The Oilers outplayed the Flames for parts of the game, but lost 5-2. Head Coach Dallas Eakins spoke with the team after the loss, not wanting them to slip into the mindset that past demons were creeping back in.
“It was just to breathe,” Eakins said of his messaging. “This is going to take some time, I don’t know how much time but I am worried about our team’s mindset. I don’t want last year and all the years before that have gone on, to turn this into a giant snowball rolling. Here it goes again. If we had played a terrible game, I would have told the team that and that would have been the end of it. I thought we played a good game, they feel that we played a good game. They understand that we made mistakes that cost us the game and we’ve got to rectify those. I didn’t want them in there with their heads down, feeling terrible about the night. There was a ton of good and there’s some learning to be done as well.”
Eakins and the players in the locker room were adamant that there were many positives to take from the game.
“I’m not going to walk out here and say we played crappy, because we didn’t,” Eakins said. “We made mistakes, we lost the game and that’s totally unacceptable. It’s all about the points. There’s going to be nights where we play like crap and we get the points and I’m going to be very upset with the game but happy to take the points.”