January 31, 2013
Boring hockey is back in NHL

Oilers' Ryan Smyth brings the puck to the front of the net in action against goalie Chad Johnson and the Coyotes Wednesday night. The Oilers won 2-1 in overtime. (Ralph D. Freso/Reuters)

CALGARY - Not going to lie, I love 6-3 hockey games.

That’s not just because a high-scoring tilt won by a few goals is so much easier to write on deadline, they’re fun to watch.

Sure, a 2-1 clash when it’s a duel between the goalies with a bunch of scoring chances and end-to-end action, is enthralling.

Too often, though, an affair won 2-1 or even 1-0 is a result of suffocating defensive play or lacklustre performances.

So, it’s a shame to see watch that “tight defence” is already back front and centre in the NHL.

Case in point, the Edmonton Oilers playing a “patient” game to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 in OT Wednesday night.

The only entertainment came at the end when the Coyotes players were irate at the officials for missing a debatable hand-pass and also started a mini-brouhaha after the winning goal.

Before that, though, it was mind-numbing.