Warren Foegele brought his best game, Leon Draisaitl brought his “A” game, and the Edmonton Oilers generally did the same, all of it adding up to be too much for the Ottawa Senators.
Player grades: Foegele and Draisaitl power forward Edmonton Oilers past Ottawa Senators
Edmonton won the contest 6-3. Grade A shots were 16 for Edmonton, 13 for the Senators, with the subset of even more dangerous 5-alarm shots gong nine for Edmonton, eight for the Senators (running count).
Connor McDavid, 6. Super quiet first period, no shots, but he did drive a Grade A on net early in the second. He made a fine low-high pass to set up Drasaitl’s second goal. He set up Ceci for a dangerous slot shot in the third. He made a fine PK clearance in the third. Two point night due to the empty net goal.
Evander Kane, 5. He’s yet to find his form after two injuries. His bad line change led to an early Brady Tkachuk break-in opportunity. He almost slammed home a McDavid slot feed in the second. He poked the puck loose and got a break-in chance half way through the third. He made a decent board play to get the puck to McDavid on the empty-net goal.
Leon Draisaitl, 8. He had a huge game at even strength, a good sign for the Oilers. He bashed in a slot shot for Edmonton’s second goal. He started off the Virtuous Cycle on Edmonton’s third goal by blocking a zone clearance. He got off a rare Executioner’s Shot at even strength to pound in his second goal of the game and 100th point of the season. He picked off an errant pass in the o-zone slot in the third and almost scored on a backhander. He pounded Jacob Chychrun into the boards with a hard shoulder-to-shoulder hit in the third. He led the team with six shots and won 16 out of 23 face-offs. He led the Oilers with seven major contributions to Grade A shots.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 7. He made a mid-ice steal and quick pass on Draisaitl’s first goal. He was slow to recognize the danger on Ottawa’s short-handed goal, which led to their 2-on-1 rush. He slammed a harpoon into the back of great white opposition net for Edmonton’s third goal. A moment later a loose puck popped to him and he fired another 5-alarmer off the post.
Nick Bjugstad, 6. He made a brilliant move to his backhand to stick the deadly dagger into Ottawa in the last second of the second period, giving Edmonton a 5-2 lead.
Klim Kostin, 5. He threw a huge and wicked hit late in the second. Quiet game otherwise. He played just 7:24.
Derek Ryan, 6. Fantastic shot to score on the break-in for the game’s first goal; he put it top shelf where Momma keeps the cookies, as the famous Edmonton skills coach Jim Fleming always likes to say His line had a few more buzzing shifts, but he got beat out of the corner by Drake Batherson on Ottawa’s third goal.
Devin Shore, 6. He made a clever and calm n-zone pass in the build to Ryan’s early goal.
Ryan McLeod, 6. Slick pass to Ryan on Edmonton’s first goal. He left the game for the third period, not sure why.
Cody Ceci, 7. He was hard-matched against Brady Tkachuk and his line, but held his own. He had a 5-alarm slot shot off a McDavid feed in the third.
Mattias Ekholm, 7. He made a slick pass to send in Bjugstad on his late second period goal. Was otherwise his solid self.
Evan Bouchard, 6. High event night. He failed to cut off the pass on Ottawa’s 2-on-1 shorthanded goal. He let Stutzle get away from him in the slot for a 5-alarm short in the second. He picked off a pass to start and almost finish an attacking play with a nasty one-timer shot on net in the second. He fired a power play shot off the post. He won a board battle, kicking off the sequence on Draisaitl’s second goal. He kept things a little too interesting with an atrocious turnover on a pass through the defensive slot late in the third, picked off by Claude Giroux.
Brett Kulak, 6. Quiet game, which is fine for a d-man. Nothing too bad or good. He kept a clean sheet at even strength, not one major mistake on a Grade A shot against.
Stuart Skinner, 7. He could do nothing on Ottawa’s first goal but made a fine stop a moment later on a dangerous Giroux tip. He had little chance on Stutzle’s shorthanded goal. He made a lunging stop on Stutzle in the second with Edmonton holding yet another of its one-goal lead. Failed to close down Stutzle’s fast slot shot on Ottawa’s third goal. Two huge saves off that rancid Bouchard turnover late in the third.
Switzerland win LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2023
Defending champions Switzerland beat Norway by 6-3 in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2023.
This was a fourth successive world title for skip Silvana Tirinzoni, fourth player Alina Paetz and second Carole Howald. For Paetz and Howald it is a sixth world women’s championship title.
After blanking the first end, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz opened the scoring with a single point in the second end when she played a raise take-out.
The Swiss still led by 1-0 in the fourth end when Norway’s fourth player Kristin Skaslien had a complete miss on an attempt to blank the end and gave up a steal of one point to double Switzerland’s lead to 2-0.
In the fifth end, Skaslien made amends with a draw to put two points on the board for Norway, that levelled the score at 2-2.
After another blank end in the sixth, Switzerland took the lead again in the seventh end when Paetz brought her last stone draw inside three Norwegian stones to score one (3-2).
Norway levelled again at 3-3, in the eighth end when Skaslien played a hit to promote one of her own stones into scoring position.
In the ninth end, Switzerland’s Paetz played her final draw precisely onto the button and inside three Norwegian stones, to score one and nudge her team into a 4-3 lead.
In the tenth end, Norway’s Skaslien had a draw to tie the game and force an extra end, but her shot came up short to hand Switzerland a steal of two points and a 6-3 win.
The gold medal winning Swiss team are: skip and third player Silvana Tirinzoni, fourth Alina Paetz, second Carole Howald and lead Briar Schwaller-Huerlimann, supported by their coach Pierre Charette.
The silver medal winning Norwegian team are: skip Marianne Roervik, fourth Kristin Skaslien, second Mille Haslev Nordbye, lead Martine Roenning and alternate Maia Ramsfjell, supported by their coach Rune Steen Hansen.
Gold medal game result
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Despite 17 birdies, Rory McIlroy needs two trips to ‘friendly’ No. 18
Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele were deadlocked in their quarterfinal match Saturday afternoon at Austin Country Club when both players yanked their tee balls at the par-4 finishing hole.
The closest ball had found the left rough, just 74 yards from the hole but with a large tree blocking a straightforward wedge shot.
McIlroy was pretty sure that ball was his.
“I was walking up there expecting it to be a TaylorMade ball and I saw a Callaway on it, and I was as surprised as anyone, because mine was further left than Xander’s off the tee,” McIlroy said. “Look, you need a little bit of fortune in these things, and that was a bit of luck for me today.”
McIlroy’s tee ball had trundle farther down the hill, about 30 yards away. Schauffele, meanwhile, was forced to punch his second shot under and to the left of the tree. He missed the birdie chip, leaving McIlroy, who had pitched to 12 feet, a chance to win a match on No. 18 for the second time in one day.
And McIlroy buried it to advance to the semifinals of the final WGC-Dell Match Play.
“It’s sort of been friendly to me all week,” McIlroy said of the last hole, which he’s now played in 4 under in three trips this week. He eagled after driving the green with a 375-yard shot in Thursday’s group-stage win over Denny McCarthy.
“Yeah, hopefully if I can play a little bit better, I don’t need to play 18 tomorrow. But we shall see.”
McIlroy was certainly joking. His closing birdie against Schauffele marked his 17th of the day. He carded nine of those in a 2-up victory over Lucas Herbert in the Round of 16.
“Both ends of the bag are working pretty well,” McIlroy said, “and the stuff in the middle is not too bad, either.”
McIlroy has seemed to get everyone’s best shot so far, and that figures to continue in his semifinal bout opposite Cameron Young on Sunday morning.
Young played 32 holes in 12 under on Saturday.
Hab posts video showing frustration with punishment for Bruin – CTV News Montreal
Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Hoffman took to social media Friday to vent his frustration with a decision by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
“So I’ve gotten a two-game suspension for cross-checking a guy in the back of the helmet. A full-blown intentional cross-check to the face? One game. Hmm,” a bloody-chinned Hoffman says in a video shared online.
Hoffman is referring to the one-game suspension given to Boston Bruins winger A.J. Greer, who cross-checked Hoffman in the face during the first period of the Bruins-Canadiens game Thursday night.
The incident occurred after the players slashed each other’s sticks leading up to a faceoff.
Greer was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct. Hoffman was able to complete the game sporting a bloodied face and a mask covering the injured area.
In addition to the suspension, Greer will forfeit US$4,121.62 in salary.
The Canadiens lost the game 4-2.
With files from The Canadian Press.
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