Ilya Bryzgalov returned to action on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to get the Edmonton Oilers back on a winning track or end the Anaheim Ducks’ surge. The Ducks won their fifth in a row by beating the Oilers 3-2 tonight.
Even so, it wasn’t all bad for Bryzgalov or his team.
“There were lots of positives for us tonight,” Bryzgalov said. “It’s unfortunate we weren’t able to get a win.”
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins agrees.
“I can’t find a lot wrong with our game tonight. I thought our guys played excellent right to the end,” Eakins said. “It’s one of those nights where you feel like you deserved a point, if not both.”
They didn’t get a point for their third consecutive game, however.
The contest wasn’t without incident, as defenseman Corey Potter received a match penalty for checking Nick Bonino from behind. Here’s a GIF of the hit, via Prime Ticket by way of The Score:
The Ducks are keeping within a stride of first place, as they’re just one win shy of tying the Chicago Blackhawks.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Oilers remain the third worst team in the NHL and the worst in the West.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.