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10-16-2003, 01:44 PM
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I think the games were completely different. The Vancouver game was clearly a young team getting sidetracked by an early setback. The Staios clip wouldn't have fazed a more experienced team, but the Oilers have a lot of youth. The other fact is that Vancouver is now well clear of Edmonton in terms of ability, and you can see that in the way the Oilers play. Their expectations of that game weren't high, it looked for all the world like they were playing Dallas.

The Calgary game reminded me of a couple of seasons ago when they opened the schedule in Calgary and Marc Savard scored the only goal of the game. Oilers played well in spurts, and looked desperate (a good thing ) in the third, but couldn't get it done. I expect the Flames might have done the same thing had Edmonton scored first.

Growing pains, imo. Oilers still have TONS of young talent, more than they've had since they were drafting well a buh-zillion years ago.

They'll be fine.

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