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BLOG: Turning puck over was costly

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

It was a familiar refrain, but Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins spoke after the game about how the team needs to get better at protecting the puck and not turning it over.

“The game was fine. We were playing fine until that second goal. It was laid on a platter, a gift, a simple play on the wall. Can’t happen. And now you’re down two against San Jose and now it’s big problems.”

The first San Jose goal was on a tough rebound but the second one came after Nail Yakupov turned the puck over near the Oilers blue line. Patrick Marleau took advantage and wired a shot past Dubnyk to complete the set of two goals in 49 seconds.

Eakins said he hoped that the team would be able to refocus quickly for their final game of the trip against the Ducks.

“You hope that we can turn the page quickly but losing like that, when you’re in the game. It’s 1-0 and then you gift them the second, third and fourth — and the second one hurt because it was so late in the first period. That’s the only thing you can do. You’ve got to take your lesson, take your lumps and get ready for the next game.”

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