The Oilers were happy with their 2-1 win over the Sharks on Sunday night. The win snapped a mentally exhausting 11-game losing streak. It also gave the Oilers their first victory over a Western Conference team this season.
“It’s a big step in the right direction,” David Perron said. “It’s nice playing that way, like we did in Winnipeg mostly and same here. It’s nice to get the result. It shows everyone in the room that when you do the right stuff on the ice for the most part of the 60 minutes you’ll get rewarded after.”
Now comes the real challenge. The Oilers look to continue their better play moving forward. Now with their first win in quite some time and points in four of their last five games, the team seems to be finding a formula.
“At the end of the day, I thought we executed pretty well,” Ben Scrivens said. “That’s got to be our expectation now of how we have to play. Minimize the mistakes. We made a couple, but they weren’t as often and as egregious as they’ve been in the past. I thought early in the season we probably deserved a better fate in a couple of games. I thought we were playing well early on. In the last little while, we got away from that. This last game against Winnipeg and the one tonight are two good ones we can build off of. It’s one or two games. It doesn’t mean a lot if we’re not going to stick to it. That’s got to be our challenge now— to make sure we go with that type of effort and execution going forward.”
Eight of their 11-straight losses were decided by one goal and Sunday night’s win was by one score as well. The Oilers will get back to work with an emphasis on finding more offence to help keep the wins coming.
“We go through that streak and I think eight of those were one-goal games. There’s a tipping point there,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We won by a goal and we played a responsible game, but that’s how we have to play every night. We have to play with that responsibility and we’re still looking for more offence. We’ve got to find some more offence and some more finish. Does it allow you to enjoy your night and part of your day tomorrow? Absolutely, but we’re not going to have a parade over this. We’re going to get right back to business and go play this same team, which is an extremely hard team to play. They’re well coached, they’re organized and they’ve got such a veteran core there that they’re hard to beat.”