2017 PLAYOFFS (G9): G3 DUCKS AT OILERS

Such a bizarre series, seems I say every game is the biggest. Still, with a shocking 2-0 lead this morning, a win tonight hammers home the final result for both teams. I suspect we get Anaheim’s best effort tonight and we could go extra innings. I am beginning to wonder about Carlyle’s deployment, and the defensive depth of the Ducks. I have been told that the Getzlaf-Perry era is beginning to fade in Anaheim, but I don’t believe that for one damned minute.

OILERS DEPTH CHART AND PLAYOFF SCORING

  • Five of Edmonton’s 21 goals come via the blue, with some gigantic goals from the trio of Klefbom, Larsson and Sekera.
  • The most impressive number is Cam Talbot’s save percentage, that’s a rocket.
  • We’re all waiting for Connor McDavid to break out and post a gigantic crooked number, and he had the jet boots on ’11’ on Friday night. Wingers gotta cash. It’s a tribute to 97 that we all agree his impact game is a matter of when and not if it happens.
  • Drake Caggiula has zero points but he’s getting closer. One of those line drives is going to fall in someday soon. Looks like he will play tonight.
  • The Nuge line skilled for the winning goal on Friday night, RNH and Eberle made good plays to get it done. Maroon found a way.
  • Zack Kassian has more goals called back in one season than anyone in my lifetime. Seems to be taking it in stride, though.

I asked Ilya to reach out to one of the EMHL’s players, idea being giving you an idea about the experience. Lyndon Anderson plays for the Resistance, here’s what he told us:

  • I’ve been playing in the EMHL now for 10 years. I started out as a beginner in the coed league with no previous organized hockey experience. After 5 seasons I decided to start my own club in the EMHL men’s league as well as the coed league. My involvement in the EMHL has been very rewarding. Not only do I get to play with my brothers  but I’ve learned a lot about the game of hockey as well as how to manage a club and keep things organized on and off the ice. The task can be stressful at times but I find it’s worth it to see everyone enjoying themselves and having fun.

Click on the ad above if you are interested in joining a summer men’s or co-ed league, Ilya says if we get enough registrants he may turn it into a Lowetide team. I told him my team needed to lead the league in Corsi, after that it’s all good.

SUPER WOWY’S

The fantastically talented Puckalytics is running with or without you numbers during the playoffs and it’s a blast. Small sample size for sure, but fun all the same. If you want to spend several hours playing with it, check out the SuperWowy setup here. Here are some numbers to think about this morning.

  • Connor McDavid is 35.3 percent Corsi for 5×5 against Hampus Lindholm so far in the Anaheim series. He is 52.9 against the rest of the Ducks during this series. We are talking just 15:31, and score effects are part of the story, but interesting all the same.
  • Connor McDavid is 47.2 Corsi for percentage against Ryan Kesler, in 16:36, 40.6 percent without Kesler. Early days, important not to overrate these numbers but they are interesting.
  • Connor McDavid is 33.3 Corsi for percentage against Ryan Getzlaf, in 9:24, and 50 percent without Getzlaf.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is 25.0 Corsi for percentage against Getzlaf, in 16:23, and 37.5 percent without Getzlaf.

RECALLS

The Anaheim Ducks recalled Nicolas Kerdiles and Ondrej Kase, perhaps there is an injury or Randy Carlyle isn’t getting what he wants from specific players. Or it could be a matter of giving young prospects a taste of NHL playoff hockey. The Ducks constantly uncover useful and fun hockey players, their draft record is quality.

DRAKE CAGGIULA

Hockey-Reference’s player season finder is a dandy tool, and now that we are through the year we can begin to examine comparables. Drake Caggiula was a rookie at 22 and his comparables are players we mostly associate with being two-way types. It is a fine list, and if he ends up being Tobias Rieder we should celebrate, but unless Caggiula plays a lot on Connor McDavid’s line, the early numbers imply a mid-level offensive talent.

JESSE PULUJUARVI

This is a more promising group than I thought we would see, the eye ponders the Seguin comparable and the heart leaps. We need to factor in linemates (97) but sure, since JP is a year younger as a rookie we can contemplate. Before we proceed as if this is a reasonable comparable, I need to see Puljujarvi as a shooter (something Seguin delivered on as a rookie).

Jesse Puljujarvi totaled 7.81 shots-per-60 in all situations as a rookie, and Seguin’s total was 8.70 per 60. JP is a year younger, does that impact our decision? Puljujarvi has all kinds of gifts, but if he can emerge as a 30-goal scorer then Peter Chiarelli’s heavy work is far closer to being complete.

Boisvert is a very interesting follow on twitter, I have had him on my show to discuss Oilers prospects several times (and will again). I find his takes on the entry draft fascinating, because they are informed and non-traditional. WHY does he have Makar at No. 1? My system suggests Makar is in fact one of the 10 best prospects in the draft, but No. 1? And Heiskanen? Fantastic and fascinating. I’ll have to have him on in the coming days.

CAM TALBOT

This blog loves hockey and writes about the game twice a day, rain or shine. The blog’s author hopes for an exchange of thoughts and ideas in the comments section and tries to bring you interesting and thought provoking views. It is not necessarily an opinion blog, more a ‘share your opinion’ blog.

The great mystery for me, in hockey terms, is goaltending. It’s like the final frontier (outer space times the deep blue sea) and even after all of these years my analysis of goalies ranges from ‘what a save!’ to ‘why didn’t he make the save?’ and I doubt there is much progression to come.

I can say, without hesitation, that in 50+ years of watching the hockey, every great playoff run included a goalie doing exactly what Cam Talbot is doing currently for the Edmonton Oilers. That isn’t really analysis, but it is what I can bring to you. Cherish this experience, and credit Talbot with an enormous amount of this growing story. Goalies. Man.

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  1. StixMalone says:

    russ99:
    Oh man! That Nuge goal is coming, I can feel it.

    Man I hope so he needs it!….

  2. spoiler says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    Nuge will never score again.

    It will take Eberle twice that.

  3. jake70 says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    Nuge will never score again.

    That shot he does, half wrister half snap it looks like, where he is on his left leg, right leg in air, is not working. Would like to see him try a slap shot or have both feet on ice and really lean into the shot, maybe go high corner.

  4. spoiler says:

    Like the creativity but FUCKIN SHOOOT the puck!

  5. Hockey Project says:

    Oh, what a nice play by Klef in his own end!

  6. spoiler says:

    Lookin real good for several shifts now

  7. Spengler says:

    What a shift!

  8. jp says:

    Wow, not a bad shift there.

    Gotta burry one though!

  9. spoiler says:

    Are you not entertained? ARE. YOU. NOT. ENTERTAINED!?

  10. Lloyd B. says:

    jp:
    Wow, not a bad shift there.

    Gotta burry one though!

    Tough crowd.

  11. Hockey Project says:

    A great view of a great save by Gibson. The Ducks can’t find any fault with him tonight.

  12. russ99 says:

    Just beautiful.

  13. nelson88 says:

    That McDavid goal. Just wow!! Will be burned in the memory with Gretz firing a slapshot over Vernon’s shoulder

  14. JDI Хоккей says:

    Maroon’s skill level is so underrated – leading to people think he’s easily replaced after he goes to Vegas in expansion.

    Never mind that he’s only signed for one more season, I want him on this team for that year.

  15. spoiler says:

    We will never be a playoff team.

  16. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    nelson88:
    That McDavid goal. Just wow!! Will be burned in the memory with Gretz firing a slapshot over Vernon’s shoulder

    It’s gonna lose a lot of sweetness if the oilers lose this game

  17. russ99 says:

    That looked in.

  18. JDI Хоккей says:

    spoiler:
    We will never be a playoff team.

    That 82 game preseason was wonderful though.

  19. jp says:

    Lloyd B.: Tough crowd.

    Haha, well don’t they!?!?

  20. russ99 says:

    Play another period like that and we’ll win.

  21. Gerta Rauss says:

    Heck of a hockey game

    I like our chances in the 3rd period

  22. Lowetide says:

    First 20: 3-1 ANA, 10-9 ANA shots, 15-12 EDM Corgi 5×5.
    Second 20: 2-1 EDM, 15-6 EDM shots, 17-10 EDM Corgi 5×5.

    Overall: 4-3 ANA, 23-16 EDM shots, 32-22 Corsi for edge for EDM.

    That was a fun period, including a McDavid goal I’ll never forget. Man

  23. StixMalone says:

    Better period. Adjustments made and the duckies are getting tired. Keep it up in the third we are getting our chances…..

  24. Professor Q says:

    So close too many times! This is going to give me a heart attack.

  25. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Is no one going to mention the elephant in the room?

  26. jake70 says:

    97 leaving goals on the table….if he has a one-timer at his disposal then pass, otherwise take the shot man.

  27. Nuclear leak says:

    After that Mcdavid goal he has no excuse to not release that shot at Ovi levels

  28. Jon K says:

    Oilers have to continue pushing the pace in the third period. Anaheim started to look ragged and tired in the latter half of the period. Territory and possession greatly favoured the home team. That goal is an absolute shame.

  29. Lloyd B. says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    Maroon’s skill level is so underrated – leading to people think he’s easily replaced after he goes to Vegas in expansion.

    Never mind that he’s only signed for one more season, I want him on this team for that year.

    There is another type of trade that Vegas can take advantage of that I don’t think has been put forward before. I could be wrong … but Chachi has that ground covered. 🙂

    Before the draft, Chia and McPhee agree the VGK take Maroon in the expansion draft.

    They also agree that the VGK will trade Maroon back to the Oilers for whatever pick, prospect or combination that works.

    Perhaps a package of picks/prospects works better for VGK than a mid range NHL player they will have an unlimited choice of.

    Waivers will be an issue for VGK.

    WTF am I doing? Lots of time for this discussion in June.

    Go Oilers !!

  30. Lowetide says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Is no one going to mention the elephant in the room?

    Talbot has had a tough game for sure.

  31. Gret99zky says:

    Lloyd B.,

    pretty sure he can’t trade the player back to the team he was picked from.

  32. treevojo says:

    What a hockey game.

  33. Lloyd B. says:

    jp: Haha, well don’t they!?!?

    They do indeed.

    You said not a bad shift.

    It was a fantastic, as good as it gets shift. Actually, as good as it gets period of hockey when trailing by 3 going in.

    That was what my comment was directed at.

    Go OIlers ! Bury 2!!

  34. HeavySig says:

    Lowetide: Talbot has had a tough game for sure.

    He has had a short memory of poor starts, though, iirc.

  35. russ99 says:

    Lowetide: Talbot has had a tough game for sure.

    He stole one for us last game, now it’s time for the guys to pick him up.

  36. Redeem says:

    If anyone here has the requisite skill set, would you please compile a montage of the various uncalled penalties on Getzlaf. We are now almost 3 games in and I can recall without even trying at least 6 blatant penalties which have not been called. If we all work hard enough we can make it viral and the league will have a harder time trying to ignore it.

  37. JDI Хоккей says:

    This Ducks team soaks up passes like feathers do Oil.

  38. Lloyd B. says:

    Gret99zky:
    Lloyd B.,

    pretty sure he can’t trade the player back to the team he was picked off.

    Don’t start quoting rules. It ruins the narrative.

  39. spoiler says:

    McDavid… Board Bawse

  40. JDI Хоккей says:

    How does that stay out?

  41. spoiler says:

    Can I borrow a defrib for a couple of mos?

  42. Lowetide says:

    That goal hurt.

  43. fuzzy muppet says:

    Talbot is slow to react this game.

    Conner made a bad play there

  44. treevojo says:

    Fingers crossed

  45. spoiler says:

    Out-douching them we must keep.

  46. fuzzy muppet says:

    Id pull Talbot. He has made any saves of note

  47. spoiler says:

    that looks o’side

  48. fuzzy muppet says:

    Offside!

  49. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Id pull Talbot.He has made any saves of note

    I’d have pulled him after the third goal but what do I know

  50. BeerMe says:

    OFFSIDE

  51. Hockey Project says:

    It’s so close, and could go either way.

  52. fuzzy muppet says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    As would I.

  53. JDI Хоккей says:

    Zzzzz…

  54. jp says:

    Lloyd B.: They do indeed.

    You said not a bad shift.

    It was a fantastic, as good as it gets shift. Actually, as good as it gets period of hockey when trailing by3 going in.

    That was what my comment was directed at.

    Go OIlers !Bury 2!!

    For sure, intentional understatement in my original comment!!

    Now disallow this goal, and get back to work boys!!!!

    GoOilers!!!!!

  55. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    ….

  56. Jon K says:

    The forward pursuing the puck-carrier on the half boards takes the wrong line, cheating a bit to the offense side. Lets the cross ice pass occur. Ugh.

    Looks like a close call but very slightly offside to my eyes.

  57. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    The oilers used all their luck in the last game that’s gonna count

  58. JDI Хоккей says:

    This is going for the Ducks.

  59. StixMalone says:

    Just because….

  60. fuzzy muppet says:

    Boooooooooooooooooooo

  61. Hockey Project says:

    Oh well. I wish it had gone their way, but that’s not how it always works out.

  62. GMB3 says:

    Horseshit

  63. russ99 says:

    Looked pretty clear to me. Gary wants more Pacific games.

  64. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    That’s the right call I’m not mad.

  65. Washingtron says:

    I mean, Talbot stole the last on, he’s not exactly helping on this one…

  66. spoiler says:

    I am prepared to watch overtime if necessary.

    #JUSTWIN

  67. Nuclear leak says:

    Ebs is all sorts of Meh

  68. Lloyd B. says:

    jp: For sure, intentional understatement in my original comment!!

    Now disallow this goal, and get back to work boys!!!!

    GoOilers!!!!!

    Can’t believe the understatement got me.

    You gotta watch us Grandpas. Understatements weren’t currency back in the day.

    Now bury 3 !!

  69. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Nuclear leak:
    Ebs is all sorts of Meh

    At some point you’ve got to contribute on the score sheet

  70. fuzzy muppet says:

    Nuclear leak,

    He’s been invisible. I honestly think his days as an oiler are going to be over after this season

  71. Jon K says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: At some point you’ve got to contribute on the score sheet

    I strongly suspect that if Chiarelli wanted to trade Eberle for a larger shooter before, the playoffs this year have done nothing to dissuade him.

  72. DBO says:

    McDavid is amazing, but in the Defensive zone he too often flies by the man hoping for a tip of the puck to spring himself and most of the time he flies by the man with the puck and it creates a scoring chance for Anaheim. Twice tonight it resulted in goals. Playoff hockey gotta take man not puxk.

  73. Nuclear leak says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: At some point you’ve got to contribute on the score sheet

    I’ve tried but I’m snake bitten, sorry

  74. spoiler says:

    Great read by Nurse

  75. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Frank the dog: Sunday 5pm game yes. Trap game absolutely not. They did not exactly beat Anaheim 7-0. They are very aware they got lucky in a game they should have lost.
    I think we see maximum effort on both sides. Ducks wanting to win both here, Oilers wanting to close out the series.
    It should be slight edge Oilers, because they don’t wet the bed two games in a row, flu bug is over, Ducks sleeping in Kelowna, Carlyle overplaying his top two lines, and the stadium full of beserk fans.
    It’s the refereeing that is the variable. Go Oilers!

    – Trap game…Remember my sh$t the bed comments: predictable. Thanks

  76. StixMalone says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Nuclear leak,

    He’s been invisible.I honestly think his days as an oiler are going to be over after this season

    Yeah I kinda agree…..and I’m wearing his jersey…

  77. Jon K says:

    DBO:
    McDavid is amazing, but in the Defensive zone he too often flies by the man hoping for a tip of the puck to spring himself and most of the time he flies by the man with the puck and it creates a scoring chance for Anaheim. Twice tonight it resulted in goals.Playoff hockey gotta take man not puxk.

    Unfortunately yes. I think the story of this game is probably Talbot winning us the last and giving up this one.

  78. Nuclear leak says:

    Worst episode ever

  79. fuzzy muppet says:

    Kris Russell ladies and gents

  80. Lowetide says:

    Well that’s some bad luck there but it won’t make a difference in the game.

  81. russ99 says:

    DBO:
    McDavid is amazing, but in the Defensive zone he too often flies by the man hoping for a tip of the puck to spring himself and most of the time he flies by the man with the puck and it creates a scoring chance for Anaheim. Twice tonight it resulted in goals.Playoff hockey gotta take man not puxk.

    I saw that too, but I think that was first period when they were all chasing.

  82. Hockey Project says:

    Well, that happened. Russell consistently is unable to make that play, but continues to go to the well. Frustrating to see that.

  83. fuzzy muppet says:

    Talbot allowed six. Don’t care how. Pull him

  84. spoiler says:

    Well, dat’s probably it.

    Good push back this game.

    Just have to make sure they get the win next game. Don’t want to go back to ANA tied.

  85. Jon K says:

    russ99: I saw that too, but I think that was first period when they were all chasing.

    He did the same on goal 5.

  86. JDI Хоккей says:

    Shoot it off the place where Kessler is least vulnerable.

  87. Caller Zen says:

    Release the hounds

  88. jp says:

    Lloyd B.: Can’t believe the understatement got me.

    You gotta watch us Grandpas.Understatements weren’t currency back in the day.

    Now bury 3 !!

    Haha, not trying to be deceiving.

    Gotta bury 4 now. Not sure tonight was meant to be.

    Can’t complain with the series result to far I guess.

  89. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    6 goals on 20 shots and he’s still in the net. Interesting decision by the coach that I do not understand

  90. Derek says:

    Start gooning the shit out of em boys

  91. russ99 says:

    Well we know we can beat that team, but all three phases need to show up.

  92. Nuclear leak says:

    That’s interference?! Anaheim does it every single shift

  93. Hockey Project says:

    I like how Kassian protected Benning after the big hit, and without taking 2 minutes.

  94. fuzzy muppet says:

    Get rough now. Push to the edge but don’t cross.

  95. StixMalone says:

    How????

  96. hags9k says:

    Kesler holding McDavid sets that up.

  97. jp says:

    Should really give Talbot 10 min rest now, no?

  98. Nuclear leak says:

    Just watching for the love of blood sport now

  99. Lloyd B. says:

    This might be the time for a little old time hockey by the Oilers. Let some frustration out.

  100. --hudson-- says:

    I like this new strategy of making the Ducks overconfident heading into game 4. Hope it works!

  101. JDI Хоккей says:

    StixMalone:
    How????

    The point shot hit Kesler in the head, the puck dropped at his stick, and he put it in the open net.

  102. spoiler says:

    spoiler:
    Out-douching them we must keep.

  103. Wolfie says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    Me too. No real benefit to leaving him in there. Get him a bit extra rest and shift the onus on the players to up their game.

  104. JDI Хоккей says:

    Okay, that was dumb.

  105. LadiesloveSmid says:

    I think you ask a guy about stealing a game enough times and he’s gotta let in 6 goals on 22 shots

  106. Lowetide says:

    Dumb dumb dumb penalty by Pouliot there. Good grief.

  107. Jaxon says:

    Curious, anyone know Edmonton’s record in early games this season?

  108. Derek says:

    Edmonton now getting called for everything Anaheim does when the game is tied.

  109. Hockey Project says:

    Guys that have been in the doghouse can’t have a very long leash when they take a penalty like that.

  110. JDI Хоккей says:

    💩

  111. Spengler says:

    At least we are getting some PK practice.

  112. DBO says:

    Hit the mascot…..
    What?
    Hit the mascot.

  113. JDI Хоккей says:

    Jaxon:
    Curious, anyone know Edmonton’s record in early games this season?

    💩

  114. admiralmark says:

    admiralmark:
    Silfverberg is lookin like a potential dagger out there. I don’t think he’s a 3rd line player.

    Sorry boys.. my bad . ?

  115. Jon K says:

    Derek:
    Edmonton now getting called for everything Anahiem does when the game is tied.

    The game is out of reach, Edmonton ratcheting up cheap shots. Refs doing what they should by making sure the goonery doesn’t get out of hand.

  116. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Jaxon:
    Curious, anyone know Edmonton’s record in early games this season?

    Yeah I’m gonna bet it’s not good

  117. LadiesloveSmid says:

    I guess regroup like after game 4 in San Jose.

    Good grief if Talbot drops another .730. They will be done.

  118. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers frantically looking for 20 rooms in Kelowna…

  119. StixMalone says:

    Ok PK good now start gooning!!!!

  120. Nuclear leak says:

    Jon K: The game is out of reach, Edmonton ratcheting up cheap shots. Refs doing what they should by making sure the goonery doesn’t get out of hand.

    But it’s ok from Anaheim for the first 40mins of play to ratchet up the cheap shots

  121. Lloyd B. says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Get rough now.Push to the edge but don’t cross.

    No. Cross over. Way over!

    More guys in the penalty box than on the players bench.

    The Oilers have been turning the other cheek long enough this series.

    Time for pay back with lots of deep bruises on the “duck l’orange”.

  122. Derek says:

    Jon K: The game is out of reach, Edmonton ratcheting up cheap shots. Refs doing what they should by making sure the goonery doesn’t get out of hand.

    If only they acted so responsibly when an Oiler was driven head first into the boards from behind, when the outcome of the game is still in question, or any other game state.

    Hopefully they learn from this game like they did the blowout vs San Jose.

  123. LMHF#1 says:

    Why is Talbot still in the net? You could tell after 3 this wasn’t his night, and he’s a guy that doesn’t lock it down after bad starts.

  124. Jon K says:

    Nuclear leak: But it’s ok from Anaheim for the first 40mins of play to ratchet up the cheap shots

    No but they’ve also been penalized quite a bit. The name brand veterans get away with a lot, like Getzlaf, but that’s how it’s always going to be. McDavid a decade from now will get the same treatment.

  125. russ99 says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    He’s always bounced back, my only concern is the two days off, more time to think about it.

    Next game is must win, it will be harder to pull out a late game 5 comeback in their building.

  126. Lloyd B. says:

    Jaxon:
    Curious, anyone know Edmonton’s record in early games this season?

    2-5-1

  127. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    LMHF#1:
    Why is Talbot still in the net? You could tell after 3 this wasn’t his night, and he’s a guy that doesn’t lock it down after bad starts.

    It’s puzzling for sure. Give him a rest if nothing else.

  128. russ99 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    I think it’s more about who we’re playing. You don’t want to give their stars more confidence on juicy Broissoit rebounds.

  129. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    The game was lost the moment Talbot let in the forth goal.

  130. JDI Хоккей says:

    When in doubt, give Maroon a penalty.

  131. Hockey Project says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    The game was lost the moment Talbot let in the forth goal.

    What I said to my son: “That’s the kind of goal that can break your back.”

    To immediately give up such a weak goal just kills you.

  132. StixMalone says:

    Weak call…

  133. russ99 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    The game was lost the moment Talbot let in the forth goal.

    No,, more like when we didn’t cash on all those late second period chances.

  134. Diablo says:

    JDI Хоккей: The point shot hit Kesler in the head, the puck dropped at his stick, and he put it in the open net.

    That pretty much summarizes the game right there – lots of puck luck for Anaheim today, along with some very spotty play by the D, and Talbot fighting the puck. Ah well – I have faith that this team can bounce back from this. Can’t wait for game 4.

    GoOilers!

  135. JDI Хоккей says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    The game was lost the moment Talbot let in the forth goal.

    Excellent analysis as always. Emphasis on anal.

  136. Nuclear leak says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    The game was lost the moment Talbot let in the forth goal.

    Talbot kick your dog?

    Jon K: No but they’ve also been penalized quite a bit. The name brand veterans get away with a lot, like Getzlaf, but that’s how it’s always going to be. McDavid a decade from now will get the same treatment.

    Been watching their D especially Manson get away with Murder

  137. StixMalone says:

    russ99: No,, more like when we didn’t cash on all those late second period chances.

    No when we shit the bed in first period….

  138. hags9k says:

    Talbot is back to even Steven.

  139. russ99 says:

    StixMalone: No when we shit the bed in first period….

    True that,

  140. BONVIE says:

    What a pile of crap effort in the 1st period.

  141. jp says:

    Lloyd B.: 2-5-1

    Including tonight?

  142. spoiler says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: It’s puzzling for sure

    Not really. Things like this are only puzzling if one thinks they have the one and only answer to any given situation.

  143. Alpine says:

    Well judging by the Talbot pattern, he’ll play well in game 4. But the series also won’t be over in five games.

  144. jp says:

    Never imagined they’d take the first 2 in Anaheim, so I’m not going to complain.

    The team and Talbot generally bounce back well. Wednesday is a huge game though.

  145. Wolfie says:

    The thing that pisses me off most about this game is that now the Oilers need to win next game… They needed a much better effort tonight. You’ve got your opponent on the ropes. You knew they were going to come out desperate. You need to have that killer instinct. Where did the aggressiveness go?

  146. Lowetide says:

    First 20: 3-1 ANA, 10-9 ANA shots, 15-12 EDM Corgi 5×5.
    Second 20: 2-1 EDM, 15-6 EDM shots, 17-10 EDM Corgi 5×5.
    Final 30: 2-0 ANA, 11-5 ANAshots, 15-12 Corsi for EDM.

    Final 6-3 ANA, 28-27 ANA shots, Corsi for 5×5 edge overall 47-34 EDM.

  147. Lloyd B. says:

    jp: Including tonight?

    Nope. That was said on the pregame show on CHED.

    I take no responsibility for the accuracy of that info. I did zero research. 🙂

  148. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    spoiler: Not really. Things like this are only puzzling if one thinks they have the one and only answer to any given situation.

    classic lowetide blog comments section post

    you don’t think it’s odd that talbot wasn’t pulled after letting in 3 goals on 6 shots?

  149. Wolfie says:

    russ99,

    I disagree. This is a 3-2 league. The Oilers have enough talent to score 3. But you can’t allow the 4th one.

  150. unca miltie says:

    Sadly, this result was due. A sweep was not in the cards. Still up 2 games to 1 in the series. Big game Wednesday. Bought tickets to go. First ever playoff game
    after following Oilers since the beginning.

  151. spoiler says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: classic lowetide blog comments section post

    you don’t think it’s odd that talbot wasn’t pulled after letting in 3 goals on 6 shots?

    Is this some sort of shot at the commenters here?

    Makes little difference what I think. I find it more interesting to parse what it tells me about what TMac thinks, rather than making irrelevant I’m-smarter-than-you judgements on the coach. YMMV.

  152. spoiler says:

    unca miltie:
    Sadly, this result was due. A sweep was not in the cards. Still up 2 games to 1 in the series. Big game Wednesday.Bought tickets to go. First ever playoff game
    after following Oilers since the beginning.

    Wow! So cool. Have fun Unca!

  153. Zelepukin says:

    Keeping it positive, another massive learning experience for this very young playoff group. Yet at some point they’ll need stop giving these post game comments of, ‘we park it, move on and get ready for the next game.’

  154. spoiler says:

    Liking TMac’s comments. Might actually be a good time for the extra day break.

  155. unca miltie says:

    L
    spoiler,

    Thanks. Should be an experience.

  156. spoiler says:

    Ooohh that’s a heckuva shot at Ebs.

  157. jp says:

    Gret99zky:
    Lloyd B.,

    pretty sure he can’t trade the player back to the team he was picked from.

    Lloyd B.,

    Is that actually a rule? I can’t think of a reason that trading a player back wouldn’t be allowed…

  158. Pouzar says:

    I love when posters come back under a new name.

  159. jp says:

    unca miltie,

    It was due. And they’ve bounced back well all year, especially in the playoffs. They weren’t going to sweep.

    Enjoy the game on Wednesday!!

  160. who says:

    Looked to me that half the team played pretty decent and the other half never showed up. Talbots play certainly didn’t help but there were some pretty clear goats on a number of goals.
    Sekera and Russel fell asleep on the first one. Drai with the turnover on the second. Nurse with a bad turnover on the third and McDavid with a bad fly by on the fifth.
    Another thing that troubles me was the play of Lucic. He got slew footed by Manson and then got involved with him after the whistle. Manson clearly challenged him. We are down 2 or 3 to nothing and we are paying this guy 6 mil a year for the next 6 years. I am pretty sure all that coin is not for his puck skills. I can’t think of a better time to engage against the Ducks most physical ,and perhaps their best, dman.
    Was he scared of taking an instigator penalty or was he scared of losing the fight? I thought these were the moments we were paying him for.

  161. Jethro Tull says:

    Zelepukin:
    Keeping it positive, another massive learning experience for this very young playoff group. Yet at some point they’ll need stop giving these post game comments of, ‘we park it, move on and get ready for the next game.’

    What would you like them to say? “Yah, we shit the bed pretty bad, but Darryl’s cheque cleared, so who’s for beers, am i right!” or “The shame this brings us leaves us no option to ritually execute the player with the lowest corsi for the greater good. The greater good.”

    TMac is a straight shooter, but he also isn’t as gregarious as former coaches and GMs. This is a good thing.

  162. Zelepukin says:

    Jethro Tull: What would you like them to say? “Yah, we shit the bed pretty bad, but Darryl’s cheque cleared, so who’s for beers, am i right!” or “The shame this brings us leaves us no option to ritually execute the player with the lowest corsi for the greater good. The greater good.”

    TMac is a straight shooter, but he also isn’t as gregarious as former coaches and GMs.This is a good thing.

    Sorry, I meant more from the perspective of, we need to stop creating the situation where this is what we have to resort to saying. Basically we need to stop having games where we forgot how to do the hockey.

  163. Diablo says:

    spoiler:
    Ooohhthat’s a heckuva shot at Ebs.

    Did TMac call him out?

  164. Lloyd B. says:

    spoiler:
    Ooohhthat’s a heckuva shot at Ebs.

    No it’s not. It’s true.

  165. StixMalone says:

    The whole so called second line has been uneventful (scoring) in the playoffs. All grabbing their sticks tight for sure. Not sure what the remedy is. They better figure it out. We will need them next couple games to break through….

  166. Jon K says:

    Diablo: Did TMac call him out?

    Asked about Eberle’s contributions and McLellan’s initial response was a terse “not enough”. He would go on to clarify that this is all new for Eberle and he is learning. He made reference to Eberle’s physical battles and checking in a positive manner, but said he needed more contributions from him on the power play. He then further noted he needed more from the whole group

  167. Lloyd B. says:

    jp: Lloyd B.,

    Is that actually a rule? I can’t think of a reason that trading a player back wouldn’t be allowed…

    There are guys here that are way more well versed on the expansion rules than me.

    I’m going to need the “answer monkeys” to set me straight. 🙂

    I mean that with with the greatest respect. Without them I’m no good during the coffee klatch at the local greasy spoon.

    Pretty sure they can’t buy out an expansion pick but haven’t heard anything about the “trade back” scenario I put forward.

  168. Zelepukin says:

    Jon K: Asked about Eberle’s contributions and McLellan’s initial response was a terse “not enough”. He would go on to clarify that this is all new for Eberle and he is learning. He made reference to Eberle’s physical battles and checking in a positive manner, but said he needed more contributions from him on the power play. He then further noted he needed more from the whole group

    Which is ebsolutely true. This past season and maybe even half of last year, you can see how the game has changed enough where Ebs can’t just get by on the single strength of having decent hands within a couple meters of the net.

    Ebspecially not in the playoffs.

  169. spoiler says:

    Diablo: Did TMac call him out?

    Someone, couldn’t tell whom, asked a direct question about Eb’s contribution.

    TMac replied with a very direct, strong, “Not enough”. Some other reporter jumped in with a “what about his defensive contributions, is that affecting his scoring?”

    TMac duly walked his call-out back a bit, acknowledging Eb’s work along the walls, in battles, but that he needs to see some offensive contribution, and added an explanation that most of these guys are noobs and learning, but have to be better.

  170. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    delooper: That’s largely how main-stream media works.If you don’t talk about the sensational new bits and pieces that are impossible to make sense of in isolation, you’re reduced to talking about the big picture that’s already largely established.. . or you could talk about things that require an enormous amount of resources, but then the media would have to be making larger profits than it currently does, to fund such research.

    Pretty much agree with all of that.

    My issue is the same guys have been proven wrong time and again and every year they double down on the same damn things.

    Its like goldfish writing about hockey.

    Hey look no one scores when he’s on the ice, he’s causing it!

    Hey look a castle!

    Hey look at his shooting percentage, he’s figured it out

    Hey look a castle!

  171. flea says:

    Interesting to see how the Kelowna break affects the Ducks. I get it – they couldn’t go anywhere in Edmonton and would have to keep an extremely low profile. But will it affect their focus, their intensity? Drinks at one of the players houses, maybe a wine tour or a round of golf?

    I hope the Oilers take the break to analyze tape, practice & refine their systems and keep the intensity up. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Ducks come out flat on Wednesday.

  172. Jethro Tull says:

    Zelepukin,

    No apology needed. I agree, but the Oilers have rarely strung together two bad performances all season long. We’ll be reet.

  173. spoiler says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    I feel like your lack of pre-game routine cost us the win, sir.

    No GOILERS!. No woots. Nothing, just stats posts.

    Get your nose out of the numbers!! This is serious business. We’re in the playoffs!

  174. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    spoiler:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    I feel like your lack of pre-game routine cost us the win, sir.

    No GOILERS!. No woots. Nothing, just stats posts.

    Get your nose out of the numbers!! This is serious business.We’re in the playoffs!

    13th comment in the thread.

    https://lowetide.ca/2017/04/30/2017-playoffs-g9-g3-ducks-at-oilers/comment-page-1/#comment-641281

    Maybe because it was 13th?

  175. jp says:

    who:

    Another thing that troubles me was the play of Lucic. He got slew footed by Manson and then got involved with him after the whistle. Manson clearly challenged him. We are down 2 or 3 to nothing and we are paying this guy 6 mil a year for the next 6 years. I am pretty sure all that coin is not for his puck skills. I can’t think of a better time to engage against the Ducks most physical ,and perhaps their best, dman.
    Was he scared of taking an instigator penalty or was he scared of losing the fight?I thought these were the moments we were paying him for.

    99% sure he thought Manson was goading him, and 99% sure he was right – Manson wouldn’t have dropped the gloves there.

  176. --hudson-- says:

    Zelepukin: Which is ebsolutely true. This past season and maybe even half of last year, you can see how the game has changed enough where Ebs can’t just get by on the single strength of having decent hands within a couple meters of the net.

    Ebspecially not in the playoffs.

    I noticed towards the end of the season Ebs was coming down low on the breakout and providing a moving target. He sure seemed more effective on the offensive side at the time. Now he seems to be posting up higher and is stationary by the time he gains possession.

    It could be my confirmation bias but it’s what I observed in the last few games.

  177. Scungilli Slushy says:

    StixMalone:
    The whole so called second line has been uneventful (scoring) in the playoffs. All grabbing their sticks tight for sure. Not sure what the remedy is. They better figure it out. We will need them next couple games to break through….

    The only player on the second line playing well is Nuge, even if snake bit. Lucic has his Lucicness which means even when he’s bad he is a presence. But he is coughing up a lot of pucks and not managing the puck well. Eberle is losing battles as always – the difference being he is actually trying to win them now – and is not putting the puck in good places, he is a non-factor. It takes a heck of a lot more than maybe potting a goal or something because skill and being carried through games at a time, he is a complete passenger at this point.

    MacLellan referenced being on the wrong side of the puck. They are learning patience and the value of making the right play instead of trying to break the game constantly. Prime example Kassian cheating a blue line battle trying to chip it for a break. It has burnt him already, tries it again. Not smrt. Another is that Connor has his eyes up ice too much and keeps missing defensive plays that end up in the net. He’ll get better, but even he has miles to grow.

    They have to get to playing the basics of NHL hockey well, making the right mostly safe play so as to not be under constant attack and to limit rushes and chances against. The good chances for the Oilers will present themselves, they need to stop forcing things and presenting them to the Fowl.

    Talbot has been good for the Oilers because he is a mostly stable, NHL consistent goalie. But goalies get too much credit at times and too much criticism at others, from players and fans. The reason he was older to get his own net is what we saw tonight. He has the tools but lacks top level consistency.

    It’s fine that he isn’t the best goalie in the league, the Oilers can win with him, but he is up and down and the team NEEDS to give him stable ice for him to be at his best game in and out.

    A loss tonight was to be expected, it’s too bad they didn’t play better. They aren’t as mature as Connor keeps saying they are, which the coach keeps telling them at least in the pressers. They are playing like a rookie team, which they mostly are. It’s a shame the vets are largely playing poorly at the basics they should be able to do and showing to the younger guys.

    I am so happy to see Oiler playoff hockay again, this is all gravy and proceeding better than could be reasonably expected, as much as I pine for the Total Oiler Domination of old. Hopefully they get some basics down in the extra day off and have a better game next.

  178. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Zelepukin,

    No apology needed. I agree, but the Oilers have rarely strung together two bad performances all season long. We’ll be reet.

    According to their coach they just have. Their team play needs to be much more solid. To rely on deflections and bounces and the odd high skill play usually doesn’t win in the end, things will get even tighter every game.

  179. Lloyd B. says:

    flea:
    Interesting to see how the Kelowna break affects the Ducks. I get it – they couldn’t go anywhere in Edmonton and would have to keep an extremely low profile. But will it affect their focus, their intensity? Drinks at one of the players houses, maybe a wine tour or a round of golf?

    I hope the Oilers take the break to analyze tape, practice & refine their systems and keep the intensity up. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Ducks come out flat on Wednesday.

    Not a chance the Ducks come out flat. A couple of reasons.

    They won the SC a few years ago. Granted not many guys left but more than enough to carry the message.

    The mental break could be huge. Not at home. Get away from all the Orange Crush in Edmonton.

    Have a golf game, go bowling, practice a few times where the fans are happy for a chance encounter to see, or maybe even talk to an NHL player. Won the last game. Zero pressure.

    Generally a great relaxing atmosphere. For a team with lots of playoff experience.

    Not like the home team which has to deal with the “orange crush”. Pressure every where they go, every thing they do, and every thing they read. And two days off to increase that pressure.

    With limited playoff experience. Could be a recipe for disaster.

    Having said that…

    The Oilers are up 2-1. They are a growth team.

    They have gained 23 more games of collective playoff experience and learned another lesson or two tonight.

    WOOOOOOT!!

  180. spoiler says:

    Woodguy v2.0: 13th comment in the thread.

    https://lowetide.ca/2017/04/30/2017-playoffs-g9-g3-ducks-at-oilers/comment-page-1/#comment-641281

    Maybe because it was 13th?

    Good point! Maybe… I’m thinking no follow-through… you usually have a couple near game time, too.

  181. Ice Sage says:

    Thanks to the Anaheim Ducks for popping the bubble – this Oiler team is not a Stanley Cup contender, despite the ridiculous talk of them being ‘favourites’ the past few days… (I can’t bet against them or there was some money to be made).
    The Oilers may respond but I sense that they’re out of horseshoes.
    It still beats the alternative!

  182. oilfan17 says:

    Just think it should be mentioned that Drai leads the team in points in these playoffs, despite his slow start due to flu: He is tied at 7th overall in the league with 8 points, and he is +8.

    And 52% on the dot, including the face-off win that led to Maroon’s goal tonight.

  183. McSorley33 says:

    Shhhh……nobody wake up Sekera.

    Let him sleep.

    He will be well rested for game 4

  184. Chachi says:

    Lloyd B.:
    They won the SC a few years ago. Granted not many guys left but more than enough to carry the message.

    I have never seen 10 years described as “a few”. This Anaheim team hasn’t won a damn thing.

  185. Diablo says:

    So Perry played all of 12 minutes tonight – couldn’t even get garbage minutes in a blowout win. At this rate he might waive his NMC to get away from Carlyle.

  186. Lloyd B. says:

    Chachi: I have never seen 10 years described as “a few”. This Anaheim team hasn’t won a damn thing.

    OK. It is only Perry and Getzlaf from the Ducks team that won the SC in 2007.

    I stand corrected.

    My few is two. Your few is more than two.

    According to Miriam Webster

    Definition of few
    1. consisting of or amounting to only a small number one of our few pleasures
    2. at least some but indeterminately small in number —used with a caught a few fish
    fewness noun
    few and far between
    : few in number and infrequent

    Look at me providing background info to make a point. FIRST time ever.

    Who cares? The Oilers are up 2-1 with home ice advantage. WOOOT!!!

  187. admiralmark says:

    If i’m TMac i’d be showing them the 1st period of Game 2 San Jose series. They were aggressive, physical, tenacious, quick short passes. San Jose was overwhelmed. I think they are at their best when they are in attack mode. Not this passive aggressive chess match thing they’ve had going on lately. I think the physical starts gets every player involved and sharp early. And although we’ve seen short moments of this. Nothing like that game 2. I don’t know why they went away from that game plan when it was clearly so effective. Just one fans opinion.

  188. who says:

    jp: 99% sure he thought Manson was goading him, and 99% sure he was right – Manson wouldn’t have dropped the gloves there.

    Maybe, and I am not a big supporter of fighting in hockey, but there is a time and a place and in my eyes that was the time.
    Josh Manson has been finishing McDavid, and some of our other skill players, hard all series. We are down 3-0 and the life is sucked out of the building. He invites Lucic to go and even backs out of the scrum to give him room. What’s the worst thing that could happen there? Lucic gets two for instigating (which I doubt)?
    The Oilers are in danger of getting physcially run out of this series. It doesn’t do any good to get bigger and meaner if your biggest and meanest guy refuses to engage.
    If you think that Lucic was right to skate away, ask yourself why we are paying him 6 mil a year. Because it sure ain’t for his skating, stickhandling or shooting. If he won’t engage, or is being told not to engage, in that situation then the Oilers are wasting a pile of money on him.

  189. StixMalone says:

    Ice Sage:
    Thanks to the Anaheim Ducks for popping the bubble – this Oiler team is not a Stanley Cup contender, despite the ridiculous talk of them being ‘favourites’ the past few days… (I can’t bet against them or there was some money to be made).
    The Oilers may respond but I sense that they’re out of horseshoes.
    It still beats the alternative!

    They only lost one game. Series isn’t over quite yet…….

  190. Chachi says:

    Lloyd B.: OK. It is only Perry and Getzlaf from the Ducks team that won the SC in 2007.

    I stand corrected.

    My few is two.Your few is more than two.

    According to Miriam Webster

    Definition of few
    1.consisting of or amounting to only a small number one of our few pleasures
    2.at least some but indeterminately small in number —used with a caught a few fish
    fewness noun
    few and far between
    :few in number and infrequent

    Look at me providing background info to make a point. FIRST time ever.

    Who cares?The Oilers are up 2-1 with home ice advantage.WOOOT!!!

    Your “few” was a reference to years. You wrote that they won the cup a few years ago. 10 is more than a few. Let’s hope the Ogopogo gets the ducks in Kelowna.

  191. Zelepukin says:

    Chachi: Your “few” was a reference to years. You wrote that they won the cup a few years ago. 10 is more than a few.Let’s hope the Ogopogo gets the ducks in Kelowna.

    well if you consider how frequently it comes up now, the Oil almost won the cup a few years ago too.

  192. Side says:

    Ice Sage:
    Thanks to the Anaheim Ducks for popping the bubble – this Oiler team is not a Stanley Cup contender, despite the ridiculous talk of them being ‘favourites’ the past few days… (I can’t bet against them or there was some money to be made).
    The Oilers may respond but I sense that they’re out of horseshoes.
    It still beats the alternative!

    What a bizarre post…
    Are we watching the same games, here?

  193. admiralmark says:

    who: Maybe, and I am not a big supporter of fighting in hockey, but there is a time and a place and in my eyes that was the time.
    Josh Manson has been finishing McDavid, and some of our other skill players, hard all series. We are down 3-0 and the life is sucked out of the building. He invites Lucic to go and even backs out of the scrum to give him room. What’s the worst thing that could happen there? Lucic gets two for instigating (which I doubt)?
    The Oilers are in danger of getting physcially run out of this series. It doesn’t do any good to get bigger and meaner if your biggest and meanest guy refuses to engage.
    If you think that Lucic was right to skate away, ask yourself why we are paying him 6 mil a year. Because it sure ain’t for his skating, stickhandling or shooting. If he won’t engage, or is being told not to engage, in that situation then the Oilers are wasting a pile of money on him.

    Not saying your wrong but I saw it completely different. Manson had just slew footed Lucic and he knew it. He was acting like he was willing to fight but really just trying to goat Lucic into dropping his gloves and taking 2. I agree Manson needs to be held accountable but I would prefer Lucic lines him up for a big nasty legal hit. As it stood the Oilers did actually tie things up. So that is evidence enough that it wasn’t a good time to put the team down a man.

  194. GMB3 says:

    Chachi: Your “few” was a reference to years. You wrote that they won the cup a few years ago. 10 is more than a few.Let’s hope the Ogopogo gets the ducks in Kelowna.

    Chachi is very right for a change. I might write about this in my diary

  195. jake70 says:

    who:
    The Oilers are in danger of getting physcially run out of this series. It doesn’t do any good to get bigger and meaner if your biggest and meanest guy refuses to engage.

    Maroon is engaging physically with the goalies 😉

  196. jp says:

    who: Maybe, and I am not a big supporter of fighting in hockey, but there is a time and a place and in my eyes that was the time.
    Josh Manson has been finishing McDavid, and some of our other skill players, hard all series. We are down 3-0 and the life is sucked out of the building. He invites Lucic to go and even backs out of the scrum to give him room. What’s the worst thing that could happen there? Lucic gets two for instigating (which I doubt)?
    The Oilers are in danger of getting physcially run out of this series. It doesn’t do any good to get bigger and meaner if your biggest and meanest guy refuses to engage.
    If you think that Lucic was right to skate away, ask yourself why we are paying him 6 mil a year. Because it sure ain’t for his skating, stickhandling or shooting. If he won’t engage, or is being told not to engage, in that situation then the Oilers are wasting a pile of money on him.

    I’d have liked to see them fight too, but what I saw was Manson backing away and staying out of reach. Imo trying to draw 2 and wouldn’t have dropped his gloves. Pretty sure Lucic wanted to go.

    Frustrating, yes, but imo the right move at that point. The Oilers did come back to tie it after all.

    Anyway, that’s all just my take.

  197. JDI Хоккей says:

    I had a few beers last night.

  198. frjohnk says:

    jp: I’d have liked to see them fight too, but what I saw was Manson backing away and staying out of reach. Imo trying to draw 2 and wouldn’t have dropped his gloves. Pretty sure Lucic wanted to go.

    Frustrating, yes, but imo the right move at that point. The Oilers did come back to tie it after all.

    Anyway, that’s all just my take.

    Yup. Lucic was pissed and Manson knew that and tried to draw the penalty. Also Manson backed up all the way around the net. Usually if a guy is willing to fight they dont back up

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

    Wow there is lots of handwringing and outright animosity (over at the Cult o Hockey) over last nights game which I don’t quite understand

    A few points

    1) The Hockey Gods got even! 4 of the 6 goals against are mistakes that I wouldn’t expect to see 99/100 times so you know what, watch the tape, learn and get on with it. No need to make a goat or to shit all over a guy. Last night mistakes ended up bulging the twine.

    2) Maybe its just me but defensively I could strangle the top scorers on this team right now. Lots of very lazy plays and maybe one eye too focused on the other end of the ice but CmD, Leon and Looch need to be better in their own end.

    3) Overall I really didn’t think this was that bad of a game. It was extremely frustrating to see every mistake in the back of the net so naturally I’m not happy but its important not to let a lot of good things slip away. I thought physically this was the Oilers best game of the series and the foot on throat from say the 15 minute mark in the 1st to the 5-3 goal in the 3rd was the best hockey the team has played since the overtime win in Series One.

    4) The PP has guys standing around doing sweet nothing again. The Ducks are slowwwwwww on the PK, get your feet moving and you will open up lanes.

    5) Last nights game was much more indicative of the Ducks style of play than game 2 IMO. The Flames took it on the chin in their series despite outplaying the Ducks for big chunks of all the games. Unfortunately for them Flames, they cracked under the pressure and could never hold off the Duck’s pushes but there is a window into beating them. The Oilers asserted themselves big time last night and it took a few highlight reel saves from Gibson and a few immeasurably frustrating passes from Oilers when they should have shot (Connor I don’t know what you were thinking on that 2-1 pass to Looch but I recommend not thinking it in the future).

    6) Overall, not that worried at all, need to go full Duck here and let that game wash right down the backside. Hopefully, a few days off, back home in their own beds will allow a quick reset to shake away the cobwebs and get back at er!

    Series is still 2-1!

  200. Chris says:

    Tough game that one. But Anahiem is a good team. It was rather unlikely they were going to get swept. Pride alone with probably get them a couple of wins.

    Talbot after stealing a game the Oilers didn’t deserve to win likely contributed heavily to that lose. However, he’s had these bad starts during the regular season and shook it off fairly consistently so the need to worry is limited. If nothing else it should be a wake up call for all the players that they need to come back and have a strong game on Wednesday. We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact they still lead the series 2-1 with a chance to go up 3-1 at home on Wednesday.

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