Can be? Certainly, Connor's message from David overtime is all that separated the Oilers from 2 points in Winnipeg on Thursday night.
Must? No, you can not really claim that Edmonton Oilers were a better team in the evening. So even though I do not think they were really lucky to get one point, I do not think they deserve more than that. After all, Winnipeg was clearly an excellent club in the third period, shooting off Edmonton 17-2 and trying them 41-5. Yes, this last stat is true. Ouch!
But really … At the beginning of the game knowing that both Oscar Clapum and Kris Russell were missing against the high octane Winnipeg Jets, would you contract the Oilers getting a point or more? I do not.
Here's the story of the tape.
Talbot. 5. Did you have to rescue from Cam Talbot about that Murray Yuri shot at overtime? Yes you did it. And that's what Talbot was missing for the most part so far this season … the big, time to save. But to be completely fair, the game also did not reach overtime at all without tremendous effort by Talbot in the third period. Not even close. His best savings was on every power game he flew on the chance of Mark Schaeppel. Almost to the goal of Laine, but this shot reached the point back from the right slot from the stick to one of the purest pure scorers in the NHL. Stop 35 out of 40.
Condor MacDavid. 6. The captain's up and down game. In the name of the second game of the game. Earned 2 assists, the first to put the ball into Darnell's net feet, the second – a strong and clever ball – that Alex Cason had flown home. Only one shot of his own, although he rang a bar at O / T. But Mac also took 2 minor penalties, had some problems facing his area and that was eventually his man scoring in overtime. I thought there should have been a punishment for breaking his Chapter 1. The first was McDavid's help in the 300-point career of his NHL, the second fastest Oiler to reach that mark behind … guess who?
Leon Dreizel. 7. Another world-wide crossing to Conor Mac. This time it happened on a power game, a plate of eye sight on the surface of the assault behind his back to Conor's beam. It immediately slid it down to Chiasson for what was then the goal to go forward. You can not call it the main help but this puck is not going with the Draisaitl game. And he started it all along the wall. Also set Spooner in the slot for 1-0 with another perfect passage. Late on the back check on 3-1, or I would give hi 8. At the pace of the season 100 points.
ALEX CHASASSON. 6. Linked career for high season goals (13) in a fraction of the games played (only 26, compared to 79 that he played for Dallas in 20013-14). And Jason had written it down in front of a really smart grid that had set up his stick in the right place. It was 1 of 4 shots at 19:20. Lost his man in the first flying to play power goal.
Darnell Norse. 7. Great effort. Played Career High 31 minutes 4 seconds. 38 amazing shifts. Scoring by going to the net gets getting rewarded for doing so when the discus banked off his front slip. This performance is a good example of how CF is really a better team than a single one (the sister of all CF events was 22-28, 44%), as the nurse was excellent. Setting Caggiula alone alone, but Drake shot him high. Partly to blame for 1-1. Was his man O / T.
Adam Larsson. 5. Chased much over 28:45, as his 27.03% CF and 30.77% FF recommend. Ended at night. 2 hits and a block. Nothing fancy. But they would be lost there without him.
Ryan Nugent – Hopkins. 6. Part of a vicious cycle that eventually led to the goal of the Ira and to the efforts of the Niagara. There was only one shot of his own, though, and was only 36% on the point. Won a key battle Pak on the wall on goal Chiasson, if they were awarded 3 assists he would earn there.
C & Poleg and Rabi. 6. A very solid 2-way game. Was well assisted on the Haiera goal by playing a firm role on the front check, and eventually the clerk passed a little neat on the tape of Jie Jie at the top of the fold. Simplified Myers's Discus in 1. Block 2 shots. I could not create one in the opposite direction.
C & H has shot. 6. His stubborn frontal inspection led to his goal of drawing the game even three. Others on ice also played a role in this sequence. But Carrie started all this with a great defensive display at his end and made it north. Then he had many touches along the walls of the assault area, and finally hit Conor in front of the Levik. Also lost the double check on Jets goal 1 play power. But above all, Gai. There was an advantage. There are 6 points in 7 games.
Kevin Gravel. 4. Played until his tongue actually dragged on the ice. 20:38 is his heaviest workload this season. Finished -2. If you consider these two statistics together, they read it this way: a good 3-pairing D-man a little over his head on a pairing 2 against a team like a fighter jet. To be fair, however, he was unlucky to have 2-1 to go outside his slip. Gravel was in the right place on the play.
Matt Benning. 4. O.K. Performance on pairing 2 from Benning. Shot, 2 hits and a block at 18:05. Had he and Gravel pursued him a lot? Definitely. In fact Matt Benning was more than doubled on the odds / against score. But for the most part I felt Benning bent but not broken.
Kyle Brodziak. 6. Rugged defensive effort. 56% on a point. Shot, blow, block and 2 take aways at 17:25. Kyle Brodziak was especially effective at PK with a score of 3-2 Jets and 97 in the box for one of 2 visits.
Milan Lusick. 5. A defensive and sound game. Led the team with 4 hits. Produced on key plays in the third period to preserve the lead (at the same time), one clearly under pressure from his region, another effective reverse lookup which ended.
Zac Xian. 5. Caught in the puck by Tyler Myers for a clear break. There were 2 shots at 17:10. 2 shots and damage.
Jason Garrison. 2. Hello, Caleb G. Jones. The lack of speed of the garrison led him to take a penalty for Patrick Layney, a man whose advantage was the Tess was about 1-1. Then there was a nasty cycle at 3. Great luck to finish the night +2. Overused for most of his 8:59.
Chris Widman. 5. The best I saw him on Jersey Oilers by quite a lot. 3 shots, 2 views and Block 11:07. Came close to cutting the odds for and against (though he barely lost it). You take it from Chris Widman, I think.
RYAN SPOONER. 6. Change from shot-to-kill area to netted his second goal as a member of the oil on a polished feed by Leon Draisaitl. Ryan Spooner was the only player in the Oilers equal to or breaking 50% of all CF events (6-6). It means something.
Derekie Kagiola. 4. Drake and Caggiula both started and ended the chaos on the tying goal. The play was under control with a disc on Kagiola's stick. But an unsatisfactory play passed the disc, leading to a 45-second fire practice in the Oilers area that ended with a completely sloppy Kagula that could not cover his man in front. The rest of his game was okk, but this mistake was crucial to one crucial.
Tobias Ryder. 5. His speed was evident in a solid defense effort. There are 2 abstractions and 2 pucks. There was a shot, a hit and a block only 10:06.
Edmonton Oilers stay in a general place in the West at 37 points and with a game in hand on Vegas. They fight crunchy flyers tomorrow, in 2 back-to-back.
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