2017 PLAYOFFS, G1: SHARKS AT OILERS

Rise and shine, Edmonton. A new generation of heroes have arrived to bring us great joy. We don’t know the year, the hour or the day, but this team, the McDavid Oilers, are bound for glory. Are you ready?

For me, hockey postseason is a lot about memories, going back to my youth. Playoffs were with my Dad. He was a working man (six days a week when I was a kid, he finally stopped working at 75, passed at 80) so time was dear. Cribbage and playoff hockey brought us together. I can’t put into words how much I miss him. By the time the Oilers won their first Stanley, my Dad was 72, and I was down the road finding my own way. Today, with so many great games to come, I am thinking of my Dad and the love of hockey he passed along to me. He loved the headman pass, he hated the Habs but never said a bad word about Beliveau, and big Frank Mahovlich would have been welcome in our house any time. Miss you, Dad. Now. Let’s rock and roll.

YOUR EDMONTON OILERS (against the Sharks)

Playoff numbers rarely become famous, it’s just a thing. The boxcars don’t have time to accumulate gigantic totals, while individual goals and stops are seared into the memory. I can tell you chapter and verse about the first goal in Game 5 1985 SCF, but hell if I know the final scoring numbers that spring. Numbers still have meaning, but, beginning today, it’s all about the journey to Stanley. San Jose and Edmonton met in the playoffs once previously, in 2006 spring. Edmonton won the series four games to two, and the numbers are long gone. The Torres hit and the Roloson save? Right here with me, forever.

  • Patrick Maroon (5, 3-0-3, 15 shots)-Connor McDavid (5, 4-4-8, 15 shots)-Leon Draisaitl (5, 0-3-3, 8 shots)

Edmonton’s top line went 7-7-14 with 38 shots in five regular-season games against the Sharks. That’s good, real good, we can expect this trio to see a steady diet of Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Justin Braun. McDavid spent one hour against Vlasic (51.1 Corsi for 5×5 percentage) and that is the preferred matchup for SJS, while Todd McLellan appears content to let his horses run. McDavid v. Brent Burns would be fun, but the Sharks have allowed that match for 16 minutes all year. If the Oilers win this series, the 97 line is going to have a tremendous week. Note: According to Jake Sundstrom of Fear the Fin, Braun sat with a “nagging injury” in G82 but will likely be in tonight’s lineup. Sundstrom also predicts the Hansen-Hertl-Boedker will be matched against Edmonton’s top trio.

  • Milan Lucic (5, 3-1-4, 11 shots), RNH (5, 0-1-1, 5 shots), Jordan Eberle (5, 0-1-1, 8 shots)

This trio is coming on now, we can hope these numbers spike. In the final 10 games of the season, Lucic (6-2-8), Nuge (3-6-9) and Eberle (6-3-9) have been on fire. Eberle had 32 shots in those 10 games, the line had 72 in total. Some strong totals for the group, if this line can score consistently we are talking about a possible final-four team in my opinion.

  • Drake Caggiula (5, 2-1-3, 3 shots), Mark Letestu (5, 0-1-1, 7 shots), Zack Kassian (5, 0-1-1, 2 shots)

This line is emerging as the 3line now, and the last 10 games have been promising. Caggiula (3-3-6), Letestu (9, 2-2-4) and Kassian (10, 1-2-3) have been  coming on, separately and apart. Too soon to know, but Caggiula is showing some nice arrows. Kassian is going to have a big season next year if things continue along these lines.

  • Benoit Pouliot (5, 0-1-1, 2 shots), David Desharnais (3, 0-0-0, 1 shot), Iiro Pakarinen (1, 0-0-0, 1 shot)

This line is the misfits, but there is talent here. Benoit Pouliot has helped the PK and has offensive ability. Pakarinen is also used on the PK and has scored pretty well in limited minutes. Desharnais could be the last useful bat in the order, if he can get untracked. Lots of upset about Anton Slepyshev not playing, but Pakarinen is trusted on the PK and that appears to be the difference.

OILERS PROJECTED PAIRINGS

  • Oscar Klefbom-Adam Larsson
  • Andrej Sekera-Kris Russell
  • Darnell Nurse-Eric Gryba

Based on practice yesterday, this might be the starting six for tonight’s game. I mentioned this a week or so ago, but the third pairing (and second line) might be the major stories (good or bad) in this series against the Sharks. Cam Talbot to start, no surprise.

As you can see, Logan Couture was front and center at yesterday’s practice, with wingers Melker Karlsson and Joe Pavelski alongside. How effective will Couture be? It’s playoffs. Trust no one. Donskoi-Marleau-Joel Ward and Hansen-Hertl-Boedker are pains in the ass as well. 4line of Haley-Thornton-Lebanc as listed here, will be interesting to see how many (if any) shifts we see from Thornton.

LAST 10 GAMES, OILERS

  1. Connor McDavid 10, 5-13-18
  2. Leon Draisaitl 10, 5-7-12
  3. Jordan Eberle, 10, 6-3-9
  4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 10, 3-6-9
  5. Oscar Klefbom 10, 0-8-8
  6. Milan Lucic 10, 6-2-8
  7. Drake Caggiula 10, 3-3-6
  8. Kris Russell 10, 0-6-6
  9. Patrick Maroon 9, 2-3-5
  10. Andrej Sekera 10, 1-4-5

No one talks about this, but in the last 10 Oilers games, Cam Talbot has a SP of .889. That’s not a strong number, but when the team in front of you is scoring 38 goals in those same 10 games, not many notice. The Oilers have allowed 25 goals in those 10 games. Someone needs to hasten down the wind, this club needs a Moreau-Marchant-Grier unit badly.

LAST 10 GAMES, SHARKS

  1. Brent Burns 10, 2-4-6
  2. Jannik Hansen 9, 2-4-6
  3. Marc-Edouard Vlasic 8, 1-5-6
  4. Patrick Marleau 10, 4-1-5
  5. Joe Pavelski 9, 1-4-5
  6. Chris Tierney 9, 4-1-5
  7. Mikkel Boedker 10, 1-3-4
  8. Tomas Hertl 9, 2-2-4
  9. Melker Karlsson 7, 2-1-3
  10. David  Schlemko 10, 0-3-3

Not a good run for San Jose, plus Martin Jones has an .882SP in his last 10 games. San Jose scored 25 goals in those games, allowing 34. The injuries to Thornton and Couture were a big part of the struggles, but can the Sharks put it all together in time for tonight? History tells us the playoffs expose injuries and weakness. Are the Sharks all hat and no cattle? My guess is no.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE

  • Jake SundstromAll told: Not great! San Jose played poorly against the Oilers with the exception of the Tomas Hertl line against the Connor McDavid line. That’s one of the few bright spots for the Sharks entering this series as the status of Joe Thornton and Logan Couture remains relatively unclear. Mix in the poor play of Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun and … well, it’s not great! Source

1987 STANLEY

I remember 1987 for Stanley and the weather. On May 31, Edmonton won in Game 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Exactly two months later, Black Friday hit our city and had an enormous impact on all of us. For some reason, in my mind, those two events have always been linked. Funny how the mind works.

  • Names on the Cup: Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Kelly Buchberger, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Wayne Gretzky CAPTAIN, Charlie Huddy, Dave Hunter, Mike Krushelnyski, Jari Kurri, Moe Lemay, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Kevin McClelland, Marty McSorley, Mark Messier, Andy Moog, Craig Muni, Kent Nilsson, Jaroslav Pouzar, Reijo Ruotsalainen, Steve Smith, Esa Tikkanen, Peter Pocklington Owner, Glen Sather General manager/Coach
  • Jeff Beukeboom was an Oilers draft from 1983 who had turned into an NHL player by 1987, Moe Lemay came over from Vancouver at the deadline (Raimo Summanen) and helped with a couple of goals, Craig MacTavish won his first Stanley in his second year with the Oilers, same with Marty McSorley. Craig Muni was a new and very productive arrival, failing in Toronto and flourishing in Edmonton. That kind of thing happened a lot during these years, it’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘just lucky I guess’ but Sather was a smart GM and these Oilers made even good players look that much better. Kent Nilsson came over at the deadline and was exceptional, he played a substantial role on the Stanley team that spring. Man he was a good hockey player. The Oilers traded for Reijo Ruotsalainen in October (Don Jackson) and his spring was incredible. If you didn’t see Ruotsalainen play, he was a delight.
  • There was some heartbreak for me this season and the summer following. Lee Fogolin was traded in March 1987 (with another favorite, Mark Napier) and I loved him as an Oiler. That was a tough trade for me, I’ve remembered it since and often think of Fogolin. He was the least brilliant (skilled) player on the team, but he was heart and soul and the toughest man to ever skate that logo onto NHL ice. I miss him still, and always look for him at celebrations.
  • Paul Coffey would go in November 1987 and Moog in March 1988, by then the band of brothers began moving on, ending the Boys on the Bus era.
  • Steve Lansky has all of the boxscores from that spring here.

EDMONTON VERSUS SAN JOSE

My prediction is Oilers in six, but the truth is we’ll know a lot more tomorrow. SJS have severe injury woes and are coming into the postseason looking cornered and with no wait out. My Dad always told me to be most worried when the other guy had his back up against the wall. It’s almost time.

STAN!

Photo by Reggie, with my thanks

  • Stan Weir was born in a log cabin that he built with his bare hands.
  • Stan Weir can lick his elbow.
  • Stan Weir puts the fun in funeral.
  • Big Foot takes pictures of Stan Weir.
  • Stan Weir once played 18 holes of golf using a 12 inch strip of rebar and a sun dried tomato. He shot a 54.
  • When Stan Weir crosses the street, cars look both ways.
  • Stan Weir speaks in CAPS.
  • Stan Weir won a pissing contest with a Russian racehorse.
  • Stan Weir invented teal, but he doesn’t like the San Jose Sharks.
  • He thinks they have too many guys with funny names.
  • Plus their fans are Edmontonians living in San Jose because they have big brains because they once cheered for Stan Weir.
  • Stan Weir will bring us money and shapely, adventurous women with bad eyesight.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, Stan Weir!

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260, the first playoff edition of the Lowdown lifts off. Scheduled to appear:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. SJS v EDM at evens, PP, PK, plus EDM with and without McDavid.
  • Jake Sundstrom, Fear the Fin. How does Jake see this series playing out? What’s he hiding? What does he know and when did he know it? Trust. no. one.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. Scott sees this series same as me (close as close can be with the injury kicker) and we’ll drill down on it.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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  1. Ice Sage says:

    Nuclear leak:
    DSF is shaking in a dark corner somewhere blabbering about Minnesota

    LOL he’s a Van Islander too, probably muttering “Tallon… Colbourne…no cattle…” in a Qualicum pub.
    Miss him though

  2. khildahl says:

    I fully expected to lose my voice tonight, but didn’t expect it to happen before the end of the first period.

    Being in the arena tonight is indescribable. Holy hell.

  3. treevojo says:

    Pouzar:
    3 minors? As if.

    Knowing the way nhl refs work this could be a good thing.

    Hopefully they even it up in the second.

  4. Pouzar says:

    treevojo: Knowing the way nhl refs work this could be a good thing.

    Hopefully they even it up in the second.

    I wouldn’t bet on it.

  5. Nuclear leak says:

    Why is Mcdavids Father wearing a maple leaf coloured button up shirt in a sea of orange?

    Last time a parent was In leaf colours on the tv, kid was traded to New Jersey to rot and parish until his 31st birthday.

  6. BONE207 says:

    30 year old Oiler jersey fits! Oilers score first. LT with a lovely post again. Blog posting reaching 50-50 levels. Anthem flawless. I love these playoffs…it been too long. Let’s go

  7. treevojo says:

    Pouzar: I wouldn’t bet on it.

    They won’t if we are still up by 2 in the third.

    So the second is our only hope.

  8. Professor Q says:

    What a weak call.

  9. Professor Q says:

    Nuclear leak:
    Why is Mcdavids Father wearing a maple leaf coloured button up shirt in a sea of orange?

    Last time a parent was In leaf colours on the tv, kid was traded to New Jersey to rot and parish until his 31st birthday.

    Hall is taking up farming?

  10. Ice Sage says:

    Sharks really missing Jumbo.
    It’s a real shame 😉

  11. delooper says:

    I accidentally almost decapitated one of my chickens yesterday with a machete. Will try to crazy-glue its face together tonight.

  12. Ice Sage says:

    We got a game

  13. Lowetide says:

    2-1, Sharks score on the PP. Have to stay out of the box, men.

  14. Caller Zen says:

    Gryba …aghhh.

  15. jzed says:

    A referee assisted marker…..

  16. Crushelnyski says:

    Ward is a guy we gotta keep an eye out for. I remember he was money for Washington in the playoffs.

  17. jp says:

    Nuclear leak:
    Why is Mcdavids Father wearing a maple leaf coloured button up shirt in a sea of orange?

    Last time a parent was In leaf colours on the tv, kid was traded to New Jersey to rot and parish until his 31st birthday.

    Don’t push this one!

    That is fucked up, but McDavid’s father can do whatever the hell he wants. So long as his son is committed to the sea of orange!!!

  18. Professor Q says:

    Bad bounces abound. You’ve got to be kidding me.

    Plus the guy sitting beside me went to High School with Joel Ward, so it’s even worse. He wants to see OT. I dislike him already.

  19. The Hermit says:

    Wow, how did that stay out?

  20. Rich M says:

    Huge save by Talbot.

  21. russ99 says:

    That was crazy.

  22. Ice Sage says:

    2 minutes for bearding!

  23. treevojo says:

    That’s the call I was lookin for

  24. The Hermit says:

    Pouliot draws a penalty, in the offence zone to boot!

  25. Lucinius says:

    So, I go to take out the trash between periods and learn one of my neighbours is a die-hard Sharks fan (in her defence she is from San Jose) and we talk a bit. She bemoans how speeding should be a penalty to make McDavid less unfair.

    By the time I get back.. Sharks have scored.

    Damnation.

  26. BONE207 says:

    Ice Sage:
    2 minutes for bearding!

    That mangy thing is an insult to beards. It has to get semi annual shots

  27. russ99 says:

    The puck pressure thing was a real worry of mine before the series. We need to make better passes under pressure.

  28. treevojo says:

    Another one

  29. Pouzar says:

    I’ll never understand how Gryba had that kinda position and could not lift Wards stick. I don’t get it. He was right there. Tie his ass up.

  30. treevojo says:

    Now we need to bury one

  31. Pouzar says:

    treevojo:
    Another one

    You called it!

  32. Ice Sage says:

    BONE207: That mangy thing is an insult to beards. It has to get semi annual shots

    LOL – for fleas and rabies?!?

  33. Professor Q says:

    Nasty slash. Hope Larsson is okay.

  34. russ99 says:

    Pouzar:
    I’ll never understand how Gryba had that kinda position and could not lift Wards stick. I don’t get it. He was right there. Tie his ass up.

    Gryba wouldn’t have to needed to do thact had Nurse not left the crease to chase the puck carrier.

  35. The Original JDI says:

    Rich M:
    Huge save by Talbot.

    YUIUUUUUUGE!!!

  36. jp says:

    Ice Sage: LOL – for fleas and rabies?!?

    It’s a lot like the Amazonian rain forest. Some fleas and rabies, yes. But much of what’s in there has yet to be described.

  37. BONE207 says:

    Ice Sage: LOL – for fleas and rabies?!?

    Absolutely…I get dry heaves.

  38. jm363561 says:

    Good morning from Durham, England where it is 04.26. Can you believe it – fell asleep and missed entire first period.

  39. treevojo says:

    Pouzar: You called it!

    It’s only a good thing if we score.

  40. Younger Oil says:

    I’m not liking a lot of these icing calls.

  41. treevojo says:

    No hook on mcdavid

  42. The Hermit says:

    McDavid so close!

  43. treevojo says:

    Fuckin bullshit

  44. Professor Q says:

    Younger Oil:
    I’m not liking a lot of these icing calls.

    Hopefully there’s cake for dessert.

  45. jp says:

    What the fuck with that penalty? Seriously?? That’s not cool

  46. Younger Oil says:

    That was a penalty on Gryba, needless extra shot, but a huge hook on McDavid missed.

  47. Professor Q says:

    treevojo:
    No hook on mcdavid

    I’m worried about this, too.

  48. Melvis says:

    Fucking stripes, man. Determined to make the difference.

  49. The Original JDI says:

    Two minutes for wearing orange.

  50. Todd Macallan says:

    2 mins for non-elbowing / Couture throwing his head back.

  51. BONE207 says:

    A short handed goal would make me warm all over

  52. Jon K says:

    Younger Oil:
    I’m not liking a lot of these icing calls.

    This reffing is generally hilariously lopsided.

  53. The Hermit says:

    jp: It’s a lot like the Amazonian rain forest. Some fleas and rabies, yes. But much of what’s in there has yet to be described.

    I’m sure that there are unique life forms in there. 😁

  54. Pouzar says:

    russ99: Gryba wouldn’t have to needed to do thact had Nurse not left the crease to chase the puck carrier.

    That’s Nurse’s side are you kidding me?

  55. OilSafety says:

    Not only do the Oilers not get the calls, the commentary doesn’t even mention them. Maroons stick broken at the net on pp, nothing to see here.

  56. jzed says:

    I saw a flurry of ‘stick lifts ‘ on the McDavid break, what no perfect marks McGoo? And of course , they call Gryba for playing defends.

  57. Pouzar says:

    Not a fan of this period.

  58. treevojo says:

    Kass is a beast.

    He is due.

  59. The Hermit says:

    Fans calling out the refs, and rightfully so!

    I love PLAYOFFS!

  60. jp says:

    Another nice kill. PK has been very solid so far, despite the 1 GA

  61. SK Oiler Fan says:

    F me. Zebras are reaching tonight

  62. Professor Q says:

    Good. Hopefully that Shark is out long term.

  63. Jon K says:

    OilSafety:
    Not only do the Oilers not get the calls, the commentary doesn’t even mention them. Maroons stick broken at the net on pp, nothing to see here.

    Watching the American feed. They’ve mentioned that a few calls against the Oilers have been questionable.

  64. BONE207 says:

    Heavy shift for the fins

  65. Spengler says:

    Sharks on their 5th power play.

    Oh wait…

  66. jp says:

    Wow, that was a nightmare shift. Yikes.

  67. su_dhillon says:

    So i guess Babcock would call this a heavy shift

  68. treevojo says:

    Bend.

    Don’t break boys.

  69. The Original JDI says:

    Just like the morning after a flat of Lucky Lager, these Sharts are not going away.

  70. böök¡je says:

    treevojo:
    Bend.

    Don’t break boys.

    Stop bending too.

  71. Woogie63 says:

    Why isn’t the NHL using their best refs for a playoff game?

  72. Lucinius says:

    Well, that was definitely a couple shifts that reminded me of times past.

    Oiler fans everywhere clenching their sphincters there.

  73. jp says:

    Jon K,

    They have indeed.

    Both on the Gryba and Caggiula penalties.

    Also just said McDavid WILL win the Hart

  74. TheGreatMutato says:

    Larsson is like a better, Swedish Gator.

    Gåtör

  75. Pouzar says:

    And a new march begins.

  76. Ice Sage says:

    I hear ‘Jaws’ music

  77. Younger Oil says:

    Throwing it away at this point.

  78. jp says:

    That fucking sucks. Hi stick due to the uncalled pick. Fuck

  79. Lowetide says:

    Can’t win with this many penalties. I understand the refs are calling it tight, but Edmonton has lost a lot of momentum in this game because of penalties.

  80. Pouzar says:

    I’ll take a Short Handed goal please

  81. The Original JDI says:

    That was a high stick?

  82. Lucinius says:

    Have to get out of this period still leading…

  83. Professor Q says:

    TheGreatMutato:
    Larsson is like a better, Swedish Gator.

    Gåtör

    With the beginnings of a Lanny McDonald Moustache©.

    Could you imagine a merger of McDonald and Gator?

  84. Ice Sage says:

    The Original JDI:
    That was a high stick?

    No, it was two!
    (good value)

  85. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Caggiula needs to be benched. Can’t keep taking such careless penalties.

  86. Pescador says:

    I think I clenched my clutch

  87. BONE207 says:

    böök¡je: Stop bending too.

    If they kill this they’ll be on viagra the rest of the way

  88. The Hermit says:

    Escaped that period, got to make some adjustments for the third.

  89. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Lowetide:
    Can’t win with this many penalties. I understand the refs are calling it tight, but Edmonton has lost a lot of momentum in this game because of penalties.

    Did the eastern conference get a different directive from head office because I swear they weren’t calling anything in those early games

  90. T0ML says:

    #FireTimPeel

  91. The Original JDI says:

    Did the other games get called in this ticky tacky manner?

  92. The Hermit says:

    Professor Q: Could you imagine a merger of McDonald and Gator?

    I would rather not, thanks! 😁

  93. Pescador says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Caggiula needs to be benched. Can’t keep taking such careless penalties.

    Disagree he has been flying all night, Shit reffing should be shelved not the Drake

  94. jzed says:

    Both high sticks came on plays where they were picked as they started to pursue, veteran interference. As far as I can tell, more experience is better at cheating, nothing more. Well, we are still in the lead after playing 5 against 7 all period. We win going away. Fuck the refs and the shark fin soup boys.

  95. Lowetide says:

    First Period: 2-0 EDM, shots 10-10 after one and Corsi for 5×5 favored Edmonton 14-9.

    Second Period: 1-0 SJS, shots 9-4 San Jose and Corsi for 5×5 20-5 for the Sharks.

    Total: 2-1 Edmonton, 19-14 Sharks lead in shots, and Corsi for 5×5 29-19 San Jose.

    Edmonton survived the period. Too much penalties.

  96. Receptor Antagonist says:

    TheGreatMutato:
    Larsson is like a better, Swedish Gator.

    Gåtör

    ❤👏👏👏

  97. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Oilers have spent 1/4 of the game on the PK to this point. When is the last time that happened in a playoff game? Just weird. Normally versus the Sharks that’s game over.

  98. jp says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Did the eastern conference get a different directive from head office because I swear they weren’t calling anything in those early games

    What pisses me off the most is the McDavid didn’t get a call on that break. That’s almost a given on most players most times.

  99. Chris says:

    What the heck is up with all the penalties?

  100. N64 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Did the eastern conference get a different directive from head office because I swear they weren’t calling anything in those early games

    Let’s see what the refs do to the Leafs tomorrow. Many of the Sharks have already reached their playoff lifetime penalty limits.

  101. jp says:

    jzed:
    As far as I can tell, more experience is better at cheating, nothing more.

    Also get the benefit of the doubt more often. Those 2 things combined are tough.

  102. ashley says:

    A tightly called game should be to our advantage. Otherwise McDavid gets smothered and nothing gets called. I’ll take this game over the non-calls that usually come at playoff time neutralizing all the talented men.

  103. böök¡je says:

    Long time reader, first time poster.

    I’m kind of wondering how many people here have evolved their names so I no longer recognize them and how many people have come and left.

  104. Lloyd B. says:

    Anybody that thought Talbot was not going to need to be the Oilers best player in the playoffs to go anywhere just got a sneak preview there in the 2nd period.

    The team that wins the cup gets the best goal tending. Every year.

    The scorers often win the most valuable player in the playoffs but they don’t win without the goalering.

    I think WG calls it riding a hot PDO.

    Talbot gives the OIl a chance.

    WOOT!!

  105. Ribs says:

    Cagguila with two penalties…Weird…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCXwWts-SfM

  106. Chris says:

    böök¡je:
    Long time reader, first time poster.

    I’m kind of wondering how many people here have evolved their names so I no longer recognize them and how many people have come and left.

    There you are!! Good to see you back!

  107. The Hermit says:

    ashley: A tightly called game should be to our advantage. Otherwise McDavid gets smothered and nothing gets called. I’ll take this game over the non-calls that usually come at playoff time neutralizing all the talented men.

    I agree with you as long as the game is called fairly both ways.

    Edit: I will settle for consistency both ways. 🙂

  108. Oil2Oilers says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Caggiula needs to be benched. Can’t keep taking such careless penalties.

    Pouliot is +1 on penalties drawn. Long may that continue.

  109. BONE207 says:

    böök¡je:
    Long time reader, first time poster.

    I’m kind of wondering how many people here have evolved their names so I no longer recognize them and how many people have come and left.

    I saw you post earlier you liar!!! As for your question…everyone is giving themselves names like Original this & Original that. Getting hard to trust my eyes. Will run it through the Wood $$$ machine

  110. treevojo says:

    ashley:
    A tightly called game should be to our advantage.Otherwise McDavid gets smothered and nothing gets called.I’ll take this game over the non-calls that usually come at playoff time neutralizing all the talented men.

    Except they let the infractions on mcdavid go

  111. treevojo says:

    I’m guessing the refs put their whistles a way for the rest of the game unless it is too ridiculous to let go.

  112. Wolfie says:

    McDavid makes his impact this period.

  113. BONE207 says:

    treevojo: Except they let the infractions on mcdavid go

    I’d be ok with that as long as he scores

  114. Lovetide says:

    böök¡je:
    Long time reader, first time poster.

    I’m kind of wondering how many people here have evolved their names so I no longer recognize them and how many people have come and left.

    Me.

  115. Lowetide says:

    böök¡je:
    Long time reader, first time poster.

    I’m kind of wondering how many people here have evolved their names so I no longer recognize them and how many people have come and left.

    Huzzah!

  116. Lowetide says:

    Lovetide: Me.

    I saw your name and thought “that’s not my name!” 🙂

  117. --hudson-- says:

    Rolis there!

  118. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide: I saw your name and thought “that’s not my name!”

    Distant relation? Part of the Scandinavian Lowetides?

  119. The Hermit says:

    Lovetide,

    Lovetide!

    I feel warm and safe!

  120. treevojo says:

    Russ99 was right.

    Too much flex.

  121. The Hermit says:

    You got to be kidding me!

  122. Yegfoundation says:

    stream?

  123. Spengler says:

    Why has nobody mentioned Caggiula’s stick this year?!

  124. jzed says:

    Was leaning on the lumber there man, Jones was grateful

  125. theboyfromsouthdetroit says:

    So that’s why they call it a break-away

  126. Lucinius says:

    Caggs with zero luck this game.

  127. Ice Sage says:

    Drake-bit!

  128. Oil2Oilers says:

    böök¡je:
    Long time reader, first time poster.

    I’m kind of wondering how many people here have evolved their names so I no longer recognize them and how many people have come and left.

    I am the original böök¡je

  129. geowal says:

    He’ll see that in his nightmares.

  130. Melvis says:

    C’mon. 40 game minutes. 10 mins played a man short. Another 4-6 mins short towards the end of the third, and what happens? You can’t convince me the refs aren’t rearranging significant momentum shifts. Call every fucking thing, or call nothing.

  131. N64 says:

    Lowetide: I saw your name and thought “that’s not my name!” 🙂

    Jez. Can’t get away with much here. 🙂

  132. Lowetide says:

    Caggiula’s stick is Ladislav Smid.

  133. RexLibris says:

    Starting a gofundme to get Caggiula wooden sticks next season.

  134. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    Caggiula’s stick is Ladislav Smid.

    Why do you hate Caggiula’s stick?

  135. SK Oiler Fan says:

    treevojo:
    I’m guessing the refs put their whistles a way for the rest of the game unless it is too ridiculous to let go.

    And this is the problem. Situational officiating. Yes the Sharks are only 1 for 5, but that’s 1/4 of the game where Oilers ability to score was taken away.

  136. The Hermit says:

    Crowd is awesome, on the officials again.

  137. Lucinius says:

    RexLibris: Why do you hate Caggiula’s stick?

    Because it is a useless piece(s) of junk?

  138. Lloyd B. says:

    Oil2Oilers: I am the original böök¡je

    Screw you original Bookjie.

  139. Spengler says:

    RexLibris: Why do you hate Caggiula’s stick?

    As long as they’re not balsa wood.

  140. hunter1909 says:

    I haven’t enjoyed playoff hockey this much for ten years.

  141. The Hermit says:

    Lowetide: Caggiula’s stick is Ladislav Smid.

    Would enough hate for Ladislev Smid cause it to break? I have questions!

  142. The Original JDI says:

    Hertl so good.

  143. Oil2Oilers says:

    RexLibris:
    Starting a gofundme to get Caggiula wooden sticks next season.

    Stan Weir carved Draisaitl’s canoe paddle from a mighty Oak using only his pinky finger nail

  144. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Camera guys are drunk

  145. Spengler says:

    That was poor from Letestu.

  146. Oil2Oilers says:

    Drake is looking like a rookie tonight

  147. The Hermit says:

    Well now…

  148. Ice Sage says:

    Oh dear.
    Tough lesson, Oilers: this is playoff hockey!

  149. Younger Oil says:

    Caggiula should sit a game.

  150. Professor Q says:

    Oil2Oilers: Stan Weir carved Draisaitl’s canoe paddle from a mighty Oak using only his pinky finger nail

    Well that was a Weird thing for him to do.

  151. Lowetide says:

    Poor play by Letestu there, needs to make a better play in his own end. 2-2.

  152. fuzzy muppet says:

    Fucking testtube

  153. Jaxon says:

    Nice assist by Letestu on that one.

  154. Lucinius says:

    Ugly.55 and 4 combine to gift the Sharks a goal.

  155. delooper says:

    Oilers kind of vanished there, from the start of the 4-on-4.

  156. Lloyd B. says:

    Game on !

  157. Yak Efron says:

    Every time I hear ‘heavy shift’, I take a drink.

    I might die.

  158. The Hermit says:

    Great play by Klefbom knocking the puck off the shark players stick right to Larsson.

  159. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    It’s the little things. And the oilers haven’t been doing them very well since the second

  160. Gret99zky says:

    Oilers forgetting everything they did right in the first period. Back to puck watch, stick wave.

  161. Jaxon says:

    Younger Oil:
    Caggiula should sit a game.

    Huh? He’s having a great game. I’m seeing a totally different game then you are. They called a weak penalty on him and his stick broke on a break away (hard to blame him for either of those). The rest of the night he’s been solid. Taking the man, digging hard, creating offence, using his speed and backchecking. Did I miss something (it’s possible)?

  162. Android says:

    Spengler: As long as they’re not balsa wood.

    It wouldn’t be all bad. Think of the slashing calls you could draw.

  163. The Original JDI says:

    Smells like next goal wins.

  164. Lucinius says:

    Ghost of Oilers past have been making an appearance tonight. Unfortunately, most of them seem to be from the last ten years and not the first ten years.

    Some absolutely brutal giveaways throughout the game.

  165. Jon K says:

    Oilers playing like donkeys. McLellan sends out Letestu and Russell to start the 4v4 because it’s a defensive zone draw. Both proceed to be victimized on the goal against. Smrt.

  166. Ice Sage says:

    Lucinius:
    Ghost of Oilers past have been making an appearance tonight. Unfortunately, most of them seem to be from the last ten years and not the first ten years.

    Some absolutely brutal giveaways throughout the game.

    Yep. Sharks have all the momentum now. Oilers will be lucky to see OT – and there’s the game-deciding penalty!

  167. Gret99zky says:

    Where did the fucking checking go?

  168. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Pescador: Disagree he has been flying all night, Shit reffing should be shelved not the Drake

    Flying around but being ineffective and taking costly, careless penalties is not a good net result even if the effort is there.

  169. fuzzy muppet says:

    Jesús. That’s fucking horrible by Lucic.

  170. Chris says:

    I’m frustrated at the lack of penalty calls against SJ, yet Edmonton seems to touch someone and they call it. Whatever.

  171. Lowetide says:

    Oilers can win this game but have to stay out of the penalty box. Rinse, repeat.

  172. Lucinius says:

    Looks like game one will go to the Sharks.

    *grumble*

  173. The Original JDI says:

    Looch. Two minutes for taking a hit.

  174. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Fin penalties no where near the puck. Just wierd

  175. LMHF#1 says:

    These guys are panicking like crazy.

    Just play hockey and they’d be coasting to a win.

  176. Lloyd B. says:

    Apparently the Stanley Cup Finalists from last year are not going to lay down.

    You thought this was going to be easy?

  177. treevojo says:

    Well there goes my theory of refs putting there whistles away.

    These refs obviously haven’t read the nhl playoff handbook.

  178. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    The refs are horseshit but the Oilers are failing to recognize that and adjust their game. Just not disciplined tonight.

  179. Chris says:

    That was a horrible call. I’m sorry, give me a break.

  180. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers can win this game but have to stay out of the penalty box. Rinse, repeat.

    They were given chances earlier on with PPs, refs are giving a few chances SJ’s way now.

  181. SK Oiler Fan says:

    That slash happens 15 times a game

  182. Pajamah says:

    I know I’d be pissed if it were the other way around, but short of murder, there should NEVER be more than a 2 PP discrepancy between teams in the playoffs unless it’s egregious.
    Oilers getting ticky-tack calls in playoffs is absolute bullshit.

  183. theboyfromsouthdetroit says:

    Glad to see caggs channel his lousy night into some piss and vinegar play.

  184. Gret99zky says:

    Playoff Lesson #1: Play hard for more than one period.

  185. Pouzar says:

    Letestu doesn’t do speed or heavy hockey. He needs to score on PP.

  186. Yak Efron says:

    Clenchcon 5

  187. treevojo says:

    Talbot

    Talbot

    Talbot

  188. jp says:

    Big, big stuff by Talbot there. Huge

  189. RexLibris says:

    Oilers are matching San Jose’s intensity. Just not meeting their focus right now.

  190. LMHF#1 says:

    Why won’t McLellan call a time out? This is the worst they’ve played in about 2 months.

  191. flyfish1168 says:

    Inexperience Oilers are experiencing an experienced playoff team with NHL experienced refs

  192. The Original JDI says:

    Talbot’s go it!

  193. treevojo says:

    No hook.
    Lol

  194. Lloyd B. says:

    Lucinius:
    Looks like game one will go to the Sharks.

    *grumble*

    No. This is a very young team learning some hard lessons.

    Don’t give up so easy.

  195. LMHF#1 says:

    Lloyd B.:
    Apparently the Stanley Cup Finalists from last year are not going to lay down.

    You thought this was going to be easy?

    They’re not playing very well. The Oilers are gifting this.

  196. gregsaint says:

    That offside call on the 4×4 should have been all the way down or even a delay of game…full possession turns into a face off through no fault of the oilers

  197. The Hermit says:

    Why do the refs hate McDavid?

  198. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    flyfish1168:
    Inexperience Oilers are experiencing an experienced playoff team with NHL experienced refs

    Yeah and three posts by the sharks tonight

  199. N64 says:

    RexLibris: They were given chances earlier on with PPs, refs are giving a few chances SJ’s way now.

    6 to 3

  200. Ice Sage says:

    And McDavid hooked… no call.
    We’re not imagining this!
    Oilers gonna need a break

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