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Marincin scores the winner as the Oilers edge the Bruins in a 12-round shootout


Oilers defenseman Martin Marincin scored the shootout winner as Edmonton edged the Boston Bruins 4-3 Wednesday night.

Marincin, who celebrated his 23rd birthday Wednesday, was the only player in the 12-round shootout to find the back of the net.

Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave Edmonton a 2-0 lead in the first.

After Loui Eriksson got the Bruins on the board, Teddy Purcell restored the two-goal lead with his seventh of the season. Purcell also added an assist in the win.

Reilly Smith and David Pastrnak scored third period goals to tie it 3-3 and force overtime.

Dougie Hamilton had two assists in the loss.

Jordan Eberle had two helpers for the Oilers, who lost defenseman Jeff Petry and forward Anton Lander to injuries in the second period.

Boston has picked up just two of a possible six points on its four game road trip and are winless in five (0-3-2). The Bruins conclude the trip Friday in St. Louis.

“We’re not going to stand here and think that we’re doing OK,” said Claude Julien. “We’re underachieving right now and our game’s got to get better.

“I still feel we’ve got the group in there to make it better, so it’s up to us to take charge.”

Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots in the loss.

Ben Scrivens made 38 saves in his first game back from a thigh injury.

Nelson takes over as Oilers look to snap nine game skid


Todd Nelson will look to steer the Oilers in the right direction as he takes over as head coach tonight when Edmonton plays host to the L.A. Kings.

Nelson had been working alongside general manager Craig MacTavish since the Dec. 15 firing of Dallas Eakins.

Since MacTavish took over, the Oilers have gone 0-3-2 and have not won in nine games overall.

Edmonton will have a couple new faces on the ice as well. Newly acquired forwards Derek Roy and Matt Fraser are expected to be in the lineup against the Kings.

Fraser, 24, was plucked off waivers by the Oilers from the Bruins on Monday. In 24 games this season, the Red Deer, Alberta native has three goals and seven penalty minutes to go along with a minus-5 rating.

Fraser skated on the right side of Leon Draisaitl and David Perron at the team’s morning skate.

Roy, who was acquired by Edmonton from Nashville in exchange for Mark Arcobello on Monday, skated between Nail Yakupov and Teddy Purcell.

The 31-year-old had a goal and nine helpers in 26 games with the Predators this season.

Both players are on expiring contracts.

Oilers squander three-goal lead, lose 18th time in 19 games


Is this the worst group to ever wear the Edmonton Oilers’ uniforms? They’re making a strong case for it after squandering a 5-2 in an eventual 6-5 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars.

For about 13 minutes in the second period, Edmonton dominated this game with four straight goals. The Oilers had been anemic offensively all season, but they seemed to finally find their spark. Sure it was against Dallas, which statistically speaking is the only squad worse than the Oilers defensively, but still, it was their highest goal total since Oct. 24 when they were facing a Hurricanes squad that was in the midst of a season-opening eight-game losing streak.

It turned sour for Edmonton though as Jamie Benn gave the Stars some hope with his goal late in the second period. That opened the door for Tyler Seguin to even the game in the third with his league-leading 24th and 25th goals of the 2014-15 campaign.

Edmonton lasted eight rounds in the subsequent shootout, but eventually lost on the strength of a Shawn Horcoff marker. The Oilers have won just one of their last 19 games.

“No excuses. We were up three goals and needed to find a way to close it out. We needed to be more aware of (Seguin),” Oilers forward Teddy Purcell remarked after the game, per the Oilers’ Twitter feed.

The Oilers are now 7-20-7 this season, which naturally keeps them in the NHL basement. Of course, this isn’t a new position for the Oilers as they’ve had a number of awful seasons over the past six years while trying to build through the draft. Even in that context though, this has been a uniquely bad campaign for this franchise. They’ve collected just 30.9% of their maximum possible points through 34 games, which isn’t just a franchise worst, but an Earth-shattering crash compared to their previous low in 1992-93. In that campaign they finished with 60 points, which is their franchise-low for a season that included at least 80 games. Right now they’re on pace for 51.

Forget the playoffs. Any realistic hope of them making it has been dead for a while. Whether or not they’ll finish 30th in the league is still very much in question, but at this point should the conversation start to shift to: Are the 2014-15 Edmonton Oilers so bad it’s record-breaking?

Oilers chase Lehtonen with three unanswered goals

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The Edmonton Oilers’ problems this season have been numerous, but one of their most glaring has been their offensive struggles. They came into tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars with an average of just 2.09 goals per contest despite having some talented, skilled forwards on their roster.

In fact, Edmonton has scored three or fewer goals in every game since Nov. 19 — or at least that was true when the day began. Dallas had a 2-1 lead going into the second period, but Teddy Purcell evened the contest just 11 seconds into the frame. Mark Arcobello then gave the Oilers some insurance with his sixth and seventh goals of the season.

That ended Kari Lehtonen’s night just 29:19 minutes into this contest. He stopped 15 of 19 shots.

Rebounds were an issue for Lehtonen, but he shouldn’t take the full blame for the Stars’ performance so far tonight. That point was emphasized when Taylor Hall beat replacement goaltender Anders Lindback on the first shot the netminder faced.

Eakins: ‘I’m more encouraged than anything right now’


The Edmonton Oilers dropped their 11th straight game and are now 0-12-4 against the Western Conference this season following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday night.

However, coach Dallas Eakins was trying to remain positive.

“It’s frustrating knowing how this last month has gone,” he said, “but I’m more encouraged than anything right now with the way our guys played.”

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Teddy Purcell had the Oilers up 2-1 with just over three minutes remaining.

Dustin Byfuglien tied it 2-2 at 16:54 of the third and Mathieu Perreault scored 17 seconds into overtime giving the Jets the win.

Jacob Trouba had the other goal for the Jets, who have now won three of their last four games.