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Oilers dress six defensemen, still get undressed by Sharks

Nov 16, 2013, 12:38 AM EDT

The Edmonton Oilers managed to get six defensemen on the ice on Friday, yet they struggled mightily to contain the San Jose Sharks in a 3-1 loss.

To little surprise, Joe Thornton was dominant, collecting three assists. He now has a ridiculous 21 helpers on the season. In mid-November. Tomas Hertl continues to look sharp as well, even if it obviously helps to have Jumbo Joe feeding you perfect passes.

Sure, 3-1 isn’t a bloodbath by any means, but San Jose basically ended the game about three minutes into the second period when they fattened their lead to 3-0.

As far as good news goes for the Oilers, here are a few bits:

  • Nail Yakupov scored, which might mean that people will lighten up for a day or two. Maybe.
  • The Oilers ended a three-game goalless streak in Edmonton.
  • They don’t have to wonder if they would’ve won with Ilya Bryzgalov in net, as he was lousy in the AHL tonight. (OK, that might not really be all that positive.)
  • Finally, Oilers fans might be depressed, but at least there are some creative types among their ranks. Feast your eyes on this charitable take on the paper bag tradition, which’s Kevin Kurz shared:


If only the Oilers’ front office displayed such inventiveness …

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Hey, they scored a goal. Baby steps.

  2. canucks30 - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Oilers fans got to see their team win 5 Stanley Cups in 7 years as well as seeing Gretzky and Messier in their prime dominating the rest of the NHL.

    Consequently, they get no sympathy from me.

    • gret9 - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      And Kurri and Coffey too. I’ve always said if I could go back in time to watch any sports team I wanted, it would be the mid-80’s Oilers.

    • nj666 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      gretzky’s mickey mouse comments coming back to them. how many overall 1st picks does a team need to get its act together?

  3. pa9erfan - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    for those who said the schedulers mucked it all up by letting the sharks finish their season series already vs the canuckleheads….. we get to play the oil four more times… :)….

  4. mclovinhockey - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Maybe one of the best headlines I ever saw. Very funny. Sorry oil… I’ve been hoping for you to turn it around since getting Omark haha.

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