Nothing like a comeback on Thirsty Thursday!
The Edmonton Oilers picked up a 4-3 Overtime win after a thrilling come-from-behind effort in the third period. They did it against a very good Washington Capitals team, whose four-game win streak came to an end.
It took a while to get to the final result, so let’s recap the game that was.
The first 5 minutes of tonight’s game was perhaps some of the sloppiest hockey I had ever seen. Both teams were missing passes and it looked like the players got a head start on the discounted beer at Rogers Place. This quickly changed, however, and the teams started trading chances as the period went on. Darnell Nurse’s attempted pass off the rush would hit a Washington defender and slide right past Braden Holtby to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead after the first period.
The second period....wasn’t so great. Jakub Vrana would pot the equalizer over the shoulder of Mikko Koskinen about 5 minutes in and was followed by an Alex Ovechkin tip-in goal about 47 seconds later. Just like that the Capitals had taken the lead 2-1.
Ovechkin wasn’t done there. With about 7 minutes left in the 2nd, Ovie would find himself WIDE open in front of the net where he would snipe his second of the game off the cross-bar and into the net. A 1-0 lead for the Oilers quickly transformed into a 3-1 deficit heading into the third period.
The comeback would start quick for the Oilers, as Leon Draisaitl would fire his 7th of the year over Holtby’s shoulder just 4 minutes into the period. This seemed to energize the Oilers as they came fast and furious for the rest of the game, lead by their captain. Connor McDavid would have an array of chances to tie the game up but he kept running into the brick wall that was Braden Holtby. McDavid, however, would have the last laugh as he tied the game up with Koskinen pulled and 1:30 left in regulation. This one would be solved in OT.
The Overtime period started off pretty slow, thanks to an ultra-cautious Washington squad. The Capitals would nearly sneak a wraparound past Koskinen but the play quickly transformed into a 2-on-1 play for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The pair rushed up the ice, with Draisaitl carrying the puck. Draisaitl to McDavid, back to Draisaitl—GOAL.
“LEON DRAISAITL OVERTIIIIIIIIIIIIIME WINNER!” - Kevin Quinn
- We no longer have to worry about Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The superstar duo came alive in the third period and showed why they are among the best players in the league. They controlled the the pace late in the game and single-handily willed the victory into Edmonton’s favour. Draisaitl had 2 goals and 1 assist to advance to 19pts (which should put him in 3rd place overall) while McDavid picked up 1 goal and 2 assists for a grand total of 20pts (good enough for 2nd overall).
- Goaltending....wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad as well. I think Koskinen had a fairly decent game between the pipes. He didn’t have a chance on the two Ovechkin goals so I can’t fault him on that. He made the saves that he needed to make in the third and came up big on the one OT chance that Washington had. Stable goaltending for Mikko as he improved to 5-0 on the season.
- I liked what I saw from the defence as a whole tonight. Nurse was jumping up all night and Bear continued to impress me with the little things that he did. Russell and Klefbom had their best game together yet. While Benning and Manning didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out. Good stuff against a high-octane Caps team.
- Bottom 6 still needs to get on that scoresheet. The Oilers picked up the win but it was on the backs of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. This has gotta change sooner rather than later.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is absolutely snake-bitten right now. I swear to god that the guy has about 3 high-quality chances a game and is robbed each and every game. I liked #93 again tonight and that line as a whole bounced back compared to the last two games they played.
- Zack Kassian was involved tonight...if you know what I mean. Got into a punching match with Tom Wilson in the second period and nearly killed a Capital defender in the third period. He was also buzzing around the net and had a few good chances of his own. Good game for him as well.
- The Edmonton Oilers are 8-2-1 on the season and 5-0-0 at Rogers Place. Ain’t no place like home. They sit tied for first overall in the league with 17pts! Lets get that pre-weekend party started!