free polo shirt Edmonton Oilers look disinterested against Golden Knights
LAS VEGAS When everyone looked at the schedule in October they knew Edmonton vs Las Vegas in February was going to be a blowout.
And it was.
What they didn expect is that an Oilers team picked by almost everyone to advance to the Western Conference final was the team being hopelessly outclassed.
But they were.
The Las Vegas Knights didn just win Thursday night at T Mobile Arena, they exposed just how far far back the hapless Oilers really are. The first place team in the West used its speed, discipline hunger and hustle to whip a 13th place team that lacked all of the above in a humbling 4 1 lesson on how to play hockey.
The Oilers snuck out a couple of upsets over Vegas earlier in the year, one in overtime and one against a fourth string goalie, but there was no way the Knights were going to let them make it three in a row.
It went exactly how you would expect it to go when overachievers face off against underachievers. One team had jump and energy,
the other kind of hung around waiting for something to go their way.
It didn difficult as it is to comprehend, the Oilers have now been reduced to playing catch up to an expansion team. The loss extended Edmonton slump to five games and further reinforced just how much work they have ahead of them this summer.
It was the typical first period for Edmonton. They came out reasonably well but missed on their chances and could not convert a power play, then gave up the first goal for the eighth time in nine games to trail 1 0 after 20.
In 56 games this season they led at the first intermission just 12 times.
They didn stray from the script in the second period, either. Just 4:18 into the middle period Brad Marchessault put Edmonton down 2 0 for the seventh time in the last nine games.
William Karlsson sifted a power play goal through Cam Talbot to make it 3 0 after 40.
One another one that Talbot should have had, Erik Haula at 4:15 of the third,
added to the embarrassment.
It was the fifth time in eight games the Oilers allowed four or more goals as the goaltending continues to be a soft spot.
Edmonton avoided it seventh shutout loss of the season on Leon Draisaitl 17th goal of the year. Draisaitl has goals in three straight games and five of the last six.