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BLOG: Joensuu hard on himself but Eakins impressed

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Jesse Joensuu had an assist on the Oilers only goal and, according to his head coach, played a good game. But that didn’t stop the big Finnish forward from being hard on himself for taking three penalties.

“I took two bad penalties,” Joensuu said. “I should have kept my stick down on the last one. I knew that it was going to come rushing into me so I thought that I’d be ready, but I can’t take that penalty.”

Joensuu taking it hard had Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins singing his praises.

“I love when the player is hard on himself and I thought he played pretty good,” Eakins said. “I’m willing to overlook those penalties and I thought he played another big man’s game. He’s got real confidence with the puck right now and that’s something he didn’t have a whole lot of last year. He’s making plays and using his body well. We’ll overlook those penalties tonight. We know they won’t come up in the regular season, he’s just trying to play so aggressive right now. But that’s music to my ears that he’s being hard on himself, but he was good for me.”

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