Oilers 1, Ducks 2 (OT)
For 55 years I've been watching hockey and I've never seen one team dominate the other, and the goalkeeper has pulled out the way Anaheim Ducks currently owns Edmonton Oilers.
Consider: they took 3-0 in the 5th game of their 2018 Pacific Division, Duck pulled out a goalkeeper and scored not one, but two, but three times to tie the game, and then won a double extension. Twice in the season 2017-18. Edmonton led only in the third time only to see the Ducks Storm, once with two goals in the last 21 seconds by Riockard Rakel to send the game to OT (the oil eventually won the shot). At that time, at the last meeting of the season, the goalkeeper retirement was resumed after Ducksi dropped off Darnell Nurse to send another one-time game, where they rolled the ropes for a minute and a half, sealed a victory in a quick attack after Oilers called Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl left the ice.
The new season, happiness has to change in the end, right? Not so fast. On Friday afternoon, Oilers held 1-0 in the last 20 seconds of the game – you guessed – Duck got another good bounce before the Oilers cage to re-connect him with John Gibson on the bench. Just 16 seconds per hour this time when the prayerful shooting from the point denied the traffic right to the thankful Duck stick with an open side. Again. The Oilers fired their Bettman spot on a 60-minute buzzer, but quickly ran into the "false bending" extension and Rakel who managed to break the past past Mikko Koskinen to finish on things after only an additional 14 seconds.
I have to give Randi Carlile a little credit, a tricky senior coach has more tricks in his sleeve than Carter has a small pill for the liver. The incredible fact is that his Ducks over Edmonton 7-0 with their goalkeepers in the past eight meetings. No empty net goal for oil in these games, 7 against in just under 10 minutes of game 5v6.
For their part Oilers had a lot of right and even had several rejection of their own and at least one critical (un) call on the road, but as often happens against this confused opponent, they could not finish the job. Visitors flocked to Ducks 28-25 and had a solid 8-5 advantage in chess chances until those final, fateful seconds. That counting, from the Cult hokejaDavid Staples, wounded at 8-8. Close, without a cigar.
# 4 Kris Russell, 7. Standing behind the blueline. Oilers dominated the game during their 16 minutes at Evans, and they had a 10-2 balance per hour during that time. Russell contributed to an essential defensive game in the early third minute when he came in and pulled the ball from the goal line, which was so close that the video (and brakes) needed to be considered, keeping the score at 0-0.
# 5 Kevin Gravel, 5. He was a stronger member of the third season who spent a little too much time behind his own block, but he fell on the board.
# 6 Adam Larsson, 7. Tower of power behind the blueline. He won a ton of battles and moved in safely and efficiently. He had a great opportunity to set himself up when he entered the slot to catch Draysith's food, but he could not get rid of John Gibson.
# 8 Ti Rattie, 4. He had very little influence on this game in 8½ minutes of ice time. 0 shooting attempts. Credits with 3 visits in the afternoon, Ducks minor statistician counted unusually 44 hits for Oil. One frustrating sequence saw Rattie finally gain control of the pack after extended pressure, carefully passing through his end, but completely fractured the passage, allowing the Ducks to soak back into the Edmonton territory. Earlier in the day before he made an exclusion penalties in the attack zone, but his comrades had their back.
# 16 Jujhar Khaira, 4. Okay, they're killing at 1:18, but they fought with the same power at 8:36. Like his lines Rattie and Marodi, he had 0 attempts to play, although the pair had defensive players per hour. He missed what seemed to be a two-year McDavid earlier in the third, but whether he missed the passage or missed the passage it was difficult to determine and there were no replicas. Continuing with problems that are sure to play with the puck inside your own blueline.
# 19 Mikko Koskinen, 7. He came in a later run of the hell of his second outing of the season, as his solid game helped Oilers nurses who 1-0 led tantalizing near the finish line. He got a few rebounds earlier, one when he got Nick Ritchie's shotgun close and he barely managed to throw him off the post, while the other video was played when the shot was squeezed past him, and right along the goal line, but not quite crossed. He shook later in the last frame when the explosion Rian Getzkaf found an unprotected place somewhere in the middle, leaving a huge Finn prone to ice for a couple of nerve minutes. 25 shots, 23 savings, .920 save percent.
# 23 Rian Spooner, 4. He looked at his offensive potential as he drove Duck's defense into the slot, but shot from the side-arm and hit a good leg to lose the chance. A soft board game led to at least one Duck's chance. The flow of the game was strong in favor of Anaheim in 15 and 15 minutes, all in the eve.
# 25 Darnell sister, 6. He led a 6-goal lead on goal, although nothing seemed like a real chance. Oilers dominated during the game of the clock. They burned for a few chances against.
# 27 Milan Lucic, 5. The process was strong for the newly formed "Identity Line" of Oilers (Hitchcock's phrase that Kevin Quinn died all afternoon). Oilers had 17 attempts to shoot at only 4 against Lucic's forty minutes, including a 10-2 advantage in real scores. He was embarrassed to embark on crude New Year's Josh Mahura, who not only disappeared, but led to the strength of Daksa when the Oilers veterinarian spoke the truth about power and got a ticket for unsportsmanlike behavior. He collected 6 hits and fired 3 bullets on the net to lead forward. He ran forward and moved in a good position. But … on the boundary goal he entered the corner on his wrong wings, floated in the middle of the ice, and did not identify a dangerous man until the second minute was too late.
# 28 Kile Brodziak, 6. He led the team 2:55 on a 2-for-2 penalty, and added 13 minutes with the same power during which Oilers mainly controlled the game. He participated in some FOGO (face off / off off) duties for the second match in a row under Hitchcock, setting a mean 6/13 = 46% at night. He had a great chance to extend the score to 2-0 but was not able to reach Kassian. However, in the last minute break, he was the one who ended up with that place, as his attackers got into the same corner, and despite his best efforts, he failed to block Rakel's kick that led to the bindings.
# 29 Leon Draisaitl, 4. It's good at the powerful game, which produced 5 of Edmonton's 8 Grade A chances and the only goal in a 3½ minute game. It was the first, unassigned belt for the RNH target. But they had some questions on the defensive side of hell, including the messy traffic to the video review. He defeated the winner of the game, one on one after a great passing from Brandon Montor, where Rakell had difficulty pushing into the net and hanging himself hard to repent. 8/13 = 62% per point, but lost the key that established possession at the beginning of overtime.
# 39 Alek Chiasson, 6. Was his best work on a powerful game where he was in the 4th grade, including a few great blows from his stick and earned a goal in the goal of Oilers. With the same strength, his line with RNH and Spooner was firing more than anything, with an attempt of a shotgun of 4 for 10 against. Played 17:22 while continuing to earn coaches in different situations.
# 44 Zack Kassian, 5. Better than bad on the third line. He had only a few attempts – one out of five (5) Oilers continued with this difference – but it was nice to pass to Brodziak on 2-to-1, which all rights were supposed to conclude. 5 hits. But it was part of the order of pain in the match that tied the game when he entered the zone deeply in the second with another fellow, but he failed to keep the pack.
# 65 Cooper Marodi, 4. More than the same for a journalist who played 2:40 in the first period, 39 seconds in the middle ram, and nothing lower. The third time in his call with four games, which worked until 5:00 and 0:00 in the final round. It is not surprising to this observer that he was transferred to the AHL after the game. It's better to play 18 minutes at night in Bakersfield than 3 in Edmonton.
# 77 Oscar Klefbom, 6. They kept the team 27:23 tall and was on a static list with 12 (!) Shooting attempts, 5 of which were scored, even when his touch with the appearances seemed to abandon (0 goals in 22 games). Is the fourth-chip chip a very efficient Edmonton trustee? He was part of a row in a match that tied the goal when he was caught on the wrong side of the slot and rounded to -2 in the extra time, even when he was a bait from the game and had a zero with his unfortunate outcome. With these eyes Oscar makes more and more "veteran games" that move in good ice.
# 83 Matt Benning, 3. Every game is an adventure these days for Benning, with a disproportionate part of those adventures that appear in the defending region. He had one nervous line in which he lost his balance in the corner and could barely catch the caught Ritchie, who was great for the game. He had a lot of raising hell on a one-way venture. He had more of his hit in clumsy moments lately, lost his balance, dropped his stick, and the like. He caught himself tugging at an egg processing in Anaheim and lost his later training to Jakob Silfverberg, who had a great chance. It seems to be pressing more than it is and Mpressure.
# 91 Drake Caggiula, 4. He played almost 16 minutes on the line with two top-10 tops, during which he collected 0 shooting attempts. He had several forbidden moments of defense, especially when he was caught in hell that looked at Adam Henrikue's good looks. He made a fine defensive stop on 2-on-2, where he covered the man for a grip, rose well to the man and lowered him into the tables.
# 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 7. He made Oilers's individual goals with a brilliant sequence where he first stole and drew his hair to earn a rare, powerful game; then made a great defensive barrier to prevent Ducks from apparently firing before joining later attacks to bury McDavid's short-serving food and beyond the invincible Gibson. Equal to the same power. A bullet point at 1/9 = 11%.
# 97 Connor McDavid, 6. The first line of Oilers did not produce much on one side, and McDavid participated in 5v5 for goals number 5 in Staples number (I thought I saw one, subject to review). His group had the best of the hour (+ 14 / -7), but tried to penetrate. He was closely checked, including one time when McDavid walked out of Andrew Cogliano's position, which was physically jammed in a skateboard that somehow escaped the attention of men in the tracks. He was at best on two Poverplais Edmonton got, especially for Oilers's only goal where he nourished RNH perfectly for his 32nd place in the season. Did some of them do a great deal of work with some smart and secure placements, but the line cycle saw his group on the bench when it reached the link. He burned early in the overtime by Montor's excellent passing passage, which was not able to resist or hold. 2/7 = 29% per point.
Not again!? Yes again. Oilers have found a way to lose at Anaheim Duck at the end of the match. Sigh. Bruce McCurdi and David Staples dug into 2-1 oversight.
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