DETROIT -- The Edmonton Oilers scratching and clawing right down to the bitter end. Imagine that?
Todd Harvey has seen this act before -- as a member of the Dallas Stars, the Oilers annual first-round playoff opponent in seasons they've managed to qualify for post-season as the seventh or eighth seed. Now, as an Oiler, he's seeing it again.
"This team's been trying to get into the playoffs like this for how many years now? I don't even know," Harvey said. "It comes crunch time, it just seems like everybody is squeezing their sticks. We don't score in the first 10 minutes and it's like, 'Oh my gosh.' They go off on their own page. Our leaders have to stand up in here and everybody needs to get in line.
"There's no excuse anymore. There's three games left. What do you have to save it for right now? We could be done in six days."
Harvey, clearly dumbfounded at the Oilers no-show against the St. Louis Blues Sunday, chose his words carefully yesterday.
"If I knew the answer, I'd be a genius," Harvey said. "I don't know if we think going in it's going to be an easy game. We feel our way in.
"It doesn't matter who you're playing, it's not easy. You could be playing St. Louis or Detroit, if you're not prepared to do the things you need to do to win from the drop of the puck, you're going to get beat."