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Same old story: ‘A couple bad shifts killed us,’ says Oilers’ Taylor Hall


The Edmonton Oilers lost again. Once again, costly mistakes came back to haunt them. And when they were down and tried to mount a comeback, they were unsuccessful.

Against the Anaheim Ducks, the Oilers fell behind three goals, meaning the end of the night for goalie Viktor Fasth, who was furious when given the hook.

He slammed his helmet down on the bench and fired a few choice words to his teammates. The Oilers were flat in the first period, with just three shots on goal compared to 10 for Anaheim. They allowed two goals just 44 seconds apart less than a minute into the second period, which increased their deficit to three goals. When it was over, and despite a valiant comeback effort, Edmonton’s struggling NHL club lost to the Ducks by a final score of 4-2.

It’s the same old story.

Costly mistakes.

How, off the faceoff at center ice to begin the second period, could Kyle Palmieri find space between two defensemen to accept a breakaway pass just a few seconds after the puck was dropped?

How could Ryan Getzlaf, a big-time point producer in the NHL for years, be allowed to walk so freely toward the middle of the ice and let go a shot?

“I feel like I’ve said this eight times this year. A couple bad shifts killed us. Two Grade A chances at the start of the (second),” said Taylor Hall, as per the Oilers’ Twitter account.

The Oilers have now lost three in a row. They have one win, which came Dec. 7, in their last 15 games.

Garbutt’s undisciplined play has ‘got to stop,’ says Nill


Though not a household name, Ryan Garbutt has firmly established himself as one of the NHL’s most reckless and oft-punished players.

And now, his boss has seen enough.

“He’s got to stop. He knows he has to change his game,” Stars GM Jim Nill said, per the Dallas Morning-News. “The message to Ryan is he’s too valuable. I know he plays hard, he plays on the edge, but some of the things, he doesn’t need to do them.

“It’s got to end. He’s too valuable to the team, we need him on the ice.”

On Thursday, Garbutt was suspended three games for slew-footing Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien — Garbutt’s second suspension of the year (he received two games in November for kneeing Edmonton’s Taylor Hall). All told, Garbutt has been suspended 10 games over the last two seasons and was also fined during last year’s playoffs for spearing Anaheim’s Corey Perry in the groin.

Nill acknowledged that anything Garbutt does now registers a huge blip on the Department of Player Safety’s radar, and said the 29-year-old forward will have to adjust his game accordingly.

“You gotta learn,” Nill explained. “There are other players who play like him in the league, but they’re not getting the phone calls. That’s what he has to find, he has to find that fine line.

“The part he needs to understand is he’s got more skills than he realizes, so use those skills to your advantage. And he’s going to get it, he’ll figure it out.”

Garbutt suspended three games for ‘dangerously’ slew-footing Byfuglien


Dallas forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended three games for slew-footing Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, the NHL announced on Thursday.

“The risk of serious injury to the defenseless opponent is heightened significantly, and the offense [slew-footing] can merit supplemental discipline,” the Department of Player Safety explained. “In this case, Garbutt kicks and drives with such force that he lifts the much-larger Byfuglien completely off his feet, causing him to slam dangerously to the ice on his back.”

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As stated, Garbutt’s history as a repeat offender played a role in this suspension. He was suspended (for charging) and fined (for spearing) last season and, last month, got a two-game ban for kneeing Edmonton’s Taylor Hall.

Garbutt will forfeit $65,853.66 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, and sit out Dallas’ next three games against New Jersey, Vancouver and Calgary. He’s eligible to return on Sunday, Dec. 21 for a tilt in Edmonton.

Garbutt back in hot water, has hearing for Byfuglien slew-foot


Ryan Garbutt’s string of disciplinary issues continues.

The Dallas forward, who’s been heavily scrutinized over the last two seasons for his reckless play, has a disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety following his slewfoot on Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien last night, the league announced.

Garbutt twice tangled with Jets players on Tuesday evening. The first instance came in the second period on goalie Michael Hutchinson; the second (and potentially punishable) incident on Byfuglien occurred in the final frame.

Watch both here:

Garbutt received goalie interference and tripping minors on those plays, which likely drew the ire of head coach Lindy Ruff. Ruff has been highly critical of Garbutt’s undisciplined play this season and, really, his play dating back to last year as well.

“It’s something he has a tough time with,” Ruff said of Garbutt’s issues, per the Dallas Morning News. “We had a tough time with it last year, but I thought we were making some headway.

“I feel like I’m losing a bit of ground again.”

In ’13-14, Garbutt was suspended five games for charging then-Anaheim forward Dustin Penner; then fined during Dallas’ opening-round playoff series for spearing Ducks winger Corey Perry in the groin.

This year, Garbutt received a two-game suspension for kneeing Edmonton’s Taylor Hall and, over the weekened, knocked Montreal defenseman Mike Weaver (concussion) out of action with a hit along the boards at American Airlines.

Habs lose Weaver (concussion) after Garbutt hit


Montreal defenseman Mike Weaver has been diagnosed with a concussion, head coach Michel Therrien confirmed on Monday.

Weaver, who’d appeared in 26 of the Habs’ 29 games this year, was injured early in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Dallas on this hit from Stars forward Ryan Garbutt:

Weaver left the game immediately and didn’t return. Garbutt wasn’t penalized on the play, but has been something of a controversial figure this season — he was suspended two games earlier in the year for kneeing Edmonton’s Taylor Hall, and drew the ire of head coach Lindy Ruff for his oft-undisciplined style of play.

As for Weaver, he’ll presumably be out for Tuesday’s tilt against the Canucks, meaning that Bryan Allen — who was scratched against the Stars on Saturday — will likely draw back into the lineup.