EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers showed once again Thursday why Rexall Place has become a goalie graveyard.
They returned to action after the NHL trade deadline by giving Ben Scrivens the same support they gave Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera, Richard Bachman and Ilya Bryzgalov this year, hanging their keeper out to dry for about 40 ugly minutes against the New York Islanders.
But thanks to Scrivens, the Oilers got a win despite themselves. He kept them alive long enough to get their heads out of their hockey pants and turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 overtime victory.
It was a disgraceful start - in front of Wayne Gretzky, no less. The Oilers were outshot 13-4 in the first period. They gave up a shorthanded goal and they went into the dressing room, trailing 2-0, to a chorous of boos.