GDB IV: Les Canadiens fous et l'Huile de Pat Quinn

Jason Gregor
October 10 2009 02:13PM

What a week it has been for Edmonton fans! Your heart has been broken three times in the final minutes this week. Twice against your biggest rival, and to add some salt in the wound the Esks’ choked last night as well.

And to make things even more fun for those going to Rexall tonight you’ll be joined by the 9th most annoying fans in sports.

I graduated from J.H Picard, and I hated the Habs because of my classmates. Their singing in the hallways after a Canadiens’ win made me up-chuck my poutine, and when they lost they always had some lame excuse. For your sake, I hope you don’t have to endure one of their songs tonight.

Jarome Iginla, Sheldon Souray and Pat Quinn distracted most of you away from the fact the Oilers have already given up a goal in the final minute of a game; TWICE.

And another concern is why Quinn feels the need to hide his line combinations from the opposition. On Thursday morning’s skate, Quinn had juggled his lines.

He had Dustin Penner with 10 and 83. He’d moved Sam Gagner between 19 and 22, he put Gilbert Brule in the middle of 91 and 32, and he had Andrew Cogliano flanked by 18 and 46. Even during warm up, he had these lines doing rushes, until finally switching back to lines we saw on Thursday night.

What is the point of this?

Why have players practice together, but then not play together. Quinn has consistently rolled four lines so far this year, so why was he worried about trying to fool the Flames?

This morning the lines looked like this:

Jacques — Horcoff — Hemsky

Stone — Gagner — O’Sullivan

Penner — Brule — Comrie

Moreau — Cogliano — Stortini

It is refreshing to see Quinn so adamant that his players make the right play at key times. He has pointed out the mistakes of players from Hemsky to Smid, and that is great. But it’s time to show some faith in his players.

Trying to hide your line combinations from the opposition is ridiculous. Believe that whoever you put out there will succeed. I think it is great that none of the players are comfortable with their role on the team, but resorting to a Cloak and Dagger attitude with the lines makes no sense.

He wants his players to be tough and to stand up for one another; then he needs to be part of that as well.

I have no problem with the new combinations; in fact I’d take Jacques of the top line and put Penner there, because the first line hasn’t played well so far, but if you he wants his players to practice like they play, what is the point of practicing with players you won’t play with?

The Canadiens are reeling having surrendered eleven goals in their past two games. Their blueline isn’t very good with Markov out four months.

The Oilers need to stay aggressive and be physical. The Habs blueliners aren’t the greatest puck handlers, and they’ll be prone to giveaways if the Oilers stay on them.

Steve Staios will draw back in tonight. He’ll play with Ladislav Smid while the other pairings remain the same. Souray is listed as day-to-day, and I’d only be guessing on when he’ll return. Concussions, whether they are mild or serious, are tough to gauge. They hope he’ll be ready for Monday’s game in Nashville, but they won’t rush him back. He was pretty out of hit after the hit.

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#151 VicOiler
October 10 2009, 10:23PM
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REVIEW THAT !!!

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#152 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:23PM
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@Archaeologuy

Who said I was lonely? And while we're on the topic...how's your parents basement?!

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#153 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:23PM
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Nice clearing, Moreau.

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#154 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:23PM
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God, can we please stop putting it on our own net? ARGH!

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#155 Archaeologuy
October 10 2009, 10:23PM
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Nevermind

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#156 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:25PM
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NO GOAL! Thanks goat!

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#157 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:25PM
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Good call!

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#158 VicOiler
October 10 2009, 10:25PM
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K that one counts

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#159 Archaeologuy
October 10 2009, 10:25PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

Who said I was lonely? And while we're on the topic...how's your parents basement?!

I guess it's ok, I could make a phonecall and findout.

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#160 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:26PM
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Seriously?! What have we done to piss off the hockey gods?

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#161 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:26PM
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The first 'almost' goal was the roofie...now, we've been officially dated raped.

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#162 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:26PM
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Okay, so they're up by one goal with a couple of minutes left. What could possibly go wrong? Ugh.

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#163 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:27PM
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Oh you think you're so witty...er....um....I'm all hopped up on NyQuil.

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#164 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:27PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Okay, so they're up by one goal with a couple of minutes left. What could possibly go wrong? Ugh.

Why would you even say that?!

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#165 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:27PM
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Now they're shooting from centre. Nope, no confidence problems there.

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#166 Archaeologuy
October 10 2009, 10:28PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

Oh you think you're so witty...er....um....I'm all hopped up on NyQuil.

The Oilers are hopped up on NyQuinn

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#167 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:29PM
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BWAAAAHAAAA

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#168 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:30PM
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BRING ON THE CUP!*collapses at kitchen table*

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#169 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:32PM
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*collapses from exhaustion* Ah yes! Two points and none given away. Too bad about missing the empty net though that woulda been sweet, good pass by Gagner.

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#170 Skidplate
October 10 2009, 10:34PM
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Unfreakin' belieable. Did we actually play a game and not put a puck into our own net????

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#171 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:35PM
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Horcoff strikes again. Le sigh!

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#172 Skidplate
October 10 2009, 10:36PM
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Oh ya, I forgot. One too many beers....

Well, at least it was only 1 own goal

Nect time lets shoot for the shutout....

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#173 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:38PM
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LOL! Scott Oake, so how about that goal by Horcoff? Habby, uhh....well....You know he just wants to say F*$%!

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#174 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:39PM
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Damn! I just missed Scott Oake and his misty hair.

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#175 jeanshorts
October 10 2009, 10:47PM
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WE WIN!!! WWWWWWWEEEEEEEE WWWWWIIIIINNNN!!!! Let the raping and pillaging begin!

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#176 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:47PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Damn! I just missed Scott Oake and his misty hair.

Now THAT is some sqicky hair! *shudders*

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#177 Travis Dakin
October 10 2009, 10:48PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

WE WIN!!! WWWWWWWEEEEEEEE WWWWWIIIIINNNN!!!! Let the raping and pillaging begin!

Can you start at my house? I'm feeling frisky.

WOAH TRAVIS!!! too far... tooo far.

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#178 jeanshorts
October 10 2009, 10:51PM
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@Travis Dakin

You know you're always first on my hit list.

*loads up a backpack full of lube and Magnums†*

†and by Magnums I mean those little finger condoms

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#179 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:53PM
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You know you're always first on my hit list.

*loads up a backpack full of lube and Magnums†*

†and by Magnums I mean those little finger condoms

*fills a bowl with fresh popcorn and sits back to enjoy the show*

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#180 Archaeologuy
October 10 2009, 10:53PM
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WE WIN!!! WWWWWWWEEEEEEEE WWWWWIIIIINNNN!!!! Let the raping and pillaging begin!

Sorry, giving an imaginary hug to a girl named Rigger is the most risquee thing im doing tonight.

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#181 jeanshorts
October 10 2009, 10:57PM
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@Rigger

If you think that's good just wait till you see the show I put on after sex!

Just imagine tons of awkward tears and vomit.

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#182 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:58PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

You know you're always first on my hit list.

*loads up a backpack full of lube and Magnums†*

†and by Magnums I mean those little finger condoms

You could always go hang out in the Oilers locker room and argue about who gets to 'pull the goalie'...

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#183 jeanshorts
October 10 2009, 11:00PM
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@Librarian Mike

I saw those ESPN Magazine pictures. There's no way I could hang with Moreau, Souray and Cogliano.

The Oilers do not need that kind of confidence killer this early on in the season.

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#184 Travis Dakin
October 10 2009, 11:03PM
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If you think that's good just wait till you see the show I put on after sex!

Just imagine tons of awkward tears and vomit.

Apoplogy letters and strategic use of a blow torch.

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#185 Rigger
October 10 2009, 11:07PM
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I'm glad you said imaginary hug and not imaginary girl. LOL

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#186 Rigger
October 10 2009, 11:08PM
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Uh...should I slowly back away now?

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#187 Travis Dakin
October 10 2009, 11:09PM
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Rigger wrote:

Uh...should I slowly back away now?

No. It's just about to get hot in here....

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#188 jeanshorts
October 10 2009, 11:09PM
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@Rigger

Well.....you're more than welcome to join us...

*oh my god you guys, can you imagine what it would be like if one of us had sexual intercourse with a true to life girl?*

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#189 Rigger
October 10 2009, 11:10PM
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That's just me. *insert comedic drum roll here*

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#190 Rigger
October 10 2009, 11:11PM
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You're lucky I've had too many wobbly pops and advils, that's starting to sound not half bad. *hick*

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#191 Travis Dakin
October 10 2009, 11:13PM
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OH my god it's working. Move in for the kill!!!!!!!!!

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#192 jeanshorts
October 10 2009, 11:13PM
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@Rigger

*Pulls his van around the corner and yells at Travis to hurry the hell up*

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#193 Archaeologuy
October 10 2009, 11:13PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Well.....you're more than welcome to join us...

*oh my god you guys, can you imagine what it would be like if one of us had sexual intercourse with a true to life girl?*

Amber's hopped up on NyQuill and Rigger's drunker than Pat Quinn on a Sunday morning so now is the time for bad decisions that benefit the Nation.

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#194 Rigger
October 10 2009, 11:15PM
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Woooooo! *shaves legs, and puts on assless chaps*

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#195 Travis Dakin
October 10 2009, 11:16PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

*Pulls his van around the corner and yells at Travis to hurry the hell up*

Dude I'm already on my way just keep the door open and I will hop in as you fly by!

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#196 Travis Dakin
October 10 2009, 11:17PM
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Rigger wrote:

Woooooo! *shaves legs, and puts on assless chaps*

wait... why did you have to shave your legs....

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#197 Rigger
October 10 2009, 11:18PM
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Should I wax my facehair too? *SNORT!*

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#198 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 11:18PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

wait... why did you have to shave your legs....

It's better than *shaves and puts on assless chaps*.

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#199 Rigger
October 10 2009, 11:18PM
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Gotta be well groomed for when my men show up!

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#200 jeanshorts
October 10 2009, 11:18PM
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@Rigger

As long as you make sure to keep the stache and the burns trimmed too, we all good.

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