This is Pavel Bure. When he was healthy and “on his game” there were few players in history more exciting. As much as the two Stanley Cup final losses hurt Canuck fans, the day they backed up the Sateco and moved his stuff to the other coast hurt more.
He was a dynamo, a real honest-to-goodess, Yvan Cournoyer-type speed burner with a tremendous ability to lurk behind the defense, grab the puck, find another gear and score lovely goals seemingly at will.
The current Panthers have some nice things (Bouwmeester isn’t having the season he did last year but he’s quality, Nathan Horton is my nominee for this generation’s Cam Neely–I’m just waiting for the trade to the Bruins, and Jokinen is having a fine career that no one knows about) and they are more button down than they’ve been at any time since the Stanley run out of the box in the mid-90s.
For the Oilers tonight it’ll no doubt be Garon in goal unless he’s hurt or called the coach a name. The Kid Line is no doubt going to get their chances and the Horcoff line will have to win the game. Some rough edges on Gilbert Gilbert last game but he’s still the only D I can watch without having sphincter issues.
The Edmonton Oilers can win this game. They can also play a full 60 minutes. They just haven’t recently is all.