Sunday, October 01, 2006


"Can anyone up there help us score? God? Anyone?"

The Oilers got all 3 goals on the powerplay, and won the game in OT with Matt Cooke (who took a double-minor penalty late in the 3rd) still in the penalty box. The Oilers also killed 7 of 8 penalties to show a strong outing on special teams.
Game notes:
*Raffi Torres scored the OT winner,
*Ryan Smyth and the suddenly hot Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Oil.
*Daniel Sedin scored both Canuck goals, for a team leading 5 in the preseason.
*Wade Flaherty had a solid game despite the loss, to respond to critisism that he may not be good enough to back up Luongo this season.
*Markus Naslund played with the Sedins and looked good there. Maybe this will be the top line this year.


At September 30, 2006 at 5:02 p.m. , Blogger Doogie said...

That's certainly one way of making a point. Intriguing.

At October 1, 2006 at 9:16 a.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Why in the name of Luongo hasn't Matt Cooke been dealt yet?

At October 1, 2006 at 10:19 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Are you sure he has played alot of preseason games?

At October 1, 2006 at 11:03 a.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

He's played enough, IMO!

Okay, maybe I am being a bit hasty. But where is he going to fit in the line-up? He's not on the top line (either Sedins-Markus or Markus-Mo-Bulis), he's not on the second line either, whatever combination you come up with. Last night he was playing with Jannick Hansen and Marc Chouinard, ON THE FOURTH LINE! There is definitely something wrong with this picture. He'd better come out of the gates like a raving maniac and put up some numbers to start the season.

Probably, Vignault is just trying to round out his line-ups and do one final mix 'n match. But seriously, where else is he going to fit? Kesler did not even play last night :-0

Cooke is the odd man out, and his 1.5 million would free up some much needed cap space.

At October 1, 2006 at 11:15 a.m. , Blogger Doogie said...

My reply officially makes no sense in response to this post. What happened to the report on MacLean's first NHL game?

At October 1, 2006 at 11:20 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I agree 100%. I am not sure that Vigneault will hit the panic button on him if he plays on the 3rd or 4th line and makes $1.9 mill.
But i think he'll play on the 3rd line with Kesler and Burrows by the start of the season. That would be a decent line.
He could still end up playing on the second line as well if someone else doesn't pan out.
Shit! I need to SEE this team play! It's hard to judge anything without actually watching the games.


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