GDB minus-6: Putting up the Wall

Jason Gregor
September 18 2009 11:34AM

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Does anyone know what Bulk Barn is? If you’re wondering why I’m asking such a random question so early in the morning it’s because, the Oilers were supposed to be on the ice at nine, and as of this writing, I’m sitting here watching Khabibulin and goaltending coach Freddy Chabot do through the paces. Bulk Barn is one of the logos on the ice, and I have no idea what they are.

As you know I’m not a fan of goalies — more so goaltender commentators, but it was interesting watching Chabot warm-up Khabibulin. They were out for at least 20 minutes before everyone else. Chabot had 50 pucks in the slot and he would rotate firing them at Khabibulin’s left and right side. Every shot the Bulin Wall would put into the corner. He put eleven straight from the left side in the exact same spot; directly to the corner under the NHL.com logo on the boards. Pretty impressive puck control from Khabibulin.

The lineup tonight looks very similar to Tuesday’s game in Calgary.

Jacques — Horcoff — Schremp O’Sullivan — Comrie — Stone Lazo — Brule — Linglet Brennan — O’Marra — Stortini Gilbert — Chorney Staios — Arsene Strudwick — Plante Khabibulin and Dubnyk

We’ll see Brule and Khabibulin for the first time tonight, along with O’Marra, Linglet and Lazo.

Brule was scheduled to play in Calgary but sat out due to the flu, and he says he feels fine now.

Things to watch tonight

  • JF Jacques needs to be much better than he was on Tuesday. He wasn’t physical and on four separate occasions he didn’t help Horcoff on draws. Quinn pointed it out on Wednesday, and I’ll be curious to see if Jacques “gets it” tonight. Jacques better show he knows he has to play a 4th line role regardless of who he plays with.
  • Brule has a job to win if he wants it. He is much more physical than Pouliot, is just as good in the draws, and plays way more aggressively. I spoke to him yesterday and he is eagerly waiting for tonight. He wants a regular spot in the lineup.
  • Can Schremp make some plays five-on-five? We know he is good on the PP, but he won’t make this team if he can’t contribute even strength. He has been much better moving his feet so far this year. It seems he has broken the habit of getting across the blueline and then coasting into the zone. He needs to keep moving his feet.
  • I know many of you were impressed by Stone on Tuesday, and you should have been. But he was playing against predominantly AHL players. He won’t stick here, but he can make a good impression and be one of the first guys called up when the injury bug hits.
  • Will O’Sullivan and Comrie have the same chemistry or was it only one game? At some point this pre-season, either Comrie or Cogliano will have to play a game on the wing. There isn’t enough room for both of them in the middle. Neither should centre the 4th line, so I’m curious to see which guy will be the first to play the wing.
  • How long will it take for Brennan to drop his gloves? He didn’t find a dance partner on Tuesday and you know he wants to make a statement with his fists tonight. Brennan firmly believes he can take MacIntryre’s spot on this team. I don’t see how, since he only has an AHL contract, but he is confident he can.
  • Will they play Cotton-Eyed Joe again tonight? I can’t believe they still play that song, since I don’t know any fan or player who gets fired up by that song. It is AWFUL. They played it on Wednesday, and the Islanders scored a minute after to tie the game in the 3rd period. The only way that song should ever be played again is if the actual “Joe” makes a one-night only return to Rexall.You remember him don’t you? The song would come on, and he’d jump out of his seat and start to dance up and down the stairs, then halfway through the song he’d take his shirt off, and finish his dance. He looked like an idiot, but it was entertaining for a year or so. It ended when he thought he should get paid more than just getting to gold seats every game.

***An aside about “Joe”. One night at the old Cocktail Club on the southside, I was drinking after an Oiler game. Brett Lindros was in there and a buddy of mine knew him through a friend. He was retired and now hosting the “Be A Player” show that aired on TSN. We are having few pops and Lindros is telling us some classic stories about his time with the Islanders, when “Joe” comes over and interrupts. “Joe” starts in on Brett about how he should do a variety of things differently on his show. He starts telling him how to ask question better.

To Lindros’ credit he was calm throughout. He said thanks for the tips and turned around to talk to us. Well, “Joe” wouldn’t let it go and gives him the “Don’t you know who I am” line. I’m not lying. Lindros, of course, had no clue who he was, so we filled him in. Lindros starts to laugh and says, “You keep dancing man, maybe one day you’ll be on Broadway.”“Joe” starts on with “My career will last longer than yours did”, and then he must have thought his song was playing because he took his shirt off in the bar and takes a step towards Brett.

Finally Lindros has had enough. He takes one hand and puts it on the face of “Joe” and literally picks him up by the face, and shoves him away and says get lost. The bouncers come over and grab “Joe”, who is fuming now. He challenges Lindros to come outside, but the bouncer steps in and says he’ll take care of it. “Joe” stood outside the bar for an hour and a half waving at Lindros through the window. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. The guy was off his rocker, and he really thought he was an Edmonton celebrity because of his song.

Coaches' roles

I asked Pat Quinn about what roles his coaches would have this season.

  • Tom Renney will be in charge of the defence and practice.
  • Wayne Fleming will run the powerplay and be one of the observers from up above.
  • Kelly Buchberger is in charge of the PK and will be an in game observer on the bench and relay info to Quinn.
  • Quinn will oversee all three of these facets and plans to work closely with all three.

Tune into Just A Game on the TEAM 1260 today, and I will play Quinn’s response about all three of them. I will play it right off the top at 3:05 MST. Or you can listen online at Just A Game.

You asked for it

Many of you asked to have Brownlee's Irritants of the week posted, so I put them up at Just A Game. They will be there every Friday from now on.

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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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#101 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 03:38PM
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@ Jimmy: I was thinking that ACDC - For Those About to Rock would be a perfect intro song...especially with some fireworks during the "cannon" section and video clips of somebody getting S'mac'ed everytime the word Rock is said... Next time you hear the song, picture it.

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#102 Oilersordeath
September 18 2009, 03:41PM
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@ Librarian Mike:

Hockey and Metal thats all I need. Its a perfect combo. I'd like to hear "War Ensamble" right before a good scrap. Can you imagine half the audience screaming " WAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRR!! By the way incase you havent heard Hatebreeds version of Slayer's "Ghosts of war" Fu%$ing incredible!!

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#103 Fro
September 18 2009, 03:42PM
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Dont you know who I am - I'm Joe F**king Cotton Eye

Bwaahaa thanks Gregor - I only wish I was there to witness that

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#104 Jimmy
September 18 2009, 03:46PM
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I'm a Scientist! wrote:

video clips of somebody getting S’mac’ed everytime the word Rock is said

Bahaha! I can see it - how about that Big Mac/Boyd hit from last season?

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#105 risto
September 18 2009, 03:58PM
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Voivod.

Maybe Niinimaa can send Aquila a metal mix?

Love the old apple talk. MacAttack!

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#106 Harlie
September 18 2009, 04:18PM
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we should have a Celebrity Boxing Match starring the "real" Cotton Eye Joe hailing from the 118 versus "Dancing Dan" the Asian flower dancer from the 178.

I hope both clowns get knocked out. :)

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#107 ronaldo
September 18 2009, 04:41PM
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@ Harlie Dancing Dan is awesome. The other week I was driving out of my neighborehood and he was in front of me on his bike dancing away no hands. Dude has range.

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#108 Lofty
September 18 2009, 04:42PM
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I'm a Scientist! wrote:

Is it just me, or do the coaches roles cover everything except forwards? Renney – Defence and practice Flemming – PP Buckie – PK Quinn…all three… Where is the coverage for regular strength forwards? Seems like something we could use some help with?!?

The forwards dont need help... they were awesome last year!

I am looking forward to one forward scoring over 20 goals again this year.

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#109 Shanye Gretz
September 18 2009, 04:43PM
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Porter wrote:

If the streaming live video is available in BC

Being that I live in the BC now, I have found you just need to use a proxy server as the games only stream for AB/SK/MB/NWT.

Something like hidemyass.com and then go to the Oilers site. It'll work cause that's what I do.

But it is a piss off that the Canucks preseason games are on Sportsnet and the Oilers aren't.

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#110 Robin Brownlee
September 18 2009, 04:54PM
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Harlie wrote:

we should have a Celebrity Boxing Match starring the “real” Cotton Eye Joe hailing from the 118 versus “Dancing Dan” the Asian flower dancer from the 178. I hope both clowns get knocked out.

Dan a clown? Pull your head out of yer bum, son. If Dan doesn't bring a smile to your face then you've got issues.

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#111 cableguy
September 18 2009, 04:59PM
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Harlie wrote:

we should have a Celebrity Boxing Match starring the “real” Cotton Eye Joe hailing from the 118 versus “Dancing Dan” the Asian flower dancer from the 178. I hope both clowns get knocked out.

hang on just a sec.

did you seriously just wish ill will upon dancing dan?

you are dead to me, you heartless SOB.

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#112 Word
September 18 2009, 05:12PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Harlie wrote: we should have a Celebrity Boxing Match starring the “real” Cotton Eye Joe hailing from the 118 versus “Dancing Dan” the Asian flower dancer from the 178. I hope both clowns get knocked out. Dan a clown? Pull your head out of yer bum, son. If Dan doesn’t bring a smile to your face then you’ve got issues.

Those "Free Dancing Dan" shirts cracked me up when he got his (stunting?) ticket.

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#113 Bombstradamus
September 18 2009, 05:14PM
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I thought guy on 118 was the same as guy on 178. Whatever happened to flower waving clown on 149?

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#114 InsaneFrame
September 18 2009, 05:20PM
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I think we should trade schremp for the philadelphia flyers

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#115 InsaneFrame
September 18 2009, 05:23PM
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Sorry. I didnt look at the cap hit. Disregard previous.

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#116 Jaime
September 18 2009, 05:23PM
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Those irritants are classic. You're right on with people trying to get through on a left turn signal. One of the most dangerous things you can do is try to squeak through one of those when the light is changing.

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#117 RossCreek
September 18 2009, 05:25PM
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KESSEL TO LEAFS DONE

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#118 Porter
September 18 2009, 05:28PM
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@ Shanye Gretz: Thanks Shanye....

That tip is priceless....

I can't wait to see Brule tonight... he's like a little wrecking ball and I'm sure we'll all forget about Marc Poo-a-lot quickly after seeing him play a few games...

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#119 Dallas
September 18 2009, 05:31PM
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Phil Kessel to T.O for 2 firsts. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! What a bleepin joke

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#120 Dallas
September 18 2009, 05:40PM
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And Tambo is weak I would have took Kessel over Heatley any day of the week

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#121 Space Moose
September 18 2009, 05:47PM
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@ Bruthah:

sweet game until the stupid eagles

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#122 InsaneFrame
September 18 2009, 05:48PM
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Leafs suck. Should be good picks for Boston

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#123 Space Moose
September 18 2009, 05:50PM
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@ Shanye Gretz:

I live in Abbotsford, and I watched both games on the Oilers site. The Calgary game said unavailable the first time, and I refreshed and it worked.

Go Oil!

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#124 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 06:13PM
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Ummm where is Towel Boy? It is almost game time and I am missing a certain something something....

And Wayne, What day is it?

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#125 David S
September 18 2009, 06:15PM
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So I was just over at the mother site checking the pre-game vids. Jeez, Tencer isn't doing himself any favors by sporting the Pee Wee Herman cowlick. The guy seriously looks like a goof.

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#126 David S
September 18 2009, 06:20PM
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For anybody that's interested, you can go to atdhe.net for the Oilers game tonight. It'll probably be a better feed than the grainy video on the Oilers site and some guys who can't hook up out of region will be able to see the game too. Here's the link ("xx" = "tt")...

hxxp://atdhe.net/9331/watch-florida-panthers-vs-edmonton-oilers

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#127 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 06:28PM
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@ David S:

Thanks David. I had trouble with this site late in the year last year and many of the Oiler games were unavailable. I sure hope that that isn't that case this year.

GOILERS!!

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#128 Dennis
September 18 2009, 06:30PM
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Brule has never shown the ability to look after his own end to the extent that Pouliot has.

I"m not saying that's gonna be a factor in who gets the 4th line pivot's job but maybe it should be.

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#129 David S
September 18 2009, 06:32PM
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Five - The NHL was trying to shut these guys down last spring so that may have been some of the problem.

You need a decent internet connection and a 'puter that's up to the task. But I've noticed this feed is getting better all the time. The Toronto game the other night was pretty decent.

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#130 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 07:01PM
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ROLE CALL:

Who is watching the game and online tonight?

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#131 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 07:01PM
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or is that Roll Call?

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#132 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 07:05PM
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Present!

Wait...maybe not...Hmm... game is not available in my area? But i live in Edmonton!

SuperComputer is turning SuperSucky

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#133 the Menace
September 18 2009, 07:05PM
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I live in red deer, and the oilers site says the game is not available in my area, even though i watched the last 2 games online. any ideas anyone?

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#134 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 07:09PM
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effin OILERS SITE!!!!

come on! I am in Toronto but hell this should work.

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#135 David S
September 18 2009, 07:10PM
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I'm a Scientist! wrote:

Present! Wait…maybe not…Hmm… game is not available in my area? But i live in Edmonton! SuperComputer is turning SuperSucky

Same here. WTF???????????????????

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#136 mooseoil
September 18 2009, 07:11PM
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Unfrickickin believable!!!! Can't even watch the game IN edmonton. WTF!

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#137 the Menace
September 18 2009, 07:12PM
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mooseoil wrote:

Unfrickickin believable!!!! Can’t even watch the game IN edmonton. WTF!

or anywhere else for that matter (or so it seems...)

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#138 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 07:12PM
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@ David S: Even your other link doesn't work for me...

This blows more than Paris Hilton when there is a camera around...

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#139 Rusty Shackleford
September 18 2009, 07:14PM
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@ David S: It's working fine for me. The only way I could get in was by clicking the link under "breaking news"

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#140 Kyle S
September 18 2009, 07:14PM
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Maybe it's only for US viewers?

There's a "CANADA ONLY" stream that starts at 9:00. I had to watch that on Wednesday night and it only was the 3rd period.

So lame. What's the point?

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#141 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 07:16PM
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*searches frantically...*

Breaking news....breaking news...breaking...whaaa? where?

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#142 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 07:17PM
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Ooo...BREAKING news...duh.

nope, still doesn't work.

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#143 Rusty Shackleford
September 18 2009, 07:18PM
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hxxp://oilers.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2009010027&navid=edm-home-dl

On the right hand side it says watch/listen

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#144 Porter
September 18 2009, 07:18PM
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Noooooooooo!

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#145 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 07:18PM
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So I'm not the only one it doesn't work for then? PHEW. I was about to go kill a hobo with a hammer.

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#146 Tommy
September 18 2009, 07:19PM
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Works fine for me.

Try it through the NHL site.

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#147 mooseoil
September 18 2009, 07:19PM
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Breaking news isn't working for me either. What a Mickey Mouse operation.

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#148 Kyle S
September 18 2009, 07:19PM
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Rusty Shackleford wrote:

hxxp://oilers.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2009010027&navid=edm-home-dl On the right hand side it says watch/listen

Nice one. Works for me. Nice how they have like different links to watch the game and it's a puzzle to figure out which one to use.

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#149 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 07:20PM
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Oh yeah, NHL site works... Thanks Tommy!

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#150 Kyle S
September 18 2009, 07:21PM
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Wait no....that's an archive of the Islanders game...

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