GDB 33.0: BATTLING THE BRUINS

Jason Gregor
December 12 2013 12:33PM

The Boston Bruins are not only good on the ice; their marketing team is pretty solid off the ice as well. The Bruins have produced some humourous commercials the past five seasons, and this is one or my favourites. The Oilers aren't a divisional rival, but many Bruins fans have told me they have a healthy disdain for the Oilers due to two Stanley Cup Finals losses in 1988 and 1990.

The Bruins and Oilers are at opposite ends of the NHL standings, and have been since 2007/2008, and the Oilers will need to play their one of their best games of the season tonight, just to keep it close.

The Oilers might catch a break with Tukka Rask battling the flu, but the Bruins are stacked and they haven't lost in Edmonton since October 17th, 2000. That night Dan Lacouture and Brian Swanson scored their first NHL goals in a 6-1 thrashing of the Bruins. Since then, the Bruins have won four straight games in Edmonton including a 3-2 victory in their last visit to Edmonton on February 27th, 2011.

It is hard not to respect the Bruins.

They have skill, size, experience, solid two-way players, great goaltending and they are the toughest team in the NHL led by their captain Zdeno Chara. They don't have any weaknesses, and once again they are sitting first in the Eastern conference with a 21-8-2 record.

The Oilers are playing their best hockey of the seasons, 7-3-1 in their last 11 games, and while they didn't beat up on the top teams in the league, they did grab 15 of a possible 22 points. That is a solid stretch of hockey, but tonight will be a much more difficult task for the Oilers.

The Oilers will need to use their speed, and be disciplined with the puck. They can't continue to turn the puck over, especially on the powerplay, or the Bruins will skate them out of the rink.

LINEUP

Perron-RNH-Eberle
Hall-Gagner-Yakupov
Joensuu-Arcobello-Hemsky
Gazdic-Lander-Jones

Boyd Gordon still isn't healthy enough to play. Ryan Smyth is also banged up, and he'll be a game time decision. Eakins will switch up the PP units. They've been really hot or really cold, similar to the overall play of the team. Since November 5th, the PP is 17 for 71 (23.9%) so it's not like it has been terrible. The production has been great, but the bad giveaways are the issue. 

Ference-Petry
N.Schultz-J.Schultz
Belov-Larsen

Jeff Petry has been cleared to play. He's an upgrade on Potter, and the Oilers need their best lineup against the Bruins.

Dubnyk

QUICK HITS....

  • It was a subtle message, but Dallas Eakins didn't play Taylor Hall in the final five minutes on Tuesday after Jeff Skinner tied the game. You might say it was only five minutes, but it was the most important time of the game, and I'm sure Hall got the message. I'm curious to see how he responds, especially in the defensive end.
     
  • Eakins did put Hall out for the PP in OT, which was a smart, but not being on the ice for the final five minutes of regulation should get Hall's attention.
     
  • It was interesting to note that Hall got a short stint on the bench, but Sam Gagner, despite some equally bad defensive decisions never missed a shift. Eakins must be giving him some leeway due to the injury, or he wants to keep throwing him over the boards with the hope it builds his confidence.
  • Firing Feaster today makes sense. There is no point waiting until the end of the season to can him, if the Flames knew he wasn't their guy moving forward. You can also expect the Flames' new GM to fire Hartley before the start of next season. The Flames should look at Oilers to see that firing coaches frequently doesn't change much, if you don't give the new coach better players.
     
  • Good luck to all of you in Fantasy Football playoffs...whether you are going for a championship, or trying to avoid losing the Toilet Bowl. Good luck. I have Manning, Decker and Moreno on my team...Please don't pick tonight to have an off night.

TONIGHT....

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Because everyone expects them to lose, the Oilers stun the Bruins with a 4-3 victory. P.S... I put the team logos in front of my son, and whichever one he touches, I go with that team to win. He is 8 days old, and his record is already 2-0.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers lineup has a combined four career goals vs. the Bruins; Hemsky, Perron, RNH and Ference each have one goal. Two Oilers will score their first career goal against Boston tonight.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Now that he isn't a member of the Calgary Flames, the Oilers will give St. Albert native, Jarome Iginla a healthy cheer when he announced over the PA. Iginla will be honoured, and he'll return the favour by scoring a second period goal. After the game, Oilers fans collectively decide never to cheer for an opposing player, who never played for the Oilers, ever again.

DAY TEN...MONTH OF GIVING

Yesterday we raised another $2,800 for Santas Anonymous.

Today we have an excellent and very generous package that was donated to us by The Home Matchmaker Michelle Derk from Remax Elite.

  • Up for grabs is the seller's commission for your house. (In a regular sale half the commission goes to the seller realtor and half to the buyer. So this is $3.5% on the first $100,000 and $1.5% on the balance).

On a $500,000 house that is a value of $9,500.00 just to give you a reference point.

You can bid on this package by calling 780.444.1260 between 2-6 p.m. today.

Thanks in advance.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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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 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:23PM
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TonyT wrote:

Is Eakins doing the "accountability" thing tonight, if so I fully expect to see Eberle stapled to the bench to begin the 2nd. Terrible back check, that's fully on him.

But,but Eberle is pissed off.

Maybe he was referring too the waitress that cut him off.

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#102 **
December 12 2013, 08:24PM
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Rotten Ron wrote:

Good job of getting out of the way of Iginlia's shot.

Iginla out job getting of shot good. Gagner

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#103 **
December 12 2013, 08:24PM
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Well, no surprises there, I told them it was a trap, but they didn't listen.

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#104 Toro
December 12 2013, 08:25PM
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Wow Eberles lazy back check was the reason the 3rd goal happened , honestly he should be benched for coasting back when he was right there to cover Marchand

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#105 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:25PM
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Rotten Ron wrote:

Good job of getting out of the way of Iginlia's shot.

That is two games in a row he screened his own goalie.The way he got out of the way of that shot screams how big a pussy he really is.

Edit:Guys playing for fun and pride block that shot in beer league.

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#106 Rod from Viking
December 12 2013, 08:25PM
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Rocket wrote:

It was Eberle and a horrible back check. Yes Larsons shot got blocked but Eberle had no idea how to tie up the guy waiting for the pass.

Good to see Perron and Belov mix it up. Belov has never seen Lucic so isn't afraid to take him on.

Is it me or is The Oilers' most physical player tonight Arcobello? He seems to be hitting guys twice his size and going to the dirty areas.

He's the most physical Oiler every game

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#107 vetinari
December 12 2013, 08:25PM
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Let's see... one period in and both Hall and Gagner are -3 each for the night, Dubnyk is .833SV% and we've given up a SH goal.

I would say that this should be a lesson to the Oilers but I've seen these type of effort (and loss) from them about 300 times in the last 5 years or so. And I'm afraid that we're going to see another 25-35 of these types of games before the season is out.

I used to get made when a team scored on us-- but now I just expect it.

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#108 **
December 12 2013, 08:26PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I doubt that Burke will fire Hartley. The flames are playing very well given the talent level - esp when giordano is in the line up. For what it's worth Burke gave a very strong endorsement of Hartley today.

And if, as you say its hard to judge a coaches performance when they have little talent to work with then ipso facto you can judge a coaches performance more easily when he does have talent to work with. Using your logic we should be very well armed in making a judgement on Eakins around jan 15.

Burke did say during the media availability that he didn't like the way the team was playing. He was talking about the style, but he did praise the work ethic.

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#109 Kevin
December 12 2013, 08:27PM
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with Lowe and Mac T trading off their heart and sole D-Man Smid, they now have freed up some cap space to sign Yakopov to a 7 year $42 million contract. Can some please STOP the insanity ! this is to comical and quite honestly sad for us long time Oil fans. Looking for a new team to cheer for ! Surfing centre ice for an NHL team to watch.

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#110 **
December 12 2013, 08:27PM
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vetinari wrote:

Let's see... one period in and both Hall and Gagner are -3 each for the night, Dubnyk is .833SV% and we've given up a SH goal.

I would say that this should be a lesson to the Oilers but I've seen these type of effort (and loss) from them about 300 times in the last 5 years or so. And I'm afraid that we're going to see another 25-35 of these types of games before the season is out.

I used to get made when a team scored on us-- but now I just expect it.

This aint no lesson son, this was just the handing out of the syllabus. Class is about to be in session. Guest speakers: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and ST Louis Bloues.

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#111 @Oilanderp
December 12 2013, 08:35PM
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Good luck Labarbs! Stand between the two red posts!

*covers eyes*

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#112 Loweblows
December 12 2013, 08:35PM
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Watch the replay on the first goal. Ya Dubnyk is useless but watch gagner. He not once kicks it into high gear to back check. Watch the second goal. He leaves a man in front of Dubnnyk unmolested and then screens him. Watch the third goal. Gagner is once again seen in the distance floating back. Is Eakins being forced to play Gagner as he is MacT's pet? Or is Eakins really that incompetent to keep sending out Gagner?

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#113 RexHolez
December 12 2013, 08:35PM
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Good news guys! Dubnyk's training buddy is in

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#114 vetinari
December 12 2013, 08:35PM
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If I was Eakins, I would be telling Eberle, Hall, Gagner, and Larsen to take a seat for the second.

EDIT: Oh goody, LaBarbera is in for Dubnyk. I'd like to revise my prediction from 5-1 Boston to 6-1 Boston.

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#115 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:37PM
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I suppose that is understandable.Best understatement of the night.

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#116 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:37PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Good luck Labarbs! Stand between the two red posts!

*covers eyes*

Red portals?

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#117 Rod from Viking
December 12 2013, 08:38PM
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Eakins should just show Arcabello high-lights to the team on the flight to Vancouver, "this is what compete means".

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#118 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:39PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Watch the replay on the first goal. Ya Dubnyk is useless but watch gagner. He not once kicks it into high gear to back check. Watch the second goal. He leaves a man in front of Dubnnyk unmolested and then screens him. Watch the third goal. Gagner is once again seen in the distance floating back. Is Eakins being forced to play Gagner as he is MacT's pet? Or is Eakins really that incompetent to keep sending out Gagner?

Katz's kid likes him.

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#119 @Oilanderp
December 12 2013, 08:39PM
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Eberle on the pt making a cross-D pass along the blueline. Schultz Sr. bails him out. My god, get it deep or put it on net. Yay Perron!

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#120 vetinari
December 12 2013, 08:40PM
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We scored??? That's allowed???

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#121 **
December 12 2013, 08:41PM
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well Eakins shuffled the lines and put Jones and Joenssu up top to add size and now we're on the board.

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#122 RexHolez
December 12 2013, 08:41PM
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Someone call bettman and ask how many skaters we have to take out to play 2 goalies

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#123 **
December 12 2013, 08:42PM
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MAn, let's never get rid of Gazdic

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#124 Harry
December 12 2013, 08:42PM
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To all the Oiler fans out there.

If you have any balls or want to see this gong show end. Join me Dec 21st on hockey night in Canada behind the Oilers net during warmups. Im drivin all the way from Vernon BC to spend my hard earned dollars. We deserve better. Paper bags or not.

LET IT BE KNOWN!!!!!

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#125 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:42PM
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"Oilers are right back in this game"

Now that is funny.

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#126 @Oilanderp
December 12 2013, 08:42PM
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GAAAAAAAAAAZDIIIIICCCCCCCCCCCC!!!!!!!!!!!

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#127 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 12 2013, 08:43PM
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WOW! Awesome fight!

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#128 Rocket
December 12 2013, 08:44PM
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Wow that was the best Oilers fight I've seen all year. LOL Lucic with the body shots and Gazdic stepping up. Nicely done boys!

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#129 @Oilanderp
December 12 2013, 08:45PM
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If that fight had an effect on you as a fan, imagine what it did to the bench.

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#130 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:45PM
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Does that awesome scrap show up on the stats guy's spreadsheets?

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#131 Spydyr
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@Oilanderp wrote:

If that fight had an effect on you as a fan, imagine what it did to the bench.

Sure, Gagner is now hiding under the bench.

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#132 vetinari
December 12 2013, 08:46PM
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Good for Gazdic, but did you notice, Lucic never buckled even after taking a solid shot to the chin? The fight was a draw but Lucic is one, tough dude.

Gags... go find Chara and see if he'll go? When you wake up next October, we'll tell you how you did.*

*Hey, it at least takes care of one of our defensive liabilities for awhile, right?

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#133 **
December 12 2013, 08:47PM
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at least it's a fun game. Gagner should be sent to the showers and stay there. tonight's game is men game.

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#134 **
December 12 2013, 08:49PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Does that awesome scrap show up on the stats guy's spreadsheets?

I hate when fourth liners like Gazdic are evaluated like the rest of the forwards. He is a different breed, with a different job, his effectiveness should be measured differently.

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#135 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:49PM
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The commentators keep going on about Lukic's screen but nothing about Gagners.

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#136 RexHolez
December 12 2013, 08:50PM
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Harry wrote:

To all the Oiler fans out there.

If you have any balls or want to see this gong show end. Join me Dec 21st on hockey night in Canada behind the Oilers net during warmups. Im drivin all the way from Vernon BC to spend my hard earned dollars. We deserve better. Paper bags or not.

LET IT BE KNOWN!!!!!

I'll be watching!

Why do buchy and gang still have jobs?? Get rid of em, if not for all the loosing atleast cuz I'm just plain tired of looking at them, I can imagine how the players feel

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#137 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:51PM
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** wrote:

I hate when fourth liners like Gazdic are evaluated like the rest of the forwards. He is a different breed, with a different job, his effectiveness should be measured differently.

Intangibles,intangibles...that is all.

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#138 @Oilanderp
December 12 2013, 08:52PM
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Marcobello is impressive.

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#139 Spydyr
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** wrote:

at least it's a fun game. Gagner should be sent to the showers and stay there. tonight's game is men game.

Can you imagine Gagner in the playoffs?

Why can't the "braintrust" see that?

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#140 Rod from Viking
December 12 2013, 08:55PM
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vetinari wrote:

Good for Gazdic, but did you notice, Lucic never buckled even after taking a solid shot to the chin? The fight was a draw but Lucic is one, tough dude.

Gags... go find Chara and see if he'll go? When you wake up next October, we'll tell you how you did.*

*Hey, it at least takes care of one of our defensive liabilities for awhile, right?

I was thinking the same thing, he has to save himself for Kassian tomorrow night.

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#141 Rocket
December 12 2013, 08:56PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Marcobello is impressive.

I saw on one shift: he gets a good shot on net, throws a solid bodycheck and then backchecks like a mofo.

More like him please.

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#142 vetinari
December 12 2013, 08:56PM
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With Gagner, I was a supporter up until this past year... when a guy has over 400 games of NHL experience, you can't be making more mistakes than the rookies. You should be helping them correct the problems in their game at this point and not making things worse.

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#143 RexHolez
December 12 2013, 09:00PM
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Dubnyk, Gagner, Petry and J Schultz hype is whats wrong with the oilers

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#144 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:07PM
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Bruins 3 Perron 2

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#145 **
December 12 2013, 09:07PM
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It's the Arcobello and Perron show, with special guest Luke Gazdic.

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#146 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:08PM
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Apparently, Perron has decided to do all the scoring by himself tonight... 3-2 Boston.

Let's see: Perron has showed up; Gazdic has showed up; and LaBarbera hasn't hurt us.

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#147 @Oilanderp
December 12 2013, 09:08PM
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What mitts on that guy.

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#148 Hockey fan 1976
December 12 2013, 09:08PM
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Only ones that look like actual NHL players from : Arco/Perron and Belov. Everyone else is like boys vs men. Well, in Gagner's case is girls vs men.

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#149 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:09PM
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Perron is quickly becoming my most favorite Oiler since Doug Weight...

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#150 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 12 2013, 09:09PM
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Perron for Team Canada!

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