THANK YOU SIR, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?

Jason Gregor
October 08 2010 01:51AM

Many of you awoke this morning, sat up quickly and said, "Did that happen, or was I dreaming?" Then you realized you were still wearing your Oiler jersey, and the last time you wore it to bed was after game six of the 2006 Cup finals. The fact is, no Oiler fan would have dared to dream what unfolded last night at Rexall Place.

If you were one of the lucky 16,839 at the Rex, you witnessed history; The first ever shut out in a season opener.  You also saw a highlight reel goal, that has to be in the running for greatest first NHL goal, a thunderous KO and an atmosphere of belief and utter happiness that hasn't been in Edmonton on opening night since probably 1984; when they raised the first Stanley Cup banner.

Rexall was electric last night.

The crowd was into it early, and the Oilers responded by outshooting the Flames 19-9 in the first frame. How many of you forgot what it was like to watch entertaining hockey complete with hustle, skill, hitting and desire from the Oilers? Based on the comments from fans in the building, here on the Nation at via twitter I'd say many of you were floored.

Taylor Hall almost had the Cinderella start to his career early in the first, when he was robbed on a one-timer by Mikka Kiprusoff. The fans were trying to cheer their way to a goal for the new #4, but it wasn't meant to be for Hall on this night. In the first period he had three shots, two great scoring chances, took a penalty and had the most icetime of any Oiler forward at 6:45. A pretty solid first period of pro hockey I'd suggest. He will learn to take shorter shifts in the future, but that's a story for another day.

But tonight wasn't about Hall. Instead his new roommate, Jordan Eberle, earned himself a Highlight Of The Night on TSN with a beautiful shorthanded goal. After dominating the Flames in the first, Calgary responded by outshooting the Oilers 18-7 in the 2nd, and seemed to have the momentum going into the third.

Unlike last year, hell the previous four years, the Oilers didn't fold their tent or try and hold on for dear life, instead they came out attacking and Eberle buried his shorty 1:24 into the 3rd and Rexall was alive. The reaction on Shawn Horcoff's face as he congratulated Eberle spoke volumes; the FUN is back in Edmonton.

"I said to someone that has to be one of the best first goals in the history of the league. I mean, toe drag, step over the stick, backhand shelf. Good for him," said an amazed Ryan Whitney.

The building was still rocking when only a 1:19 later Ales Hemsky raced down the right wing and ripped a slapshot through Kiprusoff. Yes, Hemsky took a slapshot and scored on it, and then if you watched his reaction, even Hemsky was caught up in the excitement. How could you blame him. Hemsky hasn't had this much skill around him at any point in his career, and he seems like a new person. Two minutes and twenty-one seconds later it looked like Eberle had his 2nd of the night, but it was ruled after the game to have gone in off Horcoff's body. What mattered is the Oilers had their 2nd PP goal of the night, and a commanding 4-0 lead.

Throughout all the excitement of the offence, Nikolai Khabibulin was quietly working on a shutout. He ended up with 37 saves and the first ever season opening shutout for the Oilers. The Oilers have only been shutout once in a season opener, October 3rd, 2001 when they lost 1-0 in Calgary. Khabibulin was square to the shooters all night, and I don't recall him having to make a spectacular save, probably because his rebound control and puck control (pushing shots to corner) was exceptional.

And to cap off the night, Steve MacIntyre Ko'ed Raitis Ivanans with a thundering right  with 2:20 remaining in the game.

I can't remember the last time an Oiler knocked a guy out like that. It was a strange 30 seconds. When Ivanans went down the building and Oiler bench went nuts, but after a few seconds, when he didn't move, the tone changed to concern. I'll give those fans credit who cheered when Ivanans eventually got to his feet, even though he was clearly on Strange Street and needed to be helped off the ice, it was nice to see him get up.

"At first it is huge excitement, and then you are worried about him a little bit. I don't know if he is going to remember any of that to tell you the truth. You hope the guy is okay, obviously. It's the toughest job in sports, what they (heavyweights) do. But it was pretty impressive for Mac tonight, he hit him right on the button," said new captain, Shawn Horcoff.

It was an exclamation point on a dominating evening for the Oilers. For Oiler fans the game had everything; scoring, lots of speed, big hits, four fights and a shutout.

Even the most optimistic fan couldn't have dreamt a better scenario.

For one game, okay let's be honest for at least three days, Oiler fans will be proud to cheer for the Copper and Blue again. When the horn blew to end the game, it seemed the euphoria from what you'd just witnessed almost instantly erased the past four years of losing. (Now those feelings might resurface later this year, but for now you have banished them to the back of your memory, hoping they never return.)

As much fun as this game was for the rookies and veterans, it might have been more fun for the fans.

I was told that within minutes after Eberle scored his highlight reel goal, five fans bought an Eberle jersey. I don't doubt this because I ran into Wanye after the game and he was sporting a brand new #14 retro jersey. True story. He said it was the first jersey he'd bought with a name on the back since Bill Ranford's #30. And he didn't have any beer spilled on it, so I knew he must have just got it.

After the game I had ten different fans approach me with, "Do you think they can make the playoffs?"

After a performance like that I can understand why fans want to believe this team can get back to the dance. Rather than rain on your parade and suggest, "It's only one game," I say put on your new Eberle jersey, or Hall, or Paajarvi, or MacIntyre and soak it in.

It is too early to worry, or care, about making the playoffs,  just enjoy the ride because it seems likely that they will be highly entertaining, and for Oiler fans that is all they want. 

Just say, "Thank you boys, may I have another?"

POST GAME NOTES

  • Gilbert Brule left the game after Theo Peckham collided/fell on him inside the Flames blueline. Tom Renney didn't have an update after the game, so we'll find out Brule's status at tomorrow's morning skate.
     
  • After the game Renney said he wanted to get Paajarvi on the ice more, but he played 15:53, 6th most amongst forwards. Renney wants to play the kids. Hall had 16:59 of icetime, while Eberle played 16:11.
     
  • Penner only played 13:48, which seems surprising. He didn't kill any penalties.
     
  • Hemsky played 2:02 on the PK tonight, that has to be the most in his career.
     
  • Andrew Cogliano was 50% in the dot, going 5-5. If Cogliano can stay around that mark he and Renney will be happy. Brule was 5-1 until leaving with his undisclosed injury. Horcoff was only 38% going 6-10, but the Oilers finished 52% as a team.
     
  • Theo Peckham blocked six shots, had three hits and got into a spirited scrap with Tim Jackman. He played 2:46 on the PK, and after Oiler powerplays, the coaches weren't afraid to put him and Vandermeer out against Iginla's line. Peckham was solid and showed why they kept him over Petiot and Belle. Renney likes his toughness.
     
  • Ryan Jones had two big hits on Bouwmeester and played feisty all night. If he can play that way most games he'll be an asset.
     
  • Kurtis Foster didn't have a shot on goal. He only took one, a one-timer on the PP that missed high and wide. In fact Smid, Vandermeer and Peckham didn't register a shot either. Whitney and Gilbert had two each.
     
  • Did you notice who Renney had on the ice at the ensuing faceoff after MacIntyre's KO? He had Vandermeer, Peckham, Penner, Fraser and Jones; guys who can handle themselves with the gloves off. Renney wanted to make sure if the Flames tried to redeem themselves through fisticuffs, that the Oilers would be ready. Nothing happened, but don't underestimate the "old school" thinking of Renney. He doesn't want his team to get pushed around or intimidated this year.
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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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#51 DoubleJ
October 08 2010, 08:37AM
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Did you guys notice after the Big Mac fight no kids on the ice for the rest of the game. Smart by Renney if you ask me.

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#52 Mouse
October 08 2010, 08:55AM
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Great game! Ivanans should have watched MacIntyre get busted up by Goddard last year to learn not to stick your face out lke that!

I thought the pure speed of most of the forwards was the biggest difference from last year. Awesome to watch and hope they can continue to bring that the rest of the year.

But what is with people and trade penner talk? Paajarvi doesn't make him expendable, it gives us two big goal scoring forwards which is what you need anyway.

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#53 Reagan
October 08 2010, 09:03AM
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Glad I had my remote PVR app last night! I would have been choked if I miss that game! What a barnburner!

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#54 Mouse
October 08 2010, 09:03AM
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@Cervantes

I thought Larsson from Sweden is a huge Stud on the D, playing with men in the SEL. Supposed to be a more physical, better offensive than Hedman. Basically better in every aspect and Hedman was drooled over. I wouldn't mind that next year. He would be able to step in sooner.

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#55 positivebrontefan
October 08 2010, 09:07AM
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Playoff games aside that was the most electric I have ever seen that building. What can I say WOW!!!! It was truly magical. Lets see how it holds up over 82 games. But WOW!!!

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#56 m3sh
October 08 2010, 09:07AM
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That. Was. Awesome.

I'm only now calm enough to type. I think I went to sleep with a permanent grin on my face and instead of the usual beer-snoring, I squee'd softly to visions of Calder trophies dancing in my head.

~Now just rinse and repeat 81 times.~

Only thing that would have made last night better, was if we had done that to the Nucks.

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#57 Team Hall
October 08 2010, 09:12AM
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The only negative from that game is I am worried the Flames might get to draft Larrson and be slightly better next year.

The most exciting part is the number of chances that did not go in. If they start capitalizing on a few more of those chances, there shall be blood. MP was back on defense very quickly I noticed.

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#58 Deke Rivers
October 08 2010, 09:12AM
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Anyone who doesnt thing professional hockey contributes to a cities identity and pride should listen to all the conversations going on in the City this morning and weekend. Edmontonians haven't been this proud in a long time.

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#59 madjam
October 08 2010, 09:18AM
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Bust our losing streak to Flames finally at right time , and destroy Flames preseason winning streak . What a nice way to start the season ! Seeing Flames collapse in final period and seeing MacT . fell Ivanans icing on the cake . Twice more in Calgary this month would really be nice . Go Oilers !

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#60 Mike Krushelnyski
October 08 2010, 09:23AM
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What a difference having a healthy Khabibulin makes. If he keeps turning in solid performances like that, it's going to give the kids a lot more confidence to free-wheel knowing that they're not going to get burned at the other end.

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#61 andrewmk20
October 08 2010, 09:24AM
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@Cervantes

The season opening squad is pretty electric I'm sure no one will disagree with you. But injuries are an eventuality and the Oilers depth is basically non existent. Brule has already gone down the first game of the year and who do you replace him with. Giroux looks every bit like a career Elite AHLer. His NHL reaction/footspeed just aren't good enough to warrant top 6 time and his skill set doesn't fit into the bottom six. Reddox is all out effort but no scoring ability. Jacques hits period.

It's not that we fans don't think this year's edition of Oilers isn't talented. It's probably the most natural pure skill I've seen in almost twenty years. But when injuries occur it will mean very bad things for the Oilers record. Much like what has happened with the Islanders. The Oilers, unless they go injury free the rest of the way, will be a bottom five squad.

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#62 Rob...
October 08 2010, 09:25AM
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I know everyone is talking about Eberle's truly amazing goal, but props to Vandermeer too for a fantastic pass to set up the 2 on 1.

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#63 Woogie
October 08 2010, 09:27AM
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@Cervantes

You forgot to add Sourray into your post. ;)

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#65 Sean17
October 08 2010, 09:32AM
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Eberle on pace for 82 goals, sweet.

91 needs to be stronger on dump-ins, chip-outs

I know Wanye is the resident expert at posting video clips, but I feel this one expresses how I felt. Especially on Eberle's goal. Amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4

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#66 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 08 2010, 09:35AM
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~looks around for ice-girl~

I didn't like Foster with Whitney yesterday on the PP. Whitney was the shooter of the two and really limited Foster's chances.

I guess the Reddox and Petiot fans can see why Jones and Peckham were kept. Both elevated their game and did exactly what they can do and what the team knew they can do.

Vandermeer scared me last night. Quite a few positioning errors and he seems to pinch and he really doesn't have the speed to be doing this.

Overall might've been the best Oiler game I've watched in a long time. Trying to remember one that exciting. A fifth or sixth goal would've been nice, but I will settle for a KO at the end.

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#67 Dyckster
October 08 2010, 09:35AM
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Jason,

Any word on Brule's injury yet? That, to me, would be the THE ONLY negative to last night's game. If the injury causes him to miss any games that is....

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#68 Hat Pughes
October 08 2010, 09:38AM
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Why everyone is extolling the virtures of what we saw and I agree that it was AWESOME in all aspects!!!

I was equally impressed with what I didnt see that I was fed a steady diet of last year including:

- quitting on the backcheck (though saw Gagner do it once with Calgary having numbers -- albeit he may have been late in a shift and it was at the end of the game) - drop passes at the offensive blueline - this played KILLED them last year and last night saw Hemsky try that once without success -last year nobody took it to the net or stood there except Penner ...this happened often last night in fact Penner looked like he was hardly there last night because everyone else was there so often.

I was impressed with the attempts at offensive creativity from everyone and when there was nothing to dump the puck deep in the corner and chase it.

I was impressed with the simple game they played and how the continued to push the puck up ice with simple crisp hard passes......AND even trying cross ice passes. Vandermeer plays this simple game effectively; Peckham did too last night....Bring on game 2

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#69 db7db7db7
October 08 2010, 09:40AM
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andrewmk20 wrote:

The season opening squad is pretty electric I'm sure no one will disagree with you. But injuries are an eventuality and the Oilers depth is basically non existent. Brule has already gone down the first game of the year and who do you replace him with. Giroux looks every bit like a career Elite AHLer. His NHL reaction/footspeed just aren't good enough to warrant top 6 time and his skill set doesn't fit into the bottom six. Reddox is all out effort but no scoring ability. Jacques hits period.

It's not that we fans don't think this year's edition of Oilers isn't talented. It's probably the most natural pure skill I've seen in almost twenty years. But when injuries occur it will mean very bad things for the Oilers record. Much like what has happened with the Islanders. The Oilers, unless they go injury free the rest of the way, will be a bottom five squad.

Hum, NO. You obviously replace Brule with Omark. Honestly I don't remember the last time the Oilers had so much depth.

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#70 jake
October 08 2010, 09:51AM
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Great win. Probably shouldn't get ahead of ourselves but like Gregor says, soak it in and enjoy that display. Oiler fans deserve a taste of that don't we??

If anyone has listened to Whitney's clips/soundbites so far this pre/regular season, you will notice he always seems to mention EFFORT. If the effort is there, the group should do well and have a blast.

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#72 Jeremy
October 08 2010, 10:04AM
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Hey Cervantes, you might want to double check those birthdays.

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#73 freeze
October 08 2010, 10:05AM
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It was awesome to see big Mac call out Ivanans after he got away with the high stick on Magnus.

Great, great game all around. I didn't see nearly as much panic in the Oilers game in the D zone either. I hope they come out flying against the Panthers on Sunday too.

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#74 michael
October 08 2010, 10:11AM
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McIntyres KO of whats his name reminds me of the beatdown that Dave Brown gave to Su Grimson back in the day. Grimson was never the same player after that KO. McIntyre proved why he should be on this team. Jones I was not impressed with at all. The politics that is playing out between Tambo and Renney vis a vis Jones is hopfully only going to last for a few more games. I can't see why you would play Jones over Stotini? Unless your doing it for 1 or 2 reasons. Either showcasing Jones for the purpose of trading him or putting him on waivers. Or 2, Stortini had nagging injury that kept him out of the lineup. I don't see where Jones has earned to start over Stortini in the opening game of the year against our biggest nemesis. Strange.

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#75 Dave Manson
October 08 2010, 10:15AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

~looks around for ice-girl~

I didn't like Foster with Whitney yesterday on the PP. Whitney was the shooter of the two and really limited Foster's chances.

I guess the Reddox and Petiot fans can see why Jones and Peckham were kept. Both elevated their game and did exactly what they can do and what the team knew they can do.

Vandermeer scared me last night. Quite a few positioning errors and he seems to pinch and he really doesn't have the speed to be doing this.

Overall might've been the best Oiler game I've watched in a long time. Trying to remember one that exciting. A fifth or sixth goal would've been nice, but I will settle for a KO at the end.

Regarding Vandermeer - I was watching the streaming feed on CBC in the middle of a dozen other tasks so didn't catch every play, but was shocked at a few decent offensive moves by Vandermeer. That feed to Eberle on the SH goal was fantastic! I didn't catch any of his defensive blunders.

I really didn't think he had much offensive upside in him, and always regarded the guy as a mean shut-down, stay home Dman. What did we give up for this guy... oh yeah - POS! If Vandermeer can keep rolling and improve on his game - this may be one of Tambo's best moves yet!

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#76 OilW30
October 08 2010, 10:16AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Of course Renney won't do it all the time, but he showed confidence in the kid. That could pay off as the season progresses. And even the best D-men will give the puck away. Very few play a perfect game.

Picking out one giveaway, and stating that was the norm last night, is very misleading when talking about Peckham's game. He wasn't perfect, but he wasn't a trainwreck in his zone. I guess some people can't enjoy the game for what it is; entertainment.

Fair enough, and that was an awesome game!

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#77 pelhem grenville
October 08 2010, 10:17AM
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absolutely ra ra ra... and i won't forget... out of OUR 16 total team turnovers 11 were by the D.

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#78 andrewmk20
October 08 2010, 10:18AM
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Forgot about Omark. The problem is that he has some pretty poor defensive coverage. He is just a very noticeable player. No doubt he'll have some highlight goals but putting Omark in isn't an upgrade if Brule is lost for an extended period of time.

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#79 book¡e
October 08 2010, 10:23AM
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@DoubleJ

Magnus was out there (I am pretty sure).

I see that vic no longer has shift charts to check this. Anyone know if and where those are available?

This comment was response to Double J's comment that none of the kids were out after the fight. I could be wrong, but I remember seeing Magnus out there late in the game and thinking that it was a poor decision to have him out (maybe it was before the fight).

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#80 OILERSORDEATH
October 08 2010, 10:30AM
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m3sh wrote:

That. Was. Awesome.

I'm only now calm enough to type. I think I went to sleep with a permanent grin on my face and instead of the usual beer-snoring, I squee'd softly to visions of Calder trophies dancing in my head.

~Now just rinse and repeat 81 times.~

Only thing that would have made last night better, was if we had done that to the Nucks.

I 100% agree! And then Maybe Dallas just for good measure. Great game by the kids, can they ever skate. Thats Effin Oiler hockey!!

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#81 Dave Manson
October 08 2010, 10:30AM
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Hey - think it's a little awkward with SMACK & Vandermeer? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K41uJuoXm8c

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#82 DK0
October 08 2010, 10:34AM
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You know what, i Think Vandermeer is just happy not to have to faceoff against the beast ever again

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#85 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 08 2010, 10:46AM
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Dave Manson wrote:

Regarding Vandermeer - I was watching the streaming feed on CBC in the middle of a dozen other tasks so didn't catch every play, but was shocked at a few decent offensive moves by Vandermeer. That feed to Eberle on the SH goal was fantastic! I didn't catch any of his defensive blunders.

I really didn't think he had much offensive upside in him, and always regarded the guy as a mean shut-down, stay home Dman. What did we give up for this guy... oh yeah - POS! If Vandermeer can keep rolling and improve on his game - this may be one of Tambo's best moves yet!

I noticed he had some good offensive plays too, but he was suppose to be more of a guy to help out defensively and bring a physical edge. I'd like to see more of that, because once we play a team that shuts down the kids we are going to need defense.

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#86 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 08 2010, 10:51AM
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Barring any injuries do you think Stortini and Macintyre really ever dress in the same game?

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#87 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 08 2010, 10:56AM
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Was it me or did I see more Oilers forwards back checking this game then I did all last year? Love how Peckham blocked shots. I think with the additional help from the forwards and D that are willing to block shots our defense might be "OK" not great but serviceable.

This was a great game for all the Oilers from start to finish.

I think the coaching staff should do a seminar on blocking shots. I mean the one shot it's like he did a chop block roll at the puck and took it off the butt. There was also another one where the guy laid down like he was in a bobsled. I love the effort, but maybe a few lessons?

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#88 Ducey
October 08 2010, 11:01AM
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Why didn't Stortini play last night? Just a coaches decision or is he hurt?

The only thing missing from last nights game was someone pounding the tar out of Robin R from the Flames. He won't fight so they need to find a torpedo who can aggressively and repeatedly hit guys like this on the forcheck. I guess we will need to wait a few years for Pitlick and Hamilton...

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#89 Crash
October 08 2010, 11:02AM
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Long drive back to Red Deer after the game but well worth the trip.

So refreshing in here today. Just the odd person who has to pick out the negatives in here today. Just some experts ragging on Gagner who played a sound game. But very little mention of guaranteed 30th place on here today. Not one mention of Eberle/Paajarvi belonging in the AHL, not one mention of Taylor Hall being better off in junior, not one mention of the Oilers crappy goaltending, not one mention of that lousy crappy trade that Tambellini made to get Ryan Whitney, not one mention of how Reddox should be here instead of Jones, not one mention of that useless Peckham being here instead of Petiot, not one mention of how having Steve MacIntyre is a waste of a roster spot, not one mention of we have nobody to win faceoffs, or no one to kill a penalty, or no mention of our useless PP.

This place feels completely different today as compared to the last few months...where is all the negativity I've been reading on here? Where are all the experts today?

Yah I know, just one game but man those kids are for real and Eberle is...as Taylor Hall so eloquently stated...SICK...what a player that Eberle is...Paajarvi and Hall aren't bad either...they're here to stay.

I'm loving what Tom Renney is doing. Finally a coach in Edmonton who uses skill players to kill penalties just like many of the best coaches in the league. Mentioned wanting to see the Oilers do this earlier this summer only to be attacked repeatedly.

It only took one game this year to already guarantee one thing that won't be a repeat of last year....the Flames will NOT sweep us.

There may still be some rough nights ahead but one thing is for certain...this team is tons better than last years team and if they stay healthy there's no way in hell we're getting a lottery pick again this year.

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#90 Dyckster
October 08 2010, 11:02AM
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I don't recall hearing Staios' name mentioned in the broadcast. Did he play?

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#91 Crash
October 08 2010, 11:11AM
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Dyckster wrote:

I don't recall hearing Staios' name mentioned in the broadcast. Did he play?

Listned to the afternoon show on the Fan 960 yesterday. Staios, Sarich and Conroy were all healthy scratches.

Listened to some of their post game show too last night on the drive back to Red Deer. Not a happy bunch and many have already given up on this season. And many were wondering if Sutter spent over 7mil to get Staios, Sarich and Conroy, why were they in the press box.

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#92 Dyckster
October 08 2010, 11:24AM
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Apparently Bob Mackenzie doesn't share the same enthusiasm for last night's SMAC fight as most of us do -

http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/bob_mckenzie/?id=336705

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#93 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 08 2010, 11:27AM
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Crash wrote:

Listned to the afternoon show on the Fan 960 yesterday. Staios, Sarich and Conroy were all healthy scratches.

Listened to some of their post game show too last night on the drive back to Red Deer. Not a happy bunch and many have already given up on this season. And many were wondering if Sutter spent over 7mil to get Staios, Sarich and Conroy, why were they in the press box.

How does a team that lacks centermen and lacks cap space afford to sit those guys?

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#94 Crash
October 08 2010, 11:32AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

How does a team that lacks centermen and lacks cap space afford to sit those guys?

Good question, many Flames fans were wondering why as well. Although only one of those three is a centerman and he's pretty long in the tooth now.

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#95 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 08 2010, 11:34AM
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@Dyckster

Interesting comments. The fight happened for about 15 different reasons according to the comments.

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#96 VK63
October 08 2010, 11:34AM
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Wow... Smac got mad... shook the elbow pad off and jab....bomb... end.

Many many cool moments in the old barn last night but one that felt good for me... the two captains having a puck battle along the boards in front of the flames bench. #10 schools #12 with tenacity and determination and the fans not only noticed... they showered some RX1 love on the 13th version. Hands up for "who saw that coming"?

The eberle goal was flat out surreal... it happened.. the barn was kind of comprehending the awesomeness, happy but somewhat stunned.. then the replays and the" f**k was that sick " level of euphoria set in. Awesome!

Overall it was fun to watch.... when an Oiler dman hit any winger in stride it was all the flames D could handle to keep them from flying right by. Even Jbo who skates as well as anyone in the league took a couple hanging on for dear life penalties.

Peckhams going to get someone killed with those 6 feet behind or in the skates outlets but he mans up well along the boards and in front of the net.

Before eberle scored he dawged a couple backchecks but after that goal he was all over it.

I liked MPS game... he uses his speed very well on the back check and goes to the tough areas like a mofo. He got drilled quite a few times but kept after it.

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#97 Milli
October 08 2010, 11:36AM
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Oh that was awesome! I'm pretty hungover today! Eberle's goal, team speed and toughness! God that was fun~! Love Hall's "sick" comment!

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#98 Dyckster
October 08 2010, 11:36AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Interesting comments. The fight happened for about 15 different reasons according to the comments.

Even beyond the entertainment value, I thought it served a purpose....from a hockey standpoint anyway.

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#99 ubermiguel
October 08 2010, 11:38AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

I think the coaching staff should do a seminar on blocking shots. I mean the one shot it's like he did a chop block roll at the puck and took it off the butt. There was also another one where the guy laid down like he was in a bobsled. I love the effort, but maybe a few lessons?

Agreed. Just don't let Buchberger teach them. I swear he would put his head/face in front of shot half the time. You can't doubt his heart, but his technique always frustrated me.

I don't recall Steve Smith's technique. Did he lay down in front of shots often?

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#100 db7db7db7
October 08 2010, 11:41AM
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Forgot about Omark. The problem is that he has some pretty poor defensive coverage. He is just a very noticeable player. No doubt he'll have some highlight goals but putting Omark in isn't an upgrade if Brule is lost for an extended period of time.

I never said he was an upgrade. He is an excellent call-up though. I believe a better call-up than most other teams have in their farm team. Let's not forget we have 13M in cap space. which gives us huge depth in every position...

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