Player grades: Yes, McD did it again, as Oilers defeated Jets in an exciting shootout, by Ira Cooper

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By Ira Cooper, Special to the Hockey Sect

The Oilers hosted the Jets on Thursday night at the back of the now-rare home-and-home seeking revenge, not only for the final the Oilers received from the Jets earlier in 2021, but for a 5- 2 shelling of the Jets put on the Oilers two nights ago in Winnipeg.

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The score in that game represented the gap in a 5-on-5 game and the physical edge the Jets had all evening. Edmonton coach Dave Tippet went with the decision to start Stuart Skinner, who was looking for his first win of the season (and second career win) in his fourth career start. The coach was rewarded for that decision.

The game was quickly paced from start to finish. Both goalkeepers coming with a lot of 5-bell savings during the game when the talent on both teams was on full screen. Stuart Skinner, in his fourth career start, matching one of the league’s elite offers except save.

It looked like it would be all for not because Nikolai Ehlers was finally able to defeat Skinner with a perfect shot with just over six minutes to go in the third.

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Of course, all he did was prepare the fans for yet another sensational moment created by Connor McDavid, who responded just 28 seconds later with probably the second most beautiful goal of the season (as he only passed three defenders at their blue line this time). ). , not four). In case anyone counts, these are two home games in a row McDavid scored a spectacular goal late to tie the game shortly after the team received a win.

OT threatened until McDavid, with a random high stick, got a double minor in the last minute of regulation but the Oilers heroically killed the last 44 seconds of regulation and then 3:16 seconds of 4-on-3 in overtime to. to force the shootout where, for the second time this season, Kyle Turris was the shootout hero.

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Stuart Skinner – 9 – As good as Connor Hellebuyck was, Skinner was just as good. In fact, he was even better, with 45 saves on 46 shots plus two more in the shootout. A huge pad saves on a Coop shortened near the end first. Big saves on Connor during a quick strike break as he came out to the penalty box. Two huge savings early in the third from Connor and Ehlers after a bad decision from Keith at the offensive blue. Huge savings late in the third, first on Schmidt, then up Connor. Stopped all eight shots in OT, mostly on the DC.

Duncan Keith – 3 – Hard night for Keith. He seemed a second slow on all the ice. Failed to get a good shot off after Hyman set him up in the first and then went on to miss an easy outlet for glaze. A few loose games both with and without pressure throughout the night in all areas. A bad decision at the offensive blue line in the third leading to a strange-man speed against but he was saved by Skinner. Made a secondary assist on McDavid’s goal.

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Cody Ceci – 7 – It was solid throughout the night even with his main partner struggling. Joined the rush for a decent shot from the right side in the first. A nice short pass to McDavid for his help – not a difficult pass but he hit McDavid in a stride very quickly to start the play. Played over 24 minutes and had four shots on goal and six hits to co-lead the team.

Slater Koekkoek – N / A – Koekkoek only played 3:28 after suffering a lower body injury. This may have been for the best because it was a very hard 3:28 and couldn’t be better.

Tyson Barrie – 5 – Overall a solid game from Barrie but with some typical defensive zone problems including losing the hockey puck to Wheeler in the slot that, thankfully, shot over the net. Another turnover at defensive blue but was able to recover. He was an effective transition from the hockey puck, making many accurate passes from the belt.

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Darnell Nurse – 5 – A nurse struggled tonight but he finished playing more than 31 minutes, had six hits and, as always, skated miles and broke many games with his good stick. However, there were many mistakes. He and Bouchard could not recognize Connor coming out of the box and it almost cost them. He missed the net on a glorious Hyman setup late in the second after DC. A terrible decision shortened in OT to try to slide the puck out after a full minute plus of defense led to a glorious opportunity against.

Evan Bouchard – 7 – One of Bouchard’s best defensive games of the season. Some nice 1-on-1 defense on Lowry in first (deflected shot out of play). Designed the first PP on some good defense on Svechnikov with good body position on the recovery. Nice 1 on 1 defense on Harkins early in the 2nd. Not much offense but a few solid exits and hammers on a net.

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Kyle Turris – 5 – Only played five minutes but gets a full note for a shootout winner, the second of the season. Made one solid defensive play at a blue line that nearly led to a 3-on-1. He had one nice shot from a Colton Sceviour pass.

Jesse Puljujarvi – 6 – Skated miles, creating chaos on the front end and shattering games in the defensive zone. Hellebyuck rate on a shot of high turnover of turnover. Laserized one high and wide on a timer from a McDavid pass. Shot wide on a clean look at the net from the top of the circles early in the second. Failed by Hellebyuck midway through the third strip down the left after taking a Drai pass. Only credited with three shots on goal but had to have at least as many who missed the target.

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Tyler Benson – 2 – Posted for the weakest cut penalty of the modern era, then seconds after coming out of the box he was headed straight back after a second straight offensive belt penalty on a cross check on Pionk. Neither call was particularly good but, at the end of the day, there was a slash and there was a cross check and he gave the officials the opportunity to make the calls. Luckily the coach gave him some feces in the third so he had more ice time (4:25) that time in the box (4:00).

Zach Hyman – 7- Hard work, shift after shift. In the first, a difficult pre-check causes a turnover, he gets up from his knees and takes it in front of the net for a good shot – a microcosm of his night. Drops a rebound that almost results in a Puljujarvi-empty goal. Sets Keith for a slit shot after taking the puck hard around the net. Great job on the DC and then set up Nurse for a glorious opportunity. 4 shots in a net and a solid 3:04 on the DC.

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Leon Draisitl – 8 – One of the best pointless games you will see. Bull all at both ends of the road and on the DC. It started on the second turn where he caused a turnover, leading to a Nuge shot from the spot. he then made a hard drive to the network around Morrissey for a good chance. A hard back control shortened near the end of the first and was able to harass Andrew Copp to help prevent a beak-breaking goal. Excellent DC slot cover, which he made 2-on-1 (but couldn’t handle an excellent Nuge pass). A wonderful back pass set by Puljujarvi halfway through the third. Great job on the DC in OT. Could not win in the shootout.

Warren Foegele – 6 – Work all night. A wonderful move to start giving and going with McLeod and let out a one-time timer of danger.

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Zack Kassian – 6 – Good slide early. A good bow with the giant Logan Stanley early – swayed and wove and got shot inside. Great success on Blake Wheeler. Faded in the second half of the game.

Kailer Yamamoto – 4 – Quiet game of Yamamoto. Tried hard but was the one weak link in the Top 6. Set up Nuge for a slot shot early in the third. Solid work on the DC.

Colton Sceviour – 6 – A working game, his best work on the DC. Customize Turris for a nice shot on a net in the middle of the second.

Ryan McLeod – 5 – Failed by Dylan DeMelo trying to create a possible 3-on-1 – could have been an escape. Excellent nutrition to Foegele with a quick hit give and go for a dangerous shot. Skated miles and fought hard but zero across the board in 11 minutes of 5-on-5 ice.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 7 – Another amazing game from a player pushed off the score sheet. A high danger shot from the crack on his second turn. Another clean look at a net on second period PP but couldn’t cash in (had to adjust after a difficult pass). A perfect sauce passes to Drai on SH 2-on-1 but Drai couldn’t handle it. Set up by Hyman on another shortened 2-on-1 but could not cash. Set up by Yamamoto for a slot shot in the third but shot wide. Four shots on goal and he had a few that missed the target.

Connor McDavid – 8 – McDavid was only good by his standards until he decided to tie the game on his own and then win in the shootout. A pair experienced defensive games in the first including getting a stick on a possible timer. A pair hit Mark Scheifele in the 2nd. A full two marks up, one to score probably the second most beautiful goal of the year to tie the game, and another for the shootout winner.

Ira Cooper is a longtime fan of the Oilers currently residing in Calgary and well known in the Oil Sphere for posting her opinions on various social media platforms of Oiler and expressing her opinions by hosting podcasts. Ira’s tweets and comments are under the handle OriginalPouzar (@ coopsie39 on Twitter).

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