Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Oilers at 11 and counting

The Edmonton Oilers who haven't won a game since Ryan Smyth was traded away, added number eleven to their list of misadventure on Monday night.

The illness depleted Oilers, featuring ten players out of the lineup due to various illnesses, gave it a game effort and from all reports played their best game in recent times, but still came up short on the scoreboard as the Canucks doubled them 2-1.

The loss leaves the Oilers three short of tying their winless streak record of fourteen, a record that they no doubt would prefer not to claim if they can help it.

For the Canucks it was a valuable two points, giving Vancouver a three point spread over the idle Minnesota Wild in the battle for first place in the North West division.

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo collected his 42nd victory of the season, tying him with Martin Brodeur for the lead in victories in the NHL.

The Oilers have nine games remaining in this most disappointing of seasons, expect them to play determined hockey before the next four games have gone by, all it takes is one win in the next four games to take a bit of the sting out of what has been a season when everything has gone very wrong.

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