Found October 24, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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You know it’s a tough trip when it starts with losing a bunch of games and ends with losing a bunch of players. With the defeats piling up around them and with Jesse Joensuu Taylor Hall and Ryan Smyth flying home early with injuries the Oilers were starting to think the only way their six-game eastern swing could get any worse was if the NHL tacked on a neutral-site game in Afghanistan at the last minute. Bettman does love the sandy non-traditional markets after all. Fortunately for them it ended better than it started. With 120 dogged and desperate minutes in Ottawa and Montreal they managed to duck a pair of bullets that would have turned the trip the month and maybe even the season into a total disaster. “It’s one of those things you’ve got your fingers crossed and you’re hopeful it’s going to bring your team together if you can get some wins” head coach Dallas Eakins said of his pre-trip expectations. “Obviously it didn’t start very good but I’m encouraged that it ended well...
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