After getting swept in a three-game series by the Toronto Maple Leafs by an aggregate score of 13-1, it was fairly predictable the Edmonton Oilers would be in a sour mood Wednesday night.
Toronto managed to keep Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl completely in check over the course of the series, showing a level of defensive mastery that has rarely been seen from this iteration of the club.
By the end of the evening, Draisaitl was fed up by an admittedly inane question from a reporter.
Reporter: Speaking of not good enough, your top players didn't produce much of anything in this series. Does it add to the frustration that you guys, uh, really didn't hold up your end of the bargain?
Draisaitl: No, we love that. We love going without a point in three days, for sure. It's great.
We need more candid answers like this in hockey — put the onus on the reporter to frame their question in a way that would actually evoke a more thoughtful answer.
McDavid, meanwhile, took a different approach when asked about his team's struggles against the Maple Leafs. "For whatever reason, we couldn't figure those guys out and they had us pretty figured out," McDavid said after the game.
For Draisaitl, who recorded an assist, and McDavid, this has been a nearly unprecedented small sample in terms of their lack of production. It is just the third time in McDavid's career that he's been held without a point over a three-game stretch, while Draisaitl has gone seven games without a goal, his longest drought since an eight-game dry spell in December 2017. In fairness, he has recorded seven assists over the same span.
The Oilers, who sit third in the North Division standings, will look to get back on track against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
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