Player grades: Sloppy goaltending, defence, penalty killing sink Edmonton Oilers in Game 1

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#15 Josh Archibald, 3. Hit the post with a good backhand shot seconds after the Oilers had jumped to a 1-0 lead. Played physically with 5 hits and added 3 shots on net. But had a miserable time of things on the penalty kill, with mistakes and lost battles leading to 4 Grade A chances. Was on the ice for all 3 Hawks powerplay tallies.

#16 Jujhar Khaira, 5. Oilers fourth line was the least of their troubles on this day. Made a fine play to hold the puck in the corner, then feed Chiasson for a shot that rang iron. Kept things clean defensively at evens and during his 2 minutes on the PK.

#18 James Neal, 6. Led the Oilers with 6 shot attempts and chipped in 4 hits. Had a big shift late in the third when his screen played a role on RNH’s powerplay goal, then scored himself 36 seconds later off a goal mouth scramble with Koskinen on the bench to cut the gap to 6-4. Chipped in on 5 Grade A chances in all, 4 of them in the final 4 minutes of play when he made a decent case for a promotion into an ineffective top six.

#19 Mikko Koskinen, 6. Locked the barn door after the horse was already a mile up the road. Had absolutely no chance on Kubalik’s great mid-air deflection that extended Chicago’s lead to 6-2. Later robbed that same sniper twice in a row with a pair of great pad saves, one with each leg, in rapid succession.

#23 Riley Sheahan, 4.  Solid enough at even strength, where he played low-event hockey while dishing out 5 hits. 0 shots on net, however. Had his struggles on the PK, however, which allowed 2 goals during his team-high 5:14. Posted an excellent 12/16=75% on the dot, but one of his rare faceoff losses led directly to the 5-2 goal which put this one sway and ultimately stood up as the game winner.