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Leon Draisaitl has some tough words for his teammates

Published September 13, 2023 at 0:08
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This was discussed on the Oilers Nation Podcast, where Leon Draisaitl felt the team needed to address some issues he felt were affecting them as a whole.

In his view, even though the team knew how to win against their opponents, he felt like they gave up far too many goals while playing against them.

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There were many games in which they would score right away and as soon as they scored, they would often immediately give up a goal to the opposition.

It is believed that this factor played a major role in the teams' loss to the Vegas Golden Knights since Draisaitl and McDavid correctly thought that either side that won the series would win a Stanley Cup.

After a storming start against the Florida Panthers, the Knights would go on to win their first Stanley Cup in six years in the NHL.

There is no doubt Draisaitl and the team want to be the next to lift the Cup and this is just one aspect of their game that needs to be addressed in order for them to succeed.

«I think that's series could (have gone) any direction,» Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl said on Thursday, after a captain's skate at Rogers Place. «But it didn't, and that's a fact.»

So, what happened then? What really happened, to an Oilers team that was locked in a 2-2 series, on the road in Game 5 and leading 2-1 with six minutes remaining in the second period?

«We just didn't play our best hockey when it mattered most. Not consistently enough, at least,» said Draisaitl. «In the long run, the last two games, they just outplayed us a little bit in some little areas. A couple of penalties here»

«It was a collection of little mistakes that add up, to lose the series,» said captain Connor McDavid, when asked on Wednesday at press conference for next month's Heritage Classic game. «Looking back, we're sitting there in Game 5, five minutes left in the second and in a real good place — on the road and up by a goal. Feeling good about ourselves. And you find a way to be down two (goals) heading into the third period.

«It's a collection of mistakes throughout the series that add up to a series loss. Something that we'll fix throughout the course of year.»

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