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BLOG: Things Oilers want to work on

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 last night. However, they were outshot 34-20 in the game and 13-5 in the third period. There were some things from last night the team wants to adjust ahead of their next game.

“The biggest thing for me, and you can’t work on this in practice, is more of a message and you can back it up with some video,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “I thought we had a good first period, I thought we were fine in the second period, but in the third period we started to back up. We started to play that back-up game and oh, you don’t want to do that. We just don’t want to play that way. You can see what happens when you back up and play safe. Safe is going to kill you. We want to play intelligent with the lead. Then a couple of things I didn’t think we did very well is I don’t think we managed the puck very well. Breaking out, I think we had some bad luck on our exchanges. But once we got it and we were roaring through the neutral zone, we want to enter under control unless the team has done a good job. Then we want to get the puck deep. I thought we were a little too over confident that we were going to be able to enter. We turned over some pucks and that ended back in our zone, either chances against or we’ve given up o-zone time. Those were the biggest things for me. After two periods, we played a back-up game and then our puck management.”

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