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BLOG: Hendricks & Gazdic shine

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Although it’s hard to find positives in shutout losses, one positive that certainly caught Head Coach Dallas Eakins’ eye was the physical play of two of his forwards; Matt Hendricks and Luke Gazdic.

Both players tried their best to provide a spark of energy to their team, that was in need of a boost. Eakins singled out Hendricks as the team’s best forward in the game.

“I thought Hendy was possibly our best forward,” Eakins said. “Off the top of my head, I would say that he was.”

Eakins says both Hendricks and Gazdic tried to help their peers get their engines going, but the whole team had an off night.

“Luke is always there,” the coach said. “He works extremely hard and tries to give us momentum with his hits and his physical play. We were hoping that would get us going but it was interesting… It wasn’t even split. It wasn’t like we had guys who struggled the whole game and guys who played well. It would be, a certain player would go out and give us three really good shifts and then he’d come back and give us four bad ones. We just couldn’t get anything rolling as 18 skaters. We could get it rolling with six and then the other 12 would fall off. I just thought it was an ugly hockey game for both teams.”

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