Edmonton Oilers Beat Colorado Avalanche In Overtime

Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) celebrates the goal of defenseman Evan Bouchard (2) . Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) celebrates the goal of defenseman Evan Bouchard (2) . Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

The Edmonton Oilers were able to keep their dreams of a Western Conference winners alive last night as they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in overtime.

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In a potential Western Conference Final meeting the Edmonton Oilers were able to get the better of the Avalanche last night. This was an excellent game to watch as you could tell both of these teams wanted to win this one.

The two points kept the Edmonton Oilers ahead of Colorado and helped them keep pace with the Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights also won last night so the Oilers still sit second in the Pacific Division and Western Conference. In order for the Oilers to pass them the Oilers need to win on Thursday and the Golden Knights need to lose in regulation against Seattle.

If the Edmonton Oilers are able to pass the Golden Knights they would play Winnipeg in the first round. If they are unable to pass them they will most likely be playing the Kings. The good news it the way the Oilers are playing right now there isn’t a matchup that worries me. This could be another year the Oilers go deep in the playoffs.

Edmonton Oilers Win Important Game

Last night was not only important for the Edmonton Oilers in the standings, but this was also a statement game. Last season the Avalanche beat the Oilers in the Western Conference Final and since then the Oilers haven’t beaten them.

The first two meetings between these teams this season also went to overtime where the Oilers lost. Not this time though, the Oilers were able to win this game in overtime. It was also nice to see the Oilers hold the Avalanche to only one goal.

1st Period
Scoring Summary Table
04:52COLBen Meyers (4)
05:28EDMMattias Ekholm (9)Ryan McLeod, Warren Foegele
1st OT Period
01:50EDMPPEvan Bouchard (7)Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl

Provided by Hockey-Reference.com
Generated 4/12/2023.

The one goal the Colorado Avalanche did score was an own goal. Where it bounced off two Oilers and ended up in the net. The Oilers didn’t let it get them down though, they were able to tie it back up around 36 seconds later. There were no more goals scored in regulation after that.

This was the 10th time the Edmonton Oilers have allowed 1 goal or less. 7 of the 10 games have happened since the Oilers acquired Mattias Ekholm. The Ekholm trade has really turned this team into a team that is solid defensively.

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Thursday’s Game Has Meaning

If the Edmonton Oilers would have lost last night the game against the Sharks would have had no meaning. They would have cemented their spot as second in the Pacific Division. With the win though they still have a chance to take the Division and Conference. So I would expect the Oilers to come out quick and make sure the Sharks have no chance to win.