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Concern In Edmonton After A Three Game Sweep By The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It was supposed to be a measuring stick, this first-place clash with the division-leading Toronto Maple Leafs.

The measuring stick, it seems, may now have to be surgically removed.

How badly did it get for the Edmonton Oilers, losers by scores of 4-0, 3-0, and in Wednesday’s finale, 6-1?

“They embarrassed us three games in a row. That’s a tough one to swallow,” said defenceman Tyson Barrie, pointless in all three games, like so many others.

There isn’t a single element of the sport of hockey that Edmonton can claim to have executed better than Toronto through nine periods of hockey, so thorough was the defeat.

Whether it’s a tangible, like winning battles or scoring goals, or intangibles — like heart — the Leafs had more and did it better.

As such, everything about this Oilers team is open for question.

“It’s very concerning,” said a grave head coach Dave Tippett. “Very concerning that we don’t want to grab the competitive level in a series like this.”

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Video- Alex Chiasson Suspended One Game

For a cross-check.

 

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A Five Point Night For Connor McDavid Surpassing Four Points From Auston Matthews

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are only so many things you can write or say about Connor McDavid, and having covered him since the day Bill Daly flipped the placard, we can attest that there is only one way to spell the all the words that another McDavid five-point night brings to mind.

Awesome, dominant, lightning fast, other worldly… We would asked one of our copy editors — a distant relative of Gordie Howe we have nicknamed “Mr. Copy” — if the term ‘smoke show’ is hyphenated?

So here we are again after a 7-1 Saturday night win, trying to describe another one of those legendary McDavid nights witnessed by an entire country of hockey experts who still — six seasons and 506 points into McDavid’s career — aren’t sure they can believe what they’re seeing.

“It’s the same for us in the room,” said linemate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, whose two goals thrust him into the Top 10 in NHL goal scoring with nine. “Even though you see it on a daily basis, you almost forget how impressive he is when he has a night like this. He’s on a different level.

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from Lance Hornby  of the Toronto Sun,

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Video- Focus On Connor McDavid’s Eyes

This was his 2nd of the game and he just added his 3rd.

 

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The Edmonton Oilers Win A Grinding Game

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So let’s talk about Friday's “Battle of Alberta,” a game that featured precious few hits, a shot count of just 25-21 for Edmonton, and a measly 2-1 score. It was as exciting as the nightly Covid report, as titillating as a glass of warm milk.

Down in Calgary it was likely viewed as a low-event snoozer.

But 300 kilometres up Highway 2 it was a Picasso. It was also the Oilers’ eighth win in their past 10 games, with a chance to sweep this back-to-back Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada at Rogers Place.

“We’ll definitely take the points any way we can,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “It probably wasn’t our prettiest win, but sometimes it’s going to go down like that. You just have to grind it out.”

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The Last Battle Of Alberta Game Was Over A Year Ago

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As a sport, we have grown past bare-knuckle fighting, head shots and most forms of hockey violence. Today’s referees are instructed to call penalties for love taps that Gordie Howe would have laughed at.

Goalie fights? Seriously? It’s 2021 — what kind of Philistine requires a goalie fight to enjoy a hockey game?

Well, to be honest, more people than you might think.

“It’s old-time hockey,” said Tyson Barrie, who is ready to break his Battle of Alberta maiden this Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada. “You don’t want to see your ‘tendy squaring up at centre every game, but if it has to happen, it’s got to happen. It went down last year and we’ll see what carries over into this year.”

The last time these two teams met was Feb. 1, 2020, an 8-3 Oilers win at the Saddledome where all hell broke loose. They were all lined up for a playoff series, the first playoff Battle since 1991, and COVID-19 cruelly robbed us of that.

On Saturday, the Flames and Oilers will meet for the first of 10 times this season. There are so many forgettable hockey games played in a given season, so many no-hitters, it speaks volumes that there isn’t a single player who can’t remember the role they played in a game that took place over a year ago.

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100 In 56 For Two?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal at the Edmonton Sun,

As the folks from the BarDown website point out, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have more points (43) than the entire Anaheim roster (41) which speaks to the brilliance of the Edmonton Oilers supernovas and the California club’s popgun offence.

McDavid has 22 points, 17 in the past seven games, and Draisaitl has 21, off his six-assist night, the first by an Oiler player in 34 years going to Wayne Gretzky in 1987.

That’s two points a night on average, so can they do the unthinkable and hit 100 in 56 games? Be the first since Mario Lemieux in 1995-96 to average at least two points a game when he racked up 161 points in 70 games for Pittsburgh?

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Video- Goal Of The Night

Some guy named McDavid.

 

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Afternoon Line- Dave Tippett

Edmonton beat Toronto 3-1 last night.

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We Will Be Entertained

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Nine meetings between Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid this season, starting on Wednesday night.

Buckle up.

For entertainment value in the North Division, it won’t get much better than that when the Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers clash.

“They play different games but what makes them similar is that they are elite in what their skill sets are,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said after Toronto practised at the Ford Performance Centre on Tuesday. “McDavid’s speed and Auston’s shot and goal-scoring ability … both players are more experienced in the league and they’re adding different layers and pieces to their game. They’re special talents.

“Just to be on the bench for these games are great, all throughout the division, there’s elite talents on every team. The challenge certainly doesn’t get easier now with Edmonton.”

Each player is producing at a point-a-game pace — Matthews has four points in four games and McDavid five in four — but we know each is capable of more and busting out at a moment’s notice.

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