GDB 54: Voulez vous le win?

Jason Gregor
February 11 2009 12:27PM

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For the first time since December of 2005 the Canadiens visit Rexall Place.I could sit here and write a novel about how moronic it is for an original six team not to play in another Canadian city for that long, but that would be about as insightful as people who think fighting is the biggest problem in the NHL.

Speaking of the obvious, the biggest concern for the Oilers right now is they can’t score.

Horcoff: One goal in his last 17 games. Cole: One goal in his last 11 games and no points in last six. Cogliano: No goals in his last 15 games. Penner: Two goals in his last 16 games. Gilbert: One goal in his last 34 games. Grebeshkov: One goal in his last 13 games.

That is half of your top two lines, and all of them get ample PP time. People can talk all they want about the likes of Reddox and Brodziak needing to be better, but it is clear that the supposed top-six forwards and scoring D-men aren’t getting it done offensively.

Tonight the lines will be back to “normal"

27 10 83 12 89 26 18 13 78 85? 51 46

Steve MacIntyre spent lots of time on the ice after practice skating with Fernando Pisani, so you would think he is the healthy scratch tonight, but MacTavish wasn’t divulging who would be on the fourth line. It sounds like a game time decision whether he will play.

As Brownlee pointed out yesterday, MacIntyre and Laraque have been exchanging text messages lately. Comparing notes on other tough guys around the league has been the gist of most conversations from what I understand. Does this mean they have a gentleman’s agreement not to fight? Possibly, but they also know their role and if 33 dresses and he or George take a run at someone I’m sure they both still know their role.

Roloson will start in net again, and MacTavish hinted he wants to get Deslauriers a start on the upcoming road trip, but hasn’t decided where yet. You would think it would be in Phoenix against the struggling dogs on Monday night.

Lidstrom his idol

Ladislav Smid has a two-game point scoring streak going, which ties a career high, but he is still looking for that elusive first goal of the season. In fact, he hasn’t scored in his since March of 2007, a span of 118 games.

Smid jokingly blamed it on his childhood idol Nick Lidstrom. “I switched to an Easton stick two years ago, because Lidstrom uses one, but I haven’t scored a goal these sticks yet. I might have to go back to Reebok.”

“I blame it on the forwards. None of them have set me up with a tap-in goal. Look at me, I’m not going to do it by myself and they know it, yet they haven’t helped me out,” laughed Smid.

“But I’ve been thinking about my celebration. It will be a big surprise and it will happen this season. Count on it.”

Good prank

At the beginning of the season, Ryan Rishaug from TSN traveled to Dallas to do a story on Sean Avery. Avery and the Stars agreed to it ahead of time and he flew down, but when he got there Avery snubbed him and said he wouldn’t do it. Rishaug and his camera guy got Avery on camera walking away saying, “I don’t want to talk, I hate TSN.”

Well, with Avery out of his counseling rehab, Rishaug got taken pretty good from a TSN counterpart who will remain nameless. This morning Rishaug got a text saying that Avery wanted to make up with the reporter that he blew off earlier this season, and here is his number. 1.413.497.0025

Rishaug gets all excited. Redemption is sure to be his as he grabs his pen and notepad, gets comfortable at a table and dials the number.

“Thank you for calling the psychiatric hotline…”

Listen to the entire call. Classic. I think Oiler fans can relate since their team shows multiple personalities from game to game.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#151 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 10:15PM
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ANOTHER HURT DMAN????? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????

What team is this the 2007 Vancouver Canucks????? FUDGE!!!!

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#152 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:15PM
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This Oilers puck cycle is making me dizzy. I kinda like it.

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#153 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:15PM
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Have a gooder ninja.

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#154 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:16PM
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Ohhh hohohhoho Baby!

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#155 RBK
February 11 2009, 10:17PM
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3 more goals

THAT A BOY MILKY

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#156 2Times
February 11 2009, 10:17PM
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Gingerbread scores!!

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#157 freeze
February 11 2009, 10:17PM
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twilight zone tonight. hot damn!

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#158 DK0
February 11 2009, 10:17PM
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w00000

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#159 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 10:17PM
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AH SKEET SKEET SKEET SKEET SKEET!!

REDDOX! PUT HIM IN THE SHOOTOUT!!!!!!

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#160 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:17PM
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That's a good feeling - A 4th line PP goal.

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#161 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 10:18PM
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BUT KEEP HIM OUT OF THE SUN!!!!

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#162 DK0
February 11 2009, 10:18PM
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ohh god.. i typed that before i realized it was reddox.... hes moving to the first line for sure now. I can see MacT now "Extrapolating from his last game forward, hes going to have a 30 goal season!"

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#163 2Times
February 11 2009, 10:18PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

BUT KEEP HIM OUT OF THE SUN!!!!

FIRE DOWN BELOW!

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#164 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:19PM
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Remember that time we lost 10-2? yah, me either.

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#165 Mike
February 11 2009, 10:20PM
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WE WANT 10! WE WANT 10!

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#166 DK0
February 11 2009, 10:20PM
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@ The Towel Boy: Nah, this negates the 8-3 loss, need 2 more blowouts for our side before i forget the 9-2 and 10-2

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#167 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 10:21PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Remember that time we lost 10-2? yah, me either.

I love how bi-polar we all are.

Imagine if the Oilers looked this good every game? There'd be bronze MacT statues on every corner!

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#168 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:21PM
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@ DK0:

Thanks for reminding me about those DK0...I had drank those ones away.

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#169 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:22PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I love how bi-polar we all are.

Such is the life on an Oiler fan.

*sighs heavily*

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#170 2Times
February 11 2009, 10:23PM
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I LOVE WATCHING GUY SQUIRM! HAHAHAHAHA

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#171 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:25PM
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The best thing the fans in RX1 could do would be to start the "Ole Ole" chant thingy...

...and as I write that they score...EFF.

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#172 2Times
February 11 2009, 10:25PM
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Gingerbread needs a kick in the junk for that one.

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#173 DK0
February 11 2009, 10:26PM
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Theres the reddox i know and love. throws a hit that does absolutely nothing and ends up with him being out of position

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#174 Yo
February 11 2009, 10:26PM
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Where is Cole?

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#175 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 10:27PM
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DK0 wrote:

Theres the reddox i know and love. throws a hit that does absolutely nothing and ends up with him being out of position

But his jam on that play was off the charts!!!

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#176 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 10:27PM
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Billy Moores looks like a guy that craps his pants on a regular basis.

Just saying.

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#177 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:28PM
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I just realized...with a commanding win we may be privy to a dressing room interview or two after the game. Wonder if they still play private eyes.

*clap clap*

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#178 DK0
February 11 2009, 10:29PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

The best thing the fans in RX1 could do would be to start the “Ole Ole” chant thingy… …and as I write that they score…EFF.

are you controlling the music at RX1? WTF was that Ole attempt?

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#179 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:29PM
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Yo wrote:

Where is Cole?

Very very good question. Is he stapled? or is he hurt? Or is he just plain invisible?

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#180 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:30PM
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@ DK0:

With great power comes great responsibility.

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#181 2Times
February 11 2009, 10:30PM
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Yo wrote:

Where is Cole?

Playing invisibly. almost 12:00 of ice time tonight yet he has been invisible.

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#182 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:30PM
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@ jeanshorts:

Can't argue with that assessment.

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#183 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:31PM
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Price is just going thru the motions...barely trying. Carboneau isn't giving him the hook...I love it.

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#184 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:33PM
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OMG ...Stortini on the PP...haha...Well, can't say that MacT was tyring to "run up the score".

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#185 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 10:33PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Price is just going thru the motions…barely trying. Carboneau isn’t giving him the hook…I love it.

Hot shot Montreal goalie getting worked in a game with no team in front of him. Coach doesn't pull him. Goalie salutes the crowd for the Bronx cheer.

That all sounds so familiar for some reason....

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#186 DK0
February 11 2009, 10:34PM
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Here's hoping our team of try-not-so-hards realizes how much more fun it is to blow out a team and decides to up the ante for the rest of the season

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#187 esa tikkanen
February 11 2009, 10:36PM
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thanks for the link Jack Bauer

Does anyone know the status of Grebeshkov?

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#188 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:36PM
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Wow...Rollie with the save. The circle of awesomeness is now complete.

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#189 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:38PM
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@ jeanshorts:

Haha, ya...now that you mention it.

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#190 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 10:41PM
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Well, that solves the Cole mystery. Sort of......

Again, all the pieces are falling into place. Our young guys are starting to pick their game up. Our goalie is hot. And all our players are getting hurt.

THE DRIVE FOR 8TH IS FULLY ON PEOPLE!

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#191 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 10:41PM
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Wow...welcome to awesome town!

hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo39df-9588

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#192 freeze
February 11 2009, 10:42PM
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*clap, clap*

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#193 DK0
February 11 2009, 10:43PM
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no clap clap? :(

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#194 freeze
February 11 2009, 10:44PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Well, that solves the Cole mystery. Sort of…… Again, all the pieces are falling into place. Our young guys are starting to pick their game up. Our goalie is hot. And all our players are getting hurt. THE DRIVE FOR 8TH IS FULLY ON PEOPLE!

awesome.

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#195 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 10:46PM
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BOOOOO NO CLAP CLAP. FIRE MACT FOR HOLDING TEAM MEETINGS AFTER GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Man, Hemsky's neck scar looks more and more badass as time goes on.

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#196 Drago
February 11 2009, 10:47PM
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Huge win, nice to see Nilsson and Penner in rare form.

FMFN!!!!!!

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#197 DK0
February 11 2009, 10:51PM
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DISALLOWING CLAP CLAP IS A FMNF-ABLE OFFENSE!

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#198 Poo Czar
February 11 2009, 11:00PM
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The Oilers just demolished the Eastern Conference All-Star starting lineup! Woot!

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#199 David S
February 11 2009, 11:53PM
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Just got into (burp) Calgary a while ago. CHED faded out around Olds. Man it's nice to be on the other end of one of those blowouts. Did the entire 4th line score a goal each? That would be freaking awesome.

Just checked out the Oilers site for post game comments and noticed that with his skull shaved, Hemsky could be a dead ringer for Gregor with a set of cool frames.

BTW - what happened to Cole?

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#200 Jack Bauer
February 12 2009, 12:29AM
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Did they really not do the clap clap?

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