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by George Malik on 03/23/14 at 02:26 AM ET
The Calgary Flames' 8-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers had a beautiful moment, and it had a couple of ugly ones, too. As Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker noted, another Oilers fan threw a jersey on the ice (again), but MyRegularFace on Twitter captured Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens tossing it back into the crowd...
And Scrivens was having none of it after the game, either, as Sportnset noted:
Taylor Hall tossed a water bottle into the bench as well, and he ended up squirting coach Dallas Eakins, who was not happy:
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson reports that Hall insisted that he meant no harm...
In the crazy second period, resignation mixed with frustration when Taylor Hall shook a water bottle and it accidentally sprayed over coach Dallas Eakins and associate coach Keith Acton.
“That stuff happens. Dallas and I have a great relationship,” said Hall.
“At times we get a little frustrated the way things are going and sometimes you have to take a step back and realize that frustration is never going to accomplish anything. Things happen in a game. He knows, he played the game. Sometimes things boil over but I think we’re all good,” said Hall.
And the coach put out the fire as well, as noted by the Edmonton Sun's Robert Tychkowski:
“It’s an emotional game and in a game like that frustrations start to run high,” he said. “That’s what it was. I’ve had bigger run ins than that with players this year. If you’re not able to move on, you’ve got big problems.”
Midway through the third period, another fan threw another Oilers sweater on the ice. This time Ben Scrivens threw it back over the glass.
“You’re not just disrespecting guys in the room, you’re disrespecting guys who wore this jersey before us,” said Scrivens. “All the great guys in this organization who pulled the sweater over their head. The Messiers, the Gretzkys... guys like Joey Moss, the unsung heroes around the rink who pride themsevles on that logo. You’re a fan, you get to say and do whatever you want, call me whatever name you want, but when it comes to that logo, that’s a sacred thing for us. It’s disheartening for me to see our fans treat it that way.”
I'm not an Oilers fan, but watching this stuff happens was...painful from a hockey fan's perspective. The Oilers have become the textbook example of the concept that "tanking" to earn high draft picks and changing coaches repeatedly doesn't exactly turn you into the Chicago Blackhawks 100% of the time.
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