2017 PLAYOFFS (G13): G7 OILERS AT DUCKS

There are moments in life that are so good they hit you like a full force gale, carry you, stay with you forever. My wife and I used to have dinner Sunday nights in the dining room of the Hotel Saskatchewan when we could afford it. We would get our special table (it was over by the far wall and had a window with a view) and we would order wine, an appetizer, a meal and dessert. Probably did that one dozen times in my life, and collectively they form a wonderful memory. Beautiful woman, nice setting, good food, conversation and maybe a reminder of rewards available for hard work and blind luck. My hope for all of us tonight, is that we collectively enjoy something worth remembering forever. Bless you boys, one more win in California. Tonight.

OILERS ROSTER AND SCORING, THIS SERIES

  • The series has had many twists and turns, none bigger than Leon Draisaitl’s move to center.
  • Connor McDavid has been quiet in this series compared to his own established levels, but clean air has been hard to find. It is wildly unfair to expect him to deliver an epic performance in Game 7, but the spotlight waits for greatness.
  • Patrick Maroon and Milan Lucic have been inconsistent in this series, but have been able to cobble together some offense. Both men need to stay out of the penalty box, but have contributed in my opinion.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is snake bit for sure, but has been productive in this series with and without the puck. His 2017 spring is the single biggest reason I believe he’ll be here in the fall as an Edmonton Oiler. No guarantees though, have to give in order to get.
  • Mark Letestu is having the playoff of his life. I hope he gets at least one more series.
  • The right-wing position is suddenly different at the top. Big performances in this series by Drake Caggiula and Anton Slepyshev are developing stories.
  • Zack Kassian and Jordan Eberle are the mirror men to Maroon and Lucic on the other side, but have had less impact (partly due to usage). Big games tonight from both veterans would be massive.
  • Oscar Klefbom is going to play Game 7! Music! He and Adam Larsson may play close to half of the game depending on how things roll.
  • Kris Russell, Matt Benning and Darnell Nurse played very well in Game 6 and a repeat on the road would be ideal for Edmonton.
  • Eric Gryba likely stays in the lineup while Griffin Reinhart sits, we’ll get confirmation later today. Possible 7D?
  • Cam Talbot will play in game No. 86 tonight, Edmonton is here because of him.

GAME SEVEN’S, HELL AND HEAVEN

The Edmonton Oilers have been involved in many Game 7’s (Down Goes Brown has a wonderful trip through time out currently) and tonight will be sheer heart attack. Win and it’s music! Lose, and it’s a sock to the jaw and a kick in the nuts. Good Day Sunshine or King of Pain! Which will it be? My favorites include Anderson in over the line 1987, Esa 1991 dagger, Joseph save-Marchant gone. The daggers? 1986 and 2006, with a couple more quoted by Down that still linger. It can be a nasty evening, but the rewards are as good as it gets for hockey fans. I wouldn’t miss this for the world. The girl I took to the Hotel Saskatchewan dining room? She’ll watch until it gets too intense, and then call down from upstairs for updates. She’s missed/watched all the Stanley’s and all the playoff runs exactly this way. Incredible.

LAST NIGHT’S POST

Lots of feedback on last night’s post, in the comments and dm’s, twitter, et cetera. Here are a few things mentioned:

  • A few passed along the idea that Connor McDavid will take less cap in order to win. That’s a grand idea, but it implies something we cannot know. McDavid’s second contract is going to be eight years times a massive number. Whatever that number, he is worth it.
  • A couple of comments suggesting Nuge makes too much to be a 3C. I would frame it another way: Nuge has the utility to move up and down the depth chart and to play on both special teams. Usage is going to have many dimensions.
  • Several felt that bringing back Kris Russell was a bad idea. My post yesterday was an attempt to reflect the team’s plan, and I think Russell may have earned another contract in their estimation. The alternatives are men like Cody Franson, so we’ll see. I suspect Russell has plenty of value on the open market, he may price himself out of Edmonton’s cap availability.
  • Lots of love and hate for Jordan Eberle, and I come down on the ‘he has real value’ side of the conversation. The only reason Eberle is on my trade list? Cap. Cap. Cap. Get used to that word.

WHAT WE DO HERE

One of the things I have to do every once in a while is re-state how this blog works. The purpose of this blog is to have an open discussion and to exchange ideas while learning about this beautiful game. I have been, and will be, on the other side of countless discussions we have in the coming months. That is fine. If you want to convince me, do what Leon Draisaitl did: Show me convincing evidence that something I am suggesting (Leon as RW) isn’t the only idea worth pursuing.

Issue framing, name calling, general asshattery, that doesn’t move the conversation forward. Want to convince me that Mark Fayne is inferior to Eric Gryba? Show me the numbers, and “Todd McLellan doesn’t agree with you” isn’t going to get it done.  I can show you just how harmful Gryba’s penalties are, and Fayne’s issues (foot speed, no offense) do less damage.

When you comment on this blog, I love it, but you have to bring something in order for us to value your presence. If you are here to waste time while at work, fill your hat. If you want to make a point, to be a part of the group, use the big part of your brain. Please and thanks.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun show today, TSN1260 starting at 10. Scheduled to appear:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. Game 7! Who wins?
  • Keegan Matheson, MLB. Are the Jays on the comeback road?
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Game 7! Live report from Frank!
  • Tentative guest, very cool guy we’ll see.
  • Update: Cool guy got back to me. Travis Yost, TSN, 11:25.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. russ99 says:

    BeerMe:
    How’s that Lucic contract going to look in 3 years

    He just needs to show up in shape this September.

  2. Evilas says:

    Nice grab on Kassian when he had the puck going to the front of the net, but Gryba gets one on Kesler who doesn’t even have the puck…… I hate watching blatant favoutism….

  3. Klima's_Bucket says:

    What team is Lucic on ?

  4. StixMalone says:

    BeerMe:
    How’s that Lucic contract going to look in 3 years

    No. Next year already…

  5. Ice Sage says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    We are really missing seks as well…

    Yes, Anaheim’s improved defensive personnel vs Oilers depleted group is a big difference in this game.
    And Talbot!

  6. Diablo says:

    Brutal game by Lucic tonight. Nobody’s skating – McDavid included.

  7. pocession charge says:

    Looch is having a poor game. Leon has been quiet, too. Blender!!

  8. Derek says:

    Lucic is having a shitty game, but I feel like a lot of this is on the defence that can’t make a fucking pass out of its own end.

    Every play is around the boards and pray your winger wins a 50/50 battle.

  9. fuzzy muppet says:

    I’m gonna go ballistic..

    Change the fucking lines

  10. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    So many missed passes tonight… By everyone.

  11. LMHF#1 says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    I’m gonna go ballistic..

    Change the fucking lines

    These are the games where I can’t stand the Coach. He just stands there.

  12. Lucinius says:

    I don’t really agree with those hammering the third line and Lucic. It isn’t as if they are the only ones struggling. Hell, Talbot made the wrong decision on the second goal against at the end of the day.

    A lot of the Oilers just don’t have their game tonight. They’re playing like the in-experienced, panicked team they should be.

    I’m hoping for a come-back, but the Oilers don’t deserve to win this one. This is a crucial moment for them, though. They can learn a lot from this game, win or lose, for future seasons.

  13. russ99 says:

    If we play our best and lose, I can live with that.

    Not showing up and losing, though…

  14. Jon K says:

    I can’t believe the team practiced breakouts and transition before this game. The forwards are way too far ahead and the defence passes are getting picked off.

  15. StixMalone says:

    russ99:
    If we play our best and lose, I can live with that.

    Not showing up and losing, though…

    That!

  16. jake70 says:

    Jon K:
    I can’t believe the team practiced breakouts and transition before this game. The forwards are way too far ahead and the defence passes are getting picked off.

    Describes a lot of the whole season.

  17. Lucinius says:

    Jon K:
    I can’t believe the team practiced breakouts and transition before this game. The forwards are way too far ahead and the defence passes are getting picked off.

    Practice makes perfect, unless you’re an Oiler.

  18. OmJo says:

    This game went by so damn quick. C’mon Oilers you can beat these assholes.

  19. JDI Хоккей says:

    So many quitters tonight.

    Weak.

  20. Ice Sage says:

    I think Anaheim needs some credit here – they are relentless, to a man and Carlyle is getting all the matchups as expected. Next year, finish first!

  21. Derek says:

    Nothing resembling a scoring chance, everything from the outside ffs.

  22. StixMalone says:

    Ducks have the killer instinct. We don’t….

  23. fuzzy muppet says:

    Boy that Sekera injury is looming large

  24. fuzzy muppet says:

    Ice Sage,

    IE he’s winning the coaching battle. There’s a reason why TMac hasn’t had the next level of success. I hope I’m wrong

  25. Gret99zky says:

    They look done. Nobody wants to step up.

  26. Hockey Project says:

    10 minutes… If something doesn’t change drastically, it looks like the carriage will turn back into a pumpkin.

  27. OmJo says:

    Not giving up yet, even if (from what it sounds) the team might have.

  28. Lowetide says:

    Dandy power move there by Leon Draisaitl.

  29. jake70 says:

    Leon Jagr….nice

  30. JDI Хоккей says:

    Slepy and Drai with a great shift.

  31. BONE207 says:

    Drai with a nice play. More that…

  32. StixMalone says:

    Here’s where Gibson the sieve shuts the door and dramatizes every stop….

  33. BeerMe says:

    We need some puck luck. something needs to go in off of lucic’s ass

  34. OmJo says:

    Gotta treat these next 10 minutes as if it’s G7 of the SCF if you’re the Oilers. Get desperate and get pucks on net.

  35. Pajamah says:

    Cmon Herr Doktor!

    Time to put this team on your back.

  36. Lloyd B. says:

    So you guys are giving up?

    With 10 minutes left.

    No chance then?

    OK.

    I don’t agree with you.

  37. Gret99zky says:

    They know how to beat this team. They are unwilling to do it. Heartbreaking.

  38. danny says:

    The ducks are playing well, Edmonton might lose the series 5-2 tonight… has a team ever won 5 games and lost 5-2 ?

  39. StixMalone says:

    Get Maroon off that line….

  40. DBO says:

    Oilers score.

    I feel it.

  41. OmJo says:

    How about we keep Eberle and Nuge and trade Lucic the summer?

  42. russ99 says:

    Need to come up with something good in this TV timeout, Todd.

  43. Pajamah says:

    Hockey Project:
    10 minutes… If something doesn’t change drastically, it looks like the carriage will turn back into a pumpkin.

    I get the reference, but win or lose, it’s time to stop thinking of this season as a fairy tale. This is the new normal. We should expect to have these playoff battles for years to come.

  44. go_oil says:

    Calling on Stan Weir to turn this one around…

  45. OmJo says:

    You have to figure the Ducks have it in the back of their heads that they don’t win game 7s.

  46. Gret99zky says:

    Even McDavid is mailing it in.

  47. Pajamah says:

    DBO:
    Oilers score.

    I feel it.

    You.

    You I like.

  48. Ice Sage says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Ice Sage,

    IE he’s winning the coaching battle.There’s a reason why TMac hasn’t had the next level of success.I hope I’m wrong

    Maybe but TMac did pretty well in Oilers home games. I don’t think there’s any magic – get 29 and 97 away from 15 and 17 and Oilers will thrive. Oilers D depletion is evident tonight – not sure if coaching can do anything about that on the fly in a playoff series…

  49. OmJo says:

    Eberle ties this with 5 seconds left.

  50. JDI Хоккей says:

    Gret99zky: They are unwilling to do it.

    Lol! Go to sleep!

  51. Professor Q says:

    Holy crap Lucic and Nurse are chaotic and giving lazy passes.

  52. LMHF#1 says:

    Can’t stand watching Lucic and Eberle routinely mess up any speed rushes. Supposed to be their time to deliver.

  53. Jon K says:

    I wish people would stop saying the players aren’t trying. They’re clearly trying. They’re a young team struggling with the pressure and anxiety of playing their first game 7.

    They look to me like a team playing on instinct and reaction rather than structure and coaching.

  54. Younger Oil says:

    So many interference non calls leading to Duck odd man rushes.

  55. Gret99zky says:

    Time to crash the net. Get some garbage goal and steal it away from the D bags.

  56. BeerMe says:

    OmJo:
    Eberle ties this with 5 seconds left.

    Do we really put Ebs out there for the last shift?

  57. DBO says:

    Believe!!!!!!!

  58. Hockey Project says:

    Man, it would have made everybody’s lives about 1,000 times easier if the production of the 2nd line hadn’t dried up completely.

  59. russ99 says:

    Get the puck deep you idiots.

  60. Ice Sage says:

    Jon K:
    I wish people would stop saying the players aren’t trying. They’re clearly trying. They’re clearly a young team struggling with the pressure and anxiety of playing their first game 7.

    They look to me like a team playing on instinct and reaction rather than structure and coaching.

    This! Up against a team with oodles of experience and more health and depth.

  61. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – we need to learn how to play with lead like Anaheim has

    – enjoy the rest of the game!

  62. Professor Q says:

    I’ve never seen such stuffing of plays outside of Thanksgiving.

  63. jake70 says:

    This reminds me of 2006…..same score. We need a Pisani moment here.

  64. LMHF#1 says:

    QUIT DUMPING IT!!!!

  65. Ice Sage says:

    jake70:
    This reminds me of 2006…..same score. We need a Pisani moment here.

    Yes. Great observation.

  66. StixMalone says:

    Can’t blame this game on the Ref’s can we?

  67. Lucinius says:

    Jon K:
    I wish people would stop saying the players aren’t trying. They’re clearly trying. They’re clearly a young team struggling with the pressure and anxiety of playing their first game 7.

    They look to me like a team playing on instinct and reaction rather than structure and coaching.

    I agree, actually. The Oilers are over-whelmed, not ‘not-giving-a-shit’. This happens with young teams. Hell most of the team has less than 20 games of playoff experience. There’s a reason a lot of people took the Ducks in a sweep over the Oilers.

    Instead they’ve brought it to seven games.

    I don’t think we win this one now, but.. I’m not out-raged by it. They made it further than I expected. Dealt with a lot of adversity. They’re faltering now, but.. they’re young. They’ll improve.

    I am disappointed by a couple players, though.

  68. StixMalone says:

    Run the goalie

  69. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Pretty goddamn pathetic. Left it all out there in G6.

  70. tcho says:

    Gotta pull Talbot! Come on boys!

  71. BeerMe says:

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH COME ON

  72. BeerMe says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Pretty goddamn pathetic. Left it all out there in G6.

    Seriously, fuck off.

  73. Ice Sage says:

    StixMalone:
    Can’t blame this game on the Ref’s can we?

    Maybe the series, but whatever… water off a duck’s back

  74. LMHF#1 says:

    The Oilers are not being outclassed – they are lacking execution in all important areas of their game. This is on THEM.

  75. N64 says:

    StixMalone:
    Can’t blame this game on the Ref’s can we?

    Why not? They scheduled it. 😉

    Go Oil!

  76. LMHF#1 says:

    Too early for the pull.

  77. OmJo says:

    “With 5 seconds left, destiny panics”

  78. Hockey Project says:

    Could anybody imagine, a year or two ago at this time, that Jordan Eberle would be on the bench when the Oilers are looking for offense this late?

  79. Lucinius says:

    Imo, the only real ‘fuck this’ part of losing tonight is; losing to the Ducks, especially given the bullshit ref crap in games 4 and 5.

  80. Gret99zky says:

    oh Connor…..

  81. LMHF#1 says:

    Lucic gave the puck away 3x and was bailed out by Klefbom and Letestu.

    Ridiculous.

  82. LMHF#1 says:

    The group they have on the ice is too slow.

  83. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers going down with a fight. That’s pretty OK

  84. OmJo says:

    Listening to this on the radio is nerve wracking AF!

  85. Professor Q says:

    LMHF#1:
    Too early for the pull.

    “That’s what.”

    – She

  86. StixMalone says:

    Justice wasn’t served this series. Proud of the Oil but changes need to be made for next season….

  87. Younger Oil says:

    Fuck these refs.

    At least 5 blatant penalties not called in the last 5 minutes.

  88. jp says:

    Damn.

  89. Lucinius says:

    You know the NHL is breathing a sigh of relief. The threat of an all-Canadian final is now dead.

  90. LMHF#1 says:

    What a waste. What an absolute waste.

  91. BeerMe says:

    gross.

  92. Yak Efron says:

    I’m not even disappointed in the Oilers, just mad those cheating assholes might win the cup.

  93. Captain's Log says:

    Well fuck.

  94. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Well at least the holes in the lineup going into next year were on full display.

    By standings improvement, good season.

  95. SK Oiler Fan says:

    97 needs to shoot there

  96. Ice Sage says:

    Good season lads.

    So many echos of 2006.

    Next year, finish first and don’t get to game 7.

  97. BONE207 says:

    I should have stayed sleeping. Shit

  98. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    That wasn’t a great effort

    Oh well helluva season

  99. Diablo says:

    Great season. What a ride – enjoyed it tremendously.

  100. Hockey Project says:

    OK, this is how it goes. Chiarelli has had a good chance to see his team play under stressful situations, and this will go a long way to see exactly what should go on the shopping list.

  101. PokeCheck says:

    Nashville’s going to destroy that team.

  102. russ99 says:

    That sucks, but a great season.

    Roster flaws always come out in playoff pressure.

    Need a lot of work in the offseason, we need changes to the team that can get us to win those games.

    I’m looking forward to seeing McDavid and Drai after a summer of work and after learning these playoff lessons.

  103. Ice Sage says:

    Yak Efron:
    I’m not even disappointed in the Oilers,just mad those cheating assholes might win the cup.

    Not a chance. Nashville will devour those old men.

  104. StixMalone says:

    Nashville will beat the Ducks…..

  105. Lucinius says:

    Nashville wins the cup this year, barring their goal-tending just imploding.

  106. LMHF#1 says:

    The better hockey team lost a 7 game series. They have to get back over this hump again. We get pushed back another year. McLellan still hasn’t shaken is playoff demons. It would have made such a difference. Such a difference to win now.

    I can’t help but feeling this is a fork in the road. Not to disaster, but away from the possibility of a dynasty.

  107. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Tough loss great season team exceeded expectations.

    I’m disappointed in the outcome but not mad at all.

    Now it’s time for a visit from the Reverend Green.

  108. BeerMe says:

    We need to:

    – Dump Eberle
    – Rewind time and not sign Lucic to an albatross deal

  109. pocession charge says:

    Unfortunate end to a great season. This team is going places, though. Can’t wait til fall!

  110. The Hermit says:

    Thanks LT.

    Really enjoyed the Oilers season.

    Except this part.

  111. StixMalone says:

    Ok I’m off to detox now. Can’t handle it anymore….

  112. Jon K says:

    Wife: I’m cheering for Nashville. I could never cheer for Anaheim.

    Me: I don’t think anyone is cheering for Anaheim. Including people in Anaheim.

    ———–

    Proud of the team. One of the best single season improvements ever. There were many times these playoffs they got away from execution. Improvement would be more consistency game to game (even period to period) in the playoffs moving forward.

    Sad to say but some of the longest serving members of the team just played their last game in an Oilers jersey.

    Fuck the Ducks. Go Oilers.

  113. OmJo says:

    “With 5 seconds left, destiny sits on the bench while Milan Lucic is out there instead.”

  114. StixMalone says:

    Not even the Draft to look forward to….

  115. russ99 says:

    LMHF#1:
    The better hockey team lost a 7 game series. They have to get back over this hump again. We get pushed back another year. McLellan still hasn’t shaken is playoff demons. It would have made such a difference. Such a difference to win now.

    I can’t help but feeling this is a fork in the road. Not to disaster, but away from the possibility of a dynasty.

    Don’t see this, they’re a more complete team, and we had 4-6 players that can cycle against this kind of pressure, which limited our offense in multiple games.

    Without Talbot, we’d have lost in 5.

    Dynasties aren’t promised, they’re earned.

  116. Derek says:

    Need puck moving defenders in the worst way. If Connor and Leon played with the Ducks group of Defenders they’d both be scoring 100+ per year.

  117. Lucinius says:

    Alas, tonight means I’m done with the playoffs now.

    I just don’t care about Nashville or Ottawa; hate the Ducks and Pens.

    Not thrilled with the reffing tonight (mainly on the face-off violating that should have been called), but the Oilers also really didn’t force the Ducks to ‘take’ penalties, mainly because not enough Oilers were skating hard enough, or battling hard enough. I think too many of them were scared of making a mistake, which, naturally, led to them making some really poor decisions and being too tentative — especially after they grabbed the lead.

  118. JDI Хоккей says:

    Diablo:
    Great season. What a ride – enjoyed it tremendously.

    An acne-faced captain got his team to game 7 of the second round, after finishing 27th the previous season.

    And yet, there are ‘fans’ who wished they had slept through it.

  119. LMHF#1 says:

    In some ways it’s amazing that they made it this far with no Eberle, no Lucic, no Pouliot, no Maroon.

    36 and 42 definitely punched their tickets.

  120. JDI Хоккей says:

    Elliotte Friedman‏Verified account @FriedgeHNIC 2m2 minutes ago

    Looking forward to watching EDM for a long time

  121. StixMalone says:

    I’m already bored. No hockey to watch….

  122. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Well at least I can stop caring now… stress was getting to me…
    Hope Nashville runs their show, sweeping them in four and getzlaf and kesler run full flight into each other, knocking them both unconscious, and both waking up to nightmares of McDavid and Drai skating circles around them forever, making them a fraction of the players they are now…

    I might be just a little bitter…

    Go Nashville…. I guess…

  123. fuzzy muppet says:

    Lucic will take deserved criticism, but the coach didn’t make any in game adjustments. Everyone could see Lucic didn’t have it going but the coach didn’t do a damn thing about it.

    I’m sorry but McClellan deserves some criticism tonight.

    Great Year. Disappointing ending.

  124. Frank the dog says:

    I don’t mind at all. Any further than this would have had an increasingly negative impact on the cap and next year’s season. The boys exceeded all expectations. The team will be stronger next season than this season and can be fully expected to shoot for their first cup of the modern era.

    Made us proud, brought this city together again.

  125. Ice Sage says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    Elliotte Friedman‏Verified account @FriedgeHNIC 2m2 minutes ago


    Looking forward to watching EDM for a long time

    That’s a classy Friedge

  126. Ribs says:

    You have your answers, Chiarelli. Don’t let this happen again next year. F$#(k.

  127. danny says:

    Nashville would have eaten this team unfortunately, so I’ll get over this watching them destroy Anaheim. Chiarelli went to school on that series. He failed the team at the deadline, they were ready to win despite his opinion. Sure up the faceoffs. YESTERDAY YOU IDIOT. sorry.

  128. DBO says:

    Hurts so good. I mean that. Hell of a run. Hell of a season. A tweak or two and this is a true contender. And with one more year of growth to our top players will only get better. Losing Sekera really hurt tonight. Our vets didn’t bring it

    Sadly, I expect one or both or Nuge or Eberle are gone. Biggest game, still didn’t deliver.

    But I will remember this season as the restoration of hope. Enjoy it lads, this is just the beginning!

  129. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Lucinius,

    After the 1st period I don’t know if I have seen the Oilers play a more passive game all year

    So tentative, so nervous

    Oh well, a few more changes this off season and we’ll be cooking with gas

  130. Ice Sage says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    Elliotte Friedman‏Verified account @FriedgeHNIC 2m2 minutes ago


    Looking forward to watching EDM for a long time

    That’s a classy Friedge

    LMHF#1:
    In some ways it’s amazing that they made it this far with no Eberle, no Lucic, no Pouliot, no Maroon.

    36 and 42 definitely punched their tickets.

    and 55

  131. LMHF#1 says:

    russ99: Don’t see this, they’re a more complete team, and we had 4-6 players that can cycle against this kind of pressure, which limited our offense in multiple games.

    Without Talbot, we’d have lost in 5.

    Dynasties aren’t promised, they’re earned.

    But they do have Talbot.

    And the dynasty dream is now gone to me. They had to make the finals this year for things to line up.

    They can be good, and win a couple, but now they still have to scale the mountain. They’ll also be questioned on the fact they choked away that lead in 5 and thus the series. And that their coach still hasn’t won anything.

  132. --hudson-- says:

    Great season, great run everyone! Lots to look forward to next season

  133. Lucinius says:

    danny,

    Oilers had a good player for face offs.

    But he had side burns.

  134. russ99 says:

    Derek:
    Need puck moving defenders in the worst way.If Connor and Leon played with the Ducks group of Defenders they’d both be scoring 100+ per year.

    Need forwards with a complete game more than that, and I don’t see many moves on defense.

    Nurse and Benning will learn from this and be back and better, Gryba likely will be gone, Russell will either be back or replaced with a similar defense-first player with more of a complete game.

    Could use a more crafty veteran than a one-dimensional Gryba type as our #7.

  135. DBO says:

    And when it comes out Connor had broken or cracked ribs, And the other guys playing hurt. We will be even happier with this run.

  136. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Lucinius,

    After the 1st period I don’t know if I have seen the Oilers play a more passive game all year

    So tentative, so nervous

    Oh well, a few more changes this off season and we’ll be cooking with gas

    Yes I agree not their best effort by a long shot.

  137. CrazyCoach says:

    Can’t complain about t his hockey team.

    They played way beyond their expectations and where the so-called “experts” had them in October.

    Sun will come up tomorrow, players will be hungover, take a few days off, then time to get at it for next season.

    Timmy Lupus said it best and he’d say it best now as well.

    “Hey, NHL! You can take

    your apology and your trophy…

    and shove it straight up your ass!

    And another thing,

    just wait till next year!!!!!”

    Go Oilers Go!

  138. RedNed says:

    Our boys outplayed in the final game, ref’s and 17/15 just made it taste sour. Great season, can’t wait for (your) summer to be over to get into it again.

    I hope Nashville destroys those cheatin’ bastards.

  139. StixMalone says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Lucic will take deserved criticism, but the coach didn’t make any in game adjustments. Everyone could see Lucic didn’t have it going but the coach didn’t do a damn thing about it.

    I’m sorry but McClellan deserves some criticism tonight.

    Great Year.Disappointing ending.

    Maybe coach put him out purposely to prove to Chia who we need to get rid of….

  140. LMHF#1 says:

    I also hate the Ducks and their half-empty building. That city doesn’t deserve what it has.

  141. Mr. D. says:

    Oilers 1 lucky goal. Simply not enough. Talbot gave us a chance. Offense let us down.
    Lucic was missing checks all over. We lost to a better team.

  142. Ice Sage says:

    danny:
    Nashville would have eaten this team unfortunately, so I’ll get over this watching them destroy Anaheim. Chiarelli went to school on that series. He failed the team at the deadline, they were ready to win despite his opinion. Sure up the faceoffs. YESTERDAY YOU IDIOT. sorry.

    Yeah, hindsight, etc. but really who knew what this crew could do? Patience, my lovelies, it’s all going according to plan… next year I really hope the Oilers play Anaheim again but the Ducks will probably wimp out of the playoffs.

  143. commonfan14 says:

    Hate that they went out with such a brutal game.

    I really didn’t want to have to think about Game 5 all summer.

  144. Ice Sage says:

    Mr. D.:
    Oilers 1 lucky goal. Simply not enough. Talbot gave us a chance. Offense let us down.
    Lucic was missing checks all over.

    Ummm. Gibson made 5 stellar saves to my eye. The result was fair but the Oil deserved a goal or 2 (ducks deserved 4 or 5!)

  145. danny says:

    seriously though, has a team ever won 5 games and lost a best of 7 ?

    That’s a feather in the future of this team.

  146. Diablo says:

    DBO:
    And when it comes out Connor had broken or cracked ribs, And the other guys playing hurt. We will be even happier with this run.

    Yeah this – Connor has not been himself since he took that shot to the ribs in the SJ series.

  147. Gordies Elbow says:

    Great season.

    Game 7, goalie pulled, couldn’t finish? Bad, but the competition is 32, and you’re 20/21/22/23. Reffing was poor, but better team won, and veterans get the calls.

    Drake? Benning? Talbot? Slepyshev? Thank the lucky stars.

    Just told my son not to fret, this is just the first one, I survived the miracle on Manchester. Hard lessons make for better outcomes. They’re a good team, and will get better as the stars get experience.

    I’m not sure whether this is “the end of the beginning” or the “beginning of the end” – for the first time in a long time, am interested in the end.

  148. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Mr. D.:
    Oilers 1 lucky goal. Simply not enough. Talbot gave us a chance. Offense let us down.
    Lucic was missing checks all over.

    Good point and I feel the lucky goal didn’t help tonight – it gave the boys a false sense of security however small I think.

  149. treevojo says:

    The most I have enjoyed hockey in a long time.

    Only feel bad for myself.

    Instead of another two weeks of playoffs it will be the honey-do list instead.

    I will be cheering for Karlsson and the senators.

    He might be the second best player in the game.

    Really looking forward to the expansion draft.

    Should be can’t miss tv.

    Thanks Lowetide for all that you do here.

  150. Younger Oil says:

    Draisaitl got more points than all of the wingers sans Maroon combined that series.

    That’s the story of the series.

    That and getting fucked by the refs.

    All things considered, we did not deserve to move onto the next round.

  151. Gerta Rauss says:

    It’s a bitter pill but there is lots of good to take away from this season

    They need to make a couple of roster changes, but this team is close

  152. Mr. D. says:

    Oilers 1 lucky goal. Simply not enough. Talbot gave us a chance. Offense let us down.
    Lucic was missing checks all over.

    Derek:
    Need puck moving defenders in the worst way.If Connor and Leon played with the Ducks group of Defenders they’d both be scoring 100+ per year.
    Puck moving defenders who can play solid defense. Out puck movers didn’t play great defense.

  153. Jon K says:

    LMHF#1:
    The better hockey team lost a 7 game series. They have to get back over this hump again. We get pushed back another year. McLellan still hasn’t shaken is playoff demons. It would have made such a difference. Such a difference to win now.

    I can’t help but feeling this is a fork in the road. Not to disaster, but away from the possibility of a dynasty.

    Hate to say it but the better team won. The Oilers did well to go to 7 games, arguably they should have won after 6. But, Anaheim finished higher in the regular season and won the Corsi, fenwick, and shot battles through the series which are the best indicators of performance in a small sample size.

    In his first two years Getzlaf played 4th line opposition and scored 58 points in that second season.

    In McDavid and Draisaitl’s second seasons they played the best opposition every night and scores 100 and 77 points.

    The Oilers and their fans have more to look forward to than the Ducks.

  154. jake70 says:

    A big thanks Lowetide for another year, quality stuff here on your blog.

  155. BONE207 says:

    Dawn of a new day for the Oilers. Fun watching the team grow. Effort, luck or reffing? Who knows but next year will be full of greater expectation. Can’t win without learning to lose first. Someone has to change that. Just win baby…

  156. blainer says:

    Nothing to ashamed of here folks.

    What a season for us.

    This team has nothing but success coming its way.

    We WILL have the cup next year !!

  157. Gerta Rauss says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    97 needs to shoot there

    I thought so too

  158. JDI Хоккей says:

    Lucinius: But he had side burns.

    And sandbag feet.

    Shirley, you’re not suggesting Lander would have won this series.

  159. LMHF#1 says:

    Jon K: Hate to say it but the better team won. The Oilers did well to go to 7 games, arguably they should have won after 6. But, Anaheim finished higher in the regular season and won the Corsi, fenwick, and shot battles through the series which are the best indicators of performance in a small sample size.

    In his first two years Getzlaf played 4th line opposition and scored 58 points in that second season.

    In McDavid and Draisaitl’s second seasons they played the best opposition every night and scores 100 and 77 points.

    The Oilers and their fans have more to look forward to than the Ducks.

    This is fine…but they whiffed on just a massive opportunity. This series should have ended in 5 once the Oilers got up 2-0. They blew it. They have to own that.

    I just hope it means they make some of the changes they need.

  160. danny says:

    Ice Sage: Yeah, hindsight, etc.but really who knew what this crew could do?Patience, my lovelies, it’s all going according to plan… next year I really hope the Oilers play Anaheim again but the Ducks will probably wimp out of the playoffs.

    When your team is competing for a division title despite being 30th in faceoffs, with the best player in the world on your roster, “who knew” doesn’t cut it. His decision to do nothing was an abject failure that he needs to wear prominently without excuse.

  161. who says:

    Very passive game by the Oilers. Forwards, including Mcdavid and Drai, weren’t moving their feet and looked very tentative. Thought the Nuge line was our best line. Lots of talk about Lucic on here. He had a good game 6 but he was bad tonight.
    I think the oilers were physically dominated at times in this series and Lucic was supposed to be the signing that solved that. Two things stand out for me. Lucic turning down Mansons invitation to fight in game three and the missed opportunity behind the Ducks net at the start of the third period tonight. He had the chance to light up Getzlaff and instead he put on the brakes and tried to pick off the pass. Not a very Lucic thing to do. Maybe he’s hurt. I dunno. Disappointing series for him though.

  162. OF17 says:

    LMHF#1:

    And the dynasty dream is now gone to me. They had to make the finals this year for things to line up.

    This just doesn’t match history. Chicago went 9-8 in their first playoff run of the Toews + Kane era. The Oilers going 7-6 is a few bounces off that. Pittsburgh went 1-4 in their first playoff run of the Crosby + Malkin era. Both of those were in their second years as well. The Oilers are absolutely on pace for a “dynasty” team in the mold of Chicago/Pittsburgh.

  163. blainer says:

    My fear was we wouldn’t come out and hit them like last game and we didn’t. We got away from what gave us success with this team.

    Hopefully a lesson learned. IMO they left a lot out there tonight.

    But again a great season and a ton of experience gained. Bet there will be a lot of optimistic predictions in what will become Hunter’s March to the cup !!

  164. LMHF#1 says:

    OF17: This just doesn’t match history. Chicago went 9-8 in their first playoff run of the Toews + Kane era. The Oilers going 7-6 is a few bounces off that. Pittsburgh went 1-4 in their first playoff run of the Crosby + Malkin era. Both of those were in their second years as well. The Oilers are absolutely on pace for a “dynasty” team in the mold of Chicago/Pittsburgh.

    Not dynasties. I mean a real one. A trip to the finals would have meant some really amazing possibilities. They could have come in next year confident, experienced and ready.

    Now they have to prove every bit all over again. They probably will, but it’s a lot less sure.

  165. Professor Q says:

    They did miss Perry hooking McDavid behind the net on his breakway chance (post-chance).

    Would have been nice to see 6-on-4 for the last 2 minutes.

  166. OF17 says:

    LMHF#1: Not dynasties.

    If you were expecting something more than three Cups in seven years or two Cups in eight, I think you were doomed from the start. Personally, I’ll take being on pace for somewhere between Chicago and Pittsburgh.

  167. Professor Q says:

    LMHF#1: But they do have Talbot.

    And the dynasty dream is now gone to me. They had to make the finals this year for things to line up.

    They can be good, and win a couple, but now they still have to scale the mountain. They’ll also be questioned on the fact they choked away that lead in 5 and thus the series. And that their coach still hasn’t won anything.

    Edmonton didn’t make the Finals in 80, did they?

  168. Lucinius says:

    JDI Хоккей: And sandbag feet.

    Shirley, you’re not suggesting Lander would have won this series.

    Lander totally wins this series; would have been hard for him to do worse than Eberle, at least!

    No, I’m not being serious.

    My only point in my reply was that the Oilers didn’t need to go out and acquire someone to win face offs; they already had a guy who could do that but refused to play him (and I think Lander has gotten a raw deal in Edmonton over the course of his career; handled very badly, much like Paajarvi and Yak were handled badly).

  169. Gret99zky says:

    Disappointed but not mad.

    The future is bright.

    Stay healthy boys!

    Thanks for a great season. 🙂

  170. Younger Oil says:

    Professor Q:
    They did miss Perry hooking McDavid behind the net on his breakway chance (post-chance).

    Would have been nice to see 6-on-4 for the last 2 minutes.

    That AND Getzlaf slashing McDavid AND Kesler slashing Draisaitl AND a hit to the head on Russell AND an interference on Caggiula AND a charge on Manson.

    It’s almost as if they don’t want to call any penalties in the last five minutes of a game 7.

  171. VOR says:

    LMHF#1

    Year 1 – Lost in round 1
    Year 2 – Lost in round 2
    Year 3 – Lost in round 1
    Year 4 – Lost in final

    next 7 years won five Stanley Cups

    definitely a dynasty

  172. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    blainer,

    Agreed on all accounts.

    LMHF#1,

    Agreed yup and got slightly screwed along the way

    Lots of young minds, hopefully they don’t take kindly to how they feel right now.

    Each of them should watch a clip of the Capitals bench after tonight’s loss for them.

    You don’t want to be like the Capitals

  173. danny says:

    People are seriously underestimating the magnitude of EDM’s faceoff success in 2006, and failure in 2017. We see the lack of pressure and lack of momentum and blame it on ‘not being ready’ or whatever, but when you start 65% of plays without the puck, you’re gonna struggle. Plain and simple.

    Mike Peca. Jarrett Stoll. Sean Horcoff. They were every bit as important defesnive impact as Roloson/Pronger.

  174. LMHF#1 says:

    Professor Q: Edmonton didn’t make the Finals in 80, did they?

    There was no salary cap, no entry level deals, and a whole lot of other stuff then.

    Plus there was this Glen Sather guy around.

  175. LMHF#1 says:

    VOR:
    LMHF#1

    Year 1 – Lost in round 1
    Year 2 – Lost in round 2
    Year 3 – Lost in round 1
    Year 4 – Lost in final

    next 7 years won five Stanley Cups

    definitely a dynasty

    You know that’s a different time VOR. Different rules.

  176. Gerta Rauss says:

    CrazyCoach: Timmy Lupus said it best and he’d say it best now as well.
    “Hey, NHL! You can take
    your apology and your trophy…
    and shove it straight up your ass!
    And another thing,
    just wait till next year!!!!!”

    lol

  177. N64 says:

    Great year.

    About the only thing that could fix the current system would be training seeing eye dogs to skate. So not one eyeball for NHL games until the Fall.

  178. LMHF#1 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    blainer,

    Agreed on all accounts.

    LMHF#1,

    Agreed yup and got slightly screwed along the way

    Lots of young minds, hopefully they don’t take kindly to how they feel right now.

    Each of them should watch a clip of the Capitals bench after tonight’s loss for them.

    You don’t want to be like the Capitals

    Or the Sharks.

    I am terrified of becoming the Sharks.

    Just being honest.

  179. LMHF#1 says:

    OF17: If you were expecting something more than three Cups in seven years or two Cups in eight, I think you were doomed from the start. Personally, I’ll take being on pace for somewhere between Chicago and Pittsburgh.

    It was completely possible if they made the finals this season.

  180. OmJo says:

    With all that said and done, not the result we wanted but hell of a run. Took out the defending WCF champions in 6 games and took the Ducks to 7 (series should have been settled after 5 but can’t change that now). Hell of a run. Good things to look forward to next season. At the end of the day we still have Connor McDavid, right? The boys will be alright.

    TMac did his part, now Chia has to get to work.

  181. blainer says:

    danny:
    People are seriously underestimating the magnitude of EDM’s faceoff success in 2006, and failure in 2017. We see the lack of pressure and lack of momentum and blame it on ‘not being ready’ or whatever, but when you start 65% of plays without the puck, you’re gonna struggle. Plain and simple.

    Mike Peca. Jarrett Stoll. Sean Horcoff. They were every bit as important defesnive impact as Roloson/Pronger.

    1000 times this.

  182. Lucinius says:

    LMHF#1: It was completely possible if they made the finals this season.

    That assumes beating Nashville, however, who are by far the best team in the playoffs, based off the first two rounds. And while you ‘never know’ until the games are played.. from watching every Nashville game.. I don’t see how the Oilers would have gotten past them; great goal tending, great defensive play from both forwards and d-men, spread out scoring and offensive pressure, combined with some pretty good coaching moves.

    Like I said earlier; unless the goal tending in Nashville implodes I don’t see the Ducks even making it close and doubt the Oilers would have either.

  183. Gerta Rauss says:

    danny: seriously though, has a team ever won 5 games and lost a best of 7 ?

    The Oilers winning the cup in 5 straight in 1988 is the closest I can think of

  184. frjohnk says:

    Great season.

    Love this team.

    I’ll watch the rest of the playoffs but the game I’m really looking forward to is the first pre season Oiler game.

    Can wait till puck drop for next year.

  185. Spengler says:

    Time for bed. Thanks for a great season, Oilers, Lowetide, and all of you on the board here (well most of you, some of you are just a bit much!)

    See you for the start of the new season, tomorrow.

  186. OF17 says:

    LMHF#1: Or the Sharks.

    I am terrified of becoming the Sharks.

    Just being honest.

    I get that, but I think it’s premature. The Oilers are on pace with two of the most successful teams of the modern era. They’re on pace with the dynasty Oilers too. More than this would’ve been great, but I can’t see the rationale for thinking this loss sinks their chances of becoming a truly dominant team.

  187. danny says:

    2006 NHL Playoffs
    Faceoff PCTG

    #1 Rob Brindamour 57.3%
    #2 Shawn Horcoff 54%
    #3 Chris Drury 51%
    #4 Jarrett Stoll 57%
    #5 Mike Peca 51%

    It’s NOT rocket science

  188. Professor Q says:

    LMHF#1: Or the Sharks.

    I am terrified of becoming the Sharks.

    Just being honest.

    We won’t become the Sharks, relax.

    The Sharks were a team composed of Elderly Statesmen, even with the trade for Thornton he was what, a 7-year veteran at that point? Didn’t get Burns until he was closer to 30 years of age. All Marleau and Nolan really up until then.

    Edmonton is much younger and with a better concoction of cast members. Better system.

    Boston won the Cup before San Jose. They were older too.

  189. Surly says:

    If we had to lose game 7…just glad it was lost honestly, the better team won, and a BS call didn’t decide the outcome.

    It will be easy to cheer for this team in the years ahead. Very curious to see if some vets decide to come here on value deals in an effort to win. They, like us, can likely see what is building here.

    Now…to get that cap space figured out…happy summer Pete!

  190. Todd Macallan says:

    Thank you LT and all who contribute here for an unforgettable season.

  191. Professor Q says:

    Younger Oil: That AND Getzlaf slashing McDavid AND Kesler slashing Draisaitl AND a hit to the head on Russell AND an interference on Caggiula AND a charge on Manson.

    It’s almost as if they don’t want to call any penalties in the last five minutes of a game 7.

    Indeed. Still didn’t bring all the effort you’d want in a Game 7 scenario, but overall great playoffs performance and that is even with the screw ups by the refs.

  192. danny says:

    This series loss is on Chia Pete’s lack of belief / urgency.

    I know we would not have got this far without him, but an inability to adress a GLARING weakness for peanuts on the dollar? cost us a conference final and possibly a SCF.

    Tough pill to swallow for me.

  193. OF17 says:

    BTW LMHF, I agree with you that if the Oilers played to their potential, the season wouldn’t be over now. And that stings.

  194. LMHF#1 says:

    OF17:
    BTW LMHF, I agree with you that if the Oilers played to their potential, the season wouldn’t be over now. And that stings.

    Yep. And that’s the thing. We glimpsed it. We can just hope now that this result leads to adjustments being made.

  195. BONE207 says:

    Well now we can look forward to LT tell us how to acquire that elusive picture of balance for the next 4 months. Lots of work ahead Al. Thanks for your insight and great platform to be a fan of this emerging team. I needed a break from drinking anyway…

  196. russ99 says:

    OF17:
    BTW LMHF, I agree with you that if the Oilers played to their potential, the season wouldn’t be over now. And that stings.

    True, but that’s part of a young team learning how to win.

  197. OmJo says:

    Were the Ducks the only team to use a TO in the series?

  198. Oil2Oilers says:

    Great season exceed my expectations.

    Looking forward for more.

    As to the Coaches College in a Month comment can I recommend summer school for young Mr. Nurse on how to 2nd period in general and do the long change specifically. He is young and I am sure he will figure it out.

    As for old Mr Lucic, you were flat footed also in picture on the last 3 game winning goals against. Hopefully you can learn a new trick or your value will diminish to a incredibly​ expensive 4th player sooner than we feared.

  199. --hudson-- says:

    Jon K:
    I can’t believe the team practiced breakouts and transition before this game. The forwards are way too far ahead and the defence passes are getting picked off.

    From my viewpoint – this was the game. Poor passing means poor possession, spending too much time and energy defending.

    The Ducks defence had a whale of a game – probably 6 scoring chances. Vatanen made a nice move and pass to setup the winner

  200. ShakyJack says:

    long time lurker, first time poster. I just wanted to say that I’ve been a viewer of this site for many years and all of you have helped me get through some of the hardest years of my life…. breaking up with my fiance of 8 years, losing my job and watching cancer take away my dad all in the span 1 and a half years.

    The Oilers, you posters and lowetide helped my battle through that and I’ve decided to finally post. I’m happy with the progress the team made this year as it’s beyond what I thought they could do, but Unfortunately, this series was lost when they blew a 3 goal lead in game 5 with 3 mins left. I believe it was Craig Mactavish who said after losing to Carolina in the 2006 you Can’t leave anything on the table in the playoffs, and blowing that lead in game 5 is hard to overcome.

    I’m looking forward to posting more often and having discussions with some of the most intelliegent hockey fans on the internet know. It’s hard to see them lose as I feel like after scoring the first goal they played not lose instead of playing to win.

    Cheers to all of you!!

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