Guys, we bloggers try to be nice. Genial, a team player. We want to be beacons of support for our team, even in the worst of times. But, even a kind turn can become difficult after witnessing the load of crap the Oilers laid on the legendary ice of Rexall Place Saturday night.
Curtis Glencross (former Oiler, of course) scored his first natural hat-trick, while Matt Stajan had a four point night as the Calgary Flames routed the copper and blue. The big blow up occurred in the second period, as new trade deadline acquisition Viktor Fasth let in 4 goals in less than four minutes. It wouldn’t improve much under the favored Ben Scrivens, who would go on to let in three himself, two of which would be scored 37 seconds apart.
After watching the Oilers lose to the league-worst Buffalo Sabres Thursday night, this is a wound inflicted on the Oilers patient fans that could resonate a little more than the organization may like. It would be one thing if the Oilers were drubbed by the Boston Bruins or the St. Louis Blues, but to lose 8-1 to our greatest rival is painful to say the least. The Flames aren’t exactly a great team either, only four points ahead of Edmonton in the standings as of game time.
All season long, the one theme that has come up over and over with the Flames is while they aren’t offensively gifted, they play a complete sixty minutes with effort and tenacity. They are gritty if anything else, something I can’t say about the Oilers. The Oilers just CANNOT play games like this anymore. Every team gets a butt kicking every now and then, but at this point in time, particularly after looking good over the last month and a half, the Oilers revealed our worst fears are not unfounded.
When our goalies decided to have an off night, the true state of affairs was uncovered. Our defence is AWFUL, and needs to be remedied over the off season. Eberle, Yakupov? Our first round pick? I don’t know. Craig Mactavish will need to get aggressive. Eventually, the fire to win will die in our young players, as long as the wholesale product we are putting on the ice is this weak.