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by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

Give them an inch and they’ll skate a mile.

That is the motto the Oilers displayed in their 4-2 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres.

“There were way too many turnovers, that was the reason that we lost that one,” said Sabres centre Ryan O’Reilly.

Photo by Andy Devlin.

“You know, we have to be better, especially on the road…we have to establish that game.”

Though the Sabres took the lead seven minutes into the first, Edmonton made up for lost time less than three minutes later to even the score.

“I think, pretty much for the first 30 minutes of the game Edmonton did a great job of putting every puck behind us, putting a lot of pressure on us with their speed and it forced us in a lot of areas,” said Sabres Head Coach Dan Bylsma.

With an unusually high number of calls made, O’Reilly said the Sabres were unable to gain a rhythm on the ice, even when playing with a man advantage.

“It wasn’t a good night for us on the [power play],” he said.

“I don’t know if we were just lazy or not wanting to put in the work. We have to be out there and use that opportunity to at least just outwork them and we’ll gain our opportunities, but it was frustrating and we have to be better.”

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