The Oilers scored five goals against Nashville in the third period. They broke open a tie of 3-3 to pound the Nashville Predators 8-3. The Oilers two hart Trophy stars, Leon Draisaitl scored four goals with one assist while the Oilers captain Connor McDavid had ten points – six of which were gotten in the third period.
John Hynes, Nashville coached drily remarked that they were punched pretty good in the face during the game. Pekka Rinne, one of the best Finnish goaltenders in NHL to date and a Vezina finalist for 4 times didn’t perform too well in the Predators game.
For the first in his career since he was picked by Nashville in the eight-round draft in 2004, Rinne allowed 8 goals.
According to Sportsnet, Coach Hynes said, “It was enough.”
And Roman Josi, Nashville defenceman retorted, “Hate it. What we did in the third, we just left him out to dry. It’s just not good enough from us. We’ve got to be so much better. You hate it for (Rinne), for sure.”
The Oilers learned greatly from the games they watched in the same building they played against the Predators. They saw how with just less than a second left, the Flames gave up a goal and lost the extra point in overtime. They also watched how the Canucks with 8:00 had a 3-1 lead when they played against the Blue Jackets losing 2 points.
So it was a big deal on Monday when the Edmonton Oilers tied 3-3 when all the teams it’s playing against were playing. When they now scored 5 goals in 5:13, it was really significant.
So, as Edmonton walked out of the dressing room tied 3-3 — on a night when none of the teams it’s battling out West were playing — it was a defining moment.
A happy Draisaitl told reporters, “It’s impressive. All four lines … we probably could have scored a few more, too. Those nights, you don’t score five goals in every period. I wouldn’t get used to it.”
That night, Draisaitl had a second 5-point in this season.
The night win shows just how the Edmonton Oilers have come after playing second fiddle to the Predators for a long time. The Oilers 3-0 win over Nashville Predators totally swept the season series. It was an outstanding performance.
This definitely passes a message to other serious contenders that the Oilers teams cannot be swept aside. The Oilers are set on beating the Vegas Golden Knights (who is ahead of them by two) to win the coveted Pacific title. The Oilers will also be hosting the Golden Knights at the Rogers place two more times before this season is over.
In the first period, Tyler Ennis passed a goalmouth feed to Josh Archibald, the Oilers forward who scored and gave the team a 1-0 lead. Draisaitl blasted a one-timer from a bad angle past Pekka Rinne near the end of the first period. That goal was the Draisaitl’s 40th Draisaitl this year.
Early into the second round, there was a tie as Nashville Predators’ Calle Jarnkrok and Roman Josi each scored 14s apart. The Oilers’ Kailer Yamamoto scored a goal that put them back in the lead. That was a good one from Kailer who had previously missed three games due to an injured ankle.
McDavid in a sports report by Global News couldn’t help but be impressed by Kailer’s goal. He commented that,
“I think it shows the importance of Yamo. Yamo comes in and he just balances out our whole lineup. He does so much for that line — he’s so good. He really helped tonight.”
By 5:13, the Oilers were leading with five goals. McDavid scored a goal by slinging a long wrister past a screened Rinne. Then there is Draisaitl tapped-in goal when Yamamoto passed to him.
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From the top of the left circle, Zack Kassian scored a goal which became his 15th goal for this season. Draisaitl did a hat trick when he beat Rinne 5-hole around the ice. He later topped that goal with another one making this game the first in his career where he had four goals.
Dave Tippett, Oilers head coach was proud of the night’s win. He said the team worked really hard to achieve it.
“We had some good chances, I thought, early. And then we turned a couple pucks over and then they capitalized on those. So kind of a back-and-forth game,” he said.
“In the third, we just went out with a mindset we’re going to play a really solid road period. Like I say, Connor [McDavid] got the one that kind of opened the floodgates for us, and then we capitalized on some more chances.”