GDB XLVI: Dubie separating Crosby from goals

Jason Gregor
January 14 2010 01:31PM

Devan Dubnyk will get the honours of trying to shut down the defending Stanley Cup champions, not to mention Sidney Crosby, tonight at Rexall Place.

Oiler fans will be excited to walk into Rexall tonight, and the only other remaining game that might match tonight’s build up will be on February 1st when the Carolina Hurricanes come to town with 30th place on the line.

Dubnyk is a fairly calm guy and was pretty calm when asked about facing Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

“I try to prepare for every game the same way. You can’t go out there and think too much about who you are playing. Right now any opportunity to get on the ice in a game situation is exciting. I have to be aware where they (Crosby and Malkin) are on the ice, but my preparation is the same if I’m playing Columbus or Pittsburgh.”

There is a lot of pressure on a goalie, but when Dubnyk or Deslauriers allows a soft goal, it's magnified even more. Veteran goalies will get the benefit of the doubt, and that’s a reality Dubnyk is well aware of. He knows he needs to prove himself and the only way he can is by playing well.

He can’t do it by himself and if the Oilers continue to turn the puck over or miss assignments as often as they have this year, then Dubnyk’s job becomes even harder. If anything, the veterans better be ready and help a young goalie when they are facing one of, if not the best player in the game.

Tonight will be Sidney Crosby’s second visit to Rexall Place. He was here Dec 5th of 2008, and for the first 40 minutes you barely noticed him. The Oilers led 2-0 going into the third, but then Crosby took over, with three straight assists. The Pens won 4-2. Last year the Oilers lost in Pittsburgh 5-4 and Crosby had one assist.

He’ll be looking for his first career goal v. the Oilers tonight; the other teams he has yet to score against include Chicago, Anaheim, Nashville, San Jose and St. Louis.

It's kind of scary when you think about Crosby. He said he needed to work on his faceoffs and he needed to shoot more. Now he is second in goals in the NHL with 30, and on pace to reach 50 for the first time in his career and he is only 57.9% in the dot. When he puts his mind to something, he works hard at it and improves. Coaching doesn’t make him great, his desire is what makes him great. All the young players on the Oilers should look at his work ethic and desire and ask themselves if they can match it. If not, then they need to work harder in the off-season.

With their win in Calgary last night, the Pens are now 4-8 in their last 12. They haven’t been playing very well, especially Evgeni Malkin. After seasons of 85, 106 and 113 points Malkin only has 43 in 41 games this year, but his goal totals are really down. He only has 13 goals so far, and he has gone ten games without a goal. He looks tired.

The Oilers will have some new line combinations tonight.

Penner — Horcoff — Nilsson
Cogliano — Potulny — O’Sullivan
Moreau — Gagner — Pisani
Jacques — Stortini — Stone

The defence will be the same and Dubnyk will start.

Potulny is the hottest Oiler right now and Pat Quinn has really liked Andrew Cogliano’s effort and competitive level lately so he moved them together. The fourth line could be very effective in creating energy and excitement. And with Godard, Adams and Rupp on the 4th line for Pittsburgh tonight I’d expect some energy when those two lines face off against one another.

Injuries hurt

Penguins’ analyst Bob Errey, who won a few Cups with the Pens in the ‘90s said if the Penguins lost Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby they wouldn’t be in the playoffs either. He was referring to the Oilers loss of Khabibulin and Hemsky. Errey admitted he hasn’t watched the Oilers a lot, but he isn’t surprised they’ve struggled this much since 35 and 83 were lost for the season.

The Oilers were 10-12-3 when Hemsky got injured – they were 8-10-3 when Khabibulin went down four games earlier. Since both have been out the Oilers are 6-12-2. They probably wouldn’t be in the playoffs had Hemsky and Khabibulin stayed healthy, but it is obvious they wouldn’t be in 15th. The positive about the injuries is that the Oilers will get a higher draft pick.

Friends or foes

For years I’ve seen many Internet rumours mentioning that JDD and DD don’t like each other. I asked Dubnyk today how much he and Deslauriers will need to support one another now that Khabibulin is done for the year and they are the guys.

“There was always competition and I’ve heard rumours that we don’t get along and that certainly has never been the case. We had a good chat yesterday and I said we have to stick together now more than ever. It’s me and him. We’re here and that’s going to be it for the year. We need to be a team of two and stick together and have each other back all the time”

Later he told me that anyone who has ever played with him would know he is a very easy guy to get along with. He said both him and Jeff are a little quiet so it took some time to get to know each other, but they’ve never had anything but a healthy competitive relationship. It was interesting that he said “We’re here and that going to be it for the year.” That just solidifies that the Oilers won’t be getting a rent-a-veteran goalie, which is the smart move.

Parting shot

Somehow the Pens with all their talent have the second-worst PP in the league clicking along at 14.4%. There was lots of talk today that the Pens are looking at Ray Whitney in Carolina as a possible acquisition. That makes a lot of sense. He’s won a Cup, but more importantly he is very creative on the man advantage. I doubt he would cost much to pry out of Carolina.

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#201 Wanye
January 14 2010, 09:49PM
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SON OF A NUTCRACKER

We can't put 3 periods together can we Oil?

In this new era of cheering for losses, am I supposed to be pumped up about that? I don't know how to cheer for losses...

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#202 Archaeologuy
January 14 2010, 09:49PM
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Well, at least i enjoyed 2/3 of the game so far. That's 2 more periods than I normally get to enjoy.

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#203 fiveandagame
January 14 2010, 09:49PM
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now THIS is Oilers hockey.

Well Done boys, well done

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#204 Ninjafoot
January 14 2010, 09:50PM
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Does this mean the Stanley Cup parade down Jasper Ave. is back on hold??

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#205 rubbertrout
January 14 2010, 09:50PM
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Here we go again

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#206 Ninjafoot
January 14 2010, 09:51PM
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Wanye wrote:

SON OF A NUTCRACKER

We can't put 3 periods together can we Oil?

In this new era of cheering for losses, am I supposed to be pumped up about that? I don't know how to cheer for losses...

That is what makes it great.

You get to cheer either way.

**cries inside**

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#207 Archaeologuy
January 14 2010, 09:51PM
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Wanye wrote:

SON OF A NUTCRACKER

We can't put 3 periods together can we Oil?

In this new era of cheering for losses, am I supposed to be pumped up about that? I don't know how to cheer for losses...

You arent supposed to like it, but you must acknowledge that it's for the best. After that, how you respond to Oiler play is up to you.

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#208 Wanye
January 14 2010, 09:53PM
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Do we cheer for comebacks in this New World Order?

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#209 WT
January 14 2010, 09:53PM
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Bob Stauffer almost crying on the radio

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#210 Wanye
January 14 2010, 09:54PM
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WT wrote:

Bob Stauffer almost crying on the radio

Why are the concessions closed?

*rimshot*

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#211 Jodes
January 14 2010, 09:56PM
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Are we really surprised that the Oilers have choked and flushed away another two points?

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#212 Wanye
January 14 2010, 09:57PM
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Wow watching Moreau spit out his teeth is an eerie sight.

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#213 Sandra
January 14 2010, 09:58PM
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Wanye wrote:

Why are the concessions closed?

*rimshot*

He'll bave a Barney burger, with some brontasours fries.

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#214 Wanye
January 14 2010, 09:59PM
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I feel like crying too, come to think of it.

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#215 Wanye
January 14 2010, 09:59PM
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If you are Pat Quinn, what do you even say after the game?

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#216 WT
January 14 2010, 10:00PM
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Is Flintstones still open

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#217 WT
January 14 2010, 10:01PM
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He hollers, who the hell put this team together

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#218 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:01PM
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WT wrote:

He hollers, who the hell put this team together

Stauffer?

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#219 Ninjafoot
January 14 2010, 10:01PM
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Wanye wrote:

If you are Pat Quinn, what do you even say after the game?

He used to get fired right up.

Now he just looks like someone stole his booze and kicked his dog.

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#220 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 10:02PM
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Is anyone else still blown away by the fact there was an actual hot girl at the Saddledome last night? Must have driven in from out of town.

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#221 WT
January 14 2010, 10:03PM
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@Ninjafoot

Quinn will leave before end of year for personal reasons.

He personally can't stomach KLOWE's great signings.

Even Fred could of signed former U of A Bears that would play better and not complain about their food bill

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#222 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:03PM
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POLTULNY WON A DRAW!!!

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#223 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:05PM
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WT wrote:

Quinn will leave before end of year for personal reasons.

He personally can't stomach KLOWE's great signings.

Even Fred could of signed former U of A Bears that would play better and not complain about their food bill

I'd bet that Quinn is named Assistant GM or even GM if Tambo gets the boot. With all of the minor league teams doing this badly and STILL not having activated the dormant AHL team, there aren't many in the head office who can think their paycheques are safe this offseason.

Remember when GMs made trades mid season to address holes in their teams?

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#224 WT
January 14 2010, 10:07PM
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$$44m for half the team and they can't pay a food bill Even Fred would of paid it if asked Poor Fred, Flinstones is closed early tonight KLOWE has a scotch with the owner and Horcoff and talk about Palm Springs trip Tambo missing and no one cares TSN poll results in

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#225 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:07PM
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Man there are a lot of Pens fans in Rexall. Unless you flew in from PIT you can suck it

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#226 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:08PM
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WT wrote:

$$44m for half the team and they can't pay a food bill Even Fred would of paid it if asked Poor Fred, Flinstones is closed early tonight KLOWE has a scotch with the owner and Horcoff and talk about Palm Springs trip Tambo missing and no one cares TSN poll results in

I'll give you $100 to use punctuation in your sentences.

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#227 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:08PM
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Well.

I think that game went well.

*loads shotgun*

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#228 Ninjafoot
January 14 2010, 10:09PM
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That sound you hear is the proverbial fat lady singing her heart out.

Tear it down...start the rebuild already.

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#229 WT
January 14 2010, 10:11PM
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KLOWE announces the plan is to have all 4 teams in the organization to place last as it has never been done before.

MICKEY MOUSE

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#230 Poo Czar
January 14 2010, 10:11PM
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These stupid Oilers make me Brownlee levels of angry.

And thank you all for the Jamie Sale tales! Let's do a GDB live from her front lawn! *giggity*

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#231 Archaeologuy
January 14 2010, 10:12PM
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They say that Horc was sick, but I'm going to trick my mind to believe that there is something more to keeping him out of the lineup.

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#232 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:12PM
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WT wrote:

KLOWE announces the plan is to have all 4 teams in the organization to place last as it has never been done before.

MICKEY MOUSE

If it ain't Mickey, it's definitely someone who calles Walt 'boss.'

Goofy? Richy Rich? Is he Disney?

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#233 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:13PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

They say that Horc was sick, but I'm going to trick my mind to believe that there is something more to keeping him out of the lineup.

He had to take a shot of demerol to calm his stomach.

Brule, Comrie, Horcoff, did someone put H1N1 canisters in the ventilation inside the Rexall dressing room?

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#234 Shaun Doe
January 14 2010, 10:13PM
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Take that Carolina, We still know how to lose too! Actually, it still feels like crap when that happens. On a secondary note I thought up a new name for Tambellini that I think could stick with the young crowd. You know, Tambalogna! Cause I don't believe anything thing he says anymore... ha ha ha... oh god my life is in ruin.

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#235 WT
January 14 2010, 10:15PM
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TSN poll results in:

KLOWE phones NHL office and has TSN taken off the air.

Hey Dutch, how many rings you got?

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#236 bigrroberto
January 14 2010, 10:15PM
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@jeanshorts

Every Flames game I've been to there's always tons of hot chicks like that. It really is an anomaly!

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#237 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:16PM
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I bet Auger thought of threatening an Oiler or two before the game started, then realized this team would self destruct with no assistance or vendettas required.

Q: NOW WHAT DO WE DO?

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#238 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 10:17PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

They say that Horc was sick, but I'm going to trick my mind to believe that there is something more to keeping him out of the lineup.

Like someone jabbed him with a needle filled with a non-leathal dose of H1N1 after he stepped out of his car?

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#239 Robin Brownlee
January 14 2010, 10:17PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

These stupid Oilers make me Brownlee levels of angry.

And thank you all for the Jamie Sale tales! Let's do a GDB live from her front lawn! *giggity*

Not remotely close . . .

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#240 WT
January 14 2010, 10:19PM
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KLOWE and TAMBO extend contracts of Horcoff and Gilbert. Say they are true examples of Oiler pride

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#241 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:19PM
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What amazes me having only watched 2 other games since Nov is how crappy the Oilers are across the board. Last season you could blame it all on Grebs, but this year - it's basically everyone save Penner.

Who picked "Everyone but Penner" as their goat? Anyone? Anyone?

*looks up assisted suicide in yellow pages*

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#242 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:21PM
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Someone left the OilersNation fan group on Facebook after the game!!!

IS ANYTHING SACRED IN THIS SEASON OF DISPAIR???

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#243 Robin Brownlee
January 14 2010, 10:22PM
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Wanye wrote:

What amazes me having only watched 2 other games since Nov is how crappy the Oilers are across the board. Last season you could blame it all on Grebs, but this year - it's basically everyone save Penner.

Who picked "Everyone but Penner" as their goat? Anyone? Anyone?

*looks up assisted suicide in yellow pages*

Got the 'Gator warming up and the garage locked up tight. Plenty of good seats available.

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#244 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:23PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Got the 'Gator warming up and the garage locked up tight. Plenty of good seats available.

You can't sit in it though Robin. You are our only voice during these crazy times - who will tell our story to the world?

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#245 Poo Czar
January 14 2010, 10:23PM
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@Wanye

Well, I guess this might be the rear we separate the wheat from the chaff, fan wise.

BTW, what's a "Facebook"?

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#246 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:26PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

Well, I guess this might be the rear we separate the wheat from the chaff, fan wise.

BTW, what's a "Facebook"?

I remain firmly on the Oilers bandwagon, though it appears we are headed directly over a cliff. On the plus side, once we blow past Carolina the Oil literally cannot get any worse.

Facebook is a device invented to stalk your fourth grade girlfriend from afar.

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#247 Robin Brownlee
January 14 2010, 10:26PM
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Think again. I've got the wheel. You're riding shotgun.

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#248 WT
January 14 2010, 10:27PM
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Katz announces KLOWE signed to a long term contract as he has a vision. KLOWE announces Rexall Pharmacies now opening in hockey rink for all your needs. Tambo steps down and accepts job in Alberta Gov't cabinet as he has experience in never answering a question Burke laughs outloud at KLOWE Quinn writes a book about his Oiler experience. It is a short story Edmonton city council announces new hockey rink to be built in Millwoods as studies show a new rink reduces crime Kijji has to shut down from all the hits it receives on SELL Oiler tickets

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#249 Wanye
January 14 2010, 10:28PM
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WT wrote:

Katz announces KLOWE signed to a long term contract as he has a vision. KLOWE announces Rexall Pharmacies now opening in hockey rink for all your needs. Tambo steps down and accepts job in Alberta Gov't cabinet as he has experience in never answering a question Burke laughs outloud at KLOWE Quinn writes a book about his Oiler experience. It is a short story Edmonton city council announces new hockey rink to be built in Millwoods as studies show a new rink reduces crime Kijji has to shut down from all the hits it receives on SELL Oiler tickets

PUNCTUATION I BEG YOU

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#250 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 10:29PM
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@WT

ssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

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