LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - Like the golfer whose irons and putter betray him the day he finally figures out his driver, the Edmonton Oilers fixed their goaltending for a night, only to have the rest of their team spring a leak.
Their defence, penalty killing, power play and, aside from a two-goal, eight-second outburst from Taylor Hall, their offence were all underwhelming in 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders.
“I knew this renovation was going to be messy, but I didn’t think it would be this messy,” said head coach Dallas Eakins, whose club is winless through the first four games of their six-game trip and sits last in the Western Conference at 1-6-1. “But we will dig our heels in and continue to try to get better and teach this team how they’re going to have to play to win hockey games.
“We have a great skill set, but skill doesn’t always win you games. It’s the will to play the game the right way.”