It’s a shame either side had to lose, as the high skill on both clubs was in evidence in abundance over 60 minutes of regulation and into Overtime.
But in extra time, an unlucky turn (Nurse losing his helmet) ended up giving the Av’s a 2-on-1 break which Nathan McKinnon made no mistake on. Make the final 3-2. But as a fan, I’ll take 2 more (almost) just like that, please.
The Oilers did lose the special teams battle, even if a couple fortunate bounces factored significantly into that: Oilers 0-2, the AV’s 2-5 on the man advantage.
Here’s the tale of the tape…
MIKE SMITH. 7. A big part of the point earned and perhaps a little unfortunate to not earn both. None of the 3 goals were on Mike Smith at all. Unlucky on the 1-0 goal. Any goaltender will play the pass from behind the goal line on that play. But the bounce off Barrie landed right on Rantanen’s stick with a wide-open net to slide the puck into. The 2nd goal deflected off Nurse’s chest and in. And no NHL goalie stops that MacKinnon high cheese in O/T. Handled the puck expertly. An excellent pass up to Keith led eventually to a dangerous chance by McLeod. Stopped 28-31. Wouldn’t it be fortunate if both Oilers goalies found their groove at the same time.