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Taylor Hall, Dallas Eakins try to defuse water-bottle throwing incident

Mar 23, 2014, 1:20 AM EDT

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Frustrations boiled over for the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Easy to see why, really. The Oilers fell by a final score of 8-1 to the Calgary Flames on home ice.

And yes, for the second time this season, a disgusted fan threw an Oilers jersey on the ice sometime during the third period.

However, another incident that garnered attention on such a night was a heated exchange at the bench between Oilers coach Dallas Eakins and star forward Taylor Hall.

Hall had thrown a water bottle on the ground in frustration. However, water flew up at caught Eakins. He grabbed a towel, dried himself off, threw the towel behind the bench and he and Hall had a brief verbal back-and-forth.

You can view the incident here. Both player and coach tried to defuse the situation afterward.

“The best way to put it – and I don’t know if everyone will understand this or not – it’s an emotional game. In a game like that, frustrations start to run high and that’s what it was. It was frustration and emotion and it happens,” Eakins told reporters.

“Sometimes it happens out in the open. Sometimes it happens behind closed doors.”

Hall also spoke about the incident.

“That stuff happens. Dallas and I have a great relationship. Sometimes frustration happens,” he said, as per Gene Principe of Sportsnet.

Now, as for the game itself, well, this one got out of hand in the second period when the Flames scored four times in just over three minutes to turn a 1-1 hockey game into a 5-1 game. It got worse after that.

“Everything snowballed negatively… We failed to come out with that spark we needed to have coming into the second period,” said Oilers’ defenseman Andrew Ference, as per the team’s Twitter account.

“I know that was probably the longest last 15 minutes of a game that I’ve ever been involved with. I apologize to the fans that were here tonight that had to watch that. It’s painful on the bench and I’m sure it’s painful in the stands,” added Eakins.

  1. muckleflugga - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    oilers will likely keep eakins on through season’s end as a professional courtesy but his days behind the oiler’s bench are winding down

    like tortorella in vancouver, he’s simply the wrong choice for the mix of players given him

    can central scouting have been that wrong … who knows … i think a guy like hartley would have fared better than eakins regardless

    but dumbassgreg is correct … a thorough house cleaning would better serve oilers’ long-term interest … bring a franchise into their new arena free of the old-boy network

    time has moved-on and so should oilers

  2. ray2013 - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    I think most people agree that the boys on the bus era is long past it’s expiry date. It was neat while it lasted, but come on. Bring someone new in. Get rid of KLowe. MacT you too. The coaching staff? Clean sweep. The lineup is better than last year’s, but the results are far worse. Time to clean house.

  3. canucks30 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    So how many more coaches have to be fired before Kevin Lowe is out of a job?

  4. jacketsfan7 - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Sorry for the language

  5. wishingtonredslur - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Flames played awesome, 13 goals in 2 games and the goalies pads worked too.

  6. 950003cups - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    The problem with the Oilers is drafting. They pick all the best scorers. When they should be building a team. So, you have 10 snipers, great.
    Simple sports sense is:

    who’s gonna feed them the puck?

    Who’s gonna grind the boards keeping the play alive?

    Who’s gonna bang bodies out there setting a tone?

    Who’s gonna skate the puck out of their zone?

    Who’s gonna eat the crease?

    Do you even have a checking line?

    Who’s gonna block some shots?

    Who’s gonna backcheck on a turnover at the blueline?

    Is there anyone that can stand in the opposing crease for rebounds and tip-ins, or perhaps a screen?

    Oilers need to trade a lot of their stars for grinders, body bangers, shot blockers, an agitator, an enforcer, and especially an on ice leader.

    They should start by picking up the phone and start making calls to GMs. Oilers have an abundance of talent that many GMs would be interested in a big trade.

  7. luz56 - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Problem still is Lowe and Mac T….. Clean house. Year 7 on a rebuild is ridiculous. As a Flames fan we at least have guys that put in an effort nightly for the most part. There are too many I’m better than you egos I Edmonton with all those high picks

  8. kicksave1980 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Not commenting on the overall train wreck that the Oilers are, but on the “incident” last night between Hall and Eakins. Eakins should’ve picked his spot a little bit better to send a message to Hall, but anyone who has played any sport at even a mildly competitive level knows that sometimes people say and do things in the heat of competition that they really don’t mean. Total non-issue. I can understand why it’s “news” because things like that between player and coach are rare (in such a public area), but I doubt it needs much analysis.

  9. thedangletheembarrassment - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Must be one of those 35$ chinese sweaters……YOU WOULD BE CRAZY TO SPEND 200 bones for a glorified “rotten tomato” moment.

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