EDMONTON - If they’re going to get better, the Edmonton Oilers know they’re going to have to play bigger.
On Monday the Oilers stood up for themselves for the first time this season in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
The win was the first against a divisional opponent not based in Calgary.
“We played with purpose,” said Oilers centre Sam Gagner. “When you go back for the puck and you’re able to break it out with a sense of urgency. When the centres are getting back and the wingers are getting the pucks out of the wall, it allows you to play in your D-zone a little less and play with a little more force.
“It’s a tough building to come into in the second game of a back-to-back. But we knew they were playing the second of a back-to-back as well. So we wanted to get on them early and I felt like we had a good first and we just wanted to carry that on. When we’re breaking the puck out as well as we were, it makes it easier to play against those teams and I thought we did a good job of that.”