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BLOG: Not picky on wins

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Despite watching a 4-1 lead dwindle and eventually turn into a tied game at the end of regulation, the Oilers are not too concerned with the way they won the game. They are just happy to get the points.

"I'd love to have a win every night," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "I don't care how we get them, that was two points. Would we like to end that game, 4-1? Absolutely, but the important thing is there's two points in the bank."

After a rough start to the season the Oilers are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games, but the team is still last in the Western Conference with 25 points and 15 points back of Colorado in 8th place. The Oilers can not afford to be choosy when it comes to points.

"We're not getting ultra picky about points," said Oilers Captain Andrew Ference. "It's nice to get wins, but I think the focus really does have to be on the bigger picture of what we're trying to do here. We're trying to build a foundation for this team, this year and for years to come of playing the right way and making the right decisions on the ice as individuals. When we've done that, this whole year we've had success. We've had individual success where guys get to score more goals and have more fun and we've been more smooth in our own zone. Every time we get away from that and complicate things, it turns into a bit of a mess. We just have to continue to harp on that and not revert back to old habits as a team and as individuals."

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