The win train keeps on rolling!
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl took things into their own hands, combining for 5pts, to extend the Oilers win streak to 5 games. The New York Rangers, on the other hand, suffer their first lost of the season.
The game started like many of Edmonton’s games this season, with the other team striking first. Kappo Kakko kicked off the scoring with a slick move to record his first career NHL goal. Edmonton would get some chances of their own in the first, but Lundqvist shut the door. 1-0 Rangers at the end of the first.
Edmonton would respond in the second period, as Oscar Klefbom would send a cannon of point shot over the glove of Lundqvist. It was the first goal of the season for Klefbom and his 7th point of the season. The Oilers also scored another goal in the period, but it was waved off after Lundqvist drew a goaltender interference call against Zack Kassian. After 40 minutes the undefeated teams were tied a 1-1.
Things blew open in the final frame. After killing a penalty, the Oilers were awarded a power play of their own. Connor McDavid banked the puck off of Jacob Trouba past Lundqvist to give Edmonton their first lead of the game. Leon Draisaitl would squeak an insurance goal later on in the period to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead late in the game.
From there the team buckled down and Draisaitl was able to pick up an empty net goal to secure the 4-1 win for the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers are tied for 1st in the NHL with the 5-0-0 Carolina Hurricanes (2006 rematch anyone?).
- I feel like a broken record, but the Edmonton Oilers received very good goaltending by Mike Smith today. The Rangers were stonewalled on a first period 5-on-3 and Smith was excellent throughout the entire game. If Smith continues his stellar play, postseason hockey could be a very real possibility.
- Oscar Klefbom looked like the team’s best defender today as well. He got his first goal of the season in the 2nd period and had an assist on the GWG by McDavid in the 3rd. He currently has 7pts on the season, which is tied for 2nd among defencemen.
- The Oilers penalty-kill continues to be great. The Rangers possess a deadly power-play this season, aided by the additions of Jacob Trouba, Artemi Panarin and Kappo Kakko, but the Oilers were able go 4/4 on the day. Edmonton’s PK was at 92.3% going into today’s game...that will go up. Good news early on.
- Darnell Nurse has really matured as a defender. He looks absolutely solid in the defensive zone, whether its intercepting passes or separating the opponent from the puck. I have really liked his play early on this season. His partner, Ethan Bear, has also looked comfortable.
- Matt Benning was a warrior on the 5-on-3 penalty kill in the first period. He blocked a rocket of a shot from Artemi Panarin and was able to clear the puck shortly after. I am a very big critic of Benning’s but I have to recognize good play when I see it. Solid game by #83
- Josh Archibald....didn’t have a great game. He missed the net by a comedic degree in the first period and that led to the Rangers first, and only, goal of the game. He wasn’t noticeable throughout the game afterwards. Patrick Russell will be gunning for his job in the next couple of weeks.
- Other Oilers I liked: Joel Persson, Connor McDavid (duh), Riley Sheahan and Jujhar Khaira
The Oilers are 5-0-0 for the first time 1985/86!
Are the Edmonton Oilers #ActuallyGood?