On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers suffered a 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers. It was Edmonton’s second straight tough loss at Florida.
In both games, Edmonton trailed by two points early and lost. But this loss was more due to a bad bounce than a lack of effort or mental error. Rookie Calvin Pickard was sharp despite allowing five goals.
He dropped two sticks, one that put Zach Hyman in the wrong place at the wrong time, and another that tripped Filip Broberg and directly led to a goal.
It was a hard-fought and competitive game where either team could have won. It wasn’t the Oilers.
In total, for Grade A shots (succeeded an average of 25% of the time), Edmonton had 12, Florida had 16, and a subset of five alarm shots (successed an average of 33% of the time), Edmonton had 16. Ta. 7, Florida State 11;
Connor McDavid, 8 years old. He unleashed Draisaitl and his signature executioner shot, hitting one-timers from near the sideboards and over the goal line. He made a nice pass on the early power play, but Hyman, then Draisaitl, couldn’t score. Bouchard then set a 5-alarm early in the second, but again there was no red light moment. He and Draisaitl twisted and turned around, allowing a pass and five shots in the second. After being brought down in the rush, he calmly sank the penalty. He was beaten and beaten, but he kept at it. Grade A Shot Contribution (GAS): Even Strength +4/-2; Special Teams +2, 0.
Leon Draisaitl, 5 years old. A high event game, for better or worse. He was part of the early carnage that led to Gustav Forsling’s early shot that hit the post. He fed the puck to McD for an early goal. He attempted a power play once in the first inning, but was stopped by Bobrovsky. He took an even better shot early in the second, but was again stopped by some great netminding. He showed some good hustle play starting with a five-alarm slot shot on Bouchard early in the second set. He lost a key slot battle on Florida’s fourth point. He set up Hyman’s golden opportunity in the third inning. He sprawled out to block an empty-net goal. Gas: ES +5/-5; ST+2/-0.
Connor Brown, 4 years old. He won a board battle that started a virtuous cycle with McDavid’s early goal. But in general, it is not possible to find dangerous methods in the attack. Gas: ES +2/-2; ST+0/-0.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 3 years old. Not currently being distributed. His turnover led to a grade-A shot against his opponent late in the third game. He won only two of his 12 face-offs. Gas: ES +0/-3; ST+0/-0.
Zach Hyman, 5 years old. I will do my best in this match. He hit a five-alarm slot shot into the net on the power play in the first period, but he couldn’t let go. Then a run of bad luck happened when Hyman broke his stick on his own end and then when Oil got the puck and broke out, #18 went to the bench for a new stick and Ekholm caught the puck. He punched Hyman and a series of pains began. . In the third, they had five shots but could not score. Gas: ES +3/-1; ST+1/-0.
Evander Kane, 6 years old; A month ago, people like me were questioning Kane’s arm, but he broke into the Florida end early in Game 1 and put the puck on the net for a Grade A shot. These hands also seemed to list well on Ryan’s passes from the slot. He earned two penalties in the first period, and Florida scored on the first of them. He cheated for the third time. Gas: ES +3/-0; ST+0/-0.
Ryan McLeod, 5 years old. He missed the net with an early slot shot. He won two battles with Kane’s goals. But we still need a little more. Gas: ES +1/-0; ST+0/-0.
Warren Vogel, 4 years old. It’s a quiet night by his standards, but there is some hustle and bustle. Gas: ES +1/-0; ST+0/-0.
Derek Ryan, 5 years old. His great pass blasted right into Kane’s slot, who fired a strike. He lost the fight and collapsed, starting the Sequence of Pain on Florida’s first goal. Gas: ES +1/-0; ST+0/-0.
Adam Ahn, 4 years old. quiet. It’s too quiet. Gas: ES +0/-1; ST+0/-0.
James Hamblin, 5 years old. In the second, a solid screen sent Kulak’s shot off the post. Gas: ES +1/-0; ST+0/-0.
Nurse Darnell, 3 years old. It will be a tough match for Nurse, who has been doing well lately. He screened Pickard for Florida’s first goal. His starfish slide and stick whip beat the puck past Pickard for Florida’s third goal, a vicious own goal. They were defeated by Tkachuk’s Grade A shot late in the second game. He created a 2-on-1 situation early in the third inning, but cleaned up his own mess. In the third run, he allowed Rodriguez to break through from behind. Gas: ES +1/-5; ST+0/-0.
Kodi Ceci, 5 years old. He did his job with his usual solid play. Gas: ES +0/-1; ST+0/-0.
Matthias Ekholm, 4 years old. His failed clearance led to Florida’s second goal. He lowered the Florida forward’s boom in his first game after stating that the Florida forward harassed Pickard for a loose puck. Everything else was stable. Gas: ES +0/-1; ST+0/-0.
Evan Bouchard, 5 years old. Dangerous on offense, dangerous on defense. His pinch was essential to McDavid’s early goal. He couldn’t drain McD’s slot pass on the second one. He rushed McDavid, which led to a penalty shot. On Florida’s fourth goal, he was off his feet and his movement was slow. He made a solid defensive stop to prevent an empty net goal. Gas: ES +4/-3; ST+0/-0.
Vincent Descharnais, 4 years old. He got into an altercation with aggressive Florida forward Gadjovic, who got too violent near the Oilers’ net. A contested corner led to five alarm shots and a near goal in the final minutes of the second half. He can’t contribute much offensively. Gas: ES +0/-1; ST+0/-0.
Brett Crack. 6. It’s more expensive than normal, but it’s better than bad. Ekblad’s early alarm 5 shots resulted in troublesome turnovers. In the second, he hit a point off a Hamblin screen and into the post. He lost a battle with Sam Bennett in front of the net and suffered five alarms. He made an important block and won the battle for the third slot, giving the team hope. Gas: ES +2/-2; ST+0/-0.
Philip Broberg, 5 years old. He had terrible luck in this match. His aggressive pinching was essential to Kane’s goal. But he can’t take a break. An official left the stick on the ice, and Broberg slipped backwards on the stick and fell, allowing Florida a 2-on-1 rush for its third goal. Gas: ES +1/-2; ST+0/-0.
Calvin Picard, 6 years old. He had one disappointing goal, but other than that he was great, taking five shots and making some great saves. Definitely saved Aaron Ekblad in the early going. Nurse screened him on Florida’s first goal. Florida’s second goal, when an outside shot from an angle went right through his body, might have been better. He made a great save from Randell early in the second half. He then slammed the door on Ekblad 5’s alarm. Nurse drove in Florida’s third goal off a deflection, and the fourth came off a disorganized scramble play. He stopped Tkachuk’s invasion shortly thereafter. After another great save in the second half, he pushed the wide open puck into the crease and took a holding penalty on the put, but it was a very smart holding penalty. He fought hard to stop Sam Bennett again early in the third game, and a few minutes later he broke through Evan Rodriguez. He gave his team a chance, but the Hockey Goes had other things in mind.
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