GDB 67: Moreau and Souray in it to win it

Jason Gregor
March 12 2009 12:26PM

Oilers Captain Ethan Moreau

The Oilers looked like a team a few days before the start of the season, with 24 players, five coaches and third goalie Floyd Whitney on the ice for the morning skate today. They went through a bevy of cross-ice and two-on-two, and two-on-one passing drills. Sad thing is they didn’t come close to scoring as often as Peter Pocklington has been charged by creditors.

Sheldon Souray was out there and took part in every drill so he will suit up tonight. Ethan Moreau also skated hard, while wearing the darkest colour-tinted visor I’d seen, so expect him to play as well.

Moreau’s visor makes him look a bit like a Euro, but he insisted his game won’t change due to the visor.

What will change is the lineup. Moreau and Penner will dress tonight, and they’ll play on the same line with Kyle Brodziak.

21 – 10 – 83 12 – 89 – 78 19 – 13 – 34 18 – 51 – 27

This is how they will start but if the Kovalchuk - White - Little line gives the Oilers problems don’t be surprised to see Horcoff, Moreau and Pisani become a trio to try and shut them down.

MacTavish admitted the lines could become very interchangeable tonight. Altanta coach John Anderson told me yesterday on my show that he likes to juggle his lines a lot, so expect to see many different combinations tonight.

A Horcoff - Moreau - Pisani trio could become reality down the stretch as a shut-down line.

Don’t think MacTavish doesn’t listen to the radio or read the Internet based on his comments today. He was asked about O’Sullivan and his overall game.

“I’m trying to find offensive opportunities for O’Sullivan. I want to get him some power-play time. I’m not going to pigeon-hole him as a checker just yet, that’s apparently my expertise to turn offence into checkers. He is in the process right now, (he laughs) but hopefully he has more goals in him.”

It looks like MacTavish is going with his most offensive unit of the season. The competition for ice-time tonight should be fierce, and if players are going early MacTavish said they will play more.

The Thrashers are playing well right now, going 6-3-1 in their last ten, with Johan Hedberg between the pipes, so the Oilers can’t overlook the lottery-bound Thrashers.

Their top line of Kovalchuk - White - Little have combined for 82 goals and 183 points, compared to Hemsky - Horcoff - Penner’s 49 goals and 128 points. Look for Souray and Staios to match up against that line.

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#101 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 04:38PM
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Wait, do we seriously have a third string goalie named Floyd Whitney? Or am I missing the joke?

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#102 SquidRx
March 12 2009, 04:40PM
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@ jeanshorts: Ray Whitney's dad, Floyd occassionaly suits up as a practice goalie.

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#103 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 04:46PM
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SquidRx wrote:

Ray Whitney’s dad, Floyd occassionaly suits up as a practice goalie.

*Tried to wrap his head around that and gives himself a brain aneurysm*

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#104 Rick
March 12 2009, 04:46PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Spector just put up an article about Penner on Sportsnet.

I like Spector and really don't care for Penner but having said that, even I found that article to be too cutting.

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#105 DK0
March 12 2009, 04:49PM
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SquidRx wrote:

@ jeanshorts: Ray Whitney’s dad, Floyd occassionaly suits up as a practice goalie.

~You're telling me JDD doesnt even get to play in practice? WTF is he doing?~

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#106 socaldave
March 12 2009, 04:51PM
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DK0 wrote:

SquidRx wrote: @ jeanshorts: Ray Whitney’s dad, Floyd occassionaly suits up as a practice goalie. ~You’re telling me JDD doesnt even get to play in practice? WTF is he doing?~

no, no - you misunderstand. when the Oil need an extra practice goalie (giving days off, injuries, etc) then they'll call up Floyd. under no circumstance would Floyd take away practice time from anyone

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#107 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 04:53PM
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@ DK0:

Yeah I think Rolli just needed the time off to Ben Gay all his joints and have a cat nap.

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#108 DK0
March 12 2009, 04:55PM
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@ socaldave: i thought everyone agreed yesterday that ~'s meant sarcasm? haha. We totally need a special font or something, can you make words italicize to the right instead of left? or maybe text could make the text all rainbow. You know, really up the eye strain. Top that off with another version of that picture Wanye made with the rainbows and RX1 on fire and stuff. I think its time we up ON to the level of "Battling Seizure Robots" from the Simpsons.

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#109 DK0
March 12 2009, 04:57PM
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gad damn, it turned my (bracket)sarcasm(bracket) into nothing. That first "text" is supposed to be between sarcasm tags

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#110 socaldave
March 12 2009, 04:57PM
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@ DK0:

~smacks my busted sarcasm radar~

that's what I get for putting more emphasis on work than ON!

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#111 Jason Gregor
March 12 2009, 05:00PM
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Dennis wrote:

My whole point is that if you - and not you specifically but anyone - says that Brule was sent back to be an offensive guy, then I think it’s talking out of the side of your mouth to say that now that’s not happening, he can come up and be a grit guy. if that was the case all along, I’m sure he could play ahead of 85 right now, couldn’t he?

Where did I say that Brule to the minors was strickly for finding his offensive game? He was there to find his GAME. He had no confidence in any area, and was thinking way too much. He admitted it. The point is he might never become an offensive scorer in the NHL, but he has the grit, speed, hitting ability to play other roles.

Dennis wrote:

And the whole thing about 78 not being gritty enough or whatever is just plain wrong. He showed enough in that role in ‘07 and ‘08 playing with the Reasoner’s and Pisani’s and showing a low enough GA rate that, yes, he can play on a third line.

If he plays there then you are getting rid or Pisani or Moreau. Is he better at it than them? I know you hate Moreau, and, yes he takes too many penalties, but he also produces and is one of the few Oilers who will play physical.

Dennis wrote:

Anyway, one of these days Vic Ferrari’s gonna show up here with just as much snark as you throw out and he won’t be near as nice as JW and he’ll be even less nice than me:)

Did you just threaten me with "I'm gonna bring my big brother to beat you up"? Wow..ha... I don't know who he is, but I'm not concerned about someone wanting to debate. That is great. And if it gets to a backroom brawl, I'm confident with Brownlee, not to mention Wanye beat up his high school bully last week so I'm good there too. And rumour has it Amber won "toughest chick on the northside" contest a few years ago. So I'm confident either way.

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#112 Jason Gregor
March 12 2009, 05:03PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Wait, do we seriously have a third string goalie named Floyd Whitney? Or am I missing the joke?

He has been the Oilers' practice goalie for years. Ray Whitney's dad.

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#113 Jason Gregor
March 12 2009, 05:05PM
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DK0 wrote:

~You’re telling me JDD doesnt even get to play in practice? WTF is he doing?~

No Whitney takes shots for Roloson those days...He leaves early on game days and they like to have a goalie at each end to shoot at.

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#114 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 05:06PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

He has been the Oilers’ practice goalie for years. Ray Whitney’s dad.

The only guy on the ice that is almost as old as Rolli.

HHHHIIIIIIYYYYOOOOOOOOO! SOMEBODY STOP ME!!!!!!!!!

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#115 Travis Dakin
March 12 2009, 05:07PM
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Rick wrote:

Archaeologuy wrote: Spector just put up an article about Penner on Sportsnet. I like Spector and really don’t care for Penner but having said that, even I found that article to be too cutting.

That article was AWESOME! Now that is ripping someone hard.

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#116 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 05:07PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

And if it gets to a backroom brawl, I’m confident with Brownlee, not to mention Wanye beat up his high school bully last week so I’m good there too. And rumour has it Amber won “toughest chick on the northside” contest a few years ago. So I’m confident either way.

Don't forget JSBM coming in from behind with broken bottles and pool cues just to cheapen things up a bit, before we run off crying and hide in our van.

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#117 DK0
March 12 2009, 05:10PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Jason Gregor wrote: And if it gets to a backroom brawl, I’m confident with Brownlee, not to mention Wanye beat up his high school bully last week so I’m good there too. And rumour has it Amber won “toughest chick on the northside” contest a few years ago. So I’m confident either way. Don’t forget JSBM coming in from behind with broken bottles and pool cues just to cheapen things up a bit, before we run off crying and hide in our van.

Ohh man you have a van? Is this it? hxxp://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m48/dreadx007/free_candy_van.jpg

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#118 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 05:15PM
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@ DK0:

Yeah it's very similar. Except it's bright red, and has a lot of airbrushed dragons and half naked chicks with giant swords and stuff.

AND SPINNERS!!! THEY SPINNIN (black fellow) THEY SPINNIN!!!

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#119 The Towel Boy
March 12 2009, 05:26PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Don’t forget JSBM coming in from behind with broken bottles and pool cues just to cheapen things up a bit, before we run off crying and hide in our van.

K...but I'm video taping it all and putting it on facetube or whatever the kids are into these days.

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#120 Word
March 12 2009, 05:26PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

...not to mention Wanye beat up his high school bully last week so I’m good there too.

A bully from back when Wanye was in highschool, or a current bully at the local highschool in Wanye's neighbourhood. Please tell me Wanye thumped some poor Grade 11 kid and started ghostriding the whip right out of the staff parking lot...

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#121 Jeff B
March 12 2009, 05:28PM
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http://www.fromtherink.com/2009/3/12/795226/coaching-changes-lead-to-b

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#122 german titov
March 12 2009, 05:40PM
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i always played hurt.

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#123 Doogie2K
March 12 2009, 05:51PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Dennis wrote: Anyway, one of these days Vic Ferrari’s gonna show up here with just as much snark as you throw out and he won’t be near as nice as JW and he’ll be even less nice than me:) Did you just threaten me with “I’m gonna bring my big brother to beat you up”? Wow..ha… I don’t know who he is, but I’m not concerned about someone wanting to debate. That is great. And if it gets to a backroom brawl, I’m confident with Brownlee, not to mention Wanye beat up his high school bully last week so I’m good there too. And rumour has it Amber won “toughest chick on the northside” contest a few years ago. So I’m confident either way.

Bring your cup, Gregor; Vic loves to goes for the balls.

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#124 David S
March 12 2009, 06:12PM
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Doogie2K wrote:

Bring your cup, Gregor; Vic loves to goes for the balls.

The best Oilers hockey blog on the net just finished serving a fighting major to it's posters. Let's hope the same doesn't happen here too.

Nice to see you dropping in at ON Doogie!

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#125 Dennis
March 12 2009, 07:08PM
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Gregor: No, I'm not threatening anything:)

I'm just saying, I don't know, maybe you're abrupt when you deal with your friends and/or are in social situations as well but the way you post here, it's just very dismissive of anything you don't believe in.

And that isn't befitting some of the some of the things you Do believe in - some penalties being easier to kill off then others, the powers of Rick Rypien;) - and I don't know why that is. You post here for some reason? Exposure and/or validation perhaps? You enjoy the back and forth because you keep posting, right?

I'm just saying you could stand to be a lot more accommodating and when you aren't, that just leads me to turn up the snark as well:) OTOH, Vic doesn't suffer foolish opinions gladly.

Anyway, back on point, I would absolutely replace 18 with 78 and save over a mill bucks in the process. And all along I wanted to prove that 78 Had Indeed played on a third line and done a good job in the process.

As far as Brule, I don't recall you saying he was offense or bust but from what I've seen of him, he's not exactly the sharpest tool in the defensive shed. So, to say he can work his way up from the bottom puts him in a slot I don't think anyone had ever imagined for him; it seems concilatory at this point and not something that has a great chance of working out.

Basically, it looks like you think Brule can work his up because you like him while you don't think 78 can do it because you don't like here. Whereas I showed you 78's played third line the past and kept the goals down while doing so.

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#126 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 07:17PM
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Hey y'all, can anybody tell me if you can live stream the game on Sportsnet.ca ???

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#127 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 07:17PM
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Hey, has anyone else been glued to the Brier all week??!!!???!!!!

*Goes back to sitting in awkward silence with my dad*

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#128 Milli
March 12 2009, 07:23PM
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@ Sparticus:

hahaha, dude, you came tot he wrong place, go back to Quebec.

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#129 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 07:23PM
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@ jeanshorts: That's the reason I need a link to the game because my wife needs to "tape" the brier and all her girl shows...Dammit!

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#130 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 07:27PM
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@ R-DAWG:

try this one dude.

hxxp://atdhe.net/live-tv.php?i=12375380

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#131 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 07:27PM
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The way my day has gone today it's unlikely the Oil will do anything to raise my mood...however I will remain positive and say 5-1 Oil win!!

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#132 DK0
March 12 2009, 07:28PM
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@ R-DAWG: Its up at the usual place. take the capital letter in every word and add .net to the end: Atlanta Thrashers Die tHanks Edmonton

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#133 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 07:29PM
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@ jeanshorts: Oh ya, I forgot that one...thanks man!

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#134 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 07:30PM
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@ DK0: sweet!

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#135 DK0
March 12 2009, 07:32PM
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@ jeanshorts: Way to go! just giving it away, make the man work up a mental sweat at least :P

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#136 DK0
March 12 2009, 07:33PM
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Its going to be sweet when we miss the first couple minutes of the game to watch the friggen Flames.

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#137 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 07:33PM
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@ DK0:

Sorry. I always give it away. ALWAYS. WIIIIIIIINK.

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#138 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 07:34PM
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All I get on the atdhe website is a direct tv logo!!

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#139 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 07:35PM
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@ R-DAWG: Hey I learned the whole patience is a furtue thing just now!!

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#140 DK0
March 12 2009, 07:35PM
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should be going now. i got picture. definitely catching the opening faceoff here instead of watching the flamers

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#141 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 07:37PM
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This game better not go to overtime

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#142 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 07:39PM
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Uh oh.

I SMELL A SHOOTOUT!!!

I'm sorry. Even I just threw up in my mouth there. PLEASE DON'T LET IT GO TO A SHOOTOUT.

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#143 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 07:41PM
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HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA.

I'm sorry. But this is worst case scenario and it's HILARIOUS.

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#144 DK0
March 12 2009, 07:41PM
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YOU KIDDING ME? thank you online feed. watch the oielrs on atdhe.net until this crap is over

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#145 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 07:42PM
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Does anyone else feel a little heartsick everytime they see Glenx now?

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#146 socaldave
March 12 2009, 07:43PM
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hey, way to back check there, fellas. good job letting that guy be the 4th guy to the slot and leaving him WIDE THE F*** OPEN

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#147 DK0
March 12 2009, 07:43PM
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1-0 Thrashers FFS

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#148 OilerInPurgatory
March 12 2009, 07:46PM
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Re: All The Damn Hockey 'Ere I get a link to 'watch this on yahoo.com', and Yahoo tells me the program is not available in my area.

Must be detecting me as from a Canadian ISP and blocking the content!?

Hey, Al Gore, it's broken!

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#149 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 07:46PM
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HOLY CRAP. This Detroit game is INSANE.

If our squad played half as good as these teams we'd be in fifth easily.

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#150 Amber McCormick
March 12 2009, 07:47PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

This game better not go to overtime

You had to say something, didn't you?!?!

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