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. Lucinius says:

    Chia was right!?

  2. Professor Q says:

    Kypreos said that DD should be benched for OT.

  3. delooper says:

    Nice play.

  4. OmJo says:

    What a game!

  5. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Wow… you’d I think they’d won the cup with that kind of celebration !!!!

  6. BeerMe says:

    I SCREAMED

  7. pocession charge says:

    Wooooooo!!!!!!!!!! Oh hey m go gl lb h up j!

  8. jp says:

    That is HUGE!!!!!!

    Just huge!!!!

  9. russ99 says:

    DD!!!!

  10. Yak Efron says:

    That game probably took a year off my life.

  11. Jon K says:

    Desharnais’ best game as an Oiler.

  12. Lloyd B. says:

    Do we still hate Desharnais?

  13. DBO says:

    Ok i take it all back. Fuxk lander. Desharnais is the best.

  14. Ice Sage says:

    Chia Pete is God.

  15. Diablo says:

    DD! WOOOOT! Love this team! Time for bed.

  16. Evilas says:

    Amazing comeback!! DD does it, who knew?

  17. LMHF#1 says:

    Beauty change, great pass, great read.

    Bottom six cranked it up and won them the game.

  18. Professor Q says:

    Gret99zky:
    RNH is tired of living in 97’s shadow.He’s playing for the C.

    He was a Rebel, after all.

  19. Oil2Oilers says:

    Great I can finally go to bed. No chance of sleeping mind you until my heart stops attacking me.

  20. Gret99zky says:

    Smurfalific!

  21. jp says:

    The french Petr Klima?

    Not quite, but a lot of parallels to that 1990 goal.

  22. spoiler says:

    Yak Efron:
    That game probably took a year off my life.

    That’s playoff hockey, lol.

  23. Android says:

    Ironic that I decided not to say this earlier in case he did something boneheaded, but I think this might have been Desharnais’ best game as an Oiler.

  24. N64 says:

    Well of course it was DD with the tying assist and winning goal. Good thing coach listened to us when we insisted he stay in.

  25. norm_klassen says:

    Thats why they play the hockey!

  26. The Hermit says:

    Wow what an overtime! ⚡️✨

    I feel good!

    Looking forward to the numbers for that overtime session, by eye it was total fucking domination!

    Congratulations to the Edmonton Oilers and their fans, the Oil are 18.75% complete on the path to the cup.

  27. Caller Zen says:

    4/20 …Redemption song playing on the radio today…all very fitting… LOVE IT.

  28. Todd Macallan says:

    HUGE DD!!!!

  29. Nuclear leak says:

    Leon giving Kassian the crazy eyes.,, this team is special

  30. Professor Q says:

    jp:
    The french Petr Klima?

    Not quite, but a lot of parallels to that 1990 goal.

    Tikkanen tweeted out his OT goal against Calgary before OT started.

  31. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    BeerMe:
    I SCREAMED

    So did I!!!!!

  32. StixMalone says:

    Wow! What a great pickup by Chia! Lol

  33. Oilanderp says:

    Just like wecalledit.

  34. Minister D- says:

    But, but, but if Lander was in for DD the game wouldn’t have even gone to overtime!

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

    At home

    Down 3-1

    Klefbom with a rocket

    Jones with 4 save of the year saves and then

    Trade deadline pickup scores the winner!

    OH MY GOD WHAT A GAME!!!!

  36. DBO says:

    . And then you go and totally redeem yourself!

    Way to go Desharnais. I’ll stop the lander love. For a bit….

  37. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Not for one second did I doubt that they’d come back from down 3-1 and Desharnais would be the key man

    whoever advances from this series will be gassed for the rested ducks

  38. BeerMe says:

    And now I get to go watch the Oilers eliminate the Sharks in Game 6, and don’t have to be TOO stressed at the game. LOVE IT

  39. TheGreatMutato says:

    OMG MY DICK. ALL THE BLOOD. IN MY DICK.

  40. BONE207 says:

    Glass:
    Ok if you guys shit talk Desharnais you can go to hell lol, he stepped up this game.

    What the hell.??? We thought you left 2 periods ago.?

  41. Iztok Turk says:

    the ghosts of 2006 are satisfied tonite.

  42. JDI Хоккей says:

    TheGreatMutato:
    OMG MY DICK. ALL THE BLOOD. IN MY DICK.

    CLEAR!

  43. Suntory Hanzo says:

    This is needed.

    https://youtu.be/1iAYhQsQhSY

    First heard at the Elks Club in Mission BC a few weeks ago at Karaoke night after opening night of a play.

  44. N64 says:

    Minister D-:
    But, but, but if Lander was in for DD the game wouldn’t have even gone to overtime!

    ~ You’re right. Without DD’s assist no overtime. ~

  45. Oilanderp says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Wow… you’dI think they’d won the cup with that kind of celebration !!!!

    They just did, young man. We just did.

  46. jp says:

    Professor Q: Tikkanen tweeted out his OT goal against Calgary before OT started.

    Nice.

    I was thinking about a guy being in the dog house before scoring a huge goal, though Klima was truly deep in the dog house (hadn’t played at all in OT before scoring the winner in OT3 I believe). DD has been there recently, but was playing pretty well tonight.

  47. striatic says:

    San Jose looked tired and scared of taking penalties all OT.

    Oilers looked young and confident.

  48. jm363561 says:

    Watching in the outdoor cafe in the Greek holiday island of Crete. Stood up and punched the air – wife not too impressed. What a game.

  49. N64 says:

    14-2 shots in OT. Felt like Nuge was involved in half of them.

  50. fuzzy muppet says:

    That moment was almost worth the 10 years

  51. Lucinius says:

    Such a good win. Team and fans alike needed that. Oilers absolutely crushed it in OT. I mean they just destroyed the Sharks. Outside of a couple shifts the Sharks had nothing. I was getting worried because Talbot spent most of it just standing there, watching the play at the other end of the rink.

    DD came through. I’m a huge Lander fan, but right there? DD was the right man, at the right time.. in the right place. He played fairly well all game and he deserves a lot of credit.

    So does Drai; pretty poor series from him until this game.

    Nuge was the player who most impressed me, though. The teen just did everything he could. Keon would be proud.

    Also; guaranteed at least a game seven. Think about that. After wandering the desert for so long.. the worst that happens is we lose in 7 to the team that went to the Cup final last year.

    Not bad.

    Team has a lot of shit to sort out (game four!.. and game one.. and parts of this game), but they’re young. They’ll learn. They’ll grow (even Nuge!).

    We’ve come a long way.

  52. Yak Efron says:

    Hahaha the Deboer elbow.

  53. TheGreatMutato says:

    JDI Хоккей,

    I’M READING A PULSE. IN MY DICK. HRRRRNGGG.

  54. russ99 says:

    I love how we ran them down physically in this game, we’ll need to do the same in game 6.

    This one was huge. Props to Desharnais and the whole team for stepping up.

  55. pocession charge says:

    The Oilers killed the Sharks pet corgis tonight. Great rebound game.

  56. ashley says:

    Tipping point: DD first 5 minutes speeding up the ice with no helmet, hair flowing behind him – channeling the great Guy Lafleur. We all knew right then that this was going to be a special game for him.

  57. oilersfan says:

    Once again I would like to thank Stan Weir for his contributions tonight

  58. Side says:

    Minister D-:
    But, but, but if Lander was in for DD the game wouldn’t have even gone to overtime!

    Something something, mediocre coach, something something.

  59. Evilas says:

    Lol, I saw that deBoer elbow, I thought I was seeing things I rejected it and thought it was a shadow or a reflection on the glass, lol.

  60. LadiesloveSmid says:

    ashley:
    Tipping point: DD first 5 minutes speeding up the ice with no helmet, hair flowing behind him.We all knew right then that this was going to be a special game for him.

    100% this

    he just had to let his hair down

  61. TheGreatMutato says:

    Drai was the ‘still Drai’ this game. Big deal that he’s back – all it took was a nut shot and a phone call apparently. And how about that work in front by Poo on the GWG? Lowetide can sleep well.

  62. The Hermit says:

    Professor Q: Tikkanen tweeted out his OT goal against Calgary before OT started.

    Tikkanen invented Twitter.

  63. pocession charge says:

    Jones was out of his mind. Goddamn I thought he was going to steal it.

  64. Pajamah says:

    Disciplined, persistent victory.

    Fuck.

  65. Lloyd B. says:

    There’s something happening here.

  66. Android says:

    Sort of off-topic observation:
    Why does every sportscaster/reporter/anchor pronounce Rogers Place so weirdly? It’s like they’re talking about going over to someone’s house.

    “Let’s all go over to Roger’s Place, he’s got shrimp rings!”

  67. oilersfan says:

    Didn’t draisaitl get the assist on maroon’s opening goal? It’s gone now

  68. Lucinius says:

    pocession charge,

    Same. He just wouldn’t let anything get by him, even when there was nothing but chaos incarnate raging around him. Then the Double D from the Land of the East came and slew the beast.

  69. Caller Zen says:

    Evilas:
    Lol, I saw that deBoer elbow, I thought I was seeing things I rejected it and thought it was a shadow or a reflection on the glass, lol.

    Someone needs to make a gif of this …I was streaming online and thought it was a glitch or something, but now I need to see this again…and again…and again. Gif please!

  70. Nuclear leak says:

    The Hermit: Tikkanen invented Twitter.

    Stan Weir invented Tikkanen

  71. TheGreatMutato says:

    The Hermit: Tikkanen invented Twitter.

    I follow Tik even though I can’t understand any of his tweets. I just assume he’s beaking the Flames.

  72. Iztok Turk says:

    Potato vodka works.. thank you hockey gods.

  73. oilinthepeg says:

    IT WAS SPICED RUM DRINKER ALL ALONG! SOMEONE BUY THAT FAN A PLANE TICKET!!

  74. Bag of Pucks says:

    Epic win.

    Kassian. Desharnais. These Habs castoffs are clutch.

    Lander quietly packing his bags for the K.

  75. oilersfan says:

    The save Jones made on mcdavid on the feed from draisaitl may have been the save of the year

  76. jimmers2 says:

    Evilas:
    Lol, I saw that deBoer elbow, I thought I was seeing things I rejected it and thought it was a shadow or a reflection on the glass, lol.

    Fantastic overtime period, and what an image of helmet less DD from Ashely a few lines up. I missed this DeBoer thing – what did he do?

  77. Lucinius says:

    Iztok Turk,

    Vodka always works.

    Even when it doesn’t.

  78. The Hermit says:

    Nuclear leak: Stan Weir invented Tikkanen

    LOL

  79. BONE207 says:

    I’d take another one of these next game. Writing my liquor store list now. Don’t be a JDI

  80. Lucinius says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    I’d still take Lander over Hendricks!

  81. Pajamah says:

    oilinthepeg:
    IT WAS SPICED RUM DRINKER ALL ALONG! SOMEONE BUY THAT FAN A PLANE TICKET!!

    Already better than Dart Guy

  82. jp says:

    pocession charge:
    Jones was out of his mind.Goddamn I thought he was going to steal it.

    Almost feel bad for him 🙂 🙂

  83. The Hermit says:

    TheGreatMutato: I follow Tik even though I can’t understand any of his tweets. I just assume he’s beaking the Flames.

    Ha ha 😀

  84. Caller Zen says:

    jimmers2: Fantastic overtime period, and what an image of helmet less DD from Ashely a few lines up.I missed this DeBoer thing – what did he do?

    I think he faked elbowed the glass as a fan was shit talking him …is this what happened?

  85. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    What ever lines tmac had going into ot, just keep them going…
    If the Oil can stay out of the box, we can win…
    But we will see if the zebras change their minds…

  86. Younger Oil says:

    Even if the next two games don’t go our way, this game is so fucking significant for this team.

    Went out after a 7-0 loss, came back from two down, and guaranteed at least one more home game.

    So incredibly impressive.

  87. BONVIE says:

    N64:
    Well of course it was DD with the tying assist and winning goal. Good thing coach listened to us when we insisted he stay in.

    Qouted for truth. I thought he would get scratched, and he had such a strong game especially from third on draws the penalty, assists the game tier, and scores the winner. Just wow McDavid Daharnais!!

  88. Yak Efron says:

    jimmers2,

    Elbowed the glass to scare a fan that was yelling at him.

  89. geowal says:

    Beauty screen by Pouliot.

  90. jimmers2 says:

    Caller Zen: I think he faked elbowed the glass as a fan was shit talking him …is this what happened?

    If that is it, I hope that fan has the same seats in San Jose!

  91. oilersfan says:

    As the game wore on one had to expect that Thornton and Couture’s cardio would be letting them
    Down after not playing for 2-3 weeks each.

    And Vlasic playing 32 minutes had to catch up to him at some point didn’t it?

  92. Lucinius says:

    Younger Oil,

    It is something they’ve been good at all year. Even the media has caught it. The Oilers have been very good at bouncing back, especially from games where they took a shit on the ice and get wedgies from the beer leaguers.

    It is very nice to see and a key part of the vaunted turn north we had all dreamed about (and LT had preached would arrive).

  93. The Hermit says:

    Younger Oil: Even if the next two games don’t go our way, this game is so fucking significant for this team.
    Went out after a 7-0 loss, came back from two down, and guaranteed at least one more home game.
    So incredibly impressive.

    Preach Brother!

  94. Spartacus says:

    Found about 30 other Oilers fans to watch the game with at the resort here near Tulum, Mexico.

    Oilers fans. We are legion.

  95. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Leon’s got my daughters cough… it just won’t go away, but doesn’t affect her energy…

  96. Gerta Rauss says:

    They’ve got to feel good about themselves right now- coming back from 3-1 down and a frustrated attack and pulling it out in overtime

    Big win for this organization

  97. oilersfan says:

    Outside of the first ten minutes and the early oiler goal this is exactly the flip side of game one… San Jose with a two goal lead, then dominated the rest of the game by the oilers and lost in overtime

  98. Yak Efron says:

    Draisaitl Hat Trick- 2 assists and the bubonic plague.

  99. rickithebear says:

    Go Oilers!

    Professor Q: Calm down there, bear. And leave Ashley and other posters alone with your personal attacks and false equivalencies.

    Or I’m sure a block would be a next vacation?

    Banned for talking about friends point of view.
    friends who have given and done more for this country than 35,151,000 of its citizens including you and me will ever do.

    I want an honest game in my country!

  100. The Hermit says:

    Gerta Rauss: They’ve got to feel good about themselves right now- coming back from 3-1 down and a frustrated attack and pulling it out in overtime
    Big win for this organization

    The domination in overtime surprised me, it was awesome to watch.

    Colon was clenched that the Sharks would get a lucky bounce even though they were generating nothing.

  101. Spengler says:

    ashley:
    Tipping point: DD first 5 minutes speeding up the ice with no helmet, hair flowing behind him – channeling the great Guy Lafleur.We all knew right then that this was going to be a special game for him.

    We had the exact same thought when it happened. Wait, is that Lafleur?

  102. N64 says:

    Yak Efron:
    Draisaitl Hat Trick- 2 assists and the bubonic plague.

    Would have given him 3rd star.

    DD, Jones, Maroon.

  103. Younger Oil says:

    All the Sharks are saying that they really liked their third period.

    If they keep playing like that I’d be happy.

  104. Chachi says:

    Fuckin’ eh!

  105. The Hermit says:

    rickithebear,

    You are obviously a very passionate bear, please try to be kind to the people who post here.

    Thank you for all your work that you share with us.

    Enjoy the Oil winning in the playoffs!

  106. Android says:

    Love the Lets Go OIlers chant in the background of the DeBoer interview.

  107. Spengler says:

    Perfectly timed timeout in overtime as well. Really stemmed the shifting tide, allowed the team to recover and turn things back on after a couple slower shifts and icings

  108. Android says:

    Spengler,

    To be fair, they always scrape the ice at the first whistle past the ten minute mark.

    EDIT: Unless you’re talking about the Oilers, in which case nevermind.

  109. dangilitis says:

    DeBoer basically admitted the trap was in place in the 3rd but It was cut loose, and then it was hard getting back to playing offense.

    Loved hearing the chants from fans in the background.

  110. treevojo says:

    I’m starting to think that Chia and Tmac are quite a bit smarter then a lot of people give them credit for.

  111. Professor Q says:

    The Hermit: Tikkanen invented Twitter.

    Twittanen.

  112. Bank Shot says:

    My favorite part of that game was the part where the Oilers scored in overtime. :):):)

    Hard to find a weak link in the team when they are playing like that in OT.

    That’s was unicorns alright!

  113. Professor Q says:

    rickithebear:
    Go Oilers!

    Banned for talking about friends point of view.
    friends who have given and done more for this country than 35,151,000 of its citizens including you and me will ever do.

    I want an honest game in my country!

    You threatened other posters here.

    I have Bosnian and Serbian friends as well, and they are very dear to me (they are all mostly non-violent and the kindest and most compassionate people you’ll ever meet, as they know they cost of violence).

    I would never use them nor my own violent tendencies to verbally attack and threaten other posters here in such a manner.

  114. Younger Oil says:

    This might sound dumb, but that Nuge chance in OT not going in might have been a blessing.

    An extra 10 minutes of domination will really help this team’s confidence, and there would have likely been a lengthy offside review that would have taken away a lot of momentum had it been called back.

  115. The Hermit says:

    Professor Q: Twittanen.

    Awesome!

  116. treevojo says:

    Younger Oil:
    This might sound dumb, but that Nuge chance in OT not going in might have been a blessing.

    An extra 10 minutes of domination will really help this team’s confidence, and there would have likely been a lengthy offside review that would have taken away a lot of momentum had it been called back.

    Plus ten more minutes of work on San joses old man legs.

  117. BONVIE says:

    Great comeback game, I imagine Sharks fans will be crying that Draisatel was not suspended then comes out with such a strong game to give the mighty oil the win!!!

    Just waiting for Cult of Hockey Podcast

  118. Soup Fascist says:

    My name is Soup and I’m a Landerholic. I stand in front of you and confess I wanted to play Anton ahead of David Desharnais. Obviously, I have realized the error of my ways.

  119. Diesel says:

    Diesel:
    I almost never come here during games, but i felt compelled to come and tell everyone…

    It’s gonna be alright. We got this.

    *Dave Chappelle voice* Note the time!

    (obscure reference)

  120. Soup Fascist says:

    Yak Efron:
    jimmers2,

    Elbowed the glass to scare a fan that was yelling at him.

    You think he will get a game or a fine instead?

  121. Ribs says:

    Wahoo!

    My wife had pointed out Pouliot being useless a couple of times during this game (and it was hard to disagree with her) and then I got to point out that he was the guy blocking the goalie’s view in front of the net for the game winner. That was fun :}

    I called for a Klefbomb a few minutes before the goal and he sure delivered! Wowzers.

    Schlemko… Dammit, I’ve always liked that guy. Should’ve traded Ference for him and Martinook like in that dream I had years ago.

    Boedker can just screw off though. Really. *remembering hat trick he had against Oilers*

    They panned to Gretzky late in the game and he had his serious face on. It gave me chills. Any time I’ve ever seen that face in Edmonton, something good has happened. Oilers pretty much had to win at that point.

    Brandon who? Desharnais forever!! ahaha.. Well not quite. A feather in Chiarelli’s hat tonight, for sure.

    Phew.

  122. BONVIE says:

    Anyone else waiting for the Cult of Hockey podcast I fear it may be too far past Bruce’s bedtime and got cancelled.

    Dave Chapelle is so funny even the muscled all grown up Dave.

  123. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Stan weir wrote the Tik to English dictionary

  124. hunter1909 says:

    Hats off to the former Hab who’s just saved the Oilers from elimination with 2 crazy clutch points. Henri Richard approves of that 0T goal.

    Klef’s shot from the point is looking the bomb. Great MacT draft pick.

    Add Larsson and Nurse then suddenly the Oilers have the coolest defence future.

    Fantastic hockey series.

  125. hunter1909 says:

    If Oilers advance, Flames fans will be forced to cheer for Anaheim.

  126. spoiler says:

    I had to go to Karaoke. Stone cold sober. Not now, but that OT was…

    “I just wanta siiiiiing…”

  127. spoiler says:

    spoiler:
    I had to go to Karaoke.Stone cold sober. Not now, but that OT was…

    “I just wanta siiiiiing…”

    “Message for you, Sir.”

  128. spoiler says:

    The most talented team in the West is out. Opportunity is a foot.

  129. spoiler says:

    hunter1909,

    Pocket is better than the Lafleur comparisons.

    Not Roadrunner fast, but quick shifty AF.

  130. spoiler says:

    I once saw Cournoyer score nine seconds after an opening period faceoff. I was like 8 yo, blew my mind.

  131. Soup Fascist says:

    “Shirts Off for Horcoff” is just sooo 2006.

    “Double D’s for Double D” has a chance.

  132. StixMalone says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Leon’s got my daughters cough… it just won’t go away, but doesn’t affect her energy…

    Yes I have it too. Started out as a flu/cold over six weeks ago and just doesn’t go away. Maybe Drai was affected by same bug. I certainly know it drains you. My doctor says a really good strain went around this year twice. But the dry cough just lingers and there’s nothing you can do about it.

  133. blainer says:

    Just finished watching on the PVR .. Just wow !!

    I guess DD will keep us quiet here for a few games. Gotta give the coach credit for sticking with him..

  134. Gino says:

    The highs and low’s in this series have been awesome. Playoff hockey suck it Flames!!!!!!

  135. Centre of attention says:

    I will be the first to stick my foot in my mouth in regards to Desharnais.

    I’ve been bitching and moaning about him for weeks and after last night (this morning almost?) all sins real and imagined are forgiven.

    Make them pay, Des-har-nais! Make them pay, Des-har-nais! Chant with me now 🙂 !

  136. Pouzar says:

    DD brought it but I liked that whole 4th line.

    Corgi domination all around.

  137. JDI Хоккей says:

    Yak Efron:
    jimmers2,

    Elbowed the glass to scare a fan that was yelling at him.

    When the coach gets rattled in a game:

    https://twitter.com/PeteBlackburn/status/855294584062005248

    I like!

  138. sliderule says:

    The old skill sharks ran out of gas in the overtime.

    Staples gave Benning a 7 and Nurse a 5.

    I would have at least reversed that rating.

    Nurse carried tha puck out of zone at least 4 or 5 times and either made a good rush or got the puck in deep..He also got a shot on net that ended up hitting post.

    Benning lost too many board battles for my liking.

  139. Ryan says:

    BONVIE:
    Great comeback game, I imagine Sharks fans will be crying that Draisatel was not suspended then comes out with such a strong game to give the mighty oil the win!!!

    Just waiting for Cult of Hockey Podcast

    Yes. First thing they did. Visit Fear the Fin’s comment thread.

  140. blainer says:

    sliderule:
    The old skill sharks ran out of gas in the overtime.

    Staples gave Benning a 7 and Nurse a 5.

    I would have at least reversed that rating.

    Nurse carried tha puck out of zone at least 4 or 5 times and either made a good rush or got the puck in deep..He also got a shot ton net that ended up hitting post.

    Benning lost too many board battles for my liking.

    Also I thought he looked slow at times as well. He needs to step it up. Coach playing them with Connor is smart.

    Very happy with the Coaching for sure.

  141. Spengler says:

    Android:
    Spengler,

    To be fair, they always scrape the ice at the first whistle past the ten minute mark.

    EDIT: Unless you’re talking about the Oilers, in which case nevermind.

    I was talking about the Oilers timeout.

  142. hunter1909 says:

    spoiler:
    I once saw Cournoyer score nine seconds after an opening period faceoff. I was like 8 yo, blew my mind.

    The Oilers used to have a player like that. Taylor Hall, for those who haven’t been following Oilers hockey for very long.

    *runs away laughing*

  143. hunter1909 says:

    spoiler:
    hunter1909,

    Pocket is better than the Lafleur comparisons.

    Not Roadrunner fast, but quick shifty AF.

    Tonight’s hero comes from that Canadiens mould. Amazing in 2017 Montreal doesn’t value these French players – this coming from a fan who witnessed the Tambellini rebuild with RNH, Gagner, Hall, Eberle and Justin Schultz. And Yakupov. That’s Nail Yakupov.

  144. Pouzar says:

    sliderule:
    The old skill sharks ran out of gas in the overtime.

    Staples gave Benning a 7 and Nurse a 5.

    I would have at least reversed that rating.

    Nurse carried tha puck out of zone at least 4 or 5 times and either made a good rush or got the puck in deep..He also got a shot on net that ended up hitting post.

    Benning lost too many board battles for my liking.

    I wanna seen the shot map for this pairing. They were REAL good in games 2 and 3.

  145. hunter1909 says:

    Tonight’s McDavid hit was for me the play of the game, if not the series.

  146. Scungilli Slushy says:

    sliderule: Benning lost too many board battles for my liking

    My wife caught a play where Benning had gone behind a Shark to play him on the boards and put his stick in front. She says isn’t that holding? If he had the puck the Shark would have gone straight to the net or drawn a penalty.

    I noticed Benning pulling back on him in quick yanks, and the way that sequence went it looked an awful lot like a dog mounting and dry humping your leg. He’ll learn.

  147. Scungilli Slushy says:

    For me the story of the game was that a lot of Oilers got better as the game went on. I think it was the key, and they got their legs going and I think the SJ vets were gassed by OT.

    Some Oilers were really not playing well until mid 2nd to me. I also thought DD should have sat the game – he must have heard us. He also must have said something to Cassie Campbell before his interview as she was telling him she was way older than him as it switched away, had a ‘hey buddy’ tone to it. OT winner adrenalin or something.

  148. McSorley33 says:

    In all seriousness, has anyone ever seen a playoff OT that was so lopsided?

    The Sharks looked really, really old all of a sudden…..

    Kudos to DD…but people in my office ( Winnipeg ) are talking about Leon Draisaitl. He took over the game and the feed to DD was incredible.

  149. ashley says:

    Spengler: We had the exact same thought when it happened. Wait, is that Lafleur?

    Mini Guy.

    No one needs to come and apologize for wanting to put him in the pressbox. He earned that criticism. But we can all see that there is some value there now. However, let’s not get carried away and start calling him an elite, complete player like our boy Kassian has become.

  150. raventalon40 says:

    After spending two days hammering Deshairnais, Maroon, and Pouliot, as well as the pairing of Nurse-Benning, I definitely have to eat my words.

  151. LMHF#1 says:

    McSorley33:

    The Sharks looked really, really old all of a sudden…..

    That’s because they ARE really, really old. This is why I’ve been so frustrated watching this series. The Oilers finally showed up to play their style of hockey in that OT.

  152. hunter1909 says:

    ashley: Mini Guy.

    No one needs to come and apologize for wanting to put him in the pressbox.He earned that criticism.But we can all see that there is some value there now.However, let’s not get carried away and start calling him an elite, complete player like our boy Kassian has become.

    Agree, but you also want to develop the reputation as Edmonton being a place to go to repair broken careers(at knock down cost to Chiarelli).

  153. hunter1909 says:

    Which NHL GM is stupid enough to trade a pair of 1st round picks for Maroon?

    How about a 1st and a 2nd, for Maroon?

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