Edmonton Oilers Battle Back in 3rd and Get Win
The game last night against the Vancouver Canucks was a game I thought the Edmonton Oilers should win fairly easily. That was not the case. The Edmonton Oilers were down 2-0 going into the 3rd period as the rookie goalie for the Canucks, Spencer Martin, was playing amazing and wasn’t letting anything in. Fortunately the Oilers were able to tie the game up to force overtime where Connor McDavid scored the game winner.
Koskinen Played Well Again
The Edmonton Oilers goalie, Mikko Koskinen, played another good game last night. He didn’t have to be as good as he was Saturday against the Calgary Flames, where he made 44 saves on 47 shots. Last night he only had to make 25 saves on 27 shots. In his last two games Koskinen has a SV% of 0.932%, which is way up from what it was coming into the game on Saturday.
This goal by Elias Pettersson is one that Koskinen may want back, but in my opinion this was an excellent shot. Pettersson shoots this puck right through Cody Ceci’s legs and tucks it under the bar. Koskinen wouldn’t have been able to pick this puck up on release so it becomes a reactionary save. Could he have come out to cut the angle down a bit more, yes and that’s why Koskinen may want it back.
On this goal I believe that Evan Bouchard is more to blame than Koskinen. Bouchard actually moves away from Tyler Motte giving J.T. Miller a clean passing lane to send Motte on a breakaway. I always thought you can never blame a goalie for a breakaway goal, as it is basically a coin flip on if they save it or not.
Oilers Show Resilience
Once again the Edmonton Oilers fell behind early in this game. This time it wasn’t because they were playing poorly, but because Spencer Martin was stopping everything. When Ryan Mcleod scored the goal on the short side it made Martin look human and gave life to the Edmonton Oilers.
I had a feeling that once the Edmonton Oilers scored their first goal that they were going to get another. A couple minutes later the Edmonton Oilers got a powerplay and when the Oilers go on the powerplay there is a good chance they will score. Although they didn’t technically score on the powerplay they scored shortly after while the Canucks were still scrambling around.
When an Edmonton Oilers game goes to overtime it becomes must watch hockey. When there is that much room out there and when Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are on your team you are going to win most of the time and last night they did.
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Keep the Streak Going
At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how this Oilers team gets the win, they just need to get wins. Currently the Edmonton Oilers are 6 points out of a playoff spot with 5 games in hand. So if they Oilers can keep pulling out wins they should be back in a playoff spot in no time.
The Edmonton Oilers next game is Thursday against a more difficult opponent in the Nashville Predators. The Predators are currently 2nd in the Western Conference, so in order to win that game the Edmonton Oilers will need to bring their top game.