BLOG: No battle cry or speech from Eakins
Down 3-0 after two periods, fans might expect some sort of battle cry or angry message from Head Coach Dallas Eakins or some of the veteran leaders in the locker room during the intermission.
That wasn't the case.
"Not really," said Taylor Hall. "What was there really to say? We were pretty comfortable with our game plan and I think Dallas just came in and just confirmed that and made sure that we just got more pucks to the net and kept that jam, kept that battle level… All it takes is one shift, a period or anything like that to get your game going, your season going and that's all we needed."
"We came in here and we talked as a team," said centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who scored the first goal of the Oilers rally. "We had to get back to the basics and we had to play as a team. We got away from that a bit in the first couple of periods. Even though we didn't play terrible, we knew that we just had to come together and not get frustrated."
The players responded to the calm demeanour of their coach, eventually taking a 4-3 lead and then winning the 5-4 game in a shootout despite the hole that was dug through the first two periods.
"Not much to be honest with you," said forward David Perron said of what went on during the intermission. "That's what surprised me and… I loved it because I thought the roof was going to come off, I told the other guys. Dallas came in here and started explaining plays that we have to make better and stuff like that and new ones to kind of get creative. It seemed like from there, everyone seemed to be pretty confident that we could do it."