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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:29 am    Post subject: come back to get it the game again and throw a grenade Reply with quote

So far, the Edmonton Oilers haven’t shown up for this season, other than the opening game, much beyond the extent that Henry Mack did for the Edmonton election for mayor.

For the last week or so, it seems like all the Edmonton Oilers have done is practice. Then they took the ice Tuesday evening against the Carolina Hurricanes and looked like they were meeting up for the first time.

The Oilers were running into each other, making passes to locations where no orange jerseys were in the neighborhood and mostly wandering around looking lost.

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This wasn’t a night that needed a game story. It was a night that required a blame story.

The game was 20 seconds old. Twenty seconds.


The scoring challenged Hurricanes created a two on one and Oiler killer Teuvo Teravainen pinged one in off the post behind Laurent Brossoit.

That’s right. Brossoit.

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan decided to start the former Edmonton Oil Kings netminder instead of 73 game game starter and the league leader in wins last year Cam Talbot because, well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Twenty seconds in, not so much.

Not long later, the Oilers took a too many men penalty and Patrick Maroon took an undisciplined penalty that resulted in his benching from the Connor McDavid line and power play for a spell.


Carolina Hurricanes players celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during first period NHL action on Oct. 17, 2017, at Edmonton’s Rogers Place. JASON FRANSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Oilers went into the game with the worst penalty killing numbers in the league and added two more against for a total of nine goals in 21 attempts. Teravainen, who had two here in a pre season game, made it 2 0 at 4 53.

After losing 6 1 at home to Ottawa, the Oilers went down 3 0 after the first period to Carolina.

The Oilers’ fourth line, featuring Brad Malone at centre up from Bakersfield, drew some penalties. Good on them. But the Oilers’ power play that has started the season at the bottom of the league along with the penalty killing, couldn’t do anything with it until late in the second period.

A goal!

There was no real evidence of the 103 point team of last year returning to compete this year. They were still not imposing their will on the game.
It took greasy goal getter, third line centre Mark Letestu with his first goal of the year, slapped in from the top of the crease at 17 11 of the second period http://www.oilerscoolhockey.com/tyler-pitlick-jersey-c-31.html, to inspire a change in body language.

Despite the fact that the Oilers had outshot the Hurricanes 36 15, there was no real evidence of the 103 point team of last year returning to compete this year. They were still not imposing their will on the game. But when Ryan Nugent Hopkins drew a penalty early in the third, there was hope that they could still salvage this one.

For seven or eight seconds.

Then Oscar Klefbom turned the puck over at his own blue line to Jordan Staal, who went in and scored on the breakaway to make it 4 1.


Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward makes the save as Edmonton Oilers winger Milan Lucic screens during NHL action on Oct. 17, 2017, at Edmonton’s Rogers Place. JASON FRANSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Remarkably, thanks in part to some puck luck involving Milan Lucic, the Oilers drew within one. But before you could say ‘Game On’ it was Game Off again.

Both Adam Larsson and Brossoit were left looking for their jock straps after a double deke by Jacob Slavin.

Despite outshooting the visitors 51 21, it ended up 5 3 and four straight losses for the team projected to make it to the Stanley Cup final.

And what do you say?

“We’re pinching 20 seconds in. It’s 20 seconds in an we’re pinching when we don’t have anybody to cover. We’re getting poor reads and poor judgement on the ice David Desharnais Jersey,” began head coach Todd McLellan.

“Then we have a guy who takes a penalty and he’s not even on the ice yet,” he said of the too many men call.


Carolina Hurricanes’ Elias Lindholm 28 and Edmonton Oilers’ Anton Slepyshev 58 battle for the puck during second period NHL action on Oct. 17 http://www.oilerscoolhockey.com/wayne-gretzky-jersey-c-33.html, 2017, at Edmonton’s Rogers Place. JASON FRANSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS
“We’re four minutes in and we’ve got in a hole and we’re down 2 0 already.

“The killer was the shorthanded one. We come back to get it the game again and throw a grenade in a guy’s feet.

“Their scoring chances were Grade ‘A’. When you give up five goals on 21 shots …. We’re running around when we should be standing and standing when we should be running. On their third goal, we couldn’t play it any poorer.”

So it’s off to Chicago http://www.oilerscoolhockey.com/zack-kassian-jersey-c-32.html, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, then the Oilers return home to play Pittsburgh and Washington on the next homestand.
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