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Messy ‘renovation’ in Edmonton continues following another Oilers loss

Oct 17, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

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The Dallas Eakins Era in Edmonton has yielded one regular season so far, following another loss Thursday.

The Oilers snagged a 2-1 lead after the first period, on a pair of Taylor Hall goals scored eight seconds apart (breaking Wayne Gretzky’s record for fastest two goals by a single Oilers player and you can watch the video here!) but couldn’t get much going after that in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

That’s five straight losses for the Oilers. Or, a grander scale, one win in eight games.

“I knew this renovation was going to be messy. I didn’t think it would be this messy,” said head coach Dallas Eakins, as per Gene Principe of Sportsnet.

If there was one modicum of optimism to come from the defeat, it was the improved play of goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who has struggled so far in the season but made 37 saves in a losing cause against the Islanders.

However, in five games, Dubnyk has yet to collect his first win of the season.

Meanwhile, a report surfaced in the Buffalo News saying the Sabres were working with the Oilers on a deal, with goalie Ryan Miller being one of the names mentioned as perhaps going to Edmonton.

“This is where (Dubnyk) takes over and starts playing like we know he can. It would have been nice to get a win for him,” said Hall, as per the Oilers Twitter account.

“A lot of guys were on their own page tonight. We can’t do that and expect to win.”

  1. esracerx46 - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Longest oil change ever

  2. bcisleman - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    In other news, the Isles took a third period lead and didn’t blow it.

  3. multiplemiggs - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Meanwhile, the Islanders won. But I forgot this only Canada Sports Talk.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      The people in Long Island don’t care about the team, why would you expect a larger national fanbase?

  4. stinkpretty1 - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Yakupov gets sat 2 games and everyone loses their minds.


  5. fantasyhockeyinformation - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    This isn’t fantasy hockey, it’s the NHL. Until they get a top 6 power forward, a defense that lets fewer pucks in the net and a consistent #1 goalie, they can have all of the style and talent up front, it’s not going to do them any good.

  6. malvaren18 - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    It’s time to get rid of all management, start fresh with people who have experience at the scouting and Executive level or else we could be looking at another Decade of Bad Hockey in Edmonton.

  7. islesfan345 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Islanders win finally didn’t blow a third period lead Tavares is the man

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