JONES: Flames coach offers words of hope for Edmonton Oilers

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Jan 21, 2022  •  21 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen (19) stretches while playing the Florida Panthers at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia Article content

It was the least likely person and place from where the Edmonton Oilers would have expected to hear the words that might help them to go forward from one of the most disheartening, dispiriting, distressing and depressing nights in recent franchise history.


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The words came from Darryl Sutter in Calgary.

The Flames coach spoke a few hours before the Oilers took to the ice for only their second game in 15 days, played a whale of a first period against the high-flying Florida Panthers and then had the wheels, hub caps, bumpers, muffler and headlights all fall off Thursday.

It looked like the Oilers, winning all the little battles and little races all over the ice, had emerged from their six weeks of misery and were returning to become the team that went 9-1 and 16-5 to start the season.

But the guys at the other end of the ice received sensational goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky and emerged tied 0-0 after 20.

Then Mikko Koskinen gave up one of his patented…

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