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

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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.