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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Ryan Jones recorded his 100th career NHL point tonight, but the celebration was short-lived as the Oilers would inevitably lose to Phoenix despite a late rally.

Jones talked in the locker room after the game about the need for more accountability from the players and less blame being placed on the coaches.

“It’s unacceptable,” Jones said. “As a player, you see the things that are said or written and it’s a pass the blame game. These guys that are in the back room, our coaches, our management, they don’t play the game. They send the guys out and we play the same system as basically every other team in the NHL and it’s the players that lose and yet, they take the blame. It’s about time the guys in this locker room took a little bit of accountability on themselves and stop letting other people take the blame. When we do that, we’ll win hockey games and we’ll give nobody an excuse or nobody, somebody to blame.”

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