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Falling out of the playoff race so late in the season especially tough for Edmonton Oilers

Wild's jason Zucker takes out Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff Tuesday at Rexall Place. (DAVID...

Wild's jason Zucker takes out Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff Tuesday at Rexall Place. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

EDMONTON - For the Edmonton Oilers, this one hurts more than the past.

Missing the playoffs for the seventh-consecutive season, one would think the club is accustomed to the feeling of emptiness that accompanies watching the NHL post season.

But having a seat at the table, even though it was brief, has made this year’s collapse tougher to get over.

“This year is probably the toughest, because we were right there, six games ago we were in the playoffs,” said Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff. “Then losing those next three, four and five was tough. It was tough on the team, it was tough emotionally, but we have to find a way to put that behind us now and respond.

“We have six games left and we have to finish hard. We have quality teams coming in and it’s going to take 60-minute effort. I thought (Tuesday) night for spurts we played some good hockey. I thought we played well in the first outside of the first couple of minutes and then responded in the third.”


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