A scrappy and heated second period provided a spark for the Edmonton Oilers while it may have doused any momentum the Ducks were trying to create. After Steve Pinizzotto grappled with Matt Beleskey, Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins says that the Ducks seemed rattled and they even took it out on him.
“I do know it certainly rattled their team,” Eakins said. “They’re a composed group, Anaheim. (Anaheim Head Coach Bruce Boudreau) has done a great job with that team. They’re so composed and then when the first one erupted, it seemed to set them off the tracks a little bit and I thought they got really distracted. I thought that worked in our favour. They were so upset they were even yelling at me which is always great when I didn’t even throw a punch.”
Eakins said it was some of the top players on the Ducks who were talking at the Oilers bench. He also says that second period was yet another bonding moment for the team as they continue to fight for each other.
“Their top guys. I think they thought I sent (Pinizzotto) out there to do that and I would just never do that, especially now. We’re out of it, they’re getting ready for the playoffs, I have nothing but the upmost respect for (Boudreau) and especially (Ryan) Getzlaf and (Corey) Perry those two are two of my favourite players to watch but they were certainly upset by that. So the answer to your question is I thought it worked great in our favour. Not only did I think it took their top guys out of their composed state, but then I thought it was another bonding experience for our guys. They knew they were in the fight together and they were supporting each other again.”
Anaheim defenceman Stephane Robidas also talked about a ‘loss of composure’ in the game.
Several Oilers also talked about the second period and how it helped the Oilers in the game.
“It’s good for us,” Taylor Hall said. “It gets everyone going and it seems to get the crowd going a lot, especially at home. Those guys (Steve Pinizzotto and Matt Hendricks etc.) play hard and they want to defend the teammates that they’re on the ice with and it’s great for us. If we can keep playing tough and keep playing with pride, that’s going to follow along.”