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Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan wants his team to maintain their momentum each new period

by Paul Gazzola /

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan believes intermissions have hampered his squad's momentum following a sound period.

"The breaks between periods have hurt us throughout the series," said the Oilers bench boss. "We seem to get either rolling and then we go in there and we have a break. They get a chance to regroup, they're a mature team, they come out and they re-establish (themselves).

It's a component the coach would like to find a solution for going forward.

"We've got to find a way between periods to adjust and get back pushing," said McLellan. "I think in the two home games in particular, the emotional recovery in a game has been a little weaker on our behalf than I have liked. What I mean by that is they score 25 seconds into Game 3 and we didn't recover from that real quick; it took us half a game. They score the fourth goal and we never did recover off of that. Last night we're up by two, we don't play particularly well for a short period, they get going, it takes us a long time to recover.

"There's going to be ups and downs in a series - we're learning that - and the emotional recovery and the ability to get back on task has to happen a little bit quicker for our team. It's not going to be perfect and it won't be pretty from now until however long we play. Those are just lessons we're learning."

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