Even if they lose, the Eulers prove that they can compete in a playoff-style game.

Edmonton – Slowly but surely, the Edmonton Oilers are starting to look like a team that can win games the way they do in May and June.

Inches, 3-2 wins at a 2-1 shootout rate, the Eulers look even more like a team that could work effectively in a game like Saturday’s game – where the score was 45 at the 0-0 minute mark – as they do when 5 -4 The shackles close in the track.

Edmonton lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. But they lost in a skill contest after hitting Colorado goalkeeper Darcy Kumper with 50 shots, including an 11-0 shot clock in overtime.

They didn’t lose because they lost their temper in a tight game and played a less risky game that ended up in their net. Presumably, Jesse Pulzuzarvi’s failure to bury two innocent feeds from Connor McDavid was a criminal, critical mistake in such a game.

They lost because Kumper Avs was different at the crease. Not because their own goalkeeper was inferior, or because of that one stinky goal we found out in these parts, but not too late.

Tonight, and much later, Edmonton hit the penalty they were called to play in a 1-1 game with 2:24, instead of losing that heart-breaker we saw it lose many times. And the Eulers dominated overtime, a rare break for Miko Koskinen, who was as good as Kumper, allowing only one Nathan McKinnon to do the roof work in the shootout, the only goal scored in the skill competition.

“We’re scratching and nailing to get in. That’s what we’re doing,” McDavid said. “It’s a dogfight to get a playoff spot this year and we’re just trying to find a way to enter.”

McDavid’s defensive work here is just the tip of the iceberg. Now, Edmonton’s best players are providing all the exact examples of how to play such a game, and nothing less. And his teammates are following suit, because that’s what happens when the captain digs.

It was a high hereditary game for McDavid where he did not record a single point. That game did not exist so long ago.

“He was great tonight,” said his head coach Jay Woodcroft. “Many of the defensive dramas he made towards our own end were top notch. He was a threat whenever he was on the ice. ”

“Yeah, it was a play-off style game,” said McDavid, who fired five shots on goal at 24:13, and should have had an assist along the way. “(There) wasn’t a ton of chances going either way, and I liked how we got stuck with it and fought against a good team there and found a way to get a point.”

When we talk about play-off time to win a 2-1 game against a good team, we are talking about this. It’s about getting points in a low-event game, or a game where another goalkeeper is stealing the show.

Of course, they lost a shootout. That flips a coin at this level.

And they don’t have a shootout in the post-season. They play often, until the team deserves a break.

Play it that way, and you’ll probably find it when you calculate that break.

“I’ve seen everyone lie in line,” Woodcroft said. “I did not have to look for players. We’re going all four lines. We are committed to playing a certain style of hockey that I think is suitable for playing that hockey in May. We are conditioning ourselves in that kind of environment or environment.

“I thought the goaltending was great, our penalty kill was great, our sacrifice was great for our teammates. In the end, I really enjoyed watching our players compete so hard against each other. ”

Warren Fogel scored the fourth-line goal that often occurs in a game like this, returning home with a Darnell Nurse point shot. Most of the night the top two lines are good for at least one, but this night Quamper was almost unbeaten, with 49 saves.

Edmonton Avalanche coach Jared Bedner said: “It seemed to me that they were faster teams and more competitive along the wall.” “They brought more Pak, came to Pak first and won more races than us.”

It was a tough night for Streak, as McDavid saw his 15-game point streak stop at the end of Pulzuzarvi’s stick. Big Finn was snatched twice by Kumper in a sloppy shot that gave the goaltender a chance to save what he shouldn’t have.

Edmonton’s nine-game home winning streak and their six-game winning streak also fade into memory. Edmonton won seven games in a row for the first time since 2001 when they won the shootout.

Still, the Eulers are 12-2-2 in their last 14 games, and are four points ahead of Los Angeles in equal play.

They will have to take second place in the Pacific, playing nine games.

Two months ago, it seemed like a pipe dream.

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