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It doesn't matter how hard you try.. Oilers lose 4-1. (Avatar Help)
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02-13-2013, 12:10 AM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Didn't have much of a problem with this game other than the complete lack of secondary scoring, and the 1st line running out of gas in the 3rd after carrying the play for the first 2(little early in the season to be gassed by the 3rd of any game). They reversed some worrying trends from the last few weeks, but got burned much like Columbus the other night. If play like that regularly, they'll rebound like Columbus did against SJ the next night eventually.
Gotta give Dallas credit too, they let the Oilers wear themselves out, their goaltender kept them in the game, and the bounces went their way - a perfect road game if you will, Oilers almost won a cup back in 06 playing like this.
Probably the most encouraging sign from this game is Eberle appears to be getting involved again. Saw flashes against Columbus, but this is the first game where he didn't spend large portions of the game on the perimeter doing his best impression of a passenger.
Don't believe Nuge is hurt either, he's still engaging physically on a regular basis in a way that doesn't suggest a shoulder injury. We are also talking about a guy who once went a month against junior competition without scoring a goal. He's clearly showing that he has some streakiness to his game and will have long stretches where he simply isn't able to finish. It's not a huge deal, even the best goalscorers can fall into major slumps.
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