EDMONTON, Alberta -- After scoring 12 goals and winning their first two games, the Edmonton Oilers were feeling pretty good about themselves. Probably too good for a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2006. The Oilers were no-shows during Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Sabres and were scheduled to have a CBA-mandated day off on Monday.
But, said coach Todd McLellan after the game, "It was one of those Players Association days off. We took it today so we'll skate tomorrow."
And that was one of several quality chirps from the disgusted Edmonton coach, who opened his remarks by praising the Sabres and then lit into his team, starting off by saying, "We looked like the Bad News Bears."
Connor McDavid was among the Oilers who struggled, registering just one shot on goal. Said McDavid: "We were just flat right from the start. We didn't have it tonight and it started with me. I was terrible. That's definitely not the kind of game that people are going to follow."
For his part, McLellan was particularly irate with two penalties taken late in the first period by forward Benoit Pouliot. So irate that Pouliot didn't play the last 40 minutes. Said McLellan: "We have some foundation or fabric things that we have to continue to fix as an organization. Stupidity is one of them. So don't play. Watch."
You can watch McLellan's whole meeting with reporters here: