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BLOG: Greasy goals welcomed

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers are frustrated with the lack of scoring, both at home and on the power play. Following tonight's 3-0 loss to Dallas, their third straight shutout loss at home, players in the dressing room were searching for answers.

The resounding option; less pretty, more gritty.

"Enough talking about skill or this and that," said forward David Perron. "We have to find a way to get one by. You've got to give credit to their goalie and their team who played well, but for us it's been three games now without a goal at home. It's pretty bad, we can't have that."

"You don't want your (power play) units scoring nice goals all of the time," said Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "You need the ones that are bombed rebounds. I thought there were rebounds there tonight and it was just a night where we couldn't get our sticks on it. It wasn't a night where I thought our power plays were bad."

"It's frustrating, but there's no excuses," said Ales Hemsky. "If you don't score, you don't score. If you hit the post, it's not a shot on the net. We don't crash the net, we don't score the dirty goals. We have to get better at that. Just crash the net more and get some rebounds."

The Oilers stated that they need more control of the puck in the offensive zone.

"It's frustrating because I feel we get a lot of chances on the rush and stuff like that but we don't sustain any pressure in the (offensive zone)," said Perron. "It's in, then it's out. We need to be strong on the puck."

Be strong on the puck, score the greasy goals.

"We don't score the dirty goals around the net like other teams do," said Hemsky. "That's one thing we have to get better at."

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