After the disastrous start to the series on Saturday afternoon, the Oilers had little choice but to make sure they were much better prepared in all aspects of their game than what we saw in Game 1. . as we’ve seen for ages and it’s not going to fly in a short series like this, and to be honest, they need a much better effort from the start and they need to play with it. passion. The first thing I was looking for was for the Oilers to start the night with a bit of energy and set the tone for the night, leaving no doubt that Game 1 was an outlier and not what you could get. ‘expect them. Not only that, but I was also looking for a much better even-matched effort, an area where the boys got completely lost in the opener and was probably one of the best things to fix on the to-do list. by Tippett.
In the opening minutes, the Oilers looked as edgy and motivated as I had hoped, conceding two quick goals to give themselves a head start. Led by their captain, the good guys started the night like they had something to prove and I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed the effort. To be honest, they looked like a whole different team than the one we watched a few days ago. But as the period went on, the Blackhawks were able to sort things out and started producing their own offensive opportunities, only to come back to one goal before the second. Even so, Edmonton put themselves in a position to succeed and that was what mattered most as they were clearly working for a much more comprehensive effort from start to finish. After trading a pair of goals over the middle frame, both teams had their fair share of opportunities to extend the lead or level things off as play rose and fell the ice like a pendulum.
Coming up from a goal twenty minutes into the game, the Oilers had a great chance to even the series, but they were going to have to make sure they kept moving forward rather than trying to stay ahead. And like the Hockey Gords would have liked, our boys kept pushing forward and looking for chances until the Blackhawks gave them the space they needed to build on their lead. Quick goals from James Neal and Alex Chiasson gave the Oilers some leeway as they headed to the back of the third period as they flooded the Blackhawks’ zone with pressure. Ready for the win they desperately needed, Edmonton closed the night by playing a much simpler game that limited its exposure to risk and stifled Chicago’s attack. Overall it was a much better effort from a team that needed it, and I don’t have anyone who can say they didn’t get the result they deserved.
THE SHINY SIDE
- Less than a minute into the opening period Connor McDavid found himself alone near the net where he found a way to wedge a rebounding puck on Crawford and just under the bar to give the advantage to his team (1-0). Just minutes later, McDavid added a second goal (2-1) after passing the defenseman and covering a backhand, increasing the Oilers’ lead to two goals. McDavid completed the hat trick (4-3) late in the second period after his crossover pass bowed to the Blackhawks defenseman and through Crawford’s legs. After a disappointing start to the series for his team, I expected Connor McDavid to go supernova in Game 2, leaving terror in its wake every time he touched the ice. As hoped, the captain didn’t disappoint as he took his game to the next level and played with the kind of jumping you expect from him when he needed it most.
- Tyler Ennis restored the Oilers’ lead to two goals (3-1) after picking up a loose puck needing the blue line and pulling a quick twist that made its way through traffic and under a falling Crawford.
- Midway through the third period, James Neal stole the puck from Corey Crawford behind the net and tucked it into the empty cage (5-3), giving the Oilers a taste of confidence they never had. not had since the first period.
- Just moments after Neal scored to extend the lead, Alex Chiasson picked up a loose puck outside the crease and tucked it into the net (6-3) at a bad angle and, all right. Suddenly the Oilers ended up three points. goals.
- Mikko Koskinen started tonight after entering Saturday’s game in relief for Mike Smith, and I have to admit I was very happy with that decision. In Mikko’s two appearances since the lockout (exhibition and embossed match) he looked very solid between the pipes and I was hoping we would see him keep that cool in his first playoff start. in the NHL. Despite this being his very first NHL playoff start, Koskinen looked very sharp and composed, giving his team the kind of goaltenders they needed to compete for the win. While I wouldn’t say it was a perfect Koskinen night, he made enough saves for his team to take the win and ended his night with 23 saves and 0.885% saving.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had another multi-point night, registering a trio of assists while looking a lot more confident defensively. So far in two games, Nugent-Hopkins finds himself with six points while being stapled to McDavid and playing in all situations.
- I liked Darnell Nurse’s game tonight. He rushed the puck well, used his body to separate the guys from the puck and was very efficient in the 24:10 team record he played.
- After having a tough outing on Saturday compared to what we’ve become used to, Ethan Bear looked a lot more like the calming force we’re used to watching in the Oilers’ second couple.
- I know he takes a lot of heat here, but I thought Andreas Athanasiou looked a lot better for the Oilers tonight than in Game 1. In my eyes he was a lot more visible and he was actually creating games rather than float like it had done on Saturday.
- Once again, the power play came with a clutch goal, ending the night at 1/5. The Oilers were far from perfect in PP tonight – far from it – but they did the job more than their opponent and won the special teams battle with flying colors.
- After a tough day in Game 1, PK refused to be left out and bounced back with a perfect 0/4 night when they needed it most.
- You know I like to see our guys make 60% in the faceoff circle.
- You also know how much I love to see the Oilers pass the Blackhawks by a 36-26 margin.
- How were the bananas 50/50 tonight? I mean, the thing had cleared $ 2 million about 45 minutes before the game even started and ended at over $ 3 million at night – it was amazing to watch.
FACE PALM TREES
- Midway through the first period, Patrick Kane brought the Blackhawks down to one goal after slipping through the lunge and delivering a perfect pass just to his catch, slamming the puck under Koskinen and into the net.
- The Blackhawks scored their second goal of the night on a tough play that saw the Oilers scramble a bit in their own zone, allowing Slater Koekkoek to find some free ice in the slot where he picked up a pass and buried a twisted in front of Koskinen. .
- Olli Matta temporarily equalized the three-way game after his point shot found its way into traffic and bounced past Koskinen, eventually squeaking through the goalkeeper.
- There have been too many times the Oilers have been unable to clear their own area because they could end up with the first pass from low to low. Their passes were either slightly short or a little too long, and that resulted in far too many undeserved opportunities for the Blackhawks that you wouldn’t want to see.
- I’m not going to complain about the umpires here, but I will suggest that the Blackhawks had an easier time heading for the men’s advantage than the Oilers. Just my opinion of course.
- Gregor hit too many of his GDB predictions to make me think he’s not a witch.
- I still laugh at Adrian Dater’s hot take that “McDavid’s madness rubs too much on his teammates. Can’t imagine why he deleted it?
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