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  • Silfverberg's winner with 19.8-seconds left puts Ducks up 2-0 on Jets

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago

    ANAHEIM - If the hockey world wasn't aware of Jakob Silfverberg, they are now.

    With 19.8-seconds remaining, the forward acquired in the Bobby Ryan-to-Ottawa trade, snapped a wrist shot past Ondrej Pavalec to ice the game, 2-1, for the Ducks.

    The hard-hitting game was not without its controversies. And they both included Ryan Kesler… not in a good way.

    Kesler aided the Jets in scoring their only goal of the game after he shoved Lee Stempniak into the net. As Stempniak was starting to leave the crease, Adam Pardy slipped a wraparound shot into the net.

    Everyone in orange and black (and purple, if you include the color of Bruce Boudreau’s face) wanted the goal waived off, but as the official plainly states to Kesler, “You pushed him.” From Stephanie Vail:

    GIF love this, you can clearly read refs lips as he points to Kesler and says "you pushed him" pic.twitter.com/clIKM6u7er

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  • Connor McDavid offers Oilers management another chance at redemption

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago

    Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish was predictably pumped after his team won the NHL draft lottery and the chance to pick Connor McDavid at the 2015 selection process. 

    “Any team would have been over the moon about winning the lottery. We’re the same. It’s a game-changer,” he said.

    Yes … it is perhaps. If there’s one organization that should caution success over drafting No. 1, it is Edmonton. Taylor Hall was a game-changer. Just like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was. And Nail Yakupov – though maybe less than the previous two. 

    NHL Network launched an entire series about the Oilers and their rebuild. It premiered during the 2010-11 season. It was called Oil Change. It eventually ran its course. They could probably do it again.

    And such is the issue with the Oilers, a team that has made a science of messing up top prospects. Nugent-Hopkins hasn’t progressed. Hall’s name was listed in trade rumors this year. Yakupov has been all over the place, though he has finally started to show his prodigious goal scoring gifts under new coach Todd Nelson. 

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