“This is who we are.”

Cam Talbot wasn’t talking about the Edmonton Oilers being a .500 team — finally — for the first time since they lost Game 3 of the 2017-18 season. Or the fact they ended the game one point ahead of the Vancouver Canucks for 13th place in the West, even though the Canucks game against St. Louis was about to start on the West coast.

The Oilers goaltender was talking about a club that won its fourth straight game Saturday night, a decisive 4-1 win over Montreal that could have been more lopsided had Antti Niemi not been fabulous in the visitors’ net. Talbot was describing an Oilers club that rolled out four lines, bludgeoning Montreal’s defence into submission on the strength of three Leon Draisaitl assists, a goal and two points from Connor McDavid, and a decided edge in Grade A scoring chances over an inferior-looking opponent.

He was talking about an Oilers club left for dead by many that just might be alive after all, after a 10-5 run into the Christmas break.