Stop me if you've heard this one before: the Edmonton Oilers were on the road against a divisional opponent. They played a terrible first period and fell behind, but started to come back a bit in the second, only to be done in by a defensive blunder from an over-matched blueline. The chances were against them, the ice was tilted, they were out of sync and they would skate to another loss. Except they didn't. The Oilers managed to overcome their defensive deficiencies and force Vancouver into a shootout, and stole a point on the road. It's just one game, but it was the type of game the Oilers haven't won in a very long time. In fact, it was the type of game that would typically turn into a 4-0 or 5-1 rout in recent years. But, as Oilleak said "This team is going live through the forwards and die by the defense." They died early, but the forwards resurrected their chances late.
Oilers Re-write The Script, Come Back To Win In Shootout
The Copper & Blue | Jan 21