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Confidence builder? Oilers come back, beat Pens in OT

Jan 11, 2014, 1:18 AM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers fell behind 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, but they fought back for a 4-3 OT win. It certainly seemed like the Oilers viewed it as a significant victory, too.

“We should take confidence from this,” Taylor Hall said. “That’s a style of play we can continue with and have success with.”

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (two goals, one assist) thought that the victory proved the Oilers’ character. Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins believes that competing against Sidney Crosby proved something about RNH, too.

“He was motivated by it and he was able to contend with Sidney,” Eakins said. “I thought Nuge did an excellent job.”

Here’s video of the 20-year-old’s overtime-clincher:

Some, including 630 CHED’s Dan Tencer, believe that the turning point happened when Evgeni Malkin and Devan Dubnyk had a heated exchange. Whatever the case may be, it might just be a confidence-booster for an Oilers team that badly needs it.

  1. drewzducks - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Yep, I don’t think they’re too far away at all either.

    • joey4id - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      They have an excellent foundation to build on. They do need some key elements. You build championship teams down the middle, ad starting from behind. Top notch goal-tending, d-men, and at center. Their strong at center, so you can’t trade one of you centers for a d man or goalie without getting a top center in return. Unless they get a steal I wouldn’t make a deal for the sake of making a trade. This yer is another wash, but they have RFAs (not the best sign) because you end up having to gve up a lot, UFAs, 1st round draft picks, and some good assets. Be patient!

      • penguins87and71 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        How is this year a wash? The Penguins are a very good hockey team and they’re going to be fine. They are just in a lull right now it happens even to the best of teams. The Penguins don’t need defensemen they might have the most defensive depth in the whole NHL. The only thing that they really need is more scoring on the 3rd and 4th lines. Trust me if Ray Shero thinks he can help this team and put them over the top then he will make a move. Shero is not one to sit back.

      • joey4id - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        pens87and71, my post is not clear. I was referring to the Oilers.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Joey, your post was plenty clear. Some just lack the ability to read and comprehend. It was pretty obvious you were talking about the oilers.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Well that’s two points we should’ve had but blew it. Malkins stupidity changed the whole game. Seriously he really needs to stop taking these stupid ass penalty…that can also extend to Crosby and the rest of the team. Adams on the other hand absolutely must clear that puck, there’s just no excuse at all for him to not clear it. Although I still, well bet yet I do, can’t believe the ref didn’t call a penalty when Letang got hit into the boards late in the third. …And finally ever since Letang has returned we have given up 5, 4, & 4 goals to the other team. Not blaming Letang on all of them but it is an interesting train of thought. Hopefully the Pens come out better vs Calgary and get a win with a big rivalry game coming up vs the Capitals.

    • bencia823 - Jan 11, 2014 at 4:19 AM

      To be fair to Geno, knocking a loose stick away from your opponent is normally not penalized. I watch hockey almost every night on gamecenter and that was the first time I’ve seen that called. The roughing was incredibly redundant given the fact that ‘geno hadn’t started the shoving with Dubnyk. The refs did a really crappy job throughout.

      The Penguins defensive issues have primarily been a result of the fact that the Penguins have played a very risky offensive style. As opposed to playing tight and taking advantage of the openings they get (how they played up until 8 games ago), they have been trying to force openings and have given their opponents more openings as a result. Letang has looked pretty good since returning. He has been great offensively and no worse than anybody else defensively.

      • joey4id - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        I don’t agree with you. Marchand was called for doing the exact same thing against the Ducks in Anaheim this week. They won’t get called of they are moving the stick out of the way. But! If you move so a player can retrieve it then you get called for that.

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        I don’t think I’ve ever seen a similar play not called–not when it was as obvious as Malkin’s…and I’m sure the fact that it was to a goalie couldn’t have helped

        Like Joey pointed out, it’s interference if you knock the stick (actually any equipment) away from a player, or away from a player that is attempting to retrieve it. If there’s a broken stick in the middle of the ice or a player loses a glove, but isn’t attempting to retrieve it, it won’t get called.

  3. blomfeld - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    MORE THAN A WOMAN ?

    As a Canadian, I obviously like Sidney Crosby ‘as per’ instructed. Nonetheless, something is telling me ‘innately’ that this guy will never again get another sniff at Lord Stanley’s mug ? … and I’m not sure why that is ?

    • m1k3g - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM

      Such disdain for Sid from a ‘Canadian’? 3 weeks before the Olympics? Girl, please!

      Go get me a cheesesteak (with whiz).

      …or a crabcake.

      I know you can get one or the other within 10 minutes.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      no one else has more than 5 or six thumbs up OR down. How the hell did you manage 108 downvotes?

      • bencia823 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        blomfeld is a frequent commenter who frequently posts videos that take up a lot of space and are often add nothing of value to the conversation at hand. While most spammers will take up a couple of lines while adding nothing to a thread (telling you how their cousin’s boyfriend used this one simple trick to make money from home), blomfeld takes up a few lines + the space of the embedded video. The downvotes are mostly downvoting blomfeld, as opposed to this specific video.

      • slysipops - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        HE IS GREAT AT WHAT HE DOES !

      • slysipops - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        BENCIA823, BLOMFELD adds humor to the board which is sometimes needed as a healing process for some. no one is forced to look at his video treats…..BUT THEY WILLINGLY DO JUST THAT ! sit back and enjoy them , or ignore them , the choice is yours ! some things we have no choices with at times ……… like having to put up with ROOT TV coverage of certain games on CENTER ICE………..ugh…ugh !

      • cofran2004 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        This. If you can’t appreciate the fact that he’s joking, just scroll past his videos. Also, keep an eye out for his top goalies list. There’s always some good ones on there.

      • handsofsweed - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        It’s not the video. It’s the catastrophic, jackass buffoonery that leads one to proclaim that a 26-year old Crosby will never get a sniff of the Cup for the rest of his career (12 years anyhow, but likely more).

        It would be just as epically stupid to say that about any of the other young superstars in the league as well, so don’t think I’m a Pens homer.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        Yeah, but there are MOUNDS of stupid posts on this board. I just lowered myself to arguing with someone who was pretending he couldn’t spell to get a rise out of people. I’m ashamed to say it worked.

        Give it time… you’ll come to appreciate blomfeld’s humor.

    • joey4id - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      You made a lot of people unhappy with this post. idk but never is a hell of along time. Anyway! I just hope we get to see a much better Crosby/Malkin/Pitt team in the playoffs win or lose. You’re obviously not going to win them all, but at least when you lose and played a good game you can hold your head up high. As a coach you sleep better after a good loss than you would after a bad win.

      • killerpgh - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        Bad win alway trumps a good lose in the playoffs .

      • joey4id - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        No question about that during the playoffs. But! As a coach you still lose sleep because you don’t expect to win all your games when you play good, let alone when you’re team is not playing as well as it could.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        Eh… I dunno. I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty. If my team is outshot 50-11, and we win 2-1, I’m just glad the goalie stepped up and won.

      • joey4id - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        I agree that 2 points is the ultimate objective. I’m just saying it easier to bounce back from a good loss versus a bad win. No one expects to win all their games, and you know in an 82 game season you’re going to have your share of bad nights. You just want to mitigate the risks of slipping into a long stretch of bad play. Take the Flyers for example. They were losing and playing bad. Getting out of their hole was extremely difficult because the were playing poorly. Righting the ship is no easy task, and many teams who find themselves loss never find themselves. Sabres and Oilers are other examples. I don’t think any of these three teams were last place teams.

    • slysipops - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      way to go BLOMS ! the boys from ROOT TV must have been up all night turning the site off and on so they could thumb you down ! fuuny how they didn’t comment much about GENO’S stupid tossing of the stick? i would rate the ROOT guys right alongside of the NOTRE DAME football local crew for down playing the hometown mistakes. as for the PENS never holding STASHES CUP again………………WE CAN ONLY HOPE !

  4. hazlydose - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Please bench Craig Adams…

  5. drone501 - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    tough loss. pens have lost at least 5 to 8 games this season after blowing leads late in the third period due to bad penalties, or making a bad play at chrucial times. good teams have to be able to close out games.

    • bencia823 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      the penguins have closed out so many close games this season that a comment like this is just comical.

      • drone501 - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        hell yeah. they have won a lot of games coming from behind but its the ones you let get away bother you. valuable points at the end of the year. but i know you can’t win them all.

  6. ray2013 - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    I think I’ve seen multiple “confidence-builder” wins by the Oilers over the last four years, and they’re always followed by a string of losses. For whatever reason, they can’t play consistently at a level to beat other teams.

  7. penguins87and71 - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    You need to be able to close out games when your winning. What that’s two straight games this has happened.

    • bencia823 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      yet they’ve managed to end up with 3 out of 4 points. The idea that the Penguins should play not to lose for an entire period and try to hold on to a 2 goal lead for that long is foolish. The Penguins play to win.

      • penguins87and71 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        How is that foolish? You do know there is nothing wrong with winning hockey games 2-0 or 2-1. You don’t always have to win hockey games 4-3 or 5-4. You play to win hockey games in the 3rd period by not turning the puck over in front of the net and allowing 3 goals in the 3rd period. Giving up 6 goals in the last two 3 periods is definitely a recipe for success.

      • bencia823 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        If you are playing a certain style that has put you up 2-0, it makes more sense to stick to that formula than it does to go into a shell and hope that the other team doesn’t get 2 lucky bounces. If your opponent ties the game while you’re playing too defensively, it is very difficult to get back into an offensive mode to break the tie.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Yeah! To HELL with playing it safe, and in all liklihood not giving up a possible two points! Play fast and loose all the time, and give up leads to teams that are VASTLY inferior to you. A huge advantage in the standings has NEVER been overcome by hot teams behind you, just ask the Atlanta Braves!

    • drone501 - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      hell no. more than that. but im not complaining bout this team. probably will finish with the most point this year, whatever thats worth.

  8. penguins87and71 - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    I don’t know why but the Penguins just don’t play as good defensively with Malkin and Letang in the lineup. Their giving up like 3.48 GPG with Letang and they are giving up 2.98 GPG when Letang doesn’t play. In the Playoffs you can’t be blowing 2 goal 3rd period leads. If they do that it will be another short playoff run. Hopefully they can get the defensive issues figured out. Also why isn’t Simon Despres in the lineup every night? This just flabbergasts me. He has been great since being recalled from the Wilks Barre Scranton Penguins and yet his a healthy scratch? It’s going to be interesting when Paul Martin comes back who’s going to get the ax. I’m guessing it’s going to be Despres. He doesn’t deserve it though he doesn’t belong in the AHL he belongs in the NHL. As for Malkin that was stupid what he did. He basically just kicked away the goalies stick for no reason. Malkin is to immature he let’s people get under his skin to easily.

    • bencia823 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Defensive issues: If you just look at the scoresheet, it looks like the defense is to blame, but if you watch the games, you’ll see that a lot of these goals are coming as a result of turnovers by the forwards (and aren’t the D-men’s fault). The Defense has looked a little bit out of sorts, but that has largely been a result of odd man rushes that fall squarely on the forwards.

      Despres: The issue with him is a contractual one. The Penguins are very strong at the left D position, and with Rob Scuderi and Brooks Orpik under 1-way deals, Despres won’t get the nod over them. Olli Maata is also under a 1 way deal for the year because the CHL agreement does not allow NHL clubs to send players still eligible for Junior to the AHL. Despres’ problem was that he came to camp unprepared, which was a large reason why Maata was not sent back to London. Had he been, Despres would have had a fairly secure spot on the 3rd pairing this season.

      Malkin Penalty: It’s fairly common for players to push opponent’s gear out of the way (ex. if PK’er drops stick, guy without the puck on PP pushes stick out of zone, etc.), and this was the first time I’ve seen it called. I’ve watched hockey for years and never seen that called, so it’s not like Geno was blatantly breaking a commonly enforced rule.

      • drewzducks - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        You apparently haven’t watched enough hockey. Rule 56.2…A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who deliberately knocks a stick out of an opponent’s hand, or who prevents a player who has dropped his stick or any other piece of equipment from regaining possession of it. I’ve seen it called on a handful of occasions. Generally considered a bush league play.

      • bencia823 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        lol at not watching enough hockey. My roomates would find that to be hilarious. My understanding of the rules comes from watching the game, not reading the rulebook. Up until yesterday, I had never seen that called. I’ve seen players do it a handful of times, but all that really happens is the announcers laugh and occasionally refer to it as a smart play. Geno probably got called because the puck was out of the offensive zone when he did it. My point is that even if it is against the rules, it is enforced so rarely that I can see why Geno thought he could get away with it.

      • hazlydose - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        Its usually not called unless the player is skating over to pick up the stick.

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        That rule is enforced so rarely that you have to go back all the way to Tuesday night in the Boston/Ducks game.

    • slysipops - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      center in on MALKIN sometime , he’s always dogging it getting back to the D zone. maybe he figures it’s not in his pay-grade to do that stuff? and the stick thing was the ultimate stupid move, but then, no no one ever accused him of being a genius !

  9. penguins87and71 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    As of late they haven’t been closing out close games. As a whole the defense has been solid but lately they have tailed off a bit.

    • drone501 - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      i said the same thing and pissed off a few people. thanks for recognizing this issue. pens have a great team but i think this is there only problem. we will see.

  10. penguins87and71 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    I do think the Penguins need more secondary scoring. The Penguins 3rd and 4th line players have only combined for a total of 9 goals. It’s good that the top 2 lines are producing but it would be nice if the 3rd and 4th line players would produce a little bit more, just to take some pressure off the top 2 lines.

  11. joey4id - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    It was a piss poor game defensively by the Pens. Not that the Oilers played D any better. I was cheering for the Oilers to come back and get the 2 pts. The kids need some positives to build on. Even Yakupov is trying to play better D. Oilers stayed focused and drove hard for 60+ minutes, but they made way too many mistakes. Many giveaways, not enough puck support, and they play way to much perimeter hockey in the O zone.

  12. penguins87and71 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Joey4id.
    Sorry about that.

    • joey4id - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Hey! Think nothing of it.

  13. theageofquarrel - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Good to see Steelers88 changed his handle but still hasn’t figured out how to use the comments section.

  14. penguins87and71 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Yes you shouldn’t be going into a shell to protect a lead, but you shouldn’t be trying to make the pretty play when your up 2-0. This ends up turning the puck over. They need to be more smart with the puck and think defense first rather than offense first when you have a lead late in the game. You can still be on the attack. Just be more defensive conscious. Obviously the way they have been playing the last two 3rd periods have been successful.

  15. slysipops - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    OILERS AS SPOILERS…….. nice ring to it ! ……..

    • slysipops - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      this little bit of amusement is dedicated to my friend BLOMFELD ! he usually says it, as it is…although in some instances overplays the KINGS over the BLACKHAWKS thing !

  16. hazlydose - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    The issue with blowing leads is not because they go into the shell. The issue is Bylsma’s insistence on using Adams and Glass as a shut down line with the lead. Those two should not be going up against the best players on the other team.

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