The Edmonton Oilers had been outscored 11-2 in 1st Periods over the last 7 games leading into Wednesday’s action.
20 minutes later, it was 4-0 Edmonton and the Oilers didn’t stop there. The 7-1 final flattered the Senators, and then some.
According to my Cult of Hockey colleague Bruce McCurdy, Grade “A” chances for-against were 15-3 Edmonton.
Here’s the tale of the tape.
Edmonton Oilers Game Grades
MIKE SMITH. 7. Mike Smith played as good or better than he needed to. Stopped 21 of 22, more than half of those in the final frame with the end result determined already. Smith did have a couple difficult saves, including a 2nd Period stop off Josh Norris and a toe save off Connor Brown in the 3rd. But the game was already over after the 1st Period and Smith had only faced 4 shots at that point. Handled the puck like a pro. Picked up a nice assist on the 3-0 goal.
CONNOR McDAVID. 8. The Game’s 2nd star. A goal and 2 assists. The goal came on a wrist shot from the high slot to make it 4-0, after Draisaitl won a puck battle along the wall and fed McDavid a perfect pass. Connor’s assist on Leon’s hat trick was slick times 5: A back door back-hand that went through both McDavid’s legs and the wickets defender that was tracking him, right onto Draisaitl’s stick. Boom. 4 shots. Ottawa had no answer for this duo who ran over the opposition like the Harlem Globetrotters.