Oilers Game 61 Review

EDMONTON, AB – FEBRUARY 23: Josh Currie #43 of the Edmonton Oilers poses following the game against the Anaheim Ducks in which he scored his first NHL goal on February 23, 2019 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Something the Oilers have been missing for the past couple months have been goaltending and any sort of secondary scoring outside the big 3 (McDavid, Drasaitl, and Nugent-Hopkins). Last night the Oilers got both and unsurprisingly it led the home team to its second consecutive win. Who would’ve guessed that, that could work…

The best part of the night was undoubtedly Josh Currie scoring his first career NHL goal. That may just be my favourite part of the NHL, watching players score their first goal, you see the fulfillment of someones childhood dream. There’s nothing better than that. Currie scored with 4 minutes left in the first to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead over the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Which is a little surprising given the Oilers came out very flat like is the case all to often this season. They managed however, not to give up a goal, then take a lead into the first intermission.

At the beginning of the second period Gagner stepped over the boards as the extra man on a delayed penalty call and made a ridiculous deflection off of a Drasaitl shot pass that made its way past rookie goalie Kevin Boyle. A little over halfway through the second period the Ducks managed to get on the board thanks to Carter Rowney’s 4th goal of the season. The Oilers headed into the dressing room up 2-1 but down 22-16 on the shot clock.

The Oilers played much more defensively to try and preserve the lead only putting up 5 shots in the 3rd period. The Ducks looked to have tied the game up late in the 3rd, low and behold, the Oilers were on the winning side of a video review for goalie interference against the Ducks! I wonder what the refs told Corey Perry after that one? Either way it was enough for the Oilers to hold on for the victory and jump ahead of the Ducks in the standings.

Corey Perry had a dirty looking elbow to the head of Darnell Nurse that went uncalled by the referee. I don’t expect Perry to face discipline for the elbow, Nurse was falling at the time. Though Perry looked like he had more intent to injure than McDavid’s hit the other night, Nurse fell into a vulnerable position as Perry had committed to the hit. I understand this won’t be a popular opinion but i’m just going to try and call it like I see it. As much as I hate to say it, McDavid’s hit was worse… but I believe Perry’s hit was dirtier.

Oilers 3 Stars

1st Star – Josh Currie – Anyone who scores their first NHL goal will get a first star from me, it is an unforgettable moment he will cherish forever. Congratulations Mr. Currie.

2nd Star – Mikko Koskinen – Stopped 33 of 34 for a .971sv%. When you get goaltending of that quality your team will always be in a good position to win a hockey game.

3rd Star – Andrej Sekera – This may be a surprise pick. Sekera put up an assist (his first point of the season) and he was the only player with positive shot metrics on the entire Oilers roster. I’ve been very impressed with him since his return to the lineup.

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