The Oilers didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard in this one. Leon Draisaitl deposited on a sweet feed from Connor McDavid to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead just over a minute into the game. It was Edmonton’s first shot of the game (nice when it goes our way for once). The Flyers wouldn’t leave it like that for very long, as Jakub Voracek would tie things up with a power play marker 6 minutes later. 1-1 with 10 left in the first period.
The play would bounce between the two teams for the rest of the period, trading chances at each end. It would be Edmonton who struck the back of the net next, as Ethan Bear wired his second career NHL goal past Carter Hart. 2-1 Oilers after 20.
The second period saw the Oilers in all sorts of trouble. The rink was tilted in Philadelphia’s favour and the Oilers were scrambling quite a bit for the first half of the period. Luckily, the team received some very good goaltending from Mikko Koskinen which lead to an unbelievable goal-burst from the Oilers.
After getting badly outplayed for most of the period, Kris Russell lobbed the puck up the middle of the ice where it found McDavid in the neutral zone. The captain would battle with, Flyers D-man, Justin Braun and eventually win possession of the puck where he then beautifully finessed it over the shoulder of Hart. An absolute stunner that only #97 could pull off. 3-1 Oilers.
This would open up the floodgates for the Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his first of the season shortly afterwards, which was then followed by Leon Draisaitl’s second of the game. Both on the power play. 5-1 Oilers at the end of the 2nd.
Edmonton didn’t miss a beat entering the third period. In the unlikeliest of matchups, Connor McDavid fed Brandon Manning a one-timer feed that whizzed right by Brian Elliott (who was on in relief of Hart). 5pts for McDavid and Manning’s first of the season. 6-1 Oil Country.
The Flyers would mount a comeback late in the third period, but Edmonton would hang on to the lead, winning 6-3.
- Mikko Koskinen was VERY good for the Edmonton Oilers tonight. He gave them life early in the 2nd period when Philadelphia was all over them. If not for Koskinen this could have ended up being a very different game. The Big Finn finished the game with 49 saves.
- Leon Draisaitl has been amazing this season and he continued his strong play tonight. The German dominated the pace of play all night long and was dangerous every time he stepped on the ice. He was rewarded with 2 goals, bumping his total to 6.
- Connor McDavid had 5pts tonight....and was the best Oiler on the ice. The captain is the heartbeat of this team and he showed everyone in attendance that he is the best player int he world. He sits at the top of the point leaderboard with 17pts and, wouldn’t you know it, Leon Draisaitl is all alone in second with 15pts.
- Edmonton’s Powerplay in a word: Dominant. It was spectacular for the team tonight as they went 2/2. Special teams have been a major reason for Edmonton’s hot start to the season...hopefully it continues.
- Speaking of special teams, Edmonton’s penalty kill was also pretty good today. They let in one goal on the kill but went a respectable 4/6. Edmonton is currently the #1 ranked penalty-kill....its early but that is a very good sign.
- A big lead in the third period allowed Dave Tippett to dial back the ice-time for both McDavid and Draisaitl. The pair were leading the league in TOI heading into the game, averaging 23 and 26 minutes per game respectively. Tonight, McDavid was on for 19:51 while Draisaitl saw 18 minutes of ice time. Good to see that number come down a little as the season wears on.
- The Edmonton Oilers are the first team in the West to record 6 wins on the season! We are 6-1-0 and the the Oilers HYPE train is officially back in business!!