I have tried in these years to hate Carolina, but it’s hard to find bad things about a place where Nina Simone was born. I have tried to despise that Hurricane team, but Doug Weight was on that team so it isn’t a universal hatred. I’ve tried to hate Jimmy Rutherford, but the man played for so many bad teams it doesn’t seem fair to be angry at him for climbing Mount Stanley on the Oilers’ watch.
I’ve decided to trumpet the 2006 Oilers. What a wonderful team! Roloson had such a wonderful run, the blueline had real star power and was extremely effective, and the offense was firing on all cylinders. The coach had a strong hand every series and played them with aplomb.
St. Fernando, Smytty, the Hemmer, the Russian Horcov, the Human Rake, Rollie the Goalie, Radek and Peca and Raffi and Rachel Hunter and on it went. The hired guns (Spacek, Samsonov), Winchester’s goal and #10 blocking a shot in Detroit City with his face. You could write 2 Subterranean Homesick Blues with all the news that spring.
They won a pennant, the first in this town in more than 15 years. Bless you boys, wherever you are.
The Hurricanes lost in Calgary due to a missed extra point last night and they’re pretty awful. Having said that, the Oilers aren’t exactly lighting things up over the last month so fans shouldn’t be too confident. In their last ten, Edmonton is 4-5-1 and the Hurricanes are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games.
Oilers are due a PP goal and it would be nice to see Paajarvi score a goal. A win is a must, but we’ve been saying that for awhile now.