Sports Player grades: Koskinen steals 2 points for the Oilers over the Devils, Draisaitl nets 4-3 S/O winner

08:45  11 october  2019
08:45  11 october  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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Leon Draisaitl had two goals, including the overtime winner , as the Oilers erased a two -goal deficit to beat the Washington Capitals 4 - 3 on Thursday night. "He was the best player out there for both teams I think and it sucks that we didn't get the points for him." The Oilers ended a lengthy scoring

Even though McDavid hit 40 goals for the second straight year and Draisaitl reached 100 points for the first time, the Oilers lost, 3 - 2 in a shootout--a microcosm of their season. Hockey Players try Red Bull Crashed Ice Track for the first time WITHOUT Practice!

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 10: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his goal with James Neal #18 after scoring at 19:32 of the second period on the power-play against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 10, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.© Bruce Bennett NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 10: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his goal with James Neal #18 after scoring at 19:32 of the second period on the power-play against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 10, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.

The Edmonton Oilers remain “perfect” on the season, starting the season 4-0 for the first time in over a decade.

But the 4-3 win Thursday only came after a fast-paced 65 minutes, the Oilers overcoming 3 deficits in the game including a last-minute, video-reviewed, empty-net power play goal that tied it in regulation and a then deadly snipe by one of only 2 50-goal scorers in the NHL last season to win it in a shoot-out.

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Leon Draisaitl extended his point streak to 14 games and scored the overtime winner as the Oilers beat the Rangers, 3 - 2 .

A huge test for the Edmonton Oilers comes up with a passing grade ! A comeback win for the Oilers over the Leon Draisaitl socres the Overtime winner ! How glad are you we won that game? Top 50 Players : Leon Draisaitl earns the No.16 spot on the list Sep 22, 2019 - Продолжительность: 3 :39

So yeah…a little bit of everything in this one. Did the Devils have an edge in play? Yup. Did Taylor Hall have 3 chances to win the game? Yup.

But that’s not ultimately what the standings show.

Here’s the thrilling tale of the tape…

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Cult of Hockey Game Grades

MIKKO KOSKINEN. 8. The best player on the ice on either club. Rewarded his new Head Coach’s decision to stick with him after a solid performance on Long Island with a tremendous 28-save effort. The work started early, with a 1st Period PK save off of Nico  Hischier. Opened the 2nd with a blocker save off Wood after a bad Oilers line change. Stopped Zacha on a Devils 3-on-2. Opened the 3rd with a big stop off of (again) Hischier. Stoned Taylor Hall on a 3-on-3 breakaway (and got the post’s help on another). Then for the topper Koskinen first stared down his old KHL teammate in the shootout (Gusev fanned), then stoned both Taylor Hall and (best stop of all, sick skate-save) Jack Hughes in the shoot-out. Tremendous.

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Leon Draisaitl tallied three points and Patrick Maroon notched his 20th goal of the season as the Oilers Draisaitl nets winner in Oilers ' 1-0 shootout win - Продолжительность: 4 :16 NHL 48 578 просмотров. Draisaitl buries game- winner in OT to beat the Devils - Продолжительность: 4 :01

Andrej Sekera and Patrick Maroon each scored while Leon Draisaitl hammered home a one-timer in overtime to lift the Oilers past the Devils , 3 - 2 . Ovechkin records 1,000th point , nets two goals in win - Продолжительность: 4 :43 NHL 120 863 просмотра.

CONNOR McDAVID. 7. Tied the game at 3 and sent it into O/T by spotting a loose puck in the crease and putting it into the net a millisecond before the whistle went. It was his first against the Devils, the last NHL team that had not allowed a McDavid goal. But that only tells part of the story on the play. After Leon Draisaitl got kicked out of the face-of circle with less than 90 seconds left McDavid came in and won a critical draw with the net empty that led directly to the game-tying sequence. A key part of the play on the Neal goal to draw the game even at 2. Stopped on his shoot-out chance. Good 2nd Period back-check.

LEON DRAISAITL. 7. Won the game with a laser wrist-shot that rung the crossbar on the way into the netting. But he also opened the scoring with a tidy net-side finish on a sharp pass by Darnell Nurse who had found a seam in the Devils’ coverage. Draisaitl’s defence shone again: A big 2nd Period take-away. A bigger D-zone stick to help kill the 2nd Period New Jersey power play. A set-up by Oscar Klefbom to Leon was the Oilers best opportunity in the 3-on-3. A 3rd Period give-away was one of very few blemishes in his game. Led the forwards in TOI at 25:16. 5 shots. 63% in the circle. Playing his best all-around hockey.

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[WATCH: All Oilers vs. Golden Knights highlights]. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl and Kris Edmonton trails Arizona by seven points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs "We did a good job when we were making them turn it over and playing in their end, but it wasn't enough."

The crew discusses Leon Draisaitl reaching 100 points for the first time in his career, joining Oilers teammate Connor McDavid this season.

ZACK KASSIAN. 6. Part of the 5-way passing play that led to the 1-1. Set up Leon Draisaitl for a late 2nd Period chance that drew a Power Play on which the Oilers netted the 2-2. Big hit on Palmieri in the attacking zone led to a great 3rd Period chance. Got beat on coverage on the 3-3. Was in the right spot but was flat-footed. That’s a tough play. Nice, veteran play to kill the clock along the wall to end the 3rd.

DARNELL NURSE. 5. I thought he struggled. Did earn an assist and logged 24:24 of ice-time. But took a 1st Period penalty after failing to get the puck out up the wall. Was caught up-ice on the sequence that led to the 2-1. Did have a good block & clear on momentum-changing PK with Jurco in the box. The tying goal came shorty thereafter. But then failed to hold the line on the 3-2. Out-played by his rookie partner.

ETHAN BEAR. 7. Just continues to impress. Led (yes, led) the Oilers D-core in TOI at 23:52. Best play of the game was when he beat two attackers behind his own net and then put the puck right on Connor McDavid’s stick (who had swung deep) leading to the 1-1 by Draisaitl about 9 seconds later. Big steal & clear at the tail end of the kill with Jurco in the box. The club netted the 2-2 minutes later. Playing more like a D-man with 200 game under his belt.

Player grades: Edmonton Oilers can't match desperate Blackhawks' urgency, fall 3-1

  Player grades: Edmonton Oilers can't match desperate Blackhawks' urgency, fall 3-1 Oilers 1, Blackhawks 3 Edmonton Oilers came out a little flat on Tuesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks were sharp, and the result was the first sour note of the season for the blue and orange. The visitors made things interesting in the late going before an empty netter sealed the deal. It was not only Edmonton’s first loss of the season, it was Chicago’s first win. For all their respective records made the Oilers the favourites on paper, the difference in this game was the level of desperation of the hosts which the visitors couldn’t match.

RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS. 8. This was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ best game of the year so far. 2 assists in 22:52 of TOI. Rang one off the post in that 2nd Period power play. Then a second opportunity was deflected by James Neal for the 2-2. Fanned on his shoot-put opportunity. A strong 1st Period back check hi-lighted a sound defensive game. 53% in the face-off circle. Arrows up.

JAMES NEAL. 6. Scored the 2-2 on a high-skill deflection off a laser-like Nugent-Hopkins wrist shot. James Neal now has 7 goals in his first 4 games as a Oiler. Yes, that matched Milan Lucic’s total from all of last year. But more notable, no member of the Oilers has ever scored more in their first 4 of the season. Some guy named Gretzky held the old record with 6 in 4. Neal doesn’t arrive with a reputation for defence but a noted a strong 3rd Period back-check.

TOMAS JURCO. 4. Took a penalty. -1 in 13:07. Relatively quiet.

OSCAR KLEFBOM. 7. His slap shot bounced straight back off a defender’s shin pad leading to the 1-0. Should have he instead dumped it into the corner? Perhaps. A key part of the sequence on the 2-2. Dinged a 3rd Period post, then helped set up the last-minute, tying goal. An all-events CF of 14-13, 51.85 to lead all Oilers. Over-all the club’s best D-man so far this year.

JOEL PERSSON. 5. 3 shots, 3 hits, 2 blocks 16:45. Persson is looking more confident with and without the puck. But a couple of 3rd Period give-away’s in his own zone gave me the willies but his teammates bailed him out.

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RILEY SHEAHAN. 5. I felt his 1st Period was his best with 3 notable defensive plays to his credit. 2 shots and a hit. A clean slate in 1:44 on PK work. Quieter from there. Struggled on the dot tonight (36%).

JUJHAR KHAIRA. 5. Couldn’t cash in a late 1st Period chance off the stick of Patrick Russell. Reasonable involved. Had 3 hits. An effective 1:13 on the PK.

PATRICK RUSSELL. 5. Set up Khaira for a late 1st Period chance. Drew a successful 2nd Period Power Play. Played 12:29, 1:29 of that on the PK. Had some good moments on O-zone cycles.

KRIS RUSSELL. 6. The 3rd pairing didn’t have a loft of success moving the puck, but did a credible job of defending. Stuffed Wayne Simmonds on a 1st Period opportunity. Sharp clear on the 2nd Period Devils’ PP. Broke up a dangerous Devils’ sortie mid-way through the 3rd. 3 Hits, 2 blocks.

MATT BENNING. 6. Like Russell, Matt Benning was on the right side of his man all night long. A block and a take-away in 13:26. Nothing to complain about at all. A consistent plus-player that often doesn’t get enough credit.

GAETAN HAAS. 4. Good 1st Period back-check. But one of a couple guys with missed assignments on the 2-1. Played just 6:55. Did win half his draws.

JOAKIM NYGARD. 5. Had a quiet 1st Period and started off the 2nd with a fail to get the puck out along the wall, leading to a NJ chance. Part of the coverage problem on the 2-1. Good back-check in the 3rd. Skated miles, didn’t always accomplish a lot.

MARKUS GRANLUND .5. Couldn’t cash on a 2nd Period break-away. Effective on a perfect penalty kill. Better. But I’m still waiting for more from him.

The Oilers are in Manhattan to battle the Rangers Saturday morning.

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