by Lisa McRitchie on 01/23/13 at 12:15 AM ET
After the sweet sounds of a melodious shootout victory in Vancouver, the Edmonton Oilers' home season started on a sour note. Literally.
As the Oilers tend to do, they invited a local music artist to sing the national anthems. I don't think that this young lady will be invited back given the reaction from both fans and media on twitter. It's not as though she didn't try her best, she just never found her comfort zone, and she appeared to cringe as much as I was listening to her. You have to give her props for standing up to sing in front of nearly 20, 000 people live, and countless more on national television... but I can't applaud the performance. And funny enough, the same can be said of the Oilers' performance.
Watch the highlights of the 6-3 loss!
The Oilers organization pulled out all of the stops, casting an autographed jersey from every Oilers' player in ice before giving them away to fans. The cost of food and merchandise were also slashed and the overall message of "Here come the Oilers" was well delivered and of course well received.
But things went wrong shortly after the puck dropped to start the game. The Oilers' couldn't stay out of the penalty box, and then hung netminder Devan Dubnyk out to dry. Of course Dubnyk does and should shoulder part of the loss, but overall, this was an abysmal start.
The only saving graces were provided by rookies as both Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz scored their first NHL goals.
And a third goal from Taylor Hall didn't hurt either.
Overall there were vast signs of improvement from this team versus last year. But nothing they could have done could possibly have made up for their 6-1 hole dug in the first period.
The worst part? That wasn't even the Oilers worst home opener. Not even their worst period, that still belongs to the 1980 Oilers who allowed 7 goals in the second frame January 17th. The team went on to lose that game. Just like this one.
Even though the final score was 6-3 by the time the final buzzer rang, the team was booed off of the ice after the first 20 minutes of play. And deservedly so. Good on the team for pulling together and keeping this from being a 10 goals against game, but overall, this wasn't good, and shouldn't be any indication of what the season will bring. We hope.
Maybe Thursday night against the Kings will go better.
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