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Grade: Oilers pull McRabbita out of his hat, steal two points against Panthers

Panthers 3, Oilers 4 * (SO)

In 59 minutes, Edmonton Oilers could literally not get their own way. They left the clock for 28-16 hours, and more importantly on the board, 3-2. Panthers led three times, goal goal was a full lead, which bounced off the pole of two defenders Oilers. Fluke, or no fluke, it could be argued (and was) that the home team took credit.

But in the deadly seconds a few famous heroes appeared for the oil. The first Leon Draisaitl got into the aces that bound him, with a great gauntlet, except for James Reimer, who was almost the identical twin of the end. Connor Hellebuyck discouraged Draisaitl in the desperate seconds of the last game in Rogers Palace, 3 losing to Jets on New Year's Eve. This time, however, the trackback had a happier end: the puck returned to Draisaitl along the goal line where he found Connora McDavid with the perfect feed that the phenomenon stuck home with 8 ticks per hour to secure that much needed point and a 50% chance of getting another.

Come overtime, Oilers emerged from his hood, dominated the hold and shot 6 shots on Reimer, basically the same as in each of the three 20-minute periods. They could not solve it, but they could get into the shootout. First, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid defeated him, Cam Talbot waited at the other end for two snipers in Florida, and Oilers jumped out of his own two-point barn for the first time in nearly a month.

But as for the first 59 minutes? Hoo boy. Oilers fought powerfully to generate most of anything and had several long sections for their own bluelines.

Unfortunately, the TV source was even worse than many viewers, which was the effect of a stroboscope that almost caused a seizure that persisted throughout Sportsnet broadcasts. This observer eventually found an internet source, even though I freely admit that I was unable to give this game the usual level of control. But I've seen enough to recognize that it was just a handful of players who wanted Oilers to win the game, that rank and folder did not get much. Do not forget that, nor visitors to the game that David Staples & # 39; calculate saw only 5 A points that scored for two teams over 59 minutes before Oilers exploded 7 times in the last 6 minutes. Strange game.


Player rating

# 4 Kris Russell, 7. He plays 24 minutes at the top of the Oilers and best pairing. He had the best shot of any defender of Oilers. While his partner did most of the offensive, Russell contributed several good defensive stops against individual battles against Jonathan Huberdeau and Alexander Barkov. After one turn, he was punished. Well-earned +2 at night.

# 5 Kevin Gravel, 4. Oiler's third pairing was used gently, and he tried hard to get the puck north. He shot attempts by only 3 for, 11 against during his 12 even minute.

# 6 Adam Larsson, 3. His game went south to him and his luck became underground. There have been at least three goals in the last two matches, just a terrible run of pitiful pocket happiness. Only tonight, but it had to be seen – several times in the super-slo-mo – to be believed that Caleb Jones cleared off a foot about to grab the Larsson's shaft's rod and climb inside the post so that the oil -2 left with just 6 minutes. It gave the cherry on top of the sundae crap for Larsson, who had his defensive games for a lot of play (including some poor lead puffs on the second Panthers goal) and had a not-so-shiny dash-3 to prove it.

# 16 Jujhar Khaira, 4. She showed a few flashes, but nowhere is it. He plays 13 minutes during which he produced 0 "events" – experiments, hits, defensive stops – while he spent most of his time at his own end. Attempts to fire were on his + 4 / -11 clocks and targets + 0 / -1. The penalty for the goal hit one of the precious moments when his group grounded the o-zone, but later punished the fine for good effort. 4/10 = 40% per spike.

# 22 Tobias Rieder, 4. Eventually he gathered a shot at the goal and decent, in the last minute overtime, surprisingly enough. But he was a nonfactor for most of the game unless you evaluate the defensive mistake he made on the first Florida goal. Matches on the net were miserable during their 12 / 5v5 minutes + 3 / -12. His best work on punishment was killing.

# 23 Ryan Spooner, 4. Marginal player in marginal role. 0 shots. His best moments were on the defensive side of the puck (2 hits, 1 takeaway, 1 shot block). He only played 6:30 at night.

# 25 Darnell Sister, 9. The absolute power of the whole night, the sister played in 38 directions with a tremendous power of 31:49 – both teams in the season – led the defensive corps in TOi in all three disciplines … or all four, depending on your 3v3 view of which he played 2: 45. He also led a club with 12 attempts and 8 hits on the goal (the entire forward corps gathered a lousy 11), and his 4 hits and 2 blocks both led the way as well. Now we think he scored the first Oilers goal, started the second and joined the third and ended at night +3. The whole ice.

# 27 Milan Lucic, 5. One good chance early (let's say), on the line with RNH and Puljujarvi, which in large part had its own. But his position error was part of the problem at Florida's second goal. Later he made a key shot and free zones to allow several tired teammates to change.

# 28 Kyle Brodziak, 4. It is not a major factor. He played only 6 minutes in a balanced and another 1:25 on the PK where he did the best job. 4/7 = 57% in the face circle.

# 29 Leon Draisaitl, 8. He plays a huge 28:34, the other in the NHL for the whole season … for a guy named "Leon Draisaitl" who played 28:46 this season in Oilers's 65-minute game. His legs moved and made several zones. He made two sentences, one of which was actually called. Another strong point game (13/21 = 62%), with one of these victories helping him on McDavid's first target. Even more critical was the apple he gained in the last bout, an excellent passage that found the friendliest rods on the edge of the blue color. It was a great time for overtime, especially one game where he started with his own net, a tall man who led a 3-on-2 rush, and then found McDavid with the lead pass for a chance to get to the ace to finish this a little earlier .

# 33 Cam Talbot, 5. The actual amount of rubber and zone pressure, but relatively few difficult shots. Wounded under the shoulder of Frank Vatrano is an outer shot, and set off a greasy reflection that was eventually transformed by Denis Malgin. No chance for chance. His best moments came to the shootings when he turned away Huberdeau and Barkov to win. He got a few shots from the mask. 30 shots, 27 stores, .900 save percentage.

# 39 Alex Chiasson, 7. Clever behind his back, he moved to Oilers's first goal and critically revived the puck and fed Draisait to the crucial 3-3. He almost won in the OT with a one-time change in the RNH reflection rate, which almost broke the poor James Reimer in half in his successful attempt to keep him. At night Hitchcock played massively at 23:42 on his biggest horses.

# 44 Zack Kassian, 4. Skate well, but it did not do much.

# 45 Joseph Gambardella, incomplete. He did not leave the game without injuries, but by the decision of a coach who played only 2:21, all in the opening frame.

# 82 Caleb Jones, 4. I hit the first goal of Panthers when he fired the attack pass to the goalkeeper. Desperately unhappy with the 3-2. But Hitchcock continued to rely on him, playing a boy 22:49 in all situations, including critical 6-on-5 and more than 2 minutes of timeless. He showed very good judgment and performance in o-zone pinches. He also made a fine Florida 2-on-1 stop when he boarded the carrier, Colton Sceviour, and disturbed the move.

# 83 Matt Benning, 4. Back in the third pairing report that spent many nights in pursuit mode. He even broke the number of important goals to + 0 / -0.

# 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 7. Just like Draisaitl spent some time in the center, some on the wing, and even a few of them moved each other. He had the best statistics on the club with + 16 / -10 in the shot of the trials during his 5th-5th time. His 22:35 placed in fourth place between Oilers, but rose 7 minutes higher, while Hitchcock relied on his big four. There was an attempt at 6 shots that led forward. He was also an unlikely leader among the Oilers forward in hits, with 3, and in the faceoff percentage to 8/10 = 80%. He made a splendid backhand plate to pass through McDavid's attempt to finish with a movement between his legs, but he was simply missing. RNH was in awhile hours amazing and five times a heavy puck into the net for several different times. Evaluate the "decision goal of the game" in the shootout, not that you find it in your boxes.

# 97 Connor McDavid, 8. One of those nights when Wayne Gretzky sometimes used where this observer thought he was "not quite at the top of his game, going through quite unintentionally, the problems penetrate, yada yada," but then we look at the summary, "target, goal" and eventually a massive positive factor in victory. The big reason why he had a heavy sled was an impressive performance of Floridas's excellent pivot, Aleksander Barkov, who was 97 on the grill for a lot of play, but somehow managed to overcome and put 2-1-3, +2 aboard. Only two interventions in regulation, both goals and another 1 in the timeless hours they almost gave away. He was involved in 7 of Edmonton's 9 points A, "Nuff said. He added Hit of the Game ™ when scratching his colleagues OHL Exceptional player cum NHL The first overall design of the Aaron Ekblad equipment Yeah, I added a shootout that everyone but did not seal .

# 98 Jesse Puljujarvi, 5. Strong defense did not create much. He looked so unpleasant, though he was a comic looker when he picked and hit the tables, fortunately he was not injured. Perhaps the game that summed up his game was when he had a chance to slip a quick backhand into the Draisaitl across the middle but took another fraction of a second to try to make the game on his forehand and check it out. The attackers must be faster in this league to succeed, and J.P. is still in this area of ​​work.


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