For the second time this season, a disgruntled Oilers fan had seen enough -- getting blown out by the rival Flames 8-1 is pretty close to rock bottom -- and so he/she decided to turn in their Oilers sweater. By throwing it on the ice.
One difference between the first time it happened in Edmonton this season and when it happened on Saturday night is that now the Oilers have Ben Scrivens on the team. He didn't appreciate the jersey toss one bit so he gave it back. Right away.
Scrivens picked up the sweater with his goalie stick and flung it back into the crowd as quickly as it came on. The Professor was not happy at all and he ripped into the fan who would do such a thing (and really it was directed toward all fans).
"Pay your money, you get to do whatever you want. You want to boo me? Go for it. You want to jeer me, call me every name; you're entitled to that. You can spit on me for all I care if I deserve it.
"But when I see a jersey thrown out on the ice ... I'm from here. You're not just disrespecting guys in the room, you're disrespecting guys who wore this jersey before us. All the great guys who played for this organization and pulled that sweater over their heads. The Messiers, the Gretzkys, they take pride in wearing that jersey. Joey Moss, every day. The unsung heroes around the rink who pride themselves on that logo.
Like I said, you're a fan, you get to say and do whatever you want. Call me whatever name you want. But when it comes to that logo, that's a sacred thing for us. It's disheartening for me to see our fans treat it that way."
Well, he's not wrong, that's a pretty low way to show one's disapproval. It's gotten awfully frustrating in Edmonton, obviously, but at least Scrivens has brought a little bit of bite.