GDB 71: Shifting Fortunes

Jonathan Willis
March 20 2009 05:24PM

Gagner/Kane

It’s March 20th, a rather appropriate day for things to be the opposite of how they should be. You see, it was on this day in 1815 that Napoleon returned to Paris after being imprisoned on the Island of Elba. The country turned upside down as loyalists to the French royal family were ousted and men loyal to Bonaparte were installed. Everything seemed possible, if only for a little while – even if it was only 111 days later that Napoleon would request asylum from a British naval captain and return to exile.

The Edmonton Oilers enter the United Centre tonight fresh off an 8-1 victory over Coloardo. Sam Gagner recorded a hat-trick in that game. The penalty-kill didn’t allow a single goal against. Ales Kotalik looked effective; in short, the Oilers found themselves on the right end of a blowout for a change. With points in there last six games and eight of their last nine, the Oilers may even elect to give Dwayne Roloson a game off – after playing 26 straight games.

The Chicago Blackhawks, on the other hand, enter tonight’s game with four straight losses, and only one win in seven games. That stretch includes losses to the Avalanche, Hurricanes, Islanders and two to the Blue Jackets. The young team, so dominant since the hiring of Joel Quenneville only four games in, have seen themselves fall to fifth in the Western Conference.

The smart money says that the Hawks rebound. The Oilers are playing their second game in two nights, and didn’t even get into Chicago until 3 A.M. The odds against the Oilers are even longer when you consider that the Blackhawks have gone 3-0 against Edmonton this season, outscoring them 15-3 overall (including a 9-2 victory; their best offensive performance of the season). Add in a possible start for Jeff Deslauriers - who hasn’t played since February and hasn’t started since being pulled in an AHL game on January 10th – and things seem very unlikely to go the Oilers’ way.

Personally, I think the Oilers might just be ready to go on a roll. Prediction:

Oilers 4 – Blackhawks 3. Goals by Sam Gagner, Patrick O’Sullivan, Ales Hemsky and Sheldon Souray.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Mr P - FMNF
March 20 2009, 05:31PM
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Shortly after that Napolean made that great combination of chocolate, stawberry and vanilla ice cream. The only combo that comes close will be Hemsky and O'Sullivan tonight.

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#2 Smokin' Ray - NNC
March 20 2009, 05:38PM
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GAME DAY!!!

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#3 Chuck Bass
March 20 2009, 05:42PM
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Mr P - FMNF wrote:

Shortly after that Napolean made that great combination of chocolate, stawberry and vanilla ice cream. The only combo that comes close will be Hemsky and O’Sullivan tonight.

Unfortunately, "Neapolitan" refers to the ice cream's origins in Naples, Italy. While Napoleonic Ice Cream would surely be entertaining, I'm afraid your mix-up has mortally offended Fernando Pisani and Andrew Cogliano.

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#4 Jonathan Willis
March 20 2009, 05:43PM
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Mr P - FMNF wrote:

Shortly after that Napolean made that great combination of chocolate, stawberry and vanilla ice cream. The only combo that comes close will be Hemsky and O’Sullivan tonight.

That flavour of ice cream was actually given to us by immigrants from Naples, Italy. Naples also gave the world Pope Urban VI, who died from injuries sustained from falling off a mule.

Don't ask me why I thought you might want to know that ;)

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#5 Mr P - FMNF
March 20 2009, 05:49PM
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Ok I get it, Naples. Now how bout that other great combo of Hemmer and Sully. I suppose you're gonna say Czech republic and Ireland.

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#6 Mr P
March 20 2009, 05:50PM
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Who's in goal tonight? No word on the team 1260.

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#7 Cheap Bastard
March 20 2009, 05:53PM
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Anybody know where you can find a stream for the game online?

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#8 Jonathan Willis
March 20 2009, 06:17PM
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#9 roughneck
March 20 2009, 06:17PM
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tencers claiming 35 in net

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#10 Chuck Bass
March 20 2009, 06:17PM
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Mr P wrote:

Who’s in goal tonight? No word on the team 1260.

The Yahoo Sports box score thingy has Roli playing AGAIN.

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#11 abbatoir
March 20 2009, 06:31PM
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was that tychkowski article from today? talk about old news. GOOOOOIIIIIILLLLLLLLLEEEEEEERRRRRSSSSSSSSSSS

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#12 charlie
March 20 2009, 06:35PM
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Roli's in, and wow can Gene ever ask MacT the tough questions...

"Is it easier to go into a game after winning the previous night by seven goals?"

Hahahaha

GO Oilers

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#13 treblecharger
March 20 2009, 06:43PM
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Yes! Goat Boy!

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#14 treblecharger
March 20 2009, 06:43PM
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oops...Penner, I guess. NICE!

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#15 DK0
March 20 2009, 06:47PM
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woah that wasnt there when i left work. online feed is up at atdhe.net

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#16 jeanshorts
March 20 2009, 06:47PM
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SUPER SIZE IT!

I hope all you douches have a good time without me at the ON party at Hudsons.

*Goes back to his living room set up to look like Hudsons, with dolls representing Wanye, Dakin, TB, etc.*

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#17 DK0
March 20 2009, 06:47PM
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pretty crappy feed though, ohh well.

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#18 treblecharger
March 20 2009, 06:48PM
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Should we be calling Staples "Scoop" now?

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#19 jeanshorts
March 20 2009, 06:49PM
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Try this one on for size.

hxxp://www.ustream.tv/channel/habsvision

It's not nearly as good of quality as ATDHE but it's not very choppy.

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#20 Travis Dakin
March 20 2009, 06:51PM
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@ jeanshorts: Dude, I am like you, no party for me. If you are in a circle jerk by yourself... what is it called?

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#21 jeanshorts
March 20 2009, 06:55PM
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Well, if you make sure you spin around while you're doing it I'm pretty sure you can still call it a circle jerk.

Also, PASTA FAGULI!!!!! I LOVE THAT LITTLE PIZZAPIE!!!!!

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#22 DK0
March 20 2009, 07:09PM
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atdhe.net blew up i guess. weak. and that habvision link doesnt seem to work

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#23 DK0
March 20 2009, 07:09PM
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and nevermind its back.. 2-2?? WTF!

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#24 Rusty Shackleford
March 20 2009, 07:10PM
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hxxp://www.channelsurfing.net

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#25 DK0
March 20 2009, 07:14PM
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w00, that last ones a keeper.

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#26 DK0
March 20 2009, 07:16PM
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Nevermind.. All 3 are running the same feed. Its jsut whoever is hosting this NYI/CAR game is hosting a much smoother feed.

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#27 Poo Czar
March 20 2009, 07:22PM
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JDD for the Calder! Who's with me?!?

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#28 roughneck
March 20 2009, 07:27PM
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@ Poo Czar:

yup! guys solid... never loses, gonna last forever in this game.

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#29 freeze
March 20 2009, 07:35PM
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damn, that Carolina feed was much nicer.

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#30 treblecharger
March 20 2009, 07:36PM
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adthe.net is back on the game. looks allright.

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#31 treblecharger
March 20 2009, 07:38PM
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YESSSSS!

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#32 Rusty Shackleford
March 20 2009, 07:41PM
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Porkchop!!!!

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#33 jeanshorts
March 20 2009, 07:42PM
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YYYEEEEEEEEOOOOOOWWWWWWW

*gorges himself in donair's and cheeseburgers*

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#34 nicki
March 20 2009, 07:46PM
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what link is the game on?

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#35 SquidRx
March 20 2009, 07:47PM
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Okay let's get all up in their kitchen like a spider monkey now, just like we did to Colorado. Go O'Shemcoff!

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#36 DK0
March 20 2009, 07:47PM
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OMFG THE FOSSIL IS BROKEN!

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#37 AlBundy
March 20 2009, 07:48PM
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Did Steve and Kevin Lowe not come out to the press and say there was nothing going on with Jagr? If so, what does that say about Steve and Kevin?

I'm very disappointed if this is true and we were lead to believe this was not the case @ Jonathan Willis:

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#38 jeanshorts
March 20 2009, 07:49PM
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What the hell is the penalty here????????

Even the Chicago guys think it's stupid that the ref outside the arena is calling penalties. God I hate the back ref.

ANd PLEASE don't let Rolli be hurt. Please Ken Lowe rebuild him.

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#39 SquidRx
March 20 2009, 07:49PM
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Roli? Roli? Talk to me big guy. Shake it off. *Sits with hands on cheeks and desperate look on face*

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#40 SquidRx
March 20 2009, 07:54PM
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When I say 'penalty', you say 'kill'!

*says 'penalty'*

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#41 DK0
March 20 2009, 08:05PM
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WTF are you doing Penner? my god you are useless PDP2AHL NOW

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#42 DK0
March 20 2009, 08:09PM
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OMFG GAGNER!!!!!

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#43 jeanshorts
March 20 2009, 08:15PM
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Boooooonnnnneeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

That was a very delayed reaction from the Gagner goal.

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#44 Colin
March 20 2009, 08:20PM
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Can I get an actual link or the full web address, I can't seem to find the site.

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#45 DK0
March 20 2009, 08:23PM
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delete the hxxp:// from all the links above and paste it into your browser

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#46 Colin
March 20 2009, 08:32PM
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Just saw the Goal highlights, pretty sweet on the PP and gagner's.

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#47 jeanshorts
March 20 2009, 08:34PM
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What the hell is going on here? The PK has been on point all night. Did Huddy finally realize that the object is to NOT let the other team score?

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#48 Rusty Shackleford
March 20 2009, 08:36PM
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4 PK's in a row?? Huddy's in-line for a promotion it would appear...

Oh yah... ~ Can't forget the ~

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#49 Jonathan Willis
March 20 2009, 08:40PM
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Anyone catch what happened to Reddox?

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#50 Jonathan Willis
March 20 2009, 08:42PM
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Ouch - just saw the replay. Brutal.

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