If only the Edmonton Oilers could skip the intermissions.
After controlling the first period and taking a 2-0 lead in game four against the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night, the Oilers allowed 21 shots and three goals in the second period.
“The breaks between periods have hurt us throughout the series. We seem to get rolling, and then we get a break, they get a chance to regroup. They have a mature team, they come out, and they re-establish. We have to find a way between periods to adjust and get back pushing,” said head coach Todd McLellan. “The emotional recovery and the ability to get back on task has to happen a little bit quicker for our team.”
While several debatable calls went against the Oilers in game four, the Oilers aren’t griping about the officiating, though McLellan did talk about the Ducks overtime winner.
“There are two parts to it. I was bothered and disappointed in the non-icing call,” McLellan said. “I’m not sure why it was waved off. I never did get an explanation. When it is waved off, there has to be a responsibility of the rest of the players to finish out the play. We didn’t have that. There are two pieces. Disappointed in both.”
The Oilers flew to Anaheim Thursday and will play game 5 Friday night. Catch the game on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 6pm and the game starting at 8:30pm.
The NHL has announced that game 6 will be Sunday at 5pm at Rogers Place. (jrw)