Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche (4/22/2022)

We want the Cup! We want the Cup! Final Score: 6-3 Oilers

How many of you were excited about this game all day? Hands up, let me see you… Personally, I couldn’t have been more excited to see the Oilers try to secure their playoff spot without having to rely on someone else losing to make it happen. I don’t know about you folks, but I wanted to feel that extra dose of satisfaction from a job well done instead of having another team do the work for us. That said, beating the Avalanche is one of the most difficult tasks to manage in the NHL, so it would take them a full 60 minutes if they were going to lock in that sweet ‘X’ in the standings. And while I want to say the Oilers had a decent opening stint, they actually played pretty well for the most part, their one big mistake going into the back of the net, and it ended up being the difference. When facing Colorado, you have to be rock solid on both sides of the puck or you’ll get burned, and that’s exactly what happened with his career goal.

Heading into the second period, the Oilers absolutely had to be the ones to get the next goal, but that job was made that much harder as they needed to find a big elimination in the two-man handicap they faced on the jumper. . And exactly as needed, the guys ran their business effectively and my hope was that the incredible death penalty would give our side a boost. However, from my side of the TV screen, I thought that Kuemper had too many clean looks at the shots coming his way and that if the Oilers were going to even things up, they needed to get into his gridiron a little bit more because he’s too good. to be able to see everything coming your way. Clearly the guys must have had the same idea because not only did they come out shooting but they were smashing the blue paint like it was a Double Slammer in 1995. What I didn’t expect is that the guys would be able to pump in four goals. he overtook Kuemper in the second period, obviously marked by Evander Kane’s hat-trick. I mean, the expectation going into the period was that the guys would find a way to tie things up, so having them potentially out to win was a wonderful turn of events.

Heading into the third period with a two-goal lead, the Oilers had to be very careful about their approach to closing things out because the Avalanche have more than enough weapons to erase any lead in a short amount of time. I know I say it a lot, but this was another one of those situations where guys couldn’t just sit back in some kind of preemptive defense and wait for time to run out. They needed to drop an anchor to the sinking boat in Colorado without giving them even a shred of hope that they could get back into this hockey game. So when Yamamoto scored to make the hockey game 5-2 at the midpoint of the period, my heart began to pound in anticipation of securing our shot at the Stanley Cup. With the packed crowd at Rogers Place setting the tone, the Oilers weathered every storm the Avalanche sent their way and found a way to close out a massive game against a very good hockey team. Playoffs, honey. LFG.

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  • Shortly after the Oilers ended the two-man deficit, Evander Kane tied the game (1-1) in a sneaky little detour that seemed to confuse Kuemper a bit because he crossed the area at a glacial pace to try and stop that puck. Either way, it was a great goal from Kane at a time when his team desperately needed it. He added another goal near the midpoint of the second period (3-2) after it was the business end of a beautiful passing play in which Yamamoto hit Keith, who found Kane just off the side of the net with an open net to shoot. in. Surprisingly, Kane completed the hat-trick (4-2) before the second period ended with a nifty little pass through the defense before sneaking a wrist strike through the keeper that just screeched past the line. .
  • Little more than a minute after Kane fixed things, Evan Bouchard gave the Oilers the lead (2-1) after his slapshot bounced off the boards amicably, bounced up into the air, and was landing in the crease just as Dad reached the crease. He mixed a little luck with some really good hand-eye coordination and all of a sudden, the Oilers were up by one goal.
  • Kailer Yamamoto gave the Oilers extra insurance (5-2) with a big goal midway through the third period that was not only huge for the team but especially for Yamo as he went 13 straight without scoring a goal. He’s another guy you’d love to have at full throttle as we head into the playoffs and I hope tonight’s goal is the start of something.
  • kris russell absolutely drained the empty net (6-3) from the other end of the ice to give himself a multi-point night and extend his scoring streak to three games. Hell yes, cowboy!
  • Although I thought Woodcroft might go back to Koskinen to keep him active, Mike Smith Understandably, he was back between the pipes for the fourth straight outing and tasked with closing out the Clinch-mas celebration. Calm and confident, Smith gave his team another solid performance and made the stops he needs his starter to make without any crap leaking out to spoil the night. While he wasn’t perfect, he easily outplayed his counterpart and gave his team the goal they needed to wrap up a playoff-clinching victory. Smith finished the night with 34 saves and a .919 save percentage.
  • How about another casual night of three points for Connor McDavid? If Connor racking up six points in his last two games isn’t his version of telling Huberdeau to get mad, then I don’t know what is.
  • How about another round of applause for the Oilers PK after they eliminated ALL SIX understaffing situations they face? Unbelievable death penalty tonight.
  • The spreadsheet society wanted me to let you know that the Oilers finished with 53.09 CF% and 57.54 xGF%.
  • I made the can opener count down to two tonight.
  • How not to love seeing that the Oilers won 55% of the matchups? You love it, just admit it and you’ll feel better.


  • Valeri Nichushkin put the Avalanche on the board (1-0) with a career opportunity that came because the Oilers were caught being too aggressive on the offensive end. While I appreciated the push on offense, the guys needed to do a better job of taking care of the defensive side of the puck because the Avalanche will burn you out if you’re sloppy. Just 15 seconds after Bouchard gave the Oilers the lead, Nichushkin got his second of the night (2-2) with a wrist shot on the run, which turned out to be one of the only goals against he wished Smith would. I would had.
  • With the net empty, Nathan Mackinnon pulled the Avalanche within two goals (5-3) with a sneaky wrist flick through traffic that slammed into Smith.
  • Nurse Darnell he left the game in the second half with some kind of lower body injury and did not return. I don’t think I have to explain to anyone reading this why this is bad news for the Edmonton Oilers.
  • If I’m going to be picky, it’s about the Oilers going 0-for-2 on the power play. As much as it’s insanely cool to pick up five even-strength goals and an empty net, you’d love to have PP running at full steam as we head into the playoffs. We know that the whistles can go missing at times, so the guys will have to take any chance they get.
  • The Corskis didn’t go our way as the Avalanche outscored our guys by a 37-27 margin.
  • All I’m going to say is that the referees were an adventure. I think that’s enough, but I also know that you understand.


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