The Edmonton Oilers took two points from the Montreal Canadiens last night but perhaps the bigger story than the team’s modest two-game winning streak is the war of words that has formed between head coach Dallas Eakins and Habs forward Lars Eller.
Prior to the game here at Oil on Whyte I posted the surprising comments from the 24-year old Canadien and in my piece I mentioned how you just simply don’t run the other team down to the media before a game, if at any point in the season.
Oilers coach Dallas Eakins agrees and as you can see in the video (link below), he actually thanks Eller for running his mouth and believes that the hockey gods decided to play a factor in yesterday’s outcome. Thankfully for the Oilers, the hockey gods were on their side for a change.
It’s unfortunate that these two teams won’t play each other again this season, with the recent war of wards that has ensued following the Oilers third victory of the year. It would certainly make for a compelling rubber match between the Habs and Oilers but now we’ll just have to wait for next season.
Perhaps this could be a turning point in the Oilers season? We’ll have to wait and see but for the fun of it, thanks Mr. Eller for your inspirational words.
Check out the video for the full dialogue from Eakins, mixed in with Eller’s pre-game rant, courtesy of the fine folks at Sportsnet.