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Sports Player grades: grinders Josh Archibald & Riley Sheahan light the light as Edmonton Oilers beat Montreal Canadiens 4-3

11:46  22 december  2019
11:46  22 december  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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Josh Archibald and Riley Sheahan have played regularly together this year on the checking line of the 21 against the Montreal Canadiens that is. Pitbull Archibald , grinding Sheahan and their swift and pesky Their effort was the key in pushing Edmonton to a hard won 4 - 3 win over the Habs.

Riley Sheahan scored the tiebreaking goal less than a minute after the Edmonton Oilers had one disallowed, and they defeated the Montreal Josh Archibald set up Sheahan on a 2-on-1 at 7:48 of the third period to give Edmonton a 4 - 3 lead. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was awarded a goal at 7:00, but

a hockey game in the snow: Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) scores on Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price (31) during first period NHL hockey action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.© Ian Kucerak Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) scores on Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price (31) during first period NHL hockey action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.

Josh Archibald and Riley Sheahan have played regularly together this year on the checking line of the Edmonton Oilers where they’ve done heroic work on the penalty kill but have accomplished little at even strength, at least on the attack.

Until Saturday night, Dec. 21 against the Montreal Canadiens that is.

Pitbull Archibald, grinding Sheahan and their swift and pesky linemate Joakim Nygard dominated the Habs at even strength with a combination of hustle, hitting, smart play and sweet passing, tipping and shooting.

Player grades: Secondary scoring earns Edmonton Oilers a point OT loss on a night when the big guns went silent

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Get play -by- play updates on the Montreal Canadiens vs. Edmonton Oilers hockey game. Riley Sheahan shot blocked by Ben Chiarot Josh Archibald credited with hit on Riley Barber in offensive zone

EDMONTON , Alberta -- Riley Sheahan got the tiebreaking goal in the third period, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 4 - 3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid and Josh Archibald each had a goal and an assist to help the Oilers snap a two-game skid and win for just the

Both Archibald and Sheahan scored, Archibald just his second of the year, Sheahan his third.

Their effort was the key in pushing Edmonton to a hard won 4-3 win over the Habs.

Edmonton had nine Grade A chances, with seven for Montreal ( running count ).

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 7. He kicked off the Oil’s third goal with a solid cross-seam pass to Draisaitl in the neutral zone. He also put one off the cross-bar in the third. So close.

James Neal, 5. Silent night. One Grade A shot, one hit, but nothing too bad either. Needs to crank up the physical play.

Alex Chiasson, 5. He got off to a slow start but late in the first ripped a wicked slot shot, after RNH won a battle. He, too, needs to bring more on the physical side.

Leon Draisaitl, 8. His best game in some time. He got back on the same line with McDavid and celebrated by sticking a one-timer snipe on his first shift. He failed to take his man Nate Thompson on a slot shot in the second, an all too common failing for the player in the F1 slot on the Oil’s top line. Made a sweet feed to McDavid on the Oil’s second goal.

Draisatl, McDavid each score goal and assist as Oilers edge Canadiens 4-3

  Draisatl, McDavid each score goal and assist as Oilers edge Canadiens 4-3 EDMONTON — Leon Draisaitl, Josh Archibald and Connor McDavid each had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a two-game losing skid with a big 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Riley Sheahan also scored for the Oilers (20-15-4) who have just two wins in their last eight games. Jeff Petry, Phillip Danault and Max Domi replied for the Canadiens (17-13-6) who had a two-game winning streak ended. The Oilers blazed toRiley Sheahan also scored for the Oilers (20-15-4) who have just two wins in their last eight games.

EDMONTON , AB - Riley Sheahan scored the game-winning goal on Saturday night at Rogers Place in a 4 - 3 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens , ending a We played hard," Archibald said. On the Oilers power play 's next opportunity before the second intermission, it was McDavid who was sprung

MONTREAL CANADIENS at EDMONTON OILERS . Carey Price, now 32, hasn’t lit it up in his career against the Oilers . True he doesn’t play them that often, only 11 times in the past nine years, but he Leon Draisaitl, who has the chops to be a strong two-way player , hadn’t been a plus player since Nov.

Connor McDavid, 7. Fine rush and feed on the Oil’s first goal. But his turnover and lost battle kicked off the sequence of pain on Jeff Petry’s shorthanded goal, that got Montreal back into the game. A moment later he had another lapse, leaving his man Brendan Gallagher open going hard to the net for a dangerous deflection, but Koskinen saved him the negative mark by stopping the  goal against. Of course, he can and does make up for such mistakes in an instant, which he did in the second, blazing up the ice, then lighting the light.

Zack Kassian, 6. He started off the Christmas joy levelling Tomas Tatar and setting McDavid and Draisaitl off on their first goal rush. He handed out five hits and got in a fight, so he was his usual lovely and miserable self. But he got caught out early on the backcheck on a Grade A slot shot from Jeff Petry. a close up of text on a white surface© Provided by Edmonton Journal

Riley Sheahan, 8. His line was the Oil’s most effective at even strength. He got off a beauty snipe for the winning goal in the third. With a minute left, he was sent out to help kill of the game and he got the job done. He won nine faceoffs and lost only three, including that key faceoff at the end of the game.

Oilers' dynamic duo too much for Canadiens to handle in 4-3 loss

  Oilers' dynamic duo too much for Canadiens to handle in 4-3 loss EDMONTON — Before Saturday’s game at Rogers Place, Canadiens coach Claude Julien was asked how his team could stop the Edmonton Oilers’ dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who ranked 1-2 in the NHL scoring race. “Same way we have with those kind of players that are on different teams,” Julien said. “We’re a team that all five guys have to be aware when they’re on the ice and know that they’re there. So it’s not a big secret. We know that if they have time and space they’re going to make something happen. So we got to play these guys tight.”Another key part of Julien’s game plan: “ Stay out of the box.

But the Oilers wouldn't let up. Ten minutes later, Josh Archibald put Edmonton ahead by a pair. After turning Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse inside out, he lit the lamp behind Koskinen for his eighth goal of the season. Riley Sheahan gave Edmonton a 4 - 3 lead with 12:12 remaining in regulation.

Head Coach Dave Tippett speaks to the media following the Oilers 4 - 3 win over Montreal . Draisaitl, Archibald help Oilers stave off Canadiens . MTL@EDM: Sheahan , Archibald net SHG on give-and-go. edmontonoilers .com is the official Web site of the Edmonton Oilers .

Josh Archibald, 9. He came out hitting and brought hockey hell to the Habs all game. Scored the game’s second goal where goals are scored, on the kill floor right in front of the goalie. He also hammered Cale Fleury with a hit, then set up James Neal in the crease for a Grade A shot. In the third, he passed the puck McDavid-like to Sheahan for the go-ahead goal. In total, he threw five hits, many of them nasty.

Joakim Nygard, 7. He made a hard-working theft of the puck that led to a Grade B shot for Archibald in the first. A moment later on that same virtuous cycle, he tipped Sheahan’s slot pass over to Ethan Bear, who passed to Archibald for the goal. Nygard looks like he just might be a useful third line winger, adding some speed to the Oil’s checking line. He got tripped and drew a penalty in the second, then drew another one in the third.

Gaetan Haas, 5. His line got hemmed in for more than a minute to end the second period, but they gave up only outside shots and Haas made a few defensive plays to help limit the damage. Then his line with Russell and Granlund had another shaky shift in the third. But Haas was one of the Oilers trusted to kill off the game with under two minutes left, so that says something.

There is no panic in Ken Holland's game. Instead, the Edmonton Oilers G.M. is doing exactly what he said he would do: 9 Things

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Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid and Josh Archibald each recorded two points, helping the Oilers down the Canadiens in a tightly- played 4 - 3 game. MTL@EDM: Sheahan , Archibald net SHG on give-and-go. edmontonoilers .com is the official Web site of the Edmonton Oilers .

#15 Josh Archibald , 6. Played a hard physical game with 8 hits. 0 shot attempts on the night, but But his line was lit up for 2 goals against, his group a third just after the expiry of an Oilers With the Oilers subsequently pushing from behind, Smith was beaten on a pair of breakaways, the Pittsburgh

Patrick Russell, 5. He replaced Jujhar Khaira in the line-up, with Khaira earning the benching. He did OK, nothing more.

Markus Granlund, 5. He drew a penalty late in the third on a hustle play. Part of a line that had some scary moments in their own end but managed not to give up any Grade A chances against. So I’ll take that from a fourth line. He was trusted to kill off the game in the last minute but missed a wide open empty net. What is it with Oilers shooters and open empty nets? Why can’t they hit them? A moment later, he chopped the puck out of the Edmonton zone to end Montreal’s last desperate push.

Oscar Klefbom, 7. Another mental error for Klefbom, a bad line change that led to a Grade A chance short-handed chance for Montreal’s Lehkonen in the first. But otherwise Klefbom was solid in his 28 minutes.

Adam Larsson, 7. He failed to tie up Philip Danault’s stick on the Montreal power play goal in the second, a tough play to make but that’s how goals are prevented. Was his solid self the rest of the game.

Darnell Nurse, 4. Ouch! He got as deked as deked can be by Max Domi on Montreal’s third goal. He played the puck, not the man on that one, a fundamental error. He made up for this somewhat by shutting down a fearsome Montreal attack in the third, winning a battle and clearing the puck up the boards to Draisaitl. He also blocked a shot and made a key clearance within under two minutes to go in the game.

The best thing about each player on the Edmonton Oilers

  The best thing about each player on the Edmonton Oilers Merry Christmas, Cult of Hockey faithful! Thanks for joining in the conversation this year about Oilers hockey with us. To celebrate the day, here’s our regular Christmas feature, the best thing about each Edmonton Oilers player: #4 Kris Russell: When it comes to defending the defensive slot, when it comes to having the guts, grit and acumen to prevent the most dangerous of opposing scoring chances, Russell is an ace. #6 Adam Larsson: He’s playing the best hockey of his Oilers career right now, moving his feet, moving the puck, and playing a nasty, effective brand of shut-down defence.

Riley Sheahan speaks to the media following the Oilers 4 - 3 win over Montreal . Edmonton Oilers is a trademark of Edmonton Oilers Hockey Corp. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League.

Montreal Canadiens . Edmonton Oilers . League : NHL. The Montreal Canadians are ranked 7th in the NHL with an average of 3 .31 goals scored per game when on the road. Price will need to bring his best to beat the Oilers on the road in this one. Edmonton Oilers Review. Look for McDavid to cause trouble this game and light that goal horn up as McDavid remains the hottest player in the NHL.

Ethan Bear, 7 . Sweet feed to Archibald on the second goal. Later in the first he blocked a key shot in a scary Montreal sequence. He also ripped a few strong point slappers. In the third, he left Shea Weber open in the slot, but Weber gassed his chance by holding the puck too long.

Caleb Jones, 5. Did his job, nothing less but also nothing more. But I’ll take that.

Kris Russell, 5. A quiet game but made a nice check in the slot to prevent a Montreal chance in the third.

Mikko Koskinen, 7. Great save on Jeff Petry’s early one-timer from the slot, a 33 per cent shot if there ever was one. Koskinen made that early big save where Mike Smith has not been able to do. Next he stoned Lehkonen’s shorthanded attempt. He might have had Petry’s goal-scoring shot but it was hard wrister on a 3-on-1. The Three Metre Man had little chance on Montreal’s second deflected goal. Domi’s breakaway was a tough one from a highly-skilled player. But Koskinen out-waited Webber in a scary moment in the third. His late game clearance almost hit the empty net. Overall, he looked solid and confident in net and stopped all the outside shots, so job well done.

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