Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/19/13
It’s amazing and a little unsettling just how quickly the climate can change in a dressing room. In just 60 mediocre minutes (OK 59 minutes and 52 mediocre seconds if you don’t count Taylor Hall’s two-goal combination) the forecast in the Edmonton Oilers room changed from sunny skies ahead to dark clouds on the horizon. As we’ve said earlier a string of well-played losses usually goes one of two ways – it turns into well-played wins or the losses get worse. After three engaging defeats in Toronto Washington and Pittsburgh when Edmonton played hard and fast and it seemed like it was just a case of the breaks beating the boys it got worse Thursday on Long Island. There were long lapses offensively (like being outshot 21-1 through the first 15 minutes of the third period when the Oilers were supposed to be trying to come back from 3-2 down) there were fundamental breakdowns on defence and their special teams let them down on both fronts. Games like that one on the heels of four previous losses and a 1-6-1 start make it a little harder to relax and know that everything is going to be OK. “We can’t get too discouraged we know there’s a lot of season left” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as dejection chips away at the optimism following the 3-2 loss on Long Island. “We don’t want to keep surrendering points but we just have to make sure we keep positive or it’s not going to go well for us.” It’s not exactly going great right now but if their spirit is broken this early then “it’s a long season” will take on an entirely different meaning.
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