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BLOG: Eakins holds team meeting

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

After the game, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins closed the door to the media for about 10 minutes.

“I asked them questions (after the game). I think we’re a team — especially as of late — that has an uncanny ability to just shoot ourselves in the foot,” Eakins began.

“The game in Anaheim we played well but came up short, the game in LA we had a bad change and were in it until then, tonight in the first period. It’s exactly how we want to play.

"We’re doing the things we’re promoting, the things we’re practicing, our power play probably generated more attempts at the net than the last five games put together and a bad change, it end up 1-0. So I was asking, do we need to bring the video in and show you the bad change?"

A bad bounce and bad line change resulted in a scrambled two-on-one for the Blues following an Oilers power play. Oilers starting netminder Ilya Bryzgalov tried to clear the puck but it was kept in and eventually dished to Chris Stewart, who was unguarded at the right circle. Stewart's shot beat Bryzgalov to give St. Louis the 1-0 lead. Shots were 10-2 Oilers at the time of the goal.

"My second question is, how can we do that? Are we not able to sustain that level of play through the game? The encouraging thing is, you see the first period and know it’s in the room.

“It’s one thing where the other team takes it from you and they’re better than you. It’s another if you gift it."

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