"He was just in the zone," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "He faced a lot of rubber. He had to be alert for a full 60 minutes and never had a chance to slip out of it. I thought he was tremendous tonight."
We say goodbye to Eric Gryba's beard, hello to Garth Brooks, celebrate Hockey Day in Canada and much more in our weekly social media blog
What a week! Between an offensive explosion against the Arizona Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers, to Eric Gryba getting his beard shaved for charity, there was a lot going on over the past seven days in Oil Country. Oh, and we also launched a new contest with one of our corporate partners. Soak it all in with this week's social media roundup!
In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about how the Oilers have improved in team toughness over the past year
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During the CBA-mandated bye week I was on Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer and in the course of conversation I mentioned as a kid my favourite team was the Philadelphia Flyers. I loved Bobby Clarke. My favourite player of all-time or at least at that time. The Flyers lived the adage of we'll beat you on the scoreboard and in the alley. They had talent but they had a boat load of toughness. You didn't need a doctor to diagnose the 'Philly Flu'. Lots of players had it and I don't blame them. They won two Stanley Cups in the 1970's before their reign of terror was brought to an end by Montreal. It seemed a tad ironic that the Broad Street Bullies are no longer and an example of that by the Rogers Place ruffians.
Cam Tait writes about hockey families as Family Day approaches
Talk to anyone in the hockey world and they'll tell you with conviction the hockey family is a tight group.
We see it time and time again: when someone - a player, a coach, a general manager - needs help, cell phones start buzzing and texts are sent. Then, like a power play clicking on all cylinders, assistance comes from all over.
EDMONTON, AB - Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got off the schneid, Matt Hendricks recorded his 100th career point and Connor McDavid maintained his NHL scoring lead with a three-point night as the Oilers scored five or more goals in two consecutive games in their 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Five Oilers had multi-point outings while McDavid had his eighth three-point night of the season in the team's second win in a row.