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Oilers Notes: Desharnais quietly tallies first NHL objective at Heritage Traditional

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Edmonton Oilers defenceman Vinny Desharnais didn’t get an opportunity to rejoice his first-ever NHL objective with a dance and a bunch of high-fives Sunday as a result of it was a write-in on the official stats sheet properly after Evander Kane had initially been credited with a deflection of the 50-foot Desharnais bouncer within the third interval.

However, he wore the look of a man who had simply discovered a $100 invoice in his pocket after the 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames. He had the puck, wrapped in white tape with the date and particulars written on it sitting in his stall within the Commonwealth Stadium.

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The objective went in at 6:16 of the third to make it 4-2, and it wasn’t modified till 14 ½ minutes into the final interval.

“When he received out of the (penalty) field, he mentioned ‘It’s yours.’ No person knew it was my first one…I don’t understand how they didn’t know that, however, hey it is a fairly cool setting to get your first one,” joked Desharnais.

“The blokes (Oiler employees) tracked it down (objective puck). My dad and mom will most likely get it.”

The puck skipped off the ice and went off the foot of Calgary defenceman Dennis Gilbert and sailed prime shelf into the online behind Jacob Markstrom, who was the only motive it was solely 3-2 going to the ultimate 20 minutes the place the Oilers received two after only one third-period objective within the first seven video games this season.

“I don’t assume it was prime shelf when it went off my stick,” mentioned Desharnais. “I knew the objective was huge however I didn’t care who received it. I threw my arms within the air after we gained, not after the objective. However I simply needed to win the sport.”

“Massive objective, huge, huge second for us. You want someone to stay a dagger in a state of affairs like that. I believed all night time lengthy he was actually good,” mentioned teammate Leon Draisaitl.

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Desharnais received a penalty halfway by means of the second on A.J. Greer too, the place he knocked him to the ice. It was a reasonably suspect, wanting like a six-foot-seven D simply used his measurement in opposition to a smaller ahead.

“I gained’t touch upon the refereeing. However I believed it was a tough one-on-one battle. I wasn’t blissful once they scored with one second left on the ability play (Greer to make it 3-2 Oilers). Subsequent time I see the ref I’ll speak to him to see what I can and can’t do. It’s onerous to seek out the road,” he mentioned.

EDMONTON, CANADA – OCTOBER 29: Connor McDavid #97 and Leon Draisaitl #29 of the Edmonton Oilers arrive on the 2023 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Traditional – Calgary Flames v Edmonton Oilers at Commonwealth Stadium on October 29, 2023 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Photograph by Lawrence Scott /Getty Photographs

Blue collar cosplay

The Oilers walked into the stadium en masse Sunday dressed like oil rig employees with their onerous hats and blue/yellow coveralls with blue shades. “Blue-collar, let’s go to work,” mentioned Oiler winger Zach Hyman with Connor McDavid and Draisaitl additionally favouring onerous hats as children in the course of the Rogers Place development photo-op.

The visiting Flames trooped off their bus in cowboy hats and boots and coveralls, bare-chested. No shirts till sport time Sunday. “We glance nice, I feel,” mentioned Andrew Mangiapane. The Flames’ look was apparently Nazem Kadri’s help, a great factor as a result of the ahead had struggled on the ice earlier than scoring his first objective of the 12 months on a first-period redirect of a MacKenzie Weegar shot.

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Backside line: you’ve received to impression the sport in several methods for those who’re Kadri.

Masks vogue

Former Habs’ goalie Jose Theodore, who famously wore a toque over his masks on the first Heritage Traditional and have become an instantaneous movie star, was in the home Sunday as a look-back to that iconic sport 20 years in the past this November, however neither Oiler starter Stuart Skinner nor his Flames counterpart Jacob Markstrom wore one.

Wasn’t chilly sufficient (3.1 C at sport time after -18 at puck drop in 2003) and Markstrom, who received an help on Greer’s objective, didn’t must maintain his ears heat.

He already had the warm-all-over look.

Artist Jordon Bourgeault designed Markstrom’s particular sport masks with a painted (gray, white and crimson) knitted wool toque image, excellent for the Calgary tender, who was the final word Mr. Cool. JBo Airbrush of Calgary created the masks, which additionally had a Flames emblem on the facet of the knit toque.

The Oilers had the sport’s first eight pictures on Markstrom whereas Skinner skated out of his web repeatedly to maintain from freezing his toes. “I believed it was fairly good early that he (Markstrom) received to remain heat,” laughed Skinner, who selected to not put on a toque. “Why not? I dunno. I feel I simply needed all people to see Grant Fuhr’s (previous) masks.”

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Kane a drive

Kane was everywhere in the stats sheet with a objective and two assists, six pictures, six hits and two penalties.

“That’s why we signed him,” mentioned Desharnais. “He’s doing his job, getting beneath folks’s pores and skin, so guys are throughout him and he’s simply laughing. He’s carrying sun shades in warmup, that’s simply him.”

Kane was mic’ed up for the sport. Throughout one of many scrums, he might be heard saying “What’s anyone gonna do?” No swears for the cameras. PG stuff, not R-rated. Kane not too apprehensive about mitts being dropped was this Oiler.

The Edmonton Oilers’ Darnell Nurse (25) battles the Calgary Flames’ Dryden Hunt (15) in entrance of goalie Stuart Skinner (74) throughout second interval motion on the Heritage Traditional, in Edmonton Sunday Oct. 29, 2023. Photograph by David Bloom Photograph by David Bloom /David Bloom/Postmedia

Skinner at dwelling

Skinner didn’t go to the primary Heritage Traditional in 2003 as a result of he wasn’t even in grade 1 but and it was far too chilly, however profitable a sport at Commonwealth for a neighborhood boy was particular.

“I grew up watching all of the Eskimos and Elks video games. I really was going to go to their sport this 12 months (to finish their dwelling shedding streak) however I missed their first one (W). I really like the ambiance right here on this place, and the nice sizzling canine. To win right here (outside sport), rising up right here, it’s very close to and expensive to my coronary heart,” mentioned Skinner.

Penalty downside

Draisaitl vehemently debated a first-period penalty for enjoying with a damaged stick alongside the boards with Flames Elias Lindholm to place the Oilers down two guys with Kane within the field. He had some extent as a result of he had kicked the puck to security. “I’m unsure what I received the penalty for nevertheless it was an ideal kill by the fellows,” mentioned Draisaitl.

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Part 10.3 of the NHL rulebook says a participant has to instantly drop his stick on the play. Draisaitl didn’t, or not quick sufficient for the zebras. He had the stick in his mitts whereas kicking the puck. Calgary had three pictures on the 81-second five-on-three benefit however didn’t rating, then Draisaitl received some instantaneous karma. He got here out of the field to arrange Hyman on a 2-on-1 to make it 2-zip.

The Edmonton Oilers’ Zach Hyman (18) battles the Calgary Flames’ Yegor Sharangovich (17) and Nikita Zadorov (16) throughout third interval motion on the Heritage Traditional, in Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium Sunday Oct. 29, 2023. The Oilers gained 5-2. Photograph by David Bloom Photograph by David Bloom /David Bloom/Postmedia

This ‘n that

Mattias Janmark, who was going to be on the fourth line didn’t play for the Oilers. He did practise Saturday however reportedly had a sling on at a crew operate Friday night time so maybe he damage his shoulder within the 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers Thursday… The Oiler PK has been maligned this season nevertheless it saved them early once they had been shorthanded twice 5-on-3… Flames winger Jonathan Huberdeau was as soon as once more far too silent with one second help on Kadri’s PP objective. He performed 16 minutes however continues to be a shadow of his previous self… The Oilers welcomed again a lot of their 2003 first Heritage Traditional roster for a primary intermission salute: Fernando Pisani, Raffi Torres, Jarret Stoll, Ales Hemsky, Jason Chimera, Georges Laraque and Marty Reasoner, together with coaches Billy Moores, Craig Simpson, who was doing color with Chris Cuthbert on the TV feed, Charlie Huddy and Pete Peeters, GM Kevin Lowe, and gear guys Barrie Stafford and Lyle Kulchisky… Commonwealth Stadium turned the fifth outside facility to host two NHL video games. The others: Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Heinz Subject and Edgewood Tahoe Resort… Kadri is an previous hand at hockey exterior. This was his fourth outside sport, so been there, performed that…Jack Michaels and Bob Stauffer did the CHED radio play-by-play at area stage subsequent to the penalty field. Identical for radio voice Derek Wills and Meaghan Mikkelson, who simply retired from taking part in internationally for Canada, on the Calgary facet of issues.. “I do have some heaters for my toes,” mentioned Wills, who solely had costume footwear…. Raphael Lavoie is making it tough for the Oilers to maintain him down on the farm with 4 targets and 7 factors in his first 5 video games in Bakersfield. He even had a spirited combat Saturday with Travis Barron who picked the scrap, in a 5-1 Condors’ W over Tucson… J.J. Watt, the retired, improbable defensive finish, provided up a haberdashery critique of the Oilers Heritage Traditional royal blue and jersey, gold pants and gold gloves. “Oilers uniforms look completely unbelievable. There isn’t any denying that,” mentioned Watt on X, the previous twitter. He’s proper. Calgary’s had been extra conventional, crimson and white, with some orange lettering for Calgary on the brand. Watt loves hockey. He grew up in Wisconsin and performed from 4 to 13 years previous till his soccer prowess took over… No helmets within the pre-game warmup. Toques throughout for the skaters, each groups… As anticipated, the Oilers went with seven D Sunday, dressing Vincent Desharnais…. One of many oddities of taking part in in soccer stadiums for hockey gamers is the vastness of the dressing room for the house facet. The Oilers had been within the Elks’ quarters, a room large enough for 45 energetic CFL gamers for video games. Calgary needed to costume within the a lot smaller visiting CFL room… Flames prime defenceman Rasmus Andersson sat out the fourth and remaining sport of his suspension for a last-second hit on Patrik Laine… Calgary was additionally with out ahead Adam Ruzicka (shoulder), who skated Saturday, however didn’t costume.

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