Oilers hot heading into Olympic break

New Jersey Devils' Andrei Loktionov (21) puts the game-opening goal past Edmonton Oilers goalie...

New Jersey Devils' Andrei Loktionov (21) puts the game-opening goal past Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov during the first period while Andrew Ference reaches for it at Prudential Center in New Jersey, Friday night. Devils win 2-1 in overtime on Feb 7, 2014 in Newark, NJ, USA. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

NEWARK, New Jersey — The Edmonton Oilers had a chance to go into the Olympic break as one of the hottest teams in the NHL.

They'll have to settle for going in having collected points in six of their last seven games.

On Friday, the Oilers fell 2-1 in overtime to the New Jersey Devils as Jon Merrill scored 2:34 into the extra session, seconds after Adam Henrique got away with a hold on Oilers defenceman Martin Marincin in the corner.

The goal was Merrill's first of his career, snapping the Devils two-game winless skid.

“For being a game where we played (Thursday) night and they were waiting for us, I thought we played well,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. “Again, we were patient with our game, we responded right away after they scored, we didn’t throw caution to the wind and get upset. I think we’ve been learning some great lessons over the last little while and I’m encouraged with our play, especially in the last little while.”


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