Dusk til Dawn: The Edmonton Oilers are allergic to winning

Casey Ippolito
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Because you were out doing stuff at that place with those people last night, here’s a recap of Saturday’s 11 games.

Essential Water Cooler

The Oilers continue to find ways to lose. They scored the opening goal against the Coyotes when a weak Tyler Pitlick shot found its way in from a bad angle. The Yotes quickly tied and went up 2-1 when Nail Yakupov flubbed a clearing attempt. With Phoenix up 3-1, Edmonton fought back to tie at 3-3, and led 4-3 early in the third. But midway through the final frame, the Oilers took back-to-back penalties and the Desert Dogs scored on both opportunities to seal it, 5-4. Two blown leads leading to a loss. A result indicative of Edmonton’s season thus far. You begin to wonder: can players lose so much that losing habits become ingrained? Is Dallas Eakins ready for his primetime coaching gig? Do the Oilers have a core that can grow into a winner?  Here’s a not-so-bold prediction: if the Oilers carry these losing habits much further into the schedule, we’ll see a major trade or a firing.

Primetime Play

With the clock winding down in overtime, Benoit Pouliot won the race to the puck against Kyle Quincey and batted it ahead. He then hustled up the wing and centered to Derick Brassard for the game-winner. Most impressive about this play? Pouliot makes both plays with one hand on the stick.

Men of the Night

Vinny Lecavalier, Philadelphia: A win for Philly and a hatty for Vinny, who responded to his new home on right wing with Claude Giroux and Max Talbot.

Alexander Steen, St. Louis: Another two goals for Steen, who now has 10 in 9 games, officially leading the Rocket Richard race.

Jarome Iginla, Boston: Three points vs. the Devils gives Iggy points in four straight games. He looks comfortable with linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

Antti Niemi, San Jose: The early leader in the Vezina race moved to 9-1-1, stopping all 22 Canadiens shots.

Logan Couture, San Jose: Both goals in his team’s victory over Montreal, including a gift off the stanchion as Carey Price left the net to play the puck.

Mike Cammalleri, Calgary: Now with five points in four games since returning from injury, Cammalleri led the Flames over the Caps with two goals and an assist.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix: Three points including the game-winning goal for the league’s most underrated defenseman.

James Reimer, Toronto: Stopped 37 of 38 shots and kept Sidney Crosby off the board as the Leafs prevailed 4-1 over Pittsburgh.

Jason Pominville, Minnesota: The population of Pominville increased by two in the Wild’s 5-3 defeat of the Hawks.

Better Luck Next Time

Thanks for coming out, Bruins penalty kill, but you probably could have done better blindfolded. The Bruins held a 3-1 lead, but allowed four power play goals and fell 4-3 to the Devils. The four PP markers vaulted New Jersey from 12.5% to 22.5% with the man advantage.