Things have gotten to such a comedic state that it’s now a drinking game among some Edmonton Oilers fans.
Whenever the Oilers go on a power play, beverages are placed at the ready in the probability they’ll give up a short-handed, two-on-rush. They’re usually good for at least one per game.
Sunday against the New York Rangers, the Oilers gave up their short-handed two-on-one rush, which Rick Nash converted on.
Then for good measure, the Oilers gave up another short-handed goal in the 5-0 loss to bring their league-high total to 13 for the year.
“It’s something that can’t happen,” said Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “We’ve given up the most shorthanded goals this season and it’s something that we can’t afford to do. Whatever the reason, I think we’re a little overzealous and want to help guys out, but at the same time, we have to be more cautious. Teams are trying to capitalize on the penalty kill, they don’t just dump it out every time. We have to be aware of that and it’s something that we have to be better at for sure. It’s frustrating when that happens.”