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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#51 Rocket
December 12 2013, 08:19PM
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@@Oilanderp

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.

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#52 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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#53 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:11PM
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Gagner must of not been on the ice for that Iginla shot.The goalie was not screened.

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#54 Danger Pay
December 12 2013, 12:48PM
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I gotta bad feeling the Mr. Hyde Oilers show up tonight.

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#55 vetinari
December 12 2013, 08:13PM
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3-0 Boston... SH goal... again????

Please stop giving us PP's... they are killing us.

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#56 **
December 12 2013, 08:42PM
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MAn, let's never get rid of Gazdic

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#57 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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#58 **
December 12 2013, 09:11PM
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Eakins is learning. I can't remember the last time he pulled Dubnky after a first period of Dubnyking.

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#59 Muller
December 12 2013, 10:16PM
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Jack did a good job on the mic

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#60 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:21PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Why was gagne even on the ice at the end? He tipped it right to a Boston player on top of being on the ice for all previous goals! Why wasn't Arco out? I can't stand Eakins crap anymore!

But, but Gagner in number six in points from his draft year.

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#61 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:22PM
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Ok we lost - but I have to say those last 2 periods were damn good for the Oil.

If they bring that to the rink every night, I'd be more than pleased and we'd win our fair share of games.

But they have to get Bryz in net so we don't always start the game -1 on a shi$$y Dub softie...I don't care about his save %, his bad goal per game is just killing our mojo.

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#62 TonyT
December 12 2013, 10:28PM
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Better effort than I expected from the Oilers, so I will give them credit. A few comments, I love it how Yakupov is given no rope, but Eberle gives up on a play that leads to a goal and is right out there. Double standards are the sign of great coaching. Who is in charge of the power play!? That first unit umbrella has no one-timer options from the point, and why is RNH (the best setup man on the team) on the second unit!? Lastly, Arcobello was a monster tonight, I don't care about sample size or draft pedigree, move Gagner for a usable part. I'm not saying Arco is the answer long term but neither is Gagner and right now Arco makes this team better than Gagner does.

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#63 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:33PM
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Rocket wrote:

LOL Right because DSF always "helped" things around here.

Maybe DSF is Burke and he has just been busy dealing with the Feaster thing.

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#64 **
December 12 2013, 10:34PM
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Hall: 19:51 Total ice time, 1 hit, 3 shots, 0 points,plus/minus:-4

Gagner: 18:33 total ice time, 0 hits, 3 shots, 0 points,plus/minus:-4, 50% draws

Arcobello: 14:10 Total ice time, 5 hits (most on the whole team), 1 shot, 0 points,plus/minus: 0, 65% draws

No corsi and no fewick because those stats are terrible IMO.

The Oilers are never going to win when Gagner makes the stupid mistakes he does and still plays that much, same goes for Hall on this particular game.

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#65 Noelpm
December 12 2013, 10:52PM
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Arcobello over Gagner every day of the week. Gagner is not a good player and I wish we kept Cogliano instead of him to be honest. Arcobello has proven enough in my mind to have Gagner on the trading block especially this season since he has a NTC in the 2nd year of his contract. It is time to part ways with the most underwhelming "second line" center in the league.

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#66 camdog
December 12 2013, 04:40PM
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Bruins are injured and have the flu. If there is a time to play the Bruins it's tonight, this is a must win for the Oilers.

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#67 LoweBlow
December 12 2013, 08:06PM
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Playing one of the best teams in the league and Dub'er gives up the softest of softies.

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#68 **
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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#69 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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#70 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:46PM
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Interesting stat they put up,Gagner was 6th in points since the 2007 draft Perron is 26th.Who would you rather have on your team.Come on stat guys explain to me why you would want Gagner on your team over Perron

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#71 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:55PM
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vetinari wrote:

At this moment, I trust Perron more and have more faith in him to tie the game up. Gagner needs "a reset". And soon.

By "reset" you mean a fresh start on another team?

I agree.

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#72 vetinari
December 12 2013, 10:01PM
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Spydyr wrote:

By "reset" you mean a fresh start on another team?

I agree.

Hey, if trading Gagner can get you anything worthwhile in return that can fill a hole on the team, then do it. And that includes any of the kids.

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#73 Poolanov
December 12 2013, 10:15PM
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Props to Jack Micheals play by play. Can we have him do all our sportsnet games.

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#74 **
December 12 2013, 10:18PM
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FireKLowe wrote:

The fcukin a$$hole $hitnyk cost us the game!!! Get rid of that sob!!!

It wasn't just him. The whole team was being ragdolled through the first 20 minutes. GAgner was specially awful

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#75 camdog
December 12 2013, 10:23PM
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Looks like the third group of veterns on this team is about to be shipped out. Smid and now soon to be DD, Gags and quite possibly Hemsky. If things keep going like this Ryan Smyth may be the last survivor. Who would have thought that when the orgnaisation started the rebuild and said the veterans were the problem that it would include each and every player on the entire roster.

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#76 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:41PM
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Spydyr wrote:

The difference in this game is the other teams tough guy can play hockey.Not just be a tough guy.

I liked how our 4th line played tonight...you cant ask more from them.

Let's keep the blame focused on the obvious culprits - Dub, Gag and the crap PP.

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#77 Wohin gehst du?
December 12 2013, 11:00PM
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Completely unrelated, I was just at the Barons site, and I saw that Ty Rimmer, the goalie who has just three games played, has more points than Will Acton, who has played four...

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#78 YAKCITY64
December 12 2013, 11:14PM
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I know this is totally obvious but Klowe needs to be fired just due to the fact that this management team has failed to develop and build the players within our system like guys like David Perron and Boyd Gordon. You have to give Mac T huge props for going after these type of players but the inability by the oilers to draft and develop players like this is right now the downfall of this organization.

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#79 Romanus
December 12 2013, 12:58PM
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Harlie wrote:

Would Beckett be opposed to touching my 649 and LottoMax tickets? I need the luck!!

And, no surprise on the Feaster firing.

Agreed. With the hiring of Burke was just a matter of time. Although would say the mess the flames got in were really the result many bad decisions by Sutter.

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#80 Geoff
December 12 2013, 08:19PM
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Oilers the best flag football team in the NHL.

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#81 TonyT
December 12 2013, 08:21PM
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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.

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#82 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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#83 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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#84 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:53PM
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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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#85 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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#86 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:16PM
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Alsker wrote:

Just got in, should I be sorry I've missed the game so far? Oh wait from the comments I'd say no. Perron and Arco having their typical good games and the chosen ones: well, yuck. Was Dubby really that bad or did the team need a shake up?

A pee wee goalie would of stopped the first goal 9 out of 10 times.For real.

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#87 cubsfan
December 12 2013, 09:22PM
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is taylor hall playing tonight.....invisible again when going gets tough

piles up points against weaker teams.......-3 tonight

he's got a better shot at summer olympics.......

its a mans game arco , gazdic, and perron are men

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#88 Soccer Steve
December 12 2013, 09:35PM
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Hockey fan 1976 wrote:

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.

Not fair to girls.

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#89 Quicksilver ballet
December 12 2013, 10:28PM
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Things are bad....

Even DSF has quit trying to help right the Oilers woes.

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#90 tileguy55
December 12 2013, 01:10PM
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That Bruins commercial was a LoL, where can I find more?

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#91 vetinari
December 12 2013, 01:11PM
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Sshhhh... Don't tell Lowe that Calgary canned Feaster... He may try to add 'Mr. One Ring' to our management team...

Boys v. Men

David v. Goliath

Oilers 1 Bruins 5 (on cruise control tonight)

To make the game more interesting, it'll be 'one shot of whiskey when the Oilers score' and 'one beer each time the Bruins score', and then we'll see which gets emptied first....

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#92 turnover
December 12 2013, 02:04PM
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This is a waste of good hydro to even turn the lights on.

They played around with Calgary for two periods. In the third they decided to use up a little energy.(just enough to win). I don't think the Oilers will be that lucky.

Petry playing tonight? That will be like a man advantage for Boston whenever he's on the ice.

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#93 Oiler Al
December 12 2013, 02:50PM
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Bruin's can be beat by using speed against them Just ask Montreal... they beat them with speed before and as recent as Dec 5th.

PS. Forgot to mention, Montreal as a world class goalie and solid defense in addition to their speed. But there are no super stars in their top six... so Oilers have a chance.

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#94 vetinari
December 12 2013, 07:59PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

The worst goal against dubnyk to date.

The phrase "that's a dubnyk" may soon enter the hockey vernacular.

I suggest that we take it one step further:

"Did you see that 50 foot Dubnyk, lobbed from the blue line?"

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#95 Rotten Ron
December 12 2013, 08:11PM
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Good job of Gagner getting out of the Iginlia's shot.

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#96 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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#97 @Oilanderp
December 12 2013, 08:42PM
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GAAAAAAAAAAZDIIIIICCCCCCCCCCCC!!!!!!!!!!!

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#98 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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#99 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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#100 whyjay
December 12 2013, 09:18PM
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Hey Jason. I see you still have a boner for Hall. Hes brutal in his own end! Not Eberle brutal, but still brutal. He deserves to sit!!

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