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Scoring first doesn’t mean you’re going to win the game, just like giving up the first goal doesn’t mean you’re going to lose it, but it’s a brutal trend that isn’t helping the cause

Leon Draisaitl (29) and Darnell Nurse (25) take part in an Edmonton Oilers practice at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia Article content

The Edmonton Oilers are famous for spotting the other team a 1-0 lead — 22 times in the last 26 games — so it’s kind of interesting that they are playing a Florida Panthers team that scored first in all but one of its games since Dec. 29.

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Interesting in a scary and uncomfortable way.

“I think it’s definitely something we need to clean up, especially the way things are going right now,” said defenceman Cody Ceci. “You don’t need to start a game feeling negative or down on yourselves. It’s very important that we put a lot of focus on that.”

Scoring first doesn’t mean you’re going to win the game, just like giving up the first goal doesn’t mean you’re going to lose it, but it’s a brutal trend that isn’t helping the cause.

Head coach Dave Tippett believes the slow-start stat isn’t always about slow starts, though. Bad…

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