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BLOG: Shaking off one-goal losses

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers have lost 11 straight games, eight of those being by just one goal. Four have been decided in overtime. The team is right there, they just haven’t been able to finish off games.

Oilers winger Luke Gazdic says that’s why the team has been working on upping their battle level.

“I think our battle level, our compete level needs to come up for sure,” Gazdic said. “All these games, out of the 11 that we’ve lost, eight of them have been one-goal games and four have been in overtime. That’s something you can’t really practice. That’s just got to be a compete level and a battle level that we have to switch on. We’ll be looking to get after that for sure.”

It’s been a mental struggle, but the Oilers believe that if they can refine little things in their game and up the compete, they can turn some of those one-goal games into two points.

“I think it’s been tough mentally in this stretch here. It’s just things we have to work on and finding a way to win here. We’ve been close, but at the end of the day a loss is a loss, whether you lose by five or you lose by one. We’re still finding a way to lose games but we have to find a way to turn that around and find a way to win it. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

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