2017 PLAYOFFS GAME 6: OILERS AT SHARKS

I decided late in the regular season to let the playoffs wash over me. It’s been a long time, I was a man in my 40s in 2006, the grey on my temples barely noticeable (but working hard). Now? Grey has taken both temples and moved troops to every quadrant, to the point where grey hair (which is akin to copper wire) is there to greet me morning, noon and night. I don’t give a damn about grey hair, or aging really (although it would be nice to hang around to see how the kids turn out, and to spend more time with Mrs. Lowetide). I do care about the things I love, and one of them is the grace, length and beauty of a hockey season. I am enjoying the spring like a long lost friend, and in many ways that’s how it feels.

PLAYOFF NUMBERS

  • There are some strong performances listed above, I’d point out Cam Talbot, Oscar Klefbom, Zack Kassian plus centers Connor McDavid and Mark Letestu as posting worthy series.
  • Funnily enough, my nominees for player of the series are Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. It’s been a funny series.
  • Why RNH?  In the words of Craig MacTavish, it’s not just about what you deliver, it’s also about what you leave.
  • The second line has been outstanding for the Oilers. NaturalStatTrick has RNH at 56 percent Corsi for 5×5 against Joe Thornton.
  • McDavid’s Corsi against Vlasic ( 56.39) and that matchup is stapled into this series. McDavid has played against Vlasic for 61 5×5 minutes and 14 minutes away from him. McDavid’s Fenwick for in those 14 minutes away from Vlasic is 57 percent. Too small a sample size, but McDavid against Burns should be a goal for the coach (70.59 for McDavid).
  • Source

1991-92, PLUS 1992 PLAYOFFS

The 1991-92 season was rife with pain and disappointment.

  • Charlie Huddy was lost in the expansion draft in May.
  • Jari Kurri was dealt in May, to Philadelphia. Philadelphia traded him to Los Angeles, same day.
  • Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr went in September.
  • Then came Mark Messier’s trade, something we knew was coming (there had been some contract haggling the summer before). In August 1991 Messier went public with a trade request and after that you’re never going to get full value. Messier said he was not convinced the Oilers were committed to winning, and he wanted out. Source

Opening night, you needed a damned program and that’s for sure. Edmonton had good forwards (Vincent Damphousse, Joe Murphy, Craig Simpson, Esa Tikkanen) but no one to push the river, not like Messier. Defensively, the Oilers were a rugged bunch bordering on filthy. Dave Manson and Luke Richardson played major roles, with Kevin Lowe still hanging around to provide veteran leadership. Billy Ranford was the goalie. We traveled to Mexico that winter, I didn’t check the scores for any of the 14 days we were there. I remember thinking they might as well trade Esa, Lowe, Ranford and Simpson, and they basically did over the coming months. It was a mess.

The Oilers did win some playoff games with this congregation, and I liked Joe Murphy and Martin Gelinas (and others) among the youths. Edmonton beat LAK in six games, then Vancouver in six (Ranford was stellar in that series iirc) before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in a Campbell Conference sweep. Source

TONIGHT

The Oilers are 1-1-0 on the road during this series, winning a tight-checking affair and getting blown out 7-0. I think the Oilers win tonight if the two teams are tied after two, and the biggest test is likely to be in the first 10 minutes of the game. Stay out of the penalty box!!!!

ETHAN BEAR

Scored a great goal (it was the winner) last night. Highlights are here.

COMPLETE NHLE

  • There’s a lot here and we will drill down over the coming weeks. As is the case with the parent team, you can see Peter Chiarelli building up the middle (G, D, C).
  • I think we’ll see four graduates (Jesse Puljujarvi, Jujhar Khaira, Anton Slepyshev, Griffin Reinhart) to the 2017-18 club.
  • Joey Laleggia and Joe Gambardella are the most interesting forwards behind the three mentioned above (JP, JJ, Slepy), at least in the short term.
  • The best long-term forward prospect? Tyler Benson, but injuries are a concern. I’m also intrigued by Graham McPhee and Aapeli Rasanen.
  • The Oilers have been spending a lot of time, money and draft picks on defensemen and it is reflected here. I think Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear and Ziyat Paigin are legit NHL prospects and Ryan Mantha could join them as a bona fide future option.
  • Filip Berglund had a fine season on less than 10 minutes a night. I pumped his number here, as he was the only player in this group who played low minutes (Paigin was around 14).
  • Who is the best goalie prospect in the system? The fact we have more than one candidate is breaking news. I am intrigued by all of them.

SPENCER FOO

Spencer Foo may announce his decision this weekend, if he selects the Oilers his placement on the depth chart will be interesting. For next season, I think Leon Draisaitl stays at RW, meaning Jordan Eberle and Jesse Puljujarvi are the top candidates for 2R. After that, Zack Kassian would grab a spot and then it’s wide open for Anton Slepyshev, Iiro Pakarinen, Tyler Pitlick and others. I think Foo is a solid prospect, but would guess he would have a chance to make the Oilers opening night lineup. His NHLE (31) is shy of Drake Caggiula’s (44) when he graduated, but Foo could surprise and of course it depends on who he plays with when Foo gets here.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

One of the things we are seeing this spring is young men getting NHL playoff experience. It will pay off next year and in the years to come. The three young defensemen are learning on the job and if the team can use them while winning a series or two, bodes well for the future.

VALUE

In dealing Brandon Davidson for a rental, the Oilers reduced their 50-man list for summer by one and guaranteed another name will be lost in the expansion draft. Because Oilers fans (like me) are still working in the small market world or pre-cap and pre-Katz, that runs counter to team building. However, the Desharnais overtime goal also represents another important area of team building: Success. We may see the fruits of that success this weekend, should Spencer Foo decide it’s Edmonton. Connor McDavid changed everything, but having playoff success will go a long way to turning around the Oilers reputation and making Edmonton an attractive destination.

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  1. npanciroli says:

    I love you Chiarelli.

  2. StixMalone says:

    Tmac must just be gloating inside. Beating the team that fired him hahaha

  3. Oilanderp says:

    I can’t imagine how TMac must feel right now.

  4. spoiler says:

    FIRST PLAYOFF SERIES WIN!!!

  5. T0ML says:

    I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY HANDS

  6. LMHF#1 says:

    Oilers all business. Good to see. Haven’t won anything yet.

  7. Lucinius says:

    Big win. Massive gut check and they pulled it out. Made it hard on themselves but they did it.

    Also, did anyone else see the person who threw the popcorn into the Oilers bench?

  8. Strapping Jocks says:

    I am sure I just woke my kids up with that EN! Now I am finally realizing that this drink is delicious. And I am giggling like a school girl…..

  9. T0ML says:

    Holy shit, made it to 800+, CAN WE HIT 1000!!!! LETS GO OILERS!!!!!

  10. Gret99zky says:

    winning is fun

  11. Pescador says:

    Congrats to TMaC

  12. Oil2Oilers says:

    I can not wait for LT’s poem in the morning, music

  13. Bar_Qu says:

    Well, that was certainly welcome

  14. khildahl says:

    I have a duck in my freezer that I’ve been wondering when to cook.

    Next week seems like a good time.

  15. doritogrande says:

    breathes massive sigh of relief.

    Time to brush up on a Nintendo classic.

  16. jm363561 says:

    I hope the elation will come. Right now just wrecked. A Cam special and a couple of bounces did it. Go Oil.

  17. Pescador says:

    Slepyshev

  18. The Hermit says:

    Congratulations to the Edmonton Oilers and their fans on defeating the San Jose Sharks in their first round series.

    The Oil are 25% complete on their path to the cup.

    Grizzly beards are so over.

    Fuck yeah!!!!!

  19. Lucinius says:

    Honestly the win hasn’t really sunk in for me yet. Almost as if part of my mind is there going; “we didn’t win. We’re not allowed to win. The past five years showed that.”

  20. DBO says:

    Well that was fun.

  21. Chachi says:

    Fuck yeah!

  22. BONE207 says:

    npanciroli:
    I love you Chiarelli.

    From: bruce wayne

  23. square_wheels says:

    I love how the refs just watched Thornton haul McDavid down and just shrug, no arms come up. Veteran hook ?

  24. DBO says:

    And please Klefbom be ok.

  25. russ99 says:

    Whoooooo hoooo!!

    So glad I was wrong about this series. Keep it going boys!

    Props to TMac and the coaches.

  26. Westchester Oil says:

    My wife + daughters have to put up with my scruffy playoff beard for a little while longer.

    This is sweet!!

  27. flyfish1168 says:

    I know it was close to the end of the game, but Connor gets hooked and neither ref put their arm up. Connor drew 3 obvious penalties and not one called

  28. Yak Efron says:

    I wonder if Connor looks different next series without Vlasic stapled to his ass.

  29. TheGreatMutato says:

    No disrespect to Cassie Campbell as a player and person, but she is not great as a broadcaster. Free Gene!

  30. russ99 says:

    DBO:
    And please Klefbom be ok.

    Yeah, I didn’t see what happened, only saw him on the bench.

    Nurse stepped up huge to take his place.

  31. dangilitis says:

    I was so mad when Draisaitl broke his stick but McDavid was destined to score an empty net goal with under 1 second remaining!

  32. LMHF#1 says:

    Yak Efron:
    I wonder if Connor looks different next series without Vlasic stapled to his ass.

    Lil bit. And all biz after the win. Nice to have that guy leading the charge.

  33. spoiler says:

    khildahl:
    I have a duck in my freezer that I’ve been wondering when to cook.

    Next week seems like a good time.

    Burn that fucker to a crisp!

    I mean… Enjoy your meal.

  34. StixMalone says:

    So glad I bought a bigger TV. So much better to see clearly through teary eyes. Yeah I said that …teary eyes…

  35. Rich M says:

    Great game, great series, team grew up a lot.

    Hope Klef is ok for the start of the Anaheim series.

  36. striatic says:

    A little lucky? Sure. Don’t care. This Oilers team put themselves into a position where it mattered.

    RELIEF.

    Now how’s Klef?

  37. Iztok Turk says:

    Ladies & Gents… we did this without the 97 cheat code. Unto round 2..

  38. Lucinius says:

    Sharks crew still has no idea Klefbom didn’t play in the third. Absolutely clueless.

  39. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – When is game 1 vs. ANA? Do the Oil have home ice, or do they just stay in Cali?

  40. Strapping Jocks says:

    LMHF#1:
    Talbot played like he was pissed as hell about not getting a Verona nod.

    And not getting a Vezina nod either. 😉

  41. JonyPro says:

    Klefbom needs to be injected with super healing drugs and taken to a hyperbolic chamber.

  42. Crushelnyski says:

    At the beginning of the season, I was happy if the team was competitive. They’ve exceeded all expectations. Screw it I want a cup now!

  43. LMHF#1 says:

    Strapping Jocks: And not getting a Vezina nod either.😉

    Stupid autocorrect….

  44. Lucinius says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – When is game 1 vs. ANA?Do the Oil have home ice, or do they just stay in Cali?

    Anaheim finished first in the division so they get home ice. Game will be a bit, as we have to wait for the rest of the round one teams to finish up.

  45. geowal says:

    Whereeeeee!!!!

    More than I could’ve dreamed. Time to drink this fireball shot I ordered everyone.
    Cheers from Calgary!

  46. Lowetide says:

    LMHF#1: Stupid autocorrect….

    Plus the Verona nod.

  47. The Trade Guy says:

    This new playoff seeding is dumb. They should be playing the Blues at home not this nonsense with Anahiem.

  48. StixMalone says:

    Lucinius: Anaheim finished first in the division so they get home ice. Game will be a bit, as we have to wait for the rest of the round one teams to finish up.

    We need the rest…

  49. dangilitis says:

    PS if you would have told me that the first 2010+ Oilers’ draft picks to score series winning goals would be Slepyshev and Paajarvi, I would have told you where to shove it.

  50. LMHF#1 says:

    JonyPro:
    Klefbom needs to be injected with super healing drugs and taken to a hyperbolic chamber.

    He was moving around okay in the handshakes.

    Hopefully he just needs a day or 3.

  51. pts2pndr says:

    Hunter now is the time to out the non believers! Love the captains remarks at the end of the game. Much left to do! I really like the team chemistry! Lets Go Oilers!!

  52. Philosophil says:

    suck it CGY. Are you cheering for ANA that beat your ass in Round 1 or the Oil? HAHAHAHAHAHA.

    WOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!

  53. --hudson-- says:

    DBO:
    And please Klefbom be ok.

    It’s cool, we got Reinhart ready to step in 😉

  54. Jaxon says:

    I wonder if Burns is re-thinking his decision to stay in San Jose right about now. He probably could have went to free agency this summer and signed with, oh, I don’t know… Edmonton?

  55. doritogrande says:

    My wife + daughters have to put up with my scruffy playoff beard for a little while longer.
    This is sweet!!

    Fiancee is livid. Wedding’s coming up on May 20th and I’ve been advised that in no uncertain terms can I have this patchy piece of crap in her wedding pictures. What do I do?

  56. Yak Efron says:

    3 coaches eliminate their ex teams in one day,what are the chances.

  57. spoiler says:

    I ONLY HAVE TWO BEERS LEFT AND NEITHER OF THEM IS JDI Хоккей’S

  58. LMHF#1 says:

    Lowetide: Plus the Verona nod.

    He looks Italian enough.

  59. danny says:

    Is this real life?

  60. Philosophil says:

    doritogrande:
    My wife + daughters have to put up with my scruffy playoff beard for a little while longer.
    This is sweet!!

    Fiancee is livid. Wedding’s coming up on May 20th and I’ve been advised that in no uncertain terms can I have this patchy piece of crap in her wedding pictures. What do I do?

    If she loves you…and the Oilers….

  61. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Lucinius,

    – Yeah: duh Kinger! But West is already set. Do they start up soon? If they have 3 or 4 days + before next game, that’s ok, but then they are just as rusty as ANA

  62. Spengler says:

    doritogrande,

    My condolences.

  63. spoiler says:

    Am I the only man in Canada who gets intensely jealous every time Jackie Redmond is announced as being “alongside” some doofus?

  64. Philosophil says:

    Yak Efron,

    tru dat. payback…its a thing…

  65. square_wheels says:

    This sportsnet host has quite the head scar. Wonder if he had brain surgery ? Accident ??

    Hipster haircut ?

  66. Chachi says:

    LMHF#1: He looks Italian enough.

    Thatsa gooda goalie!

  67. striatic says:

    Thornton post game interview pure class. Feel bad for the guy. Sharks are a good team and the grey in the man’s beard makes each playoff exit surely more difficult.

  68. spoiler says:

    doritogrande,

    Grow it longer.

  69. Caller Zen says:

    Yak Efron:
    3 coaches eliminate their ex teams in one day,what are the chances.

    That will be some great hockey trivia for the ages … is this from Friedman?

  70. Lloyd B. says:

    doritogrande:
    My wife + daughters have to put up with my scruffy playoff beard for a little while longer.
    This is sweet!!

    Fiancee is livid. Wedding’s coming up on May 20th and I’ve been advised that in no uncertain terms can I have this patchy piece of crap in her wedding pictures. What do I do?

    Say yes dear. And shave that patchy piece of crap.

  71. Philosophil says:

    square_wheels,

    wife saw it too. she is indifferent to hockey. microblading??

  72. Frank the dog says:

    Is this real?

  73. squeezboks says:

    doritogrande:
    My wife + daughters have to put up with my scruffy playoff beard for a little while longer.
    This is sweet!!

    Fiancee is livid. Wedding’s coming up on May 20th and I’ve been advised that in no uncertain terms can I have this patchy piece of crap in her wedding pictures. What do I do?

    Shave it, save it, glue it back on afterwards.

  74. Philosophil says:

    danny,

    or is it fantasy?

  75. spoiler says:

    Frank the dog:
    Is this real?

    No.

  76. Minister D- says:

    I’m happy, but you know, I don’t want to say it, and I never thought I’d say it, but McDavid needs to be better.

  77. doritogrande says:

    doritogrande,
    Grow it longer.

    I’d love to, but I’ve the complexion of baby Nuge.

    I hear they’re making great strides with Photoshop these days…

  78. Lloyd B. says:

    There’s something happening here !

  79. Surly says:

    I just re watches Klefbom’s last two shifts and both are without incident. He did look tentative in both but might have been because I was looking for it. Who knows???

  80. Dee Dee says:

    Philosophil:
    suck it CGY. Are you cheering for ANA that beat your ass in Round 1 or the Oil? HAHAHAHAHAHA.

    WOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!

    Ahhhhhhh, the Calgary Cucks tears of unfathomable sadness are delicious!

    Nice win Oilers, glad to be watching you play in May again, forgot what that felt like.

  81. JDI Хоккей says:

    Woot!!!!

  82. 106 and 106 says:

    106 and 106,

    Adding to the small sample size, fourth line winger scores GWG. I don’t think that you can count other series as part of the equation.

    Kassian – 2 GWG. (3rd line)
    Davey – 1 GWG. (3rd then 4th line)
    Slepy – 1 GWG. (4th line)

    4/4 for game winners from bottom 6 forwards. Depth! Balance!

  83. Frank the dog says:

    spoiler: No.

    Oh shut i thought we won the series
    OH WAIT! WHAAAAAT?

  84. Lucinius says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    Lucinius,

    – Yeah: duh Kinger!But West is already set.Do they start up soon? If they have 3 or 4 days + before next game, that’s ok, but then they are just as rusty as ANA

    Gotta wait for the East. Game one could be as soon as Tuesday. Or as late as Saturday.

  85. Yak Efron says:

    Caller Zen,

    It was mentioned earlier in the thread that it was possible, and all 3 teams that needed to win did. Someone on Sportsnet mentioned it after the game too, didn’t catch who.

  86. spoiler says:

    Dee Dee: Cucks

    Please don’t let this be a thing here.

  87. hags9k says:

    doritogrande,

    Don’t you dare jinx this team.

    Are you sure she’s the one? 😉

  88. RexLibris says:

    Tonight is one of the good nights.

    Enjoy it, remember it (or do your best).

    And here’s hoping our host is having himself a fine evening and thanks to you sir.

  89. CrazyCoach says:

    Simply amazing!

    As is my new tradition, I have placed an empty Oilers jersey on my couch, every playoff game for my dad who passed Jan. 3.

    It has been eleven years of such lows, that are minimal to the lows I’ve felt since Jan. 3, but this team has given me such joy. I’ve got tears of joy tonight. I wish my dad was here to watch this with me, but he would have understood the joy I’m feeling now.

    I was more than happy to see them make the playoffs, but for them to actually win the series, it just incredible.

    Thanks Lowetidians! It has been fun.

    Now bring on the Ducks, and like I say, every time someone punches Kesler in the face, an angel gets it’s wings!

  90. Philosophil says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    Woot!!!!

    Ya baby. Classy and understated Woot Sir. well done.

  91. trencan says:

    Thank you guys, you are full of postive surprises this season, I really didnt see this coming at the beginning of the season.

  92. Yak Efron says:

    Larsson over 26 minutes.

  93. Philosophil says:

    Does Sleppy start Gm 1? Asking for a friend.

  94. npanciroli says:

    Talbot/Larsson my series MVPs

  95. JonyPro says:

    Wow, TMac is an amazing coach, the dmen’s ice time without Klefbom was done very well.

  96. Lucinius says:

    Only bad thing about this playoffs is my dad isn’t around for it. He was a massive Oilers fan and suffered through the Dark Ages with stoicism and loyalty. Passed away on December 31st. he would have loved the end of the year and the playoffs thus far.

    My mother, who gives basically zero shits about hockey (her only real ‘give a shit’ bit is she gets to wear jeans on game days for work if she wears an Oiler shirt or jersey) called me up after the win the enthuse about it — even though she hadn’t watched the game, she’d eyed the score and thought about dad. And that it would piss off Flames’ fans (which would also please my dad).

    So, one final drink to the old bastard who didn’t make it to see the Oilers return to the promise land and advance, and to all others who left us too early this past year.

  97. danny says:

    CrazyCoach:
    Simply amazing!

    As is my new tradition, I have placed an empty Oilers jersey on my couch, every playoff game for my dad who passed Jan. 3.

    It has been eleven years of such lows, that are minimal to the lows I’ve felt since Jan. 3, but this teamhas given me such joy.I’ve got tears of joy tonight.I wish my dad was here to watch this with me, but he would have understood the joy I’m feeling now.

    I was more than happy to see them make the playoffs, but for them to actually win the series, it just incredible.

    Thanks Lowetidians!It has been fun.

    Now bring on the Ducks, and like I say, every time someone punches Kesler in the face, an angel gets it’s wings!

    Cheers!

  98. Iztok Turk says:

    Ghosts of 2006 are stirring. It has been too long.

  99. Iztok Turk says:

    danny: Cheers!

    Cheers to your dad!

  100. Caller Zen says:

    The Oilers were the first Canadian team to clinch to make the playoffs …and now are the first team to make it to the 2nd round.

  101. Professor Q says:

    doritogrande:
    My wife + daughters have to put up with my scruffy playoff beard for a little while longer.
    This is sweet!!

    Fiancee is livid. Wedding’s coming up on May 20th and I’ve been advised that in no uncertain terms can I have this patchy piece of crap in her wedding pictures. What do I do?

    Grow faster, or use Just For Men.

    Or donated hairs.

    Congratulations, by the way.

  102. delooper says:

    I thought the Oilers would be a low seed in the playoffs, and most likely get booted in the first round. So what I thought was overly-optimistic has been exceeded.

  103. Spengler says:

    CrazyCoach:
    Simply amazing!

    As is my new tradition, I have placed an empty Oilers jersey on my couch, every playoff game for my dad who passed Jan. 3.

    It has been eleven years of such lows, that are minimal to the lows I’ve felt since Jan. 3, but this teamhas given me such joy.I’ve got tears of joy tonight.I wish my dad was here to watch this with me, but he would have understood the joy I’m feeling now.

    I was more than happy to see them make the playoffs, but for them to actually win the series, it just incredible.

    Thanks Lowetidians!It has been fun.

    Now bring on the Ducks, and like I say, every time someone punches Kesler in the face, an angel gets it’s wings!

    That’s truly moving. Makes me appreciate my dad all the more when I hear stories like that. Thank you.

  104. spoiler says:

    CrazyCoach:
    Simply amazing!

    As is my new tradition, I have placed an empty Oilers jersey on my couch, every playoff game for my dad who passed Jan. 3.

    It has been eleven years of such lows, that are minimal to the lows I’ve felt since Jan. 3, but this teamhas given me such joy.I’ve got tears of joy tonight.I wish my dad was here to watch this with me, but he would have understood the joy I’m feeling now.

    I was more than happy to see them make the playoffs, but for them to actually win the series, it just incredible.

    Thanks Lowetidians!It has been fun.

    Now bring on the Ducks, and like I say, every time someone punches Kesler in the face, an angel gets it’s wings!

    Love this.

  105. Caller Zen says:

    Klef is sick …not injured!

  106. kooler says:

    Think Foo signs tomorrow.

  107. Spengler says:

    Lucinius:
    Only bad thing about this playoffs is my dad isn’t around for it. He was a massive Oilers fan and suffered through the Dark Ages with stoicism and loyalty. Passed away on December 31st. he would have loved the end of the year and the playoffs thus far.

    My mother, who gives basically zero shits about hockey (her only real ‘give a shit’ bit is she gets to wear jeans on game days for work if she wears an Oiler shirt or jersey) called me up after the win the enthuse about it — even though she hadn’t watched the game, she’d eyed the score and thought about dad. And that it would piss off Flames’ fans (which would also please my dad).

    So, one final drink to the old bastard who didn’t make it to see the Oilers return to the promise land and advance, and to all others who left us too early this past year.

    Cheers. To your dad!

  108. Todd Macallan says:

    Klef SICK, plus a bunch of the others over this series – TMac (paraphrasing).

    And exhale.

  109. oilersfan says:

    The Edmonton Oilers are a team in the nhl…

    In the second round of the playoffs!!!

    Woot woot

    Now for Lucic and Kassian to beat the crap out of Getzlaf and Perry.

    Maroon is going to make the ducks regret trading him when he scores one goal in each gAme of the series

  110. LMHF#1 says:

    Klefbom sick. Relief.

  111. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I have a Hall Jersey. Father’s Day gift.

    Larsson is my favourite Dman. He’s a beast.

  112. DBO says:

    Minister D-:
    I’m happy, but you know, I don’t want to say it, and I never thought I’d say it, but McDavid needs to be better.

    I prefer to look at it as, we beat a veteran team without the league’s best player being the best player. That is huge. Cause we have room for improvement. We didn’t play perfectly, we won cause we are the better team and a lot of guys played well. But Draisatl only played well last 2 games, Nuge line has played heavy minutes but haven’t produced offensively and McDavid hasn’t McDavided yet. We can be better!

    F the Ducks!

  113. Yak Efron says:

    CrazyCoach,

    Lucinius,

    A toast to both of your fathers, and all the other Oiler fans who would have loved to share this moment with us.

  114. Philosophil says:

    crazy coach, licinius

    my son is away on a trip, no game coverage, i’ve been texting him updates like crazy. Not taking that bond for granted.

    sorry for your loss.

  115. who says:

    Oilanderp: Let’s see how good you are at your job when you are 85 years old.IF you are still alive

    First of all he has been bad at his job for 30 years. He has never known the players. I don’t know how many times I have heard him call a right shot player by a left shot players name just because their numbers are similar. If you don’t know which way the players shoot you have no business doing play by play.
    Secondly I hope I would be smart enough to quit my job before I completely embarrassed myself. The man is pretty much senile for God’s sake.

  116. oilersfan says:

    I wonder if Gryba will play against the dirty ducks?

    Other than cogliAno I Am not sure of who is fast in their forwards

  117. Spengler says:

    Minister D-:
    I’m happy, but you know, I don’t want to say it, and I never thought I’d say it, but McDavid needs to be better.

    There aren’t many (any?) pairs as good as the brown pickle at shuttimg things down. They were fabulous. More clean air should come. And McDavid will have to learn to deal with times like this.

  118. spoiler says:

    TMac explaining his line-matching philosophy.

  119. Pescador says:

    spoiler:
    Am I the only man in Canada who gets intensely jealous every time Jackie Redmond is announced as being “alongside” some doofus?

    When she decided to augment, she went for small “C’s” instead of DD’s.
    I respect that

  120. JonyPro says:

    I always knew Joe Thornton has a curse on him. He had it in Boston he has it in San Jose.

  121. CrazyCoach says:

    Lucinius: So, one final drink to the old bastard who didn’t make it to see the Oilers return to the promise land and advance, and to all others who left us too early this past year.

    Here’s a drinkt to both our dads.

  122. McSorley33 says:

    Jumbo Joe 16 straight playoff games with no goals….

  123. kooler says:

    Lucinius,

    My old man passed away Dec 30, 1999…..big Oiler fan. Loved drinking his Labatts, smoking his Rothmans and watching the Oilers. Here’s to our loved ones.

  124. Spengler says:

    Yak Efron:
    3 coaches eliminate their ex teams in one day,what are the chances.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sVzvRsl4rEM

  125. Todd Macallan says:

    CrazyCoach,

    Enjoying a whiskey thinking of someone I lost a while back who was an even bigger fan than me, Ill add a toast to yourself and your Dad with this fine glass of Balvenie. Cheers!

  126. spoiler says:

    Watching Connor’s interview, it’s like he learned Playoffs 101 when he was 4.

  127. Professor Q says:

    CrazyCoach,

    Lucinius,

    Cheers to both of your fathers. Good men.

    I’ll do the same for me Gramps (you’ve inspired me to do it sooner; don’t need an extra reason to do it regardless but the more the merrier). Lost him last Summer, day of the draft. He was a Leafs fan; always had lovely conversations with the television, I tell you. Would have loved Edmonton and Toronto doing so well.

    For some reason I inherited the Masochism from him; my Browns Backership from him especially. Just worked out well that Edmonton and Toronto shared similar dregs (and Cleveland/Toronto baseball…).

  128. Evilas says:

    A couple things, I am not Kreskin, so no more in-game predictions will be coming from me, lol.

    On the Benning penalty he was about to get picked, and I saw at least 3 other blantant ones, the Sundstrom crosscheck on McDavids ribs and on the empty net goal I didn’t see either of the zebras raise their arms…. The NHL needs to give both teams a level playing field, drives me nuts that it seems to be an uphill battle, but the boys did play a much more disciplined game and if they continue to play smart they should be able to keep this thing rolling.

    Also, I was thinking about Spencer Foo…Why wouldn’t a signing be announced, unless the team he was signing with was playing today….If I was a betting man, we will read the announcement the he signs with the Oil tomorrow.

    And finally woooooooooooot!!! Second round baby!!!!!

  129. Diablo says:

    Great win by our boys tonight – hat tip to our good friends crossbar and post.

    But seriously, really impressed by how they came out in the first and second periods tonight. 3rd period went as expected – impressive work by the coaching staff to manage the minutes of the 5 d-men and roll 4 lines. I hope Klef will be OK.

    Really, really happy for TMac and his coaching staff – hopefully we can finally put to rest this nonsense that he he’s a 2nd tier coach. They’ve done an absolutely masterful job improving the play of this team in all areas.

    On to Anaheim – what a season and win or lose the best is yet to come for this young group.

    Oh yeah – Flames fans can suck it.

    GoOilers!

  130. vinotintazo says:

    yeeeeeeeas after a decade. what a time to be alive.

  131. Professor Q says:

    spoiler:
    Watching Connor’s interview, it’s like he learned Playoffs 101 when he was 4.

    He did.

  132. McSorley33 says:

    DeBoer…..Heroic courage by a couple of his players just get on the ice.

  133. stephen sheps says:

    Woooooooooooooooooot!!!!!!!!

    That is all.

    LT, thank you for giving us a home this last decade. I can only imagine how each of us feels right now.
    This is a very good day.

    On to round 2!

    (Holy shit, typing that feels so strange, yet so good)

  134. Pescador says:

    Lucinius:
    Only bad thing about this playoffs is my dad isn’t around for it. He was a massive Oilers fan and suffered through the Dark Ages with stoicism and loyalty. Passed away on December 31st. he would have loved the end of the year and the playoffs thus far.

    My mother, who gives basically zero shits about hockey (her only real ‘give a shit’ bit is she gets to wear jeans on game days for work if she wears an Oiler shirt or jersey) called me up after the win the enthuse about it — even though she hadn’t watched the game, she’d eyed the score and thought about dad. And that it would piss off Flames’ fans (which would also please my dad).

    So, one final drink to the old bastard who didn’t make it to see the Oilers return to the promise land and advance, and to all others who left us too early this past year.

    For what it’s worth, I’ve downed several beers in honour of your father & all those Oiler fans who’ve passed too early to enjoy this moment!

  135. StixMalone says:

    DeBoer saying the team ran out of gas this last month. Saying some guys playing injured, especially Jumbo…

  136. iwin76 says:

    Don’t post much, but I’ve read this blog every day since (and before) the Stanley Cup fun in 2006. I love prospects and trade deadlines, but somehow this feels better. This comments section has brought sanity and enjoyment to a painful decade for the Oil. Congrats everyone.

  137. Diablo says:

    Klefbom sick

    Explains a lot – wonder if Draisaitl was also sick early in the series

  138. slopitch says:

    Ohhh hells ya! Started reading this blog in 06. Such a good feeling to win a series. Oilers did well considering San Jose sawed off the top 6 battle. I’m a bit surprised but this team keeps stepping up in the face of adversity.

    Enjoy it tonight Oilers and oiler fans. Anaheim will be another big test.

    WOoooooTttttt!!!!

  139. Iztok Turk says:

    CrazyCoach:
    Simply amazing!

    As is my new tradition, I have placed an empty Oilers jersey on my couch, every playoff game for my dad who passed Jan. 3.

    It has been eleven years of such lows, that are minimal to the lows I’ve felt since Jan. 3, but this teamhas given me such joy.I’ve got tears of joy tonight.I wish my dad was here to watch this with me, but he would have understood the joy I’m feeling now.

    I was more than happy to see them make the playoffs, but for them to actually win the series, it just incredible.

    Thanks Lowetidians!It has been fun.

    Now bring on the Ducks, and like I say, every time someone punches Kesler in the face, an angel gets it’s wings!

    kooler:
    Lucinius,

    My old man passed away Dec30, 1999…..big Oiler fan. Loved drinking hisLabatts, smoking his Rothmans and watching the Oilers.Here’s to our loved ones.

    Hear! Hear!

  140. hags9k says:

    What an incredible season!! Let’s enjoy this run a little longer shall we?

    Cheers everyone.

    EDIT: except Flames and Sharks fans. No cheers. They can eat shit. A whole big bag of shit.

  141. N64 says:

    Minister D-:
    I’m happy, but you know, I don’t want to say it, and I never thought I’d say it, but McDavid needs to be better.

    TMc spotlighted TV types with that narrative. With the series over he opened up on strategy. He welcomed San Jose throwing everything against 97 as long as he got RNH on San Jose’s power. 93 is not going anywhere anytime soon. Coach gets what the media misses every time.

  142. StixMalone says:

    Evilas,

    Man if Foo announcement comes out he is joining the Oilers this team is gonna have to fight off free agents wanting to come here. Chia is going about the right way picking up good college players!..

  143. StixMalone says:

    N64,

    Took out the autographed Nuge jersey and wore it tonight. Tmac saying team is growing up in front of our eyes. Nuge yes Nuge has facial hair! ….

  144. Rocknrolla says:

    spoiler:
    Commander with the fuck you hooked down empty netter

    I like that nickname….THE COMMANDER!

  145. Pouzar says:

    Anton Slepyshev is 3rd @EdmontonOilers rookie to score a series-clinching goal (Pouzar in 1983 DF and Beranek in 1992 DSF). #StanleyCup https://t.co/kXsU8E3AIN

  146. Spengler says:

    Pescador: ???

    3 coaches knocking out their former teams. The song seemed appropriate.

  147. treevojo says:

    doritogrande:
    My wife + daughters have to put up with my scruffy playoff beard for a little while longer.
    This is sweet!!

    Fiancee is livid. Wedding’s coming up on May 20th and I’ve been advised that in no uncertain terms can I have this patchy piece of crap in her wedding pictures. What do I do?

    Marriage is about compromise.

    Kassian burns?

  148. Spengler says:

    Pouzar:
    Anton Slepyshev is 3rd @EdmontonOilers rookie to score a series-clinching goal (Pouzar in 1983 DF and Beranek in 1992 DSF). #StanleyCup https://t.co/kXsU8E3AIN

    Sure, make it all about you.

  149. Ribs says:

    The Hermit: Grizzly beards are so over

    Patrick Eaves might have something to say about that, but screw that guy!

    Watched the game with my 11 month old boy and my dad tonight 🙂

  150. Pescador says:

    StixMalone:
    DeBoer saying the team ran out of gas this last month. Saying some guys playing injured, especially Jumbo…

    I really like him as a coach,
    Peter was the type of guy this franchise needed, not fuckface Eakins

  151. Iztok Turk says:

    As a long time subscriber (since the Jarri Kurri kilt /6 bullet post) thank you Lowetide for keeping the torch lit – where the light forces. A new dawn

  152. OF17 says:

    N64: TMc spotlighted TV types with that narrative. With the series over he opened up on strategy. He welcomed San Jose throwing everything against 97 as long as he got RNH on San Jose’s power. 93 is not going anywhere anytime soon. Coach gets what the media misses every time.

    Yeah, I have a feeling we’re going to have to pry Nuge from McLellan’s cold, dead hands. Which is perfectly fine by me. Not many Cs in this league that can be leaned on for PvP 5v5 minutes, #1PP, and #1PK duties at various times. Nuge is cut from the Kesler tree, although they accomplish their business in different ways.

  153. Wolfie says:

    Whoop!

  154. Pouzar says:

    Spengler: Sure, make it all about you.

    Wow….I didn’t notice

  155. Todd Macallan says:

    Man, saw dude in a #71 Visnovsky jersey in the post game rave at Rogers. Props to that man.

  156. Lucinius says:

    Todd Macallan:
    Man, saw dude in a #71 Visnovsky jersey in the post game rave at Rogers. Props to that man.

    Saw a guy a couple weeks ago with a Shayne Corson jersey on.

    Blew my goddamn mind.

  157. Surly says:

    Lucinius: Saw a guy a couple weeks ago with a Shayne Corson jersey on.

    Blew my goddamn mind.

    I saw a Grebeshkov jersey at game 5….not sure what the motivation was behind that purchase.

  158. Wolfie says:

    doritogrande,

    P O F….. 😉. If she’s put up with you this long she’s a keeper… Connor can’t even grow a proper one.

  159. Pescador says:

    OF17: Yeah, I have a feeling we’re going to have to pry Nuge from McLellan’s cold, dead hands. Which is perfectly fine by me. . Nuge is cut from the Kesler tree, although they accomplish their business in different ways.

    Mainly Nuge isn’t a piece of shit

  160. edoil1 says:

    Have not posted a lot either the last few years as I felt I was getting too negative previously and just let the great group on here continue,but I have to give full credit for ownership for finally thinking outside the box and bringing in a good manager and coach and the rest seems to just fall into place,great year no matter what happens now,cheers

  161. Spengler says:

    Pouzar: Wow….I didn’t notice

    Hahaha! I’m so bloody happy right now!

  162. Diablo says:

    Surly: I saw a Grebeshkov jersey at game 5….not sure what the motivation was behind that purchase.

    Exorcising the ghosts of the past?

  163. Gerta Rauss says:

    The penalties and the too many men and Draisaitl’s stick and holy fuckity fuck

    WOOT

    *I hope Klef is OK

  164. Professor Q says:

    Rocknrolla: I like that nickname….THE COMMANDER!

    Master McCommander…

  165. 813.52Ran says:

    Surly: I saw a Grebeshkov jersey at game 5….not sure what the motivation was behind that purchase.

    That probably WAS Grebeshkov.

  166. BONE207 says:

    11 years out of playoffs
    $1500 round trip tickets to Paris
    4 games & €400 to watch team Canada without Connor
    Oilers in 2nd round of Stanley
    PRICELESS

  167. Lowetide says:

    Iztok Turk:
    As a long time subscriber (since the Jarri Kurri kilt /6 bullet post) thank you Lowetide for keeping the torch lit – where the light forces. A new dawn

    Haha! That’s going back a looong time. 🙂

  168. Pescador says:

    Lowetide: Haha! That’s going back a looong time.

    RNH was very good again tonight

  169. CapeBretonOilers says:

    Wooooot from Okotoks bring on the schmucks errr ducks

  170. CapeBretonOilers says:

    any news at all on Klef ?

  171. iwin76 says:

    CapeBretonOilers,

    Sick, some media saying the flu. But according to TMac, an illness (not injury).

  172. Melvis says:

    I’ll save the Cubano for another time. Don’t want to jinx anything…but

    KOOKALAFUNGA!

    I don’t know what that means exactly, but positive within the circumstances.

    Here’s something to keep in mind. Drai potted 3 game winners against the Ducks over the season.

  173. Crushelnyski says:

    StixMalone,

    Also, Principe will be beside himself with Foo puns.
    ” I pity the Foo who took that hit “

  174. monsterbater says:

    Woooooooooooot!

    Let’s get these boys all on IVs and some bed rest stat. Too bad they couldn’t steal their flu shots like the Flames. I’d have gladly given up mine for the cause.

    2nd round baby, I don’t think my heart can take it but what a way to go!

    Woooooooooooooooooooot

  175. N64 says:

    Crushelnyski:
    StixMalone,

    Also, Principe will be beside himself with Foo puns.
    ” I pity the Foo who took that hit ”

    Ken Schott‏ @slapschotts

    A source with knowledge of the Spencer Foo situation denies reports that Foo will sign with an #NHL team this weekend. #UnionHockey

  176. Younger Oil says:

    I don’t know about all of you, but the first 19 minutes and 59.7 seconds of that third period was the least enjoyable hockey I have ever watched. Probably from the past decade and all of the two goal leads blown already this playoffs, I was just convinced the Sharks were going to tie and win it, and that we’d be without Klefbom for Game 7.

    -Every time they failed to get the puck past the blue line I was convinced it would end up a goal.
    -I was sure they were going to get a goal after the too many men penalty.
    -I was convinced the Pavelski double post actually went off the back bar inside of the net.
    -I was convinced that they were going to score after Draisaitl’s stick broke on the empty net.

    Because all of that happening has seemingly been a law in the past decade. And yet none of that happened tonight. I am still in shock, it is completely surreal.

    The only thing I am sure of now is my butthole is permanently clenched.

  177. Soup Fascist says:

    JonyPro:
    I always knew Joe Thornton has a curse on him. He had it in Boston he has it in San Jose.

    Wearing #6 as a forward in Boston angered the hockey Gods. It’s a defenseman’s number FFS. Caused Pierre Mondu to lose an eye.

    #6 for Forwards is blasphemous.

    Except for Ron Ellis. He must have had a Talisman or something.

  178. Younger Oil says:

    Also, I firmly believe that there are less than 10 defenders in the league who you could have replaced Larsson with today and still won the game.

  179. Gerta Rauss says:

    I just saw the replay of the Pavelski double post and it leaves me all warm and fuzzy

  180. CapeBretonOilers says:

    iwin76,

    Thanks Iwin76 had not heard that — that’s probably best case scenario ( assuming it is true)

  181. dustrock says:

    T-Mac says re Ducks series “we’re playing with house money now and sometimes that’s a good thing.” how pumped is McLellan right now?

    Larsson might have played the game of his career. 26 minutes.

    Talbot was in the Roli Zone.

    So many good feelings. Weirdest one: result was not in doubt for me. I shall remember the Game 5 OT For a long time, but the boys played one heck of a road game tonight.

    LT, thanks for giving us the space.

  182. trencan says:

    It looks like Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL, I know a lot of people hate him, but can you imagine McDavid passing him one timers? I saw him in a few games this season in KHL and he has still what to offer. The problem is his salary and contract. I think his rights still belong to Devils… I see him as interesting but not realistic option for Oilers.

  183. Pescador says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    I just saw the replay of the Pavelski double post and it leaves me all warm and fuzzy

    Of all the NHL’ers that can fuck off, he is near the top of the list

  184. Pescador says:

    trencan:
    It looks like Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL, I know a lot of people hate him, but can you imagine McDavid passing him one timers? I saw him in a few games this season in KHL and he has still what to offer. The problem is his salary and contract. I think his rights still belong to Devils… I see him as interesting but not realistic option for Oilers.

    At least he never got arrested for battery

  185. rope-a-dope says:

    Lot of talk in the SJ interviews about the injuries guys were playing with. I wonder if Jumbo actually blew out his knee.

  186. Gerta Rauss says:

    rope-a-dope:
    Lot of talk in the SJ interviews about the injuries guys were playingwith. I wonder if Jumbo actually blew out his knee.

    Deboer alluded to a serious injury-we’ll find out in the coming days

  187. Captain's Log says:

    Lloyd B.:
    There’s something happening here !

    What it is ain’t exactly clear

  188. Gerta Rauss says:

    Captain’s Log: What it is ain’t exactly clear

    There’s a man with a gun over there

  189. Spengler says:

    Gerta Rauss: There’s a man with a gun over there

    Telling me, I’ve got to be square

  190. Spengler says:

    Younger Oil:
    I don’t know about all of you, but the first 19 minutes and 59.7 seconds of that third period was the least enjoyable hockey I have ever watched. Probably from the past decade and all of the two goal leads blown already this playoffs, I was just convinced the Sharks were going to tie and win it, and that we’d be without Klefbom for Game 7.

    -Every time they failed to get the puck past the blue line I was convinced it would end up a goal.
    -I was sure they were going to get a goal after the too many men penalty.
    -I was convinced the Pavelski double post actually went off the back bar inside of the net.
    -I was convinced that they were going to score after Draisaitl’s stick broke on the empty net.

    Because all of that happening has seemingly been a law in the past decade. And yet none of that happened tonight. I am still in shock, it is completely surreal.

    The only thing I am sure of now is my butthole is permanently clenched.

    I was right there with you. I sprained my sphincter tonight.

  191. hunter1909 says:

    NOW can we discuss the Taylor Hall trade?

  192. bendelson says:

    Woot! Woot!
    Round two!

  193. TheGreatMutato says:

    Eight more comments… Dare to dream

  194. Lucinius says:

    hunter1909:
    NOW can we discuss the Taylor Hall trade?

    If nothing else you have to feel for the guy.

    He worked his ass off for the Oilers. Put in a lot of effort and did so while playing a very high risk style. Put up a goodly number of points while under one of the worst managed NHL teams in recent memory.

    We get Connor, Connor gets hurt and Talbot struggles a bit to settle in and the D is still a mess causing a lost season.

    Then he gets traded.

    His team misses the playoffs.

    His old team is now into the second round.

    And he’s on the Devils.

    Regardless of how you feel towards Hall.. the guy has been dealt a shitty hand at the NHL level.

  195. TheGreatMutato says:

    Dee Dee: Ahhhhhhh, the Calgary Cucks tears of unfathomable sadness are delicious!

    Nice win Oilers, glad to be watching you play in May again, forgot what that felt like.

    Don’t say ‘cucks’ please. That’s an unwelcome word on a board anywhere populated with people of even marginal intelligence.

    Thanks!

  196. Lucinius says:

    TheGreatMutato: Don’t say ‘cucks’ please. That’s an unwelcome word on a board anywhere populated with people of even marginal intelligence.

    Thanks!

    What the hell is with that word popping up all over the place these days anyways?

    Outside of here and a couple other forums (all of which tend to skew towards intelligent discourse and minimal trolling/dickery) I have next to no social media exposure (I refuse to use Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and only go to Twitter for brief moments if something important is linked or during big things like trade deadline day) and somehow a word like “cuck” is what captures the cultural zeitgeist of the moment?

  197. TheGreatMutato says:

    Lucinius: What the hell is with that word popping up all over the place these days anyways?

    Outside of here and a couple other forums (all of which tend to skew towards intelligent discourse and minimal trolling/dickery) I have next to no social media exposure (I refuse to use Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and only go to Twitter for brief moments if something important is linked or during big things like trade deadline day) and somehow a word like “cuck” is what captures the cultural zeitgeist of the moment?

    It’s a term popularized by the alt-right movement and all of their wonderful rationality and reasoned discourse. 😛 the same shit that gave us stuff like Breitbart and a President Trump.

    So not cool on Lowetide. Super not cool.

  198. TheGreatMutato says:

    Alright. Two more comments. I know it’s 2 am but don’t make me do this alone!

  199. TheGreatMutato says:

    1000!

    Go

    Oilers!!!!!!!

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