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It’s A Different Season In Edmonton

from Dan Rsoen of NHL.com,

The Edmonton Oilers are winning games they almost certainly would have lost the past two seasons.

"There's a culture change within the room where all everyone cares about is winning," defenseman Darnell Nurse said, "and that's all that really matters."

The Oilers set an NHL record with their fifth straight come-from-behind win to start a season on Saturday, a 4-1 victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, and are 5-0-0 for the first time since 1985-86.

It's a stark contrast from the past two seasons when they were a combined 26-54-7 in games where the opponent scored first. 

Their success is a testament to the confidence and discipline they're playing with, the belief in the system and structure being stressed by first-year coach Dave Tippett, and the feeling that their offense is good enough to strike when a goal is needed.

"I know in years past we've been down a goal and we've tried to just stretch the game out and open it up," center Connor McDavid said. "When you do that, that's when you find yourself down two or three and the game is over. You've got to keep it within one and take your chance when you've got it. I think we've done a good job."


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