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|David Staples. Here are the game grades:
Connor McDavid, 8. Good cool hands and head on the first power play goal. He set up Nurse for a Grade A one-timer with a fine cross-seam pass late in the first. He was moving here, there and everywhere on the power play, creating all kinds of trouble for Calgary. His speed and skill were evident throughout, even as he refrained from shifting into his highest gears. Scored a late goal to utterly sink the Flames.
Zack Kassian, 6. He looked rusty on his first shift, missing McDavid with a breakout pass, then later icing the puck. Levelled Eric Gustaffson with a huge hit in the first, and roughed it up with Derek Forbert. A moment later he released the Kassian on T.J. Brodie. Look out, Chicago.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 6. Smart, fast and looked good with McDavid. He and/or Jujhar Khaira failed to take Elias LIndholm in the slot on the first and only Calgary goal.
Leon Draisaitl, 7. Great feed to Ennis, who then set up Klefbom on Edmonton’s first scoring sequence. Great feed to McDavid on the second goal. He won nine out of 13 faceoffs. He turned off the jets somewhat as the game went on, but looks ready to rumble.
Tyler Ennis, 6. Fine assist on first goal by Yamo. He looked good with Drai and Yamo, which means coach Dave Tippett’s plan to spread the wealth on the team and have two top lines with more even talent on both lines may well work out.
Kailer Yamamoto, 7. He started off the first scoring play with a hard chip to a streaking Draisaitl, then finished it by slamming home the rebound of Oscar Klefbom’s shot. Brilliant goal. He got outworked off the half-boards by Sean Monahan on a dangerous Flames backhand chance early in the third.
Gaetan Haas, 5. His line with Athanasiou and Russell got hemmed in the Oilers zone in a first period shift, though Haas won a key puck battle in the crease to end the menace. He got out on the penalty kill in the first and blocked a shot. In the second, he, Archibald and Athanasiou had a good shift, forechecking the Flames. Later that period he slipped on the PK allowing a Grade A shot for the Flames.
Josh Archibald, 6. He joined in on picking on Gustafsson, blasting the Flames d-man into the boards early in the second. Blocked a shot on the Flames power play late in the game, so marks for effort and sacrifice.
Andreas Athanasiou, 5. Almost scored a lucky goal when Flames goalie Cam Talbot was caught out of his net early in the first. His o-zone turnover in the second led to a dangerous Flames attack and scramble featuring four Flames Grade A chances, with Koskinen struggling to find the puck. It’s the kind of turnover that makes me wonder about Athanasiou’s fit on a checking line. But he had other good moments buzzing in the o-zone.
Jujhar Khaira, 6. He got a hard Grade B shot on net through a screen early in the first. Looked good centreing his own line.
James Neal, 7. He threw a solid hit and was part of a strong forecheck on a solid shift late in the first. He got off a nasty one-timer from a McDavid feed on the power play in the second.
Alex Chiasson, 6. On the first power play goal, Chiasson made that deep, deep, smell-the-goalie’s breath screen, which always drags a d-man to him and open things up for the other attackers to work their magic, a big reason why the power play works at such a record-setting level of efficiency when he’s on the ice.
Patrick Russell, 6. Did not get a ton of icetime as the extra forward but did score a big goal, thwarting the Calgary comeback on a good bounce shot late in the third.
Ethan Bear, 7. Looked solid in the first, then ripped a hard one-time slapper on the power play early in the second, following that up by working the puck to McDavid, who set up Neal for a dangerous shot. He’s picking up where he left off.
Darnell Nurse, 7. A commanding presence. He came out fast and physical, joining the rush and getting off two Grade A shots late in the first. He led the team with 22:40 minutes. Good to see him in the line-up and seemingly in full health after missing Saturday’s intersquad game.
Oscar Klefbom, 7. On the first power play goal for Edmonton, Klebom played his point guard role to perfection, making the quick and simple pass to Draisaitl on the left half-wall (that was a new positional wrinkle there). Drai whiffed on a shot, then fed cross-seam to McDavid for the goal.
Аdam Larsson, 7. He looked strong, confident and healthy out there. He did well to thwart a Johnny Gaudreau wrap-around attempt early in the third. He drilled Derek Ryan with a fearsome hit in the third. If he can play his “A” game for the Oilers this playoffs, that will be huge for the team.
Kris Russell, 6. He made a strong, stick-to-it check on Dillon Dube in the second. Overall played his usual quiet and low major-event game.
Matt Benning, 5. In the second he put the puck on net, a speciality of his, and Yamamoto almost tipped it in. He made an awkward and unsuccessful pinch in the third leading to a wicked Sam Bennett one-timer, which Mike Smith somehow saved.
Phillip Broberg, 6. He looked good in his first ever NHL game. He saved a shot on the goal line in the second, then coughed up the puck, but blocked the second shot as well. Two solid plays but he might have done better shutting down this attack earlier in the sequence.
Mikko Koskinen, 8. A surprise starter for me, but if it were my call I’d go with Koskinen against the Blackhawks, a team that doesn’t dump it in much, works plays and shoots plenty. He was not tested severely in the first period, but looked like his usual massive self thwarting a dangerous Andrew Mangiapane backhander. Early in the second, he made a nice save through a heavy screen on an Elias Lindholm shot, the kind of glove hand snipe that often confounded Koskinen last season. To finish up, he also made two excellent saves off a Sam Bennett one-timer and rebound, then saw the rookie Broberg make two big saves when he was out of the play.
Mike Smith, 8. He was a sharp on his first tough stop, a Grade B high slot snipe from T.J. Brodie. A few moments later he was even better on a similar kind of ripper from Matt Tkachuk. He was also solid on a Sean Monahan backhander early in the third. His best moment came when he thwarted a screamer of a one-timer shot by Sam Bennett.