2017 PLAYOFFS G4: OILERS AT SHARKS

The stage is set and the opportunity has arrived. The Edmonton Oilers have a 2-1 series lead on last year’s Western Conference pennant winners, and at least some doubt must have entered the San Jose collective. Edmonton can hang with the Sharks in tight contests, and hold the ultimate trump card in Connor McDavid. The series is there for the taking, with only one real question remaining. Can the upstart Oilers finish this series? Massive opportunity tonight!

THE 1990 STANLEY

  • Names on the StanleyGlenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Dave Brown, Kelly Buchberger, Grant Fuhr, Martin Gelinas, Adam Graves, Randy Gregg, Charlie Huddy, Petr Klima, Jari Kurri, Mark Lamb, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Mark Messier CAPTAIN, Craig Muni, Joe Murphy, Bill Ranford, Eldon “Pokey” Reddick, Reijo Ruotsalainen, Craig Simpson, Geoff Smith, Steve Smith, Esa Tikkanen Peter Pocklington Owner, Glen Sather President and General Manager, John Muckler Head Coach
  • Dave Brown came over at the 1989 deadline from Philadelphia for Keith Acton; Kelly Buchberger was a late draft pick who worked his way up to the NHL, becoming a regular in 1988-89; Martin Gelinas was partial payment in the Gretzky sale, and a fine NHL player for a long time. He was 19 during this season. Adam Graves, Joe Murphy and Petr Klima all came over in the Jimmy Carson trade, a stunning deal from the moment it took place in November 1989; Mark Lamb was a waiver draft pickup in October of 1987 who played a substantial role in the Stanley win that spring of 1990; Pokey Reddick came over from Winnipeg in a minor deal; Reijo Ruotsalainen was acquired at the 1990 deadline from New Jersey for Jeff Sharples; Geoff Smith was a 1987 draft pick out of the St. Albert Saints who worked out very well; John Muckler had been a big part of the team as an associate coach, finally getting the head coaching job and cashing with a Stanley.
  • The 1990 Stanley is the most interesting story of all Edmonton’s championships, although my heart has never been the same since. The Oilers had many trials and moments of crisis, and really survived more than won the 1990 Stanley.
  • Smythe Division Semifinal: Oilers over Jets in 7 games. Should have played Bob Essensa!
  • Smythe Division Final: Oilers over Kings in 4 games, outscoring LA 24-10 in those contests.
  • Campbell Conference Final: Oilers beat Chicago in 6 games. It was a brilliant series, Mark Messier’s finest hour. Game 4 was epic, Greg Millen was pulled 11 seconds into the second period.
  • Stanley Cup Final: Oilers beat Boston in 5. Petr Klima scored in OT to win game 1 and after that the Oilers had a fairly easy time of it. Billy Ranford beat Andy Moog, the two men having been traded for each other in 1988.
  • Names on the Stanley five times: Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Charlie Huddy, Jari Kurri, Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier.
  • I loved all five of the Stanleys, but the three that have special status are 1984 (the first one), 1987 (you had to be there, but two reasons are the Flyers were the toughest finalists and Gretzky to Smith) and 1990, because it was unexpected. Of all the Stanley’s the Oilers brought home, 1990 was the one I didn’t expect to see. A great cluster, fabulous trades and a goalie who started badly and then owned the whole damned spring were the main reasons for the win. It was beautiful.

THE MODERN CLUSTER

If you had to name seven men from the current roster as the modern cluster, likely to be here and lead the team to Stanley? My list would be Cam Talbot, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson, Darnell Nurse, Connor McDavid, Milan Lucic, Leon Draisaitl. Who is on your list?

POSSESSION NUMBERS AND THE STARTING LINEUP

We saw new lines on Sunday night and could see them again. We are so new to the playoffs, so numbers don’t really tell us much. I am going to run Fenwick this time, just for a change of pace:

  • Patrick Maroon (46.81); Connor McDavid (50.00); Anton Slepyshev (57.14)
  • Milan Lucic (55.10); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (54.90); Jordan Eberle (56.52)
  • Drake Caggiula (42.00); Leon Draisaitl (50.00); Zack Kassian (41.18)
  • Benoit Pouliot (52.38); David Desharnais (47.37); Mark Letestu (42.22)
  • Oscar Klefbom (50.94); Adam Larsson (46.43)
  • Andrej Sekera (45.16); Kris Russell (48.53)
  • Darnell Nurse (51.02); Matt Benning (56.25); Eric Gryba (41.67)
  • Source

The top two lines have been playing the toughs and doing well in possession. The third line got the goal in G3 and I’d like to see them again. Pouliot is a possession demon (one of the main reasons I like him) and that line might be the best 4line Edmonton has had in quite some time. I’d like to see these lines roll tonight. You? Pairings are good, Todd McLellan doing a good job (by eye) of putting that young third pair in a position to succeed.

THE U18’S

We aren’t paying a lot of attention to the 2017 draft, but good things are happening. The Oilers appear destined to draft in the early to mid-20’s, and don’t have a second round pick. I think they’ll want to grab an offensive forward with that first rounder, and the U18’s are giving all NHL teams some pause in regard to their rankings. Here are some of the names who are gathering steam:

  1. L Kristian Vesalainen, Frolunda (SHL). Big W, skilled, strong, can play L or R. I have him at No. 23 on my draft board, but this Finn (who plays pro in Sweden) leads all scorers with eight points in three games. The consensus rankings have him at No.22, suspect he’ll be moving up that list and mine. Why? Despite the small sample size of this tournament, it’s a rare chance to see Vesalainen against his own age group. So far, stunning.
  2. LC Joshua Norris, USNDTP (USHL). Two-way C showing good offense. I have him at No. 33, and remain a little uncertain about his offense. Norris is a splendid two-way C, exactly my kind of player, but if he has substantial offense he is a bona first-round selection. So far in this series he is 3gp, 1-1-2 with nine shots on goal.
  3. L Grant Mismash, USNDTP (USHL). Physical winger with some skill. I have him at No. 55, he ranks higher on most other lists. Mismash, who possesses a great name (Gene would get 10 years worth of twisted puns out of that name), is scoring well in this tournament (3gp, 2-3-5). Based on his scouting report, this would be a player of interest for Edmonton.
  4. L Mackenzie Entwistle, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Big winger, who can skate, check, some skill. I have him at No. 65, partly because the offense isn’t first-round level. He is scoring well at the tournament (3gp, 2-2-4) and is a player to watch.
  5. LD Max Gildon, USNDTP (USHL). Size, speed, skill. Inconsistent or he would be higher. I have him at No. 70 on my latest ranking, he has three goals in three games. The USHL is drunk with excellent puck movers on the blue line, suspect the Oilers may try to add to their already impressive defensive group. Why? Need more mobile players who can pass, carry and shoot.

ERIC RODGERS FINAL NUMBERS

Eric Rodgers continues to do his fine work on AHL stats despite the fact the Oklahoma City Barons picked up stakes and headed for the coast a couple of year ago. I really value this work, and based on your feedback you do too. Over the next couple of months, we’ll drill down on all of it. However, the NHLE’s hold special interest, along with estimated time on ice. Here are the final numbers for this season.

CONDORS FORWARDS

  • Anton Lander’s numbers tell us he can play and needs an expansion draft. Cruelly, that may not happen, as he has apparently signed in the KHL.
  • Anton Slepyshev’s sample size is a little show but this is a promising number. Can the Russian score 40 points in the NHL? That would be a helluva boost to the depth chart?
  • Jujhar Khaira is on the upper side of what we might expect from a fourth liner, and I think that’s a reasonable estimate. I think seasons of 15-20 points and rugged, responsible play is a good estimate.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi is 18, so we have to view these numbers through that kind of lens. I will drill down during his RE,but the offensive questions we had due to his Sm-Liiga numbers remain with us one year later. Five years from now, if you are glancing back at this paragraph, let it be known there was some concern from this quarter in regard to offense.
  • Joey Laleggia is listed here as a forward, with his January 1+ numbers reflected. I did the NHLE here, so Eric’s number might be a little different.
  • Joe Gambardella and his small sample size represents the end of the offense in my opinion. He’ll no doubt post stronger boxcars over a full 2017-18 season, but that’s not a bad total considering the upheaval going on at the time.

CONDORS DEFENSE

  • Jordan Oesterle is the only defenseman on the farm who we should consider to be a positive offensively. Even then, defensemen and their blasted second assists artificially boost their value. Safe to say most of these men will make or break their NHL careers based on solid defensive play.
  • Joey Laleggia is no longer a defenseman, but I listed him here.
  • Griffin Reinhart’s offense is exactly what we thought it was on draft day.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy morning, TSN1260 beginning at 10. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, Oilers Nation. Can Edmonton win this series, and win tonight? What about the new lines?
  • Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst. Drilling down on the U18s.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. The Oilers, the Leafs, the Flames, the Senators. Holy!
  • Kent Wilson, Flames Nation. The wildly unfair Flames-Ducks series.

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

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  1. Jon K says:

    Zelepukin: I said it in another thread, we really don’t play all that great after a couple days rest or in this case, 2 days of media pumping our tires. We were 10-9 with 2 days rest. 6-5 when that next game was at home.4-4 when it was way. Call it big head syndrome. JP headed.

    I recall that early in the season McLellan commented that the team struggled with success. Those comments seem prescient right now.

    It’s a young team, learning takes time.

    I find it helps to just not worry about this game and cheer for the team to regain some structure and stop the bleeding this period.

  2. Wolfie says:

    Classic, classic NHL refereeing. Make calls when it doesn’t matter.

  3. Jon K says:

    Weak call. Refs ignore picks on scoring plays all game long but it’s okay, they’re catching them now guys!

  4. delooper says:

    Interesting, that Karlsson play has happened all through the series. First time I’ve noticed an interference call on that kind of play.

  5. ashley says:

    Dino:
    Come on Oilers just score 1. Please.

    Exactly. Show them, and more importantly show yourselves that you can still play with this team.

    Gooning is not the answer here. Accomplishes nothing.

  6. delooper says:

    Eberle would have taken that into the slot in his first few years.

  7. Professor Q says:

    ashley: Exactly.Show them, and more importantly show yourselves that you can still play with this team.

    Gooning is not the answer here.Accomplishes nothing.

    Unless they take out Jones…

    I jest. Mostly.

  8. Professor Q says:

    Nurse asks Thornton to fight.

    Thornton laughs at him and skates away.

  9. JDI Хоккей says:

    BeerMe: I’d be the first to turn

    See ya.

  10. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Disgusting

  11. who says:

    You know I don’t think SJ was as good in the first 10 minutes tonight as they were in game 3. Edmonton just wasn’t ready tonight. They were slow to react all over the ice. Either they were scared to make a mistake or they were satisfied with a split in SJ. Either way this is a hard lesson learned.
    Couple of thoughts.
    1. Someone made the comment a couple of days ago that McDavid doesn’t seem that interested in defending in his own end and several people jumped all over that. I don’t know if it’s lack of effort or lack of experience but his line does get hemmed in their own end at times. That first goal was his man pure and simple. When you lose a draw in your own end you stay with the center man and control his stick. That is hockey 101. There is no way he should have lost his check that soon after a face off.
    2. Did not like the Drai spear at all. Big difference in being physical and turning into Brad Marchand. A suspension would be a huge blow to the Oilers.
    These guys are our best players but we need to remind ourselves that they are still learning. Hopefully they can put this one behind them quickly. This one was over when Nuge missed the empty net.

  12. Professor Q says:

    Yikes.

  13. JDI Хоккей says:

    Professor Q: Thornton laughs at him and skates away.

    Exbeardience.

  14. LMHF#1 says:

    ashley: Exactly.Show them, and more importantly show yourselves that you can still play with this team.

    Gooning is not the answer here.Accomplishes nothing.

    You’re joking, right?

    Scoring here means zero.

    Punish them. Hit them. If Pavelski wants to Dick around in front of the net with a 6-0, break his damn nose. No reason to tolerate that crap.

  15. Wolfie says:

    I’m just tired of uneven officiating. The Oilers have been a bit careless with the stick so far this series but there is no way the disparity in calls between both teams representative of actual punishable infractions. It’s not just against the Oilers.

    The token meaningless calls on meaningless plays after the game is decided are infuriating. What’s the god damned standard?!?

  16. hunter1909 says:

    7-0 reminds me of way back when I was a young’n my boss didn’t like the way I was getting too good at setting up the equipment so one time he grabs everything from me and proceeds to set up faster than I thought possible.

    That showed me.

  17. Gerta Rauss says:

    Well, if we can just get 1 before the end of the periond..lol…

  18. BONE207 says:

    Well we could be the fnLames.
    Look…after game 1 we had lost our home ice advantage. We are coming back with home ice advantage now. At least 2 games to go. On a personal note…if we lose in 6 or 7 I will watch Connor in Paris in May.

  19. JDI Хоккей says:

    These are character building games. I hope they’re building a Hannibal Lecter character at Rexall labs.

  20. delooper says:

    Scoring does have a purpose at this point in the game. Not a huge purpose but a little one. You want to know your team doesn’t just throw in the towel. Because next game when you get down by one goal, you wonder, “has my team quit on me, again?”

  21. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Worst loss of the entire season

  22. JDI Хоккей says:

    Too many men on the PP. Get it all out of the way tonight, gents.

  23. Colieo87 says:

    They let ot get there heads and no discipline

  24. JDI Хоккей says:

    Sharts fans chanting, “We want eight”, proving that most of them can count.

  25. BONE207 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Worst loss of the entire season

    At least it’s not a 4 point game

  26. LMHF#1 says:

    1st unit still taking power plays for SJ.

    Start firing the puck at some heads. What crap.

  27. admiralmark says:

    Can we see one single solid hit this period? Like wtf.

  28. delooper says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    Sharts fans chanting, “We want eight”, proving that most of them can count.

    It’s unclear if they can count, but they can read a scoreboard. They know their decimal system, at least up to 8.

  29. JDI Хоккей says:

    delooper,

    By bad. I assumed that if they could foretell 8 coming after 7, they could count.

  30. BONE207 says:

    Nuge will never score again.
    We want Ocho!!!

  31. Chachi says:

    LMHF#1:
    1st unit still taking power plays for SJ.

    Interesting isn’t it?

  32. Professor Q says:

    McDavid looks both solemn and Messier-Stare Mode©.

  33. delooper says:

    Given n as a decimal, they know what n+1 is as a decimal, for n = 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.

    That’s more “number system” than counting.

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

    LMHF#1,

    It’s the playoffs… I’d expect nothing less.

    There’s only one thing to take from this game. Stay out of the damn penalty box!

    If he’s not suspended I put Drai back up with CmD for the next game. Neither has been great (good?) this series and the team needs them to get going.

    They’ll have a bumping crowd on Thursday and I’d expect none of them
    Will be happy with being embarrassed like this.

    Go Oilers!

  35. Colieo87 says:

    How many times has benning lost his stick this game

  36. delooper says:

    So if the Oil want to challenge, I imagine they would have pulled the goalie 4 minutes ago…

  37. admiralmark says:

    Exactly. Louie Debrusk is bang on.. what happened to the physical play?

  38. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    The flight home is gonna suck

  39. JDI Хоккей says:

    Nice to see the Sharts waste all these goals when they only needed one. I’m sure that won’t be an issue going forward.

    And the Sharts fans got a good chance at remedial counting. It was a win win.

  40. Rake 2.0 says:

    admiralmark:
    Exactly. Louie Debrusk is bang on.. what happened to the physical play?

    I think part of it is they can’t seem to find the line between being physical and taking a penalty.

  41. delooper says:

    Sharks played really well. Oilers, I don’t understand why they gave up so easily. They weren’t playing like they wanted it, for most of this game.

  42. Centre of attention says:

    Alberta…
    More like L berta am I right?

    *ba-dum-pish*

    try the veal

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

    delooper,

    Could have been a different game if McDavid, Nuge or Larsson would have cashed in the 1st period. No excuse for why they let the wheels fall off.

    But that game is in the books, series is tied and now they go back to a friendly barn with what should be a giant chip on their shoulder.

    Captain Connor needs to take a deep breath and remember that he’s a more talented and skilled hockey player than Pavelski. The only way Greasy Joe can keep up with him is if Connor plays down to that level. Needs to get out of his own head and focus on his own game and man would it be nice if someone on his line could cash.

    The milk (beer?) has been spilled, no need to cry over it. On to game 5!

  44. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    JDI Хоккей: Now let’s JUMP THOSE SHARKS!

    Pretty much did.

  45. oilinthepeg says:

    Glad I spent time and money flying down for Sunday’s game and not this one… ugh.
    Let’s hope these guys can shake this one off. Pretty demoralizing loss.
    It’s actually kind of amazing that it has been this long since I have felt this way… then again, it never meant much before. This one hurts.

    Anyways…

    GOILERS!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOT!

  46. hags9k says:

    If anyone missed the game tonight, just make your best armpit fart sound and you will be all caught up.

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

    Where’s Chachi?

    This is because I posted the link to the analytics conference wasn’t it?

    Damn you Hockey Gords why did you need to take your 7lbs of flesh tonight!

    (Too soon? #thisishowIcope)

  48. Bulging Twine says:

    “you don’t get two games for winning 7-0”
    very good young McDavid, very good

  49. Woogie63 says:

    Score clock at Rogers Place is 0-0.

  50. Professor Q says:

    Bulging Twine:
    “you don’t get two games for winning 7-0”
    very good young McDavid, very good

    For some reason I imagined Emperor Palpatine saying this.

  51. Lloyd B. says:

    Stan Weir would have Slats shut the ice plant off three hours before the Sharks practice in Edmonton Thursday.

  52. Diablo says:

    who:
    You know I don’t think SJ was as good in the first 10 minutes tonight as they were in game 3. Edmonton just wasn’t ready tonight. They were slow to react all over the ice. Either they were scared to make a mistake or they were satisfied with a split in SJ. Either way this is a hard lesson learned.
    Couple of thoughts.
    1. Someone made the comment a couple of days ago that McDavid doesn’t seem that interested in defending in his own end and several people jumped all over that. I don’t know if it’s lack of effort or lack of experience but his line does get hemmed in their own end at times. That first goal was his man pure and simple. When you lose a draw in your own end you stay with the center man and control his stick. That is hockey 101. There is no way he should have lost his check that soon after a face off.
    2. Did not like the Drai spear at all. Big difference in being physical and turning into Brad Marchand. A suspension would be a huge blow to the Oilers.
    These guys are our best players but we need to remind ourselves that they are still learning. Hopefully they can put this one behind them quickly. This one was over when Nuge missed the empty net.

    Don’t you know its sacrilege to criticize McJesus – geez man :-p

    But yeah I agree with you regarding McDavid’s D-play – if you’re not producing offence then you have to be engaged on D – the team takes its cue from the captain, and he has not played well in two straight games. He’s also got to bear down on his face-offs in a big way – its not that he’s losing them, but that he loses them so cleanly – he looks kinda awkward taking draws actually.

    The officiating is hot garbage though … the Sharks got away with interference all night, and our boys couldn’t even touch the Sharks without the whistles getting blown – its completely one-sided. The Kassian call was exhibit A – delay of game penalty – seriously? That kinda of play happens all the time in the playoffs. Connors penalty that gave them a 2-man advantage was just wtf as well.

    I’m getting very frustrated watching this shit show that the refs are calling, I can only imagine how pissed off our boys are.

  53. who says:

    Diablo: Don’t you know its sacrilege to criticize McJesus – geez man :-p

    But yeah I agree with you regarding McDavid’s D-play – if you’re not producing offence then you have to be engaged on D – the team takes its cue from the captain, and he has not played well in two straight games. He’s also got to bear down on his face-offs in a big way – its not that he’s losing them, but that he loses them so cleanly – he looks kinda awkward taking draws actually.

    The officiating is hot garbage though … the Sharks got away with interference all night, and our boys couldn’t even touch the Sharks without the whistles getting blown – its completely one-sided. The Kassian call was exhibit A – delay of game penalty – seriously? That kinda of play happens all the time in the playoffs. Connors penalty that gave them a 2-man advantage was just wtf as well.

    I’m getting very frustrated watching this shit show that the refs are calling, I can only imagine how pissed off our boys are.

    I really don’t think we’ve seen much of dominant McDavid this series yet. He has had his moments but really hasn’t taken over a game. Hope he sticks with it but this was his poorest game by far. Missed assignment on the first goal and a bad penalty to create the 5 on 3 for the third. I know it might have been a ticky tack penalty but it was needless. He could have probably beat Pavelski back to his own end on his knees. I saw it as frustration.
    I try not to factor the officials into any games I watch. Yeah there are missed calls every game but the people who suggest a league conspiracy against the Oilers or Canadian teams lose all credibility with me. I wish they would call it tighter than they do but I don’t expect them to start in the playoffs. It would take an entire culture change to call a game by the actual rulebook.They were on the right track when they came back from the lockout but seem to have lost their way again the last few years.

  54. Chachi says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Where’s Chachi?

    This is because I posted the link to the analytics conference wasn’t it?

    Damn you Hockey Gords why did you need to take your 7lbs of flesh tonight!

    (Too soon? #thisishowIcope)

    Ha! Yes it is all because of that post. I told you man! 😉

  55. GMB3 says:

    “Can Sharks break through Edmonton’s stingy, nasty, forceful slot defence?” Why yes Mr. Staples, they can…

    I’ve officially seen Rajai Davis take Aroldis Chapman yard in the World Series and the San Jose Sharks blow out the Edmonton Oilers 7-0 in the playoffs with less than 6 months between the two events.

    Truly anything can happen in professional sport.

    If you would have told me the Cleveland Indians would be in the World Series or the Edmonton Oilers tied 2-2 in the playoffs against the Sharks at the start of the MLB and NHL seasons, I would have laughed at you.

  56. New Improved Darkness says:

    GMB3: “Can Sharks break through Edmonton’s stingy, nasty, forceful slot defence?” Why yes Mr. Staples, they can…

    I laughed, too, when I saw that headline beside Bruce’s game graves.

    Only one game, as Conner said.

    Now for onward and upward and let’s pray Mythbusters is all wet.

  57. Mr. D. says:

    Professor Q:
    Nurse asks Thornton to fight.

    Thornton laughs at him and skates away.

    Even asking at this point is senseless.

  58. Mr. D. says:

    Or avoided a hit and rimmed it. Possession demon.

    Colieo87:
    How many times has benning lost his stick this game

  59. russ99 says:

    delooper:
    Sharks played really well.Oilers, I don’t understand why they gave up so easily.They weren’t playing like they wanted it, for most of this game.

    I hope this is like one of those games the last month that they let slip because they didn’t match the opposition’s level of desperation.

    Up 2-1 and a chance to go 3-1 is rare air for this group, they didn’t know how to handle it, not in a position where they had to give it all, and they let it slip. Got to work even harder at that point In a playoff series.

    Another learning lesson for an inexperienced group.

  60. sliderule says:

    I was disgusted with the oilers

    Deliberate attempts to injure including the team captain

    Where is that sort of leadership coming from.

    Is it the coaches or management.

    Good hard physical play can be applauded but what some of the players did was disgusting.

  61. monsterbater says:

    I went to bed after the score was 4-0 as it was clear this just wasn’t going to be a good game for the Oilers. Interestingly enough, even after seeing the final outcome this morning and reading the BS that went on, i am somewhat calm. Why?

    1. Shit happens. Getting scored on within the first 15 secs can really deflate you as it did the Oilers. Hopefully it finally gets through to the Oilers not to “weather the storm” when games start and instead launch a storm of biblical proportions of their own at the Sharks next game.

    2. Cam probably should have had a few of the goals, though he did get hung out to dry. He has shown so far an ability to bounce back after crappy games. The Patrick Roy fan in me remembers how he was a demon in the playoff games after giving up 4+ goals. Crazy record and save percentages that i have to look up, but i am sure Bruce knows it off the top of his head. I hope/feel like Cam has this in him as well.

    3. I would sooner get pumped like this than outplayed and only lose 3-1. There are so many teachable moments from this and its better to humble the team, and the fanbase for that matter, to hit the reset button and focus on the next game.

    4. Connor looked pissed all night and was flying in the first. He will break out in game 5. Bookjie it!!

    5. This could be viewed as SJ blowing their load. Their PP was bad in the regular season, so all the PP goals they got isn’t them regressing to the meat. This is just one of those nights, a Sam Gagner puts up 8 points on a championship caliber hawks team kinda night.

    I predict a 4-1 drubbing of the Shorks in game 5! Go Oilers Go *clap* *clap* *clap*

  62. Scungilli Slushy says:

    I’m sure the team will be better next game, hopefully Talbot catches his breath.

  63. Pink Socks says:

    monsterbater,

    Great post

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