With just under nine minutes in the game, Ryan Callahan came down the ice on a breakaway and could have netted the go-ahead goal. Luckily for the Oilers, Ben Scrivens was up to the challenge.
The goaltender made a toe save on the attempt and shutdown the US Olympian. He commented on the shot after the game.
“He’s a good player,” Scrivens said. “He pump faked a little bit so you had to be wary of the shot and try to bite enough so you can make that save if he does follow through, but keep enough momentum and keep the ability to move just in case he didn’t. I was fortunate to get a toe on it. He’s a good player and I was lucky to come out on the right end of that one.”
21-year-old Oilers defenceman Martin Marincin has steadily earned his ice time and has made more plays as he becomes a solid addition to the team’s blue line.
Tonight was possibly his best game to date. He finished +2, chipped in three blocked shots, played close to 21 minutes and left a good impression with his head coach.
“Marty made some plays tonight,” Coach Dallas Eakins said. “He made some plays that high level defencemen in this league, sometimes can’t make. I thought he had settled in nicely too and started to turn into a go-to guy for us to break our puck out of our zone. We had a few problems with that at certain points of the game but Marty had the ice in his veins a few times where he was real settled, he didn’t panic, he took a breath and was able to escape and make a play. Those are the games that are encouraging when you’ve got a young, young defenceman like that. Especially in a building like this, playing a team like this, for him to settle in and make those plays is very encouraging for our future and his.”
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more coverage on Marincin as he heads to Sochi, Russia to participate in the Winter Olympics.
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The Oilers have made no secret that they want promising NHL rookie defenceman Martin Marincin to absorb as much helpful knowledge as possible while he attends the Olympics as a representative of the Slovakian team. To make sure that happens to the fullest success, Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins has enlisted the help of one of the best in the business to take Marincin under his wing; Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara.
Chara and Marincin were seen chatting with each other by the locker rooms after the game yesterday.
Slovak Olympic defencemen Marincin and Chara chatting with Coach Eakins in the hallway post-game. pic.twitter.com/WIRcTemySo— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 1, 2014
“I was calling in a favour,” Eakins said. “I’ve gotten to know Chara over the years. I saw him, at a very early age, with the New York Islanders. I was there at training camp the one year and I saw him starting to put in the work. He was obsessed with it. He’s turned into, for me, one of the top players in the game, a guy with extremely high character, great work ethic, extremely humble and I had talked to Marty about his Olympic experience and the importance of him asking Chara a lot of questions.
“I asked Z after the game… I said I’d like to call in a favour to help this young man; Mr. Marincin. Z was great and he said he’d spend lots of time with him. Zdeno even texted me later, after we were on the plane, just reiterating what he promised. That’s a guy for Marty that… Chara wasn’t quite as light as Marincin is now, but if Marty commits to (taking) that level of commitment that Chara has with his body, then that will speed the process in him being a very good player in this league.”
Marincin and Chara will be teammates in Sochi, Russia this month at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Chara-Marincin relationship and how the Oilers defenceman can benefit from that tutelage.
Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry did not participate in today’s skate in Buffalo. However, it may not be serious as the blueliner could be ready as soon as tomorrow. Head Coach Dallas Eakins provided a brief but optimistic update.
“Day-to-day,” Eakins said. “I think we’re hopeful that he’ll play tomorrow, but you never know. He took that heater in the foot. We had a couple of guys take those, but his got him in a very tender part of his foot.”
When the Oilers and Sabres look at the standings and see each other listed as their next opponent, both may see it as an easy win or even a must win. However, the Oilers will not get caught underestimating Buffalo when it comes to their matchup tomorrow night.
“We’re in no position to take anybody lightly, where we’re at in the standings,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “I don’t expect that. I expect Buffalo to be coming hard after losing their game the way they did to Colorado. I’d like us to have a little more fight in our game to get to the net. That’s what we were working on today to generate some more scoring because right now, it’s basically one line generating all of our scoring chances and we’ve got to have the other three lines pick up the slack in that department.”
“They’re 30th, we’re 29th,” Taylor Hall said. “It’s a game that both teams don’t want to lose. Anytime you see a team in the standings that’s near you or below you, you want to beat them just to kind of validate yourself a little bit for sure.”
The Edmonton Oilers may have left Boston carrying the weight of a 4-0 loss, but they did not leave without a blueprint for how they’d like to proceed forward. The Bruins, the ‘jewel of the east’ as goalie Ben Scrivens called them, are one of the NHL’s elite and play exactly how Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins envisions for the future of the team.
It’s a matter of getting the players to buy-in to a defence first mentality and translate that into their play.
“They’re the best defensive team in the league and they give up very little,” Eakins said. “I thought we were okay through two periods and the third fell away from us, especially after the second goal. Through two periods, the chances were actually quite close and then it fell away from there. It’s something that we’re hammering away to the players and the simple reality is if the other team doesn’t score, you’re not going to lose the game. We have to have that mentality here and it’s been a process. It’s an on-going process to get the players to totally understand that, to totally buy in to that and play that way.”
The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center.
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Jeff Petry is not on the ice
Petry not on the ice this morning.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) February 2, 2014