Former play-by-play commentator Rod Philips announced his final game tonight and unfortunately for Oilers fans; none of them were able to hear his famous roar after an Oilers goal.
Lately, around the Oilers dressing room, the word frustrating has come up more often than goals. The Oilers have only managed to post 7 goals out of 9 games and have now lost 10 straight. As the offensive woes continues, this team could potentially lose their remaining 6 games.
FYI. Coming up! Back to back games versus the Canucks after a tilt against the Wild this Thursday.
“It’s frustrating losing,” Jordan Eberle said. “You can say what you want about the effort, but the mood is definitely not good in here, nobody likes losing.”
Eberle had a glorious chance in the third to put his club up on the board. The rookie unleashed a point blank wrister which was easily handled by Jonathan Bernier's glove. Late in the third, Teemu Hartikainen, was unable to capitalize on his rush after his shot rang off the iron.
Dustin Brown, however managed to beat Khabibulin twice to lift his club to a 2 nothing victory.
“You hate losing,” said rookie Magnus Paajarvi. “Enough has to be enough. It’s not fun. We have six or seven games left and we really have to make a stand, get some wins.”
Goals first young grasshopper.
Head Coach Tom Renney offered his perspective of the game. In his mind, there is effort present amongst his troops.
"We didn’t do a great job of keeping pace in the first period. We needed to be better,” said head coach Tom Renney.
“Our guys are trying and there are ways to score, regardless of the experience on the ice or the skill level of your team, and that is about the blue paint and getting pucks there and that second and third effort."
*Before the start of the game, the Oilers took to the ice each wearing a sweater with the #37 and Philips written on the name bar. During a lengthy ceremony, a banner inscribed with Philips and the number 3,542 was raised to the rafters. 37 represented his tenure with the club while 3,542 represented the amount of broadcasts.