I missed the first period of this one, but it doesn’t sound like much was missed other than six total goals.
Oilers lineup going into this game:
My takeaway here: What do Tyler Ennis and Evan Bouchard have to do to stay in the lineup? It is ludicrous that they don’t play every single game. Anyways.
Mikko Koskinen didn’t get the save on the first shot of the game.
31 seconds was all Nils needed to make something happen for your #Canucks! pic.twitter.com/sV8rtTfFPY— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 7, 2021
And the second shot of the game also snuck by him. Tough break. Bad giveaway by Kulikov, who seems destined to give up one awful one per game.
Rathbone pounces on a loose puck and makes no mistake as he finds the back of the net for the first time in his @NHL career! ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/9wSCKwADVn— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 7, 2021
Unfortunately, a near miss for Mikko on the third shot of the game. At least he got a piece, I guess. 3-0 Canucks.
Travis Hamonic with the big shot as he gets his first of the year and extends the #Canucks lead to 3-0 in the 1st! pic.twitter.com/8GUODj10jr— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 7, 2021
The fourth shot of the game also found its way through, and that was the end of the night for #19 in the Oilers net. You have to feel for Mikko in this situation. Tough game going into the playoffs. 4-0 Canucks and Mike Smith comes in.
Mikko Koskinen— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) May 7, 2021
First starting goalie to allow 4 goals on 4 shots & then get pulled since Don Beaupre of the Capitals on Nov 24, 1989 vs Pittsburgh
And the first set of good news for the Oilers, as Draisaitl fires home a powerplay marker from McDavid and Mike Smith.
Fun fact: Mike Smith has more points in this game than Mikko Koskinen has saves.
A Leon laser beam got us on the board tonight. #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/baO21Rk9iw— x - Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 7, 2021
And the good vibes keep going, as Jesse Puljuljarvi also puts one by Demko towards the end of the period. 4-2 Canucks going into the intermission.
♂️ #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/JKHL06W3Ws— x - Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 7, 2021
The Oilers come out strong in the first half of the second, with a few good scoring chances. No luck on anything though.
After the officials miss a clear headshot on Chiasson from Travis Hamonic, Chiasson takes matters into his own hands and drops the mitts against the former Flame. The two seemed to patch things up in the penalty box however.
really don't like this hit from hamonic on chiasson. direct head contact. i'd imagine this gets looked at from dops. pic.twitter.com/2g7YvmRlZn— zach laing (@zjlaing) May 7, 2021
Tyler Graovac wins the faceoff, and then takes the puck below the goal line, and bounces a goal off the back of Mike Smith’s helmet. Seemed like bad luck, but maybe a great shot. 5-2 Canucks.
In retaliation to Darnell Nurse’s big hit, McEwen takes a double minor on a high stick on #25. Four minute powerplay results in nothing. What’s JP gotta do to get on the first or second PP unit? Nurse gives the powerplay right back though, as crosschecks, punches, slashes and roughs up McEwen in the TV timeout.
zack macewen wants none of darnell nurse's heat pic.twitter.com/WnIXHyqO4j— zach laing (@zjlaing) May 7, 2021
Score is 5-2, and the shots are 31-18 for the Oilers. Edmonton outshot Vancouver 17-9 in the second.
A big scrap to start the period. Everyone knew it was coming. Nurse takes the extra penalty for cross checking.
NURSE WITH AN UFC TAKEDOWN pic.twitter.com/L8o1B4AKL3— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) May 7, 2021
Oilers back to the powerplay after Puljuljarvi draws one on Tyler Myers. Only one shot and no damage done.
Oilers swap penalties again, and Josh Archibald is to the box for tripping. Smith made one huge save to keep it 5-2, and the Canucks aren’t able to add to their lead. Just as the penalty ended... McDavid is sprung and Myers takes another penalty, and it’s a penalty shot for the captain. Connor makes a stunning move, but Demko makes a great save. Same score.
Well, Draisaitl gets his second of the night seconds after the penalty shot. Nurse finds him across the zone and he fires it home. 5-3. McDavid’s third point of the night, 96th point of the season.
HE’S 4 AWAY pic.twitter.com/ZAzt6Hhsiq— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) May 7, 2021
And Boeser scores to make it 6-3. Sloppy play in the Oilers’ zone, and his shot squeezes by Smith. Coaching staff debated the challenge, but held off.
Game over. Rematch Saturday.
#Oilers Connor McDavid records his 17th game with 3+ points this season.— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) May 7, 2021
That's the 2nd most in a single season since 2005-06
The players with 18 three point games all did it in an 82-game season