Renney rips Oilers after shutout loss to Coyotes Staff

11/24/2010 1:54:42 PM

Tom Renney was in a foul mood after losing on Tuesday night, and he was more than willing to let his players and the media know about it.

The Edmonton Oilers' bench boss let loose after his club was shut down 5-0 on the road by the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I'm not happy, flat out, not happy, it's a joke," Renney told reporters after the defeat. "We win a game, and we figure we're going to be hoisting the Cup or something.

Renney was referencing Edmonton's 4-2 win in Anaheim on Sunday, which snapped the Oilers' six-game losing streak and a stretch where the team was outscored 34-11.

"The battle level was non-existent tonight (in Phoenix)," Renney continued. "The pride in the jersey was not at the level it needed to be. It was an absolute joke, a travesty."

The Oilers have five wins in 20 starts this season, and currently rank last in the league in both goals allowed (79) and penalty-kill percentage (67.9%).

"Our starts should begin in the morning when you come to the morning skate," said Renney. "You have a night to take breather (after a win) and then the next day, it's game day, no matter what time of day it is, it's game day."

Renney's words did not fall on deaf ears in the Edmonton dressing room.

"Some guys want it to be easy, but this is the best league in the world. It's never going to be easy," forward Sam Gagner told the Associated Press after the game. "We think after one (win) that it's going to be easy and we forget how hard it was to get that win."

"At the beginning of the day, say what you will, it's turnovers that cost us a hockey game," said Renney. "It's an immature approach, it's outside the team structure without a doubt. Until guys grow up and take responsibility for their performance with and without the puck, we're going to have more nights like this."

Edmonton's next game is Thursday at home against the Colorado Avalanche. You can see the game on TSN at 8:30pm et/5:30pm pt.