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Edmonton Oilers better when they're playing catch-up

Shawn Horcoff is stopped by Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith during Wednesday's game. (Amber...

Shawn Horcoff is stopped by Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith during Wednesday's game. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

EDMONTON - They can’t win for losing, but that’s when the Edmonton Oilers seem to be at their best.

When they’re losing.

They’ll go for agonizing stretches at the start of games, or in the middle, when it looks like they don’t even want to put a puck on net. When it looks like they need a doctor with a couple of paddles standing over them and yelling “Clear!” during the intermission.

But put them behind a couple of goals, like they were after 40 minutes against Phoenix, and that’s when they start looking like the fast, relentless talented handful they were supposed to be.

“It seems like there’s a switch that we can almost put on and off and that’s not a good switch to have, it should be on all the time,” said winger Taylor Hall. “We need to play with that desperation and aggressiveness right away and really come at teams, especially at home.

“After four games on the road it was nice to come home and we just really came out flat and it’s tough to see.”


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