Thread: Post-Game Talk: Oilers lose 4-3 in SO
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03-20-2013, 11:54 PM
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Really disappointing 3rd period. SJ upped the pace, the refs put the whistles away like it was a playoff game, and the Oilers cracked.

I can understand Yakupov being brought along slowly, but benching him in favor of Smyth who can barely keep up with the play, and has been prone to so many grievous soft plays with the puck that routinely hurts the team, it's just asinine. Bench the rookie, fine, most other coaches do the same thing, but play anyone but Smyth, geez.

Really hope the Oilers trade Hemsky at the deadline this year as well, first line skating/puck handling skills, 4th line hockey sense and shooting ability. Maybe his value has recovered enough that someone will be willing to waste 5 million in cap space so the Oilers can fill some needs, preferably Clowe in the offseason whose value will be low after playing and struggling with a bad shoulder this year.

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