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Oil Spills: Thursday Links - Three In A Row

All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. Three straight wins for the Oilers, The Blue Jackets hire Tortorella, signs of positive change in Toronto, and more.

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About Last Night

McYak Attack Again -- The Copper & Blue
Oilers beat Red Wings 3-1

Game Recap: Oilers Best Red Wings 3-1, Detroit Has Now Lost Three In A Row -- Winging It In Motown
Well, that wasn't very much fun. The Wings drop their third game in a row, and are now sitting at .500 in this very young 2015-2016 season. Is it time to panic? Definitely not. Is it time to be concerned? I think so, maybe a little. Something just isn't clicking.

Cult of Hockey player grades: Cam Talbot’s turn to shine as Oilers squeeze past Red Wings - Bruce McCurdy -- Cult of Hockey
Another game, another milestone. After ending a losing streak of 7 games against Calgary Flames Saturday and a 5 game tailspin vs. Vancouver Canucks the next night, the Edmonton Oilers smote an actual dragon on Wednesday when they toppled Detroit Red Wings 3-1. The victory ended a string of 8 consecutive losses to the Wings, and a string of just 1 win in 16 games — and that by shootout — dating back to the 2009-10 season.

Oilers end their winless drought against Red Wings with 3-1 victory - Jim Matheson -- Edmonton Journal
The Oilers ended a six-year drought against the Detroit Red Wings with their first regulation victory Wednesday, a 3-1 win at Rexall Place. It was their first win in 60 minutes over the Wings since Dec. 3, 2009.

GDB 7.0 Wrap Up: Red Wings @ Oilers -- OilersNation
Kick rocks, Detroit. Final Score: 3-1 Oilers

Revived Oilers take advantage of Detroit gaffes in close-fought game - Derek Van Diest -- Edmonton Sun
The Detroit Red Wings are not accustomed to losing to the Edmonton Oilers. But this is a different Oilers team and Detroit is currently trying to find their way under new head coach Jeff Blashill.

Oilers win mixes "Oh, baby!" moments with "What the heck happened here?" mistakes - Jim Matheson -- Edmonton Journal
So, it’s come to this. We’re starting to critique Edmonton Oilers wins. That’s a good thing, right? Yes, it is.

Turning Edmonton Into Detroit -- OilersNation
Detroit is the Gold Standard of how to develop prospects into NHL players. When someone gets drafted into the Red Wing organization they are going likely going to be spending time in the AHL. It’s about patience. It’s about having a plan. It’s about being responsible. And it’s about time we burst that bubble.

Around the NHL

Columbus Has Fired Todd Richards, and Replaced Him With a Live Hand Grenade -- The Cannon
The Blue Jackets have sacked Todd Richards and replaced him with John Tortorella.

The Blue Jackets jumped the Cannon -- Fear The Fin
Head coach Todd Richards was fired after just seven games of a luck-driven losing streak.

Where does Carey Price rank against the all-time great goalies? - Stephen Burtch --
Carey Price‘s numbers for the Montreal Canadiens last season were excellent. He was easily the most impactful player in the league. But do his results from a single season warrant the recent comparisons that have been made between him and all-time greats such as Dominik Hasek and Patrick Roy?

Early signs point to positive change in direction under Babcock for Leafs -- Pension Plan Puppets
After years of unsustainable play, the Leafs are playing sound, possession-driven hockey. And that's a huge step in the right direction.

And Just Because It's Awesome

The Shot -- The Players' Tribune
Wednesday, October 21st marks the 40th Anniversary of one of the most memorable moments in World Series history: Carlton Fisk’s 12th-inning home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Associated Press photographer Harry Cabluck captured the iconic and enduring images after Fisk’s swing. This is the story behind those photos.