...Criticize the fans for voicing their displeasure at the effort put forward by their team, rather than the players for said poor performance:
"I would suggest to you, just off the top, and I’m sure this will be a bone of contention because a large portion of you will likely say, "We need something to cheer for," I think – and we’ll talk to Rob Brown about this in a moment – I think it should go noted how much the fans support should help go urge on the team. In a game like tonight where there’s not a lot of energy, where St. Louis is coming strong, where the Oilers are trying to weather the storm a little bit, a little bit of boost from the fans could go a huge way from the team. This building has been fairly quiet over the course of the season and tonight was some negative energy and I think, I sensed from some of the players inside the room tonight that maybe some frustration with the way the building went tonight, given that they have played some pretty good hockey here of late and given that, unlike in past years, the effort of the team is not in question and they are trying to push forward and are trying to forge forward. So, I think the suggestion might have been that the negativity from the fan base tonight wasn’t overly appreciated.
And Rob I want your take on this because the one thing that I said to the guys in there is that you’ve got a fan that’s paying, some of them $300 a ticket, and they can obviously do whatever they like to do, but you know, there are some players saying "Look a little bit of a boost can go a long way for us. It’s a lot that we can feed off of. If the building is energetic, then that’s going to help us out a ton and conversely, when the boos come down at the end of the game, that’s incredibly disheartening on your home ice when you’ve got a game that didn’t go great but the group feels like they’ve put together some good hockey lately and they certainly feel like the effort’s not in question."
-Dan Tencer, 630 CHED Oilers Broadcast 03/23/2013 (via MC79Hockey.com)