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Oilers continue losing ways, searching for answers to turn things around

Jan 4, 2014, 1:45 AM EDT

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The good news: Nail Yakupov, the former first-round pick who has found himself in the doghouse of head coach Dallas Eakins and a healthy scratch on numerous occasions, scored for a second straight game.

The bad news: The Edmonton Oilers were once again the second best team on the ice, resulting in yet another loss. They continue to pile up – 26 in regulation all totaled.

The Oilers are now 44 games into the season and don’t seem to be showing any signs of improvement; in fact, one could argue they’re getting worse. The latest loss came Friday, as the Oilers coughed up a one-goal lead in the first period, before losing 5-2 to the Anaheim Ducks.

This time, it was Ilya Bryzgalov in goal.

The Ducks improved their home record to 16-0-2. Ben Lovejoy scored twice in two minutes and 43 seconds, setting a new Ducks franchise record for the fastest two goals scored by an Anaheim defenseman.

“We’ve got to find a way to get results. We can’t just hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves,” said Oilers’ center Boyd Gordon, as per the Oilers’ Twitter account.

He continued: “We’ve been hanging around in games but always seem to find a way to blow a lead.”

True, the Oilers gave up a lead – a one-goal lead in the first period. In the final 40 minutes, however, they managed just eight shots on goal.

  1. charlieconway96 - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:25 AM

    By now I’m pretty sure Dallas Eakins has zero tears left in his body.

  2. canada2014gold - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    I still think this team is going to catch some traction and go in the right direction either in 2015 or 2016. I’m a canucks fan and I’m sick of watching these guys lose, the fans deserve better.

  3. mlhegs - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Kevin Lowe has got to go. Start a clean up of the organization from the top down through the coaching staff. Obviously with so many #1 draft picks the problem is not the talent.

    Kevin Lowe proved his leadership skills all at once in one interview. Mr Know it all is the root of all the failings. Just go back to his coaching days and work your way to now!

    Kevin Lowe has got to go.

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