2017 PLAYOFFS G3: OILERS AT SHARKS

The great baseball manager Earl Weaver said a lot of very insightful things during his career. Earl was an acquired taste—he could be vulgar, had a terrible temper and was often naked—but they wrote down what he said and it made a lot of sense.

  • Earl Weaver: Until you’re the person other people fall back on, until you’re the one that’s leaned on, not the person doing the leaning, you’re not an adult.

Some people learn to lead as they grow into their future while others lean every day of their waking life. That’s a fact. A bona fide leader at 20? Just once, in a very blue moon. Tonight, in San Jose, Connor McDavid will lead the Oilers into a vital playoff game. If the Sharks can keep McDavid off the score sheet, the chances of winning rise exponentially. Good luck, Sharks, you’ll need it.

Gelinas was a helluva player, part of a fabulous Kid Line that spring with  Adam Graves and Joe Murphy. He was very good on the power play and he was just getting started. I think that might be the most amazing thing about Connor McDavid: Just getting started. Lordy.

1989

The Los Angeles Kings beat the 1989 Oilers in the first round. Seven games. It was beyond weird watching Wayne Gretzky on the enemy’s side, joined by Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley. Just a hateful turn, and that’s all I have to say about that. New Oilers of note included Jimmy Carson, Tomas Jonsson, Doug Halward and Dave Brown, each with a story to tell and none destined to stay in town long enough to buy. I can tell you that the idea of playing for the Stanley Cup was no longer considered a likely event by 1989 summer.

PENALTIES

The Oilers penalty kill is doing very well right now, but the overall lack of discipline is likely to cost them the series. Folks, you can’t do this, taking multiple penalties every game is insanity. The Darnell Nurse penalty on Brent Burns? Justified. The Maroon elbow or the Lucic stick? No sir. If Edmonton is going to win this series, the unnecessary penalties have to fade from the game.

OSCAR!

It sounds like Oscar Klefbom will be in the lineup tonight, but a verbal counter-trey is not unheard of at this time of year. A possible massive story, I checked around and asked a few folks about how they would handle the pairings if this comes to pass. No one seems to have an answer they are comfortable with, and that is a tell. Oscar Klefbom has arrived as a bona fide NHL defenseman of quality. Light a candle, say a prayer.

Foo would be an impressive addition based on scouting reports and his NHLE (82gp, 13-18-31) suggests intriguing offense. Although his equivalency is shy of Drake Caggiula’s  (82gp, 22-22-44) on the day he signed.

  • Dave Starman, College Hockey Analyst for CBS and ESPN: “He’s greasy. He just does a lot of little things that are fun to watch. He’s got electric speed, hands, guts. He’s not afraid to try something difficult. He’s been good. He’s just fun to watch and he plays with an edge.” Source

There are several Chiarelli action words in that scouting report, suspect the Oilers have a high level of interest. As Mr. Dreger mentions above, Foo was at Game 2 watching, that experience had to be a positive. I’m absolutely impressed with PC’s college procurement plan (Drake Caggiula, Matt Benning, Nick Ellis, Patrick Russell, Joe Gambardella) and Foo would be a welcome addition.

 BAKERSFIELD NHLE

Bakersfield’s season is over, so we will begin to have a long look at the most promising prospects from the Condors. This is the Vollman NHLE (younger players get a push) and shows what I think we know for sure: Jesse Puljujarvi is the most promising player on the farm. Jujhar Khaira, Jordan Oesterle and the promising progress of Joey Laleggia and Josh Currie (AHL contract) are worthy of note. Nick Ellis finished with a .918 SP, impressive number.

HAPPY EASTER!

We are fine. It has been a hectic winter and early spring, but the kids are making progress and finding their way, while Mrs. Lowetide is working on 2,000 piece puzzles and swearing like a trucker. Ziggy wants you to know I scared the hell out of her on the McDavid shorty, and I want you to know I’m sorry. Happy Easter, I hope you are with the ones you love, feeling warm, content and in a good place. All we have is each other, and I am thankful for you. God bless.

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  1. oilersfan says:

    Six minutes into the third period in a 0-0 game there is one shot by the oilers and none for San Jose.

    Did I mention it’s a boring game

  2. spoiler says:

    Dammit Sleppy, you have to at least hit the net from there.

  3. npanciroli says:

    McDavid needs to take over this game. Rest of the team needs to step it up also.

  4. Pajamah says:

    Eberle with about 3 minutes to go.

  5. BONE207 says:

    Boring…maybe but few whistles. Let sleeping refs lie

  6. spoiler says:

    oilersfan:
    Six minutes into the third period in a 0-0 game there is one shot by the oilers and none for San Jose.

    Did I mention it’s a boring game

    The pace is good but tight-checking and crap ice makes it tough for talent to shine.

  7. LMHF#1 says:

    Slepyshev showing he can play in a grind it out sort of game.

    Absolutely a player there. Glad he’s being used like it.

    Now they need to get Maroon off that line. He’s really struggling.

  8. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    The Sleppy up Drai down has gained stability at the price of HDSC, I’m guessing in the 2nd half of this period TMac goes back to the starting lines for an extra push.

  9. JDI Хоккей says:

    oilersfan: Did I mention it’s a boring game

    A good road game, is often a boring game. Especially against last year’s WCC team.

  10. Lloyd B. says:

    oilersfan:
    Six minutes into the third period in a 0-0 game there is one shot by the oilers and none for San Jose.

    Did I mention it’s a boring game

    Your name suggests you are an Oiler fan.

    This is not boring hockey.

  11. JDI Хоккей says:

    Ooh – Louie Louie just mentioned ‘spreading the wealth’.

  12. LMHF#1 says:

    Leon deferring. Time for Todd to remind him he can be the best player on the ice.

  13. who says:

    Lloyd B.:
    Double shifting McDavid for Desharnais.

    Leon also had a go.

    Hopefully it wakes Desharnais up.

    Actually I don’t think they are sitting anyone. Looks like they have bumped Letestu to the wing. I have been DD harshest critic but this is his best game as an Oiler by far. Definitely earning his ice time tonight.

  14. Lloyd B. says:

    Great to see Woodcroft coaching McDavid.

  15. BONE207 says:

    Why do I want to vomit when they show a close up of Burns beard?

  16. Lloyd B. says:

    who: Actually I don’t think they are sitting anyone. Looks like they have bumped Letestu to the wing. I have been DD harshest critic but this is his best game as an Oiler by far. Definitely earning his ice time tonight.

    So it worked then. 🙂

  17. Professor Q says:

    I feel so screwed with my pool, though.

    I had Chicago going to the finals in this one (sacrilege, I know, in my heart I feel Edmonton makes it…). I now doubt they get past Nashville.

  18. Scungilli Slushy says:

    JDI Хоккей: Closer to average for D-men. Look it up.

    First site I look at has 205 as average. Oilers nation had a piece a while back that had that as forward’s average.

    Doesn’t matter if he’s good, but he and Nurse are getting pinned a lot which does matter especially when DD is the centre.

  19. JDI Хоккей says:

    KAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSS!!!!

  20. Lloyd B. says:

    KABOOM !!

  21. Lowetide says:

    Kassian scores.

  22. Spengler says:

    Kass! You beauty!!

  23. treevojo says:

    Kassattack

  24. Lucinius says:

    Zack!

    Haha!

    Pisani reborn!

  25. The Hermit says:

    Wolverine!

  26. LMHF#1 says:

    I love that slap-backhand he does.

  27. jp says:

    HOLY SHIT!!!
    THAT IS HUGE KASSIAN!!!!

    Now hold on boys!!!

    HUGE chance here!!!!!

  28. Todd Macallan says:

    Fernando Pisassian.

  29. Gerta Rauss says:

    atta baby Kass..!!

  30. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    KASSIAN!!!!

  31. npanciroli says:

    YES

  32. Rich M says:

    Kassian!!!!

  33. Pouzar says:

    Wow…another 5 holer #Logan

  34. delooper says:

    Kassian, Stanley cup superhero.

  35. Nuclear leak says:

    Kassian!

    Build this man a statue!

  36. treevojo says:

    Loving the wolverine.

  37. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Keep pushing boys!!!

  38. BONE207 says:

    Give ‘er the Kasssss

  39. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Zack Attack!

  40. russ99 says:

    Kassian!!!!!!!!

  41. Yak Efron says:

    Zacnando Kassani

  42. BeerMe says:

    KASS

  43. spoiler says:

    Special K

  44. Caller Zen says:

    amazing!

  45. flyfish1168 says:

    russ99,

    Give the boy a raise

  46. theDjdj says:

    Have We found our Pisani, LT?

  47. pitlickdinner says:

    Who else.

  48. Soup Fascist says:

    Kassian is McClelland. McClelland is Kassian.

  49. Professor Q says:

    He’s not Pisani. He’s Kassian. Completely different players.

  50. BeerMe says:

    Anyone else seeing Letestu bad?

  51. Nuclear leak says:

    I’d rather lose Letestu then Pouliot to vegas, his cement feet cause far too much anxiety within, might go wipe some coral out.

  52. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    He’s the KAS-SASIN!!!

  53. oilersfan says:

    I was thinking Kassian could play the role of Raffi Torres these playoffs but he is doubling as an alien in a Torres\Pisani duel role

  54. JDI Хоккей says:

    Scungilli Slushy,

    You’ve got to look for an inches * pounds index for NHL defenders. Like Ricki uses.

  55. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Kassian reminds me more of Torres than Pisani. Torani? Pissores?

  56. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Wow… they sold tix for an away game??

  57. oilersfan says:

    Now that the oilers are up 1-0 both teams can play as boring as they like.

    On a side note when I type Kassian my spell check reverts to

    “Strong Oak”

    Seems fitting

  58. Nuclear leak says:

    Kassian is becoming Mike Grier

  59. Professor Q says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    Kassian reminds me more of Torres than Pisani. Torani? Pissores?

    If you have Pissores, you should see a physician.

  60. JDI Хоккей says:

    oilersfan: “Strong Oak”

    Woodguy approves.

  61. LMHF#1 says:

    I miss Mike Peca in these games. Was so comforting to have him out there.

  62. Lucinius says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Wow… they sold tix for an away game??

    Proceeds go to charity. I think.

  63. delooper says:

    I think of Kassian more like Laraque with better hands.

  64. Lloyd B. says:

    Professor Q: If your have Pissores, you should see a physician.

    They are from his days in Montreal.

  65. LMHF#1 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Wow… they sold tix for an away game??

    Much better deal than most everything else. 5 bucks or 20 for Sportsnet Club with unlimited popcorn, pop and hot dogs.

  66. Rich M says:

    Man that’s a huge save by Talbot.

  67. Pajamah says:

    If you had to, who do you protect, Kassian or McDavid?

    /facetiousness

  68. LMHF#1 says:

    delooper:
    I think of Kassian more like Laraque with better hands.

    Much better skater.

  69. Scungilli Slushy says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    Scungilli Slushy,

    You’ve got to look for an inches * pounds index for NHL defenders. Like Ricki uses.

    Right. He’s thick, I’m not saying he isn’t strong. Thick is a word Chiarelli used as a Bruins GM when asked about size and draft prospects, more concerned with strength for shorter/smaller/lighter/whatever players. Winning puck battles is all that counts. Not Benning’s best night though.

  70. Professor Q says:

    LMHF#1:
    I miss Mike Peca in these games. Was so comforting to have him out there.

    I always enjoyed him staying out longer and giving extra effort in the forecheck. First time I’d ever seen someone do so aggressively instead of falling back and changing.

    Poor guy deserved two Cups.

  71. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Excellent for Kass!

    I understand it’s his role as a national commentator but is anyone else slightly sad that Louie has a bit of a San Jose (actually it’s specifically Burns) lean to him so far this series?

    If Oiler fans can get 15 years of the defending that Nurse-Benning had around the 5 minute mark we’ll be a very very happy fan base. Excellent defending by those young men!!!

  72. pitlickdinner says:

    Nurse is master of the not-a-crosscheck.

  73. OmJo says:

    Is Zach Kassian Pisani ?

  74. JDI Хоккей says:

    Pajamah: If you had to, who do you protect, Kassian or McDavid?

    Well 2nd year pro players are not available to the expansion draft.

  75. LMHF#1 says:

    Professor Q: I always enjoyed him staying out longer and giving extra effort in the forecheck. First time I’d ever seen someone do so aggressively instead of falling back and changing.

    Poor guy deserved two Cups.

    With the lead, in the playoffs, as soon as I saw him on the ice I’d take a minute and a half off the clock in my mind. Had it on complete lockdown.

  76. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    LMHF#1,

    They sold them for $5 a piece with the proceeds going to the Oiler community foundation. I couldn’t be more ok with that setup

  77. Lloyd B. says:

    Professor Q: I always enjoyed him staying out longer and giving extra effort in the forecheck. First time I’d ever seen someone do so aggressively instead of falling back and changing.

    Poor guy deserved two Cups.

    I prefer McDavid.

  78. JDI Хоккей says:

    OmJo:
    Is Zach Kassian Pisani ?

    Kassani

  79. BeerMe says:

    Talbot holding the fort

  80. su_dhillon says:

    The way Kassian is going, might be worth a shot to see if he can become 97s Tikannen

  81. Lucinius says:

    Refs have a lot go this game. Better than the normal BS (in both shit calls and shit decision making to earn the calls).

    Gah!

    Kass, we coulda used that; an insurance marker would be a good thing for the sphincter muscles of Oiler fans everywhere.

  82. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    EMPTY NET!!!

  83. BONE207 says:

    Kassian will be a Conn Smythe finalist…book it
    #crossedfingers

  84. LMHF#1 says:

    What we’re seeing with Kassian right now is an athlete’s mind and situation finally matching the talent that was always there.

    It is a beautiful damn thing.

  85. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    WHAT!???!!

  86. Pajamah says:

    JDI Хоккей: Well 2nd year pro players are not available to the expansion draft.

    Hence the qualifier “if you had to”. I’m just being homer fan and fanboying fucking hard for Kassian.

    I just can’t believe we got him for a shaky Ben Scrivens. Imagine we got more than old Man Hendricks for Dubnyk, and we’re cooking with gas.

  87. Lucinius says:

    Klef…

    Klef!

    What are you doing in missing that!?

  88. LMHF#1 says:

    Wtf was that Oscar???

  89. BeerMe says:

    Drai dominating Burns twice

  90. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Oh klefbom….

  91. OmJo says:

    The Sharks are REALLY bad with the man advantage.

  92. LMHF#1 says:

    Give that to one of the other two on the rush!!! Gah!!!

    42 should have just had his first playoff goal.

  93. The Hermit says:

    Oilers will never score an empty net goal again.

  94. Todd Macallan says:

    Klef trying to go bardownskies

  95. Zelepukin says:

    Wow. Gretz expression says it all.

  96. Nuclear leak says:

    Drai should be a physics professor durng his spare time

  97. Professor Q says:

    Lloyd B.: I prefer McDavid.

    McDavid was 1.5 and 9 during the years when Peca should have won. If he had won the Cup then, well…I don’t know what I’d say.

    Obviously happy for both, but more so for ’06.

  98. OmJo says:

    Most intense 43 seconds in the last 10 years.

  99. Lowetide says:

    Big win. BIG win.

  100. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Fuck yes!!!!!!!

  101. jp says:

    Oh baby!!!!

    Going up 2-1 feels good!!!!

  102. Lloyd B. says:

    WOOOOOOT !!!

    A most excellent road game.

    Home advantage back.

  103. OmJo says:

    Back to back shutouts. Cam fucking Talbot.

  104. Yak Efron says:

    Feels good man.

  105. BONE207 says:

    Woohooo. ..Talbot…Kass…McLellan…good coaching

  106. Gerta Rauss says:

    Holy shit

    I remember what playoff hockey feels like again

    I like it

    It’s good

  107. su_dhillon says:

    That’s a grown up win.
    Clap clap

  108. The Hermit says:

    Congratulations to the Edmonton Oilers and their fans.

    The Oil is now 12.5% of their way to winning the Stanley Cup.

  109. Lucinius says:

    The win. We got the win in a 1-0 playoff game on the road.

    The team has grown so much.

  110. russ99 says:

    To win a playoff game like that, wow.

    A new era of Oilers hockey.

  111. Glass says:

    Talbot & Kassian series MVPs thus far. This has been such an evenly matched, exciting series!

  112. Pouzar says:

    I dunno what’s gonna fail first….the liver or ticker.

  113. BONE207 says:

    Montreal Edmonton Stanley final.

  114. jp says:

    Lucinius:
    The win. We got the win in a 1-0 playoff game on the road.

    The team has grown so much.

    Also shut out the Sharks 2 games running.

    The other side can’t feel too good about that.

  115. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Klefbom in my 3 stars. Nearly 24 rockstar minutes.

  116. hunter1909 says:

    I remember predicting Kassian would break out big in the playoffs.

    I don’t remember predicting he’d turn into a superstar, lol.

  117. kinger_OIL says:

    – put a fork on the sharks. Sure there will be some intensity but it’s just a question of how fast they can finish it off

    – I’m having a hard time getting posts through from my home computer. Anyone else having then same issue?

  118. Nuclear leak says:

    Save to say Talbot was mad at himself for that overtime goal, this guy is lights out.

  119. JDI Хоккей says:

    Pouzar:
    I dunno what’s gonna fail first….the liver or ticker.

    Doesn’t matter. Enjoy the post season and make sure your premiums are up to date.

  120. Rich M says:

    That was an outstanding playoff road win. Weathered the storm in the first 10 minutes, wore SJ down. Took advantage of a mistake and made it count.

    Beautiful.

  121. fishman says:

    So why is Friedman calling Oilers on verge of massive upset of the Sharks???? Last time I looked Oilers finished with more points????

  122. JDI Хоккей says:

    hunter1909: I don’t remember predicting he’d turn into a superstar, lol.

    Shush now, chile.

  123. Pajamah says:

    Pouzar:
    I dunno what’s gonna fail first….the liver or ticker.

    We that’s about 30 oz of gin in the last 2 games. If we make the Stanley cup, presuming a 2:1 win ratio, I’m staring at 360 oz or 14 bottles. How’s that for analytics.

  124. Lloyd B. says:

    There’s something happening here.

  125. Pescador says:

    Thought the whole D-core was very solid all night. Only a couple yips,
    Papa Talbot will wipe your chin for ya.

  126. kinger_OIL says:

    – I ask about getting posts through because I posted that at about the 11 minute mark I felt the sharks could be broken if the oil score.

    – darn WordPress or whatever. Anyone with tips I’d appreciate.

    – this series could be wrapped up quick.

  127. su_dhillon says:

    Hope Playoff Nuge/Eberle get one soon because they deserve it. Liked both their games a lot today

  128. Scungilli Slushy says:

    I was happy to see Leon in the middle and doing well. Much harder to defend McD Nuge Leon if the latter two are feeling it and getting support on the wing.

  129. gogliano says:

    That “second” line played a strong game to my eye. RNH is showing why we should keep him around. He’s been a player all series.

  130. Professor Q says:

    Sharks players always seem so depressed and defeated in interviews.

    Façade or reflective of their true selves?

  131. Caller Zen says:

    If the Oil win next game, the series is probably done in game 5 on home ice. I wonder if the Ducks can sweep the flames. Hah!

  132. Pouzar says:

    Pajamah: We that’s about 30 oz of gin in the last 2 games. If we make the Stanley cup, presuming a 2:1 win ratio, I’m staring at 360 oz or 14 bottles. How’s that for analytics.

    What’s yer oz/60?

  133. jm363561 says:

    Oilers standard operating procedure – goal tending; bend, don’t break D; opportunistic scoring (in this case, opposition error). Oilers allowed just 10 shots in last two periods. A Stanley Cup team winning team does that.😀

    Note to O Klefbom – a Cup winning team does not miss an empty net with a 3 on 1.

    Really good performance.

  134. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Pescador:
    Thought the whole D-core was very solid all night. Only a couple yips,
    Papa Talbot will wipe your chin for ya.

    Great win, Talbot a sheet of plywood.

    I thought Benning and Nurse had trouble getting the puck out. I also thought Russell was skating and defending but also couldn’t clear the zone.

    Sekera Larson and Klef were beauties.

  135. Pouzar says:

    JDI Хоккей: Doesn’t matter. Enjoy the post season and make sure your premiums are up to date.

    Check.
    Worth waaaaaaaaaaaaay more dead than alive.

  136. Lloyd B. says:

    Caller Zen:
    If the Oil win next game, the series is probably done in game 5 on home ice.I wonder if the Ducks can sweep the flames. Hah!

    I’m concerned about the next game.

    The Oilers are backing a dog ( A BIG DOG ) into a corner.

    They haven’t seen anything yet.

    Another growth opportunity.

  137. Zelepukin says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Great win, Talbot a sheet of plywood.

    I thought Benning and Nurse had trouble getting the puck out. I also thought Russell was skating and defending but also couldn’t clear the zone.

    SekeraLarson and Klef were beauties.

    This is true. Klef and Larsson are masters of seperating the player from the puck and then moving it to safety. Like impressively good. Nurse and Benning are good in keeping on top of guys but they end up doing more running around than is necessary.

  138. 813.52Ran says:

    Scungilli Slushy,

    Back-to-back Zack Attack!

  139. Pescador says:

    IMG_0669.JPG

  140. DBO says:

    Wonder if they sit Desharnais for Pakarinen . Especially if they roll the big 3 centres. Gives more speed and grit and a guy who can PK.

    Love three scoring lines, frees at least one up for soft match ups. Perfect for the road where you can’t line match as well.

  141. Kepler says:

    5 stars for Cassiopeia

  142. hunter1909 says:

    Lloyd B.: I’m concerned about the next game.
    The Oilers are backing a dog ( A BIG DOG ) into a corner.

    Interesting analogy. I’d more likely say that Zack Kassian plays like a cornered RAT.

    Sharks remind me of a security dog behind a fence, growling and snarling at another dog its terrified of.

  143. JDI Хоккей says:

    813.52Ran: Back-to-back Zack Attack!

    A claim that remains – intact.

    Kings of the court shake and bake all takers
    Back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact

  144. hunter1909 says:

    Lloyd B.: I’m concerned about the next game.
    The Oilers are backing a dog ( A BIG DOG ) into a corner.
    They haven’t seen anything yet.

    Sharks have been threatening to bring their press clippings to the next game.

  145. oilersfan says:

    I would like to thank Stan Weir for his assistance in the game tonight

  146. Pouzar says:

    So after Talbot claims he should have stopped the OT goal in game 1 he has back to back shut outs. Crazy stuff.

  147. N64 says:

    oilersfan: On a side note when I type Kassian my spell check reverts to

    Mine corrects to Kassani every time. Now I know why.

    Maybe there is hope for guys with sideburns. Grow em out as mutton chops

  148. Soup Fascist says:

    Diane Lane on TV in a sleeveless shirt. Oilers win on the road in a playoff shutout. Life is good.

  149. Gordies Elbow says:

    Good game by Schelepekov. Really liked it when they moved him to the first line, and made Draisaitl a centre again.

  150. Lloyd B. says:

    hunter1909: Sharks have been threatening to bring their press clippings to the next game.

    It was 1-0.

    Talbot did what he needed in the 1st.

    One shot. One deflection. One own goal. One weirdo deflection off the stantions. One bounce off a big hairy butt. One period of Talbot not being incredible.

    It’s overtime or worse. SJ are not reading their press clippings.

    BUT… We won. WOOOOT!!

  151. OmJo says:

    Can Talbot > Cam Ward.

  152. striatic says:

    The line adjustments felt like a big factor in this game. It is good to know that the Oilers are flexible enough to make those kinds of adjustments in high pressure situations and ultimately prevail as a result of them.

  153. Side says:

    Lloyd B.: I’m concerned about the next game.

    The Oilers are backing a dog ( A BIG DOG ) into a corner.

    They haven’t seen anything yet.

    Another growth opportunity.

    I think the Oilers have seen everything they needed to see in the 2nd and 3rd period of the 1st game.

    They started seeing it again in period 1 of Game 3 and decided they weren’t going down that route again.

    Sharks will lose the next 2.

  154. Scungilli Slushy says:

    If God forbid this site closed its comment section there would be a major impact on MSM and particularly Edmonton MSM content methinks. Mesure.

  155. npanciroli says:

    I hope they roll same lines next game. Slepyshev looked good with McDavid.

  156. Professor Q says:

    OmJo:
    Can Talbot > Cam Ward.

    Cam Ward never got back to the heights of Rookie Cam Ward.

    Talbot even > Roloson, though.

  157. Professor Q says:

    Kepler:
    5 stars for Cassiopeia

    Watch for Caligula’s return in the next game.

  158. Professor Q says:

    Soup Fascist:
    Diane Lane on TV in a sleeveless shirt. Oilers win on the road in a playoff shutout. Life is good.

    You know, Cassie Campbell sort of resembles Diane Lane.

  159. dangilitis says:

    oilersfan:
    Now that the oilers are up 1-0 both teams can play as boring as they like.

    On a side note when I type Kassian my spell check reverts to

    “Strong Oak”

    Seems fitting

    Mine auto-corrected to “kaddish” (prayer) – also fitting, I think…

  160. fuzzy muppet says:

    An overlooked aspect of This game was.that every line held their own.

    Even DD showed up tonight

  161. StixMalone says:

    striatic:
    The line adjustments felt like a big factor in this game. It is good to know that the Oilers are flexible enough to make those kinds of adjustments in high pressure situations and ultimately prevail as a result of them.

    They’ve had all season to practice it……

  162. Pescador says:

    oilersfan:
    I would like to thank Stan Weir for his assistance in the game tonight

    Stan Weir is actually Zack Kassian’s father

  163. OmJo says:

    Low how Lowetide has Oilers fans everywhere looking for the next Fernando Pisani of this group haha

  164. Wolfie says:

    Kassian, Talbot, McDavid all in the early conversation for Conn Smyth’s… any others?

  165. Zelepukin says:

    DD is the kind of player who needs to bury a garbage goal or make a big defensive play to create a sense of an identity. He isn’t doing anything bad but he isn’t doing anything outstandingly well either.

    Oil fans love players to form an identity in the playoffs. Having said that, I could see Paks coming in on the 4th and provide some pushback physically.

  166. Rocknrolla says:

    What a game!

    Confession….just watched the game with some friends at a local establishment, unbelievable win! Extatic our team is doing well, but to be honest, just as the game was done wanted to get home and read the thread, with my real hockey buddies.

    Thanks LT for what you have created here….might even save me some money at the tavern! Proportionate savings will be sent to the PayPal button!

  167. Pescador says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Great win, Talbot a sheet of plywood.

    I thought Benning and Nurse had trouble getting the puck out. I also thought Russell was skating and defending but also couldn’t clear the zone.

    SekeraLarson and Klef were beauties.

    Definitely agree,
    I was coming at it from the perspective of every Oiler player had a tough time with zone exits, San Jose is a puck pressure beast.
    Except for Klefbom, he is a dreamboat on skates. **fans face**
    I thought all D pairs did a good job limiting the HDSC’s & keeping the Sharks to the outside. On the road I was expecting a little more of what happened in GM 1.

  168. OmJo says:

    Professor Q,

    Thing about Roli is he kind of came out of nowhere. He was a combined 14-34-5 (granted 8-7-4 in YEG) in 2005-06.

    But yeah, Talbot is just an incredible goaltender. I’m sure he learned a lot being Henriks backup all those years. Hands down the best player Chiarelli has acquired.

  169. Rocknrolla says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    atta baby Kass..!!

    Spec it’s you!

  170. Chachi says:

    Don’t know if this was brought up already, but I wanted to mention (or re-mention) that the person counting “hits” for the Sharks tonight was obviously on crack. That stat can’t be relied on for anything with that kind of “counting” going on.

    Well done tonight Oilers!

  171. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Pescador: Definitely agree,
    I was coming at it from the perspective of every Oiler player had a tough time with zone exits, San Jose is a puck pressure beast.
    Except for Klefbom, he is a dreamboat on skates. **fans face**

    For sure. I prefer Swedish women🇸🇪

  172. Lloyd B. says:

    Chachi:
    Don’t know if this was brought up already, but I wanted to mention (or re-mention) that the person counting “hits” for the Sharks tonight was obviously on crack. That stat can’t be relied on for anything with tthat kind of “counting” going on.

    Well done tonight Oilers!

    Maybe it was Pouzar. He was liking the lines tonight.

    But … you are probably wrong. 🙂

  173. Wolfie says:

    OmJo:
    Professor Q,

    Thing about Roli is he kind of came out of nowhere. He was a combined 14-34-5 (granted 8-7-4 in YEG) in 2005-06

    But yeah, Talbot is just an incredible goaltender. I’m sure he learned a lot being Henriks backup all those years. Hands down the best player Chiarelli has acquired.

    Talbot moves so well in the net. His mobility is plus plus. Gets across quickly. Reads the play extremely well. Has excellent focus in high pressure situations.

    I’m not sure which stats bear that out but that’s the eye test.

    Maybe Sather did do the Oilers a solid.

    This group gives me the chills. There is greatness here.

  174. prairieschooner says:

    I didn’t want to jinx things but I thought the Oilers would win

    Also I like Kassian’s Roman Centurion look

  175. Gordies Elbow says:

    Credit to reddit user /u/likeBruceSpringsteen

    “Zack “literally Fernando Pisani” Kassian is playing like a man on fire.”

    Would never have guessed that the Fernando candidate would have been Kassian.

  176. Alsker says:

    striatic:
    The line adjustments felt like a big factor in this game. It is good to know that the Oilers are flexible enough to make those kinds of adjustments in high pressure situations and ultimately prevail as a result of them.

    Exactly, lots of people ripping on McL after game 1(rightfully so) but tonight he stepped up and did what was necessary.

  177. Chachi says:

    Lloyd B.:

    I was actually thinking it was the person who usually over-counts shots for the Sharks doing the hits as well, but I am probably wrong about that as well.

  178. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    Lowetide,

    After the sad ending in game 1, I broke out my #94 jersey to wear during games. Smytty was a motivating force, who bled oil. Not a superstitious guy but, think I’ll keep wearing it anyways :))

    Playoff hockey baby. This is just great. We waited a long time for this…enjoy every moment.

  179. McSorley33 says:

    striatic,

    Great point. Moving Letestu out of 3C was huge.

    In fairness, quite a few people in here thought we should have started the game with those lines ( Drai at C)

  180. Lloyd B. says:

    Chachi,

    You probably were wrong. But who cares. Oilers up 2-1.

    Tough to beat them 3 games out of 4.

  181. Professor Q says:

    Boil-in-the-Oil:
    Lowetide,

    After the sad ending in game 1, I broke out my #94 jersey to wear during games. Smytty was a motivating force, who bled oil. Not a superstitious guy but, think I’ll keep wearing it anyways :))

    Playoff hockey baby. This is just great. We waited a long time for this…enjoy every moment.

    I still need to find my jersey. It’s been folded up and is in a bag somewhere in the house…perfect way to never find it again.

    It’s nameless as of yet, though. Debating getting McDavid on it or just going for a new orange McDavid one. One that fits better, as this one is from ’08/’09 or ’09/’10 after I traded a Hanson Chiefs jersey for it; was going to get Hall but ended up losing my remittance slip for the naming cost, so became lazy. Somehow that worked out…

  182. Rebilled says:

    This team can win any game,

  183. Frank the dog says:

    Did antone else catch the comment Cptpire made aboit the whole team being beat up and toughing it out, and how brave Jumbo Joe was being?
    This SJS team might be spent. Time to close them out over the next two games.

  184. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Sharks are like Chopper from Stand by Me/ The Body

    Chopper: suck balls.

    Nope.

  185. Bruce McCurdy says:

    McLellan said in his post game that the move of Draisaitl to the middle was a direct response to how things were going (not so well) in match-ups vs. the Jumbo Joe-infused Sharks. Always was a Plan B, as has been discussed here often times. Good adjustment, Slepy was Ok if not exactly Jake Guentzel, while Drai was solid at pivot on a pretty good line that in the end produced the winner. To make room for him Letestu flipped to RW with Desharnais-Pouliot, and that seemed to spark a better level from DD in particular than we’ve seen for a while. I really liked his waterbug game tonight.

  186. BONE207 says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    I picked TMac as the 3rd star for his adjustments during the game. A big turning point in the series. 1-0 win like waaaaayyy back in 1984? One can dream. Speaking of dreaming…Tuesday will be 2 years since the light at the end of the tunnel was the halo of Connor. What a time…

  187. Soup Fascist says:

    Professor Q: You know, Cassie Campbell sort of resembles Diane Lane.

    Except Diane Lane provides more insightful comments about the game of hockey.

  188. Washingtron says:

    JDI Хоккей: A claim that remains – intact.

    Kings of the court shake and bake all takers
    Back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact


    That is a deep cut Chili Peppers reference. Kudos.

  189. RicaGreaser says:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BS-b_SrD3Z6/?taken-by=nhl_photoshop

    Here’s hoping there’s one soon of Kassian as Logan with that prime muttonage…

  190. 813.52Ran says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    If God forbid this site closed its comment section there would be a major impact on MSM and particularly Edmonton MSM content methinks. Mesure.

    Scungilli Slushy:
    If God forbid this site closed its comment section there would be a major impact on MSM and particularly Edmonton MSM content methinks. Mesure.

    Don’t ever change what you’re doing here, Lowetide . . .

  191. russ99 says:

    Professor Q: I still need to find my jersey. It’s been folded up and is in a bag somewhere in the house…perfect way to never find it again.

    It’s nameless as of yet, though. Debating getting McDavid on it or just going for a new orange McDavid one. One that fits better, as this one is from ’08/’09 or ’09/’10 after I traded a Hanson Chiefs jersey for it; was going to get Hall but ended up losing my remittance slip for the naming cost, so became lazy. Somehow that worked out…

    With Adidas taking over NHL jerseys next year (with zero alternates league wide – what braniac thought up that idea) you might get a steal as the Reebok ones will reduce in price sometime this summer.

    Waiting on that to get my blue Lucic jersey to go with my white McDavid and orange Russell ones.

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