The Oilers 4-3 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday marked their fourth straight victory and fifth straight at home. They didn’t get the win “the easy way,” as their head coach admitted after the game.
Thursday night was a game full of momentum swings. There were fights, there was pushback, and if one team scored the other answered.
“I liked our pushback,” said Oilers forward Jordan Eberle. “I think that’s number one. The best part of our game tonight was our pushback. We found a way to get another one. When they scored, we found a way to tie it. I thought when we needed to, we were there and we found a way to get two points. That’s all that matters.”
Some of the Oilers players in the locker room were left wanting more after the game, given the excitement and the wild changes and turns of the night.
“It was a fun game to be in, to be honest with you,” said Leon Draisaitl. “The crowd was in it, obviously, and it went up and down. We had momentum, then they did. I think it’s huge for us to get another win and finish off the homestand here.”
Iiro Pakarinen conceited that the team didn’t play its best game of the season, but was happy they could ride out the momentum shifts and get another victory.
“If we can win maybe a little bit worse game than usual and if we can beat a team like that, that’s a good sign from our team,” said Pakarinen.