Morning After Blog: The Goddamn Ducks
Son of a bitch. That was a tough loss. It just wasn’t the Oilers’ game. Everyone that’s not on the first line was fighting the puck all night, and the Ducks cranked it up a notch in the final 40 minutes. Not a bad little wake up call for the fellas heading into the stretch run. This is going to be a hell of a couple weeks.
Hot start for the Oil in this one. Leon continued his trend of lighting up the Ducks courtesy a friendly bounce right onto his tape just under 6 minutes into the game:
Bang! 1-0 Oil… but don’t hold your breath…
Not often you see Cam let a goal like that in. In other news, thank god for Connor:
Oh baby! *Editor’s Note: Every time 97 cellys after putting the final nail in a career I launch it at max force to midnight ugh call your doctors today boys.* 2-1 for the Oil before the period is even halfway done. They continued to push the pace in the period, outshooting the Ducks 15-6. So naturally Eric Gryba decided to do some puck watching with 30 seconds left in the frame:
2-2 after 20 minutes.
The second period did not go the Oilers’ way. The period wasn’t even two minutes old before Josh Manson scored Anaheim’s third goal of the game. Then just over halfway through the second, Rickard Rakell put Kris Russell into an absolute pretzel:
Russell doing his best Jultz impression there and just lazily swing his stick in the general of the puck carrier while looking like an absolute buffoon.
That was it for Cam Talbot. LB in the pipes.
Shots in the second were 20-6(!!!) for the Ducks.
4-2 after 40.
Like I said earlier… it wasn’t Edmonton’s night. They had a chance with a 5/6-on-3 late in the period, but the comeback fell short. Letestu tallied with 8 seconds left, but that was all they could manage.
Final score: 4-3 for Anaheim.
That was a tough loss in a HUGE game. The season series is now tied 2-2 on the year, and the rubber match will be at the Rog Mahal on April 1st. Buckle up for that one. Home ice implications on a hundred billion.
Next up: back to back games against the Avalanche. I’m not saying that needs to be four points… but that needs to be four points. They’re the worst team in the league by a mile, so the Oilers need to make this soft part of their schedule count.
Tough night at the office for the Iceman. Definitely fought the puck to say the least. The good thing? Cam Talbot bounces back like a goddamn machine after any ugly outing so far this season. Whether he starts tonight or Saturday, I expect to him to be much better. He will be.
McPoint(s)!! With a goal and two helpers on the night, Connor now heads into back to back games against the league’s worst team with a 4 point lead in the scoring race. I smell an Art Ross.
I tried my absolute best to accept Kris Russell on the Oilers, but enough is enough. He has been hot garbage for the last month. Yes, he blocks shots. But he wouldn’t have to block so many if he was able to get the puck out of his zone via any method other than glass and out. And that’s not to mention the fact that he got spun around like a dreidel by Rakell on that goal. He needs to be better.
I know it was a road game, but here is my reminder to you that the Oilers’ DJ still stinks.
Hottest Tweet of the Night
Guess what ate Duck 💩 tonight? Hahaha, the Oilers of course!
— James the Flames (@mrdeeds72) March 23, 2017
*remembers the Flames haven’t won in Anaheim since 2004*
If the Game Was a Song
“Tubthumping” – Chumbawamba
We take a whisky drink, we take a vodka drink. And we get back up again tonight. Plus, there’s nothing that a little Chumbawamba can’t make better.
Three point night in the biggest game of the year. That’s our captain.
Now if only the rest of the team could have contributed.
Let’s give this one to LB. He was money coming in in relief of Talbot, making a cool 18 saves while allowing no goals. Atta be LB.