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Oilers give up early lead, fall to last-place Sabres

Oilers forward Sam Gagner is stopped by Sabres goalie Matt Hackett during second period action in...

Oilers forward Sam Gagner is stopped by Sabres goalie Matt Hackett during second period action in Edmonton on Thursday, March 20, 2014. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

EDMONTON - You can’t win ‘em all, but good grief, you gotta beat Buffalo.

One of the cardinal rules in sports is never lose to a team below you in the standings.

Especially when there’s only one of them.

So it was a rather embarrassed group of Edmonton Oilers players who tugging on their collars, kicking the carpet and trying to explain why they got lit up at home by the Sisters of the Poor.

On one of those rare nights when the Oilers, riding a much-pubicized 10-4-3 hot streak, were expected to win, and should have won, they reverted to their old ways in a stunning 3-1 defeat.

At home.

To Buffalo.

The Sabres, weak enough before the trade deadline and stripped down after it, were in a full scale mess when they arrived in Edmonton. They were on a seven-game losing streak, during which they only scored six goals, all of them from two players (Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford).


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