In a season full of unforgettable games for Edmonton Oilers netminder Cam Talbot, last night’s 7-5 loss to the Florida Panthers may have been the most forgettable. The Oilers goaltender, who is notoriously hard on himself, hung last night’s loss squarely on his own shoulders.
“Any time you go out and score five goals, you should win a game every night,” said Talbot to the Edmonton Sun’s Jim Matheson. “I didn’t give us a chance to win tonight. I liked our battle level, our compete, our resiliency. Every time I let one in, we got one back but I just couldn’t find that next save to give us a chance.”
Too many times this season Talbot has let in a groaner or two, putting his team behind early on. Last night, there were three or four groaners. “I’d like four of those back,” said Talbot after the game.
“I haven’t had a game like this in a long time and it came on a really bad night where I got a lot of support and they needed me. Tonight it wasn’t anything physical. I just couldn’t come up with a save when we needed it,” said the dejected Oilers netminder.
Talbot’s not wrong in his assessment, but to be fair he didn’t get much defensive help either. “We definitely need to tighten it up,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid. “Obviously we’ve been giving up a bunch of goals and it’s more how we’re giving them up, breakaways and open shots in the slot, not really giving Talbs a chance,” said McDavid. “Definitely frustrating when we’re scoring five goals and we’re still losing the game. It definitely can’t happen.”
Head coach Todd McLellan also didn’t like what he saw from his team. “Not good enough, too many goals, the penalty kill and some big errors again from individuals,” said the Oilers bench boss.
Up next, the Oilers take on the league leading Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday evening… no rest for a dejected and deflated Oilers squad.