seasons.
  • Put 93 on the top line already. Yes, I’m happy that Milan Lucic got his goal. Pair him with Ryan Strome (or whomever you’d like to put on the 3C). Let’s see if this works before Nuge gets shipped off for a pack of corn chips and a button.
  • What is Kris Russell doing on the tying goal?
  • The Oilers host the Islanders on Thursday. That’s going to be a fun one.