When last year’s saviour isn’t this year’s saver, you’re not winning hockey games. So when Edmonton Oilers netminder Cam Talbot said after Monday’s shootout against the Florida Panthers that, “I’d like four of those back,” you absolutely knew there was an L attached to the six he gave up to the visitors. He was on the bench for an extra skater when Vincent Trocheck got his third of the night and first career hat trick with one minute left. Talbot, a notoriously hard marker, knew he flunked the test in the 7-5 loss to the Panthers. But he had company on the wild night when the current Oilers celebrated the ’84-85 aggregation as the greatest single-season team in 100 NHL years and saw a retro dozen goals in 72-shot night. Just like the December night two years ago when retired Glen Sather’s jersey and there were the same 12 goals only the Oilers beat the New York Rangers 7-5 on Lauri Korpikoski’s hat trick. “Any time you go out and score five goals, you should win a game every night,” said Talbot. “I didn’t give us a chance to win tonight. I liked our battle level, our compete, our resiliency. Every time I let one in, we got one back but I just couldn’t find that next save to give us a chance.”  It was more mental than any flaws in Talbot’s analysis, although they beat him twice on his glove (Evgenii Dadonov and Denis Malgin), so they seemed to be picking on that part of his anatomy.

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Cam Talbot points the finger at himself after Oilers lose 7-5 to Panthers