2017 PLAYOFFS GAME 5: SHARKS AT OILERS

Canadian hockey fans get a lesson in ‘framing the issue’ every time any network plays a 1991 playoff game between the Calgary Flames. Why? They run the damned Theo Fleury overtime goal from game 6 (Sunday April 14) instead of the Esa Tikkanen overtime goal from Game 7 (Tuesday, April 16). It’s completely ridiculous, but I see the Fleury goal 50 times a year, and have to play my CD to see the Tikkanen goal (and I do, while laughing like an idiot). This kind of unfair play is duly noted in my home and I hope it is in your home, too. Fair is fair, jackasses!

The Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings (and Gretzky’s Oilers Pacific) in the second round, the sixth and deciding game put to bed by Craig MacTavish in overtime (another obscure piece of video). The Minnesota North Stars, in those wonderful uniforms, ended the run in five games during the Campbell Conference Finals. Mark Messier scored the final goal of his Oilers career in the final period he would play for Edmonton, assists to Glenn Anderson (fittingly) and Craig Simpson. The Messier Oilers were powerful, vicious, talented and determined. The man was a rock on skates and I miss this team because of him most of all. Box scores are here.

(SHOTS) LINES AND PAIRINGS (PLAYOFFS)

  • Patrick Maroon (10); Connor McDavid (8); Leon Draisaitl (1)

The line has just one goal (McDavid SH) and one assist (McDavid PP) through four games. Corsica.hockey tells us this trio is over 50 percent Corsi for 5×5 (97 is 52%) but in the 40s on the Fenwick scale. Far too soon to have any real value, but I pass it along because it’s there. Maroon’s 10 shots in four games is a solid number, Leon needs to shoot more. If this line can’t get it going, it behooves Todd McLellan to change up the lines pdq.

  • Milan Lucic (3); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (13); Jordan Eberle (6)

This line has one goal (Lucic PP) and two assists (Lucic, Eberle, both at evens) through four games. Not good enough, but this trio should remain together. A total of 22 shots in four games is a solid number for a 2line. All three men are over 50 percent Corsi for 5×5 through these playoffs so far and would be (imo) a fairly easy choice for top performing line.

  • Drake Caggiula (3); Mark Letestu (12); Zack Kassian (9)

This line has two goals (Kassian SH and Kassian EV) two assists (Letestu PP and SH) the next mayor of our town (Kassian). The shot total over four games is strong, but Letestu gets PP time and that skews things a little. Still, the 3line has 24 shots and that leads all lines. Impressive.

  • Benoit Pouliot (4); David Desharnais (1); Anton Slepyshev (3)

This line has no points and are hovering in the mid-40’s in possession. I like both wingers, and Desharnais clearly has enough skill to get some good opportunities in the offensive end. The other options available to Todd McLellan (Iiro Pakarinen, Matt Hendricks, Jujhar Khaira, Joey Laleggia, Anton Lander) may see playing time in the coming games.

October 5, 2013: The Oklahoma City Barons play the Charlotte Checkers in an American Hockey League game at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved.

PAIRINGS (SA per 60)

  • Oscar Klefbom (22.21); Adam Larsson (26.17)

This tandem is performing better at shots against per 60 5×5 compared to the regular season. Oscar Klefbom (29.30) and Adam Larsson (29.77) are both more efficient so far against the Sharks compared to all year against all 29 teams. Oscar Klefbom has an even strength goal (the first of the series) which represents the only offense from this pairing so far in the postseason.

  • Andrej Sekera (34.16); Kris Russell (35.00)

Sekera (27.93) and Russell (28.00) were far more effective during the regular season than they are currently.

  • Darnell Nurse (27.36); Matt Benning (20.63); Eric Gryba (21.71)

Nurse is tracking better than his regular season (32.89), Benning (27.81) is also miles ahead compared to his (impressive) regular season numbers. Gryba (31.52) has been more effective using this method of measurement compared to the regular season. As above, sample size is not close to good enough, but we are discussing early trends.

There’s a lot of story to cover in this series, and tonight is a pivotal game. The San Jose Sharks delivered a massive body blow in Game 4 and we don’t know if the Edmonton Oilers can answer back. The club seems completely undisciplined and are not responding well to the Sharks disdain (San Jose veterans don’t respect the Oilers, likely due to years of hammering them into little pieces). Respect must be earned, and a win tonight would go a long way toward earning that respect.

OILERS TONIGHT

For me, the key tonight will be discipline. Edmonton has shown very little ability to learn from their own penalties during this series and that may be the most alarming part of the enterprise. I understand the concern over 5×5 scoring, but history tells us that will begin to flow at some point in time (although in a short series, “some point in time” could be October).

I predict a loss tonight if the Oilers can’t stay out of the penalty box. Edmonton could win this evening without 5×5 goals, but the club can make life easier for itself if two goals cash in the discipline. There is genuine concern (for me) about the health of 97’s linemates, and Todd McLellan should not hesitate to shuffle the winger deck in order to get things done. If San Jose gets a lead, flushing the fourth line should also be an option (depending on how they are playing).

If McLellan draws on some smoking aces, one hopes we see Lander but one suspects it will be Matt Hendricks.

Whatever you’ve done on game winning nights, you have to do it this evening. If it’s cooking a turkey, haul ass to the turkey store. If it’s drinking Freshie, giddyup. I’ll be cleaning the gutters again after 5pm tonight because that’s the job, man!

MCDAVID

Tonight is a lot about McDavid, of course every Edmonton game is a lot about 97. The Sharks have wiggled their way inside the Oilers collective, with predictable results. Young teams take time to adjust to shifting sands, an example being the way officials are calling these games.

If you check the comments section of this blog over the last few games, there are countless examples of frustration over the uneven refereeing. “There’s no way this is even” or “the Oilers are being judged on a different scale” can be heard over and over again.

You’re right. Them’s the facts. Veteran teams get the calls, upstarts get the shaft. It was like that when I started watching NHL hockey in the 1960s and it’s been that way since. The young Oilers are on the verge of losing a series learning that lesson. It’s happened before.

My money’s on McDavid finding a way. You?

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun, developing show today! TSN1260, starting a 10, here we go:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Oilers with the biggest game in franchise history since Tuesday.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Sabres blow out their management team.

10-1260 text @Lowetide on twitter. Hell’s a popping!

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  1. JDI Хоккей says:

    Yeah, if we could hit the parts of the net where the goalie isn’t, that’d be great.

  2. BeerMe says:

    Man that was old school

  3. Spengler says:

    ashley,

    Great minds. Or simple ones.

  4. spoiler says:

    BA-NA-NAS!

  5. BeerMe says:

    Maroon that was a BEAUTY

  6. Professor Q says:

    Of course that’s a penalty.

    Nevermind.

  7. JDI Хоккей says:

    It would seem that playing two games against the Nucks, wasn’t a good warmup for the playoffs.

  8. Lowetide says:

    Maroon scored.

  9. Spengler says:

    Wahay!!!

  10. JDI Хоккей says:

    To the MarOON Alice!

  11. jp says:

    Oh Hell yeah!!!!

  12. The Hermit says:

    What a Maroon!

  13. spoiler says:

    MARROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONED!!!!!!!

  14. jp says:

    Just win baby, but nice to see that line cash!!!

  15. treevojo says:

    Oh fuck ya.

    Huge.

  16. BeerMe says:

    YES!

  17. Oilanderp says:

    *FIIISTPUUUMP*

  18. jp says:

    McDavid didn’t have to wake Maroon up there 🙂

  19. Gerta Rauss says:

    We’re rockin’ and rollin’ now

  20. T0ML says:

    I’d say they forgot about Drai …. but the exact opposite, he is looking GREAT tonight so far and drew everyone to him and mcDavid , for a B-E-A-UTY by Maroon

  21. Lucinius says:

    We scored a goal!

    We scored a goal!

    Maroon scored a goal!

    Is it too early to start chanting “we want two! we want two!”?

  22. BeerMe says:

    Why is Gretzky’s face tomato red?

  23. Oil2Oilers says:

    Nurse’s post will only haunt me for minutes… hopefully

  24. spoiler says:

    Double D shake and bakes his checkin thoroughly.

  25. Caller Zen says:

    Keep the pedal to the metal!

  26. JDI Хоккей says:

    Well a 50% increase in EV goals for the series is a good start.

  27. Lowetide says:

    BeerMe:
    Why is Gretzky’s face tomato red?

    Probably breathing into a paper bag during actual action like the rest of us.

  28. Oilanderp says:

    I screamed at the TV “CMON PULIOT GET MAD!!”

    Then I screamed “I MEAN NEVERMIND DON’T GET MAD!”

  29. The Hermit says:

    BeerMe: Why is Gretzky’s face tomato red?

    Flushed with excitement.

    Having a medical issue.

    Drinky Drinky.

  30. JDI Хоккей says:

    The Hermit:
    What a Maroon!

    An ULTRA Maroon!

  31. Professor Q says:

    BeerMe:
    Why is Gretzky’s face tomato red?

    Predrink.

  32. The Hermit says:

    JDI Хоккей: An ULTRA Maroon!

    😁

  33. spoiler says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    To the MarOON Alice!

    You’ve been savin that up lol. Very nice glee, “son”.

  34. Professor Q says:

    I almost Tierneyed a hernia from that rush…

  35. Gerta Rauss says:

    It looks like they’ve scouted the Russel reset…flush ’em out from behind that net…!

  36. Oilanderp says:

    I want Guy back. GUY! GUY! GUY!

  37. JDI Хоккей says:

    spoiler: Very nice glee, “son”.

    Nothing like celebrating TV domestic violence during a playoff game.

  38. spoiler says:

    Jesus H Goalpost

  39. Oil2Oilers says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    Nurse’s post will only haunt me for minutes… hopefully

    Or until he hits another

  40. jp says:

    Oh my fuck, that was so close. Can’t miss too many of those.

  41. JDI Хоккей says:

    Nurse has been playing too much basketball in his spare time.

    NO to the post-up, Darnell.

  42. Professor Q says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me.

  43. Oilanderp says:

    2 posts?!?! Call the Nurse!

  44. spoiler says:

    JDI Хоккей,

    My money was always on Alice.

  45. Lucinius says:

    Nurse needs to sacrifice better animals to the Hockey Gods.

  46. Professor Q says:

    Barring another one, Nurse just might score…

  47. JDI Хоккей says:

    Well funk.

  48. jp says:

    Too many GD posts. Great job so far, but….

    Fuck.

  49. Younger Oil says:

    Fucking Pavelski, jerks his head back twice since the ref missed it the first time.

  50. flyfish1168 says:

    Professor Q:
    Barring another one, Nurse just might score…

    He deserves a goal

  51. Lucinius says:

    Professor Q:
    Barring another one, Nurse just might score…

    Nah.

    Next he’ll hit the cross bar.

    And the Sharks score. Ugh.

  52. JDI Хоккей says:

    spoiler:
    JDI Хоккей,

    My money was always on Alice.

    Gleason was usually too drunk to hit anything with any accuracy.

  53. T0ML says:

    Well damn, Looked like Sekera caught a bad edge? or just me?

  54. LMHF#1 says:

    Bad pass by Letestu. Bad coverage by Russell.

  55. ashley says:

    We need to clamp down in our end. That’s the third 2 one 1 down low. We’ll see if the coaches can help them make the adjustment.

  56. Professor Q says:

    Lucinius: Nah.

    Next he’ll hit the cross bar.

    And the Sharks score. Ugh.

    That would be the *barring* part. 😉

  57. BeerMe says:

    They got completely outplayed on that goal

  58. spoiler says:

    Need to deal with this emotion properly.

  59. Professor Q says:

    I’m not even Boedkered by that goal. Oilers are still in this.

  60. JDI Хоккей says:

    It’s as if none of the refs are named Lee or Peel.

  61. T0ML says:

    Just me or does DD look sneaky good on the Forcheck, but def. not good on the back check….

  62. Gerta Rauss says:

    Steady boys

    *edit-thank gord for a TV timeout

  63. Professor Q says:

    Holy heck that was a slow change. They just inched their way onto the bench.

  64. treevojo says:

    Drai is looking real good tonight.

  65. spoiler says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    It’s as if none of the refs are named Lee or Peel.

    WnO posted the ref report on Twitter earlier and it didn’t look good for the Oil.

  66. Todd Macallan says:

    Could be wrong but I think Ebs hit the short side post there too just before the SJ goal. Lordy.

  67. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Yup… boedker… he’s used to lighting us up while with the yotes…

  68. JDI Хоккей says:

    spoiler: didn’t look good for the Oil.

    I don’t think it gets worse than L&P, but I’m not an authority on the refs.

  69. Lowetide says:

    LMHF#1:
    Bad pass by Letestu. Bad coverage by Russell.

    I’d say Kassian and Letestu were the culprits there, you have to get that puck out.

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

    Lots of unforced errors after the 1-0 goal.

    Let the emotion get the best of them.

    Could have very easily been 4-0, drastic improvement

    Just need to take a breathe and calm the nerves.

  71. LMHF#1 says:

    Lowetide: I’d say Kassian and Letestu were the culprits there, you have to get that puck out.

    Fair, but man has Russell ever been exposed as a weak link.

  72. Professor Q says:

    Don’t know what Larsson was thinking there. Should have passed.

  73. spoiler says:

    I’m okay with the McD trip… if we get away with the same

  74. Professor Q says:

    Okay. If Pavelski wants to play like that McDavid needs to do so in kind.

    Ridiculous that he hasn’t drawn a penalty all series. Didn’t know that stat.

  75. Acumen says:

    Ok Connor, time to go do McDavid things.

    Leon and Tierney looking like early bets for Man of the Match.

  76. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    sharks boxing McDavid out like a boss…

  77. Oilanderp says:

    Every referee’s name is Don Koharski.

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

    McDavid needs to keep his cool here.

    He hasn’t the last two games.

    He’s playing very well right now and can’t get sidetracked

  79. Todd Macallan says:

    3 posts helps “weathering the storm”, c’mon Louie, you’re better than that.

  80. Professor Q says:

    spoiler:
    I’m okay with the McD trip… if we get away with the same

    From what they said, McDavid didn’t get away with it. Hasn’t drawn a penalty all series, either.

  81. Caller Zen says:

    Pavelsk didn’t get a penalty …surprise surprise!

  82. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Dammit tmac… you have last change!!! Get McDavid some clean air!!!

  83. StixMalone says:

    Game is changing…

  84. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Fuck off…

  85. JDI Хоккей says:

    Every bad bounce goes their way.

  86. Gret99zky says:

    Oilers have stopped playing physical already and are back to stick waving, puck watching, and general lollygagging.

  87. spoiler says:

    Fucking bounces

  88. Lowetide says:

    2-1 Sharks now, Oilers are not making good plays with the puck currently.

  89. Lucinius says:

    Here we go again?

    C’mon Oilers..

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

    Gret99zky,

    Yup, total change.

    Dammit

    Made some dynamite saves but that was a bad one by Talbot as well

  91. Gerta Rauss says:

    Well

  92. Professor Q says:

    Well. That sucks.

  93. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    Every bad bounce goes their way.

    I agree, and say shenanigans!!

  94. spoiler says:

    Back to back goals are always unanswered, Dave.

  95. delooper says:

    spoiler:
    Fucking bounces

    Biased, fake bounce.

  96. ashley says:

    Some bad luck on that goal. Klefbom looked to have it on his stick in the zone and somehow it eluded him. Then Lucic same thing 5 seconds later. I think the boys are nervous.

  97. Lowetide says:

    Larsson with the bad change? I think it was.

  98. ashley says:

    They are playing a cleaner game. No penalties so far which is good.

  99. OmJo says:

    Damn Sportsnet, whose side are you on?

  100. Jon K says:

    Margin of error is slim in the playoffs. Can’t fail to make routine passes in the offensive zone shift after shift and not expect consequences. You don’t maintain possession and sometimes it leads to odd man rushes.

  101. verite says:

    Oilers are done
    Total disgrace
    MacLelland is a total fool
    Totally bamboozled by the referees
    Too stupid to complain

  102. LMHF#1 says:

    No issues with “bounces”. Bad puck support and line changes so far.

  103. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    As long as the sharks keep getting their line matches… we will not win…
    Wake up tmac!!!

  104. ashley says:

    Lowetide,

    Reasonable to change with control in the ozone. No one expects Lucic to let that puck by him. If the dmen always thought their winger was going to miss controlling the shoot in, they would never change.

  105. JDI Хоккей says:

    delooper: Biased, fake bounce.

    Drain the swamp!

  106. verite says:

    Line vhanges are the stupidest curse of the Oilers
    What idiots obsess on changing lines
    No coaching

  107. ashley says:

    ashley,

    Ah Debrusk just said the same thing. I like that guy.

  108. Younger Oil says:

    That was a fucking stupid thing for Maroon to do. Definitely should have been a penalty.

  109. verite says:

    Line changing is insane
    No coaching

  110. Professor Q says:

    Well I certainly missed what happened…

  111. Oilanderp says:

    Refs are giving them a chance… warning. Or was it wrong guys on the ice for an icing? *chugs beer* GOILERS! *falls down steps*

    edit: Ahhh ty Mr Debrusk: a face shower to Jones by Maroon.

  112. spoiler says:

    Not really cleaner hockey, more like a higher bar for a penalty… at least on us.

  113. OmJo says:

    Younger Oil:
    That was a fucking stupid thing for Maroon to do. Definitely should have been a penalty.

    It’s playoff hockey. Seen it happen in the regular season plenty without refs trying to take get the spotlight on themselves for 30 seconds.

  114. StixMalone says:

    Hope they get their shit together in between periods……

  115. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    So after calling absolutely everything against the Oilers last game, they put their whistles away…

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

    OmJo,

    Both teams have gotten away with some shit. Pavelski clearly tripped McDavid and Martin just took Eberle’s stick out of his hands. Question is who’s gonna cross the line first.

    Oil need to get that tempo up!

  117. Younger Oil says:

    OmJo: It’s playoff hockey. Seen it happen in the regular season plenty without refs trying to take get the spotlight on themselves for 30 seconds.

    It’s usually done when crashing the net with the defender.

    When it’s done when it was clearly easily unavoidable, it is usually a penalty,

    Oilers discipline and composure really started to slip after they went down, if it continues in the second the game will be over very quickly.

  118. OmJo says:

    Wow the Preds swept the Hawks. Awesome!

  119. Lowetide says:

    First Period: 2-1 SJS, shots 16-13 again favoring San Jose. Corsi for 5×5 is 33-23 Edmonton.

    For me, lots of good that period, the McDavid and Desharnais line both held possession for stretches and the 97 line cashed. Mostly good coverage, two mistakes (not getting puck out, not changing under control) cost them. I’ll say the Oilers were unlucky to leave the period down a goal.

  120. OmJo says:

    Younger Oil,

    If you (refs) are gonna make a big deal about that and then miss an obvious stick grab on Eberle right in front of your face, well…

  121. Professor Q says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    OmJo,

    Both teams have gotten away with some shit. Pavelski clearly tripped McDavid and Martin just took Eberle’s stick out of his hands. Question is who’s gonna cross the line first.

    Oil need to get that tempo up!

    And out of Nurse’s.

  122. verite says:

    Chiarelli is an abject incompetent
    So is MacLelland
    Losing to own talent scum is embarrassing
    Insane you be obsessing with line changes
    Insane to not be focused on taking out Pavelski

  123. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Pardon my french, but whose richard does Edmonton have to kiss to get a powerplay? 22-12 in the series, they’re at home, and the best player in the league just got a stick stuck between his legs causing a huge tumble

  124. Acumen says:

    After watching the intermission review, Russel got clipped by the zebra on the second goal. Still likely wouldn’t have made the play in time.

  125. verite says:

    Firing Chiarelli and MacLelland is still possible
    Do it
    Gut this asap

  126. Younger Oil says:

    OmJo:
    Younger Oil,

    If you (refs) are gonna make a big deal about that and then miss an obvious stick grab on Eberle right in front of your face, well…

    Eberle had a pretty blatant hook right after that out of frustration, was also very fortunate not to get called.

    In the past four games both of those would have been called.

    Refs are calling it evenly at least, which is an improvement.

  127. Glass says:

    Things were going well up until we scored, then it seems the team was half-assing it in the D-zone. Extra emphasis on a 3C this off-season, and I hope Russell isn’t here, he’s clearly a weak link.

  128. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    First Period: 2-1 SJS, shots 16-13 again favoring San Jose. Corsi for 5×5 is 33-23 Edmonton.

    For me, lots of good that period, the McDavid and Desharnais line both held possession for stretches and the 97 line cashed. Mostly good coverage, two mistakes (not getting puck out, not changing under control) cost them. I’ll say the Oilers were unlucky to leave the period down a goal.

    +1

  129. Ryan says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Pardon my french, but whose richard does Edmonton have to kiss to get a powerplay? 22-12 in the series, they’re at home, and the best player in the league just got a stick stuck between his legs causing a huge tumble

    That was brutal.

  130. verite says:

    Fire Chiarelli

  131. jp says:

    OmJo:
    Younger Oil,

    If you (refs) are gonna make a big deal about that and then miss an obvious stick grab on Eberle right in front of your face, well…

    Did the Canadian feed feature on ice audio of Eberle yelling “he’s got my fucking stick”?

  132. LadiesloveSmid says:

    jp: Did the Canadian feed feature on ice audio of Eberle yelling “he’s got my fucking stick”?

    Nurse didn’t love Ward taking his stick with him at the end there either

  133. ashley says:

    Oh man Kassian. Trying to be cute with a tip past the dman for a break. His two goals in this series have gone to his head.

    I wonder if this team would perform better in a media vacuum. Kassian has had 4 days of media worshiping his locker stall.

  134. Pouzar says:

    LOL @ Maroon to ref “Don’t talk to me that way………..don’t talk to me……”

  135. Caller Zen says:

    momentum – it’s a thing. Earlier tonight Montreal was tilting the ice against New York for 2 periods, but after the Rangers tied it, the Habs lost momentum for the rest of the game and won in overtime. Oilers can bounce back here!

  136. LostBoy says:

    I dunno if they mentioned it on the broadcast, but Leon’s second assist got taken away. It was McDavid who sent it in the direction of the point anyway, but I guess they’re ruling that Couture sending it on its way counts as possession. So Benning gets the only assist. For what it’s worth.

  137. Gret99zky says:

    I hope the Oilers come out this period not relying on help from the referees or luck.

  138. Ryan says:

    LadiesloveSmid: Nurse didn’t love Ward taking his stick with him at the end there either

    McDavid also took a hard cross check from ?Pavelski at the Oilers blue line when he wasn’t within forty feet of the puck.

    Trip or cross check McDavid… grab Oilers’ sticks… no problem

    But spray a little snow on Jones? Do it again and you’re getting a game misconduct.

  139. Acumen says:

    ashley,

    Awkward spot for him on his off hand and two players pinching in on his blind side for the clearance. I think calling out Kassian in this way is just ridiculous right now. He’s not the problem.

  140. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Glass:
    Things were going well up until we scored, then it seems the team was half-assing it in the D-zone. Extra emphasis on a 3C this off-season, and I hope Russell isn’t here, he’s clearly a weak link.

    Actually, it more looked like that’s when Lady Luck started playing against us, and the Sharks upped their tempo… we need some Lady Luck right now…

  141. ashley says:

    Maroon sounds like a sharp guy. He exceeded my expectations in that interview.

  142. jake70 says:

    I didnt like Mcdavid decion to pass on that last rush……shoot and then hope for the garbage rebound…..

  143. Pouzar says:

    New Old Milwaukee cans are pretty awesome. Not ‘Lucky Lager’ awesome but not bad either.

  144. JDI Хоккей says:

    Oilers Nerd Alert‏ @OilersNerdAlert 6m6 minutes ago

    Pro tip: don’t sit on a one goal lead with 55 minutes left in the game.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C96Bk–U0AAr96H.jpg:large

  145. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Little mistakes, big consequences. They need to focus on making basic plays successfully all the time.

    If Talbot has another iffy one they need to make a change before it’s too late.

  146. ashley says:

    Acumen,

    Never tip at your blue line facing your own net. That’s getting down to the basics. Take possession of the puck on your stick and move it with purpose.

  147. spoiler says:

    Pouzar:
    New Old Milwaukee cans are pretty awesome. Not ‘Lucky Lager’ awesome but not bad either.

    My beer of choice at home, when I have it.

  148. OmJo says:

    Oh come fucking on!

  149. Ryan says:

    Fuck.

  150. ashley says:

    Refs letting them play.

  151. Professor Q says:

    ashley:
    Acumen,

    Never tip at your blue line facing your own net.That’s getting down to the basics.Take possession of the puck on your stick and move it with purpose.

    It requires a certain, shall we say, Acumen?

  152. JDI Хоккей says:

    If they’re not going to call penalties, RUN THE GOALIE!

  153. StixMalone says:

    Why are refs at this game.?

  154. CrazyCoach says:

    Both goals caused by turnovers within inches of the blueline. I heard once that 90% of turnovers occur within 10 feet of the blueline and as we’ve seen, some of those are killers, especially that second goal.

    I used to harp on that point so much with my team. So much so that I used to track it and if you cost the team one, you got a minus and if you caused one, you got a plus. We also tracked it as a team and tried to avoid it like the plague. If you were a minus, chances are, you’d be parked.

    Lucic, to my eye, is about -3 for turnovers tonight.

  155. flyfish1168 says:

    Surprised Ref didn’t call Eberle for diving there. sarcasm

  156. BONE207 says:

    Hi gang…it would seem that after 25 minutes the Oilers could have evened out the penalty mismatch. What’s it going to take?

    Never mind

  157. oilersfan says:

    Stan Weir once fought superman. The loser had to wear his red underwear over his pants

  158. Younger Oil says:

    We’re losing this game in the neutral zone. They are all over us when we have the puck, and we’re gifting them half the rink when they have the puck.

  159. OmJo says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    If they’re not going to call penalties, RUN THE GOALIE!

    lol.

  160. JDI Хоккей says:

    Okay, I’m sorry for that.

  161. jake70 says:

    Wow no call on that eberle hook

  162. StixMalone says:

    Alrighty then….

  163. JDI Хоккей says:

    Well, at least there’s no more Bruce Cockburning going on:

    Wonderin’ where the lines are

  164. Lowetide says:

    Patrick Maroon takes a penalty on a night when the refs are not going to call anything on either side. Oilers are making this easy for the Sharks, a power-play goal here and we are in a very tough spot.

  165. Gret99zky says:

    LOL. Maroon has decided to define his surname tonight.

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

    You could feel that coming

  167. Younger Oil says:

    Inexcusable from Maroon.

    Just awful.

  168. spoiler says:

    Who had the Oilers with the first penalty in the pool?

    …at 1-99 odds

  169. Professor Q says:

    Didn’t this happen in another game tonight and wasn’t called?

    I guess warning mattered.

  170. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Of course… screw you ref… wait to make the obvious call against Edmonton when you already missed the 2 or 3 that should have been called against the sharks… refs are a joke..

  171. Jon K says:

    Pretty inexcusable that a hook causing loss of possession isn’t called then that gets a call. Pathetic even.

  172. ashley says:

    That’s not a smart play by Maroon. That was not an accident.

  173. TheGreatMutato says:

    boourns

  174. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Need a shorty here…

  175. Professor Q says:

    ashley:
    That’s not a smart play by Maroon.That was not an accident.

    Neither was the corkscrew of McDavid.

  176. ashley says:

    Sometimes a PK is just what a team needs to get some momentum.

  177. Suntory Hanzo says:

    You can complain about missing the hook on 14, but not he blatant by 19. He was already on the shit list.

    Be smarter.

  178. verite says:

    Refs are corrupt
    Oilers are hooked and no calls
    And you want to blame Maroon
    Show some balls
    Refs are corrupt

  179. Yak Efron says:

    Dont worry guys, once it’s 4-1 in the third, they’ll throw some calls our way. You know, to make it fair.

  180. ashley says:

    Ouch. Nice shot.

  181. verite says:

    Lowetide admit it
    The refs are corrupt

  182. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Yeah… we’re not winning this series…

  183. spoiler says:

    Jon K:
    Pretty inexcusable that a hook causing loss of possession isn’t called then that gets a call. Pathetic even.

    Agreed, but you can’t go after the goalie and leave the ref no choice.

  184. Lowetide says:

    3-1 San Jose, Sharks score just as the period ends. Oilers in tough now, time to start double-shifting McDavid and letting it all hang out. Talbot is going to be very busy, needs to shut the door.

  185. LMHF#1 says:

    I don’t get it…Why isn’t McDavid moving his feet?

    He’s not himself at all.

  186. jake70 says:

    Lol you knew they would get that shot away

  187. OmJo says:

    C’mon Oilers get something going. F the refs, still have to play better though.

  188. BeerMe says:

    Fuck off Maroon. What a shit penalty. Killer.

  189. StixMalone says:

    They can now play desperate hockey or turtle……

  190. Diablo says:

    ashley:
    Sometimes a PK is just what a team needs to get some momentum.

    And sometimes it costs you the game – dumb penalty by Maroon

  191. verite says:

    The refs are corrupt

  192. Younger Oil says:

    I would not be disappointed if Maroon was exiled to Vegas.

  193. Gret99zky says:

    Done. The Oilers aren’t interested in playing hard anymore. Golf is a much less exhausting activity.

  194. spoiler says:

    Just. One. Damn. Bounce.

  195. LadiesloveSmid says:

    First time McDavid will go 3 games without a point?

    First time the oil will be doubled (more?) in penalties called against in a series all time?

    Don’t really know what else to say at this point. You tried.

  196. BONE207 says:

    LMHF#1:
    I don’t get it…Why isn’t McDavid moving his feet?

    He’s not himself at all.

    Neither is Kass

  197. verite says:

    Stop dumping on Maroon
    He is a man
    Time to hurt the Sharks if this team has balls
    But we know they are heartless and gutlesx

  198. oilersfan says:

    When David schlemko scores two games in a row you know puck luck is not on your side

  199. OmJo says:

    LMHF#1:
    I don’t get it…Why isn’t McDavid moving his feet?

    He’s not himself at all.

    Why doesn’t TMac try a different matchup for him?

  200. Acumen says:

    ashley,

    Not the right play for sure, I was more calling out the character assassination of Kassian.

    …and it strikes me that it is very bizarre I’m writing that given how much I used to despise the man.

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