The Edmonton Oilers sent the Seattle Kraken to the showers after a dominate 6-0 outing at Rogers Place on Tuesday night. Connor McDavid picked up a goal and two assists while Brendan Perlini made his case to make the roster with two goals of his own. Puljujarvi, Nurse, and Hyman got the other markers while Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith split a perfect game.
It was a game to remember as fans returned to the stadium. Preseason or not, it’s still fun to see the Oilers win in such a dominant fashion!
Let’s go over how we got here...
The game started with a few introductory shifts as each player reacclimated with on-ice play but it didn’t take long for things to start rolling.
Both the McDavid and Draisaitl lines generated scoring chances on their first shifts of the game. Edmonton would find themselves in the box early on as Hyman got caught on a trip after nearly missing on a chance of his own.
The Oilers would successfully kill it and, as Hyman stepped back on the ice, Darnell Nurse would lead a rush and wire a long-range wrister from just inside the blue-line that beat Chris Driedger between the arms. 1-0 Oilers.
Edmonton would need to kill one more penalty before they got a chance of their own. The power-play unit looked as deadly as ever and the consistent pressure forced Seattle to take another penalty to give the home team a 5-on-3 chance.
Of course, it wouldn’t take long for the Oilers to convert on that chance as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fed Jesse Puljujarvi in front of the net to extend the lead to 2-0. Zach Hyman would join in on the fun a little later on with a tap-in goal courtesy of a gorgeous passing play between Puljujarvi and McDavid to make it 3-0 Edmonton heading into the second.
Seattle picked up their game at the beginning of the second period. Branden Tanev had a sneaky shot that almost caught Smith out of position but they were unable to cut into Edmonton’s lead.
It would be a tighter checking period but Edmonton would eventually pick off where they left off late in the period. A quick transition caught the Kraken off guard and allowed Devin Shore and Brendan Perlini to attack on a 2-on-1 rush. Perlini would feed Shore, who gave it back to Perlini for lightning-fast one-timer that beat Driedger clean. 4-0 Oilers.
Not too long after the Oilers would get another chance with the man-advantage. They wouldn’t waste any time in extending their lead as a few quick passes would land the puck on McDavid’s stick for a tap-in. Make it a whopping 5-0 Oilers heading into the third period.
It didn’t take long for Edmonton to continue to goal parade. Just over two minutes into the final frame Perlini let loose a cannon from the point that found twine. He had two on the night as the Oilers extended their lead to 6-0.
Things got chippy as it started to wind down. Nathan Bastian had a nasty knee on Philip Broberg which drew the ire of Kyle Turris and sent Edmonton to another PP. On the ensuing play, Tanev worked over Turris with a few crosschecks which would land him in the box for another 5-on-3 advantage that Seattle would kill off.
That would do it! The Oilers get their second consecutive shutout as they blow the Kraken out of the water with a 6-0 win.
- Tonight was our first look a the new top-line of Hyman-McDavid-Puljujarvi and boy were they a treat to watch. Both Hyman and Puljujarvi are the perfect cycle guys and complimented McDavid’s game perfectly. It all culminated in a beautiful first-period goal that saw JP and McDavid make highlight reel passes to feed Hyman. Oiler fans should have a lot of fun watching them this season.
- Perlini was the other forward that stood out all night. He had two goals on the night and looked dangerous all night long. I’m not yet convinced on linemates Turris and Shore, but Perlini is doing his darndest to make the opening night lineup.
- Goaltenders were fantastic for the second straight game. Neither Smith or Koskinen allowed a goal for a combined shutout. Koskinen showed a bit better in my opinion...despite playing a tiny bit less he made a few real good saves. Smith has to be careful with his stickhandling as it got him into trouble a few times.
- I honestly can’t say much about the defenders. They all looked good tonight and limited Seattle to establishing much in their own end. All around great performances from the D-corp.
- A 2-0-0 start to the preseason and the Oilers have yet to allow a goal! So there ain’t a lot I can complain about here! They will look to continue that streak tomorrow as they visit the Winnipeg Jets in what is sure to be an emotional rematch from last year’s playoffs!