Friday, January 6, 2012

Oilers Update - Blues Rally in 3rd

All the Edmonton Oilers had to do was close out the game with a perfect third period.  With the score at 3-1 heading into the final stanza, the Blues tied the game with 2 quick power play goals in under 2 minutes of play.  Finally, Matt D'Agostini sealed the come back to hand the Oilers their second straight loss.

"We really worked hard and we thought we were full marks for our effort, especially in the second period.  We took advantage of some power plays, which is what we needed there, but we just couldn't hold the fort in the third period." said Tom Renney.

The Oilers are now 1 and 5 on road and have slipped to 25th overall in the league with an abysmal 35 points. The bright side for Oilers is that they currently boast a 21.6% on the PP for second best overall, while their PK percentage sits at 83.6% for 11th in the league.  With such high "special teams" numbers...what is really wrong with the Oilers at the moment?  

Better yet, what happened last night?

Just 17 seconds into the 3rd, Correy Potter sat for 2 minutes er...3 seconds when his clearing attempt found the seats and the Blues capitalized on the opportunity to make it 3-2.  Less than a minute later Taylor Hall felt some shame in the sin-bin when David Backes tied the game en-route to a Blue win.

"That's a tough one." said Renney about Potter and Hall's penalties. That's just a tough break.  The last thing we wanted to do was go to the penalty box.  We also felt too as often is the case with these things, for some strange coincidence, these things balance off."
"We couldn't get a kill in the third. said Shawn Horcoff.  "After they scored to go up, I thought we did a good job of pressing, we just couldn't get that tying goal."  

The Oilers will now head to Dallas for a matinee game this Saturday against the Stars.

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