If you read the game preview yesterday here at Oil on Whyte you will recall the reference to the classic Lou Brown from Major League. Not only does Lou rock one of the greatest mustache’s of all time, but his laid back, sarcastic demeanor connects with the Cleveland Indians during the 90 minute comedy and not surprisingly the team rallies around him, put together a winning streak and make the postseason . After last night’s game, Lou Brown would be sorely disappointed with the Edmonton Oilers.
Not only did they fail to win their second game in a row, that could have potentially led to a winning streak but they fell two games back of that elusive .500 mark. You can’t win three games in a row if you don’t win that second one.
Heading into the game it was easy to start licking your chops and salivating over the thought of having Peter Budaj, the Canadiens’ backup in goal. The Oilers had their fair share of shots, sending 28 pucks his way but only managing to get one by him; and a lucky one at that.
The powerplay contributed for the lone goal that Edmonton scored last night. Other than that, they had three other opportunities including a back-to-back man advantage but couldn’t get much set up and truly threaten Budaj with a flurry of scoring chances.
Remember the wild third period that the Oilers portrayed on Monday night against the New Jersey Devils? Yeah, there was no repeat performance of that type of energy or pressure that the Canadiens had to deal with last night. Frustrating to think that a team can turn it on like a flip of the switch then fail to carry that energy and momentum over to the next night.
But it is still early right? That only lasts for so long and with a six-game, east coast road trip staring them in the face, taunting them to dare and try to take eight points or more, the urgency is high for this Oilers club; or at least it should be.
Maybe Dallas Eakins should try the Lou Brown approach and put a cardboard cutout of the team’s owner and every win….wait, the Oilers owner is Daryl Katz and not Rachel Phelps (shutter). Nevermind, forget that idea.
We need more Lou Brown is what I’m trying to say.