It took overtime to get it, but for the Edmonton Oilers they were able to salvage a victory last night against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The only reason the boys in copper and blue needed overtime was due to them blowing a three goal lead and allowing the Hurricanes to crawl back into a hockey game that they didn’t deserve to win, or snag a free point out of.
But as this Oilers team continues to find their identity and establish what kind of team they’ll be to play against on a nightly basis, hiccups like last night will happen. You could argue that these types of growing pains should happen for those that are in the early stages of a re-building process, not one that’s in year seven, or four, or whatever year it actually is; another sign it’s been too damn long already.
Regardless, it happened. But the positive out of it, aside from the victory, was that this team did not get defeated when they gave up the three goal lead. Rather, they continued to play a strong game and thanks to a power play in overtime, the Oilers secured the win. Any win, no matter how ugly it is, is perceived as a positive when you’re desperate for two points every night like the Oilers are.
Last night’s story line will also serve as a valuable lesson for these fragile Oilers. It proves yet again that a sixty-minute effort is required starting when the puck drops on game number one and must be carried through until the buzzer ends on game 82.
For now though, two points is what is important and the Oilers were able to grab those and from here on out, it no longer matters how. On to the next game.