It happened again.
The Edmonton Oilers lost, this time it was their season and home opener to their long-time rivals, the Calgary Flames, and a disgruntled Oilers fan tossed their jersey on to the ice at the conclusion of the game.
After fighting their way back into the game with power play goals from Teddy Purcell and Taylor Hall, the Oilers couldn’t take the lead in the third period. In fact, that’s where they lost this one.
The Flames scored three times in the final 20 minutes, including a pair from Mason Raymond to complete his hat trick, for the 5-2 victory, which came about 24 hours after they lost to the Vancouver Canucks back in Calgary.
Yeah. Not the way the Oilers wanted to start this season. And another fan, angry with the result, tossed a jersey on to the ice, according to numerous reports on Twitter and a photo on The Canadian Press wire service.
Seems like this is the new tradition or something, as the Oilers look to show signs of an improving team.
In December of last year, a fan tossed a jersey on to the ice after a loss, prompting quite a response from head coach Dallas Eakins.
“Whoever threw that jersey on the ice, they’re out, they’ve given up, they’re a quitter,” said Eakins at the time. “We don’t want that here.”
That was in late-December. This is October. Game One out of 82.
“They’re easy adjustments on the goals they scored … These were honest mistakes. I did feel some guys were rusty at times,” said Eakins, as per the team’s Twitter account.
“I’m not going to walk out here and say we played crappy, because we didn’t. But we lost the game and that’s unacceptable,” he added.