The Edmonton Oilers couldn't find a way to snap their losing streak as they were steam-rolled by the visiting Ottawa Senators last night in Edmonton 5-2.
Nikolai Khabibulin started the game but was then yanked in the second period after letting in 3 goals on 7 seven shots. Devan Dubnyk replaced the Russian net-minder, but the change in goal wasn't enough to rally a comeback. Though, the loss didn't really phase the Oilers Head coach who understands the nature of process and that it can be a long one.
We are in for another long season Oilers fans.
"We had a good first period going and then it all went kaput." said head coach Tom Renney. "You can get mad, but there's a lot of hockey to be played. This is coaching, the fun part, is trying to extract what you can out of your team and finding ways to win."
Sophomore forward Taylor Hall wasn't as relaxed as his coach after the loss. The blames is squarely pointed to the fowards and their inability score, but there are other things which need to be solved in the next few games if the Oilers want to have any sort of success this season.
"It was like after they scored those two goals we said 'screw it' and decided to follow our own game plans'. There are holes in our game we need to fix and fix fast. Losing streaks can define you. said Hall.
The only bright side was when rookie Anton Lander scored his first goal of his career. Lander roofed a short-handed goal past, goaltender Craig Anderson.
"Right now it's hard to feel too good about it since we lost, but I know I'll remember the goal."
Coming up "Oh I remember that!"