2017 PLAYOFFS, G1: SHARKS AT OILERS

Rise and shine, Edmonton. A new generation of heroes have arrived to bring us great joy. We don’t know the year, the hour or the day, but this team, the McDavid Oilers, are bound for glory. Are you ready?

For me, hockey postseason is a lot about memories, going back to my youth. Playoffs were with my Dad. He was a working man (six days a week when I was a kid, he finally stopped working at 75, passed at 80) so time was dear. Cribbage and playoff hockey brought us together. I can’t put into words how much I miss him. By the time the Oilers won their first Stanley, my Dad was 72, and I was down the road finding my own way. Today, with so many great games to come, I am thinking of my Dad and the love of hockey he passed along to me. He loved the headman pass, he hated the Habs but never said a bad word about Beliveau, and big Frank Mahovlich would have been welcome in our house any time. Miss you, Dad. Now. Let’s rock and roll.

YOUR EDMONTON OILERS (against the Sharks)

Playoff numbers rarely become famous, it’s just a thing. The boxcars don’t have time to accumulate gigantic totals, while individual goals and stops are seared into the memory. I can tell you chapter and verse about the first goal in Game 5 1985 SCF, but hell if I know the final scoring numbers that spring. Numbers still have meaning, but, beginning today, it’s all about the journey to Stanley. San Jose and Edmonton met in the playoffs once previously, in 2006 spring. Edmonton won the series four games to two, and the numbers are long gone. The Torres hit and the Roloson save? Right here with me, forever.

  • Patrick Maroon (5, 3-0-3, 15 shots)-Connor McDavid (5, 4-4-8, 15 shots)-Leon Draisaitl (5, 0-3-3, 8 shots)

Edmonton’s top line went 7-7-14 with 38 shots in five regular-season games against the Sharks. That’s good, real good, we can expect this trio to see a steady diet of Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Justin Braun. McDavid spent one hour against Vlasic (51.1 Corsi for 5×5 percentage) and that is the preferred matchup for SJS, while Todd McLellan appears content to let his horses run. McDavid v. Brent Burns would be fun, but the Sharks have allowed that match for 16 minutes all year. If the Oilers win this series, the 97 line is going to have a tremendous week. Note: According to Jake Sundstrom of Fear the Fin, Braun sat with a “nagging injury” in G82 but will likely be in tonight’s lineup. Sundstrom also predicts the Hansen-Hertl-Boedker will be matched against Edmonton’s top trio.

  • Milan Lucic (5, 3-1-4, 11 shots), RNH (5, 0-1-1, 5 shots), Jordan Eberle (5, 0-1-1, 8 shots)

This trio is coming on now, we can hope these numbers spike. In the final 10 games of the season, Lucic (6-2-8), Nuge (3-6-9) and Eberle (6-3-9) have been on fire. Eberle had 32 shots in those 10 games, the line had 72 in total. Some strong totals for the group, if this line can score consistently we are talking about a possible final-four team in my opinion.

  • Drake Caggiula (5, 2-1-3, 3 shots), Mark Letestu (5, 0-1-1, 7 shots), Zack Kassian (5, 0-1-1, 2 shots)

This line is emerging as the 3line now, and the last 10 games have been promising. Caggiula (3-3-6), Letestu (9, 2-2-4) and Kassian (10, 1-2-3) have been  coming on, separately and apart. Too soon to know, but Caggiula is showing some nice arrows. Kassian is going to have a big season next year if things continue along these lines.

  • Benoit Pouliot (5, 0-1-1, 2 shots), David Desharnais (3, 0-0-0, 1 shot), Iiro Pakarinen (1, 0-0-0, 1 shot)

This line is the misfits, but there is talent here. Benoit Pouliot has helped the PK and has offensive ability. Pakarinen is also used on the PK and has scored pretty well in limited minutes. Desharnais could be the last useful bat in the order, if he can get untracked. Lots of upset about Anton Slepyshev not playing, but Pakarinen is trusted on the PK and that appears to be the difference.

OILERS PROJECTED PAIRINGS

  • Oscar Klefbom-Adam Larsson
  • Andrej Sekera-Kris Russell
  • Darnell Nurse-Eric Gryba

Based on practice yesterday, this might be the starting six for tonight’s game. I mentioned this a week or so ago, but the third pairing (and second line) might be the major stories (good or bad) in this series against the Sharks. Cam Talbot to start, no surprise.

As you can see, Logan Couture was front and center at yesterday’s practice, with wingers Melker Karlsson and Joe Pavelski alongside. How effective will Couture be? It’s playoffs. Trust no one. Donskoi-Marleau-Joel Ward and Hansen-Hertl-Boedker are pains in the ass as well. 4line of Haley-Thornton-Lebanc as listed here, will be interesting to see how many (if any) shifts we see from Thornton.

LAST 10 GAMES, OILERS

  1. Connor McDavid 10, 5-13-18
  2. Leon Draisaitl 10, 5-7-12
  3. Jordan Eberle, 10, 6-3-9
  4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 10, 3-6-9
  5. Oscar Klefbom 10, 0-8-8
  6. Milan Lucic 10, 6-2-8
  7. Drake Caggiula 10, 3-3-6
  8. Kris Russell 10, 0-6-6
  9. Patrick Maroon 9, 2-3-5
  10. Andrej Sekera 10, 1-4-5

No one talks about this, but in the last 10 Oilers games, Cam Talbot has a SP of .889. That’s not a strong number, but when the team in front of you is scoring 38 goals in those same 10 games, not many notice. The Oilers have allowed 25 goals in those 10 games. Someone needs to hasten down the wind, this club needs a Moreau-Marchant-Grier unit badly.

LAST 10 GAMES, SHARKS

  1. Brent Burns 10, 2-4-6
  2. Jannik Hansen 9, 2-4-6
  3. Marc-Edouard Vlasic 8, 1-5-6
  4. Patrick Marleau 10, 4-1-5
  5. Joe Pavelski 9, 1-4-5
  6. Chris Tierney 9, 4-1-5
  7. Mikkel Boedker 10, 1-3-4
  8. Tomas Hertl 9, 2-2-4
  9. Melker Karlsson 7, 2-1-3
  10. David  Schlemko 10, 0-3-3

Not a good run for San Jose, plus Martin Jones has an .882SP in his last 10 games. San Jose scored 25 goals in those games, allowing 34. The injuries to Thornton and Couture were a big part of the struggles, but can the Sharks put it all together in time for tonight? History tells us the playoffs expose injuries and weakness. Are the Sharks all hat and no cattle? My guess is no.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE

  • Jake SundstromAll told: Not great! San Jose played poorly against the Oilers with the exception of the Tomas Hertl line against the Connor McDavid line. That’s one of the few bright spots for the Sharks entering this series as the status of Joe Thornton and Logan Couture remains relatively unclear. Mix in the poor play of Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun and … well, it’s not great! Source

1987 STANLEY

I remember 1987 for Stanley and the weather. On May 31, Edmonton won in Game 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Exactly two months later, Black Friday hit our city and had an enormous impact on all of us. For some reason, in my mind, those two events have always been linked. Funny how the mind works.

  • Names on the Cup: Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Kelly Buchberger, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Wayne Gretzky CAPTAIN, Charlie Huddy, Dave Hunter, Mike Krushelnyski, Jari Kurri, Moe Lemay, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Kevin McClelland, Marty McSorley, Mark Messier, Andy Moog, Craig Muni, Kent Nilsson, Jaroslav Pouzar, Reijo Ruotsalainen, Steve Smith, Esa Tikkanen, Peter Pocklington Owner, Glen Sather General manager/Coach
  • Jeff Beukeboom was an Oilers draft from 1983 who had turned into an NHL player by 1987, Moe Lemay came over from Vancouver at the deadline (Raimo Summanen) and helped with a couple of goals, Craig MacTavish won his first Stanley in his second year with the Oilers, same with Marty McSorley. Craig Muni was a new and very productive arrival, failing in Toronto and flourishing in Edmonton. That kind of thing happened a lot during these years, it’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘just lucky I guess’ but Sather was a smart GM and these Oilers made even good players look that much better. Kent Nilsson came over at the deadline and was exceptional, he played a substantial role on the Stanley team that spring. Man he was a good hockey player. The Oilers traded for Reijo Ruotsalainen in October (Don Jackson) and his spring was incredible. If you didn’t see Ruotsalainen play, he was a delight.
  • There was some heartbreak for me this season and the summer following. Lee Fogolin was traded in March 1987 (with another favorite, Mark Napier) and I loved him as an Oiler. That was a tough trade for me, I’ve remembered it since and often think of Fogolin. He was the least brilliant (skilled) player on the team, but he was heart and soul and the toughest man to ever skate that logo onto NHL ice. I miss him still, and always look for him at celebrations.
  • Paul Coffey would go in November 1987 and Moog in March 1988, by then the band of brothers began moving on, ending the Boys on the Bus era.
  • Steve Lansky has all of the boxscores from that spring here.

EDMONTON VERSUS SAN JOSE

My prediction is Oilers in six, but the truth is we’ll know a lot more tomorrow. SJS have severe injury woes and are coming into the postseason looking cornered and with no wait out. My Dad always told me to be most worried when the other guy had his back up against the wall. It’s almost time.

STAN!

Photo by Reggie, with my thanks

  • Stan Weir was born in a log cabin that he built with his bare hands.
  • Stan Weir can lick his elbow.
  • Stan Weir puts the fun in funeral.
  • Big Foot takes pictures of Stan Weir.
  • Stan Weir once played 18 holes of golf using a 12 inch strip of rebar and a sun dried tomato. He shot a 54.
  • When Stan Weir crosses the street, cars look both ways.
  • Stan Weir speaks in CAPS.
  • Stan Weir won a pissing contest with a Russian racehorse.
  • Stan Weir invented teal, but he doesn’t like the San Jose Sharks.
  • He thinks they have too many guys with funny names.
  • Plus their fans are Edmontonians living in San Jose because they have big brains because they once cheered for Stan Weir.
  • Stan Weir will bring us money and shapely, adventurous women with bad eyesight.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, Stan Weir!

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260, the first playoff edition of the Lowdown lifts off. Scheduled to appear:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. SJS v EDM at evens, PP, PK, plus EDM with and without McDavid.
  • Jake Sundstrom, Fear the Fin. How does Jake see this series playing out? What’s he hiding? What does he know and when did he know it? Trust. no. one.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. Scott sees this series same as me (close as close can be with the injury kicker) and we’ll drill down on it.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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  1. Lucinius says:

    treevojo,

    To be fair.. there actually wasn’t one that time.

    That time.

  2. flyfish1168 says:

    treevojo:
    No hook.
    Lol

    Should have dropped his stick.

  3. striatic says:

    LET’S GO OILERS!

  4. Chris says:

    Edmonton will pull this one out. They’re getting mad now.

  5. SK Oiler Fan says:

    LMHF#1:
    Why won’t McLellan call a time out? This is the worst they’ve played in about 2 months.

    Agreed. Too hectic right now. Slow it down

  6. Ice Sage says:

    Chris:
    Edmonton will pull this one out. They’re getting mad now.

    That’s been the problem and leads to rash plays, give-aways and penalties.

  7. Colieo87 says:

    Where is bemning at ?

  8. The Hermit says:

    Let’s go Oilers!

  9. jzed says:

    McDavid with long stare after yet another hook, of course McGoo right on top of that tipped puck call

  10. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Chris:
    Edmonton will pull this one out. They’re getting mad now.

    I hope so but they’ve been getting served since minute one of the second period

  11. Jaxon says:

    Why didn’t Maroon put his shoulder into that guy on the blueline?

  12. Professor Q says:

    jzed:
    McDavid with long stare after yet another hook, of course McGoo right on top of that tipped puck call

    Hahahaha the memories of Mick McGeough…

  13. Yak Efron says:

    My clench just had a heavy shift.

  14. Jaxon says:

    jzed:
    McDavid with long stare after yet another hook, of course McGoo right on top of that tipped puck call

    McGoo wouldn’t look him in the eye after that one.

  15. treevojo says:

    Lucinius:
    treevojo,

    To be fair.. there actually wasn’t one that time.

    That time.

    I thought there was one on the stick.

  16. fuzzy muppet says:

    These guys look like they lack experience. They are retaliating every time.

  17. su_dhillon says:

    This has not been a banner night for the 2-4 pair

  18. Diablo says:

    Completely disgusted by the reffing in this game.

  19. flyfish1168 says:

    45 hits 17 shots by us. I wish we had 45 shots instead

  20. Jon K says:

    A few turnovers by Draisaitl this game.

  21. Chris says:

    Talbot is standing on his head. This is good.

  22. Melvis says:

    All right boys. It’s slip slidin away. So lets play nice. Lets just play flag football for the rest of the game.

  23. npanciroli says:

    Not feeling great about this game. Reffing is garbage.

  24. jzed says:

    Oilers fans have seen so many no call hooks, we don’t even know what a call worthy one looks like

  25. Chris says:

    Jon K:
    A few turnovers by Draisaitl this game.

    Quoted for truth. How many? I’ve counted at least 5 passes right on to the stick of a SJ player.

  26. The Hermit says:

    If Talbot has to win us the Cup I’m OK with that 🙂

  27. Lucinius says:

    Oilers don’t deserve to win this one.

    Need to win it regardless.

    Gut check time.

    Good teams find ways to win.

  28. Pouzar says:

    Ryan Holt‏ @CondorsHolty 28s28 seconds ago
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    Condors need to win both on the weekend in regulation and Stockton needs to lose to Tucson in regulation Saturday.

  29. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Sharks are skilled at interference. Used to be a penalty. Now it is a skill

  30. Younger Oil says:

    Oiler players who look like they have an extra playoff gear as of now:

  31. Pajamah says:

    Good news is it’s still tied.

    Oilers a good bounce away from stealing game 1. At this point I’d be ecstatic if that were the outcome.

  32. Gerta Rauss says:

    Well they can’t even put 2 passes together now

  33. Lucinius says:

    Younger Oil:
    Oiler players who look like they have an extra playoff gear as of now:

    You forgot Talbot.

  34. Chris says:

    Anyone else notice Patty Maroon has been kind of quiet out there?

  35. Lloyd B. says:

    LMHF#1: They’re not playing very well. The Oilers are gifting this.

    No, they are not gifting anything. They are tied and going into ovetime of the first playoff game almost half the team has played.

    The Sharks played for the cup last year. The Oilers are holding their own.

    What did you expect?

    The Oilers need Talbot to be his absolute best and stand on his head. He will take them as far as they will go.

    The Oilers can’t have any brain farts. Tough to do.

  36. Chris says:

    OT. Not how I envisioned this game going.

  37. LMHF#1 says:

    That was absolutely embarrassing.

  38. Jaxon says:

    Come on! Interference/hooking on Maroon!

  39. npanciroli says:

    Body can’t handle OT good luck gents

  40. SK Oiler Fan says:

    That would be interference on maroon Mr mcgoo

  41. Pajamah says:

    I didn’t feel like sleeping tonight anyways.

  42. Younger Oil says:

    Lucinius: You forgot Talbot.

    He’s definitely kept them in it, and has been their best player, but has also been beaten 5 times.

    Eberle looks decent compared to the regular season as well I suppose.

  43. Jon K says:

    Lloyd B.: No, they are not gifting anything.They are tied in the middle of the third period of the first playoff game almost half the team has played.

    The Sharks played for the cup last year. The Oilers are holding their own.

    What did you expect?

    The Oilers need Talbot to be his absolute best and stand on his head.He will take them as far as they will go.

    The Oilers can’t have any brain farts.Tough to do.

    In what way other than the score are the Oilers holding their own? They are being killed in possession time, shot share, and by eye.

  44. Ice Sage says:

    Wow. Did the Oilers ever get schooled there.
    So lucky to be going to extra time.
    Thank you SJS for showing the way.

  45. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Lloyd B.: No, they are not gifting anything.They are tied and going into ovetime of the first playoff game almost half the team has played.

    The Sharks played for the cup last year. The Oilers are holding their own.

    What did you expect?

    The Oilers need Talbot to be his absolute best and stand on his head.He will take them as far as they will go.

    The Oilers can’t have any brain farts.Tough to do.

    So the first period was an anomaly?

  46. Zelepukin says:

    Lloyd B.: No, they are not gifting anything.They are tied in the middle of the third period of the first playoff game almost half the team has played.

    The Sharks played for the cup last year. The Oilers are holding their own.

    What did you expect?

    The Oilers need Talbot to be his absolute best and stand on his head.He will take them as far as they will go.

    The Oilers can’t have any brain farts.Tough to do.

    Truth. Calm down people. This is going to be a learning process for the whole team. Sharks made very little mistakes. That’s a playoff team.

  47. Jaxon says:

    Younger Oil:
    Oiler players who look like they have an extra playoff gear as of now:

    Eberle

  48. LMHF#1 says:

    Lloyd B.: No, they are not gifting anything.They are tied in the middle of the third period of the first playoff game almost half the team has played.

    The Sharks played for the cup last year. The Oilers are holding their own.

    What did you expect?

    The Oilers need Talbot to be his absolute best and stand on his head.He will take them as far as they will go.

    The Oilers can’t have any brain farts.Tough to do.

    If they had just played their game – their typical game – this is over and I’m headed home.

    They can’t pass, are over-chasing everything and generally throwing up all over themselves.

  49. Spengler says:

    I like our chances now it’s 3 on 3….

    Oh right.

  50. Diablo says:

    Draisaitl’s timing has been off all night.

  51. The Hermit says:

    Oilers were tired from killing penalties all game.

    Hope they come out balls to the wall in OT and get a quick one.

  52. Gret99zky says:

    Two dreadful periods back to back. WTF? Show some goddamn intensity! Jesus.

  53. StixMalone says:

    Need a game plan for overtime cause they are getting schooled ….

  54. Ice Sage says:

    Younger Oil: He’s definitely kept them in it, and has been their best player, but has also been beaten 5 times.

    Eberle looks decent compared to the regular season as well I suppose.

    I take issue with the concept that post hits are ‘beating the goalie’. Positioning is such that even a 1/8 inch inwards means it hits the goalie rather than the post. They don’t count for shots for a reason!
    * I’m not disagreeing that the Oilers have been dominated nor that SJS have generated more grade A chances

  55. Professor Q says:

    This has certainly taken a dark turn. The bar closed so I’m wandering home without a feed. 🙁

  56. N64 says:

    StixMalone:
    Need a game plan for overtime cause they are getting schooled ….

    Or they could follow the old one.

  57. Ice Sage says:

    Diablo:
    Draisaitl’s timing has been off all night.

    He’s not the only one. It’s been 11 years but playoff hockey is hard!

  58. Chris says:

    It’s hard to find a groove when every time you touch someone you get called. Penalties change the flow of the game, which is precisely what’ s gone on here. They were great in the first, even with the penalties, but with SJ getting away with everything and Edmonton being called for everything, what do we expect. Edmonton is now playing like they don’t know what the refs are going to call.

  59. Lowetide says:

    First Period: 2-0 EDM, shots 10-10 after one and Corsi for 5×5 favored Edmonton 14-9.

    Second Period: 1-0 SJS, shots 9-4 San Jose and Corsi for 5×5 20-5 for the Sharks.

    Third Period: 1-0 SJS 17-3 Sharks in shots and Corsi for 5×5 19-8 for the Sharks.

    Total: 2-2 tie, 36-17 Sharks lead in shots, and Corsi for 5×5 48-27 San Jose.

    This game should be over.

  60. jzed says:

    The Shark soup boys momentum was all referee manufactured, our guys are a little unbelieving that the refs would be this blatant, TMac will lay it out, move your feet, finish your checks and go to the blue paint, get an ugly one boys. Seriously though, fuck the NHL and their travelling band of McGoos.

  61. delooper says:

    This is happening because yall disrespected my chicken.

  62. Lloyd B. says:

    Jon K: In what way other than the score are the Oilers holding their own? They are being killed in possession time, shot share, and by eye.

    They got to OT. They are holding their own on the scoreboard. In the playoffs, that is all that matters,

    To quote Al Davis. “Just win baby.”

  63. The Hermit says:

    Lowetide: This game should be over.

    Yes with all the power plays the sharks have been gifted while ignoring sticks on McDavid all game.

  64. stevezie says:

    Hello friends!

    And enemies!

  65. Pajamah says:

    Spengler:
    I like our chances now it’s 3 on 3….

    Oh right.

    Here I’m just glad the Oilers got the single point with a chance for two.

  66. Younger Oil says:

    Ice Sage: I take issue with the concept that post hits are ‘beating the goalie’.Positioning is such that even a 1/8 inch inwards means it hits the goalie rather than the post.They don’t count for shots for a reason!
    * I’m not disagreeing that the Oilers have been dominated nor that SJS have generated more grade A chances

    I agree to some extent on that, but Talbot would have wanted to save all of those if he could have, and didn’t seem to get within an inch or so on any of them.

    Again, he has still been our best player, but we are incredibly lucky to have made it to OT.

  67. Pajamah says:

    Lowetide:
    First Period: 2-0 EDM, shots 10-10 after one and Corsi for 5×5 favored Edmonton 14-9.

    Second Period: 1-0 SJS, shots 9-4 San Jose and Corsi for 5×5 20-5 for the Sharks.

    Third Period: 1-0 SJS 17-3 Sharks in shots and Corsi for 5×5 19-8 for the Sharks.

    Total: 2-2 tie, 36-17 Sharks lead in shots, and Corsi for 5×5 48-27 San Jose.

    This game should be over.

    Score Effects in 2nd then shitty penalties? Or are we just pure garbage?

  68. The Hermit says:

    stevezie: Hello friends!

    Welcome to the party brother!

  69. Spengler says:

    Pajamah: Score Effects in 2nd then shitty penalties? Or are we just pure garbage?

    I don’t know about pure. Slightly contaminated garbage?

    Contains up to 40% more garbage?

  70. Lucinius says:

    At this point I’m just glad I get my alcohol for free.

    I don’t think I could afford the Oilers otherwise.

  71. Lowetide says:

    Pajamah: Score Effects in 2nd then shitty penalties? Or are we just pure garbage?

    I think it’s a combination of a young team trying to find their way against a veteran club, and the Oilers taking too many penalties. There is no real flow to the game, and the Sharks are forechecking well, while the Oilers are sending errant passes/making predictable plays. Learning process, is my opinion.

  72. jake70 says:

    Draisaitl not having a good night. Errant passes all over and that last rush he chose to pass to a completely neutralized Maroon instead of shooting.

  73. Chris says:

    Here we go, period #4. McDavid with the goal.

  74. The Hermit says:

    I have great faith in Cam Talbot.

  75. BONE207 says:

    Overtime playoff hockey…Oilers hockey
    Wooohooo

  76. Lloyd B. says:

    LMHF#1: If they had just played their game – their typical game – this is over and I’m headed home.

    They can’t pass, are over-chasing everything and generally throwing up all over themselves.

    Go home then. Did you expect a four game sweep? Or a 16 game sweep?

    This incredibly young team is going to OT in their first game against the defending Western Conference Champions.

    Check the games played, OT wins, game 7 victories of all the Stanley Cup champions for the past 40 years. Nobody has gone 16-0.

  77. Spengler says:

    Pisani sighting!

  78. su_dhillon says:

    Thought Eberle was one of the better Oilers tonight, would love to see him or Nuge get the winner

  79. RexLibris says:

    OT here needs to be like 2nd half of a football game. Make adjustments, get your head screwed on straight and get to work.

  80. The Hermit says:

    jake70,

    He had a great first period then nada.

  81. Pajamah says:

    Grier for the Oilers, Falloon for the Sharks

  82. Jon K says:

    Lowetide: I think it’s a combination of a young team trying to find their way against a veteran club, and the Oilers taking too many penalties. There is no real flow to the game, and the Sharks are forechecking well, while the Oilers are sending errant passes/making predictable plays. Learning process, is my opinion.

    Pretty much how it appears. Sharks specifically against the first line are shadowing McDavid and Maroon/Draisaitl have been ineffective in transporting or passing the puck on the wings.

  83. treevojo says:

    Mcdavid ot winner.

    Book it!

  84. Lloyd B. says:

    StixMalone:
    Need a game plan for overtime cause they are getting schooled ….

    Yes they are getting schooled.

    That is a good thing.

    They will learn their lessons.

  85. RexLibris says:

    Sharks are going to dive and drop to try and draw a penalty here.

    Oilers need to be intense and physical on puck retrieval but walk the line.

  86. Lloyd B. says:

    Lowetide:
    First Period: 2-0 EDM, shots 10-10 after one and Corsi for 5×5 favored Edmonton 14-9.

    Second Period: 1-0 SJS, shots 9-4 San Jose and Corsi for 5×5 20-5 for the Sharks.

    Third Period: 1-0 SJS 17-3 Sharks in shots and Corsi for 5×5 19-8 for the Sharks.

    Total: 2-2 tie, 36-17 Sharks lead in shots, and Corsi for 5×5 48-27 San Jose.

    This game should be over.

    And yet it’s not.

    Gotta love the playoffs for results on the scoreboard and not the fancies.

    Short sample sizes can win.

  87. Spengler says:

    Lesson learned.

  88. Lowetide says:

    That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

  89. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    That’s a brutal loss.

  90. Younger Oil says:

    3 more games left in the season, better enjoy them.

  91. Spengler says:

    Spengler:
    Lesson learned.

    I hope

  92. LMHF#1 says:

    What. A. Joke.

  93. RexLibris says:

    Got lots of tape to review now. Get busy getting focused for next game. Figure out the forecheck and improve the retrieval and passing out of the Dzone.

  94. Chris says:

    Nevermind…

  95. fuzzy muppet says:

    Wow they played terrible.

    Lose gryba for sure next game

  96. Gret99zky says:

    Got what they deserved..

    Better be ready to play more than 20 minutes on Friday.

  97. treevojo says:

    Or not

  98. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lessons to be learned tonight

  99. The Hermit says:

    That sucks.

    I guess this is better than losing in triple overtime.

  100. Oil2Oilers says:

    Free Lander! Lose DD

  101. Android says:

    Younger Oil,

    Seriously?

    Why are you even here?

  102. LMHF#1 says:

    Lowetide:
    That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

    If by that you mean the Oilers played like garbage.

    Worst game in 2 months.

  103. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Yeah, Sharks ran their show from the 2nd period on. McLellan needs to have a talk about the penalties. They killed their own momentum with the lack of discipline.

  104. Jon K says:

    Young team deserved the result. Frustrating game. Hopefully they play better next game.

  105. StixMalone says:

    Lowetide:
    That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

    Yes they were taught a lesson….

  106. Jaxon says:

    Gryba missed his assignment on two goals tongiht. Benning back in next game?

  107. striatic says:

    Tape, tape, tape, tape, tape.

  108. The Hermit says:

    Lowetide: That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

    Agreed.

  109. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    They got beat to every lose puck in the second and third period

  110. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Where the f was Gryba going? Then a lazy recovery. Benning in. Game is too fast for slow boots

  111. Oil2Oilers says:

    Lowetide:
    That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

    Agreed

  112. Chris says:

    Lowetide:
    That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

    The question is why? I believe the referees played a large role in allowing SJ to get back in it, along with making Edmonton second guess themselves. Edmonton fell apart largely due to refereeing.

    Just my two cents.

  113. Lucinius says:

    Well deserved loss.

    Fuck.

    Oilers just weren’t good enough. They didn’t play hard enough in their own zone. A large number of bad turn overs. Refs didn’t help either.

    Bloody hell. They had this game and then walked away with nothing because Oilers.

    Bleh.

  114. Professor Q says:

    I just got home and turned on the game to see the Sharks’ OT goal and Gretzky’s unhappy face.

    I, too, am unhappy.

  115. jzed says:

    Love the slow motion salute by the fan I need the corner, need a we want a ref chant to usher the McGoos off the ice

  116. Jaxon says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    Free Lander! Lose DD

    Yes to this.

  117. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide:
    That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

    Truth. SJ played like a team who has gone the distance 10 months ago. None of their guys quiet, stayed on the right side of the puck and made the safer play with the puck.

    We played like it was our first playoff game in 10 years. Surprise!

  118. Chris says:

    See you in the morning.

  119. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Chris: The question is why? I believe the referees played a large role in allowing SJ to get back in it, along with making Edmonton second guess themselves. Edmonton fell apart largely due to refereeing.

    Just my two cents.

    Refs weren’t great but can’t blame them for the loss. Oilers kept taking dumb penalties when they knew the refs were calling it tight. And then, as LT says, very predictable plays and they stopped winning puck battles. They got up 2-0 and a young team let its guard down. The experienced Sharks team weathered the 1st period when the Oilers came out pumped down just 2, then the Caggiula penalty late gave them a shot and the scored early in the 2nd. After that, the ice was tilted in their favour all night.

    Can’t blame the refs for that. Sharks were the better team. That’s okay. A loss in the first game for a young team is to be expected.

  120. Zelepukin says:

    Jaxon:
    Gryba missed his assignment on two goals tongiht. Benning back in next game?

    I hope so. Foot speed showed and lacked urgency with the puck.

  121. gogliano says:

    Oilers were dominating until the refs tilted the ice. Would the result be different if the refs didn’t decide to do a little “situational reffing”? We don’t really know. But at least a couple of those calls were absolutely bullocks and ruined what was shaping up to be a good game.

  122. oilersfan says:

    The oilers were badly outcoached. San Jose changed its forecheck from applying pressure to trapping g and back again a few times and the oilers didn’t know how to handle either. Nurse played every bit as bad as gryba. The trying goal letestu had possession with no pressure and back passed right to hertl who set up Martin while cagiulla watched.

    My goats: letestu, nurse, gryba, McClellan and the refs

    My stars: talbot, Lucic and eberle

  123. RexLibris says:

    Chris: The question is why? I believe the referees played a large role in allowing SJ to get back in it, along with making Edmonton second guess themselves. Edmonton fell apart largely due to refereeing.

    Just my two cents.

    The refs are going to do absolutely nothing for the Oilers at this stage. It isn’t a matter of expecting a fair game and being disappointed. Expect them to be an obstacle compounding the hooking and holding and diving that the Sharks will do to not only impede the Oilers’ speed but also draw penalties.

    The Oilers will need to win this series by playing through both the opposition and the officiating.

    If they can gradually begin to earn the respect and good graces of the officials, then the calls will even up, but not before.

    LT was right. SJS won a deserved game. If anything they should be relieved because they threw everything they had and still it went to OT.

    EDM will need to rip the next game out of their hands if they want to have a chance in this series.

  124. Caller Zen says:

    Spengler:
    Lesson learned.

    I hope for Tmac to not play Gyrba over Benning …geez

  125. Lucinius says:

    Oilers that I felt really need to improve their game;

    Drai, Maroon, DD, Letestu, Russel, Gryba

    Those guys are the ones that stood out for me in a really bad way. There were others who need to step up as well (i.e., Sekera, Cags), but the coaching staff wears part of this as well.

    Where was the time out to try and settle things? Where was the result from a good sit down after the second period to get the Oilers going again? Where was the arguing over shit calls?

    Some Oilers played decently to good. Not enough. Given the energy in the building a lacklustre performance here doesn’t bode well.

    They need to right the ship for game two and win it or this series is over.

  126. delooper says:

    Oilers are going to have to do better next game. Okay first period. Deflating 2nd and 3rd.

  127. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Loose starts to periods cost them! Gotta come out hard

    Oof gotta stay out of the box, seriously disrupted the flow of the game and lines.

    Playing hard is their style, Connor McDavid play cross check tag with Joe Pavelski is a distraction, need to cut down on the BS and just play hockey.

    Gryba was also in photo on two goals, not impressed

    Not a brutal game but definitely a sloppy game.

    Tighten things up and they’ll be fine

  128. Pouzar says:

    Khaira and Slepy IN. This team needs to sustain a forecheck. DD isn’t going to be here next year and he isn’t helping us to win games now. #myovereactionfortheevening

  129. Pescador says:

    We did not respect what the Sharks are.
    I have a sick feeling in my stomach

  130. --hudson-- says:

    Totally reminiscent of 90s Oilers/Stars playoff game. Thrilling start, lots of hits, then soul crushing ending

    The odds of winning the series dropped a lot after tonight, but Connor has a lot more to offer, I’m sure next game will be much better

    Also I never want to see Tim Peel or Sutherland again

  131. Dino says:

    DRAISAITL = ZERO SHOTS
    MAROON = ZERO SHOTS

  132. Ice Sage says:

    oilersfan:
    The oilers were badly outcoached. San Jose changed its forecheck from applying pressure to trapping g and back again a few times and the oilers didn’t know how to handle either. Nurse played every bit as bad as gryba. The trying goal letestu had possession with no pressure and back passed right to hertl who set up Martin while cagiulla watched.

    My goats: letestu, nurse, gryba, McClellan and the refs

    My stars: talbot, Lucic and eberle

    Totally agree. Deboer made the proper adjustments after the first and his veteran squad executed well. It might be a short series because I don’t think the Oilers have an antidote. This is still better than the alternative!!!!!!

  133. Lloyd B. says:

    Lowetide:
    That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

    Agreed.

  134. TheGreatMutato says:

    I feel like the Oilers had a decent game plan and the refs pulled them off it. They stopped playing with energy and taking the fight to San Jose after about penalty nine thousand. Then they kind of sat back and let San Jose dictate the pace.

    Infuriating.

  135. Centre of attention says:

    Coach got out matched

    Oilers couldn’t find a rhythm because of constant penalties. Messed with top 6’s minutes.

    Regroup and come back with a better game plan.

  136. fuzzy muppet says:

    Dino,

    Maroon was poor all evening.

    Mike Johnson is great at analysis, especially when you factor in hearing Rememda most of the year

  137. Ice Sage says:

    Tough start for Canadian teams.
    Not enough to get me to cheer for Leaves or PhLegms, tho

  138. ashley says:

    Wow, tough to see that result at home. Even worse, it is tough to see them so badly outplayed at home. Only the score was close. The rest was a wash.

    A lot of disappointed fans tonight, especially at $1200/pair on the second hand market.

    Chin up for Friday (and wallet out).

  139. LMHF#1 says:

    Centre of attention:
    Coach got out matched

    Oilers couldn’t find a rhythm because of constant penalties. Messed with top 6’s minutes.

    Regroup and come back with a better game plan.

    Coach never adjusted. Didn’t calm his team down. Didn’t tear them a new one anything. UGH. That’s as frustrated as I’ve been at a game in a long time.

    1st line was garbage all around.

    Russell, Gryba and Nurse all horrible.

    The first unit will come around, but that bottom 3 could come back to bite very badly.

  140. Alpine says:

    I shouldn’t have been so optimistic earlier. They looked like ass for over two periods. Todd dug himself a hole with the Gryba usage.

    It’s Not a good sign when you don’t even look like you could win at all in the third and OT. I may be young and naive but being outplayed like that is very concerning.

  141. Lloyd B. says:

    Collectively the Oilers now have 23 games more playoff experience than they had before tonight.

    That’s a good thing.

  142. Centre of attention says:

    Lots of talk by McLellan about clean zone exits and neutral zone play. I like the sound of that. Now show me.

  143. Kaptain Vikarious says:

    The Oilers said “Lets run down the hill…”
    The Sharks said “Lets walk…”

  144. Professor Q says:

    McLellan needs to calm and inspire the team now. Take the next few games by both storm and poise. Make a message, and a clear one at that.

    Learn from mistakes, make adjustments, dominate.

  145. --hudson-- says:

    The Oilers seemed to take a lot of long shifts tonight. Understand it happens when you get hemmed in at times but many of them were self inflicted/trying to do too much

    It’s also worth remembering the Caggiula breakaway, very unlucky time to break your stick

  146. Centre of attention says:

    Winning game 2 will go a loooooooong way in making me forget about bathroom lines.

    You see, because…

    🙂

  147. Zelepukin says:

    Alpine:
    I shouldn’t have been so optimistic earlier. They looked like ass for over two periods. Todd dug himself a hole with the Gryba usage.

    It’s Not a good sign when you don’t even look like you could win at all in the third and OT. I may be young and naive but being outplayed like that is very concerning.

    Nothing to be concerned about. We know why and how we lost. Even then, it was in OT, after being up 2-0. As the prof says it’s about learning, making adjustments and dominating.

  148. StixMalone says:

    The question now is can the Oil bounce back in game 2? This is the time to come out hungry and prove they want to win. I fear if game 2 is lost this series is over in a hurry…..

  149. McSorley33 says:

    Gryba makes me ill.

  150. russ99 says:

    it stings to get unequal treatment by the refs at home, but in the end we didn’t make the plays or win the battles, and let up a bit after the first, and let them back in it, when you need to go hard all game.

    There’s ways to be physical without drawing penalties, we just let the Sharks and the refs get in our heads.

    Defensively this was what I expected, we have deficiencies that Talbot can’t always cover and will be exposed by a quality veteran club in a playoff series, but I felt the offense let us down. There’s few perfect plays and pretty goals in the playoffs, we need to do the dirty work to get chances in close, and we can’t abandon that, since it puts too much pressure on the other end of the ice

  151. ashley says:

    The odds of the Oilers winning this game and the series were -155 before the game started according to a Vegas article I was reading. A google search suggests that these odds place the Oilers as moderate favourites. After what we saw on home ice tonight, do the bettors have it wrong?

    I’ll be curious to see what odds are established for Friday’s game.

  152. texmex says:

    Tmac is responsible for the 2nd goal in my opinion. 4 on 4 hockey and you send out caggs and tube??? That simply blows my mind.

    Caggs needs to do the following:
    1) move from a novice 54 flex to 84 flex or thereabouts
    2) move to 4th line LW or sir

  153. Younger Oil says:

    When McLellan coached SJS, were people critical of his line match-ups?

    He seemed to keep making the match-ups that DeBoer wanted nonstop, even with last change.

    Pavelski neutralized McDavid for most of the game, and our coach didn’t seem to change a thing.

    Our entire team, especially the Bottom 6 and bottom pairing, were completely outclassed.

    Constant turnovers and a nonexistent forecheck after the first period were also killers.

    Refs were poor, but were not even close to the reason why we lost the game. San Jose were playing chess, and we were playing checkers. They probably had 8 of the 10 best scoring chances in that game, it wasn’t close.

    I don’t know if we have enough time to make all of the changes we need to make to have a chance in this series. There is just so much.

  154. fifthcartel says:

    I’m unsure if Todd McLellan has ever cared about match ups. Seems to just send out whatever line or pairing he feels like and doesn’t take into account home ice advantage.

  155. Zelepukin says:

    Younger Oil:
    When McLellan coached SJS, were people critical of his line match-ups?

    He seemed to keep making the match-ups that DeBoer wanted nonstop, even with last change.

    Pavelski neutralized McDavid for most of the game, and our coach didn’t seem to change a thing.

    Our entire team, especially the Bottom 6 and bottom pairing, were completely outclassed.

    Constant turnovers and a nonexistent forecheck after the first period were also killers.

    Refs were poor, but were not even close to the reason why we lost the game. San Jose were playing chess, and we were playing checkers. They probably had 8 of the 10 best scoring chances in that game, it wasn’t close.

    I don’t know if we have enough time to make all of the changes we need to make to have a chance in this series. There is just so much.

    Not sure what having more time has to do with it in order to make changes to your list of problems? Fire the coach and hire a new one? An extra practice of how not to turn over the puck?

  156. admiralmark says:

    I’m gonna be happy with this season even if they lose 4 straight. But there are 2 issues as I see it.

    1) The D is a major problem. Russell really isn’t good enough period. Gryba isn’t good enough period. Nurse is a rookie and so far looks like a rookie… but I think he has potential to elevate. Perhaps Benning can recapture what he had?? I think he will/should get that chance. Although we are talking about a rookie again.

    The 2nd problem is the make up of the 3/4th lines. DD and Pakarinen should be replaced with Sleppy and Khaira. Which of course are better but again are rookies…

    Ok the biggest issue might be all the rookies. Inexperience was definitely on display and the more skilled options are all rookies. TMac has his work cut out for him. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds as much as the players.

    Either way i’m just gonna enjoy the ride and watch these kids go through the transition of learning. Trial by fire.

  157. Younger Oil says:

    Zelepukin: Not sure what having more time has to do with it in order to make changes to your list of problems? Fire the coach and hire a new one? An extra practice of how not to turn over the puck?

    I guess it was poor wording, what I mean is I’m not sure they realize just how much they need to change in order to have success in this series.

    Might be a short series that feels like an eternity, and a lot of lessons learned the hard way.

  158. digger50 says:

    Jaxon:
    Gryba missed his assignment on two goals tongiht. Benning back in next game?

    Pretty hard to blame this loss on Gryba.

  159. Oddspell says:

    admiralmark: Nurse is a rookie and so far looks like a rookie…

    Darnell Nurse has 115 regular season NHL games. He’s inexperienced but he’s not a rookie.

  160. stevezie says:

    Kaptain Vikarious:
    The Oilers said “Lets run down the hill…”
    The Sharks said “Lets walk…”

    Now this is a good post

  161. stevezie says:

    The Hermit,

    What a lovely thing to say

  162. hunter1909 says:

    theWaxCollector:
    I’m a little late Hunter but 6-7

    Ah, what the heck….Welcome aboard!

  163. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Hopefully the exhale and bloodletting after last night helped everyone out.

    They got sucked into playing a dumb game and while the ref’s didn’t help with the chintzy calls both ways, we’ve seen it before. It was similar to the first game against the Sharks and similar to the first game against Philly. When you have Connor McDavid stick jousting with Pavelski you’re off track.

    All three San Jose goals came early in periods, we’ve seen that before as well.

    I don’t see the existential angst, sure the Oilers may have had a slight edge coming in but nobody said it would be easy. They finished where they did in the standings because they worked hard and earned it. Last night they decided that slashes and chasing was the way to go and now they know that it didn’t work out. But even with that style of play I didn’t see a shooting gallery or constant fire drills. Pressure and puck possession sure San Jose had oodles but they were also kept to the outside for the vast majority of the game, not ideal but not dire either.

    The game was won in OT and the home side played well for stretches, no need to panic yet.

    Final thought: Oilers record after 2+ day breaks is pretty atrocious this year, glad we got it out of the system early.

    Take a day, realize that penalties, a lack of focus and a lack of urgency cost you, regroup and come out hard on Friday. No reason to fire the coach into the sun as some are suggesting.

    Real FInal Thought:
    After all the talk in the last few weeks about needing to be tough for “playoff hockey” that was a pretty limp showing by both sides and the officials. I watched the Habs-Rags game before and the crashing and banging (nevermind chirping) was great but the refs mainly let them play. The Oil got sucked into a style that did nothing but slow the game down, the exact opposite of how they found success earlier in the year. Hopefully the guys take it to heart and hopefully the ref’s realize that even though he is wearing a cage Couture doesn’t have a red jersey on and can still take a hit (weakest call of the game IMO).

  164. Gino says:

    Lowetide:
    That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

  165. treevojo says:

    Kaptain Vikarious:
    The Oilers said “Lets run down the hill…”
    The Sharks said “Lets walk…”

    They talk about this in the UFC all the time with regards to fighters first time on the big stage.

    I think the Oilers let their emotions drain their energy.

    They will be much better in game two.

    Although you wouldn’t know it by some of the reaction I am pretty sure the sky did not fall after I went to bed last night.

  166. frjohnk says:

    treevojo: They will be much better in game two.

    Or they will be golfing in a week.

    Oilers did not play good in the 2nd or 3rd. But give credit to the Sharks, they played very well in the 2nd and 3rd.

    I think most of us, including me, underestimated a team that went to the Finals last year,and lead the Pacific for most of the year. They team that had some wobble in the last month, had none in the 2nd and 3rd.

    With how the Oilers played down the stretch and the Sharks wobble plus injuries, I thought the Oilers would win in 6 games. Oilers now have to win 4 games in 6.

    Oilers are only down 1-0, but Friday is now a must win as they dont want to go back to San Jose down 2-0.

  167. russ99 says:

    admiralmark:
    I’m gonna be happy with this season even if they lose 4 straight. But there are 2 issues as I see it.

    1) The D is a major problem. Russell really isn’t good enough period. Gryba isn’t good enough period. Nurse is a rookie and so far looks like a rookie… but I think he has potential to elevate. Perhaps Benning can recapture what he had?? I think he will/should get that chance. Although we are talking about a rookie again.

    The 2nd problem is the make up of the 3/4th lines. DD and Pakarinen should be replaced with Sleppy and Khaira. Which of course are better but again are rookies…

    Ok the biggest issue might be all the rookies. Inexperience was definitely on display and the more skilled options are all rookies. TMac has his work cut out for him. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds as much as the players.

    Either way i’m just gonna enjoy the ride and watch these kids go through the transition of learning. Trial by fire.

    Defense is a five man job. If you leave the defensemen to do all the own-zone work, no team is going to be able to cut it against constant playoff puck pressure.

    McLellan will get this message across, and it will be better in game 2.

    Those clamoring for Benning need to realize that he was worse that Gryba at puck battles and man on man defense in the crease and behind the net the last month of the season. So we may get pucks out quicker, but we’ll have problems down low without forward helpers, which has been a problem with this team for 10+ years. Choose your poison.

  168. Evilas says:

    In keeping with TMacs modus operandi, Gryba out, Benning in, and either Pakarinen or Desharnais out and Hendricks in? I doubt we see Sleppy or Khaira in unless the series gets to 2-0….

  169. Scungilli says:

    Making the playoffs made the season a success. Now it is time to learn what real NHL hockey is all about.

    That game is a prime example why two way players are necessary to win. Mistakes are magnified in the playoffs. Everybody needs to be able to skate, think, pass, play the system.

    I expect the ‘room’ will be a lot brighter today with all the lights going on this am.

  170. Whatif says:

    All night it seemed that the Oilers were unaware of the back pressure being exerted by the Sharks. That, coupled with their artsy little back passes, had them playing ‘cute’ instead of ‘hard’. This lead to numerous turnovers and helped the Sharks transition.

    Playing cute gets you a tee time whereas playing hard probably gets you wins.

    In addition, there is a difference between playing physical hockey and simply running around the ice looking for big hits. As soon as the Oilers realize this they can start bringing their ‘A’ game.

  171. The Original JDI says:

    There are going to be a lot of hurtin’ butts and heads around here today. I had a horrible sleep. It seems some jerk taped a tennis ball to the back of my shirt.

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