What they're saying in Edmonton

January, 23, 2010
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Sometimes, I like to see what the opponent thinks of a win or loss against the Stars. Check out some of these stories in Edmonton this morning.

The Edmonton Sun said "it's turning into a Greek tragedy" when it comes to the Oilers. Here's part of the article (by Robert Tychkowski):

EDMONTON — The Dallas Stars had lost 10 in a row on the road.

The Oilers had lost 16 of their last 17.

You can’t script that kind of drama - a team that can’t win away from home against a team that can’t win anywhere.

It’s like Pat Quinn and Ken Hitchcock going head-to-head in a high jump contest... not exactly a case of the sky is the limit, but entertaining and competitive nonetheless.

And Friday night was just that, with both sides looking across the ice thinking ‘Hey, we can beat these guys.’

In the end, the Stars found a way to win and the Oilers found yet another new and creative way to lose.

In the Edmonton Journal, Joanne Irleland talks about the Oilers' reaction to the loss:

EDMONTON — The rookie goaltender, still looking for his first NHL win, sat in his stall shaking his head in disbelief.

“I don’t know what to say about the way that one just finished,” said Devan Dubnyk, who was 23 seconds away from at least securing a point in overtime when the Dallas Stars’ James Neal, with a feed from tumbling Oilers defenceman Jason Strudwick, snuffed out Edmonton’s hopes.

“That seems to be the way things are going right now. It just went right on his tape,” Dubnyk continued. “I had to push to my right because if they’re throwing it to the front of net, guys were going to have their sticks out to poke it. I have to have my body there for deflections.

“All I could do was turn my head and see the puck going by.”

A few feet away, Dustin Penner was wondering how it was that another good finish went so bad. And on it went. On went the Oilers struggling to explain kick in the gut they got in a last second 4-3 win by the Dallas Stars. On went the losing.

The hapless Oilers could not even get past the Stars, a team that had not won a road game since Dec. 11. Instead, they stretched their losing skein to 1-15-2 on the heels of Friday’s result.

“I hate it. I can’t stand it. This should have been a better feeling. I’ve said it too many times,” said coach Pat Quinn. “It makes me sick to think about how we give games up.”

So while you may think things are bad in Dallas for the Stars right now, clearly it could be worse. Just thought you might find it interesting.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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