Sports Takeaways: Nurse shines for Oilers in win over Golden Knights

13:36  14 january  2018
13:36  14 january  2018 Source:   Sportsnet

Patrick Maroon's suspension and its negligible consequences for him and Edmonton Oilers

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Well, here are our takeaways on Edmonton’s trip to the strip, a rare bright night in a season of disappointment. Darnell Nurse . %2Fhockey%2Fnhl%2Ftakeaways- nurse - shines - oilers - win - golden - knights %2F.

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This was going to go one of two ways.

The Edmonton Oilers were going to start their midseason break early, with all the holidays booked and plans made, and mail one in at Las Vegas. Or preferably, they’d celebrate the 21st birthday of their captain, Connor McDavid, with the kind of effort that would allow them to spend a few days at the beach feeling good about themselves.

Thankfully for the several hundred Oilers fans who trooped to Sin City for their club’s first-ever game in Nevada, the Oilers chose the latter, battling hard to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in overtime.

They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Well, here are our takeaways on Edmonton’s trip to the strip, a rare bright night in a season of disappointment.

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli was willing to move Taylor Hall for Cody Ceci, TSN's Dreger reports. Hmmmm

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Nurse also had two goals Friday, including the third-period game-winner in Edmonton's 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Cam Talbot stopped 34 of 36 shots to earn the win for the Oilers , who killed off all six Golden Knights power plays.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Darnell Nurse scored 55 seconds into overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers past the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Saturday night. The Oilers , meanwhile, were playing for the second time in two nights after a 4-2 win in Arizona.

Darnell Nurse. Who knew?

You can count on two fingers the number of Oilers having a better season this year than last: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who left with an apparent shoulder injury in the second period, and Nurse, who has taken a huge step in his development this season.

Nurse, 22, scored on two hearty blasts in a 4-2 win at Arizona Thursday, then rushed the puck to set up Pat Maroon’s game-opening goal in Vegas. As an encore, he stepped up to take a pass from Drake Caggiula in overtime, and walked in to beat Marc-Andre Fleury for the game-winner.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Darnell Nurse scored 55 seconds into overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers past the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Saturday night. The Oilers , meanwhile, were playing for the second time in two nights after a 4-2 win in Arizona.

(AP Photo/David Becker). LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Darnell Nurse scored 55 seconds into overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers past the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Saturday night. The Oilers , meanwhile, were playing for the second time in two nights after a 4-2 win in Arizona.

How good can he be? Who knows? But with his size, ability to defend, toughness, wicked shot and skating ability, why can’t he be that Brent Seabrook to a Duncan Keith one day? That is, if Edmonton can ever find a true No. 1 D-man.

What if Edmonton scored the first goal in a game once in a while?

The Oilers have scored the first goal only 18 times in 46 games, and did so Saturday in Las Vegas. When they score first, they win at a .647 clip. When the opposition scores first, they play .286 hockey.

So, what is it? In Arizona on Friday, Edmonton allowed two goals inside the opening five minutes. Then the Oilers settled down, and were by far the better team in the remaining 55 minutes, against a Coyotes team that isn’t very strong.

Against the Golden Knights, they gave up the 1-1 inside two minutes, but battled hard against an excellent team, taking away an overtime win.

It’s about being ready to play. Score first more often, win more often. It’s as simple as that.

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Poor Cam Talbot

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Darnell Nurse scored 55 seconds into overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers past the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2. Juwan Gray scored a career-high 17 points with 8-for-11 shooting and San Diego hung on for a 75-71 win over Loyola Marymount.

The Vegas Golden Knights , who began their maiden voyage by winning eight of their first nine games, are now 10-6-1. “We got away from our identity,” Maroon said of an Oilers team that physically dominated Vegas, allowing just 12 shots over the first 40 minutes.

In fact, we’re willing to say that his .900 save percentage is more a reflection on the Oilers defensive play in front of him than his own level of play. But, it must be said: teams that win get saves on a few more of those five-bell chances than Talbot has been giving the Oilers this season. Remember when GM Peter Chiarelli talked about “death by 1000 cuts?” The dip in Talbot’s play from last season is one of those cuts.

A good sign? Recent addition Al Montoya has stopped 32 of 33 shots he has faced in two relief appearances since coming over from Montreal. So, there’s that.

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Anton Slepyshev is a microcosm of the Edmonton Oilers travails this season

He showed some promise last season with three playoff goals, has good size (six-foot-two, 220 lbs.), and a rather intriguing shot. Then this season rolled around.

Slepyshev hurt his ankle in the gym prior to training camp, missed all of camp and had the traditional slow start that ensues. Once healthy, he’s never been able to regain the momentum of last spring, and now finds himself on the trading block and a healthy scratch most nights.

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