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by Paul on 12/22/13 at 12:19 PM ET
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
The door to Edmonton’s locker-room remained closed long after the St. Louis Blues had thumped the Oilers 6-0 — long enough for head coach Dallas Eakins to have his say.
He questioned the players about their inability to sustain the level of play that they exhibited in the first period of Saturday’s game, and how it was that the team could just roll over and give the game to the Rexall Place visitors.
It was, of course, just one more miserable night for a team that has lost six straight games, 24 of the 38 they’ve played since the season opened with far more promise than this.
“It’s like we love misery,” said Eakins. “I’ve had enough misery already and we have some players who have been here for a number of years. They have to be done with it. There has to be a change in the commitment level and the accountability — not from me but from within the room. That’s where it has to start.
“If it doesn’t start in there, this is just going to continue. It just will. I can sit guys out. I can yell at them, you can do all these things as a coach but you need guys in the room really holding each other accountable and not looking the other way.”
Below via Sportsnet, watch Eakins, Eberle and Bryzgalov talk about the poor performance...
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