Oilers fans might remember Game 3 of the Western Conference Final as the one that got away after J.T. Compher's third-period goal trickled through the legs of Mike Smith as the eventual game winner. Smith has to make this save as Compher takes his shot straight after skating out of the penalty box.
The truth is that the Avalanche appear to be too much for the Oilers to handle. The shots on goal over these first three games have been 47-37, 40-24, and 43-29 – all in favor of Colorado. That's an avalanche of pucks that Oilers goaltending has faced.
Compher stepped up in a big way when called upon. Because of the injury to Nazem Kadri (more on that shortly), Compher moved onto Mikko Rantanen's line and logged nearly 20 minutes. Compher and Artturi Lehkonen also took turns on the first-unit power play in Kadri's absence. Compher has now scored five goals in his last four games, which includes two 2-goal games in the final game against St. Louis and the first game of this series.
Compher's short-term value takes a big bump with the news that Nazem Kadri is expected to miss at least the rest of the series. According to one report, Kadri even left Rogers Place with a cast on his right arm, which sounds like something that could sideline him for the rest of the playoffs.
Kadri left Game 3 very early in the first period after taking an Evander Kane cross-check from behind. Although Kane received a five-minute major, the Avalanche could not capitalize on the resulting power play. Could Kane get suspended for this, or is the five-minute penalty enough?