EDMONTON, AB - Leading 3-2 late in Game 3 and looking to take a 2-1 series advantage in their best-of-five Qualifying Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Oilers saw their position of power crumble in a matter of minutes.
Chicago forward Matthew Highmore tied the game at 14:16 of the 3rd then captain Jonathan Toews put the Blackhawks ahead with 1:16 remaining on the clock, putting the Oilers in desperation mode for the rest of their playoff lives.
Edmonton's inability to secure leads in the postseason became a focal point during the club's exit media interviews. Oilers players and management weren't mincing their words when talking team defence.
"That's an issue that we've been trying to fix for a bit now," Oilers Captain Connor McDavid said Friday. "We seem to get it down in the regular season but for whatever reason, it just wasn't there in the playoffs.
"That's an issue and we're aware of it."
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