THE PRICE YOU PAY

In yesterday’s game thread, I said all aboard the pain train, this weekend is going to be memorable and it has come to pass even before the Sunday tilt. The Oilers played a fine game but bounces and the prevent defense conspired against them. Add in a truly filthy and talented team like the Anaheim Ducks and it was another acid to the eyes evening for the visitors.

How did it get to overtime? How many defensemen are left? Did Jordan Eberle fall in a hole for a time? My favorite moments (Leon goal, McDavid goal, Caggiula goal, Talbot saves, Chiarelli reaction) and my least favorite moments (final four minutes of regulation, OT goal) will be with me forever. Such is the nature of tense playoff hockey. I will remember last night’s game until I die.

If you aren’t falling for this team, you have no heart. You can quote me chapter and verse about the mistakes of youth, the lack of balance, the defense losing their composure, the overpaid millionaires, I’ll plead guilty to all of them. I believe these Edmonton Oilers will win the Stanley Cup soon, and wouldn’t count them out of this series.

I know you are disappointed, last night was a bitter bill. The comments in the GDT are a searing indictment of the current state of NHL officiating and you’re right, it isn’t fair. The Edmonton Oilers are getting screwed blue in this series. No doubt. All I can tell you is that this series, this spring, will go a long way to establishing this organization as worthy of respect. The Edmonton Oilers don’t have the NHL’s respect today, if you have been following along through two series that’s fairly obvious. It will come in due time. You may have to live with a series loss on the way to bona fide, though. The price you pay.

THE GAME BY NUMBERS

  • The first 20: 0-0, ANA>shots 13-7 and Corsi for 5×5 ANA>15-10 60%.
  • The 2nd 20: 3-0 EDM> shots 10-9 and Corsi for 5×5 ANA>20-13 60%.
  • The 3rd 20: 3-0 ANA. ANA> shots 22-12, Corsi for 5×5 ANA>22-12 65%.
  • Overtime: 0-0, ANA> shots 14-9, Corsi for 5×5 EDM> 24-13 65%
  • 2nd Overtime: 1-0 ANA, ANA> shots 6-0, Corsi for 5×5 ANA> 8-2 80%
  • Overall: 4-3 Anaheim. ANA> shots 64-38 and Corsifor 5×5 ANA>78-61 56.1%

You can run through the jungle of these numbers if you wish, the bottom line is that the Edmonton Oilers had a 3-0 win very late and couldn’t close. That’s a reflection of where they are, plain and simple. I will freely admit that the bounces were crazy, the disputed goal included yet another weird ruling, but if you want to win a Stanley, need to close the deal. The third regulation goal shouldn’t have counted, but Edmonton’s defense needed to be better when Anaheim was throwing the world at them. We learn.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • I am writing this at 1am, may add something in the morning but here are my thoughts. If you are looking for someone to rip any of these men, move along to another blog. They left it all out there, played to the best of their ability beyond the point of reason. You would like some of these players to be 25 instead of 22, but that isn’t really a fair criticism.
  • Andrej Sekera has to be okay if this club has any chance to advance.
  • Matt Benning was strong in a lot of areas to my eye. Physical, he skated well, moved the puck efficiently. What a find!
  • Oscar Klefbom didn’t miss by much on a late chance, they showed an angle that looked so promising during the broadcast. Solid and effective, with offensive flair. He is going to play a long time. He took a helluva shot.
  • Adam Larsson would by my choice for No. 1 star among defenders. The man is a rock. He drew back on the physical play in order to retain energy, but still delivered quality play on what must have been 1,000 shifts. He will probably end up with a nickname that includes the word machine.
  • Darnell Nurse had strong moments in a game he was stretched to the limits and beyond. Fanned on the puck on the eventual winner, that’s fatigue and I don’t think many are going to carve him for it. He hung in there (as did Benning) on a night when he could have caved.
  • Kris Russell had a splendid night playing defense. He missed Sekera’s puck moving ability but this might have been Russell’s best game as an Oiler (imo). Miles and miles of credit for getting up from that filthy hit. He stays down, Edmonton has a helluva time keeping him in the game (as it was the club lost him to the quiet room for an extended period).
  • Cam Talbot stopped 60 of 64 (seriously), .938. Wonderful!
  • Numbers via HockeyStats.ca, NHL.com and NaturalStatTrick.

MCDAVID LINE

  • McDavid was on fire last night, he is finding clean air and creating havoc consistently. I don’t know if he will go off tomorrow in Edmonton, but don’t miss the damned game. Despite the success, he went 14-23 against Kesler. Tough sledding.
  • Patrick Maroon is one of the great stories of this season, but Peter Chairelli is going to need a sniper on 97’s line by this time next year.
  • Drake Caggiula is coming on now, he has finally found the back of the net in the playoffs and is humming along well. Is he the shooter on 97’s line? He is averaging 6.27 shots per 60 this playoff spring.
  • I thought McLellan’s line juggling was an interesting and (mostly) effective tweak. He has returned to McDavid-Draisaitl soonafter this kind of switch all season, suspect it will happen again in Game 6.
  • Connor McDavid: “We’ll be back here Wednesday.”

NUGE LINE

  • Nugent-Hopkins had a good night to my eye, you would perhaps like more offense from him and the line. Went 6-4 against Vermette, that’s a matchup that should see more offense.
  • Benoit Pouliot played a lot last night, and without the puck he was effective. He had a brilliant chance in Game 4 and again last night (hit the post on a two-on-one) so perhaps his bat is coming to life.
  • Jordan Eberle sat for a long time at the opening of the third period, but gained a role in the regular rotation and did some good things. More active than in previous games to my eye, the Oilers need him to shine.

DRAISAITL LINE

  • Milan Lucic: “I have no idea, anymore, what goalie interference is. If someone knows, call me and tell me.”
  • Leon Draisaitl went 9-22 against Getzlaf, so I’m not sure we can call the matchup a victory after last night. He scored the opening goal, love it when the big man shoots the puck. Now 11gp, 3-8-11 for the playoffs, he is going to get paid.
  • Lucic took a penalty (that turned into a penalty shot) early in the game and has been slow to battles all over the ice. I thought he had a nice look late in the game but he has to cut out that slow dance along the blue line move because it isn’t working.
  • Slepyshev didn’t have a lot going on, and I think that’s why we’ll eventually see Eberle back on this line. I am encouraged by his progress this spring, but as is the case with all young Oilers forwards (Slepy, Caggiula, JP), offense is the question.

LETESTU LINE

  • Mark Letestu was active all night, got some interesting looks and a team high (tied with McDavid) six shots. He had to get that puck out late, Oilers players have been slow in moving pucks from danger all series. Costly and needs to be cleaned up.
  • David Desharnais was quiet on the evening.
  • Zack Kassian had a dandy shorthanded chance but ran out of track. A good game in support role.

I’m looking forward to the Sunday game, Edmonton needs Sekera if they are going to force Game 7. He is a big part of this team and was badly missed during the marathon last night. More later.

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168 Responses to "THE PRICE YOU PAY"

  1. commonfan14 says:

    One of the worst things about last night is that it’s going to be Step 1 in the Ovechkinization of McDavid in the minds of other hockey fans and the media.

    “Couldn’t get his team past the second round.”

    “Couldn’t step up when it really mattered.”

    It’s going to stink.

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

    “I know you are disappointed, last night was a bitter bill. The comments in the GDT are a searing indictment of the current state of NHL officiating and you’re right, it isn’t fair. The Edmonton Oilers are getting screwed blue in this series. No doubt. All I can tell you is that this series, this spring, will go a long way to establishing this organization as worthy of respect. The Edmonton Oilers don’t have the NHL’s respect today, if you have been following along through two series that’s fairly obvious. It will come in due time. You may have to live with a series loss on the way to bona fide, though. The price you pay.

    You can run through the jungle of these numbers if you wish, the bottom line is that the Edmonton Oilers had a 3-0 win very late and couldn’t close. That’s a reflection of where they are, plain and simple. I will freely admit that the bounces were crazy, the disputed goal included yet another weird ruling, but if you want to win a Stanley, need to close the deal. The third regulation goal shouldn’t have counted, but Edmonton’s defense needed to be better when Anaheim was throwing the world at them. We learn.”

    Great writing here LT truly excellent!

  3. Rondo says:

    That was one of the most egregious calls on the ice I have ever seen seen.

    It gets tiring listening to players and coaches taking the high road, scared they may get fined or targeted by the refs.

    2 games in a row NHL is up 2 games to 0 against the Oilers.

  4. sliderule says:

    If the oilers go prison rules and crowd the crease just watch how quick they get penalized.

    Let’s face it NHL wants American teams in finals to fuel NBC revenue and potential.

    I am sure it’s not direct orders but done by subtle reviews of the officials followed by good assignments and doghouse assignments based on how calls are made.

    I know it’s conspiracy theory but I can’t see any other reason for the officiating

  5. smellyglove says:

    I’m not even mad.

    I’ve been through a lot in my life, including being an Oilers fan forever – which leads one to cope with adversity well.

    I’m plainly disappointed, disillusioned, and checked out. Good calls are made, bad calls are made. People and officials are human. That’s why we have things like off-ice and situation room review, rules, and precedent. For every blip in judgement, the vast majority of calls should be in the right given the caliber of officials and review process.

    The NHL as an institution has failed me. Three non-goals in two consecutive playoff games, with the third being the worst of the bunch, causing the Oilers two losses in a row. I give up. This is not justice.

    Why do we even bother when the subjective interpretation of rules trumps concrete evidence to the contrary, in multiple official vantage points and video review. It might be melodramatic to say, but now I know what it feels like to vote in a crooked election in a failed state.

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist. This is systematic failure, and given the body of evidence of officiating in the National Hockey League, it could end my fandom.

    edit: And let’s not forget about the phantom penalty shot. That’s way worse than a bad call or non-call on other circumstances.

  6. leadfarmer says:

    commonfan14:
    One of the worst things about last night is that it’s going to be Step 1 in the Ovechkinization of McDavid in the minds of other hockey fans and the media.

    “Couldn’t get his team past the second round.”

    “Couldn’t step up when it really mattered.”

    It’s going to stink.

    The difference is Ovechkins Caps were supposed to win some of those series. Mcdavids Oilers weren’t supposed to beat the ducks. Damn. When’s the last time a team scored 3 with their goalie pulled

  7. northof51 says:

    I am done watching the NHL this year. Full stop. I’ll keep popping by and use this fine crowd to help me figure out if the idiots that run this league create a fair environment for all players and all teams. Respect should have nothing to do with it. Call the damn rules or change the damn rules!

  8. khildahl says:

    Four Anaheim goals in game 3, three in game 4, and one last night are all arguably attributable to the incompetent clown show that is NHL officiating.

    I don’t even know what to do at this point. I’d love to watch this team fight through the adversity and win the series despite the league and the dirty cheating gang of assholes they’re playing against, but every little bit of enjoyment I get watching a game anymore is promptly stomped into the dirt. This isn’t supposed to be professional wrestling.

    Congratulations, NHL: You’ve done what the decade of darkness couldn’t and made me hate watching hockey. Quite an accomplishment. Fuck you.

  9. GBandQ says:

    You know, i went to bed fuming, but woke up to sunshine and snuggly dog bodies and birds chirp-chirping in the trees out front. Last night smarted (eat a dick, refs/NHL), but this team ain’t done yet.

    This team has proven all year to be pretty quick studies when it comes to learning from their mistakes. And talk about your baptism of fire! “Lack of playoff experience, I’d like you to meet adversity. You guys will be rooming together for a few days”.

    Can’t wait til Sunday. Let’s see what these guys do with their backs against the wall.
    LOVE what McCaptain said in the post game scrum.

    LET’S GO OILERS! 👏🏻👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  10. NativeNotFrench says:

    As someone who missed all the good days (became a fan in 2007) this has been simultaneously the best times of my fandom and the worst. Larsson played the game of his life in my opinion. What a performance. I agree with you LT, I will never forget that game as long as I live. Anaheim has won the last four(five?) game fives they have played, lost game six and then lost game 7… The Price You Pay indeed

  11. frjohnk says:

    I believe Anaheim wins the series now, but, BUT, if Edmonton were to somehow steal the series back from the Ducks and Refs and win it, that would be the ultimate team builder. If they can win the next two against the Ducks and the Refs, they can beat anybody.

  12. rope-a-dope says:

    I’ve just gone on Facebook and there’s an absolute barrage of articles about a blown call or a contentious call and a large number of Twitter posts calling out the league for this error. This absolutely detracts from the hockey itself, no one will be talking about Russell’s huge game, Benning playing through a separated shoulder or Talbot’s performance. They’ll talk about the joke of a call, the goalie interference that stood, the thing that ruins the league’s credibility. Hopefully the league will notice and get this garbage fixed.

  13. Washingtron says:

    “Few things hurt more than the searing burn of injustice.”
    -some guy probably

  14. frjohnk says:

    Also, I blame Woodguy.

    He made some offerings to the Hockey Gords

    but forgot about the Ref Gords.

  15. VOR says:

    Maybe I am missing something but to me it looked like the reffing was terrible, not biased just terrible. Take for example, Patrick Maroon’s vicious slash to the throat of an Anaheim player, I think it was Perry, that lead to an Oiler’s goal. Take for example, Kesler holding Talbot down which isn’t called which leads to an Anaheim Goal. I can completely support any one who says the officials were bush league but not that they were biased.

    It sure looked to me like the Oilers thought they had the game won, went in a shell, and got swarmed. This created the conditions where one bad call by officials who were having a bad night could effect the outcome of the game. Hopefully it will be another lesson learned. It isn’t enough to be gutsy and determined and disciplined for 57 minutes of a 60 minute game.

  16. Scungilli Slushy says:

    If we switched the outcomes of that last two games, we’d be saying the Oilers can’t play that way – get behind, make a come back and rely on blatantly bad calls and OT to win games.

    That was a heroic effort by the team. If these players are in Playoff boot camp, it’s the Green Beret version. I hope they Rambo those clowns the next two games. Two clear wins.

  17. Zeabs93 says:

    Yep, count me in as one of the growing number of people who lost all respect for the NHL. I’ll never stop being a fan of Lowetide and will continue to be a loyal reader but this officiating has been too much. After a lifetime of watching and spending money on the NHL, I’ve reached a breaking point. I know the NHL probably doesn’t give a shit but I won’t spend another dime on this league for the foreseeable future.

    Life is too short to get this worked up over a rigged sport. I’ll stream the game illegally on Sunday but will likely spend most of the time curled up, reading a good book.

    I swear, if it weren’t for players like Crosby, Ovi, Kane, (and now Mcdavid) I wouldn’t even be following this stupid sport at all anymore.

  18. dustrock says:

    10 years of incompetence, lockout, a silly new arena debate and possible move to Seattle. Now we finally have a good team and the NHL apparently can’t handle it.

    I’ve been talking for a while about vastly losing interest in the NHL, and if it wasn’t for McDavid and my hockey pool, I’m not sure I’d watch any at all.

    The last 2 games have been a breaking point for me. Bad enough to allow hooks and grabs so that the best player since Gretzky doesn’t get to shine. Now they can’t even call very obvious no-brainer calls.

    I’ll swing by here because I love LT’s writing, and I’ve learned a lot on this site.

    But I can’t handle the bullshit of the NHL anymore, and it’s not making me a very nice person.

    Go Oilers go! I hope to Gord they win because they deserve it.

    All the best.

  19. rope-a-dope says:

    frjohnk:
    I believe Anaheim wins the series now, but, BUT, if Edmonton were to somehow steal the series back from the Ducks and Refs and win it, that would be the ultimate team builder.If they can win the next two against the Ducks and the Refs, they can beat anybody.

    Truth, a series win at this point would probably be every bit as enjoyable as winning the a cup.

  20. Scungilli Slushy says:

    VOR:
    Maybe I am missing something but to me it looked like the reffing was terrible, not biased just terrible. Take for example, Patrick Maroon’s vicious slash to the throat of an Anaheim player, I think it was Perry, that lead to an Oiler’s goal. Take for example, Kesler holding Talbot down which isn’t called which leads to an Anaheim Goal. I can completely support any one who says the officials were bush league but not that they were biased.

    It sure looked to me like the Oilers thought they had the game won, went in a shell, and got swarmed. This created the conditions where one bad call by officials who were having a bad night could effect the outcome of the game. Hopefully it will be another lesson learned. It isn’t enough to be gutsy and determined and disciplined for 57 minutes of a 60 minute game.

    Good points, I think the problem was with mission control on the GI calls as opposed to the refs. Influencing games, against common sense and fairness.

  21. Scungilli Slushy says:

    rope-a-dope: Truth, a series win at this point would probably be every bit as enjoyable as winning the a cup.

    To put the Ducks down at this point would be really, really nice. I long to see the look on Getzlaf and Perry’s faces.

  22. saddleblazer says:

    I wouldn’t trust the NHL to operate a bake sale at this point.

    “After review, this half eaten cupcake will remain on sale. We have a good cupcake”

  23. unca miltie says:

    Had to listen to the overtime on the radio. My first thought when the ducks scored was here we grow again. Reminded me of the miracle on Manchester many years ago.

  24. frjohnk says:

    As it turns out, the Oilers have not been playing against the Ducks, they have been playing against the Recks.

    Refs + Ducks = Recks.

  25. Dustylegnd says:

    Love the fact that McDavid very subtly and matter of factly guaranteed a win Sunday,”we will be back here Wednesday”…he is McJesus with that beauty

    Looch can lose his shit on the refs….I admire his emotion, but clearly it is time to punish some people and maybe even score 5×5…apptly he had 0 hits accord to the Cult, and got wrecked by Lidholm, not a good look.

    The Ducks are a physically massive and filthy team, the Oil have to muscle up in the middle and on D over the summer, there is no way Nuge, Letestu and Smurfarnaish cut mustard up the middle

    I love me some Radko Gudas…did u guys see him drop Geroux cartoon style at the World’s? man I would love to see that guy go head to head with Getzlaf and Perry…..pretty sure don’t have the assets to secure him

  26. quade says:

    VOR:
    Maybe I am missing something but to me it looked like the reffing was terrible, not biased just terrible. Take for example, Patrick Maroon’s vicious slash to the throat of an Anaheim player, I think it was Perry, that lead to an Oiler’s goal. Take for example, Kesler holding Talbot down which isn’t called which leads to an Anaheim Goal. I can completely support any one who says the officials were bush league but not that they were biased.

    It sure looked to me like the Oilers thought they had the game won, went in a shell, and got swarmed. This created the conditions where one bad call by officials who were having a bad night could effect the outcome of the game. Hopefully it will be another lesson learned. It isn’t enough to be gutsy and determined and disciplined for 57 minutes of a 60 minute game.

    The panel on Sportsnet figured that Perry dove on that play, and went so far as to say that he may have deserved an embellishment penalty. So, there is that angle when looking at these things. Nothing is ever cut and dried with these Ducks. They know every way to turn a game in their favour or win the benefit of the doubt with the refs.

  27. --hudson-- says:

    The repeat of the Miracle on Manchester can only mean the Oilers will lose in the finals next season and win it all the season following. May this lesson in still a merciless offensive force within them.

    This lesson will also be a great motivator for the management team.

    https://gfycat.com/PiercingPointedKingbird
    Who’s on the left side of Chia?

  28. Oil2Oilers says:

    What the Oilers can do about last night;

    Have Gretzky come out and criticize the call. He can be very direct because what are they going to do fin him? They could take it out of the money they owe him I guess. Might buy a break down the road.

    What the NHL should do;

    Apologize

    Move Colin Campbell to future endeavours

    Fix reviews so they are done by an objective observer. (Not the Ref or Any room Campbell is in)

    Call obstruction

    Stop shot blockers intentionally leaving their feet (Meeker Rule)

    Have all games in regular season be worth 3 points (McCurrdy Rule)

  29. The Hermit says:

    The Oilers are still alive.

    They have progressed farther that most people have expected this season.

    The league has bent the team over, no lube.

    Gotta keep on playing with determination.

    Emotional highs and lows.

    They can still win this series.

    Let’s go Oilers!

  30. --hudson-- says:

    unca miltie:
    Had to listen to the overtime on the radio. My first thought when the ducks scored was here we grow again. Reminded me of the miracle on Manchester many years ago.

    Another game where all the goals were in one net. (Last night not the miracle)

  31. Frank the dog says:

    Bush league refereeing. It’s like being on the wrong side of the racial line in 1960’s Mississippi.
    It’s not like they are incapable of calling an honest game. Even the refs need to follow the direction they are given or risk personal ruin.
    One day someone in the know will write a book on the subject and then everyone will run around with their hair on fire.
    But not before the cartel that controls this league is broken up. Don’t hold your breath.

  32. Scungilli Slushy says:

    –hudson–:
    The repeat of the Miracle on Manchester can only mean the Oilers will lose in the finals next season and win it all the season following.May this lesson in still a merciless offensive force within them.

    This lesson will also be a great motivator for the management team.

    https://gfycat.com/PiercingPointedKingbird
    Who’s on the left side of Chia?

    Al Bundy

  33. texmex says:

    Why is no one questioning why Tmac never called a timeout after ANA 2nd goal? We played most of the first period with 3D, were down to 5D by the end of the third (4.5 D really). Give the guys a rest, refocus. All goals are reviewed by the NHL in the final minute of the game anyway. Mind boggling to me. I don’t recall using the timeout during the game??

  34. Dustylegnd says:

    –hudson–,

    Keith Gretzky, believe it or not….time has not been kind to his salad

  35. Diablo says:

    Two important lessons that were learnt last night by this young squad …
    1) You have to play hard and pay attention to detail for the entire 60 minutes during the playoffs.
    2) If you’re not cheating, then you’re not trying hard enough to win.

    Nurse – fatigue was perhaps a factor, but sometimes I wonder if he has all the tools but is missing the toolbox. Far too often, his pairing has been pinned down in our own zone.

    Russell – guy was a warrior last night, but like others have mentioned, he gives up the line too easily. We need to improve this spot, and if that requires trading another Austin, then so be it.

    I think Chia has already made up his mind with regards to Eberle – I’d be very surprised if he’s back with this team next season. Same goes for Pouliot.

    Faceoffs matter … when you’re getting caved in as much as the Oilers are. For next season, Chia needs to find someone who can win draws. Furthermore, I really doubt they expose Letestu – it’ll be Kassian that gets exposed, not because they don’t value him, but rather because there is no way a team based in Las Vegas will select him.

    Connor – just hasn’t been the same dynamic player that we saw during the season. Too often last night coming out of his zone he passed it up to his wingers, instead of carrying the puck up himself. He hasn’t spent much time with the puck in this series – he will have to learn to be more selfish.

  36. jake70 says:

    On ice for Ducks 3rd period goals:

    1st — 27, 55, 77, 29, 6
    2nd — 97, 19, 6, 77, 36
    3rd — 97, 19, 55, 6, 25

    I want someone smarter than I am to defend having both 97 and 19 out there with under 5 minutes left. So you need 97, no brainer….so that leaves 19…why is he out there?

  37. Scungilli Slushy says:

    I just looked at the Maroon Perry thing and agree with the panel, that was a dive. Maroon got his gloves high on Perry but it was glove contact and he pushed him, not that bad for this series. Perry had no problem yelling at the refs, couldn’t have caused him that much hurt. Definitely wasn’t a slash.

    The late hits and boarding that caused injuries are far more serious. The Oilers should be hitting the Ducks D like that, they are doing it to us. This is what Lucic was signed for, but he doesn’t seem to have the wheels to do it.

  38. Younger Oil says:

    My girlfriend, after many years of being indifferent about hockey, had finally started getting into watching hockey and cheering for the Oilers this playoffs, which made me so incredibly happy. Having her start to share my passion and get into games, even without fully understanding the sport honestly warmed my heart, and was amazing to see.

    These past two games have completely turned her against the sport and the NHL.

    I may be able to forgive the NHL for the past two games, but I will never be able to forgive them for actively driving away new fans and delegitimizing their league with awful, inconsistent officiating.

  39. Admiral Ackbar says:

    smellyglove:
    I’m not even mad.

    I’ve been through a lot in my life, including being an Oilers fan forever – which leads one to cope with adversity well.

    I’m plainly disappointed, disillusioned, and checked out. Good calls are made, bad calls are made. People and officials are human. That’s why we have things like off-ice and situation room review, rules, and precedent. For every blip in judgement, the vast majority of calls should be in the right given the caliber of officials and review process.

    The NHL as an institution has failed me. Three non-goals in two consecutive playoff games, with the third being the worst of the bunch, causing the Oilers two losses in a row. I give up. This is not justice.

    Why do we even bother when the subjective interpretation of rules trumps concrete evidence to the contrary, in multiple official vantage points and video review. It might be melodramatic to say, but now I know what it feels like to vote in a crooked election in a failed state.

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist. This is systematic failure, and given the body of evidence of officiating in the National Hockey League, it could end my fandom.

    edit: And let’s not forget about the phantom penalty shot. That’s way worse than a bad call or non-call on other circumstances.

    Could not have said it better myself.

    I won’t be watching Sunday. I will, however be reading this page. Thank you LT.

  40. DocFan says:

    I cannot even begin to start talking about last night – a true hearbreaker.

    I can say this – I am proud to be an Oilers fan and am overall proud of what this team has accomplished in one season.

    It has been a long time since I’ve been able to say that. How about we spend today focusing on the positive and enjoying this time.

  41. Pescador says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Al Bundy

    4 touchdowns in a single game.
    Running back, Polk High

  42. MegaOil8197 says:

    Longtime reader, first time poster. Thank you to Lowetide for this great blog and inspirational words this morning when they are most needed. This team will either fall or they will persevere and it will be all the more sweeter when they do. The ducks are flying high right now and our backs are against the wall. Let’s see what happens. I had given up earlier this morning but now I am ready to fight again.

  43. Rake 2.0 says:

    Dustylegnd,

    Lucic did not have zero hits. He absolutely crushed a duck defender on 2 occasions.

  44. Younger Oil says:

    VOR:
    Maybe I am missing something but to me it looked like the reffing was terrible, not biased just terrible. Take for example, Patrick Maroon’s vicious slash to the throat of an Anaheim player, I think it was Perry, that lead to an Oiler’s goal.

    Perry might have gotten the call had he not done a triple pirouette and held his mouth after getting hit in the shoulder/throat.

  45. VOR says:

    scungilly slushy,

    I went and looked again and I think you and Quade are right and I was wrong. Perry embellishes and it certainly seems Maroon makes contact with his gloves. However, I still find myself having trouble accepting the narrative of ref and league bias. It is probably that I have watched too many NHL games where the refs have been utterly incompetent for me to believe this is deliberate or malicious. But I am open to well reasoned arguments. What I am certain about is that the Oilers three minute collapse made it possible for one call to matter and so I would probably frame the narrative as “incredibly courageous game by Oilers falls short after complete collapse in last three minutes, disputed goal sends game to overtime.”

  46. Woogie63 says:

    Here is Colin Campbell two days ago…Kesler is kinda cute

    The actual ruling that we discussed with the referees was: Did Corey Perry, did the offensive player for Anaheim, not allow the goaltender, Talbot for Edmonton, to do his job in the net? And we felt that he was able to do his job and that Corey Perry did not affect the puck going in the net on that play,” Campbell said.
    Ultimately, it came down to incidental contact, and zeroing in on exactly where the contact occurred, which in this case was not in Talbot’s crease.
    “In the white is incidental. We’ve got to protect the goalie doing his job in his blue crease, but if he enters into the white, any part—his glove, blocker, his pad, whatever,” Campbell continued. “Again, Corey Perry is pretty cute at doing those things, but in this case we gave him the benefit of the doubt.”

  47. Clarkenstein says:

    Diablo:
    Two important lessons that were learnt last night by this young squad …
    1) You have to play hard and pay attention to detail for the entire 60 minutes during the playoffs.
    2) If you’re not cheating, then you’re not trying hard enough to win.

    Nurse – fatigue was perhaps a factor, but sometimes I wonder if he has all the tools but is missing the toolbox. Far too often, his pairing has been pinned down in our own zone.

    Russell – guy was a warrior last night, but like others have mentioned, he gives up the line too easily. We need to improve this spot, and if that requires trading another Austin, then so be it.

    I think Chia has already made up his mind with regards to Eberle – I’d be very surprised if he’s back with this team next season. Same goes for Pouliot.

    Faceoffs matter … when you’re getting caved in as much as the Oilers are. For next season, Chia needs to find someone who can win draws. Furthermore, I really doubt they expose Letestu – it’ll be Kassian that gets exposed, not because they don’t value him, but rather because there is no way a team based in Las Vegas will select him.

    Connor – just hasn’t been the same dynamic player that we saw during the season. Too often last night coming out of his zone he passed it up to his wingers, instead of carrying the puck up himself. He hasn’t spent much time with the puck in this series – he will have to learn to be more selfish.

    You’re absolutely right on Kassian. Never thought of that logic.

  48. Clarkenstein says:

    Sometimes you learn more from losing than you do from winning.

  49. leadfarmer says:

    We can blame the refs all we want. They weren’t going to take away one of the great comebacks in history. The Oil stopped skating and gave up goals on back to back shifts. I don’t get why TMac didn’t call a timeout to slow things down. Standing in lanes instead of pressuring like they did the previous 17 min killed them

  50. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    frjohnk:
    Also, I blame Woodguy.

    He made some offerings to the Hockey Gords

    but forgot about the Ref Gords.

    I blame my phone.

  51. Halfwise says:

    In game 6, the referees will emerge from a tiny car at centre ice and skate around wearing large floppy skates, baggy pants and funny hats. Circus music will play. Water will squirt from plastic lapel flowers.

    I live outside Alberta, and bought the NHL Center Ice package last year and the year before. Called Telus this morning and cancelled it, making sure that the automatic renewal that Center Ice snuck into my service last season doesn’t happen again.

    I’m happy to pay for entertainment; I’m not willing to be robbed.

  52. Alpine says:

    The saving grace for me is that it at least wasn’t Game 7. I thought the Oilers would win in 7 to begin with but when you win the first two games on the road you want to win in 5 or 6 games.

    Anyways I think we’ll back at the Pond in a few days. This team has not been out of any of the last two games in the slightest. We can get ourselves in the drivers seat. We just need to find a way to stay there.

    On the bright side, the Flames had this exact same thing happen to them but were swept too lol.

  53. Woogie63 says:

    Two things

    1. If it is Duck v. Preds how happy are Ron, Nick, Kelly and Elloite broadcasting until 2 am EST and nobody is watching?

    2. Somebody just paid $.5B to join this league

  54. boxman says:

    When this series is over I won’t give the NHL one damn minute of my time for the rest of the playoffs. A league that constantly changes it’s rule interpretations is bush league and unworthy. Four goals in two games is disgraceful. The league not saying a damn thing shameful. Pathetic but the sun came out this morning and fuck you NHL !!!!!!!!!!!

  55. NDOilersfan says:

    LT,

    I don’t post here often, but I read every day and I just wanted to say thank you for always being a voice of reason. After watching how the game ended last night I started getting flashbacks to some of the darker days when no Oilers lead was safe. And between that and lack of sleep (9:30pm playoff games combined with a newborn will do that I guess :P), I was ready to give up on the team this year. But after reading your calming words I realize now just how overly emotional I had become. Now I feel I can calm down finally and really see the big picture. We’re in round 2 of the playoffs!!!

    Thanks for keeping us grounded in reality LT! And go Oilers!

  56. Younger Oil says:

    Funny thing is, even if the Ducks’ third goal was completely legitimate, we’d still have a myriad of things to complain about this morning.

    The penalty shot was bullshit.
    Benning getting called for his slash, when he was slashed the exact same way two seconds later was bullshit.
    Ritchie not getting 5 and a game was bullshit.
    Drai’s holding penalty was bullshit.

    Kesler’s leg hump was the bullshit straw that broke the bullshit camel’s back, and at least it is now known throughout the league how clearly bullshit this league is.

    Who I feel the worst for is the people who pour their time and energy into FancyStats, and come up with some truly amazing and groundbreaking stuff, but it all ultimately doesn’t matter when the referees are deciding which team is going to win every night when the games matter.

  57. Scungilli Slushy says:

    VOR:
    scungilly slushy,

    I went and looked again and I think you and Quade are right and I was wrong. Perry embellishes and it certainly seems Maroon makes contact with his gloves. However, I still find myself having trouble accepting the narrative of ref and league bias. It is probably that I have watched too many NHL games where the refs have been utterly incompetent for me to believe this is deliberate or malicious. But I am open to well reasoned arguments. What I am certain about is that the Oilers three minute collapse made it possible for one call to matter and so I would probably frame the narrative as “incredibly courageous game by Oilers falls short after complete collapse in last three minutes, disputed goal sends game to overtime.”

    You are right, reffing has been a gong show since I was a kid. Biased at times, missing clear cut calls, determining the outcome of games. Messier got away with a lot of very dangerous play for our guys. Mission control on the other hand is not in the heat of the play and has review to get it right, and is making such questionable decisions that they have almost no support in a normally safe haven for them. That is different than the refs and I think what fuels a lot of the outrage we’re reading.

    Nobody remembers why a team won, or why a team lost, they are just the winners. 3 empty net goals is pretty bad, a couple of won battles and we’re on cloud 9. But no blame, they must have been pretty tired at that point (the D) and fought hard in OT.

    The good guys were in the drivers seat the last two games, it took a lot of unusual circumstances and luck for them to lose, that is the positive. Show up to play, stick with the plan and close one out. The agony and the ecstasy.

  58. Pastor of Disaster says:

    CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENT TIME:

    I thought the officiating was really good last night. Except that one major non-call at the end of regulation. What’s that thing LT always says about single moments and significance?

  59. Rondo says:

    Lucic looks slow on the ice and continually makes bad decisions.

  60. Jon K says:

    I am furious about the reffing and goaltender interference, as many are. Justifiably so.

    But honestly, I’m even more mad about how the Oilers played in the last 5 minutes of the game. We frequently see the team collapse into a prevent defense and sometimes it leads to absurd results. Like three goals allowed in 3 minutes.

    Even prior to the five minute mark it was clear the team was told to not dare maintain possession in the offensive zone, the place where the Ducks are in fact least likely to score. The team was clearly told to get possession, dump it out, change, and set up to defend in the neutral zone. Shift after shift.

    McLellan’s conservative, predictable coaching is responsible for this loss.

  61. D says:

    You know, I remember the 1980s games like it was yesterday. Going into the third period of G7, SCF 87, the Oilers had a 2-1 lead. At no time in that third period did they go into any type of “prevent defense” or try to “hold the lead”. Mike Keenan commented afterwards that the Oilers showed him everything they got.

    If losing to Anaheim will get the new Oilers to play all out for sixty minutes in the playoffs going forward, it would be the best lesson learned. The refs may have blown the call on the last goal, but the Oilers should have never allowed the game to get to that point in the first place.

  62. Jon K says:

    Rondo:
    Luciclooks slow on the ice and continually makes bad decisions.

    He looks slow because he is slow. On top of that, what modicum of coordination he had is no longer apparent. He could not receive a pass or knock down a puck to save his life. The pain with his contract is going to come much earlier than we all hoped.

  63. Lowetide says:

    D:
    You know, I remember the 1980s games like it was yesterday.Going into the third period of G7, SCF 87, the Oilers had a 2-1 lead.At no time in that third period did they go into any type of “prevent defense” or try to “hold the lead”.Mike Keenan commented afterwards that the Oilers showed him everything they got.

    If losing to Anaheim will get the new Oilers to play all out for sixty minutes in the playoffs going forward, it would be the best lesson learned.The refs may have blown the call on the last goal, but the Oilers should have never allowed the game to get to that point in the first place.

    Exactly. We learn.

  64. OF17 says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    If we switched the outcomes of that last two games, we’d be saying the Oilers can’t play that way – get behind, make a come back and rely on blatantly bad calls and OT to win games.

    That was a heroic effort by the team. If these players are in Playoff boot camp, it’s the Green Beret version. I hope they Rambo those clowns the next two games. Two clear wins.

    Very good point. It will be interesting to see what the Oilers can do tomorrow. McDavid’s “We’ll be back Wednesday,” Lucic’s fire for the refs and war room, Talbot’s disbelief and frustration, the team facing elimination for the first time. The stage is set for the best effort of the playoffs for these Oilers, and I think they’ll give it to us.

  65. Nuclear leak says:

    League has done a great job making sure one of their biggest fan bases have collectively checked out, two games in a row where Talbot is clearly interfered with resulting in back breaking goals that have more then enough factual information that these calls are indeed not goals by their own playbook.

    The coaching staff need to ask themselves why no time out was implemented, management needs to at this point for their fanbase call the league out publicly.

  66. Rondo says:

    Everyone harps on about Eberle, I think he will be a better player with this playoff experience. I worry about Lucic, I would try to trade him soon unless he is injured at the moment, because he looks old.

  67. barry.moore23 says:

    I love this team. Not despite their perceived ‘shortcomings’, but because of them. They are like me – a work in progress. How awesome is it that we get to experience this together ?? Go get ’em, boys !!!!!!

  68. digger50 says:

    This morning is a morning to take a deep breath.

    Previously I had stated I just wanted to see 100% effort from the boys and could go into the summer happy. Well they delivered that no question. Hell of a game, I am a proud fan this morning. They are a good team and proved it.

    I don’t believe they lost the game last night, I believe it was taken from them.

    A couple notes.

    Tired of seeing our guys run through the boards. Ducks know they must hit the Oilers D hard and it is working. There was a time to put a stop to that, I believe it was game three. Losing the physical battle is now taking its toll and limits how far a team can run.

    Peter deserves huge credit building the team. The battle he did lose however was improving the team at the deadline. Got to believe in your team Peter.

    NHL conspiracy theories seem rediculous. Yet there is the evidence right in front of us. Bizarre.

    That Connor / Draisaitl clip at the end of the game, wow. Those boys are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

  69. Younger Oil says:

    A quick question for those who don’t think the league is rigged:

    Do you think that the two goalie interference non-calls would have been called back if they were giving a team a two goal lead, instead of getting the game closer to a tie?

    I don’t think the league is rigged against the Oilers. But I do think the league is rigged as a whole.

  70. haters says:

    Get Osterle in here. Need his speed and transport abiltys. Get Kharia in for Ebs or possibly Lucic, need a faceoff go to ape.
    I was at the game in 1997 that we came back from 3-0 in the last five minutes… dejavu backwards.

    Except in 97 all of our goals were good clean goals …
    this stinks
    And stings

  71. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    saddleblazer:
    I wouldn’t trust the NHL to operate a bake sale at this point.

    “After review, this half eaten cupcake will remain on sale. We have a good cupcake”

    Awesome.

  72. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Given how fond all the local hockey writers are of +/-, I’m surprised none of them have mentioned that the Oilers lost the last two games by a goal each while Larsson was a team worst -6 over those two games (-4, -2)

    If it were Eberle or Pouliot etc it would be everywhere.

  73. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    I put this on twitter too:

    Re:Conspiracy against EDM. Stop and remember Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”

  74. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Peter interviewed before today’s flight:

    https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/status/860897389162356738

    Didn’t bite much on the questions.

  75. Cameron says:

    A team that wins the Connor McDavid lottery doesn’t get to complain about the NHL rigging things against them.

    That said, the number of calls Anaheim has had go their way starting with the Calgary series is definitely very curious.

  76. Stelio Kontos says:

    Honestly, we just need a 3rl line. Right now I only trust the three musketeers on defence and nuge in those dying minutes. Sekera was down, which definitely hurt a lot. Missing Brandon Davidson today.

    I think Chia could have done more in the summer, but hindsight. Honestly no deadline deal might have been the wisest move at the time, because now we have to put either Gryba or Reinhart in, and I’m amazed we stayed as healthy on D as we did down the stretch.

    We gotta find some good defending players to take the free up the big guns. Boyd Gordon or Shawn Horcoff would be huge for this team. At this point, I think you need to bring Lander in. We need another guy who can help deliver quiet minutes until connor comes out. I also think that our lack of a bonfire defensive 3rd line is what has tanked Nuge and Ebs seasons. That said, Eberle is a different player than he was. He was never fast, but he was quick and shifty, and found cracks in the defence.

    I absolutely love Lucic, but I’m not sure he is a fit to play in the top 6 every shift. It’s like he is moving in molasses.

    This summer is a huge test for Chiarelli.

  77. digger50 says:

    leadfarmer:
    We can blame the refs all we want.They weren’t going to take away one of the great comebacks in history.The Oil stopped skating and gave up goals on back to back shifts.I don’t get why TMac didn’t call a timeout to slow things down.Standing in lanes instead of pressuring like they did the previous 17 min killed them

    This is a true statement about how the Oilers game plan was not effective. But it also implies the Oil “deserved” to lose which is not true at all. I have seen a few narratives like this.

    The Ducks are a good team. Expect them to make a push. Expect Oil to be trying to hang on at times. Expect mistakes to happen, and expect a one goal game. That’s a playoff game.

    But they played good enough to win.

  78. ashley says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Given how fond all the local hockey writers are of +/-, I’m surprised none of them have mentioned that the Oilers lost the last two games by a goal each while Larsson was a team worst -6 over those two games (-4, -2)

    If it were Eberle or Pouliot etc it would be everywhere.

    It’s time to let it go, Woodguy.

  79. Professor Q says:

    commonfan14:
    One of the worst things about last night is that it’s going to be Step 1 in the Ovechkinization of McDavid in the minds of other hockey fans and the media.

    “Couldn’t get his team past the second round.”

    “Couldn’t step up when it really mattered.”

    It’s going to stink.

    And in what is basically his first freaking year, and as Captain.

    Assholes.

  80. serum114 says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    I really appreciate that avail by him. As maddening as the last couple games have been, dwelling on it seals your fate. McLellan said something similar last night–it’s okay to be emotional in the aftermath but need to refocus–and I think how the team comes out in Game 6 will be fascinating.

    I expect them to push this to 7, as I think they can take a lot of positives out of the last couple games. In Game 4 they played wretched hockey for half the game and still got to OT. Last night their blueline was a MASH unit and they should have won in regulation. They know that they are good enough, and provided they can move past the BS calls and focus on the next game, I think they will win Game 6 and the series.

  81. Professor Q says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    I put this on twitter too:

    Re:Conspiracy against EDM.Stop and remember Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”

    What if it’s a combination?

    Then we’re screwed.

  82. verite says:

    let the truth out , you are as corrupt as the NHL

  83. Professor Q says:

    Jon K: He looks slow because he is slow. On top of that, what modicum of coordination he had is no longer apparent. He could not receive a pass or knock down a puck to save his life. The pain with his contract is going to come much earlier than we all hoped.

    I don’t know. I’ve seen him speed up and take breakaways before. Being big enough to not be pulled down usually, doesn’t hurt either.

  84. Melvis says:

    I blame myself. For somewhat prophetically suggesting a long evening ahead. These days, witchier than Nuge and Macbeth’s portents combined, unfortunately.

    I went to bed around 2:00am and rolled around until 5:30am, before getting up with those badly corked vintages from ’86, and the so-called miracle on manchester in my nostrils. That can easily be fixed, with a splash of cognac in my coffee.

    What can’t be fixed lingers under the skin for a couple of years after the fact. And everything that can be said about that has already been said. I can’t add anything to it other than if’s, and’s, or but’s. And that’s a children’s game.

    I’ll add this however. Russell is indeed, a warrior. And he can motor out of the dzone with good speed given opportunity and a lane.

    As for officiating and the NHL. Follow the money. Can you imagine a final between the Sens and the Oil? They can’t even sell out their barn. We can – locally. Even I’m willing to admit a cut rate coffin maker in Podunk wouldn’t cough up Can tire bucks on a 30 seond spot given the viewing audience elsewhere. Bidness is bidness.

  85. Stelio Kontos says:

    Cameron:
    A team that wins the Connor McDavid lottery doesn’t get to complain about the NHL rigging things against them.

    That said, the number of calls Anaheim has had go their way starting with the Calgary series is definitely very curious.

    I think it’s due to the fact the NHL doesn’t want officiating to directly influence a playoff game. Which is why they put their whistles away, and only a team like ANA will push the border. I also think there is a mental thing from refs, that you sort of see across sports. It’s like they observe how both teams play, and then call according to each teams style. Not sure if that makes sense, but it’s like how Mike Rielly can get absolutely hammered because he tucks his shoulder when scrambling whereas other guys bitchslide and get a call all the time. I don’t think it is a deliberate conspiracy. It’s mostly a result of a good ol guy like CC writing the rules with his caveman hands.

  86. Melvis says:

    And one more thing. Suck it up. Life isn’t fair. It isn’t even just. We can take the next one if everyone gets on board and shakes the emotional responses today. Then it’s a one game series.

  87. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    I put this on twitter too:

    Re:Conspiracy against EDM.Stop and remember Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”

    I agree with this.

    Nonetheless, on the morning after I saw a fake photo caption of a ref telling Getzlaf, “Tell Randy the check cleared, the game is in the bag” & then THAT happens, I’d be lying if I said my confidence wasn’t badly shaken.

    And you know I’d never lie to you, Darcy. 🤥

  88. leadfarmer says:

    digger50: This is a true statement about how the Oilers game plan was not effective. But it also implies the Oil “deserved” to lose which is not true at all. I have seen a few narratives like this.

    The Ducks are a good team. Expect them to make a push. Expect Oil to be trying to hang on at times. Expect mistakes to happen, and expect a one goal game. That’s a playoff game.

    But they played good enough to win.

    Nowhere does it say they deserved to lose. All I said is you can’t your foot of the gas in the playoffs. You need complete 60 minute effort. They were almost there. They stopped skating with 3 minutes left

  89. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    I put this on twitter too:

    Re:Conspiracy against EDM.Stop and remember Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”

    That argument would have more iron for me if they had taken more time to review the play. As someone who witnessed the Habs get every break in the 1970s, I believe there are powers and biases in play. Malice? No. Stupidity? Not that either.

    Something else again. Maybe familiarity is the right word.

  90. TheGreatMutato says:

    sliderule:

    Let’s face it NHL wants American teams in finals to fuel NBC revenue and potential.

    I know it’s conspiracy theory but I can’t see any other reason for the officiating

    Don’t quote me on this, but I think Anaheim may have been a part of the lowest rated SCF on NBC – when they played Ottawa. So it’s not like they are a revenue machine or anything.

    It’s not about conspiracies or something as malicious “this team needs to get through.” It’s just the same old NHLisms we’ve known forever – that for some reason in this league, a team has to ‘earn it’ before they start getting treated with respect. Until then, veteran teams who have been around the block get the calls. Call it bias and ineptitude if you want. There is nothing new here. It’s stupid, but we all know it’s there.

    Like the reviewed game 4 goal – ref wanted an unassailable, black and white explanation he could give Perry in order to call it off. The concern: “What do I tell Corey?” Imagine it’s Patrick Maroon making contact. There is not going to be any “What do I tell Patrick?” moment. Because what he tells Patrick is to shut up, accept the call, or he’s getting a misconduct. Again, nothing new. It’s a stupid system but hopefully the Oilers get there one day and things balance out.

  91. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Given how fond all the local hockey writers are of +/-, I’m surprised none of them have mentioned that the Oilers lost the last two games by a goal each while Larsson was a team worst -6 over those two games (-4, -2)

    If it were Eberle or Pouliot etc it would be everywhere.

    I thought Larsson played very well last night.

  92. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide: I thought Larsson played very well last night.

    There’s a reason why he played almost 60 minutes.

  93. TheGreatMutato says:

    Yeah, Larsson looked pretty good in both games he played last night.

  94. Pescador says:

    I am so proud of the effort that was given by our D core last night.
    They gave everything and left nothing.
    Were they good enough? Doesn’t matter at this point.
    Beating the Ducks alone would be hard enough. It doesn’t help that they are getting jobbed every time they turn around.
    This team is not going to give up or lay down, I don’t think there was anything left in the tank at the end last night.
    I agree with everyone here, WTF Todd? Caught with your pants down, not calling a timeout in that situation is unbelievable.
    I don’t wish to pile on Eberle this morning, enough has been written as well as stated by the MSM. These playoffs have been an opportunity to showcase himself to the fans and the management. I don’t believe Jordan would be satisfied with the way it has gone so far. I will be sad if he is in fact traded away. I’m trying to read the tea leaves going forward.
    I believe Chiarelli will do what he did last summer, the defacto 2 for 1. Sign a free agent like Patrick Eaves & trade away an expensive “scoring” winger for a young D-man to replace Kris Russell. Not that I wish to see him gone, especially after the heart & character that I witnessed last night. Russell has my admiration and respect. They all do.
    Anaheim has so many young, fast, scoring defence men they seem to be falling out of their pockets while they walk around. Certainly there is another team in this league with young blue line assets that could use some scoring. Carolina?

  95. bendelson says:

    Well, I’m not going to dwell on the obvious outside of saying the NHL had a golden opportunity to right the wrongs of game 4, at the end of game 5. Instead of taking a close look at the play, and getting it right, they doubled down on their incompetence. The NHL should be ashamed of themselves and their referees.

    Sunday should be interesting…

    Woot.

  96. Dustylegnd says:

    Rake 2.0,

    Roger, like I said I was quoting the Cult of Hockey

  97. Pescador says:

    Cameron:
    A team that wins the Connor McDavid lottery doesn’t get to complain about the NHL rigging things against them.

    That said, the number of calls Anaheim has had go their way starting with the Calgary series is definitely very curious.

    I agree with you,
    Excuse me I need to go take a shower

  98. theboyfromsouthdetroit says:

    I’m having a hard time with the “Oilers should never have met it get to 3-2” narrative.

    Dump and trap is a bad strategy with a one-goal lead. Three goals? Completely reasonable. Run the ball, bleed the clock, let that big lead hold up.

    The first empty netter was a fluke deflection.

    The second, a seeing eye shot through about seventeen bodies.

    A 3-2 victory, on the road, after withstanding a furious charge from a desperate and talented team, **while playing five defensemen for an entire game, two of which spent time in the dressing room of their own accord!!!** is a more than reasonable outcome.

    What happened wth 15 seconds left was a travesty. The Oilers won that game in heroic, hard-fought, team-building fashion. The NHL stole it away. Period.

  99. Stelio Kontos says:

    I trust Connor. When he has his back against the wall, he is borderline unstoppable. See the end of the season when he had to get to 100. The kid has a motor, and I will not bet against him.

  100. Pescador says:

    verite:
    let the truth out, you are as corrupt as the NHL

    As far as bait goes, this is pretty weak even for you.
    Yet here I am

  101. Richard S.S. says:

    According to the current narrative if you spend too long trying to hold a lead you lose your offense. My contention is the Oilers need to keep scoring and scoring and scoring as often and as much as possible. Are they good enough to do this? I don’t know.

    If Andrej Sekera’s not 100%, is the Oiler’s Defense good enough? I don’t think so. Of course, take out Ryan Getzlaf and the questions become moot.

  102. tcho says:

    Pescador:
    I am so proud of the effort that was given by our D core last night.
    They gave everything and left nothing.
    Were they good enough? Doesn’t matter at this point.

    Tears were welling up as I listened to Cam Talbot’s post-game. He was praising the effort by the D, too. I won’t criticize any of those MEN today. What a gutsy effort from the lot of them – Anaheim’s a helluva tough team.

  103. Pescador says:

    Rondo:
    Everyone harps on about Eberle, I think hewill be a better player with this playoff experience.I worry about Lucic, Iwould try to trade him soon unless he is injured at the moment, because he looks old.

    He has a NMC. Lucic is here rain or shine

  104. khildahl says:

    theboyfromsouthdetroit:
    I’m having a hard time with the “Oilers should never have met it get to 3-2” narrative.

    Dump and trap is a bad strategy with a one-goal lead. Three goals? Completely reasonable. Run the ball, bleed the clock, let that big lead hold up.

    The first empty netter was a fluke deflection.

    The second, a seeing eye shot through about seventeen bodies.

    A 3-2 victory, on the road, after withstanding a furious charge from a desperate and talented team, **while playing five defensemen for an entire game, two of which spent time in the dressing room of their own accord!!!** is a more than reasonable outcome.

    What happened wth 15 seconds left was a travesty. The Oilers won that game in heroic, hard-fought, team-building fashion. The NHL stole it away. Period.

    This, 100%. Great post.

  105. Dustylegnd says:

    Man, lots of emotion on here today, but here is what I know, these players won’t quit on the series regardless of how many unfavorable calls go against them.

    Sunday night this crew will be at Rogers place ready to kick some ass, I love the quiet confidence of McJesus and the Fury of Looch, as I said before, each player needs to decide what he is going to be, and after last night I think 97% of them know what they need to be and will bring it.

    True Champions never quit, win or lose, they fight till they draw their last breath Ali Fraser III “Thrilla in Manilla” Fraser couldn’t move anymore so he stayed on the stool, still a Champion….

    Not watching Sundays game is the equivalent of Leonard Durand II, June 1980 in Montreal “No Mas”, COME ON MAN!!!!!!

  106. Stelio Kontos says:

    Looks like we need to win 6 games to win this series.

  107. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Frank the dog,

    Um, no.

  108. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    theboyfromsouthdetroit:
    I’m having a hard time with the “Oilers should never have met it get to 3-2” narrative.

    Dump and trap is a bad strategy with a one-goal lead. Three goals? Completely reasonable. Run the ball, bleed the clock, let that big lead hold up.

    The first empty netter was a fluke deflection.

    The second, a seeing eye shot through about seventeen bodies.

    A 3-2 victory, on the road, after withstanding a furious charge from a desperate and talented team, **while playing five defensemen for an entire game, two of which spent time in the dressing room of their own accord!!!** is a more than reasonable outcome.

    What happened wth 15 seconds left was a travesty. The Oilers won that game in heroic, hard-fought, team-building fashion. The NHL stole it away. Period.

    100%.

  109. leadfarmer says:

    TheGreatMutato:
    Yeah, Larsson looked pretty good in both games he played last night.

    Not bad for a “at best a second pairing defenseman “

  110. hankster says:

    Three things.
    1. after the caps blow up their team this summer. Do we want to trade lucic for ovechkin…?
    But he’s cursed
    2. Taking the high road may seem like a good idea most of the time but sometimes you need to take a pronged investment penalty.
    3. that “guy” will never give up being an Eberle fan. Says a lot more about him than me. He probably thinks 6M is not overpaying… still.

  111. Bag of Pucks says:

    Younger Oil:
    My girlfriend, after many years of being indifferent about hockey, had finally started getting into watching hockey and cheering for the Oilers this playoffs, which made me so incredibly happy. Having her start to share my passion and get into games, even without fully understanding the sport honestly warmed my heart, and was amazing to see.

    THIS for me all day long. My two sons mainly grew up overseas and the team has been brutal for the most part since we came back, so until this season I’ve not enjoyed the massive fun of sharing this journey with them. They’ve watched nearly every game of this run with their old man and that will be the main takeaway for me this playoffs, come what may.

    So, seeing them absolutely gutted after last night’s result, I realized…this is their generation’s ‘Miracle on Manchester.’ For the Boys on the Bus, part of the journey towards becoming champions involved an epic collapse in California. So there’s an odd symmetry in seeing Connor’s team going through the same now. The hard lessons a young team learns along the way. Looking at it through that lens, the pill becomes slightly less bitter to swallow.

    And honestly, the ‘Miracle/Debacle’ was worse. The Oil were up by 5. They were heavily favoured in that series.

    The officiating has been beyond disappointing, but I don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories and I still believe.

    Love the Captain’s reaction in the immediate aftermath. Suspect we’ll see a young man on a mission tomorrow night. Let’s go Oilers!!!

  112. Chachi says:

    Cameron:
    A team that wins the Connor McDavid lottery doesn’t get to complain about the NHL rigging things against them.

    LOL. Still salty. Did you see Johnny Playoffs get blown up by that German yesterday while leading his team to another embarrassing loss? Magical.

  113. Admiral Ackbar says:

    theboyfromsouthdetroit:
    I’m having a hard time with the “Oilers should never have met it get to 3-2” narrative.

    Dump and trap is a bad strategy with a one-goal lead. Three goals? Completely reasonable. Run the ball, bleed the clock, let that big lead hold up.

    The first empty netter was a fluke deflection.

    The second, a seeing eye shot through about seventeen bodies.

    A 3-2 victory, on the road, after withstanding a furious charge from a desperate and talented team, **while playing five defensemen for an entire game, two of which spent time in the dressing room of their own accord!!!** is a more than reasonable outcome.

    What happened wth 15 seconds left was a travesty. The Oilers won that game in heroic, hard-fought, team-building fashion. The NHL stole it away. Period.

    Deserves yet another repost.

  114. Ribs says:

    Well, it doesn’t feel like it should be necessary yet, but we are going to see what these guys are made of real quick. I don’t think we’ve seen everyone firing all cylinders yet these playoffs, and we’re about to see what happens when their backs are against the wall.

    I love seeing Angry Leon on the ice. Dude is a tank and you don’t want to be in his way. Tough luck on the blocked shots. Damn.

    McDavid is finding his way. Not sure if conditioning is an issue or if they’re trying too hard for matchups. Play him until his lungs give out.

    Lucic seems to be trying to cash cheques from years past and it’s not working. You want that extra 3 seconds to skate with the puck? Earn it.

    Russel was great last night. That’s the kind of playoff performance we need to see from more guys.

    I was thinking in my head that the team could use Hall when it was well into overtime. They showed Larsson’s TOI and that thought disappeared.

    Nurse looks a bit overwhelmed, but he’s holding his own pretty good. Ducks seem to enjoy picking on the guy for some reason. Huge credit to him for keeping his composure so far.

    Benning came back from the dead and gained some kind of super zombie powers. I don’t know what happened, but more of that, please.

    I thought the entire team was doing a better job of not letting pucks through to the net. This is crucial in playoff hockey, and especially so against a team like the Ducks, who feast on loose biscuits. Keep this up. The Ducks turned it up a notch at the end of the third and the Oilers need to find a way to keep pace.

    I really hate complaining about reffing. I really do. Watching our depleted d-men having to race to within five feet of the puck before they would call clear icings all night was difficult to watch. Also watching them kill a play when they attempt to call a phantom Too Many Men penalty made me grind my teeth. Not much you can do about it. Just keep the pedal to the floor.

  115. speeds says:

    Q for all:

    If it’s up to you, do you leave Draisaitl at C going forward?

  116. Chachi says:

    speeds:
    Q for all:

    If it’s up to you, do you leave Draisaitl at C going forward?

    Yes.

  117. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Lowetide: That argument would have more iron for me if they had taken more time to review the play. As someone who witnessed the Habs get every break in the 1970s, I believe there are powers and biases in play. Malice? No. Stupidity? Not that either.

    Something else again. Maybe familiarity is the right word.

    I ask myself why I keep paying attention to this garbage Fire officiating. It seems like a poor investment in future happiness. I’m happy to congratulate the victor after a hard fought series but this is anything but a fair fight. The officiating has robbed me of any enjoyment.

  118. --hudson-- says:

    Almost forgot the sequence when Rackell was holding Larson’s stick before the ref yelled at him to let it go. And to think they gave Drai 2 minutes for grabbing a Duck for half a second.

    Has anyone seen a sequence like that before?

  119. Professor Q says:

    speeds:
    Q for all:

    If it’s up to you, do you leave Draisaitl at C going forward?

    I think he’s better suited at defence.

  120. Centre of attention says:

    “Morning after” thoughts:

    I drank a bunch late last night and came to this conclusion, I’m not even that choked at the call itself. The Oilers shouldn’t have let it get to that 3-2 point of calamity.

    LT is right. Young, non-veteran team relaxes a bit in the final moments, doesn’t clear some important pucks and wham. Here we are. C’est la vie.

    The night before the playoffs began I chose the Oilers to go 7W and 6L in the playoffs. I remember saying something along the lines of “I would pick us to win the 2nd series but I think we lose in game 7 to some bullshit by Perry & his gang of goons” and so far we’re right on track.

    Imagine this team loaded up at the deadline without weak links who can hardly find a regular shift during a game that takes an extra period and a half? Maybe next year the guy who’s in the position to clear one of those important pucks does his job and we’re not here yelling at clouds.

    This team is going places, I agree with LT again, with a few tweaks this roster is contending quicker than a lot of us first imagined.

    That last point should be reason for us to take a deep breath and look forwards with positive thoughts. Heck, the series isn’t even technically over!

    (Plus, did you see that look in Connors eye post game? Would you stand between that man and redemption?!)

    This team has so much going for it. I would hate for us to lose sight of that fact due to blinding rage.

    -Ben

  121. Woogie63 says:

    There 8 teams left in the NHL playoffs. I bet every team is wondering how much goalie interference they can get away with.

    NBC and SN producers are preparing background footage on the confusion around the call, because you know this is not going to be last controversial call in the remainder of the playoffs.

    Colin Campbell is going to hate is SN interview before the middle of June.

  122. Ribs says:

    speeds:
    Q for all:

    If it’s up to you, do you leave Draisaitl at C going forward?

    Big body nice to have in there for defensive zone faceoffs. I’d keep him there.

  123. Glass says:

    speeds,

    I don’t have a problem with it. We have some RW’s with potential, but we may need to fill in the gaps via free agency. Caggiula on McDavid’s wing has potential, Drake has really sold me on him being a staple in the top 6 for next season. Slepyshev is really, really close. I wouldn’t count on Puljujarvi for next season, I’d rather leave him in the AHL until he is ‘over-ripe’.

    Chiarelli may need to shuffle the deck a bit, but not too much. I will say that I could care less whether Nuge and Eberle are on the team next season. I think going hard after a RD like Manson would be ideal, he & Nurse would make a formidable pairing.

  124. Centre of attention says:

    Woogie63,

    I mean the Hawks are probably the most “Veteran team” in the league, they have all the NHL’s poster boys for “leadership” etc etc.

    They were also completely hosed on a goalie interference call in their series against the Preds. I think it was that fuckin’ Ardvidsson dude who just straight up Glenn Anderson’d himself right into Crawford, taking himself, the goalie, and the puck into the net.

    Pretty much what Slepyshev did early this series, except the goal went in, it counted, and Arvidsson didn’t get a penalty.

    This “the refs pick and choose who to give calls too” is a little bit much for me.

    I just think the refs are objectively bad at their jobs.

  125. CrazyCoach says:

    Well,

    After last night’s turdshow of officiating, I was very reminiscent of Nancy Kerrigan sitting on the floor sobbing and wailing, “Why why why!” I thought the gm 4 loss was hard.

    However, I got up this morning, the sun was shining, and it was time to get my four year old daughter ready for gymnastics and ballet. In the midst of making breakfast, I turned on “Heat Wave” by Martha & The Vandellas and proceeded to entertain my daughter by dancing (just think John Candy as Uncle Buck. I know, you’re laughing). Made my daughter laugh and she liked the song. Two goals achieved. With the loss of my dad in January and having a daughter, I have a new perspective and appreciation for life. I’m trying to see light where I once only saw darkness. Call it a kinder gentler Crazy coach.

    What did I see last night? An absolutely incredible effort by a deleted D corps. Wow! Their performance alone defined what fighting through adversity is all about. I think last night’s effort totally cemented the bond between these 6. Performance for the ages.

    I also saw a hockey team, in spite of 3 minutes they want back, play very well. This is a team that won’t quit and it was great to see the captain nudge Drai and say, “Let’s go”, knowing full well Drai needed that.

    I’ve said it time and again, but I’m going to enjoy every single minute McDavid plays for the Oilers and I won’t regret a single second. Last night made me realize even more that we’re watching something special and let’s enjoy it while we can, because nothing will bring us back in the future to enjoy what we have today.

    Have an awesome day!

    Go Oilers!

  126. Professor Q says:

    I also hope that Kassian and the D-Core aren’t hurt too badly nor out for long.

    Kassian only punched Ritchie with his left hand, as his right was still hurt from the uncalled slash.

    I think next game he might come out even crazier and take it out on Ritchie, Perry, and Getzlaf.

    And Benning, Sekera, Klefbom, Russell are essential for the next game.

    And McDavid. He might take it to 12.

  127. Wolfie says:

    sliderule:
    If the oilers go prison rules and crowd the crease just watch how quick they get penalized.

    Let’s face it NHL wants American teams in finals to fuel NBC revenue and potential.

    I am sure it’s not direct orders but done bysubtle reviews of the officials followed by good assignments and doghouse assignments based on how calls are made.

    I know it’s conspiracy theory but I can’t see any other reason for the officiating

    This is common sense. Video review should eliminate the mistakes. Instead the NHL has the ability to manipulate results based on “subjectiveness” and “inconclusiveness”. It’s like watching WWE tag team matches when the ref gets distracted by the heel outside the ring to allow illegal activities to take place inside.

    How can the NHL continue to ignore the egregious errors unless they are the ones dictating the calls?

    I don’t watch Olympic Figure Skating because of the lack of integrity. I’m quickly becoming disinterested in NHL hockey because it’s becoming apparent that corruption has come home to roost.

  128. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Pescador: He has a NMC. Lucic is here rain or shine

    If he has an issue and plays poorly I believe Chiarelli has no problem asking him to waive it. I think he has an issue, hopefully a regular injury.

  129. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Wolfie: I don’t watch Olympic Figure Skating because of the lack of integrity. I’m quickly becoming disinterested in NHL hockey because it’s becoming apparent that corruption has come home to roost.

    This is a great point. People get hyped about the Olympics, I lost interest years ago because it is a crony run shake down racket, full of known obvious drug cheating and result rigging.

    The NHL isn’t that far gone, but also isn’t that far off it.

  130. Bruce Wayne says:

    That was brutal.

    Also exhilarating. Very gutty performance by the D, and a great game overall.

    I’m not mad at the officiating. It is par for the course, the NHL as it is currently constituted isn’t going to over rule a good goal in that situation. If the Oilers had scored it the result would have been the same I don’t even blame the NHL. This is what you get with instant replay. That’s the real culprit.

    Beyond that, the NHL has bought into the idea that the NHL is a “man’s” game. Arbitrary enforcement of the rules is what you are going to get out of that philosophy. It isn’t only Oiler games.

    All that said, as brutal as that was, this is so much better than the Taylor Hall trade, Milan Lucic signing, double punch to the face. I was angry for months about that. I’m still angry about it. I will hate Chiarelli until I die for that. No event could ever undo that feeling.

    By contrast, I am excited about Sunday. If the Oilers win it will be incredible.

  131. Lucinius says:

    I’ve been out of country the last few days for work so I haven’t commented much. Managed to watch the games while I was gone, however.

    I am surprisingly not angry (and I’m a man known for his anger management issues). I’m not even disappointed. It’s more that my outlook has been re-affirmed and that is that.

    I have grown to like the Oilers more because of what has happened, despite their many faults (Letestu.. why couldn’t you have just cleared that puck!?, or, Pouliot.. why couldn’t you finally cash on a golden scoring opportunity!?, etc., etc.).

    That said my tolerance for the NHL in and of itself is now done. Its at empty. There are no more fucks to give about the NHL.

    I will watch the Oilers finish out the series bias and incompetence have stolen from them and then I am done. I won’t be watching any hockey other than that and I’m uncertain as to whether I’ll watch hockey next year. I have my doubts.

    I love this team. I love the sport even more.

    I’m done with the NHL and its brand of bias and incompetence. There is almost no joy in watching the games anymore. The magic is dead. It had been dying for awhile; these past few games were merely the merciful bullets spent to put the beast to rest.

    It is sad to see the league double down on its road to mediocrity and The Powers That Be seem determined to kill the sport. It has always been marred by this special breed of bias and ineptitude but it is getting worse and more and more blatant in an age where everyone can see it for what it is; a farce. The NHL is less and less Sports Entertainment and more and more a Sports Tragedy.

    I find my lack of anger and disappointment fairly odd. When that goal was deemed fair-play I expected myself to be whipped up by the spirits of rage and I found myself merely nodding, calm and collected, bereft even of the sickening distaste the moment deserved.

    I remain in love with the sport; how could anyone who’s ever played not be? I still remember the look on the faces of scouts watching me play and the feelings of pride and almost euphoric accomplishment. I still remember the time when I first picked up a stick to play road hockey with kids who despised each other, but for a few hours such things were irrelevant before the sheer joy and rush of the game. I still remember resting against my father’s chest as a child, eyes keen on the television screen as I watched various teams play the game that would later become an obsession and almost a career.

    And now I will remember the oppressive, wet heat of a hotel room where the magic of my youth died, strangled by the light of modern technology exposing a sport draped in traditional bias and incompetence.

    Part of me wonders why I’m not even angry at the loss of that magic yet I find myself oddly at peace with how things stand. It reminds me of when I learned my childhood companion, my dog — an insane bundle of energy whose loyalty knew no bounds even in his moments of utter terror and pain — had cancer. I did not rage or weep, despite being only thirteen years old and learning the fate of a dog I’d known as long as I’d known anyone or anything. I nodded and knew what had to be done; it was tragic but it was what it was and there was no point raging against something so impossibly monolithic. I simply pet him til he fell asleep and let him know he was loved and would be cherished in memory and that he could finally rest and be at ease and be free of pain.

    The NHL and hockey stand the same. It is what it is. It will not change. It is time to let it rest.

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

    Bruce Wayne,

    I’m with you (and have agreed with the majority of you posts over the last few days!)

    Today is a weird day as a fan

    I feel like I’ve been in a fight

    My hand is sore (sorry lounge chair is sorry), my head is sore (stupid whisky) and my body aches from sitting tense on the edge of my seat for 3+ hours.

    I can’t even imagine what those players feel like

    What a friggin ride

    Sunday is going to be the best

    The entire season down to one game

    Waited 11 years for that feeling

    Dig deep Oil, you got this!

  133. unca miltie says:

    CrazyCoach,

    I felt good after spending $500.00 to go to game 4. Last night there were many warriors on the Oilers team. I am in Saskatchewan right now but plan to be home to watch game 6. Proud of the players, dissatisfied with the referees. Go oilers.

  134. Wolfie says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    I put this on twitter too:

    Re:Conspiracy against EDM.Stop and remember Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”

    Except video review should eliminate stupidity. Video review is exposing the NHL for what it really is.

  135. --hudson-- says:

    Wolfie: Except video review should eliminate stupidity.Video review is exposing the NHL for what it really is.

    I see some irony in the concussion lawsuit. The NHL doesn’t think the players have the intellectual capacity to write an op-ed; the NHL doesn’t have the ability to conduct a review of the rules they’ve drafted.

  136. Scungilli Slushy says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Bruce Wayne,

    I’m with you (and have agreed with the majority of you posts over the last few days!)

    Today is a weird day as a fan

    I feel like I’ve been in a fight

    My hand is sore (sorry lounge chair is sorry), my head is sore (stupid whisky) and my body aches from sitting tense on the edge of my seat for 3+ hours.

    I can’t even imagine what those players feel like

    What a friggin ride

    Sunday is going to be the best

    The entire season down to one game

    Waited 11 years for that feeling

    Dig deep Oil, you got this!

    Well put. I am also not mad but feel like I have gone through a shock over these last games. I am also passionate about great hockey and love the Oilers. I also couldn’t care less about the NHL, and their utter lack of care for the player’s well being, quality of the game, constant lying, greed, and incredibly negative and unprofessional things that come out every time they have to open up to the courts.

    But they’ll keep the money rolling to the owners, and unless something big occurs out of the lawsuits we’ll have Gary around well into a time when Daly and Campbell will have to wheel him around.

  137. Rondo says:

    CrazyCoach,

    I thought of Maradona

  138. OF17 says:

    Rondo:
    CrazyCoach,

    I thought of Maradona

    La mano del diablo, brought to you by Ryan Kesler, sponsored by the NHL’s video review process.

    It’s a shame that the refereeing was so bad it’s distracted us from the Herculean effort our D put forth. Absolute warriors last night, every last one of them. Larsson had two games’ worth of TOI at 44:58. Russell had maybe his best and most determined night as an Oiler. Benning, Klefbom, and Russell showed huge guts to come back and play as hard as they did. Nurse grabbed the situation and had one of his more “veteran” performances of the year when we needed it the most. Just a phenomenal performance by the D in the face of adversity.

  139. Georges says:

    CrazyCoach,

    Let’s go.

  140. Centre of attention says:

    “There are ways to refine the criteria for what is interference. The GMs talk about that,” said Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli Saturday morning before the team left Anaheim. “There are ways to have that discussion when the ref has the headset on. In the playoffs, we’re incorporating the series supervisor, the ref, and hockey ops. There are ways to define what the vote is in that discussion. There are ways to make it better, and we’ll look at all those ways.”

    “There are ways to define what the vote is”

    Sounds like Chiarelli agrees maybe its time to move the review decision more into the war room rather than on the ice where the Refs are effected by not only their confidence in their own calls but also by the emotion of the game.

  141. Diablo says:

    Lucinius,

    I feel the same way you do – after the Oilers are knocked out, I’m turning off the NHL playoffs to go enjoy the beautiful weather we are having. Summers in the Peg are glorious and not be spoiled by the shit show, completely arbitrary officiating that we and other fanbases have had to endure this spring.

    That said – I will never stop watching and cheering for the Oilers – I’m a die-hard.

    All series long we’ve railed against how dirty the likes of Perry, Getzlaff and Kesler are – pride goeth before the fall though. I don’t think the NHL will ever change its ways – while I love the integrity that this team plays with – if they want to win, they will have to learn to play a little more filthy. Or bring in some clowns who do.

    Unlike Bruce Wayne, I couldn’t give a damn about style – I’m getting close to 40 – that half way point where there start to be less days in front of you then there are behind. I want to see Connor and Leon lift that massive piece of silverware over their heads; the NHL playoffs are about sacrifice – as fans we will have to learn to swallow our pride if we want to enjoy the spoils of the victor, because the NHL will never, ever changes its ways.

  142. Bruce Wayne says:

    Wolfie: Except video review should eliminate stupidity.Video review is exposing the NHL for what it really is.

    Video review is the cause of the stupidity. In every league that it has been implemented, video review has necessarily and unavoidably had unintended consequences that resulted in missed calls, which in turn caused them to rewrite the rules to accommodate video review, which in turn, necessarily and unavoidably had irrational consequences.

    The only video review systems that work are the line rulings in tennis and soccer. You can’t have video review for situations like goalie interference or offsides in a way that won’t produce more, rather than less, controversy. This is demonstrably true in theory, and has played out in practice time and time again.

  143. The Hermit says:

    Bruce Wayne,

    Man, hate and anger eat people up.

    Best wishes.

  144. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    ashley: It’s time to let it go, Woodguy.

    Time to let go of the last two games?

    Nope.

    Let go of my disdain for Marc Spector?

    Nope.

  145. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Lowetide: I thought Larsson played very well last night.

    No where did I rate Larsson’s play.

    The subject is uneven treatment of players by the local media.

  146. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy v2.0: No where did I rate Larsson’s play.

    The subject is uneven treatment of players by the local media.

    Ah. I misunderstood your post. My apologies.

  147. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Lowetide: That argument would have more iron for me if they had taken more time to review the play. As someone who witnessed the Habs get every break in the 1970s, I believe there are powers and biases in play. Malice? No. Stupidity? Not that either.

    Something else again. Maybe familiarity is the right word.

    A system where an appeal of a call is judged by the person who made the original call to start with is, by definition, stupid. imo.

    On Goalie interference and offside reviews, the off ice officials in Toronto (not as emotionally involved in the game, supposedly more detached), do not actually make the call.

    They are supposed to give the on-ice ref help reviewing their call, but ultimately the call on the appeal is by the ref who called it in the first place.

    The entire set up is designed to enhance confirmation bias rather than avoid it.

    Its pretty stupid.

  148. Younger Oil says:

    Diablo:
    Lucinius,

    I feel the same way you do – after the Oilers are knocked out, I’m turning off the NHL playoffs to go enjoy the beautiful weather we are having. Summers in the Peg are glorious and not be spoiled by the shit show, completely arbitrary officiating that we and other fanbases have had to endure this spring.

    That said – I will never stop watching and cheering for the Oilers – I’m a die-hard.

    All series long we’ve railed against how dirty the likes of Perry, Getzlaff and Kesler are – pride goeth before the fall though. I don’t think the NHL will ever change its ways – while I love the integrity that this team plays with – if they want to win, they will have to learn to play a little more filthy. Or bring in some clowns who do.

    Unlike Bruce Wayne, I couldn’t give a damn about style – I’m getting close to 40 – that half way point where there start to be less days in front of you then there are behind. I want to see Connor and Leon lift that massive piece of silverware over their heads; the NHL playoffs are about sacrifice – as fans we will have to learn to swallow our pride if we want to enjoy the spoils of the victor, because the NHL will never, ever changes its ways.

    The thing is, arbitrary officiating makes the sport completely irrelevant.

    As soon as the referees bring in their own interpretation, instead of following the rules set out for the game, the sport and any achievements in it lose all meaning.

    It’s a slightly better alternative the the WWE at this point. Manufactured drama, doing whatever they can to keep the games close so they maximize viewership.

    If anyone other than the players are deciding which way the ice is tilted, it is no longer a fair competition, and in my opinion, that makes it no longer a sport. It is licensed entertainment.

    It sucks realizing this after probably thousands of hours over the past 20 or so years being invested in the Oilers.

    Should have just started cheering for the Harlem Globetrotters to save myself a lot of pain.

  149. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Lowetide: Ah. I misunderstood your post. My apologies.

    I accept your apology.

    I appreciate that.

    I could have easily posted Lucic or another local MSM favs, but since the local media likes +/- I went with who was rated worst by that over the last couple games since its so stark.

  150. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Wolfie: Except video review should eliminate stupidity.Video review is exposing the NHL for what it really is.

    Agreed, see my response to LT above.

    Its set up to fail.

  151. Centre of attention says:

    Elliotte Friedman‏Verified account @FriedgeHNIC 2m2 minutes ago
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    LV is filing a new contract for Vadim Shipachyov. Previous one rejected because he is not eligible for a no-trade clause. New one without.

  152. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Frank Serevelli talks about the “coming battle” on video review and re-defining goalie interference with Ryan Rishaug.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl-s-video-review-battle-looms-large-this-summer-1.744685

    Seems that Chiarelli agrees with me that the decision should be taken away from the on-ice officials.

    I hope they get it done and then we all get to go in the time machine and get to replay this series.

  153. Professor Q says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Frank Serevelli talks about the “coming battle” on video review and re-defining goalie interference with Ryan Rishaug.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl-s-video-review-battle-looms-large-this-summer-1.744685

    Seems that Chiarelli agrees with me that the decision should be taken away from the on-ice officials.

    I hope they get it done and then we all get to go in the time machine and get to replay this series.

    I always thought it was talen away from them and given to Toronto officials.

    When did they switch to the referees judging their owm judgement?

  154. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    When the topic of “shutting down Getzlaf” came up a couple days ago Rishaug brought up that it should be Larsson.

    That made me curious, to see how the Oiler D had done against Getzlaf so far.

    This is what I found: (first 4 games only) 5v5 CF%

    Russell 50.9% (27.5min)
    Sekera 49.1% (26.2 min)
    Nurse 48.3% (14.5min)
    Larsson 41.8% (30,.5min)
    Benning 39.3% (14.3min)
    Klefbom 38.3% (29.2 min)

    I was quite surprised.

    It seemed that the best match up was Sekera-Russell.

    I then had a look at the top two pairs with each of 93 and 97 to see if a C was driving the results:

    All CF% below against Geztlaf:

    2-4 & 93 – 63.2%
    2-4 & 97 – 53.8%

    6-77 & 93 – 40.0%
    6-77 & 97 – 32.0%

    Wow.

    So the match up should have really gone to 2-4.

    With 2 going down early (PLEASE BE OK REJ!!!) that match up was unavailable.

    Here is the OIler Dmen vs Getzlaf yesterday:

    Larsson 34.3% (18min)
    Klefbom 33.3% (13,4min)
    Nurse 33.3% (9min)
    Russell 16.7% (7min)
    Benning 23.5% (7min)

    Lots and lots of score effects in there but no one really rose to the top.

    I’m intrigued as to why 2-4 do so much better (overall in the series) than 6-77.

  155. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Professor Q: I always thought it was talen away from them and given to Toronto officials.

    When did they switch to the referees judging their owm judgement?

    Goalie interference and offside have *never* been “situation room” calls.

    They have always been on-ice official calls and the “situation room” is just there to help provide video and their take.

    The situation room makes the calls on whether a puck crossed the line or not, but not GI or offside.

    They should just scrap the offside rule. Nothing good comes of it.

  156. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    ashley: It’s time to let it go, Woodguy.

    It seems that you can’t read the name “Larsson” without assuming the conversation is about Hall.

    In that case pretend that I wrote this: (which is true)

    “In 5v5 play Pouliot has drawn 3 penalties vs the Ducks and taken none, while Lucic has taken 3 penalties vs the Ducks and drawn none. I await the local MSM’s columns about how Lucic should be run out of town on a rail for his penalty differential”

  157. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    The Oilers are the Oilers because Oilers. The Oilers aren’t the Flames, imported and abstract, meaningless at best. And they aren’t the Canucks, bland and derogatory all at once.

    They are of the land and the strata. They are volume.

    They are the Oilers, and as Harold Innis taught us particular commodities have particular characteristics. Our region is known for violent booms and busts, cycles of uneven, under-development, or as geographer Trevor Barnes (2005) picks up, the “whirlwind ferocity of capitalist accumulation at resource sites, and the equally ferocious decline that follows.” Laissez les bon temps rouler cause forces extra to us, forces distant from us, in the colonial metropolis, in the centre of the universe, conspire to determine our region’s fate as much as we do. Stan Weir counts his eggs at insemination. Why? Because Oilers.

    Game 6: CMD gets his name on a few Junior High Schools starting tomorrow.

  158. commonfan14 says:

    commonfan14: One of the worst things about last night is that it’s going to be Step 1 in the Ovechkinization of McDavid in the minds of other hockey fans and the media.
    “Couldn’t get his team past the second round.”
    “Couldn’t step up when it really mattered.”
    It’s going to stink.

    I’ve done a 180.

    Screw it – we weren’t supposed to be here this year and all of this is gravy. Even if they lose, it’s a huge chip on their collective shoulder to push them even higher next year.

    Now that I’m out of my funk, I can really appreciate both Connor’s immediate reaction refusing to let Leon get down after the game, and his guarantee that they’d be back Wednesday.

    I have no reason not to believe him.

    On the comeback and the blown call, it stinks but it DOES happen and always has. Let’s no forget that Grier’s skate was in the crease for Bucky’s OT goal that completed the furious Game 3 comeback in ’97. It hurts but it was just our turn this time. Play on.

  159. New Improved Darkness says:

    Another one swallowed by the spam filtertrap. Missed a / in a closing blockquote, most of the post’s format ruined, because spam trap can’t even make a single edit to fix. Not rescuable in current form.

    Just three links, of type mostly harmless. Or is this hungry plant from Little Shop of Horrors now developing other secret prejudices?

    Where’s the line?

    My punch line was “good crop circle, bad crop circle”—but I guess you had to be there.

    ———

    I was eyeing up another hiatus after the ice-chips settled anyhow.

    Often I feel like I’ve become the hungry plant from Little Shop. Some of my excess verbal energy is overdue for new soil in any case. However, good soil is hard to find. And I’ve long been accustomed to high standards of deep debacle. For my part, more 😝 than 😭.

    As the worm turned, I was pretty amused by my jinx postsubmission from yesterday. A fitting end to a fitting season.

    Sew y’all, till next time, for now.

  160. treevojo says:

    Lots of dramatic proclamations around here last night and today.

    I like crazy coach’s approach.

    Savour every moment you get to watch mcdavid in oiler silks.

  161. godot10 says:

    Catching up on 1400 comments takes awhile.

    1) The Ducks are the better team, but the Oilers are close enough that “variance can still happen”. It is not over.

    2) Complaining about officiating is for losers.

    3) Both disputed goals were borderline, and at regular speed are good goals, IMHO. If one has to go to super slo mo and freeze frame… Don’t be like fans of the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills, or the Raiders still whining about the tuck rule.

    4) The Oilers benefited from a goal where there was a non-penalty call…arguably, Benning ripping Lindholm’s still out of his hand was a penalty on that play also.

    5) McLellan blundered in the last 5 minutes. A coaching lapse under pressure is not a new thing for him. The Oilers forwards caved and left the points uncovered. Why effing Maroon? He has no experience in attacking the points in an odd man situation. Ditto somewhat McDavid. If you want these players out there, you have to call a timeout and explain that the points have to be covered. McLellan played the “bendover” defense.

    6) Getzlaf got the better of Draisaitl. That will never be the media narrative. But part of that was Lucic being no help, and Slepyshev being a rookie. i.e. The coach gave Draisaitl no help.

    6) Bill Belichek would not leave his best face off guy (who is also a reliable checker and PK’er) in the pressbox, in favor of a player (Desharnais), who cannot help you in this series. The coach is stubborn.

    7) If Sekera cannot go, the OIlers have to go 7D, Gryba (to help out on the PK) and one of Oesterle or Reihart. I figure McLellan would take Osterle. I’d take Reinhart. One figures the Ducks would wake Reinhart up with a few good hits.

    8) Kassian’s picking a fight with Ritchie when you are up 2-0 in the game was a poor decision. Fighting in general is pointless. Fighting in the playoffs is just stupid. It means one is distracted from the real task at hand.

  162. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    New Improved Darkness:
    Another one swallowed by the spam filtertrap.Missed a / in a closing blockquote, most of the post’s format ruined, because spam trap can’t even make a single edit to fix.Not rescuable in current form.

    Just three links, of type mostly harmless.Or is this hungry plant from Little Shop of Horrors now developing other secret prejudices?

    Where’s the line?

    My punch line was “good crop circle, bad crop circle”—but I guess you had to be there.

    ———

    I was eyeing up another hiatus after the ice-chips settled anyhow.

    Often I feel like I’ve become the hungry plant from Little Shop.Some of my excess verbal energy is overdue for new soil in any case.However, good soil is hard to find.And I’ve long been accustomed to high standards of deep debacle.For my part, more than .

    As the worm turned, I was pretty amused by my jinx postsubmission from yesterday.A fitting end to a fitting season.

    Sew y’all, till next time, for now.

    Given that this is common I’m surprised you don’t write out your posts on Word or similar and then cut and paste them as posts.

    If they get eaten they’ll still exist and be available for editing.

  163. treevojo says:

    Chachi,

    Time to start grating your scrotum.

  164. ashley says:

    Woodguy v2.0: It seems that you can’t read the name “Larsson” without assuming the conversation is about Hall.

    In that case pretend that I wrote this: (which is true)

    “In 5v5 play Pouliot has drawn 3 penalties vs the Ducks and taken none, while Lucic has taken 3 penalties vs the Ducks and drawn none.I await the local MSM’s columns about how Lucic should be run out of town on a rail for his penalty differential”

    Oh, ok. Bad read on my part, I guess.

  165. Radiusofnerdature says:

    It’s bad when even Calgary fans who are *not* supporting the Oilers playoff run are calling this a fix. I got a call from a flames homer friend of mine today. He spent the whole morning in his combine listening to his Calgary sports stations and apparently all they have been talking about down there is how badly the Oilers are getting screwed over by the league.

  166. Chachi says:

    treevojo:
    Chachi,

    Time to start grating your scrotum.

    I just skip the posts now. Let me know when he progresses to writing that Ralph Krueger themed erotic fiction that is just waiting to come out.

  167. Duane Hewitt says:

    It’s things like “interpretation of the rule” and “benefit of the doubt” that rub me the wrong way. If a rule is a rule, then a call is a call and I can handle that. These other things are excuses for officials to get it wrong without having to own up to it.

  168. oilfan17 says:

    6) Getzlaf got the better of Draisaitl.That will never be the media narrative.But part of that was Lucic being no help, and Slepyshev being a rookie. i.e. The coach gave Draisaitl no help.

    Maybe in the fancy stats Getzlaf got the better of Drai, but not on the scoresheet, where it counts.

    In Period 1, Getzlaf had 3 EV shots, no goal (Drai was coping with new linemates who, as you say, were not much help..)
    In Period 2, Getzlaf had 2 shots no goals, Drai had 3 shots 1 goal.

    In Period 3 Getzlaf had no shots until the EN goal he scored that started the 3 goal comeback, when his shot caromed off Drai’s back.

    In OT 1, Getzlaf had no EV shots.

    In OT 2, ditto.

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