Food for thought, and after the Oilers went-to-toe in the first meeting in 845 days with the NHL’s mighty Avs, it was a point well-taken in a tough-luck 3-2 overtime loss in Denver after Nate MacKinnon rifled one under the crossbar 51 seconds into the extra session. He beat an excellent Mike Smith, who turned 40 a few hours after the game in Denver.

Smith had his second straight strong start, giving up two power play goals to Mikko Rantanen earlier, both on fortuitous bounces off his own guys while the NHL’s smallest player Kailer Yamamoto had a huge game, scoring and setting up Evander Kane five-on-five for the Oilers.

“We were right there, 3-on-3 in overtime, had a player lose his helmet (Darnell Nurse, after Nazem Kadri seemed to knock it free, forcing Nurse to get off the ice), then a player over-skated the puck (Kane) and it ended up in the back of our net. Proud of how we played. I mean, that team only had 16 five-on-five shots in the whole game,” said Woodcroft, whose team proved they can play with the big boys in a fabulous, fast, playoff-style game against a team with a 25-3-3 home record.

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