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BLOG: Coach disappointed more players didn't step up

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins voiced his displeasure after the game that more players didn't step up, though he was happy with the ones who did.

"I thought some of the individuals that we asked for bigger games out of did that. We asked Yak [Nail Yakupov] to shoot the puck more, he was extremely dangerous, I think he had five or six shots."

Eakins was also impressed with the play of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

"I thought Ryan Nugent-Hopkins really stepped up his game. We did an excellent job staying out of the penalty box. The fact of the matter is we can’t have just five or six guys step up, we need all twenty guys pulling and maximizing their potential. If you’re not maximizing your potential you are doing our team a terrible disservice and that’s the difference of the game. It’s a game in which you outshoot and outchance but you don’t have two points, and all of the positives really don’t matter."

Eakins was asked how he can bring out that competitive nature in more of his players on a regular basis.

“Well that’s part of your job as a coach, and that’s probably the most difficult job there is as a coach. People are wired a certain way, they have a certain DNA, and when it comes to that there are different ways to go about it. The one thing you don’t want to get caught in is every 10 days you have to try and jump-start a guy. If you are jump starting your car every ten days you are probably getting rid of it. I think for the most part though we have very competitive guys and they are getting better at understanding that it has to be every night, not just 60 nights a year.”

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