Hockey fans taunt Oilers after getting swept in first round by Jets

May 25 2021, 8:56 am

It’s said there are only three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and the Edmonton Oilers finding new ways to mess up despite all the good fortune that’s come their way via the NHL’s draft lottery.

Gifted superstar Connor McDavid in 2015, the Oilers appeared like they were set up to be a contender for years to come. They’ve picked first overall in the draft four separate times since 2010 alone, and it seemed like the team was finally ready to make the necessary jump to become a perennial force.

On Monday night, things were about as bleak as they’ve ever been, as the team was swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the Winnipeg Jets in a gruelling 4-3 triple overtime loss with a goal from Kyle Connor.

It was the Oilers third straight loss in overtime, falling 1-0 and 5-4 in Games 2 and 3 of the series.

Here are some of the best reactions from Oilers fans and around the league after the latest in a series of unfortunate events:

Darnell Nurse led all players with an incredible 62:07 of ice time.

The sweep follows a concerning trend with the Oilers in the McDavid era: great expectations every year, but little to match it in the postseason.

After bowing out in seven games to the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the 2017 playoffs, they have won exactly one of just eight playoff games since, including a four-game loss in a best-of-five to the Chicago Blackhawks who were seeded 12th in the Western Conference and only qualified due to the extended play-in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic forced stoppage.

Over the last three decades since their last of five championships in 1990, Edmonton has returned to the Stanley Cup final just once, in 2006.

It is mind-boggling that a team with two players the calibre of McDavid and 2019-20 league MVP Leon Draisaitl have been unable to make so much as a dent on the postseason over the last four years.

It will be an interesting offseason in Edmonton. Forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, defenceman Tyson Barrie and goaltender Mike Smith are all set to become unrestricted free agents.

Few can doubt the loyalty of Oilers fans, who are known for being amongst the league’s loudest and most passionate fans. But many can doubt the management’s lack of success over the last three decades.

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