The Edmonton Oilers moved to 6-and-6 Tuesday with a convincing 4-2 win over Ottawa.
Ball game and the shot clock flattered the Senators, as the Oilers sailed out to an early and comfy 1 st Duration, 3-0 lead. Edmonton then delivered a far better defensive effort (including an ideal 5-for-5 on the Charge Eliminate, simply 3 shots on internet) to seal the triumph.
However while both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl extended their points streaks, it was 2 of the Oilers’ youngest gamers that impressed the most on this night … Jesse Puljujarvi and Evan Bouchard.
Here’s the tale of the tape.
Edmonton Oilers Game Grades
MIKKO KOSKINEN 7. Koskinen stopped 23 of 25, and neither puck that beat him was at all on the goaltender. Koskinen’s best conserve was off Evgenii Dadanov early in the 2 nd He also made 2 other really nice saves late in the game, one off Tim Stutzle in the Second, another off a Nick Paul back-hand in the 3 rd At no time did the huge Finn appearance spread or tired out in his crease. The rest likely did him a world of excellent.
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CONNOR McDAVID 7. McDavid now has 19 points in his last 8 games, and 6 multiple point games in a row. The very first helper was an assist on a nice pass to Barrie who fed it to Nurse on the 1-0, the 2nd a stunning neutral zone pass that set Puljujarvi loose on the break that Jesse buried. Many gamers who get 2 helps in a game would get a game star. The more youthful weapons stole a bit of the spotlight tonight. However McDavid was great. Again.
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 5. A strong protective effort, as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ended the night 2. An effective 3: 08 short-handed. Establish Barrie for a strong 1 st Duration opportunity. Won the shots for-and-against easily while he was on the ice 20 -9, 69%at Even’s. Didn’t create a shot of his own.
JESSE PULJUJARVI 8. A fantastic video game on the attack. Puljujarvi’s 1 st goal of the night (and the season) was a real appeal. After gathering a neutral zone feed from McDavid, Jesse went hard to the net and stopped on his own rebound, then finished with a cool backhand to fore hand deke to make it 2-0. His 2 nd objective was a sweet suggestion off an Evan Bouchard point shot. Part of a lovely 3-way play in between he, McDavid and Bouchard which I’ll state a little later. Did dedicate a late 2 nd Period turnover but to his credit cleared the zone on the 2nd effort. An exceptional back-check deep in his own zone in the 3 rd Called the Video game’s 1st Star and deservedly so.
DARNELL NURSE 6. Opened the scoring with a rocket from the point on a set-up from McDavid and Barrie. A couple key zone clears with Yamamoto in package in the 1 st A great intercept and zone clear early in the 2 nd A 5-alarm give-away early in the 3 rd Offseted it with an exceptional zone exit under all sort of pressure late in the 3 rd 4 shots and 2 hits. Led the team at 23:36 Solid effort.
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TYSON BARRIE 7. This is much, much closer to the D-man the Oilers believed they were signing. Barrie was shooting the puck all night (5 shots), beginning with an early set-up by McDavid. Started the sequence on Puljujarvi’s 1 st goal with a headman pass to97 And was the decoy heading to the net on the Draisaitl goal. 1 st Duration shot block. Named the Game’s second Star. Headed in the right direction.
LEON DRAISAITL 6. Extended his point streak to 8 video games with a far-post wrister past an over-committed Ottawa goalie, all the while looking pass. Fed Barrie for an excellent 2 nd Period look. Establish Nurse for an unsafe 3 rd Period chance. 4 shots on web, 50/50 on his draws.
DOMENIK KAHUN 4. 1 shot, 1 block, a 3 rd Period turnover was among 2 on the night. That’s very little alongside the ruling Hart Trophy winner.
KAILER YAMAMOTO 4. His quietest video game this year. 0 shots. And he put his club on the PK two times with preventable penalties. Lost the chances for-and-against fight pretty convincingly while on the ice.
KRIS RUSSELL 7. Most likely Kris Russell’s finest video game of the year up until now, as the vet Shepherded young Evan Bouchard through the night. Kipped down an excellent 3: 43 on the PK. And busted his ass to wisely separate a hazardous prison break led by Brady Tkachuk. Fed Bouchard to start the sequence that ended with the 4-0. A reliable 2 nd Period rush ended with a shot on web. Actually strong belongings numbers while he was on the ice, which isn’t constantly his strength.
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EVAN BOUCHARD 7. A cool 1 st period pinch. Started the sequence that would ultimately cause the 1-0 with a high flip to a hard-charging McDavid through the neutral zone. Made his 1 st NHL profession help on a photo from the point that Jesse Puljujarvi tipped home. Began an awesome 3-way play on a one-touch pass to McDavid who did the exact same to spring Puljujarvi loose on another dangerous looking break. A big shot in the 3 rd off a blueline feed from Russell. Good 3 rd Period clear. 4 shots in all. Called 3rd Star. To my eye, Bouchard made it a hard choice for his Coach to take him out of the lineup.
GAETAN HAAS 6. I wasn’t sure how his energy level would be his 2 nd video game back from COVID protocol, but Hass looked fine. 5: 42 of SHTOI on a clean sheet of PK work. Smart face-off win on a 1 st Duration PK deep in his own zone. Seems to be planting his flag on the Oilers Penalty Kill. 4 blocks. Just 47%on face-offs. Is he winning the 3C task? Missed a goal by a half-second of regulation time right at the end.
JOSH ARCHIBALD 6. Extra effort and sheer will were the highlights of Josh Archibald’s game tonight. An outstanding late 2 nd Duration hit and clear. A big hit on the much bigger Erik Gudbranson in the 3 rd 3 rd Duration steal and clear. A best 5: 42 on the PK, where he actually shone. Gives you everything he’s got.
ZACK KASSIAN 5. Failed to get the puck deep on a 1 st Duration sortie. However got much more powerful as the night went on as Kassian seemed to have a chip on his shoulder tonight (led the group with 6 hits). A good stick to assist clear the zone in the 3 rd Got his nose dirty at the end in the middle of a melee in front of the Ottawa bench. If you ask me … that’s a great indication for Kass.
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WILLIAM LAGESSON 6. Advertised as a man who fights hard in his own zone and measured up to it this evening. A hard-nosed exit while under pressure in the 1 st Then reprised that effort by winning a hard-fought fight with Yamamoto in package, as Lagesson assisted clear the zone again. A block and 1 in restricted work (8: 53). But he definitely maximized it.
ADAM LARSSON 6. Fought hard. While it didn’t frequently come easy tonight the veteran gutted out a solid sufficient efficiency in 20:22 Larsson had 5 blocks and 3 hits plus an impressive 5: 56 brief handed. A very good 3 rd duration read and clear. Also had a couple give-away’s, but there was more good than bad.
KYLE TURRIS 3. An extremely peaceful video game. A didn’t love the charge Turris took but his mates bailed him out. Did turn in a decent 1: 23 on the PK. 1 hit. If he’s not mindful, he’ll play his method into journalism box for a video game.
ALEX CHIASSON 5. Won a key puck battle to clear the zone in the 2 nd A 3 rd period steal. And the puck was regularly headed towards the opposition internet during his 9: 51 (CF10 -4, 71%EV).
SLATER KOEKKOEK 4. Played 8: 09, and very little came easy for him because time. Did offer a solid D-zone stick in the 3 rd, and a couple shot blocks. However he was “simply o.k.”.
The success draws the Oilers into a playoff area, 4 th area in the North with 12 points and a game in hand on the Canucks.
Successive? Some rest (12 games in 21 days) and practice, prior to the Flames on Saturday.
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