timberland boots men Everything that can go wrong
At the risk of beating a dead horse, this was one more confounding, discombobulating night that showed why the Edmonton Oilers are missing the playoffs for the 11th time in the last 12 years.
Give up a goal on the first shot of the game for the 13th time. Go through the motions in the first 20 minutes at home. Give up a power play goal at home (Mika Zibanejad) for the 39th time in 32 games. Fail to take advantage of a Rangers’ defence with three kids who’ve played 41 NHL games. Look at a goalie who was born in Bulgaria and can’t beat him. Get a power play when Connor McDavid’s hauled down and get called for too many men on the ice a minute later when a veteran player comes on before goalie Cam Talbot can get to the bench. It no fun playing out the string when the playoffs are way out of reach we get it.
Marc Staal gets a cross checking penalty on McDavid, who was the best Oiler as usual with his 30th goal and a sweet feed to Ryan Nugent Hopkins to give him 79 points. New York, playing their third game in four nights on the road, with a kid net minder Alexandar Georgiev, who was born in Bulgaria and trained in Russia and played in Finland until coming to North America last fall, is hanging on with John Gilmour and Neal Pionk (12 games each) and Rob O (17) on D.
They got little going for the first 40 seconds or so on the power play but with Talbot coming off to give them a 6 on 4, winger Mike Cammalleri, who clearly admits he goofed, jumps on too soon and they get a penalty.
Even before the error, though, the Oilers looked disjointed on the power play.
couldn enter their zone. They did a good job stacking their line. When we had it in their end we couldn keep it alive. I think Leon (Draisaitl) stepped on the puck or stumbled in the corner and they cleared it and that ate up a good 30 seconds, said McLellan.
And the beginning to the game?
Mika Zibanejad fed a wide open Chris Kreider for a sitter 54 seconds in. Dreadful Oiler defence, Talbot had absolutely no chance on that shot against his old Rangers club.
scored on us on the game second shift. We had half a team that hadn touched the ice yet, said McLellan, who totally bummed by his club laissez faire attitude in the opening period. didn engage at all, we weren interested in physically being involved or in winning races or even the 50 50 stick battles. We barking (at them), we trying to change shift lengths, change matches. Anything to get their attention, which came in the 15 shot third, but too late. Oiler players knew they messed up early against a tired team in heavy rebuild.
didn win battles, they beat us to pucks, get possession,
roam around our zone and we get tired, said Oiler defenceman Matt Benning.
were ready and we weren and no excuse for it, said McDavid.
Ryan Nugent Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers, is shadowed by Rob O’Gara of the New York Rangers at Rogers Place in Edmonton on March 3, 2018.
Georgiev, making his third NHL start, made 35 stops and apart from a bad angle McDavid shot that squeezed through him, was very good. He not the first kid who beaten the Oilers; some have shut them out. Remember Nashville Juuse Saros this season? But, the Oilers caught a break not seeing Henrik Lundqvist, and they had three shots the first 11 minutes, and only came alive in the third.
And against a steak tartare, raw Rangers defence with another kid Tony DeAngelo, who only played 67 NHL games. No Ryan McDonagh, traded to Tampa, out there.
didn get after their young defence and they got after ours (more veteran), said McLellan.
And the Rangers babes on the blueline hung tough in the dying minutes.
thought at the end their young D defended well, they were always above guys, said McDavid.
So, the 27th place Oilers have lost three in a row. What a coach to do?
have to harp on them, push them, said McLellan.
can wave the magic wand and pound on the desk, but the players have to accept some individual responsibility. There not enough of them right now. That said, We have had some good starts and runs over the last two weeks. I was happy the way we responded,
but the start tonight was unacceptable. start killed them at the finish.