KINGS AT OILERS, G3 (12-13) 24.1.13

These two organizations will be forever connected by the Gretzky trade. The deal–in the opinion of many–changed hockey forever. Looking back on the days of summer 1988, the thing that stands out is the quotes from the principal players.

  • Peter Pocklington: ”Wayne has an ego the size of Manhattan. ‘I understand that though. If people had told me how great I was day in and day out for 10 years, I’m sure my ego would be a pretty generous size, too.”
  • Peter Pocklington: ”He’s a great actor, I thought he pulled it off beautifully when he showed how upset he was. ‘I think he was upset, but he wants the big dream.”
  • Gretzky on Pocklington’s comments: ”I’m not going to get into a war of words with anybody from Edmonton. ‘But if that’s what he thinks, then I’m very disappointed. ‘I’m grateful for what the Oilers did for me for 10 years. I’m proud to have been an Oiler, and people who know me and are friends of mine know the statements aren’t true.’
  • Edmonton Mayor Lawrence Decore‘It’s like taking all the bridges away and saying, ‘Edmonton, this is what you’re going to look like.”
  • Los Angeles drew 452,248 fans to 40 home games last season, putting the team next to last in the 21-team league. (Detroit was No. 1 with 785,532; Edmonton was sixth with 678,270 and Vancouver was last with 440,095.)
  • At the news conference in Edmonton, Pocklington portrayed himself as a somewhat reluctant participant in the deal.

In later years the Oilers and Kings have done business, with Lubo, Ryan Smyth and the pick that turned into Oscar Klefbom the major players coming to Edmonton and Jarret Stoll, Dustin Penner and Colin Fraser heading the other way for the Cup rings. Its funny, the Gretzky trade shook the foundation but Lombardi’s gathering of Oiler talent for the big run is impressive in its own way. I’m glad the Kings won the Stanley, and was impressed when they brought back Rogie Vachon and Marcel Dionne to help celebrate it opening night.   A lot of people wondered why 99 wasn’t there, but for me bringing the old guard in was a reminder that champions and all time greats should never be measured by number of Stanley’s won. Greatness can exist on a mediocre or poor team, Oiler fans 92-now must know this to be true.

As far as I know, there won’t be any lineup changes tonight:

  • Nuge-Hall-Eberle
  • Gagner-Yakupov-Hemsky
  • Horcoff-Smyth-Hartikainen
  • Belanger-Paajarvi-Petrell
  • Smid-Petry
  • Schultz-Schultz
  • Whitney-Potter
  • Dubnyk

One thing the Oilers need to do tonight is stay out of the penalty box. Especially early. The game was in peril by the time Taylor Hall took his second shift, that’s craziness. Also, with the Kings defense decimated, the speed demon forwards need to push on the forecheck and try to get their blue to make mistakes and take penalties.

The Oilers have two outstanding PP units. Can we mail one back to MacT a decade ago?

The Barons lines and pairings were interesting last night. With two new arrivals, I was interested in seeing who would get pushed down the lineup:

  • Arcobello-Green-Cheechoo
  • Lander-Rajala-Pelss
  • Martindale-Byers-Tyrvainen
  • VandeVelde-Hamilton-House
  • Brett Clark-Taylor Fedun
  • Martin Marincin-Nathan Deck
  • Kane Lafranchise-Colten Teubert

The ‘AHL veteran’ line is joined on defense by newcomer Brett Clark (also and AHL veteran) and Taylor Fedun, the most capable of the Oilers D prospects this season. Its interesting to see Rajala-Pelss pushing through (and on a line with Lander) past the others, and both had good games (Pelss 5 shots, Rajala an assist and 4 shots).

Marincin had his best game in a long while and flew several sorties into enemy territory. He resembled the player we saw in the fall, and scored (1-1-2) for the first time in forever.

Olivier Roy stopped 33 of 37. If I had to guess about callups, I’d go with F’s VandeVelde and Arcobello, and Fedun and Teubert on D. Brett Clark may find his way into that conversation soon.

 

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  1. fuzzy muppet says:

    Fistric draws penalty #3.

    Have they made #45 jerseys yet?

  2. crude says:

    The Oilers have yet to lead a game at any point this year.

  3. Matt.N says:

    Fantastic sequence by RNH on that shift. Hall didn’t support at all.

  4. hunter1909 says:

    Make Fistric the Oiler’s captain already.

  5. BlacqueJacque says:

    You know, it’s 1-0 LA with 13 minutes left in the period and you’re wondering why the score is so low and the game has slowed down. Then you remember this is Brent Sutter hockey.

    7 power plays per team so far. Over half the game at this point.

  6. Lucinius says:

    With the exception of the Nick Schultz double brain fart, the defense has been a lot better, as well, tonight. Liking Fistric a lot. Don’t see him getting subbed out after this.

  7. Matt.N says:

    Time for the PP to connect.

  8. hunter1909 says:

    Pat Quinn loves Fistric.

  9. fuzzy muppet says:

    Lucinius,

    No chance. Potter is only in if they sit Whitney

  10. Lucinius says:

    Ah, Fraser. I remember when people were saying you couldn’t win in the playoffs with him as your fourth line center (when he was here).

  11. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers being given chances. Don’t seem to believe

  12. Lucinius says:

    This powerplay has to bloody score, with all our talent. I know the Kings PK is excellent, but still. We need the goal!

  13. SK Oiler Fan says:

    No way this team should go 0 for 7 on the pp. Krueger has some work to do.

  14. BlacqueJacque says:

    Lucinius:
    Ah, Fraser. I remember when people were saying you couldn’t win in the playoffs with him as your fourth line center (when he was here).

    That brings me back, to the days when some people were delusional enough to think a 4th line centre was the difference between the Oil and the playoffs.

    I might even have been one of them.

  15. Lucinius says:

    Krueger isn’t doing the special teams this year, btw, apparently. Someone else is doing that job. Which is just dumb.

  16. bookjLe says:

    Other than the Oilers not scoring, there are some good things happening out there.

  17. fuzzy muppet says:

    Quick is looking like a wall. He simply doesn’t allow any rebounds.

  18. Professor Q says:

    Sheesh I keep getting logged out when I refresh…aya. Good game so far gentlemen and ladies? Haven’t been able to keep up too.

  19. godot10 says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    No way this team should go 0 for 7 on the pp. Krueger has some work to do.

    Krueger can’t fix the bad ice.

  20. hunter1909 says:

    Pajaarvi just got drilled twice in the offensive zone. The first time he seemed stunned, the second time he simply quit playing.

    It’s going to be fun watching him get run out of the NHL.

    OIlers = Darwinism at it’s finest.

  21. "Steve Smith" says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Quick is looking like a wall.He simply doesn’t allow any rebounds.

    Because I’m like that: that is nothing like a wall.

  22. striatic says:

    this is a very frustrating game to watch.

    wonderful that Quick picks tonight to get his game back.

    lots of broken sticks and fanned shots from the Oilers, who look like the better team. not that it matters.

  23. fuzzy muppet says:

    That’s another BS call. Stick checks are illegal now

  24. "Steve Smith" says:

    godot10: Krueger can’t fix the bad ice.

    Do you think maybe that now that they’re getting their new arena they’ll turn the ice-not-suck-o-matic back on for the rest of their time at Rexall?

  25. hunter1909 says:

    Best game I’ve ever seen Ryan Smyth play since returning.

    He’s going to win that cup with the Oilers, lol.

  26. fuzzy muppet says:

    An they miss a blatant too many men penalty AARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH

  27. bookjLe says:

    Dubnyk has been exceptional!

  28. "Steve Smith" says:

    You know, we’ve probably only been clearly outplayed one period this year (maybe two – I didn’t see the first period against Vancouver). But at some point we probably need to win games.

  29. Ice Sage says:

    Good Road game by Kings. All their stars playing playoff hockey. More growing pains for Oil

  30. fuzzy muppet says:

    bookjLe,

    now if he can find consistency…

  31. Lucinius says:

    Honestly, this has been a good game by the Oilers, overall. Only issue has been the lack of production by the powerplay. Krueger needs to take charge of it again, imo.

  32. Lowetide says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    You know, we’ve probably only been clearly outplayed one period this year (maybe two – I didn’t see the first period against Vancouver).But at some point we probably need to win games.

    If the Oilers play this well every night, they’ll win their share. The Kings have been terrific tonight, Doughty and Kopitar have skated miles and Quick is the best player on the ice.

    A final PP.

  33. FPB94 says:

    Eberle’s stickhandling is something to watch. Like silk.

  34. striatic says:

    “Steve Smith”: You know, we’ve probably only been clearly outplayed one period this year (maybe two – I didn’t see the first period against Vancouver). But at some point we probably need to win games.

    the last two periods against SJ don’t count. they got up by five and intentionally coasted to the win.

    this game is frustrating but this is how LA wins regular season games now, especially last year. they’ll give you chances but not great ones, and win by a goal.

  35. Lucinius says:

    Have. To. Score. On. This. Powerplay. Cannot emphasis it enough.

  36. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Lucinius:
    Krueger isn’t doing the special teams this year, btw, apparently. Someone else is doing that job. Which is just dumb.

    Well if bucky is running the pp that would explain alot

  37. fuzzy muppet says:

    Proud of the effort tonight. Tough break catching the Champs coming off losses. They’ve hung around with a real good team.

    Win or lose, they’ve been very good tonight

  38. bookjLe says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    You know, we’ve probably only been clearly outplayed one period this year (maybe two – I didn’t see the first period against Vancouver).But at some point we probably need to win games.

    Which period?

  39. striatic says:

    pull dubnyk now.

  40. "Steve Smith" says:

    bookjLe,

    I was talking in aggregate terms – obviously there hasn’t been any one period during which we were obviously outplayed.

  41. Lucinius says:

    ….

    Third time a defenseman has saved a goal for the Kings in the game.

  42. Oilanderp says:

    Sweet Jesus YESSSSSS… really nice work by Gagner lol
    edit: WOW WTF Quick didn’t even try to get back in the net.

  43. fuzzy muppet says:

    FUCK YEAH!~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. BlacqueJacque says:

    NUGE WITH A NUGGET!

  45. FPB94 says:

    Eberle. Truly magnificent player.

  46. PunjabiOil says:

    The highs, the lows, the drama unfolds. This is why we watch sport.

  47. bookjLe says:

    Nice

  48. fuzzy muppet says:

    They missed a obvious penalty on gagner. That’s Karma….

  49. "Steve Smith" says:

    PunjabiOil,

    Personally, I watch for the reffing.

  50. Lucinius says:

    Yes!

  51. delooper says:

    Wow, whenever a few Oilers learn how to win some faceoffs, this will be a dangerous team.

  52. PunjabiOil says:

    WTF

  53. bookjLe says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    bookjLe,

    I was talking in aggregate terms – obviously there hasn’t been any one period during which we were obviously outplayed.

    Obviously

  54. fuzzy muppet says:

    ANd they are screwing them AGAIN

  55. striatic says:

    FINALLY!

  56. rich says:

    What?

  57. Thinker says:

    About three penalties on that play.

  58. Ice Sage says:

    BS

  59. hunter1909 says:

    Horcoff’s authority helps the refs make the correct decision, as usual.

  60. bookjLe says:

    Ok, I am starting a fund for the $10,000 fine that Kruger gets after the game!

  61. striatic says:

    WTF!?

    worst. game. ever.

  62. fuzzy muppet says:

    Absolute horseshit…….I haven’t been this mad since the Mcgoof hand pass call

  63. Professor Q says:

    Sigh…maybe I’ll get to watch the Battle of Alberta at least…I always miss the exciting things…

  64. bookjLe says:

    The oilers should just walk out. I am pretty sure Katz will pay the fine.

  65. "Steve Smith" says:

    This reffing is like Enrico Pallazzo in reverse.

  66. striatic says:

    ridiculous.

  67. jp says:

    Unbelievable. And I suspect we’ll see a delay of game call for the crowd throwing stuff on the ice.

    Just unbelievable.

  68. Lucinius says:

    Refs remember who paid them, apparently.

  69. BlacqueJacque says:

    These refs are unprecedentedly bad. They’re going to need an airlift out of Rexall.

  70. "Steve Smith" says:

    Ice Sage:
    BS

    That’s what the fans said.

  71. bookjLe says:

    You still can’t call it after the play. There is no instant replay for interference.

  72. russ99 says:

    That’s the capper of a total horseshit night of refereeing.

  73. hunter1909 says:

    OIlers/Kings rivalry is back!

  74. Thinker says:

    Ridiculous

  75. "Steve Smith" says:

    jp:
    Unbelievable. And I suspect we’ll see a delay of game call for the crowd throwing stuff on the ice.

    I am sincerely surprised that we didn’t.

  76. Lowetide says:

    In a way, its fitting. This game was a clusterfuck from the word go. And the refs took it out of the players hands. Lordy.

  77. striatic says:

    so Gagner gets pushed into the goalie, trapped in the pad trying to get out, and gets goalie interference for not being able to get out quickly enough?

  78. bookjLe says:

    I think it is the worst ruffed game I have seen in the NHL.

  79. Matt.N says:

    He clearly signalled a goal. You can’t review a penalty. This is blatantly wrong. FFS.

  80. jp says:

    I just heard Mike Johnson say “a break for the Oilers”. Haha.

  81. hunter1909 says:

    A moral victory!

  82. fuzzy muppet says:

    YAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. FPB94 says:

    Yakupov with the Baseball Swing.

  84. Bar_Qu says:

    Yak!!!!!

  85. bookjLe says:

    Fuck me! Just fuck, wow, sorry Jesus wow!

  86. jp says:

    Wow. Yak says FUCK YOU refs.

  87. namflashback says:

    Holy shit!

  88. PunjabiOil says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO

  89. "Steve Smith" says:

    That one’s for you, zebra.

  90. Rebilled says:

    LEGEND!!!!

  91. delooper says:

    Ha! Yakupov is going to be a happy guy in Edmonton.

  92. rich says:

    This team has character! After the refs nearly screwed them out of a point. BRAVO!

  93. Lucinius says:

    Karma is such a bitch

  94. khildahl says:

    Fuck, I love 64.

  95. bookjLe says:

    Schultz to Hall to Yakupov! We might hear that again.

  96. Bar_Qu says:

    He obviously never watched historic games he would never have imitated Fleury there.

    Forgiven.

  97. striatic says:

    HOLY LIVING FUCK!!!!!!!!

  98. BlacqueJacque says:

    OHMIGODYAAAAKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This game is awesome.

  99. jp says:

    Kruger a little excited there behind the bench too. Anyone else notice the slap that SS got?

  100. Oilanderp says:

    WOW. Just… wow. WOW.

  101. russ99 says:

    Thank goodness.

    Love the guitar slide at center ice!! That kid is crazy.

  102. Ice Sage says:

    Effin Oilers, should come with a drfibrillator

  103. SK Oiler Fan says:

    What a stupid game, great hand eye under pressure like that

  104. Professor Q says:

    I didn’t even see it and I’m pissed!

  105. Matt.N says:

    Great celly!

    Love this kid

  106. bookjLe says:

    We should get minor league refs all the time, this has been a fun game so far.

  107. striatic says:

    mother. of. god.

  108. crude says:

    ow ow

  109. delooper says:

    There’s an 80′s Oilers moment… reincarnated 20 years later. Wow.

  110. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Surorised it wasn’t called a high stick

  111. jake70 says:

    Great call by Coach K to put Belanger out for the draw.

  112. hunter1909 says:

    I even like Shawn Horcoff right now.

  113. Ice Sage says:

    Pls stop the fleury comps

  114. PunjabiOil says:

    Belanger didn’t get an assist on that, but a key unsung hero in that face-off win.

  115. russ99 says:

    Got em on the ropes, lets win this!!

  116. gogliano says:

    Odds they call the goal no goal–put in with a high stick–during the break?

    I say 50/50.

  117. striatic says:

    now win, dammit. win.

  118. "Steve Smith" says:

    Ice Sage,

    So help me God, I always kind of liked Fleury.

  119. Ice Sage says:

    Refs conducting a bittersweet symphony

  120. Professor Q says:

    On the Live Update, it says the goal was disallowed due to a player being in the crease – was that reincarnated in the new CBA?

  121. hunter1909 says:

    Whitney! LMAO

  122. BlacqueJacque says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    Ice Sage,

    So help me God, I always kind of liked Fleury.

    Steve Smith would be a secret Flames fan.

  123. jp says:

    Johnson doesn’t like the call!!!

  124. fuzzy muppet says:

    This game has been unreal.

    It’s game three! and it feel like #82 with a playoff birth on the line…

  125. fuzzy muppet says:

    Eberle…SHOOT THAT!

  126. fuzzy muppet says:

    I LOVE 64.

  127. Ice Sage says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    Yeah, he’s improved with age and Gagner!!!!

  128. fuzzy muppet says:

    FUCK YES!!!!!!!!!!

  129. Bar_Qu says:

    Whatta game

  130. FPB94 says:

    I was wondering when the hell someone would go to the net. Thanks Sam.

  131. BlacqueJacque says:

    And Gags with a fuck you to his haters.

    Oilers with a fuck you to the refs.

  132. jake70 says:

    Lol, nuts!!

  133. Woodguy says:

    They bloody well deserved that.

  134. hunter1909 says:

    This was against the defending Champions, right?

  135. jp says:

    I like these new Oilers. Great F’ing game.

  136. rich says:

    Justice.

  137. Lowetide says:

    I’m exhausted.

  138. russ99 says:

    Wow, craziest Oilers game in years.

    Awesome win. Refs can’t keep us down.

  139. delooper says:

    The Oilers are out of the doldrums. No more bottom-feeder Oilers no no no.

  140. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I’m sure Gags was in the crease again

  141. bookjLe says:

    Welcome to the 2013 Oilers!

  142. striatic says:

    goodnight refs!

  143. Jon K says:

    Sweet. Baby. Jesus.

  144. fuzzy muppet says:

    Lowetide,

    time for a scotch

  145. striatic says:

    that game was sick.

  146. "Steve Smith" says:

    We’re not out of the woods yet – give ‘em half an hour or so.

  147. namflashback says:

    Sam’s a gamer tonight. Dirty cross-check on Doughty, victim of the dumbass call by the ref, hero on the play to the night.

  148. crude says:

    What a game.

  149. jp says:

    I’m looking forward to the Sportscenter recap…

    Edit: disappointing. I don’t think Hedger watched the game :)

  150. wordbird says:

    Crazy balls.

  151. Bar_Qu says:

    The hero of this game? Dubnyk kept them in there until Yak and Gagner could put those pucks in. Good bounce back performance.

  152. BlacqueJacque says:

    How’s this for irony… terrible refereeing made for a great game.

  153. jb says:

    That game went from stupid to magical. I don’t even know what to say about that Yakupov goal

  154. Lowetide says:

    What a freaking game. My wife and I were yelling so loud at the television, with so many profanities that the kids came down to make sure we weren’t fighting with each other! The dog was hiding!

    And then Nail scored and it got worse. Thank God it wasn’t on video. :-)

    Fucking kids, they’ll be the death of me (not mine, the Oilers).

  155. bookjLe says:

    Hell of a game by Dubnyk.

  156. "Steve Smith" says:

    Gagner 17% on the dot – I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that from a natural centre.

  157. PunjabiOil says:

    Hall had a good game

  158. delooper says:

    It appears Yakupov is a major clutch player like Eberle. Wow.

  159. Thor762 says:

    Remember that first no goal when Yak shot the puck into the net after the re(tards)fs blew the whistle early….where Quick came out and gave lip to Yakupov?

    SOOOO fitting that Nail was the one to save the game in the last couple seconds.

  160. Oilanderp says:

    I haven’t run around the house cheering for over 20 years.

  161. "Steve Smith" says:

    Okay, looks like the Gagner goal’s going to stand – whoo!

  162. bookjLe says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    Gagner 17% on the dot – I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that from a natural centre.

    I don’t understand why they don’t just have a winger take the draws.

  163. Lucinius says:

    I love Yakupov and his celebrations. After all that bullshit from the refs, time clock.. he reacts again like he just won the lotto, had a baby, won the Stanley Cup and single handedly won WW2 all at the exact same time.

    Nice work by Gags tonight. Liked Paajarvi as well. Fistric was a calming effect on D. Smid had an interesting, but good game. Dubnyk was solid, with the only goal against a fair one to give up (beat on a breakaway by a fantastic shot).

    But Yakupov! Wow.

    This game was epic. Throw in a bench brawl and it’d have had everything.

  164. "Steve Smith" says:

    bookjLe: I don’t understand why they don’t just have a winger take the draws.

    Or a defenceman. Or Yann Danis, or Ralph Krueger. How much worse could it get?

  165. BlacqueJacque says:

    Hey, how about this unsung hero for the Oilers – Devan Dubnyk!

  166. "Steve Smith" says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    Hey, how about this unsung hero for the Oilers – Devan Dubnyk!

    I do not think that “unsung” means what you think it means.

    (Seriously, search this comments page for “Dubnyk”, and tell me how you get “unsung” out of that.)

  167. jake70 says:

    The oldest player on the ice for that winning goal was the senior citizen Gagner at 23. Fun.

    I mentioned the other night the OT options for Krueger are multiple. I know it was PP goal but I don’t see this team going to too many shootouts.

  168. Lowetide says:

    Well for me, Dubnyk, Schultz, Petry, Fistric, Nuge, Gagner, Hall, Yakupov and Paajarvi had strong games. So, our weak spot is RW!!!!!

  169. striatic says:

    Thor762: Remember that first no goal when Yak shot the puck into the net after the re(tards)fs blew the whistle early….where Quick came out and gave lip to Yakupov?

    i forgot that first stoopid no-goal.

    the refs really were well and truly atrocious.

  170. bookjLe says:

    “Steve Smith”: Or a defenceman.Or Yann Danis, or Ralph Krueger.How much worse could it get?

    17%

  171. bookjLe says:

    “Steve Smith”: I do not think that “unsung” means what you think it means.

    (Seriously, search this comments page for “Dubnyk”, and tell me how you get “unsung” out of that.)

    Those were typed.

  172. Lucinius says:

    Lowetide,

    Except MPS played RW! There’s one RWer in your list!

    Man, that celebration by Yakupov will probably get roasted by the Toronto media tomorrow, but even TSN’s Flames’ correspondent loved it, given the circumstances with the refs.

  173. voxwah says:

    We are in the playoffs!!

  174. Lowetide says:

    bookjLe: 17%

    I’ve never questioned your math.

  175. 48 percent body fat says:

    RNH can not handle this many minutes, or the tough ones for that matter. Not sold on him 5 on 5 yet.

    Hemsky and the second line is not getting enough ice time. Gagner only got a lot because of the penalty kill.

    There is nothing wrong with the top line getting 20 and the second getting 18. Why is Krueger putting that much on them. They aren’t as creative as they were with less time. I know they need more but this is too much too soon.

    Also the second pp unit looks more dangerous. Yet after a long shift by the first line, the second line goes out for ten seconds draws and penalty and gets pulled off the ice. The first line is tired and the penalty gets killed off with ease.

    Kruger looks like a genius on a lot of things but there is still lots to work out.

  176. fuzzy muppet says:

    Lucinius,

    I’m sure the MSM is hacking away at keyboards as we speak trying to say what an arrogant, disrespectful Russian move that was

  177. Woodguy says:

    Imagine this team with Streit instead of Whitney.

  178. fuzzy muppet says:

    48 percent body fat,

    You do realize there was like a million penalties that game…

  179. khildahl says:

    The only thing that would have made this win better would have been if I could hear Rod call it. I can’t even begin to imagine what would have come out of his mouth tonight.

  180. Lucinius says:

    Fleury liked Yak’s celebration. Said it was the best 3rd game celebration he’s ever seen!

  181. striatic says:

    Lucinius: Man, that celebration by Yakupov will probably get roasted by the Toronto media tomorrow, but even TSN’s Flames’ correspondent loved it, given the circumstances with the refs.

    after a goal of that quality, in a situation like that, you gotta give the guy some poetic license.

    damn, that celebration wasn’t cocky, it was magical.

  182. Lois Lowe says:

    Woodguy:
    Imagine this team with Streit instead of Whitney.

    slightly less bad?

  183. "Steve Smith" says:

    khildahl:
    The only thing that would have made this win better would have been if I could hear Rod call it.I can’t even begin to imagine what would have come out of his mouth tonight.

    Tikkanen would have had a good night.

  184. Ribs says:

    I like it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cHB3Rbz1OI

    What a mess of a game. Lots of fun stuff to watch in this game but the thing that made the biggest impression with me is Justin Schultz. I can’t believe this guy is in game 3 of his NHL career. Smoothest guy on the ice at times tonight, and that is saying a lot!

  185. striatic says:

    Woodguy:
    Imagine this team with Streit instead of Whitney.

    now that’s just cruel.

  186. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    crazy, crazy shit… I don’t think I’ll sleep tonight…

    that felt like a playoff game from start to finish… all the chances, the tension, the quality goaltending, the refs and their weird ideas… just.. nuts.

    live sports… hell of a thing.

  187. bookjLe says:

    48 percent body fat:
    RNH can not handle this many minutes, or the tough ones for that matter.Not sold on him 5 on 5 yet.

    Hemsky and the second line is not getting enough ice time.Gagner only got a lot because of the penalty kill.

    There is nothing wrong with the top line getting 20 and the second getting 18.Why is Krueger putting that much on them.They aren’t as creative as they were with less time.I know they need more but this is too much too soon.

    Also the second pp unit looks more dangerous.Yet after a long shift by the first line, the second line goes out for ten seconds draws and penalty and gets pulled off the ice.The first line is tired and the penalty gets killed off with ease.

    Kruger looks like a genius on a lot of things but there is still lots to work out.

    RNH also holds his stick wrong.

  188. BlacqueJacque says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Lucinius,

    I’m sure the MSM is hacking away at keyboards as we speak trying to say what an arrogant, disrespectful Russian move that was

    Damian Cox and Don Cherry should be particularly entertaining.

  189. "Steve Smith" says:

    bookjLe,

    So 83% as good?

  190. khildahl says:

    BlacqueJacque: Damian Cox and Don Cherry should be particularly entertaining.

    I guess there’s a first time for everything.

  191. OilClog says:

    Wow, been a long time since a oiler game left me speechless.

    Yakupov, may he forever be an Oiler.

  192. Rebilled says:

    Lowetide,

    Lot of swearing around these parts too. wow.

  193. Lowetide says:

    God love that Russian kid, that celebration is absolutely terrific.

  194. commonfan14 says:

    Coach K on Yak: “He’s watched a lot of soccer games.”

  195. khildahl says:

    Lowetide:
    God love that Russian kid, that celebration is absolutely terrific.

    I could watch it all night.

  196. bookjLe says:

    I just watched the last few minutes of the game again and yes, it was that freaking awesome.

    Yakupov Jersey’s will be flying off the racks tomorrow.

  197. striatic says:

    Rebilled: Lot of swearing around these parts too. wow.

    my wife and i went ballistic so many times, the cat went into hiding and both our voices are hoarse.

  198. Matt.N says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Lucinius,

    I’m sure the MSM is hacking away at keyboards as we speak trying to say what an arrogant, disrespectful Russian move that was

    Any shit talk on twitter from anyone and I will be going for my first twitter block.

  199. Lucinius says:

    Still wired, honestly. Granted, I woke up just before the game, but for all the vitriol I was spewing in my mind at the screen during the game, for the Oilers to actually win the game in the fashion they did? Just wow.

    This team looked fantastic for large enough parts of the night (except that damnable powerplay) against a Kings’ team back in form. Sure, there’ll be more games like the San Jose game than we’d like this year.. but in previous years I just don’t see them pulling out the Vancouver and L.A. games like they have.

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