So, that probably wasn’t the way the Edmonton Oilers wanted to start their postseason.
But three periods and a 6-4 loss later, the Oilers are now down 1-0 in their play-in series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
It wasn’t pretty either. Chicago outshot Edmonton and just dominated the momentum at even-strength. A late push in the third period with a goal from Nugent-Hopkins (his first-ever playoff goal) to make the score 6-4 with three minutes left in the game wasn’t enough for Edmonton to steal the win away at the last second.
Here are five things I noticed watching the game (hint, there wasn’t a lot of positives.)