THE PRICE YOU PAY

by Lowetide

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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oilfan17

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.

Undies

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.

Chachi

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.

No longer in use

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.

ashley

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.

treevojo

Chachi,

Time to start grating your scrotum.

Woodguy v2.0

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.

godot10

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.

treevojo

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.

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.

commonfan29

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.

Chelios is a Dinosaur

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.

Woodguy v2.0

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”

Woodguy v2.0

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.

Woodguy v2.0

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.

Professor Q

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?

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.

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Woodguy v2.0

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.

Woodguy v2.0

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.

Younger Oil

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.

Woodguy v2.0

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.

Woodguy v2.0

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.

Woodguy v2.0

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.

Don’t mind me

Bruce Wayne,

Man, hate and anger eat people up.

Best wishes.

Cassandra

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.

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.

Centre of attention

“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.

OF17

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.

Rondo

CrazyCoach,

I thought of Maradona

Scungilli Slushy

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.

--hudson--

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.

Wolfie

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.

unca miltie

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.

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!

Lucinius

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.

Cassandra

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.

Scungilli Slushy

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.

Scungilli Slushy

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.

Wolfie

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.

Professor Q

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.

CrazyCoach

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!

Centre of attention

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.

Glass

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.

Ribs

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.

Woogie63

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.

Centre of attention

“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

Professor Q

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.

--hudson--

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?