TORONTO — Nobody ever wants their pants pulled down, but there are times and places where the embarrassment of getting your backside tanned outweighs the pain.Wednesday night in Toronto was that time and that place.For an Edmonton Oilers team that has endured some devastating losses over the last few years, the humiliating 6-2 assault the Toronto Maple Leafs laid on them ranks as one of the all-time lows.On the biggest stage in the league, with the Oilers feeling as good about themselves as they have in a long time on the strength of a 2-0-2 stretch, they took a savage beating that was uncomfortable to watch. It was like a lopsided boxing match that the referee won’t stop, even when it’s obvious to everyone else the damage is brutal and there is simply no hope for a comeback.“It’s a lot of fun to play here in Toronto against these guys, it’s a great atmosphere,” said Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom. “But when they get momentum and start scoring on their chances and get so much energy from their fans, it’s not fun to be out there.”Can’t imagine that it was. It was as glaring a mismatch of speed, skill and depth as the Oilers have experienced all season. In addition to the top end of Mitch Marner, John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Morgan Reilly, the Leafs threw a second wave of offence at Edmonton that the Oilers’s collection of AHL call-ups, foot soldiers and fourth-liners simply did not have an answer for.“It’s tough, they’re a good team,” said Leon Draisaitl, whose 39th goal of the season was all in vain. “There’s a reason they’re up there and they score so many goals. We had too many little mistakes and that team takes full advantage of that.”The Oilers needed this one a lot more than the Leafs did and it showed early on, with Edmonton outshooting the hosts 13-2 over the first 12 minutes and jumping out to a 1-0 lead on Draisaitl’s beauty at 11:06. The first period ended 1-1.It was as strong a period as the Oilers have played in a while. They came out and showed everyone exactly who they were. Then the Leafs showed who THEY were. After teasing Edmonton with a false sense of belief, they stormed the beleaguered visitors with six straight goals.The second period was a catastrophe, as the Leafs flexed their skill and depth and wiped the floor with the 13th-place team in the West. Marner scored at 1:09, Andreas Johnsson scored at 2:26 and Mikko Koskinen got the hook after letting in an incredibly bad one at 4:50.That was it for the $13.5-million goalie, but the Leafs weren’t finished. Johnsson scored again at 8:09, the fourth shot on reliever Anthony Stolarz, to make it four goals in seven minutes for Toronto, and 5-1 by the end of the second.Twenty-five seconds into the third, it was 6-1.“They have the skill to capitalize if we allow them to, and for 10 minutes or so that’s what happened, they took over,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “And when you get down four goals, it’s hard to come back against a high-end team like that.”If the Leafs wanted 10, they could have easily scored 10, but they made their point and were saving it for Thursday night and the John Tavares return to Long Island. That was good for the Oilers, because they’d clearly had enough.STATS NIGHTTwelve Maple Leafs made the scoresheet Wednesday, with five of them collecting multiple points … Draisaitl’s first-period goal gave him seven of Edmonton’s last 15 goals to that point … McDavid’s linemates from his last game went from the first line to the fourth (Zack Kassian) and the press box (Ty Rattie) … The Oilers are back at it Thursday against a somewhat easier opponent in Ottawa.FIRST LOOKThe Oilers got their first look at Stolarz, when he got thrown to the wolves early in the second period. It was hardly the circumstances anyone was hoping for, but that’s the life of a reliever.He needs to get his 10 games in or he becomes an unrestricted free agent, but that’s not the first thing on his mind right now.“I didn’t even know about it until somebody brought it up. It’s stuff the organization can deal with. There are some implications but whether I’m and RFA or UFA, I love it in Edmonton. Getting to know the guys it’s a good group so I would love to be back, but that’s something you have to let play out.”E-mail: email@example.comOn Twitter: @Rob_TychkowskiOil Spills podcast: Trade deadline approaches with Edmonton Oilers in sell modeThe Edmonton Oilers are indeed sellers for the 2019 NHL trade deadline coming up on Feb. 25. They dealt goalie Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers for Anthony Stolarz in order to clear salary cap room for defenceman Andrej Sekera, who returned to the Oilers lineup from injury.But can the Oilers under interim general manager Keith Gretzky reasonably do much else besides give players away for middling draft picks to try to clear salary off the books?Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play or Soundcloud. You can also listen via the player below.