OILERS NOTES: Defence needs to be a lot better in Game 2

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The Flames are considerably nastier to play against than the Kings — certainly more guys who can drop the mitts — and there was little pushback from the Oilers in Game 1

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Jim Matheson  •  Edmonton Journal

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Craig MacTavish’s favourite coaching line after a bad game was, “like they say in pool, it’s not what you make, it’s what you leave … same goes for hockey with the chances you give the other team.”

So meet the Edmonton Oilers, who scored six but gave up nine in Game 1 in Calgary, coming back from 6-2 down to tie it at six early in the third, but failed to realize the game was on again and a modicum of defence was now required.

Did the Oilers think they might actually pull this out?

“Yeah, for about 30 seconds, right? They scored a shift or two shifts later so we didn’t really have much time to think on it,” said Zach Hyman, who catalogued the list of poor items in the Oilers play that were lacking.

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“Just a bunch of things to be honest. Defensive awareness, being physical, being hard to play against, gave up way too many Grade-A chances,” said Hyman. “Before we could blink, we’re down 2-0, that can’t happen…

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