OILERS AT SHARKS G7 (12-13) 31.1.13

As we begin today, Taylor Hall is tied for 7th in the entire league in assists and tied for 13th in overall scoring. The Oilers are in 5th place in the conference and with a win tonight could sit alone atop the NW division. What the hell is going on around here?

Ralph Krueger isn’t going to use his goons unless he has to based on what we’ve seen this season. He mentioned yesterday that teams value those 2 points so much every night in the shortened season, and that could mean some of the career enforcers in the league wind up out of work or in the minors. Darcy Hordichuk could be one of them.

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This Nail Yakupov fellow keeps scoring goals! A huge one last night has the young Russian at 6, 4-0-4 so far this season. This despite some long stretches of ‘rookieness’ and several turnovers in bad areas (all of which is to be expected, learning involves mistakes).

NHL ROOKIE SCORING 2012-13

ROOKIE SCORING CAPTURE

Bob McKenzie’s mid-season top 30 is out, worth having a look at if you’re a draft nut. I think its very good that a talent like Pulock is at #15, a clear indicator that this is indeed a deep draft.

Terry Jones has an article out about the Oilers and their draft plans for this year and some nice comments from Stu MacGregor.

  • MBS on Eberle in his draft year:  “You always hear teams at the draft say ‘We had him projected a lot higher’. That was definitely the case with Eberle. When we went to the draft that June we had him No. 10.”

I had a coffee with David Staples yesterday (we do that about once a year) and he spent about 5 minutes talking about Lennart Petrell and how much he liked him. Hours later, Petrell went out and had perhaps his best game as an Oiler.

Oilers looked stifling at times on the forecheck last night, those third and fourth lines are really starting to show well. Ryan Smyth had some wheels last night–well, he was faster–and Hartikainen was effective in his role too. A nice little team here, confidence is rising.

About tonight: the Sharks are a very good team and everything is firing smoothly. If the Oilers weren’t my team, I’d say they’re going to get killed. They are my team, so I’ll be happy if the final result is close. Would consider it justice if Khabibulin played tonight, doubt it happens.

Anyone hear anything about Horcoff?

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Tonight won’t be perfect, but I’ll be interested to see if Taylor Hall can push the river against a very good, veteran club like San Jose. I think he’s about to go super nova.

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  1. khildahl says:

    JohnnyRocket,

    Nope. That wicked setup for a one-timer that Nail whiffed on was totally an accident.

  2. khildahl says:

    Crazy boards in that building.

  3. JohnnyRocket says:

    Hemsky looks like he will pass to anyone on the ice but Yakupov. If I were Krueger, I’d watch some tape and have a quiet talk with him.

  4. BlacqueJacque says:

    Lowetide:
    Horcoff has been invisible.

    He doesn’t remember the hit, and claims he has no concussion or has ever had one….

    Right.

  5. Jon K says:

    I think that shift for Fistric demonstrated his shortcomings very well.

  6. Lowetide says:

    I’ve tried, but Petry needs to change his number back.

  7. VanOil says:

    Win or lose I feel less like stabbing myself in the eye then when the Oilers are not playing Phoenix or Minnesota

  8. JohnnyRocket says:

    khildahl:

    My bad. I just tuned in. Missed part of the period. But there does seem to be a disconnect between 83 and 64. Or is it just that 64 is roaming all over and isn’t in areas to take the puck?

  9. khildahl says:

    JohnnyRocket: My bad. I just tuned in. Missed part of the period. But there does seem to be a disconnect between 83 and 64. Or is it just that 64 is roaming all over and isn’t in areas to take the puck?

    Mostly the latter, I think.

  10. Rebilled says:

    Dubnyk thinks Havlat sucks,

    If #56 was a dman, he’s be TeeMuni.

  11. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Wow, what a pass by Petry to hit Hemsky in full flight

  12. delooper says:

    Hemsky just tried to pass to 64, 8pm, Jan 31st.

    Gagner was chewing on his mouthguard. Not a good sign.

  13. BlacqueJacque says:

    JohnnyRocket: My bad. I just tuned in. Missed part of the period. But there does seem to be a disconnect between 83 and 64. Or is it just that 64 is roaming all over and isn’t in areas to take the puck?

    Gagner has chemistry with Hemsky, and Gagner has chemistry with Yak. But Yak and Hemsky don’t have chemistry.

    I’m pretty sure it’s not my imagination, but I’ve seen Yak drift to the right wing in every game on at least one occasion and often several times in a game. All his goals are from the right side. He plays right point. He used to be a right winger. Rarely has he looked dangerous from the left.

    The problem is really obvious. =/

  14. khildahl says:

    Second line is looking good so far. Getting lots of pucks toward the net.

  15. hunter1909 says:

    Dubnyk looks like that old couch in your parent’s basement that you use for shooting practise. He’s like Ken Dryden, as long as he stops the puck.

    Was that the first bodycheck Hemsky’s thrown, ever?

  16. BONVIE says:

    SK Oiler Fan,

    Do you have Sasktel Max I switched over in the summer and can’t find the Oilers game it says it is showing after this flames game this can’t be right. I think I have looked through all the channels.

  17. "Steve Smith" says:

    I’m reversing my prediction: I think this teams makes the playoffs. As a low seed eliminated in the first round, mind you, but not in four or five.

  18. Lowetide says:

    The Hall line is the chance line, the other three aren’t really getting anything going. Sharks are just terrific.

  19. BlacqueJacque says:

    Lowetide:
    The Hall line is the chance line, the other three aren’t really getting anything going. Sharks are just terrific.

    And they’re beating everything the Sharks are throwing at them. Top line, second line, checking line. Times like this, my mind reels from the thought that they still have so much more in the tank. I honestly have no idea how good they’ll get.

    Oh good gravy what a move by Hemsky.

    Ridiculous call by the ref. If Yak takes that without reacting, he’ll be Sedin-punched the rest of his career in scrums.

  20. khildahl says:

    Man. It’s going to take a two-handed slash to the head to get a whistle tonight.

  21. khildahl says:

    No respect for the kid.

  22. SK Oiler Fan says:

    oh f off stripes, that’s just cause he’s a Russian rookie – BS

  23. Lowetide says:

    Yakupov has some growing up to do, but that was pretty weak imo.

  24. JohnnyRocket says:

    Crap call.

  25. Smarmy says:

    Yeah that ref sure made a point…

  26. khildahl says:

    2 minutes for playing hockey.

  27. Smarmy says:

    I mean on Scott Gomez… really?

  28. SK Oiler Fan says:

    BONVIE: SK Oiler Fan, Do you have Sasktel Max I switched over in the summer and can’t find the Oilers game it says it is showing after this flames game this can’t be right. I think I have looked through all the channels.

    Nope, Bell Express Vu channel 1437 (SNOLH)

  29. khildahl says:

    Nice PK.

  30. khildahl says:

    DAMN!

  31. pboy says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    I’m reversing my prediction: I think this teams makes the playoffs.As a low seed eliminated in the first round, mind you, but not in four or five.

    What are these “Playoffs” of which you speak?

  32. "Steve Smith" says:

    Nice period.

  33. JohnnyRocket says:

    It is nice not to have a feeling of panic every time the other team has a shot on goal. The last few years have conditioned me to expect disaster. This is what it means to have a goalie that calms the waters.

  34. Bar_Qu says:

    Good start for the good guys

  35. khildahl says:

    Eberle didn’t score a ridiculous buzzer beater from in close with no room. Regression! Trade the bum!

  36. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers to score a shorthanded goal; to keep dolts talking about how they can’t score 5 on 5.

    Anyone know the Avs/Flames score? Last time I looked it was 3-2 Avs, lmao.

  37. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Nice period except for the 3 or 4 clear breaks in the first 10 min. DD looking big in there – he’s farther out of his net than I remember – Chabot moulding his boy
    Oilers have better legs than I thought they’d have. I’m guessing the 3rd will be uphill though

    PP looks a bit better than last night – shorter passes, more movement

  38. JohnnyRocket says:

    San Jose is so good at tying up sticks in front of the net. Another team and we might have had one already. Niemi is letting out all sorts of rebounds that the kids usually cash in on.

  39. icecastles says:

    BlacqueJacque: Gagner has chemistry with Hemsky, and Gagner has chemistry with Yak. But Yak and Hemsky don’t have chemistry

    Czechs have an EXTREMELY deep hatred of Russians. Could be nothing, but I wouldn’t be surprised that Hemsky is going to take some time to warm to the notion of a Russian potentially eating his lunch. Love him or hate him, 83 isn’t historically a “gels with anyone” kind of linemate.

  40. JohnnyRocket says:

    Brad May’s head is massive.

  41. hunter1909 says:

    4-2 record; and maybe ahead once in 7 games playing so far wtf lol.

  42. SK Oiler Fan says:

    hunter1909,

    Tied at 3 – 6min left – destined for Bettman fantasyland

  43. khildahl says:

    I’m really going to hate that song by the end of the season.

  44. bookjLe says:

    What you all need to understand about Hemsky is that he is a Round Peg…

  45. bookjLe says:

    Just coming on board. Missed the 1st, but from the comments, it looks like it was a good road period.

  46. khildahl says:

    I’ve noticed a lot of Hall doing the circa-2006-Smytty-Octupus move past defencemen along the boards lately. Seems to come out the other side with the puck more often than not. Great to see it.

  47. bookjLe says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    I’m reversing my prediction: I think this teams makes the playoffs.As a low seed eliminated in the first round, mind you, but not in four or five.

    I’m getting your Steve Tambellini Fan Club pin polished up and can have it in the mail after tonight’s game.

  48. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Anyone know therecent winning % of visiting teams on a B to B road game when the Home team had the previous day off?
    I’d guess 25% at best

  49. hunter1909 says:

    What’s seriously the most fucked up thing is Hemsky looks like hands down the most creative player out there. Normally he stinks, lol.

  50. "Steve Smith" says:

    bookjLe: I’m getting your Steve Tambellini Fan Club pin polished up and can have it in the mail after tonight’s game.

    Wolfram.

  51. Lowetide says:

    Dennis King scoring chances: First period chances from SJ: 4-7: 1-2 ST

  52. BONVIE says:

    SK Oiler Fan: Nope, Bell Express Vu channel 1437 (SNOLH)

    Thanks I phoned them they told me it iss blacked out. I told them I will be looking at going back to Star Choice or Bell tomorrow.

  53. BlacqueJacque says:

    Stastny puts the Avs up by 1 with less than 3 minutes left.

  54. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Haven’t seen much of Eberle yet – looks like he’s wearing teal tonight
    Sharks D are on him like Antler Spray on Ray Lewis

  55. bookjLe says:

    “Steve Smith”: Wolfram.

    .???????????.

  56. BlacqueJacque says:

    Lowetide:
    Dennis King scoring chances:First period chances from SJ: 4-7: 1-2 ST

    Where does Dennis post these?

  57. Bar_Qu says:

    “Steve Smith”: Wolfram.

    Tungsten

  58. "Steve Smith" says:

    bookjLe: .???????????.

    You may know it as “tungsten”, but I consider that pejorative.

  59. VanOil says:

    5-3 Avs over Calgary!

  60. BlacqueJacque says:

    Boom, Avs end it with an empty-netter.

    Sweet, tasty Flames tears.

  61. SK Oiler Fan says:

    BONVIE,

    Yah, where Bell and SC have the advantage over Sasktel and Cable is the many east / west / alternate feed selection.

  62. "Steve Smith" says:

    Bar_Qu: Tungsten

    Fie on thee.

  63. Lowetide says:

    BlacqueJacque: Where does Dennis post these?

    On twitter. If you don’t follow him you should ‏@DKingBH

  64. khildahl says:

    What a nice pass by Whitney. Unfortunate it went to Belanger.

  65. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Belanger looks 3 steps quicker than last year

  66. "Steve Smith" says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Belanger looks 3 steps quicker than last year

    So far this season, I’d nominate him for most-improved. Which is kind of weird on a team with a median age of 17.

  67. icecastles says:

    VanOil,

    Nope. 6-3. Who would have guessed that final, when it was 3-3 when it was less than 3:00 left in the game?

    Jay “we will make the playoffs” Feaster… Can’t help but wonder if he got so fat by eating his own words.

  68. hunter1909 says:

    Did Hall just backcheck the puck away from the Shark in front of Dubnyk??

  69. Lowetide says:

    Whitney looking WAY better tonight.

  70. SK Oiler Fan says:

    "Steve Smith",

    He was one of my most disappointing last year so I was looking for any ray of light. Should have listened to LT – kept saying he’d be better this year

  71. khildahl says:

    Whoever’s wearing Whitney’s jersey tonight made a nice spin move to avoid a hit there.

  72. Smarmy says:

    khildahl:
    Whoever’s wearing Whitney’s jersey tonight made a nice spin move to avoid a hit there.

    Maybe he just needed to get punched in the face.

  73. bookjLe says:

    Ralph has fixed Belanger.

  74. Lowetide says:

    Gotta thank the skate guy for Hordichuk’s problems.

  75. khildahl says:

    We’re getting some really nice chances out there, but every bounce goes the wrong way.

  76. hunter1909 says:

    Pinch me. I’m an Oilers fan. When I wake up from this great dream I’ll be back in 2001 stuck in a universal perpetual loop where MacT and KLowe do their thing, forever and ever, and ever.

  77. icecastles says:

    I’ll be the first to say it.

    Edmonton wins tonight.

  78. BlacqueJacque says:

    Aww.

  79. icecastles says:

    Wow. Fastest jinx in history. Fuck.

  80. khildahl says:

    Well, fuck.

  81. Lowetide says:

    I shouldn’t have said something nice.

  82. "Steve Smith" says:

    icecastles:
    I’ll be the first to say it.

    Edmonton wins tonight.

    You’re, like, the fourth person to say that this thread.

    First to jinx it, though.

  83. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Well this game is already a win in my books. I still don’t expect 2 points, but I’m impressed.
    I blame LT – he jinxed Whitney

  84. BlacqueJacque says:

    Jesus what is with this passing.

  85. "Steve Smith" says:

    That was awful.

  86. icecastles says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    Yeah but the other three didn’t count.

  87. BlacqueJacque says:

    Well, at least I don’t have to go to work tired.

    Or to bed happy.

  88. Lowetide says:

    Wow. Oilers Smid now. Man. San Jose is a team I’ve always cheered for, wish they’d do this in the playoffs one time.

    Crap. 2-0 and Dubnyk’s had a helluva game. Imagine they’ll start Khabibulin Saturday and that’s a mistake.

  89. hunter1909 says:

    Time to start gooning it up.

  90. VanOil says:

    Time out was the right move

  91. BlacqueJacque says:

    First line responds viciously. Hall lead the charge.

  92. bookjLe says:

    Wolfram – Tungsten – Now I remember that I knew that. When you get into your 40s there are things that you know that you forget you know and then when someone tells you those things, you remember hat you used to remember that.

    Anyway – given recent developments, I have stopped polishing the pin and am putting it back into the stock room.

  93. Lowetide says:

    I hope they can get Hordichuks skates fixed, we’re going to hell here!

  94. SK Oiler Fan says:

    2 big mistakes = 2 goals. They’re good
    If I had to bet now I’d bet on a SJ vs St Louis semi

  95. bookjLe says:

    hunter1909:
    Pinch me. I’m an Oilers fan. When I wake up from this great dream I’ll be back in 2001 stuck in a universal perpetual loop where MacT and KLowe do their thing, forever and ever, and ever.

    For the life of me, I can’t understand why they don’t give Schremp a chance – have you seen him on Youtube?

  96. khildahl says:

    At what point does one of those become interference?

  97. delooper says:

    The 2nd goal came on a failed Hemsky -> Yakupov pass. Now Hemsky will never try to pass to Yakupov again.

  98. Bar_Qu says:

    I find it,hard to hear the name Wingels and not feel it is either an innuendo or a put-on of some sort.

    Good player though.

  99. Professor Q says:

    hmmm so I see it was 1-0 Oilers, then I refresh and it is 0-2 Sharks…something’s fishy…

  100. Bar_Qu says:

    Wow

  101. BlacqueJacque says:

    I <3 YAAAAK.

    So does Fistric, I bet.

  102. Lowetide says:

    Fistric (Yakupov, Gagner)

  103. khildahl says:

    FISHSTICK!

  104. Rebilled says:

    Haha! thought Yak made the wrong move there!

  105. BlacqueJacque says:

    I love the patience that Yak had, and the respect the Sharks showed. They knew they couldn’t just rush in and try to check him.

  106. delooper says:

    Nice play, Yakupov.

  107. VanOil says:

    Wow

  108. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Looked like 89 tipped that

  109. "Steve Smith" says:

    Fistric scoring at almost a 30 goal pace, over a full season.

    Wish Smyth had hands, instead of just the magnificent hockey hair and ass.

  110. striatic says:

    like Yakupov’s patience and vision and .. dare i say it .. poise.

  111. khildahl says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  112. Lowetide says:

    That is beautiful people. That sequence was as good as it gets. Holy man!

  113. GordM says:

    I was busy yelling at Yakupov for slowing down the rush when they had the numbers…then he feeds Fistric for goal.

    And now we are buzzing. I can get used to the 2013 version of the Oilers

  114. khildahl says:

    That is fucking weak.

  115. Lowetide says:

    Now they’re saying Gagner (Fistric, Yakupov)

  116. striatic says:

    i wonder if Schultz WD-40s his blades in order to slide in all silent as he does.

  117. BlacqueJacque says:

    Gags gets the goal, tied for point lead, 7 game point streak.

    God, when are we going to get a real second line centre. We need size, someone who can get in front of the net.

  118. SK Oiler Fan says:

    That’s not a hold FFS, that’s a nice play

  119. khildahl says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    One of my favourite episodes. :)

  120. In the Grease says:

    Saw the break… for some reason thought it was Eberle. Started thinking goal. Then found out it was Smyth. The hard way.

  121. "Steve Smith" says:

    Lowetide:
    Now they’re saying Gagner (Fistric, Yakupov)

    Fistric scoring at a zero goal pace, over a full season.

  122. pboy says:

    Schultz the Younger as that 6th sense on when to sneak down to the slot. I’d just like to know where he got the invisibility cloak. No one ever sees him move down.

  123. khildahl says:

    What do you call that PK? A trapezoid? Amorphous blob?

  124. BlacqueJacque says:

    That tennis player from the commercial looks like Hartikainen!

  125. Bar_Qu says:

    Gagner on the other hand is on pace for a pro-rated 82pt season.

  126. VanOil says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    Gags gets the goal, tied for point lead, 7 game point streak.

    God, when are we going to get a real second line centre.We need size, someone who can get in front of the net.

    With turculence! Maybe Hortichuck can play there when his skate is fixed

  127. SK Oiler Fan says:

    That’s 4 min worth of weak calls now – man that pisses me off. Good hockey game and they have to give one of the best PP’s in the league 2 free plays

  128. dawgtoy says:

    ~Glad we never traded Gagner for Wellwood~

  129. striatic says:

    pboy,

    teams will learn to shoulder check while the puck is on the boards.

    or get a verbal warning from the goaltender.

    basically, Schultz is exploiting the other team being overly puck focused.

  130. GetYerAivazoff says:

    Lazy Russian getting his points on second assists.

  131. BlacqueJacque says:

    Jumbo picked Eberle’s pocket clean.

  132. crude says:

    I think J Schultz is due for some pointage.

  133. khildahl says:

    Anyone else see Smid get slashed as he skated into the frame?

    About damn time.

  134. BlacqueJacque says:

    Ryan Whitney seems to be reverting to early season form.

  135. "Steve Smith" says:

    I haven’t checked, but I sort of hope that Gagner has a terrible Corsi, just to see what He Who Must Not has to say about it.

  136. BlacqueJacque says:

    Oh goodness, I didn’t realize wrist shots could be fired so hard. Damn Yak.

  137. kosiork says:

    Anyone have a tip for trying to ignore what Drew Remenda has to say?

  138. BlacqueJacque says:

    Five bad passes by Eberle in 5 periods. Manages to come back for the successful breakaway stop.

    edit – Make it 6.

  139. SK Oiler Fan says:

    kosiork: Anyone have a tip for trying to ignore what Drew Remenda has to say?

    Biggest homer in all of sports – he’s obsessed with Thornton and Marleau

  140. Lowetide says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    I haven’t checked, but I sort of hope that Gagner has a terrible Corsi, just to see what He Who Must Not has to say about it.

    Probably bite his lip completely off.

  141. VanOil says:

    SK Oiler Fan: Biggest homer in all of sports – he’s obsessed with Thornton and Marleau

    I am going to try a large Whiskey

  142. "Steve Smith" says:

    Lowetide: Probably bite his lip completely off.

    And then I hope Dale Tallon trades for him, paying a hefty price.

  143. kosiork says:

    SK Oiler Fan,

    Continuously calling #19 “Joe” is getting to me. And not every puck possession by the Sharks deserves an increased pitch of his voice.

    I miss Gene.

  144. Lowetide says:

    Dennis King scoring chances after 2 12-10; 2-3 ST.

    So, if the Oilers can continue this, no matter the score this is a victory.

  145. pboy says:

    By my eye, Fistric is playing a really strong game tonight. Hopefully, Ralph sees it the same way.

  146. icecastles says:

    Official stats have San Jose at 18 shots total. Feels like more. That’s a credit to Oilers defense this game though. I don’t know that there’s such a thing as a “moral victory” anymore with the short season and this stage of the rebuild, but they’re looking much better than I think most of us feared they would. And this game is still winnable.

  147. "Steve Smith" says:

    Shawn Horcoff’s out of the lineup, according to the faceoff stats.

  148. BlacqueJacque says:

    The Sharks aren’t having a bad game, so IMO it’s impressive to stay with them through two periods.

    Flames 15th in the conference, 29th in the league.

  149. BlacqueJacque says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    Did he play more than one shift? I really don’t remember him after noticing he seemed out of it.

  150. "Steve Smith" says:

    “Ralph Krueger called a timeout to calm things down. It’s almost like when a basketball coach calls a timeout to calm things down.”

    That might actually be the worst analogy I’ve ever heard in sports journalism (and, by extension, anywhere).

  151. khildahl says:

    BlacqueJacque:

    Flames 15th in the conference, 29th in the league.

    Hmmm. I kind of want to bring up something about deserts and wandering in the the vicinity of Jay Feaster.

  152. "Steve Smith" says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    “Steve Smith”,

    Did he play more than one shift?I really don’t remember him after noticing he seemed out of it.

    Um, he’s played zero shifts. On account of not being in the lineup.

  153. khildahl says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    The beer I just drank was almost like beer!

  154. BlacqueJacque says:

    I could have sworn I saw him skate?! Am I that drunk already? :/

  155. icecastles says:

    Is Brent Burns wearing a Trogdor hat?

  156. OilLeak says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    Shawn Horcoff’s out of the lineup, according to the faceoff stats.

    Yeah, that’s one issue with Gagner, 5 years in and still stinks at face-offs. RNH sucks hard too, but I’ll give him some slack considering he’s a sophomore.

  157. dawgtoy says:

    Brent Burns, the beard is Epic. The touque on the other hand…not so much.

  158. RMGS says:

    Notwithstanding the handful but costly brutal turnovers and some of the defensive zone chaos, this is the best I’ve seen the Oilers play in a long time – and against the league’s current best, to boot. I would have thrown in the towel at the end of the second had the Sharks kept their 2-0 lead (eastern time zone), but now I won’t miss that tying goal live.

  159. SK Oiler Fan says:

    kosiork: SK Oiler Fan, Continuously calling #19 “Joe” is getting to me. And not every puck possession by the Sharks deserves an increased pitch of his voice. I miss Gene.

    oh yah, drives me nuts. Don’t forget about “Little Joe” and “Patti Marleau”
    Mr Burns is an odd dude.

  160. khildahl says:

    icecastles,

    Nice. To channel Gino for a second… Would he Burnsinate the peasants?

  161. "Steve Smith" says:

    khildahl,

    Whatever happened to Homestar Runner? It was huge among people who posted things that annoyed me, as I recall.

  162. khildahl says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    khildahl,

    Whatever happened to Homestar Runner?It was huge among people who posted things that annoyed me, as I recall.

    I commonly refer to those people as “the whole damn internet”. I imagine the site is still around. I’m not going to check.

  163. pboy says:

    “Steve Smith”: Um, he’s played zero shifts.On account of not being in the lineup.

    That’s still no fucking excuse. Comrade Horcov hasnt helped at all tonight.

  164. Ribs says:

    Gagner – 41.5%
    RNH – 45.1%
    Cogliano – 0%

    Hah. Fine, Cogs only took two so far. Still.

  165. khildahl says:

    pboy: That’s still no fucking excuse. Comrade Horcov hasnt helped at all tonight.

    I blame Patrick O’Sullivan.

  166. khildahl says:

    Work of art.

  167. GordM says:

    oh wow

  168. Lowetide says:

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord

  169. BlacqueJacque says:

    HALL EBS-HAAAAAALLLLLLL!

    Woo.

    Someone get me a paper bag so I can breathe again.

  170. hunter1909 says:

    I’d like a threesome with that pair of flourescent chicks behind the Sharks bench.

    Hall!!

  171. In the Grease says:

    Beautiful.

  172. VanOil says:

    Yeah, two periods in a row the boys start hot

  173. Rebilled says:

    garbage goal¡

  174. "Steve Smith" says:

    “Tic-tac-toe…with only two players!”

    He must be familiar with a different version of the game than I am.

  175. bookjLe says:

    These kids are starting to get boring, can’t they throw a spinerama into their goals?

  176. hunter1909 says:

    Now Flames fans can console themselves, watching Calgary’s own Taylor Hall on his NHL career path.

  177. Lowetide says:

    Hall (Eberle, RNH)

  178. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I was just about to swear at Eberle for not shooting. The game must happen in slow motion for him.
    Dam – its past my bedtime now I have to stay up

  179. dawgtoy says:

    Lowetide,

    LMFAO !

  180. voxwah says:

    The supernova is building…

  181. delooper says:

    Ha! The Oilers are starting to fill in the massive deficit of absolutely magic plays over the past 20 years.

  182. VanOil says:

    RMGS,

    I agree this is a very strong showing against a very good team

  183. GordM says:

    Down 2-0 and I think most of us would agree, you don’t change the channel with this Oiler lineup.

    We are hanging in with the best record in the NHL, on the road, on the 2nd game of a back-to-back

  184. bookjLe says:

    I predict Yakupov bats in the winning goal from the right side of the net near the end of the game or in overtime.

  185. khildahl says:

    Did Nuge murder kittens over Christmas to anger the hockeys gods or something?

  186. BlacqueJacque says:

    Down 2-0 to the most dominant team in the league, that blew the Oilers out at the home opener a week prior.

  187. BlacqueJacque says:

    Better not be any talk about disrespect from the Sharks after that.

  188. khildahl says:

    Good call.
    EDIT: Or not. Payback though.

  189. "Steve Smith" says:

    Two minutes for being in close proximity to a guy falling over.

  190. icecastles says:

    My dad just texted me that he hates this newfangled goalies style where they all drop down and don’t stay standing. Also hates these new composite sticks.

    I pointed out that he switched from his iPod to his laptop (dead battery) while texting to another country about the game he’s watching via satellite on his flatscreen TV. It’s hard to be a luddite AND a sports fan.

  191. pboy says:

    Fuck, that’s a dumb penalty.

  192. Lowetide says:

    Too many men. Lordy.

  193. pboy says:

    icecastles:
    My dad just texted me that he hates this newfangled goalies style where they all drop down and don’t stay standing. Also hates these new composite sticks.

    I pointed out that he switched from his iPod to his laptop (dead battery) while texting to another country about the game he’s watching via satellite on his flatscreen TV. It’s hard to be a luddite AND a sports fan.

    Your Dad wouldn’t happen to own a belt with an onion on it, would he?

  194. BlacqueJacque says:

    LOL Smytty. So incredibly slow but with the deft hands.

  195. Southern Oil says:

    That must have been Smytty’s impression of Ebs

  196. dawgtoy says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    He needs to try the go to wrap around move.

  197. icecastles says:

    pboy,

    You have no idea how big a fan he was of Pat Quinn. (though in fairness, a lot of us were until he stared, you know, “coaching” the Oilers).

    Still have no idea where the whole onion belt thing actually originated….

  198. GetYerAivazoff says:

    Lander’s had 2 shorthanded shots tonight. I think that’s more than we had the whole first 6 games.

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