Player grades: McDavid, Draisaitl and Koskinen lead Edmonton Oilers to 3-0 win over Philadelphia Flyers


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Mikko Koskinen got a shut-out and Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0.

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The game might have been closer, but Kosk was sharp and the Flyers were not, muffing up many of their best opportunities and failing to even get off a shot on net.

In the end, Edmonton had 13 Grade A shots, while Philadelphia could only muster 9.

Connor McDavid, 8. He was dancing with the puck tonight and made major contributions to eight Grade A shots. He came out sharp, moving the puck smartly and hammering a few shots on net, then made some tricky moves on the boards to set up Hyman in the slot. He pulled off a great Zetterberg in the second, pulling the puck hard under his opponent’s stick, making a bold move inside, and letting go with a 5-alarm shot. He rushed in for a dangerous outside shot and more dangerous rebound jam in the third. He led the team with seven shots on net. Put in an empty-net shot for his 29th goal of the year.

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Warren Foegele, 5. Held his own on the top line. He burst in for a decent shot early in the second, and burst in for another Grade A shot in the third. I have set up a McDavid rush in the third.

Zach Hyman, 5. An OK game. He jammed the puck on net off a McDavid rush in the second. He and Drai lost a battle off the faceoff late in the third leading to a 5-alarm shot by Atkinson.

Leon Draisaitl, 7. He had his feet moving in this one, but also had some defensive errors. He and Bouchard got beat by a pass to the middle in the first, but Philly overpassed the puck and muffed the golden chance. He whipped in an outside wrister late in the first for his 16th power play goal of the year. He twisted down the boards early in the second to set up a nasty slam jam by Ryan, Edmonton’s first 5-alarm shot of the game. He started off the Virtuous Cycle leading to Edmonton’s second goal with an excellent puck protect and pass in the corner, then went to the side of the net to jam puck into crease. I have allowed a slot pass for a Grade A in the third.

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Kailer Yamamoto, 7. Some solid play at both ends of the ice. Take a penalty for a phantom high stick he never made in the first. He broke up an odd-man rush in the defensive slot with a solid backcheck. He went hard to the net for a Yam jam on Edmonton’s second goal. After Drai, Niemelainen and Bouchard will all beat off the boards in the third, he hacked the puck off Brassard’s stick in the third.

Evander Kane, 5. He caused a major commotion in front of the net on Edmonton’s second goal. Not much to speak of otherwise.

Derek Ryan, 5. Battled hard and jammed a dangerous shot on net in the second. Other than that, quiet night for a player who has been making headlines recently.

Ryan McLeod, 6. He got a nasty 5-alarm tip shot on net in the third and gave up nothing much on defense.

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Tyler Benson, 4. Quiet game, not good for a forward.

Brad Malone, 6. Where has this guy been all year? He won plenty of battles in this game, looking like the big, tough role player the Oilers could really use. He threw a wicked hit on Flyers tough guy Zack MacEwen. He allowed in a few slot passes for dangerous shots, but he was n’t the major culprit on either Flyers chance.

Devin Shore, 5. He got belted hard to the ice in the third, but was in on one Grade A chance for the Oil.

Darnell Nurse, 5. He made a nice move and pass on a second period power play to help set up a Draisaitl one-timer. Some good work on the attack, but a few too many major mistakes on defense.

Tyson Barry, 4. Bit of a rough one. Early turnover up the boards led to a Grade A slot shot. He got caught out on a great Flyer chance late in the first, but again the Flyers could not finish their opportunity. I have allowed to pass into the slot for a Giroux Grade A shot in the second.

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Evan Bouchard, 6. Plenty to love on the attack, where he moved the puck and shot with authority, but some defensive slip-ups as well. Four major contributions to Grade A shots at even strength. He sniped a hard shot on net that led to Edmonton’s second goal. Beat badly on a 5-alarm third period slot shot by the Flyers. He slammed the puck on the net for McLeod’s great tip shot in the third.

Duncan Keith, 7. He made a swift and accurate pass as part of the Virtuous Cycle on Edmonton’s second goal. He made a nice pass to kick off the empty-net goal sequence. He kept a clean sheet, not one major mistake on a Grade A shot against at even strength.

Cody Ceci, 7. Solid game. Like Keith, he kept a clean sheet on Grade A shots at even strength.

William Lagesson, 6. Solid game. He got beat on a Grade A wrap-around play in the second.

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Markus Niemelainen, 5. Nothing good but nothing bad in his 8:44 of play.

Mikko Koskinen, 8. I have played a great game. He stopped 31 shots, nine of them Grade A, five of them 5-alarmers. He got the shut-out and had plenty of activity, though the Flyers themselves muffed up many of their bet opportunities. He faced his first Grade A shot eight minutes into the game, which is better than the usual eight seconds, and handled it, then came up big on a power play one-timer by Farabee. He took a penalty for shooting the puck out of the rink leading to a 5-on-3 power play, but he saved his own big bacon with a few good saves. I made a huge slot save off Patrick Brown early in the third.

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