GDB XXXV: A fine evening for a Capital game

bingofuel
December 19 2009 04:09PM

This morning as the snow fell over Edmonton and promptly melted, there was a buzz in there — one of hockey's superstars is in town.

With Ovechkin's Washington Capitals slated the hit the ice against the recently-hapless Edmonton Oilers tonight at 8pm, more of the focus tonight seems to be on watching Ovechkin play rather than see the Oilers win. Allow me to re-direct your focus.

After winning five straight on the road (the only five games the Oilers have won in their last ten), the Oil are struggling. And Pat Quinn is apparently struggling not to go all Michael Douglas from Falling Down on his players, whose effort over the last two games has been inconsistent at best.

Meanwhile, the Capitals have seven wins in their last ten, and according to Gregor's weekly league update, Ovechkin has the second highest number of goals scored in the entire NHL.

So the question tonight is: are the Oilers totally screwed?

According to my hastily assembled panel of deceased Allied WWII leaders capable only of repeating their own famous quotes, the answer seems to be... well, inconsistent.

Dead Churchill: "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."

Dead Stalin: "History shows that there are no invincible armies."

Dead Roosevelt: "One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment... If it doesn't turn out right, we can modify it as we go along."

Dead De Gaulle: "China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese."

There are three things we can discern from these quotes:

  1. The Oilers should ignore Churchill. The Oilers have already proven failure doesn't get you anywhere.
  2. The Capitals are not invincible. Stalin says so.
  3. Charles De Gaulle was a knob.

I'm not saying the Oilers will win tonight. I'm not saying that. What I am saying is that if they DID win, the score would be 2-1.

I'm going to go cross my fingers and various other appendages, down several beers and offer prayer to several non-existent gods now.

So say we all.

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#1 Zig
December 19 2009, 04:33PM
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...that was...weird.

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#2 devoknows
December 19 2009, 04:42PM
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Did I hear Nilsson back on the 4th line tonight

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#3 james
December 19 2009, 04:44PM
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i have two tickets for tonights ga,e for sale. they are in the nosebleeds section 303, row 47, seats 9 and 10. $100 for the pair, phone 780-218-4988 if you want them.

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#4 Harlie
December 19 2009, 04:58PM
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more Churchill-isms'..

Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk.” Churchill: “Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.”

Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.” Churchill: “If I were your husband I would take it.”

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.

The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

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#5 Senator Theo
December 19 2009, 05:13PM
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@Harlie

I think i wouldn't mind struggling with the problems of victory for ahwile. You know, just for a change of pace.

Mo' money, Mo problems I guess.

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#6 Jeremy
December 19 2009, 05:14PM
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That was tight Harlie. I am a fan of the Churchill quotes, my favourite has always been the one said to Mrs. Braddock.

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#7 Senator Theo
December 19 2009, 05:18PM
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@Bingofuel: this is the only place I can go where I can see references to Falling Down and churchill quotes in the same article. That's why we love it!

Oilers: 4, Capitals: 1 hot stick dance

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#8 Senator Theo
December 19 2009, 05:19PM
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Jeremy wrote:

That was tight Harlie. I am a fan of the Churchill quotes, my favourite has always been the one said to Mrs. Braddock.

I've always liked that one too. You can modify it slightly for fat people.

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#9 james
December 19 2009, 05:20PM
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james wrote:

i have two tickets for tonights ga,e for sale. they are in the nosebleeds section 303, row 47, seats 9 and 10. $100 for the pair, phone 780-218-4988 if you want them.

SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#10 SirFozz
December 19 2009, 05:20PM
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I am trusting my last minute victory of scoring a free ticket to tonight's contest will inspire the mighty Oil to their own victory.

11-6 Oilers win. Goals by Penner and Ovechkin.

GOILERS!!!

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#11 Harlie
December 19 2009, 05:26PM
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I am really cheering for Penner to make the Oly team now that I bought a bunch of his game worn and autographed gear from the NHL auction the other day. I got a pair of his gloves, a stick, and the best thing is his game worn jersey from the Chicago game in which he scored his 13th of the year.

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#12 David S
December 19 2009, 05:49PM
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Oh man. I watched the Vancouver game last night. Two teams of actual NHL'ers and nary a prospect to be seen. Geez it would be nice if the Oilers could become something like that.

Sooo...6-5 Oilers. JDD with the hat trick, Stone, Jacques and Stortini with the others.

Yep. Fer sure.

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#13 David S
December 19 2009, 05:59PM
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Who am I kidding? Truth be told, this game could easily be "a debacle of monumental proportions"®.

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#14 Eddie Shore
December 19 2009, 06:18PM
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9-1 Capitals.

Ovechkin with 8 pts (5g,3a)

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#15 Ilya Byakin
December 19 2009, 06:24PM
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I'm calling 4-3 Oilers.

Ryan Stone pots his first NHL goal tonight.

JDD stops 118 shots and gets first star....

Ovechkin will be pestered by Laddie Smid all night....

* crosses fingers and drinks holy water *

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#16 jeanshorts
December 19 2009, 06:40PM
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Hey kids, if any of you are by your computers for the game tonight you should check out that CBC All Access camera. It's the coolest thing on the internet*!

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/hockeynightincanada/allaccess/?altcast_code=38f670e525

*non-porn related, obviously.

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#17 The Real Scuba Steve
December 19 2009, 07:17PM
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A win tonight might booster the teams confidence for the next game. I hope.

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#18 Tooles
December 19 2009, 07:21PM
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In the spirit of the Christmas season, the Oilers will wear their Santa hats tonight instead of helmets. Distracted by the fuzzy bobbing balls of white at the end of the Oilers' hats, the Capitals are unable to act in time to prevent a quick 10-goal lead.

Several Oilers suffer severe concussions due to their ill-advised lack of helmetry.

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#19 Word
December 19 2009, 07:37PM
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@jeanshorts

Thanks JS. That is cool. I wonder if we'll be able to hear anyone beaking from the bench.

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#20 jeanshorts
December 19 2009, 07:46PM
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@Word

Imagine Pat Quinn trying to climb over the glass to get at Boudreau! That would be the best game ever!

Also, Cogliano with a dink move, not glove tapping the kids on his way back to the dressing room while Gagner, Nilsson and Stortini did it in front of him.

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#21 Dan the Man
December 19 2009, 07:48PM
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@jeanshorts

That's the coolest freaking thing ever! I'm even enjoying watching the Zamboni's....it's just like being there. Now if only I could by an $8 beer this night would be perfect.

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#22 jeanshorts
December 19 2009, 07:54PM
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@Dan the Man

I've got a six pack of Keiths. I'll sell it to you for 75 dollars. That should be a pretty good comparable to a games worth of delicious Rexall brand beers.

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#23 Dan the Man
December 19 2009, 08:01PM
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@jeanshorts

Done!

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#24 RLH
December 19 2009, 08:34PM
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"De Gaulle was a knob." Pure gold, and embarrassingly true.

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#25 JRyanMac
December 19 2009, 08:43PM
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JDD is lookin spectacular tonite.... And Penner gets called for being held?? While he had the puck??

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#26 Wanyes bastard child
December 19 2009, 09:00PM
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Ok so i missed the nashville game... why is Nillson on the 4th line?

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#27 David S
December 19 2009, 09:02PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Ok so i missed the nashville game... why is Nillson on the 4th line?

He's really good there. The brutes open up holes for him so he can work his magic. Not a bad call.

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#28 Skadden
December 19 2009, 09:05PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Imagine Pat Quinn trying to climb over the glass to get at Boudreau! That would be the best game ever!

Also, Cogliano with a dink move, not glove tapping the kids on his way back to the dressing room while Gagner, Nilsson and Stortini did it in front of him.

Doesn't surprise me about Cogliano, I get the feeling he's a dink in general. Those kids must be so excited to be at the game when Ovie's there though!

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#29 jeanshorts
December 19 2009, 09:06PM
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@David S

Definitely less of a punishment and more of a "well we only have a few lines that actually work so we might as well stick with them"

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#30 JRyanMac
December 19 2009, 09:08PM
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Did I just hear someone call Staios " a great leader of this Edmonton team"??

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#31 JRyanMac
December 19 2009, 09:11PM
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Anyone know what happened to the ice at Rexall?

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#32 JRyanMac
December 19 2009, 09:33PM
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Anyone know what happened to ON? I hear crickets...Everyone must be over at FlamesNation waiting for RossCreek's post game...

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#33 David S
December 19 2009, 09:34PM
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JRyanMac wrote:

Anyone know what happened to the ice at Rexall?

Its part of the push for RX2.

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#34 Colin
December 19 2009, 09:45PM
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What's the deal I just tune in and see Cogs score to give the oil a 2-0 lead?

Wtf? am I in bizzaro land?

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#35 David S
December 19 2009, 09:50PM
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Colin wrote:

What's the deal I just tune in and see Cogs score to give the oil a 2-0 lead?

Wtf? am I in bizzaro land?

Yes. Yes you are.

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#36 Crust
December 19 2009, 10:13PM
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Back from Bizzaro land.

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#37 Tooles
December 19 2009, 10:22PM
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That PK was all heart. This team needs to start realizing it has the right stuff to compete. Good on ya, boys!

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#38 Jeremy
December 19 2009, 10:31PM
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Did someone on the Oilers piss off the officials? Bad calls for the last week, now the officials are in on it whistling crap down when goalies dont even have the puck? Its some kind of conspiracy to keep edmonton at the bottom of the standings?!

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#39 Tooles
December 19 2009, 10:38PM
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What a crappy result out of a great game. That was ours to lose and it would've been a great morale boost to come out on top. Now the young guys on our team are thinking they really are outclassed by the rest of the league. F***.

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#40 OILERSORDEATH
December 19 2009, 10:38PM
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How does this sound for new name: THE EDMONTON CHOKERS!!! Taylor Hall is looking better and better

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#41 Corsby31
December 19 2009, 10:43PM
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What a fu@king joke these refs are. Phantom calls all over the god damn place??? I just don't get it...not that we should have won this game but I just cannot belive how bad they are...On another note, how hard can it be to go get a god damn d-man from somewhere??? A good old stay at home, reliable guy that keeps pucks out of our net. Can our management not see the need?? I dunno about this team, this really is getting old and hard to watch..

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#42 Mike
December 19 2009, 10:49PM
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Time to unload some of these wastes of hockey tape. Addition by subtraction sounds pretty good right now.

Staios had a great PK during the 5-on-3 but was caught watching the play on the second goal. Anyone notice how much Souray's play has improved since Staios got taken off that pairing?!?

Horcoff was standing within stick swinging distance on two or three of the goals and did absolutely nothing. Bad shoulder or not he just doesn't contribute even hockey sense. Moreau continues to struggle as well.

It's unlikely we can move Horcoff but Staios and Moreau can be shipped for a twelfth round pick.

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#43 I Miss Stanley
December 19 2009, 10:51PM
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My relationship with the Oil can be best described as masochistic on my part. Why do I still love you when you hurt me again and again?

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#44 5Cups
December 19 2009, 11:03PM
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so frustrating. Its obvious there is some sort of internal break down with this team. I think that they have one of the best coaching staffs in the league and yet they continously fall apart in the last 10 min of the game.

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#45 Dan the Man
December 19 2009, 11:06PM
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I guess they forgot to discuss who was covering Ovechkin in the pre-game prep.

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#46 5Cups
December 19 2009, 11:07PM
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@Mike

At one time I thought Horc was great. However, I cannot wait until he no longer puts on a oilers Jesey - to bad it will not be until 2015! Staios and Moreau can be moved and I would do that ASAP.

This team is not making the PO so now would be a good time to start making the needed changes. Hopefully when Yambs makes the moves they are not a complete waste of time.

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#47 Shaun Doe
December 19 2009, 11:11PM
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I honestly think a large part of the teams problems could be adressed by simply learning to get the puck out of our own end. No one can seem to clear the puck when the pressure is on. Sure its probably a lot harder to do than say but does it really have to be THIS hard?

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#48 I Miss Stanley
December 19 2009, 11:24PM
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I'm not sure what to think anymore. One thing I do know is that this week scored really high on the frustration chart I'm keeping track of. It may in fact be a new record.

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#49 Biowolf
December 19 2009, 11:53PM
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There are seven dispensable players on the first three lines (being polite) yet Nilsson plays ont he fourth line?

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#50 RossCreekNation
December 20 2009, 02:34AM
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JRyanMac wrote:

Anyone know what happened to ON? I hear crickets...Everyone must be over at FlamesNation waiting for RossCreek's post game...

LOL

~for sure~

*12/19/09*

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