TORONTO - APRIL 13: Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini speaks after being awarded the first overall pick during the NHL Draft Lottery Drawing at the TSN Studio April 13, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images for NHL)
another lost fight for Darcy Hordichuk,
another goal for Jordan Eberle,
another game in the press box for Linus Omark,
another up and down game for Devan Dubnyk,
another hilarious seizure-in-goal performance from Jeff Deslauriers,
another missed net by Sam Gagner,
another blown assignment by Ryan Whitney,
For the Oilers, it was the same old song, except it's still the same meaning and no one is gone.
There was one good thing to come out of last night's loss: the Oilers have someone capable of getting under Corey Perry's skin, challenging him to a fight, and calling him a word not fit for print when Perry begs off of the fisticuffs. Teemu Hartikainen was his pesty best last night. Slashing Perry, confronting him after whistles, and talking to him more than once in the middle of play.
At the Edmonton Journal, Bruce McCurdy also liked Hartikainen's work against Perry:
Anaheim Ducks 3, Edmonton Oilers 2 (OT) – That’s a wrap - Cult of Hockey
There were brief outbursts of excitement and/or intensity, notably an ongoing battle that youngster Teemu Hartikainen carried on with Ducks’ pest/Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry, a most welcome development in that Oilers haven’t had a soul who could match up with the likes of Perry for a while.
And Anaheim Calling's Jen Neale was more interested in the other local playoff team, the Los Angeles Kings:
Getzlaf Scores OT Winner in Edmonton - Anaheim Calling
While I was listening to the game, I was beginning to think that neither team actually wanted to win it. Actually, no, I take that back. Edmonton wanted to win the game for their fans as it was their last home game of the year. Edmonton's fans on the other hand, probably didn't want to win because it wouldn't help their draft position. Either way, it was a booooring game. To be quite honest, I was watching the Kings and Sharks most of the time.