The Edmonton Oilers dropped their second straight game in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday night. Edmonton did battle back from a 3-1 deficit but a third-period marker by Noah Hanifin proved to be the difference.
It wasn’t the sharpest game by the boys in orange and blue. I got the complete recap for your reading pleasure...
This was a weird opening frame.
The pace to start was awesome. Both teams were skating and the puck was moving end to end, but there weren’t many chances whatsoever. At the seven-minute mark of the period the shots were 1-1.
The first thing of note was a heavyweight fight between Jujhar Khaira and Brett Ritchie. The fight was over a high hit from Jujhar on Oliver Kylington earlier in the game that went uncalled. It resulted in Ritchie connecting with the right hand to the head and Jujhar looked completely dazed. A scary situation that you can only hope turns out good for Khaira.
The fight seemed to give Calgary some momentum as they caused a lot of problems for the Oilers in the neutral zone. I wouldn’t say the Flames dominated the period, but the Oilers weren’t able to execute clean breakouts very often.
Kailer Yamamoto would flub a 2-on-1 pass in the dying seconds and we would end the first without a goal. 0-0 after 20.
The Flames came out shooting in the second. They had the game’s first few chances in the opening minutes and quickly amassed a 7-1 lead in shots through the first five minutes. The Oilers looked fairly sloppy in this one.
It would eventually culminate in a turnover by McDavid in the neutral zone that sent Dillon Dube in alone on Mike Smith. He’d go five-hole to open up the scoring. 1-0 Flames. Calgary would add to that lead a few minutes later as Kylington made a cross-crease pass to Elias Lindholm to make it a 2-0 game.
The Oilers did respond quickly with an in-tight goal by Adam Larsson to make it 2-1 but Mike Smith would be caught outside his net and Andrew Magngiapane would restore Calgary’s two-goal lead at 3-1.
Josh Archibald gave Edmonton life late in the period as he tipped home a beautiful pass from Devin Shore over the shoulder of Jacob Markstrom. 3-2 game.
Edmonton would get a late PP chance but wouldn’t be able to convert. They would start the third with the man advantage.
This period started really well for Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl was able to get the two teams on even terms with an absolute snipe over the shoulder of Markstrom. That would be his 7th in five games.
It would be short-lived, however, as the Flames responded with a goal of their own as Noah Hanifin beat Smith from a shot from the slot. Calgary regains the 4-3 lead.
Edmonton would mount a late-period push to get things tied up but Markstrom would shut the door. The Flames hold on to defeat the Oilers 4-3.
- Oilers looked sloppy tonight. The Flames held the majority of the momentum and had the Oilers pinned in their own zone for long stretches of time. Just a sluggish game against a motivated Flames team.
- Mike Smith wasn’t great tonight. He was caught out of his net on the second third goal of the game and couldn’t make the saves that the team needed. He’s been lights out this year but this was a forgettable one for the veteran.
- Tyson Barrie left the game with an undisclosed injury and Dave Tippett made a very strange roster move in reaction. Instead of moving Ethan Bear up with Nurse, both of which have played with each other for long stretches, he chose Kris Russell to play his off-side. I say strange when I really mean dumb.
- Jujhar Khaira getting KO’d is solely on the refs for not doing their job. His high hit on Kylington should have been called and, when it wasn’t, the Flames took the matter into their own hands. I would have said the exact same thing if it was a Flame who went down.
- The Oilers' defence had a ROUGH time moving the puck up the ice tonight. If only we had a young defender who has shown an ability to move the puck up the ice and make plays....
- Edmonton drops their second in a row as they drop a 4-3 decision to the Flames. Their record moves to 18-13-0 on the season as the Flames creep closer to them in the standings. They will get another chance to beat the Flames on Wednesday.