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BLOG: Eakins says Canada "put on a clinic"

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins was asked following Monday's practice about Team Canada's gold medal win on Sunday.

“I did see the game. And yes, I was up early," Eakins began. "The collection of players, awesome. But the biggest thing for me was that that collection of players, which such firepower, as a group said to themselves, ‘Do you know how we’re going to win this? We’re going to win this by playing a great defensive game.’ And I don’t just mean Canada’s defence. Their forwards too, their goaltending were all saying this is how you win. Especially those last two games. Those were clinics. That’s a clinic on how to play hockey."

Eakins added that he felt that the way Canada won stresses what he's been saying all season: defence is the most direct route to winning hockey games and championships.

"It goes to show that you don’t need to have to score five and six goals every night to win. If you play the game right and have good habits, and have the mindset that if the other team doesn’t score we’ve got a pretty good chance to win. Good things are going to happen.

"That was a great job by those players, all their coaches. That was a clinic those last two games."

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