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BLOG: Oilers focused on the next shift

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers have shown an ability to rebound when their opponent takes the lead or steals back momentum by tying things up. It’s been a theme for them in their three straight wins.

That mentality that they can bounce back in the face of adversity has been a turnaround from last season.

“I think it’s a combination of everything,” Jeff Petry said. “It has really been said by the coaching staff but also from the players, maybe even before the coaching staff had said it, that it was just our feeling as a group to move forward we’ve got to a team that if we do go down one or we’re up one we’re not changing the style of play. We’re going to play that style for 60 minutes and that’s something that we’ve just got to sustain.”

There is a calm demeanour on the bench when the Oilers get pushback from their opponent. They’ve been able to erase the memory of a negative play and turn things around on the next shift.

“It is more calm,” Petry said. “It’s not if a bad play happens it deflates the bench. It’s the next shift that’s the most important. Whoever is going out there is going out there to do a job and to focus on that next shift. That play that happened just prior is done. I think that’s something that we’ve done a lot better. If we do get down a goal it’s not, ‘here we go again,’ it’s let’s turn up the pace even more to get back in there, get down there and score a goal to tie it up.”

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