Reportig from Castel del Piano, Italy
You gotta fight for your right to party!
Clearly something the Edmonton Oilers couldn't do last night when they played the rough and tough Dallas Stars in Texas.
The game plan was simple for the Stars (which has been the same for the last couple of seasons) hit, hit, hit. The Star destroyed the Oilers skilled players with some heavy hits which kept the young guns off of the scoring sheet.
"With our assets there are ways to beat teams who come after us that way. We have to make sure we play as physically as we possibly can. When we're healthy we have enough to push back too, but there are ways with speed and quickness to intimidate teams too." said Head Coach Tom Renney.
So...where was the push back?
"They played more of a road game than we did. They were physical, they got in on the forecheck, made us turn pucks over. Just wore us down." said Jordan Eberle who was creamed in the first 3 minutes of the game. Shawn Horcoff, Theo Peckham and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also felt the wrath of the Dallas physical play when they were all embarrassingly flattened.
After Ex Oiler Toby Peterson opened the scoring for the Stars, Oilers Ryan Smyth nearly tied the game when he missed on a wrap-around opportunity. After, his failed attempt the Stars picked up the loose puck somehow found the back of the Oilers net, when Mike Riberio found Steve Ott in slot to make it 2-0.
The Oilers came back when Nugent-Hopkins collected a pass from Jordan Eberle and then precisely placed the puck to earn his 8th of the season. However, less than a minute later, the Oilers were looking to close the gap to 2, but a collision between Theo Peckam and Ales Hemsky, allowed for a 3 on 1 opportunity for the Stars and Micheal Ryder made no mistake to beat Nikolai Khabibulin on the ensuing play.
Radek Dvorak scored an empty netter to seal the victory for the Stars.
The Oilers will now face the Nashville Predators this Tuesday.