G45 2016-17: FLAMES AT OILERS

Make no mistake, tonight’s game is going to be epic: HNIC, Saturday, national television, four-pointer, playoff implications, balls out, blood on the tracks. Anyone—any body—who tells you they know the outcome of this game is a liar. The Edmonton Oilers have not finished ahead of the Calgary Flames in a season that mattered in decades. If they are going to climb that hill this season, then this team must stand and deliver tonight. No excuses. None.

ALBERTA MOON, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0, goal differential -7
  • Oilers in October 2016: 7-2-0, goal differential +10
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2, goal differential -6
  • Oilers in November 2016: 5-8-2 goal differential -3
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1, goal differential -9
  • Oilers in December 2016: 7-2-5, goal differential +3
  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-5-2, goal differential -5
  • Oilers in January 2017: 3-3-0, goal differential -3
  • Oilers after 44, 2015-16: 17-23-4, goal differential -26
  • Oilers after 44, 2016-17: 22-15-7, goal differential +7

G45 one year ago was a shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks on the road. Cam Talbot was the star of the game from an Edmonton standpoint and he will need to have a big game tonight. The Oilers as a group need to have a strong start—something that hasn’t happened in these last few games—and play a complete game. I picked the Flames to finish ahead of Edmonton this season in the Pacific Division, and they are hauling ass over the last month, kicking ass and taking names. No friends wear red tonight, this is the land of the orange and blue. Let’s get this started.

DEFENSE, 2016-17

  • Andrej Sekera and Matt Benning are working well together. In almost 200 minutes 5×5 (now), they are at 58 percent Corsi.
  • Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson are over 50 percent together Corsi for 5×5, and we are talking over 500 minutes together.
  • Kris Russell and Adam Larsson have played 138 minutes together and have a Corsi for 5×5 of 48.4—that is pretty close to 50 percent and a lefty-righty. I would like to see Russell on a pure left-right pairing for 20 games.
  • Brandon Davidson is going to take some time, in my opinion, to reach the point where Todd McLellan can count on him as he did a year ago. He will get there. Patience and prudence.

FORWARDS, 2016-17

  • This list is kind of incredible. McDavid is of course golden, and I think credit needs to be given to Tyler Pitlick, Patrick Maroon and Leon Draisaitl for their 5×5/60 totals.
  • The incredible part is the group from 1.04 to 1.27/60. These men, as a group, are established NHL players of significant talent. Hendricks is not an offensive player, but the other four are performing so badly it is amazing.
  • What are the odds that all four (Eberle, Nuge, Lucic and Pouliot) stay below 1.70/60 for the entire season?

Jesse Puljujarvi has played in two AHL games and has two assists. I watched the game online, would estimate he played about 15 minutes, including one minute on a power play where he was the feature shooter. His assist was terrific (video above) and he made several impressive plays. I think this trip to the minors will be beneficial, hope he gets into 20 games or so and really posts some boxcars. Some other observations:

  • Joey Laleggia is a far better winger than defender. He is 3-2-5 in his last seven games.
  • Anton Lander belongs in a higher league.
  • Patrick Russell is a far more effective player now than he was at the beginning of the season.
  • Gerry Fleming really likes Scott Allen.
  • Mark Fayne is the best defenseman in Bakersfield.
  • Jordan Oesterle was a factor on multiple sorties. He is such a good skater.
  • Nick Ellis is a very good goalie, but is a poor puck handler.
  • Jaedon Descheneau is a burner. He may have a pro future.
  • Griffin Reinhart had good and bad moments. Lost a couple of battles along the wall, and did not pass the puck crisply, but he was also physical in front of the net and transported the puck well. He also scored a goal.

MAROON—MCDAVID—DRAISAITL

There’s something happening here. The current McDavid line has a Corsi for 5×5 number of 67.21 percent, via Corsica.Hockey. Their shots for percentage is 72.04, expected goals for per 60 is 4.16, scoring change for percentage is 72.50. This is special. How special? The Nuge line is 2.31 (with Pouliot and Eberle) at this time. We don’t know if the McDavid line can continue this run, but there is little doubt we are looking at explosive chemistry here.

If Todd McLellan can get this line out there against Jokipakka—Engelland pairing tonight, Edmonton should be sitting pretty by midnight.

PIKES PEAK

This is the climb this morning. A win for Edmonton tonight would mean a five-point cushion for the Oilers with a game in hand—that is ideal. A Bettman point with Calgary grabbing the two is less attractive, although the game in hand afterward (along with a two-point lead) would give some comfort. A pure loss would be a disappointing result, but we must acknowledge the Flames as a substantial opponent and possibly a better team.

BALANCE

At the beginning of the season, I did not publish the balance photo, and tonight’s game is an example of why balance continues to elude Edmonton. The Flames needed help in goal last summer, and they got it. The club needed some good wingers, even through training camp, and found some acceptable answers. The Oilers? Backup goaltending remains an issue, and the team is still trying to figure out right wing.

I think Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan knew this was a growth team, they knew there would be auditions. In dressing Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev, Jujhar Khaira and other youths tonight, the Edmonton Oilers are serving two masters—development of future players, and winning a hockey game.

Balance. Some sweet day.

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  1. Hockey Project says:

    Oscar looked pretty indecisive on the GA.

  2. oscarmike says:

    Terrible defensive play by Benning and Klef
    and so close to the end of the 2nd.

  3. Lowetide says:

    That was some tough luck on the Calgary goal, but the Oilers are in this game and there are 20 minutes to make things right.

    1-1 score, 13-12 in shots favoring Edmonton, 18-24 Calgary in 5×5 Corsi for, McDavid 3-10.

  4. Gret99zky says:

    A playoff team finds a way to win this game. No excuses. Gets it done.

  5. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Too much gap allowed by K Bomb on the goal.
    Bouma hit was really dangerous. Reminds me of Weiss. 4th liner trying to stick with no regard for player safety. Part of life in NHL is surviving these guys.
    Man, Lucic needs to be more of a factor in these games. This game looks to fast for him.
    Liking Eberle this game. Good puck control and placement

  6. Professor Q says:

    Woah. Tkatchuk almost jumped on Benning’s head skates-first. No need to try to jump over him while he’s sliding away from you. That was way too risky.

  7. Professor Q says:

    Ah, yes. Versteeg is *really* throwing McDavid off his game, indeed…

  8. Dino says:

    I miss Larsson…

  9. Derek says:

    Lots of turnovers by guys that can’t pass the puck is kind of handicapping their offensive game. Gryba, Russel, Looch….

  10. treevojo says:

    LT

    Is it godaddy or is it the the phlegms?

    That god awful team ruins everything that is good.

  11. Seismic Source says:

    That is one gross beard Monahan is trying to grow.

  12. Lowetide says:

    treevojo:
    LT

    Is it godaddy or is it the the phlegms?

    That god awful team ruins everything that is good.

    The board is overloaded with viewers, which is good, but also it is overloaded. Patience is appreciated!

  13. Ben says:

    s ea n m o na h a n’s be ar d

  14. Pescador says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Whistler Brewing Bear Paw honey lager

    The first 2 in the 6 pack didn’t stand a chance

    *edit-go Oilers!

    Love the Bear Paw, only a few stores carry it in my town. Need to drive out of the way but it’s worth it.
    New flavourite of the month, Goat Locker, Fainting Bock

  15. Pescador says:

    Lowetide: The board is overloaded with viewers, which is good, but also it is overloaded. Patience is appreciated!

    Time to stand & deliver, no excuses 😄

  16. Lowetide says:

    treevojo:
    LT

    Is it godaddy or is it the the phlegms?

    That god awful team ruins everything that is good.

    Tons of people visiting the site, overloaded. Patience and thanks for dropping in! 🙂

  17. Lowetide says:

    Playoff hockey this period, very tight. Several Oilers are getting left behind in this period. Calgary has nice balance to their lines and are enjoying the edge in play.

  18. treevojo says:

    Lowetide: Tons of people visiting the site, overloaded. Patience and thanks for dropping in!

    Might want to think about switching to gomommy.

    Much better at dealing with a crowd!

  19. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Fin Benning. Solid
    Lucic and Nuge are expensive non factors tonight

  20. Lowetide says:

    Oilers are not the better team tonight.

  21. oscarmike says:

    Take Pou off that line already.
    A 2 on 1 down low with Ebs.
    Ebs is wide open and pou decides
    to take the puck to the net for a backhand
    then Pou is open and Ebs passes to him then
    he mis handles the puck.
    Come on Todd give your head a shake.

  22. Lowetide says:

    Very nice play by Russell on Tkachuk there defensively.

  23. danny says:

    67/93/14 are all overdue. I think it happens tonight.

  24. BONE207 says:

    It worked last period…
    A couple of shots on net would help. Elliot has holes

  25. oscarmike says:

    BOA and No fights tonight. Weird!!!

  26. unca miltie says:

    Gaudreau with Bouma there

  27. danny says:

    Maroon is a world beater. Confidence is a powerful thing.

  28. danny says:

    Maroon is a world beater. Confidence is a powerful thing.

  29. Gret99zky says:

    What’s next for Lucic? 4th line and then pressbox?

  30. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide: Tons of people visiting the site, overloaded. Patience and thanks for dropping in!

    Might be the Reddit hug of death.

    I’m regretting the suggestion of an LT AMA on /r/hockey.

  31. jzed says:

    Powerless play

  32. Seismic Source says:

    Next penalty is ours….sticks down boys.

  33. Lowetide says:

    Oilers wasted that power play. This is not the game I expected from this team, but they STILL can grab two points in regulation.

  34. Pescador says:

    If that was a Flames PP they would have scored

  35. Hockey Project says:

    Man, is that puck ever bouncing a lot.

  36. oscarmike says:

    It’s just Mar-Mcd-Drai line doing all the production since
    The Boston game.
    Unbelievable!!!!
    To what end until Todd realizes the 2nd and 3rd line are stagnant
    Pou-Nuge-Ebs
    Lucic-Drake-Slepy

    Oilers need to drug test Todd

  37. jzed says:

    Damn!!!!!.

  38. D says:

    Not a fan of the Bettman point when playing Calgary.

  39. jzed says:

    Benning is a keeper, is Davidson hurt again? Where is he?

  40. BONE207 says:

    I’ll settle for an overtime win. Go Connor

  41. LMHF#1 says:

    Am I crazy or has this been a terrible hockey game? Bobbled pucks. Bad passing. No getting shots through. Almost zero breakouts.

    Choppy, sloppy, messy.

  42. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I’ll take 1 point out of that. Hendo no shifts in 3rd I think. At least Lander can PK
    Saw Gryba real good in his role tonight.
    OT should be fun

  43. dangilitis says:

    Well we have officially won the season series, that’s gotta count for something.

  44. treevojo says:

    Poor ebs

  45. JDï™ says:

    Much pressure, but all in an effort to rebuild Elliot’s confidence.

  46. flyfish1168 says:

    Jordan does not remember how to shot

  47. Seismic Source says:

    He needs a shrink

  48. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Fin Sekera is a player. Was down on him early in the year, but man he’s been top drawer tonight

  49. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    LMHF#1:
    Am I crazy or has this been a terrible hockey game? Bobbled pucks. Bad passing. No getting shots through. Almost zero breakouts.

    Choppy, sloppy, messy.

    To be fair the ice is garbage.

  50. JDï™ says:

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK!

  51. Lowetide says:

    Heading to a shootout, that was an exciting overtime.

  52. Gret99zky says:

    Here comes the “shoots it wide”.

  53. oscarmike says:

    Want to hear a joke?

    Eberle

  54. treevojo says:

    St. Louis doing us a favour tonightf

  55. LMHF#1 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: To be fair the ice is garbage.

    Why in hell is the ice garbage in a brand new rink worth hundreds of millions of dollars?

  56. Gret99zky says:

    Talbot deserves the win. His team? Not so much.

  57. oscarmike says:

    Mcd
    Drai
    Maroon
    Drake
    Klef
    For the shoot out

  58. treevojo says:

    5 of 6 ain’t bad

  59. flyfish1168 says:

    Johnny cocky with epic FAIL in shoot out

  60. JDï™ says:

    WHAT? NO MCDAVID IN TEH SHOOTUT AGAIN?????

  61. Pescador says:

    We Kings!!

  62. treevojo says:

    oscarmike:
    Mcd
    Drai
    Maroon
    Drake
    Klef
    For the shoot out

    Thanks coach

  63. Hockey Project says:

    Surprisingly tentative shootout attempt from Gaudreau.

  64. oscarmike says:

    Yes yes yes
    Oilers take 3-0 on the series.
    Oilers are the better Alberta team
    Finally
    Thank you
    Drai
    Letestu
    Talbot

  65. jzed says:

    Not as satisfying as Benning scoring late would have been, or even Paddy in OT, but still, …… Fuck the Flames!

  66. Diablo says:

    Frustrating and exciting game to watch. Both teams played very disciplined hockey – no space for either team. Both goalies made some huge saves. Good guys won – I’m happy.

  67. spoiler says:

    JDï™:
    WHAT? NO MCDAVID IN TEH SHOOTUT AGAIN?????

    The look on his face when he sat down for the shootout, the win now out of his control….

  68. Muletrain97 says:

    Reign win 3-2. Condors come out hard in the 3rd, putting pressures on the Reign, Pool Party continues to carry the puck with ease and strength. Lander pots one from the left circle, he can definitely score in the AHL! Pool Party is robbed by the goalie on a great shot from the right circle midway through the period but Condors can’t muster the tying goal. Pool Party looked good and you could see him gain confidence with the puck throughout the game. Gets a secondary assist on the first goal and has a real good game, not great but real good! Hope the confidence continues to build cause his reach and speed are going to be killers! That’s a wrap! Deuces!✌️

  69. Gret99zky says:

    LMHF#1: Why in hell is the ice garbage in a brand new rink worth hundreds of millions of dollars?

    Absolutely Unforgivable.

  70. spoiler says:

    What a game. So many stories. I’m speechless. Thank gord we’re typing.

  71. Derek says:

    There was no point in this game that I thought Edmonton would win until overtime. That’s troubling.

  72. oscarmike says:

    Do you hear that? It sounds like running water
    Is it a river ? Wave?waterfall?
    No its it’s
    HERE COMES THE TEARS FROM CGY!!!
    Hahahahahahahaha

  73. jimmers2 says:

    I’m not sure what to think about 3v3 overtime yet, but this one was excellent and had a very different pace and feel than normal hockey. It was kind of like the sprint pursuits in cycling, fast-slow, feint, charge. A real chess match and impossible to look away.

  74. spoiler says:

    oscarmike:
    Want to hear a joke?

    Eberle

    You must be kidding.

  75. Gerta Rauss says:

    That was one ugly baby tonight but I’m lovin’ the 2 points

    Woot..!!

  76. danny says:

    Not losing 5-2 on a HNIC sat night? Against Calgary?

    Well I heard there was a secret chord…

  77. ashley says:

    I wonder if the Oilers weak home record could be partially attributable to the bad ice.

    That would have to assume that good ice favours the Oilers roster.

  78. Seismic Source says:

    Oilers jumped the Shark tonight….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp56UB8g3vU

  79. delooper says:

    Oilers have a bunch of players that seem to have figured-out 3-on-3. They look like a significantly better team in that mode.

  80. Pescador says:

    Thank you Mr & Mrs Talbot, your twins must be great sleepers.
    Hey Cam, not sure if your aware of this but our playoff dreams lay with you.
    Not too worry, there is only a couple of us. No pressure

  81. gogliano says:

    Larsson was missed out there. Whatever else, he plays a steady game, and our Keystone Cops / 60 was the highest it has been in a while.

  82. Frank the dog says:

    Seismic Source,

    Sharks have a handful of games in hand.

  83. Gordies Elbow says:

    danny:

    Well I heard there was a secret chord…

    McDavid played, and it pleased the Lord…

  84. The Hermit says:

    Lowetide: The board is overloaded with viewers, which is good, but also it is overloaded. Patience is appreciated!

    The paint is faded and the door squeaks but it’s warm inside. 🙂

  85. JimmyV1965 says:

    It’s kinda interesting how Lucic gets free ride and Eberle is whipped mercilessly. At least Ebs is out there making stuff happen. Every game he has multiple chances. Lucic is slow and meh.

  86. spoiler says:

    Benning on Gaudreau one-on-one… and then the chance at the end of the 3rd… if only McDeity knoew how to put some sauce on dat puck lol (I can laugh now).

    Sekera… Seksy. Just a wow game. Normally I have the charts handy but it felt like he played half the 3rd period. That sliding cut off of the pass on the 2 on 1…. just so goddamn sexy. And an OT witch.

    Maroon… this guy wanted to do it for everyone tonight but was snakebit, as was Lucic and…

    Omigod Eberle…. Tell me, tell me honestly you weren’t desperately cheering for him on that last break in regulation. And then unlucky again in OT, but what a defensive play he made running his man to the boards in OT.

    So many stories… only 4 beer left…

  87. digger50 says:

    Not sure I understand the negativity I’m feelin here.

    That’s how a tight game is played. Not the most exciting. I thought Oil had the edge in possesion and rushes but gave up that edge in high danger scoring chances. Talbot held us in there, no shame in that.

    Nothing towards Ebs tonight please, he played well.

    Call it what you want but as one poster said, a playoff team gets it done. Rejoice.

  88. Frank the dog says:

    thepeetso:
    Frank the dog,

    well two anyways

    Their 2 games are against Kings and Avs. Win both and at 45 games all round, they are tied for 1st with Anaheim, we are 3rd.
    With the fLames at 46 games, if we win the next one we are 6 points clear at the same game count.
    I’ll take 3rd if that puts us in the playoffs. At which point TMac is a coach of the year candidate and our team has exceeded expectations for the first time since 1986.

  89. spoiler says:

    Gordies Elbow: McDavid played, and it pleased the Gord…

    FTFY

  90. danny says:

    Gordies Elbow: McDavid played, and it pleased the Lord…

    MUSIC!

  91. StixMalone says:

    Will we ever win a game in regulation????

  92. hags9k says:

    What an effort from the squad. Not many passengers tonight, good on them and the coaches for making sure they understood this was a big game.

    I wish they were able to generate more offensive looks. For all the hard work they were doing gaining territory, often they were not getting much more than some wristers from the point into traffic.

    I feel like off the cycle the offense needs a D man to make a move or a fake at the point to break down the coverage and create some chaos. Our D is much improved but we still lack somebody with enough confidence to do this consistently. Sekera shows flashes, as does Benning, and Oscar might take that next step soon.

    But man, very impressed with the effort tonight. They wanted this one.

    Eat shit Calgary!

  93. treevojo says:

    OILERS just took two points off of one of the hotter teams in the NHL minus two of their top 6 dmen.

    This team is for real.

  94. spoiler says:

    digger50:
    Not sure I understand the negativity I’m feelin here.

    That’s how a tight game is played. Not the most exciting. I thought Oil had the edge in possesion and rushes but gave up that edge in high danger scoring chances. Talbot held us in there, no shame in that.

    Nothing towards Ebs tonight please, he played well.

    Agreed. Except I thought the tight play and the stakes on the line were thrilling.

  95. Frank the dog says:

    thepeetso:
    Frank the dog,

    Truth.

    Except, we’re playing our recently vanquished nemesis on Monday. That will surely be a tough, hard fought game with no quarter asked nor given.

  96. spoiler says:

    Seismic Source:
    He needs a shrink

    This isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

  97. treevojo says:

    JimmyV1965:
    It’s kinda interesting how Lucic gets free ride and Eberle is whipped mercilessly. At least Ebs is out there making stuff happen. Every game he has multiple chances. Lucic is slow and meh.

    I don’t think lucic has been given a free ride.

    He has been critiqued here consistently.

    As a fan I hope they both find their niche soon.

    Their play elevating will be the difference between a playoff team and a Stanley cup contender

  98. spoiler says:

    i’m sitting back thinking about Drai casually wandering over to smoke Hathaway on his way off the ice. Hath had lit up the Oil his shift before… not so much after.

    Drai wasn’t my pick that year. I didn’t mind the pick because I think of the draft in terms of levels or plateaus and thought he was in the range, but after tonight I think he was the best forward available in that draft. Maybe GERMAN offered an arbitrage opportunity but either way, watching him play tonight, he is gonna eat up the playoffs.

    /channeling hunter

  99. spoiler says:

    spoiler,

    And kudos to Rom who called this long before any of us.

  100. BONE207 says:

    jimmers2:
    I’m not sure what to think about 3v3 overtime yet, but this one was excellent and had a very different pace and feel than normal hockey.It was kind of like the sprint pursuits in cycling, fast-slow, feint, charge.A real chess match and impossible to look away.

    Imagine they did away with the shootout and went for another 5 minutes of 3 on 3 instead. I’m for that.

  101. Pescador says:

    spoiler:
    Benning on Gaudreau one-on-one… and then the chance at the end of the 3rd… if only McDeity knoew how to put some sauce on dat puck lol (I can laugh now).

    Sekera…Seksy.Just a wow game.Normally I have the charts handy but it felt like he played half the 3rd period.That sliding cut off of the pass on the 2 on 1…. just so goddamn sexy.And an OT witch.

    Maroon… this guy wanted to do it for everyone tonight was snakebit,

    Yes other then the goal he scored tonight & the career year he’s currently having,
    Totally snake bit!
    Conversely, your other takes were better

  102. spoiler says:

    Pescador,

    Snakebit tonight. Not this season.

    This was a game review. He scored a nice greasy one, but coulda had a couple more.

    Where the hell did that little between the legs toe drag come from at his age…. We’re supposed to only wait 5 years for that good shit.

  103. Bruce Wayne says:

    What an awful game to watch. Only a blind partisan could have enjoyed that.

  104. BONE207 says:

    Bruce Wayne:
    What an awful game to watch.Only a blind partisan could have enjoyed that.

    Again…you use the eye test. Try using the Excel point of view…or just eat cheezies in your basement.

  105. Bruce Wayne says:

    LMHF#1:
    Am I crazy or has this been a terrible hockey game? Bobbled pucks. Bad passing. No getting shots through. Almost zero breakouts.

    Choppy, sloppy, messy.

    Not crazy at all. If this is what playoff hockey looks like I want no part of it.

  106. spoiler says:

    And speaking of, if there’s a Grease/60 number, ours is probably decent for the first time in 10 years.

  107. BONE207 says:

    Bruce Wayne:
    What an awful game to watch.Only a blind partisan could have enjoyed that.

    Maybe telling kids that drop their ice cream cones that their world will end is your idea of fun but this constant negativity spewing from Old Faithful is tiring. Add or subtract, I don’t care but perhaps you need to just go…far away where even Al Gore doesn’t reach.

  108. Pescador says:

    spoiler:
    Pescador,

    Snake bit tonight.Not this season.

    This was a game review.

    Where the hell did that little between the legs toe drag come from at his age….We’re supposed to only wait 5 years for that good shit.

    Hey Spoiler, I’m not one to pick shit, especially not with my teammates.
    My bad, that was a tight game tonight, goals were at a premium. Yet Maroon still found a way, that is the opposite of snakebit in my book. I’ll guess your perspective was that he had a number of chances. Our boy Eberle is snakebit, that much we can agree on

  109. Pescador says:

    Bruce Wayne:
    What an awful game to watch.Only a blind partisan could have enjoyed that.

    If I was a flames fan I would feel the same way

  110. Bruce Wayne says:

    BONE207: Maybe telling kids that drop their ice cream cones that their world will end is your idea of fun but this constant negativity spewing from Old Faithful is tiring. Add or subtract, I don’t care but perhaps you need to just go…far away where even Al Gore doesn’t reach.

    Please. That was an awful hockey game, and you know it.

  111. spoiler says:

    Pescador,

    Yeah sorry, probably a bad choice of words on my part considering he was the lone scorer. I was thinking of the will he was trying to impose upon the game in the 3rd period and he went a little unsuccessful for his efforts.

    Once again he was the best post-game interview. I love the guy. Besides his talent he strikes me was one of those good glue guys you always want in your dressing room.

  112. spoiler says:

    Bruce Wayne: Please. That was an awful hockey game, and you know it.

    Arguments like this are so compelling I have no choice but to throw my Russell and Whitehead on the fire.

  113. BONE207 says:

    Bruce Wayne: Please. That was an awful hockey game, and you know it.And since you were so polite, why don’t you go ahead and yourself real nice and hard.

    Seriously, here on LT’s site you act like this?

    Awful game or not, Calgary fLame fan or not, you just reek of arrogant narcissism. Maybe your squirrel got run over but don’t take it out on Lowetidians. Can’t act civil, go away. Simple.

  114. Bruce Wayne says:

    BONE207: Seriously, here on LT’s site you act like this?

    Awful game or not, Calgary fLame fan or not, you just reek of arrogant narcissism. Maybe your squirrel got run over but don’t take it out on Lowetidians. Can’t act civil, go away. Simple.

    One of us is acting uncivil and it isn’t me. But if you want to fight, I’m game.

  115. spoiler says:

    Bruce Wayne: Only a blind partisan could have enjoyed that.

    Bruce Wayne: Please. That was an awful hockey game, and you know it.

    Examples of civility.

  116. Pescador says:

    Bruce Wayne: Please. That was an awful hockey game, and you know it.

    No that was a tight hard fought game, and best of all the good guys won!!
    Thanks Bruce

  117. MrEd says:

    Dadbot is cool. Cheers BaggedMilk.

  118. BONE207 says:

    Bruce Wayne: One of us is acting uncivil and it isn’t me.But if you want to fight, I’m game.

    Maybe you should reread your comments. The truth is out there and so are you. Your shtick is well known to all. Punch holes in your drywall or put your helmet back on…just go.

  119. Pescador says:

    spoiler,

    We cool

  120. spoiler says:

    Pescador:
    spoiler,

    We cool

    I know we know we are… but does everyone else?

    😉

  121. Bruce Wayne says:

    BONE207: Maybe you should reread your comments. The truth is out there and so are you. Your shtick is well known to all. Punch holes in your drywall or put your helmet back on…just go.

    Maybe you should read the threads more closely. You have no idea what this place is about, and you have no right to try and play the office of public morals, and you certainly have no right to enforce a purity of fandom.

  122. BONE207 says:

    spoiler“> Pescador.: I know we know we are, but does everyone else?

    I know we 3 are

  123. LMHF#1 says:

    Spoiler – I enjoyed the emotion and the “journey” , if you will, of that game – but it really wasn’t good hockey for much of the night. Just too sloppy. Definitely not the epic Saturday night of performances I was hoping for.

  124. Lowetide says:

    There is no good reason for a timeout, gents, and I would prefer we all live to fight another day. Surely this isn’t the hill anyone wants to die on.

  125. spoiler says:

    LMHF#1,

    Fair enough, and well put, Hemmer Fan (as I will always be too). And I think we all enjoy the 2 points, so that’s a few bright lights the dark knight is missing.

  126. thepeetso says:

    Yep. Glad for the win, but as far as flow and action, that game was tough to watch beyond 10 minutes in the 3rd and overtime.

    and you’ve got to feel that when ebs gets one, they’re gonna come in bunches after that.

  127. BONE207 says:

    Bruce Wayne: Maybe you should read the threads more closely. You have no idea what this place is about, and you have no right to try and play the office of public morals, and you certainly have no right to enforce a purity of fandom.

    I know what God fearing, sports loving people are and who are you to say that I don’t know? I absolutely have a right as I enlisted the same way all posters here did. As for the right to morals…well, you can hide behind your screen and your anonymity but I know how to behave in public. As for purity of fandom…wtf? There is your view and other’s view but purity? This isn’t a religion or a science. It is expression and dialog. If your views override others, it is not purity but more of a cult. Jonestown beckons you. Drink your own Koolaid and say goodnight.

  128. LMHF#1 says:

    spoiler:
    LMHF#1,

    Fair enough, and well put, Hemmer Fan (as I will always be too). And I think we all enjoy the 2 points, so that’s a few bright lights the dark knight is missing.

    Winsawin. Always. Night all.

  129. Frank the dog says:

    Bruce Wayne: One of us is acting uncivil and it isn’t me.But if you want to fight, I’m game.

    I’d suggest that telling someone to go fuck himself is somewhat less than civil.

  130. BONE207 says:

    Frank the dog: I’d suggest that telling someone to go fuck himself is somewhat less than civil.

    Whew…I thought for second I was mistaken.

  131. Frank the dog says:

    Anyway, the wins against Phoenix, the Devs and the
    Flames were a firm I dication that his team is now, finally, approaching legitimacy.

  132. spoiler says:

    Frank the dog,

    I think beating Hall–and we’re talking about a franchise whose soul has been owned by ex-players–deserves an honourable mention.
    😉

  133. Bruce Wayne says:

    BONE207: I know what God fearing, sports loving people are and who are you to say that I don’t know? I absolutely have a right as I enlisted the same way all posters here did. As for the right to morals…well, you can hide behind your screen and your anonymity but I know how to behave in public. As for purity of fandom…wtf? There is your view and other’s view but purity? This isn’t a religion or a science. It is expression and dialog. If your views override others, it is not purity but more of a cult. Jonestown beckons you. Drink your own Koolaid and say goodnight.

    Except I never attack you and your ilk, and I certainly don’t try and chase you away. I said something that was plainly true, that that was an awful hockey game, indeed one of the posts was simply agreeing with another poster. And yet that got you all in huff and demanded I “leave”, because what you expect, indeed what you demand, is the blind adoration of the partisan. So feel free to ignore my posts. I won’t even know.

  134. JimmyV1965 says:

    I’m thrilled that we won tonight. However, it was a boring game. I think both teams were tentative, too afraid to make mistakes. OT was amazing and we keep winning!!! No offence Bruce Wayne but you should take a chill pill. Life is too short.

  135. Ice Sage says:

    New Oilers doing it with D and Goaltending. Dr Drai is the key to this team, like Mess in the day.
    I don’t know how to feel about the playoffs…

  136. theres oil in virginia says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    That was one ugly baby tonight but I’m lovin’ the 2 points

    Woot..!!

    Breathtaking!

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