Oilers defeat Kraken 5-3, win second straight

The Edmonton Oilers emerged victorious Saturday December 18th, 2021, as they defeated the Seattle Kraken 5-3

In the third meeting between the Seattle Kraken and Edmonton Oilers, the second in Seattle at Climate Pledge Arena, the Edmonton Oilers outplayed the Kraken for a 5-3 win. A high intensity matchup was expected between the two teams and the first period didn’t disappoint. On a shot from the right circle, Seattle’s Ryan Donato put it home on a goal that trickled in at the 4:18 mark. It was Donato’s eighth goal of the season for his 13th point overall on the season. Assists came by way of Morgan Geekie and Haydn Fleury. Geekie’s assist was good for his sixth assist and ninth point overall while Fleury picked up his first assist of the season and third point overall.

On a pass from behind the goal by Jordan Eberle, Jared McCann put it home for a 2-0 Kraken lead at the 9:07 mark. The goal was McCann’s 12th of the season good for his 17th point on the season. An additional assist came by way of Jaden Schwartz, his 14th of the season good for his 20th point overall. Eberle’s also picked up his 20th point overall on his eighth assist of the season.

With 6:55 to go in the first, Edmonton cut the deficit to one goal on a point shot from Evan Bouchard, that bounced off the glove of Kraken goalie Chris Driedger and in to make it 2-1 Kraken. The goal was Bouchard’s fifth of the season good for his 17th point overall while Cooper Marody picked up his first assist and point on the season. Leon Draisaitl also picked up an assist, his 24th on the season good for his 47th point overall.

With 4:11 to go in the period, Seattle’s Jeremy Lauzon went off for roughing. The Oilers were able to take advantage of this scoring on the power play on a snap shot by Warren Foegele, his fourth of the season and 10th point overall. Assists came by way of Kailer Yamamoto and Leon Draisaitl. Yamamoto’s assist was his second of the season good for his seventh point overall. Draisaitl’s assist was his second of the game, his 25th on the season and 48th point overall. In the shot category after the first period, Edmonton had the lead at 21-7.

Second Period

The second period started off fairly uneventful, but with 7:08 left to go, the Oilers took a 3-2 lead on a goal in tight by Colton Sceviour on an assist by Connor McDavid. The goal was his first of the season and third point overall. McDavid’s assist was his 32nd assist and 48th point on the season.

Seattle tied it at the 16:33 mark on a goal from Carson Soucy on a shot from the left circle with assists to Jeremy Lauzon and Jordan Eberle. Soucy’s goal was his fourth of the season and eighth point overall while Lauzon’s assist was fourth assist on the season good for four points on the season. Eberle’s assist was his second point of the night, ninth assist on the year and 21st point overall. While the score was deadlocked at 3-3, Edmonton kept their lead in shots on goal with a 29-14 edge after two.

Third Period

Just about four minutes into the period, Seattle’s Ryan Donato had a great chance skating in and around an Oilers player on the right side of the attacking zone, but wasn’t able to put it past Edmonton goalie, Stuart Skinner.

On a controversial call with multiple reviews and an eventual decision of goaltender interference on Seattle, Edmonton went up 4-3 on a goal from Warren Foegele, his second goal of the night, fifth on the season and 11th point overall. Assists came by way of Bouchard and Draisaitl, with Bouchard picking up his second point of the night and 13th point on the season. For Draisaitl, his assist was his third of the game, 26th on the season and 49th point overall.

With 2:24 left in the third, Seattle pulled Driedger for the extra attacker to try to even the score, but Edmonton put it in the empty net with 51.2 seconds left to make it 5-3 Oilers. The goal was scored by Edmonton captain Connor McDavid, his second point on the night, 17th goal of the season and 49th point overall. The lone assist on the goal came from Zack Kassian, his eighth assist and 12th point on the season. Once McDavid’s goal went in, the floodgates opened, and fans headed for the exits in droves. The game Edmonton went one for two on the power play while Seattle couldn’t convert on their lone chance. Edmonton ended the game with a 41-17 lead in shots, simply outplaying Seattle to get the win.

Seattle returns to home ice when they host the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night at 7pm pst at Climate Pledge Arena.