What can you say about an 8-2 Oilers win this year except, “Amen!”
Oscar Klefbom finally brought this “A” game and the Oil’s attack finally got going. Bruce McCurdy and David Staples of the Cult of Hockey dig into the game, along with the Oil’s trade for Mike Cammalleri.
Cult of Hockey game grades, Oilers, 8, Vegas 2
The Edmonton Oilers have lost plenty of games in the first period this year, but there was a sign early in the game on Tuesday night that things would be different. Former Oilers winger David Perron, now a top attacker on Vegas, got a Grade B chance on a hard wrister from a tight angle that squeaked through Oilers goalie Cam Talbot. Instead of rolling into the net, however, as has happened so many other nights, this shot squirted through the crease.
Soon after, Jujhar Khaira and Oscar Klefbom shot up the ice on a shorthanded break, with Khaira making a sharp pass to Klefbom, who fired in a sharp goal.
The Oilers were off to the races, outscoring Vegas 8-2 on goals. Edmonton had 15 chances to 8 for Vegas, but were ahead 11 to 2 on the all-important Grade A chances category.
Connor McDavid, 8. He made it easy this night, slicing through the Vegas defence. Got one on the power play on a Vegas own goal, when Deryk Engelland shot in a rebound off McDavid’s shot. McD’s even strength goal was far more beautiful, a race up the ice, a quick swoop into the slot as Leon Draisaitl charged the net and cleared traffic, then a nasty wrist shot into the net.
Patrick Maroon, 7. Made a fine pass to RNH on the power play for Edmonton’s second goal, then sniped a beautiful shot off a Leon Draisaitl feed for Edmonton’s third goal. Maroon also screened the goalie effectively in Matt Benning’s second period goal. Not bad work for one game.
Leon Draisaitl, 7. Two nice plays on goals, setting up Maroon and McDavid. Chipped in on a team high seven scoring chances in total.
Milan Lucic, 7. Early in the first period one of the things that set the tone for a strong Oil effort was when Lucic pancaking Brayden McNabb of Vegas with a hard hit. Later in the game, Lucic was slow to stop a point shot on the second Vegas goal, but otherwise had a strong game, even if his line …read more
Source:: Edmonton Journal – Sports