“There’s a frustration level around our group this morning, but it also has to be a lesson learned.”
That’s the word from Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan as his team gathered at Rogers Place Wednesday morning, the night after losing 4-1 to the New York Islanders. The Oilers failed to cash in on several good opportunities in the first 30 minutes of the game, then couldn’t break through as the Islanders put up a wall around their own net.
“We didn’t release the puck quick enough. We didn’t get traffic and bully our way to the net so that it became uncomfortable for those shot blockers,” McLellan explained. “We basically took the easy route a lot of times in the offensive zone later on in the game and as a result got nothing out of it.”
The Oilers willingness to carve out gritty goals will be tested again Friday and Sunday when they host the playoff-bound Penguins and Canadiens.
“You can’t let frustration kick in. You know things are going to tighten up with 16 games left. You have to raise the level of your game and trust that it will give you the result that you want.” said winger Milan Lucic.
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