Coming off of a three game win streak in which the struggling Edmonton Oilers seemed to FINALLY turn a corner, the young squad served up perhaps their worst effort of the season against the lowly Buffalo Sabres last night.
The 30th place Sabres, led by goaltender Robin Lehner and sparked by a two goal performance from Ryan O’Reilly, blanked the Oilers 5-0 in Edmonton. Brutal. The Oilers had an opportunity to win their fourth in a row for only the second time in 2017-18, but instead they served up an absolute stinker for the home crowd. One step forward, two steps back… that seems to be a theme with this season’s team.
Edmonton Sun reporter Terry Jones carved the Oilers like a Thanksgiving turkey in his recap of the game, calling out not only the Oilers’ players but its coaching and management groups, as well.
What’s the NHL record for soiling the sheets coming off positive performances? With the Oilers, it’s not an occasional happening, it’s a routine.
The Oilers assembled themselves for the game with batteries not included.
That was inexcusable, and it’s getting to the point where some people are going to have to get excused around here.
The Oilers didn’t get a shot on their putrid, pathetic power play and were a total fire drill on the penalty kill, as usual.
Nothing changes. The two areas that have been killing this team all season continue to kill it. To keep doing the same things over and over again expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.
It looked more like they got out the kindergarten mats and had naps instead.
Ouch. That’s got to hurt. For full highlights of last night’s debacle, click the video link below:
Smyth receives highest honour from Hockey Canada
In more positive Oilers news, former Oilers forward Ryan Smyth, along with distinguished women’s hockey player Danielle Goyette and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock have been named the 2018 Distinguished Honourees for the Order of Hockey in Canada. The trio will be recognized for their contributions to the sport in their home country at a special ceremony and gala in London, Ontario later this year.
Smyth’s international accomplishments are well documented. After all, he didn’t earn the nickname “Captain Canada” for nothing.
Check out this list of accomplishments, courtesy of Hockey Canada:
- Recorded 40 points (21 goals, 19 assists) in 89 games with Team Canada
- All-time leader for games played by a Canadian at the IIHF World Championship (60)
- Wore the ‘C’ as captain at the IIHF World Championship (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010)
- Won the Spengler Cup with Canada in 2012 (captain)
- Played for Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Championship
- Played for Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games
- Won a silver medal with Canada at the 2005 IIHF World Championship
- Won the World Cup of Hockey with Canada in 2004
- Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2004 IIHF World Championship
- Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2003 IIHF World Championship
- Played for Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Championship
- Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games
- Played for Canada at the 2001 IIHF World Championship
- Played for Canada at the 2000 IIHF World Championship
- Played for Canada at the 1999 IIHF World Championship
- Won a gold medal with Canada at the 1995 IIHF World Junior Championship
- Played 19 NHL seasons with Edmonton, N.Y. Islanders, Colorado and Los Angeles
- Recorded 842 points (386 goals, 456 assists) in 1,270 NHL games
- Played in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game
- Top 10 in Edmonton history in GP (971 – 2nd), G (296 – 5th), A (335 – T7th), P (631 – 6th)
- Named to the WHL East Second All-Star Team in 1994-95
Incredible. An honour well earned. DEFINITELY deserved.
“As players and coaches, this group has led the way on and off the ice, teaching and inspiring Canadian players at all levels of the game,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “To be selected as a Distinguished Honouree of the Order of Hockey in Canada is one of the most prestigious accomplishments one can receive in hockey in Canada, and this year’s honourees are well-deserving of the recognition. On behalf of my colleagues at Hockey Canada, the Order of Hockey in Canada selection committee, as well as our board members, I would like to congratulate Danielle, Mike, and Ryan, and we look forward to celebrating them in London on June 18.”
Congrats, Smitty! You’ve earned it!