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The Edmonton Oilers’ perfect season is over.

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They lost a very entertaining game 5-3 (empty net) against a very competitive Flyers club. And while I won’t put all the blame on the Edmonton goalie’s high shoulders, it’s fair to say that the Philadelphia goalie was the best on the ice tonight. In fact, the Oilers dominated the shot clock in the second period at a height of 12-6, but Carter Hart kept his club in it.

Possession was also the key. The Flyers won 58% of the evening’s draws, including a streak late in their own zone. Only McDavid was very lucky in the circle.

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Edmonton Oilers player ratings

MIKKO KOSKINEN . 4. The difference tonight was the goalies and it was a battle the Oilers lost. There were at least 2 goals on Koskinen who cannot enter. One was the gift behind his own net for the 2-0. The other, a shot that slipped into his leggings from the top of the circle for the 4-3. I was also not crazy about the 1-0, where Koskinen sold on a post, giving himself no chance to come and stop Giroux at the other. And while the 3-2 in the last second of the 2 sd The period was a part of luck, at one point you also need a backup. Koskinen made a few good ones, on Giroux in the 1 st and on Laughton in the 3 rd . But it was not good enough.

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CONNOR McDAVID . 8. I really liked his game. McDavid had 8 shots on goal, including 7 e goal of the year off a deviation. Got the second assist on the Hyman marker, but also had excellent positioning on the streak. Was involved in 46 crazy chances, as he skated dynamically and skillfully wielded the puck. 71% on his draws, by far the best of the club. It was not the problem for the home team, not by far.

ZACH HYMAN . 7. Zach Hyman scored his 6 e goal of the season on a shot on goal from the window, on a clever little pass from Jesse Puljujarvi. Recorded 3 shots in total and when you dig deeper his contributions to odds outweighed those against by a wide 2-1 lead. Strong, solid performer.

JESSE PULJUJARVI . 7. Puljujarvi was very good in the evening. Was ahead net on 2-2. And his neat pass to Hyman helped create the 3-3. I had 3 shots and was very close to a few more opportunities in the 1 st Period when he missed a few centimeters. Deserved a call just ahead in the 3 rd , after being dipped in ice and bloodied in the process… but alas, there was none.

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DARNELL NURSE . 6. Couldn’t control the rebound of the puck on the 3-2 goal that came at the very end of the 1 st . The resulting shot found string behind Koskinen. In Nurse’s defense, she’s a hot potato and it took a lot of hand-eye coordination for the flyer player to break through her at home. The nurse had 4 injections and a “3 rd help with a good game to point on goal 3-3. But he also had 4 presents in 11:09 pm, which is a relatively lighter workload for him. Nice, but not great.

EVAN BOUCHARD . 7. Evan Bouchard’s 40-foot pass to throw Ryan Nugent-Hopkins into a breakaway was stunning. And my game board is filled with other examples of good, engaging games with and without the puck. 4 shots (including 3 in the 3 rd Period only) and 3 takeaway meals. Set up Turris for a great late look too. Was beaten side by side by Farabee on a good Flyers opportunity, but his goalie helped him then. Otherwise, he looked comfortable with the best pair in 23:22 working.

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LEON DRAISAITL . 6. Got the first assist on Barrie’s goal. And played a very effective 2-player game, with 2 particularly notable back-checks dividing the Flyers’ dangerous exits. But also couldn’t win a key draw in the late Flyers’ area, despite 4 failures. Draisaitl played a whale game in many ways. But that streak in the circle wasn’t Leon at his best, even as he faced some veteran pivots on their strong sides. Still, led the club with a stunning 26:57 TOI.

RYAN NUGENT HOPKINS . 7. He’s off to a great start. Secondary help on 2-1 and 2-2. Has 9 assists on the season now. Just missed the net on a breakaway after a thrilling pass from Evan Bouchard. Played 24:44 including plenty from both special teams.

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KAILER YAMAMOTO . 4. Had a glorious chance in the lunge on a pass from McDavid but couldn’t concede. Sawed off for / against odds in an otherwise calm effort despite playing with 2 teammates who had good games. Hmmm.

DUNCAN KEITH . 6. A solid performance from Keith, who drew even in 5v5 CF (14-14, 50%). Had a shot, block and some takeaways in 17:25 from TOI, including 1:24 on shorthand. A big recovery and without fault in his own zone late, and under pressure. I had some freebies and some HDSC against, but ended a game tied at 5-3.

CODY CECI . 5. One second behind the man through the crease on the 1-0. This succeeded 2 shots, 2 hits and a block (one notable, in the 1 st Period) in 16:31. Ended up on the weaker side of the pro / con odds, especially 5v5. Fairly solid, but there were 6 HDSCs while on the ice at Evens.

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DEREK RYAN . 3. No shots, no hits, -2 for Ryan. Only 22% on prints. His least impressive game of the year.

WARREN FOEGELE . 4. The -2 with which he was scored was not entirely indicative of Foegele’s play. He had efficient times on the cycle and scored 4 hits in one physical effort.

ZACH KASSIAN . 4. Like his teammate Foegele, I thought Zack Kassian had some effective moments and registered 3 hits. But overall the line was not as efficient as it had been in the previous 5 games.

COOKIE SLATER . 6. Maybe a little slow in goal on the 2-0 on Koskinen’s giveaway, but in fairness to Koekkoek it was a bang-bang game created by the goalkeeper’s turnover. 4 hits and a takeaway on a 3 rd pairing up with Barrie who had a pretty solid night.

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TYSON BARRIE . 7. His best game of the year by a country mile. It all started with a goal on the reel where he beat two Flyers, then showed incredible patience to dodge a stick and then put the puck home. A spectacular finish! Then his dish at McDavid was 2-2. 4 shots in 8:35 p.m. Led all D-men Oilers in All Events CF (31-13, 70%). Had a 1 st The pinch period changes to 2 to 1 in the other direction. If they got that from him every night, the Oilers would be thrilled.

RIVE DEVIN . 3. Caught in no man’s land on 1-0, but it wasn’t his man who scored. Did not win a draw, but also lost a few chances as McDavid doubled on 4 e line. Played only 4:48. According to my Hockey cult colleague Bruce McCurdy, the club were over-lucky 1-9 with Shore on the ice in games. I wonder if it’s not quite 100% yet?

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BRENDAN PERLINI . 3. Always pay close attention to the formidable training camp of unlikely suspects. I got a net shot from start to finish. But that’s the only time I noticed it. All night long.

KYLE TURRIS . 5. I thought Turris was fine A 1 st Period shot. Had a great look in the 3 rd but couldn’t cash. Maybe a little high on the 1-0 goal, even though it wasn’t her man who scored. Had 2 hits and a shot block.

The Oilers are now 5-and-1. They will face Vancouver on Saturday.

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