Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Edmonton's immediate future (Updated Post Game)

The Fortune Teller sees into Edmonton's future
(Click the Image to look into Edmonton's immediate future. Don't bother if religious humor offends you)
Tonight's Oilers/Canucks game is not just another regular season game. This is a crucial game where a loss for either team will immediately impact their Western Conference fates. A loss by the Oilers will increase the spread between themselves and the Canucks by 8 points. It will also keep them 6 points out of the final playoff spot in the West. So is it fair to say that there is more pressure on the Oilers to win tonight? Absolutely.
But there is plenty of pressure on the Canucks as well. They need to widen the gap not only on the Oilers, but also the Wild, who are on the verge of passing them, and the Flames, who are only 2 points ahead of Vancouver in first spot in the Northwest.
Hey, my fortune telling images are in good fun. But I can't help but feel the competitive hatred for the Oilers and their fans right now. Tonight is huge.
The last thing I want to do is visit the Battle of Alberta tomorrow and see those egotistical Oilers fans gloating. Nope. That should be a one-way street. The Canucks should win every time, and us decent Canucks fans should spam the B.O.A. to death every chance we get!
I'm actually watching the game with a bunch of Oiler fans tonight, and I cannot stand the possibility of them pointing and laughing if the Oilers win...so..
Go Canucks! Destroy them!!!!

Well well well. I guess we witnessed the Oilers' resolve tonight. The Canucks matched the Oilers' physical play, remained disciplined for the most part, capitalized on two 5-on-3 powerplays, and then buried a 'desperate' Oiler team with their defence.

"Any time you get in a position where you have to kill two full minutes of 5-on-3, it's difficult to overcome," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "We are good enough to win, but we aren't good enough to overcome that kind of disadvantage."

After Edmonton's newcomer Zack Stortini, who I f***ing hate already, ran over Lukas Krajicek and put him out of the game, the Oilers were flying high. But guys like Jeff Cowan and Matt Cooke responded with physical play of their own, letting the Coilers know that the Nucks were not going to be pushed around. After Cooke hit Hemsky, the Oilers lost their cool, and Raffi Torres got a misconduct penalty, putting the Oilers down 2 men again. Markus Naslund capitalized on that 2-man advantage, scoring a goal in what seemed to be a double-slap-pass play with the Sedins.
-Oh yeah, the Sedins had 9 points all together.
-Luongod stopped 28 of 30 shots, but the Oilers' chances didn't seem all that great.
-Roloson allowed 4 goals on 24 shots....very un-godlike...
-Sportsnet had 3 good quips about the Canucks' 'drilling' of the Oilers tonight:
From their site:
Twin Killing in Oil Country

For the Vancouver Canucks it felt like a Swedish massage. But for the Edmonton Oilers it felt more like a deadly one-two punch.

From the tube:
Sedins strike Oil!

Great stuff!
-A big thank you to the Black Hawks, who beat the Flamers in a shootout, only allowing Calgary one point in the loss. Hey, how about Huselius getting too damned fancy in the shootout for the Flames' first shot and then the Hawks burying Calgary after that! Way to go...Widget!
-Also, a big thank you to Dallas for defeating the Wild in regulation tonight.
-The night almost could not have gone any better for the Canucks.

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At February 6, 2007 at 5:45 p.m. , Anonymous Matt said...

It feels "icky" to say this, but, GO OILERS!!!

At February 6, 2007 at 7:22 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Who needs Luongo when you play against Torres?

At February 6, 2007 at 9:27 p.m. , Anonymous antro said...

nothing funnier than reading BOA's game log in the comments...what a great hate on for cooke! guess you don't have to read the gloat tomorrow.

At February 6, 2007 at 10:14 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

The day is mine!

Ales looked like he was in wonderland all night, Raffi wasn't singing kids tunes at the refs, and poor ol' Sykora couldn't Score-a if it was gift-wrapped for him.

The Oilers are a shit team and deserve every single shitty loss they get.

At February 6, 2007 at 10:23 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

I love it, I love it I love it I do -

how bout those Sedins 9 points between the two of them, YOu gotta love it !!!

I can't wait to see my fellow co workers tommorrow who are oilers fan

I will rub their face repeatedly in this let me tell you !


At February 6, 2007 at 10:31 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Good on ya Jenny, we're doing the same here too!

At February 6, 2007 at 10:33 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

The Oiler fans in the room tonight were silenced! Haha! How sweet it was to walk out of that house victorious!!!

At February 7, 2007 at 12:09 a.m. , Anonymous Matt said...

What a shitty night! Sounded like the Flames had it all wrapped up. I was working so I didn't see the game, but to give Chi two 5on3s with less than 5 mins left, is a little hard to swallow. F**n' Havlat.

Plus Kiprusoff sucks on shootouts. I don't get it. Maybe Vernon shoulda put the sweater back on tonight for the shootout.

As for Huselius, he did that move in the Flames skills competition on the weekend and scored (on McLennan). Would've been sweet had it gone in.

Oh well, at least the Flames are still in 1st!

Now if they could only win some games on the road :-(

At February 7, 2007 at 12:12 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"It feels "icky" to say this, but, GO OILERS!!!"
Matt! I can't believe you said that! That's like having a plate of shit and a plate of sauerkraut in front of you and choosing to eat the shit!

Mike- I wonder what Rambling Raffi said in the first place? Probably called the ref McGeough...THAT would do it!

Jin- I think the Nucks need to get as far ahead of the Coilers as possible just in case the Coils surge again near the end of the season. I celebrated the win tonight win a glass of Dom-Bergeron!

Jenny- 867-5309! I'm giving you a call! Wooo!

At February 7, 2007 at 12:17 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Matt- This is where the argument comes in for players beeing too damned fancy in the shootout. It potentially costed the Flames one point. It is why the coach may, and should (IMO) crap all over him post game.

What the hell was wrong with the Alberta teams tonight? Both gave up 2 5-on-3's, both lost. Love it!
We watched the Hawks come back to beat the Flames after the Nucks game. Wow. The Hawks were great in OT as well! I think the Flames were shell-shocked!

At February 7, 2007 at 1:05 a.m. , Anonymous Matt said...

The Flames are so bad at the shootout, I think they may as well have some fun with it. If they get to the shootout it's pretty much a guaranteed loss.

I think the shootout is a joke anyways. "Circus Time" as Dan Russell calls it.

I hope Bettman gets run out of town as soon as his contract is up. We need to take back our game from the Americans, who dont give a shit about hockey and likely never will. Get rid of the shootout, bring back the Wales & Campbell Conferences. Heck, give a team to Hamilton while they're at it.

At February 7, 2007 at 9:09 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

No way! Bettman has been good for the game!
The shootout was an intriguing concept to begin with, but it would be nice to see 3 on 3 instead. I don't know if they'll go that route though, seeing that the majority of the fans seem to like the SO.
The Americans in general are more culturally immersed in Baseball, Basketball and Football and that is fine. Bettman can try to force hockey on them, but really, it's like an American trying to sell Baseball and Basketball in Canada. Those sports will never sell as much as hockey does in this country.

At February 7, 2007 at 3:06 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Dom Bergeron is the very best wine you can drink.

But it goes even better with the Stortini noodles and Pisani sauce.

You know, making fun of the "Boilers" is even funner the day after a big win.

At February 7, 2007 at 3:48 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

my co workers were not happy with me
and my canucks !


At February 7, 2007 at 5:21 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"But it goes even better with the Stortini noodles and Pisani sauce."

Wahahahaha! Nice!

Jenny, it was a good win and a good day today no doubt. That game created quite a stir didn't it?

At February 7, 2007 at 5:32 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

it certainly did create a stir. I can handle stirs like that more often :) especially against the alberta teams !! Now if only we had beaten calgary :D


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