The Edmonton Oilers took home a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on International Women’s Day! Leon Draisaitl netted the game-winner as the Oilers picked up their fifth straight win against the Senators. Alex Chiasson and Kailer Yamamoto picked up the other Oiler markers.
It started bad but it ended well! I got the complete recap of tonight’s anxiety-inducing win...
This game had a dangerously familiar feel to it at the start. The Oilers, as they do, started sluggishly against a tired Senators team and it cost them in the form of goal against in the first minute. Mikko Koskinen flubbed the game’s first shot (once again) and Evgeni Dadonov gave the Senators a 1-0 lead.
Soon after we got a heavy-weight bout between Jujhar Khaira and Erik Gudbranson. The two would tangle for a while but it would be Gudbranson who got the better of the two.
The Oilers eventually found their legs around the midway point of the period. Kailer Yamamoto tipped home a point-shot from Darnell Nurse past the rookie Daccord to tie things up at 1-1.
The rest of the period would belong to the Oilers as they turned things around in the latter half. Alex Chiasson would have the team’s best chance on a quick cross-ice one-timer but Joey Daccord was solid.
Edmonton got close to the go-ahead goal but they wouldn’t get it. 1-1 at the end of 20 minutes.
The Oilers picked up where they left off in this period. The home team continued to pour shots onto Daccord as they searched for their first lead of the game.
The pressure would eventually pay off on an early PP as Alex Chiasson let a shot rip over the shoulder of Daccord to give Edmonton the 2-1 lead. Edmonton would continue to determine the pace of play for the majority of the period. They outplayed Ottawa in every aspect and it looked like they were in complete control.
Leon Draisaitl would affirm that as he added to Edmonton’s lead with a slick wrist shot that beat Daccord on the far-side. 3-1 Oilers more than halfway through the game.
The Senators weren’t going without a fight, however. Tim Stützle gave Ottawa some life late in the period as his shot tipped off Tyson Barrie’s stick en route to the back of the net. 3-2 game.
The Sens would put on a bit of a press in the final minute but Edmonton was able to stave them off. Oilers hold the one-goal lead heading into the final frame.
The final period of play was tense right up until the buzzer. The Oilers turned to a defensive style of play as they tried to hold onto their 3-2 lead. For the most part it was fairly successful.
Connor McDavid almost put this game away with a breakaway chance but Daccord, again, with a fantastic save to keep things close. The Sens would mount a late push with the empty-net but weren’t able to generate much of anything.
Draisaitl would have a golden opportunity at the empty-net that would sail wide but it wouldn’t matter. The Oilers take home a 3-2 win as they improve to 5-0-0 against the Senators!
- Kailer Yamamoto is the perfect third guy on the McDavid-Draisaitl line. His ability to cycle the puck and get in scoring position is unmatched by almost anyone else without a Hart trophy on the roster.
- Speaking of offensive lines that looked good, I really liked the second line of Ennis-RNH-Puljujarvi. I think the big Finn showed some ability to drive that line. A very good omen if Puljujarvi can continue that play.
- Kyle Turris has looked underwhelming all season long but that wasn’t the case tonight. Turris was making smart plays all game long and was integral in Draisaitl’s goal.
- I thought this was one of the best games for the Jones-Bear pairing. Bear in particular was fantastic in the transition. It’s criminal that Russell and Larsson got more minutes than them.
- Koskinen was decent but shaky all night long. The first goal against was bad no matter how you slice it but he rebounded to keep Edmonton in it when the going got tough. You hope he makes that first save though.
- On the other end of the ice, Joey Daccord was fantastic for the Sens. He kept this from being a blowout. Fantastic stuff from the young goaltender.
- The Oilers squeak out the 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators to improve to 16-11-0 on the year and move ahead of the Winnipeg Jets to take possession of second place in the North Division. These two team’s will meet again on Wednesday as the Oilers try to make it six in a row against the Sens.