Morning After Blog: Kicking Off The Bye Week On A High Note
That was a big win. No better to way to kick off a Super Bowl Sunday than with an 11 am snoozefest between the Oil and Habs. But you shouldn’t care that it was a snoozefest, because the 2 points is all that matters. Playoff implications in February. Still hard to believe as an Oilers fan.
The game started with the Big Rig trying to set the tone early:
Eat my crumb, Andrew Shaw.
The shots in the first were 15-8 for the Oil. The score was 0-0.
That was a common theme in this one.
The shots in the second were 10-7 in favour of the Oil.
The score remained 0-0.
With the game winding down, still scoreless, our captain came SO damn close to putting the Oil up by one:
The game was still scoreless after regulation. OT here we come.
OT solved nothing, because of course it did.
After Leon scored this little beauty in the first round:
It was up to the Iceman to shut the door on Max Pacioretty:
Edmonton needed that win. It would have been a borderline disaster if they had lost four straight heading into the break. Oilers fans would have been losing it all week. But now instead of that, these two points put the Oil into a break with a 9 point cushion on the playoffs.
Shutout for the Iceman!
Talbot now has 5 trips to shutter island this year, he’s tied for 2nd in the league with 27 wins, and he’s got a .921 save percentage. STUD.
I live for Bob Cole calling Oilers games. He may be the biggest Connor McDavid fan on the planet. If CBC wanted ratings, they’d put Bobby on the Oilers’ playoff series this spring. Need it.
Speaking of McDavid. He could have had like four goals of his own yesterday. Instead, Al Montoya shut the door and Connor heads into the bye week with only a 1 point lead on Sid Crosby in the scoring race.
Loved hearing Montreal fans booing McDavid yesterday for “diving”. Classic Habs fans.
Hopefully this 5 days off doesn’t effect the Oil like the all star break did. They’re back in action on Saturday night with the Blackhawks in town.
Hottest Tweet of the Night
I was really looking forward to watching #Oilers Connor McDavid. Left the game with less respect for him. Not a good look, kid.
— Ian 📎 (@BoisvertIan) February 5, 2017
If the Game Was a Song
If you get a shutout, you’re the MOP. Cam the Iceman deserves this one. Get your rest buddy, we need you down the stretch.
Like I mentioned earlier, McDavid could have had four. He got more dangerous as the game went on. This is what a GGG looks like:
Chances are Sid will pass him this week in the scoring race, so he’ll be ready to go on Saturday against Chicago. This is going to be a long week without Oilers hockey.