GDB XXVI: Kicked when we're down

bingofuel
November 27 2009 04:09PM

Is it still considered unmanly to cry? If it is, then please feel free to ignore the contents of this post. You see, when Robin Brownlee called me up this morning to tell me that he was hearing rumours that Ales Hemsky was bound for the operating table, I welled up — partly because I wish Ales well (and I do! Feel better, Hemmer!). But mostly because it sort of feels like the nail in the coffin of an already grotesque season.

We're more than 20 games into the thick of it. We're seven players down due to illness and injury. Gregor's getting pissed out of shape down in Calgary for the Grey Cup, Wanye's off in some backwater European country learning how to bake artisan bread just so, Willis is rocking the Internets at theScore.ca... And the rest of us are sitting here swallowing mouthfuls of our own fingernails as we watch an average team slide further down the bell curve.

Sweet jumping Moses, people, I have to stop thinking this way! Someone, pass the Kool-Aid.

Oh yeah!

Beat the Heat. No, seriously, do it

I know, I know Dany effin' Heatley's in town.

Big effin' deal.

Oh sure, we've partnered with Original Joe's in their Beat the Heat campaign to poke fun at the Heat. I'm going down there tonight to order no less than 27 Joe Burgers so that $27 can be donated to the Give Me Shelter charity. 27 burgers, Nation. If I was actually worried about Dany Heatley, I'd have 28 — just enough to put me into a coma so I could wake up tomorrow morning without a care in the world...

Yes, I would wake up and everyone would be healthy again. Hemsky's shoulder, it would turn out, actually became super-strong allowing him to shoot harder, more often and more accurately.

Comrie would be cured of his mono, and he would score 50 goals with Hilary Duff riding on his back singing her hit song, "[insert name of Duff song here]."

Khabibulin's back wouldn't only be back to 100%, but he would go on to win the World Breakdancing Championships. He'd also rescue a puppy from a fire, started by another rabid puppy.

The statue of Wayne Gretzky outside RX1 would be replaced with a statue of Dustin Penner standing on a pile of skulls — skulls that once belonged to all the people who ever made a donair joke at his expense. The pile would be 12 miles high.

Back to reality

But dreams aren't reality, kids. That's what my expensive psychology degree taught me. We're icing a team of youngins and ne'er-do-wells against a team of — quite literally — Sharks. Colin McDonald and Ryan O'Marra have been called up, Reddox has been sent down, and the lines they are a-changin'.

Oh, and there's going to be another teammate for the Oilers. THE FANS. I'd wager, in spite of the Oilers' shabby record, this is the most excited you're going to see the fans at RX1 in a really long time. Every time the Heat touches the rubber, the sound from the crowd will be defeaning.

And that alone will win the Oilers the game. 2-1 Oilers. In a shootout. And the star of the game will be none other than Deslauriers.

If I'm wrong, I will eat as many OJ's burgers as Penner ate donairs last season. I swear.

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#101 theindustry
November 27 2009, 10:34PM
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We may have lost but we played very well tonight. Cogliano has been playing like a madman the last couple games and no different tonight. At least we got a point against the #1 team in the league.

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#102 Harlie
November 27 2009, 10:35PM
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why the F didn't they have Potulny in the shootout? They send O'Sullivan out who had 6 shots and no goals while Potulny had 5 shots and 2 goals?? And Gagner has been out of position terribly and lax defensively. Cog's deserved Gagner's spot in the shootout.

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#103 spottheloon
November 27 2009, 10:40PM
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Delaurier cost them that game. Screened on the third goal but what was he doing? And he pooched the fourth goal and caused it himself.

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#104 Senator Theo
November 27 2009, 11:13PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Aside from Souray and Staios getting shredded by San Jose's top line and giving up a shorty in the final two minutes, a pretty good effort and a nice night by Brule and Potulny.

And the point is a bonus -- Penner was offside on the Oilers second goal.

I thought he was offside too - not that i complained much.

That shorty to tie it up though really hurt. We have to find a way to close out games like this.

All in all though, nice effort from a team that could of easily folded up shop tonight. If we can play like this tomorrow, we might get a better fate.

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#105 Senator Theo
November 27 2009, 11:16PM
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Harlie wrote:

why the F didn't they have Potulny in the shootout? They send O'Sullivan out who had 6 shots and no goals while Potulny had 5 shots and 2 goals?? And Gagner has been out of position terribly and lax defensively. Cog's deserved Gagner's spot in the shootout.

Agreed. Potulny and Brule both deserved spots ahead of O'Sullivan in the shootout IMO. Why not go with the hot hands?

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#106 Ben Dover
November 27 2009, 11:18PM
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Not a bad game, unless you're Souray and Staios...or a paying fan hoping for a win. I didn't anticipate any points, so 1 is a gift.

I can't understand why O'Sully was in the shootout. Guy couldn't score in a whorehouse with a fistfull of hundreds. Should have gone with Potulny, as he had confidence and was dangerous most of the night.

JFJ was also a beast - 6 hits out of a team total 22. I've come to expect that, but was surprised Stortini, McDonald and O'Marra combined for 7 hits (Storts with 4) considering they only had about 5 minutes of ice. Only 4 official hits between all defensemen is unacceptable. Souray, in particular, should be ashamed of himself. Based on Quinn's post-game comments regarding SJ's last goal he could be getting more practice's off. That should wake him up.

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#107 Wanyes bastard child
November 27 2009, 11:19PM
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@Robin Brownlee

Exactly, we came out soft to start the first but picked it up from there and everyone helped each other out and played a solid game.

Brule is happy to be with Penner again (and yeah Penner was offside but meh.. i'll take it) plus from what i've seen Penner is still on his game each and every night. Opposing teams have realized that he is a force this year and aim to shut him down, we don't have the talent of a San Jose or a Chicago so its easy to get your best checkers against one or two guys (ie Penner/hemsky) look at the game against Boston. Quinn had his top line of PDP, Horcoff and Hemsky on fire, things were looking not to good so he started to double shift Penner to create some offence but everytime Penner was on the ice so was Chara.

Potulny is playing like he wants to stay in the bigs and is proving that he can.

As for the rest of the game, did we even see O'mara or Mcdonnell (sp) on the ice in the third? Stortini was out for a few shifts but that was only with Cogs and Moreau after Potulny was on the PP... Basically in the third we rolled 3 lines and not 4. Yes losing Hemsky sucks, but once we get Stone and Comrie back and dare i say it Neilson we have 4 lines rolling again. If we can keep the effort like this then like Barry said the playoffs and NOT tanking this season is an option.

I'm sipping the kool-aid here, i don't think we need to tank to make this a team, a few changes yes, but to blow the team up no. Consistency is the key! If we can play like this minus our star forward and starting goal tender + other key players against the best team in the league I believe we have a chance. All we need is consistency and the work effort, this team really is'nt that bad it just needs minor tweaks here and there not a complete blow up.

Yes we had a 3-1 lead, but we played the best team in the league to a 5-4 shootout loss in a decent and fun to watch game. We played hard and as RB said their top line killed us... would the game have been different if Smid and Vis were paired against them more? Maybe but you never know.

As stated, all in all im happy with the outcome of this game.

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#108 Dan the Man
November 27 2009, 11:23PM
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This team wouldn't be that bad if we had a legit shut down unit.

One other thought...all Oiler prospects should have mandatory shoulder surgery prior to playing an NHL game. Yes I mean you MPS and Jordan Eberle.

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#109 Offthebandwagon
November 27 2009, 11:41PM
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Was it my imagination, or was Souray absolutely brutal tonight? Three of the four goals could be atributed to his errors, including the game tieing shorty and the powerplay goal against. He missed passes, lost his check and wandered aimlessly in the defensive zone. Very poor showing for Mr. Sexy.

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#110 Wanyes bastard child
November 27 2009, 11:43PM
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Offthebandwagon wrote:

Was it my imagination, or was Souray absolutely brutal tonight? Three of the four goals could be atributed to his errors, including the game tieing shorty and the powerplay goal against. He missed passes, lost his check and wandered aimlessly in the defensive zone. Very poor showing for Mr. Sexy.

Thats Big Sex to you.. but yeah

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#111 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
November 28 2009, 06:58AM
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Harlie wrote:

why the F didn't they have Potulny in the shootout? They send O'Sullivan out who had 6 shots and no goals while Potulny had 5 shots and 2 goals?? And Gagner has been out of position terribly and lax defensively. Cog's deserved Gagner's spot in the shootout.

~isnt it obvious? tanknation is slowly building up momentum!!!!~

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#112 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
November 28 2009, 07:48AM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

~isnt it obvious? tanknation is slowly building up momentum!!!!~

Hooray! Next shootout we'll see Smid, J F Jacques, and Robert Nilsson!

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#113 Wedge
November 28 2009, 08:07AM
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I think the fact that O'sullivan is the only player who has scored more than once in the shootout might have something to do with him going first. Yeah, he didn't score - but he looked alot better than he has been playing in the past. After scrambling for the kool-aid, I've paused and actually don't feel that bad about the effort. It looks like those aliens from the Last Starfighter might have actually brought the orignal Ethan Moreau back. And I've noticed Souray has more good games than bad so I am not too worried about him.

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#114 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
November 28 2009, 08:10AM
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Dan the Man wrote:

This team wouldn't be that bad if we had a legit shut down unit.

One other thought...all Oiler prospects should have mandatory shoulder surgery prior to playing an NHL game. Yes I mean you MPS and Jordan Eberle.

x2. I'm telling you - one of these days it will totally turn out like Rookie of the Year.

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#115 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
November 28 2009, 09:51AM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Hooray! Next shootout we'll see Smid, J F Jacques, and Robert Nilsson!

i was hoping for Bucky coming out of retirement to show the boys how to get their face pounded in for the team.

then,let him go in the shootout... if the oilers ever manage to get to another one

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#116 Harlie
November 28 2009, 09:52AM
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all this blame on Souray for the last goal against I think is a bit unwarranted. Where the hell were our forwards on that play? I'll tell you. Gagner broke his stick on the face off and tossed his stick to the side and throws his hands up in the air while he watches the play collapse down low and he doesn't make a move to grab someone or plug up the front. Meanwhile, Penner and I think it was Brule went straight up the ice acting like we won the faceoff. When they saw that Souray and Staios were struggling they floated back in a bit but were too far out to provide any help. I rewound and watched that play many times and I think there is no way that Souray should be the only guy getting the blame on that play. If our forwards collapsed back instead of not engaging we may have prevented that goal.

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#117 Cool Beans
November 28 2009, 10:07AM
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Harlie wrote:

all this blame on Souray for the last goal against I think is a bit unwarranted. Where the hell were our forwards on that play? I'll tell you. Gagner broke his stick on the face off and tossed his stick to the side and throws his hands up in the air while he watches the play collapse down low and he doesn't make a move to grab someone or plug up the front. Meanwhile, Penner and I think it was Brule went straight up the ice acting like we won the faceoff. When they saw that Souray and Staios were struggling they floated back in a bit but were too far out to provide any help. I rewound and watched that play many times and I think there is no way that Souray should be the only guy getting the blame on that play. If our forwards collapsed back instead of not engaging we may have prevented that goal.

The wingers job is to go out and ensure the puck doesn't get to the point but Marleau was totally Gagners man. The center always picks up the other center off a draw.

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#118 dragon
November 28 2009, 10:55AM
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Actually, we did win the draw. Then Staios and Big Sexy got surprized (read: frozen) by the play. And that was their 'hattrick' for the night.

Now explains why Quinn gave them practice off: they looked too tired (read: old) for the Sharks.

Great game by the kids though.They should be quite frustrated with their veteran 'core'. Aside from Capt'n, noned did much (of course I don't think PDP is part of the vet core). Bloody skippin' practice.

Canucks here we come!

Hemsky's done but season not over till Steve sings!

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#119 dragon
November 28 2009, 10:56AM
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Actually, we did win the draw. Then Staios and Big Sexy got surprized (read: frozen) by the play. And that was their 'hattrick' for the night.

Now explains why Quinn gave them practice off: they looked too tired (read: old) for the Sharks.

Great game by the kids though.They should be quite frustrated with their veteran 'core'. Aside from Capt'n, noned did much (of course I don't think PDP is part of the vet core). Bloody skippin' practice.

Canucks here we come!

Hemsky's done but season not over till Steve sings!

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#120 VK63
November 28 2009, 11:09AM
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Hey Robin.... penner was in the elgaard zone.

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#121 Robin Brownlee
November 28 2009, 01:55PM
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@Harlie

You realize, of course, you're arguing degrees of absymal here, right? Doesn't matter if Souray shares the blame on the last goal or takes all of it -- he was atrocious all night, as was Staios.

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#122 Harlie
November 28 2009, 03:18PM
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@Robin Brownlee

oh I hear ya..and I agree that Souray stunk the joint out. But, Gagner really pissed me off on that play and this lack of back checking is not enamoring me of him. From all accounts Gagner is valued higher than Cogliano in our organization and I see way more jam and defensive awareness out of Cogliano. Why the hate on him? It's obvious that Gagner has great puck awareness but he should use that skill of his in our own zone and we may be a better team. Just a thought...

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#123 CRASHTHENET
November 30 2009, 01:47PM
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Harlie wrote:

why the F didn't they have Potulny in the shootout? They send O'Sullivan out who had 6 shots and no goals while Potulny had 5 shots and 2 goals?? And Gagner has been out of position terribly and lax defensively. Cog's deserved Gagner's spot in the shootout.

I could not agree more.What were they thinking or should I say not thinking.I told it here a few times the Oilers will not miss ALES HEMSKY at all.As instead of always trying to find someone to play with him and nothing worked.I am sorry to say it's ALES HEMSKY.And now that he is hurt there is no way to trade him.I been saying this for years and no one else can see that.Tom Renny Can.Please trade him before the start of next season. THEBIGD

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