McDavid captured his 50th point of the season while Draisaitl continued his dominance over Ottawa with
Connor McDavid wasted no time at all to get the Oilers on the board, scoring from a bad angle a mere 10 seconds into the game. It was a fluky one that fooled Daccord but they don’t ask how you get them. The Oilers were off and running with an early 1-0 lead. That lead would almost extend on the next shift as McDavid had time in the slot but missed the net.
The Senators, however, would mount a bit of a pushback. The shots following the early goal would skew 7-0 in favour of Ottawa. That pushback led to a tying goal as Thomas Chabot bounced a pass off the skate of Tyson Barrie and into the net. We were just four minutes in but had a 1-1 game.
Edmonton would get a chance on the power-play but couldn’t convert despite a nice partial break chance from Leon Draisaitl. The man-advantage might not have ended in a goal but it did spark the Oilers as they picked up their game following it.
Barrie got his redemption later in the period as he was fed a slick pass from McDavid in the slot, walked into the slot and wired a shot bar-down to restore the Edmonton lead. 2-1 Oilers.
It wasn’t the goal-fest we experienced on Wednesday but it was an Oilers lead after the first 20.
The Oilers continued their dominant play in the second period. Jesse Puljujarvi had a great chance on a cross-crease pass but missed the net. McDavid was buzzing all period long.
It would be Ottawa, though, who got the first goal of the period as Brady Tkachuk tipped home a beautiful pass from Tim Stutzle to tie things up on a power-play marker. 2-2 at the halfway point of the game.
The stalemate was broken several minutes later as Darnell Nurse added his eight of the year to the score-sheet with a seeing-eye wrister from the top of the circle. 3-2 Oilers lead.
Insurance would come late in the period in the form of a patented Draisaitl from McDavid PP goal. Draisaitl has his 15th of the year while McDavid improves to 51 points as the Oilers head into the third with a 4-2 lead.
Not much to report in the final frame as the Oilers locked down this game and limited the Sens to a handful of chances against.
Tyler Ennis and Gaetan Haas put this one far out of reach as they each tallied goals in tight. Haas’ was especially nice as he walked a defender before putting it past Daccord’s glove. A demanding 6-2 Edmonton lead.
That would be all she wrote for this series! The Oilers complete their third consecutive sweep of the Senators and improve to 7-0-0 against them!
- Say what you want about Darnell Nurse and Tyson Barrie but they are having wonderful offensive seasons. They are a big reason why Edmonton is winning games. I do have my reservations about their defensive play but can they ever generate offence.
- Connor McDavid hit the 50-point mark in tonight’s game with a fantastic assist on Tyson Barrie’s goal in the first. It was only a matter of time as he leads the league in scoring by 10 points. Next stop: 100.
- Leon Draisaitl had some wheels on the back-check tonight. I saw him hustle back to make a few solid defensive plays to break up Ottawa chances. He’s been a lot better defensively this year...turning into quite a 200ft player.
- William Lagesson WANTED one tonight. He was firing the puck all night and made a nifty move in the second to get a chance in close. I’ve liked his play in the d-zone this year and it would nice to see that hard work pay off with some points.
- Speaking of which, I thought this was one of Edmonton’s best defensive games all season long. Wonder if that has anything to do with the absence of a certain cowboy. HINT: It does.
- Look, I have been an outspoken Smith critic all season long. I thought he was way past his prime and was too inconsistent for the Oilers to lean on him. I’ve eaten those words so far as he is now 9-2-0 and his sv% is nearing .930. It sounds crazy but if he keeps it up could he make a case for the Vezina? We’ve seen him implode after streaks like this so we will have to wait and see.
- Fans of other teams can say whatever they want about Edmonton beating up on Ottawa all year. The fact of the matter is that nobody else in the North division is undefeated against the Sens. They aren’t a great team by any means but it's not like Ottawa hasn’t caused fits for others (see: Calgary/Montreal/Vancouver). Why fault the Oilers for winning games?
- The Oilers complete the three-game SWEEP of the Ottawa Senators and capture their FOURTH straight win! Their record improves to 18-11-0 on the season and they take sole possession of second in the North Division with 36 points. Despite dropping three against the Leafs they are only four points off of the division lead. They will try to shorten that gap as they take on the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow night!