As the Oilers continue to miss the playoffs (nine straight seasons, longest active streak in the NHL) despite stockpiling talent (four No. 1 overall picks in six seasons), people continue to wonder just how does Edmonton manage to be so bad, year-in and year-out?
Here’s an answer.
With his team actually tied on the road against the defending Eastern Conference champions — and on a power play — Edmonton goalie Anders Nilsson decided to play a clearing pass sent down from the other end of the ice and turned what should have been a line change into a game-winning gift for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
See for yourself:
The short-hander by Brian Boyle — just his ninth goal of the season — gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead, and Alex Killorn’s empty netter with 27 seconds to play sealed the Lightning’s 6-4 win, and another baffling defeat for the Oilers.