GDB 31.0: THE BOA

Wanye
December 07 2013 01:11PM

 

Proud new parents Traci and Jason welcomed their son Beckett William Douglas Gregor into the world on December 4th, 2013. This Battle of Alberta article is dedicated to him.

We met a nice little fellow at an Oilers game a few weeks back. Standing in line for pizza we saw that we were both sporting the Eberle 14 and got to talking business. "I am 8 years old and I haven't seen the Oilers in the playoffs once" we were informed in no uncertain terms by our fellow Oilers fan.

Doing some quick mental math we calculated he was indeed alive for the glorious run of '06. "What about the Cup run? You were alive for that" we replied. The kid rolled his eyes as only kids can towards moron adults and said matter of factly "yeah but I was just a baby so that doesn't count."

"Well what is your best Oilers memory then" we asked. "I dunno," came the reply after some time. "Maybe Yak sliding across the ice after that goal?"

Yikes. By the time we were 8 years old the Oilers had already won the Stanley Cup 4 times. 

Your average 8 year old Oilers fan been alive for the playoffs exactly once and we have it on good authority that the one year apparently doesn't count. And before you start laughing Flames fans things aren't much better down there having missed the playoffs four years in a row.

Look at little Cameron here, taken to his first Oilers game by my main man @clayballs22 the other night.  See the intent gaze in Cameron's eyes? There is no mistaking that look. He is there to see Oilers wins. Fellas like Cameron deserve great memories of their team as a tyke which will cement his status as a superfan later on in life.

We pity these kids of today. No wins, no playoffs, nothing to get excited about re-enacting whilst playing mini stick hockey at recess until you break your little wooden stick on another kid in overtime and get a half day suspension in the library and a lifetime ban from recess hockey.*

That's what being a lil fan of the Oilers or Flames is all about. Not rebuilds, labour disruptions and cheering for Entry Draft lottery wins.

We want better hockey in the next 8 years than we have seen in the past 8. If not for the sake of our shattered heart and expectations but for kids like Paul, dressed in his Oilers finery by proud dad @dahoosman in the expectation he too will become a big fan if he isn't already. 

Heck we even want better hockey for you Calgary, for all the poor misguided kids wearing Flames jerseys for whom the Igninla years will only be a story from before their time. Here's hoping to the emergence of the next generation of Iginlas in the North and South of Alberta that the Becketts, Camerons and Pauls will tell teach their kids about one day.

And here's to the Battle of Albertas of tomorrow. Games where there are playoff implications, with both sides dreading having to face each other down the stretch. Epic pitched battles on minus 30 nights that will cause kids like Beckett William Douglas Gregor to replay the game over and over again in his mind as he tries in vain to sleep after the final whistle.

Magic games that will ignite a whole new generation of fans of our respective teams.

*The Life of Wanye Gretz circa 1987

LINES - EDM - 14th place (10-18-2)

Hall - Gagner - Yakupov

Perron - The Nuge - Eberle

Smyth - Arcobello - Hemsky

Gazdic - Lander - Jones

Ference - Larsen

N. Schultz - J. Schultz

Marincin - Petry 

Dubnyk

LINES - CGY - 13th place - (10-14-2)

The Flames hadn't tweeted their lines as of press time here so this lineup is the latest from our friends over at DailyFaceOff.com: 

Cammalleri - Stajan - Stempniak 

Hudler - Backlund - D. Jones 

Baertschi - Byron - B. Jones 

MacDermid - Bouma - Smith

Butler - Giordano

Russell- Brodie

Smid - O'Brien

Berra

Expect last minute changes to both lineups as game time nears.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Since I'm going to the game, the Oilers will win. Sir Eberle pots a pair as the Oilers win 5-1.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Considering I forgot to include this with the original article, the Oilers will get off to a slow start, but like just my beer consumption at the game, they will pick up speed in the final few periods and cruise to victory.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: I've decided to ditch my Eberle jersey for this game and go with my new Gazdic. I don't expect Lucky Luke to score very often, but after fighting that behemoth McGratton, I felt the urge to support Gazdic. My new jersey is also popular with the ladies, and Wanye Manor will be rocking later tonight after the Gaz Man picks up unexpected second-period assist and makes me look good to some unlucky lady who had three Rexall Beers.

UPDATE: THESE PREDICTIONS ARE COUNTERFEIT HAVING BEEN ADDED BY PAPA GREGOR IN MY NAME - WG

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#51 Todd
December 07 2013, 05:00PM
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Todd wrote:

Boooo hoooo... If Stempniak doesn't like losing his teeth he shouldn't throw cheap hits he can't back up.

Watch the video, Fernuckle gave him plenty of time to drop his mitts. He asked to fight several times. He just didn't take no for an answer. Big difference.

Suck it up princess.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQVh69CTDqg

Plenty of 'time to drop his gloves' if he wasn't cowering trying to get away.

This was actually Ferrence's finest moment as an Oiler IMO.

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#52 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 05:01PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Will this be the night that the Oiler cheap shot artist Andrew Ferret has to pay for punching someone who didn't want to fight, before he got his gloves off, knocking out some teeth?

wouldn't it be awesome if the flames new face puncher, Mc-Whatever-his-name-is, nails an oiler star for a few teeth before he even gets his gloves off? that would be good ol fashioned hockey that all the alberta fans could appreciate, north and south!

Nope

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#53 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 05:04PM
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Todd wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQVh69CTDqg

Plenty of 'time to drop his gloves' if he wasn't cowering trying to get away.

This was actually Ferrence's finest moment as an Oiler IMO.

Stempniak looked like Claude Lemieux on that play. Did everything but turtle. Makes Schultz jr look like GSP in comparison.

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#54 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 05:05PM
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@Todd

his finest moment???

hahahaha

no doubt, taking all his hockey play etc into account, this would be.. lol

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#55 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 05:08PM
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it's hard to bet against the Flames tonight. I mean, afterall, how often does Calgary get to play someone below them in the Standings during the first moments of their rebuild?

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#56 Eulers
December 07 2013, 05:10PM
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Not so obvious GDP: Smid scores a goal (take your pick for against who).

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#57 Johnny Larue
December 07 2013, 05:15PM
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Season ticket holder 3rd game of the season 2 loses they owe me one tonight

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#58 Todd
December 07 2013, 05:15PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

his finest moment???

hahahaha

no doubt, taking all his hockey play etc into account, this would be.. lol

It was a truly beautiful moment. Stood up for himself. Knocked teeth out. Embarrassed Stempniak. No player on the Shames did ANYTHING. We won the game. That game was the start of a nice 6-3 run. So really that bit of Flames face punching was the turning point of the season really.

It was poetry.

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#59 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 05:23PM
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Here's a little perspective for the young ins watching the BoA who haven't had the pleasure of watching it back in the heyday. I was just approaching legal drinking age at the end of the dynasty years. In 1995 I had a close friend living in red deer. I used to visit him regularly and we would frequent the local sports bars to watch the BOAs.

When you walk into the pub the bouncers would escort you to a side of the room divided by masking tape right up to the bar. Oilers fans and flames fans would be kept separate throughout the entire game to prevent brawls. Made for some incredible games and shouting matches and an atmosphere I haven't seen in years (2006 cup run came very close).

I miss the rivalry. It was one of the greatest in sports. I hope these 2 teams get back to glory so others can experience it. Nothing was better than beating the flames. And a loss to that team hurt for days.

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#60 Lober
December 07 2013, 05:40PM
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Sickening cheap shot by Shawn Thoroton just now Orpik carried off on stretcher after Thornton smashed his head into the ground when he was already down

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#61 Keith Fredlund
December 07 2013, 06:01PM
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@Todd

Stood up for himself? I guess he can't take a clean hit. He was embarrassed. Mc will get him tonite and I will stand and cheer.

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#62 Double Dion
December 07 2013, 06:02PM
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Even playing the night before and with 6 regulars out of the line-up we can beat the Oilers. MacDermid needs to be on the ice the first time Ference comes over the boards. I like Andy, but he needs to lose a few teeth, he'd look less girly that way. Set the tone early and the Oilers will go away like they always do when someone actually competes and doesn't take them lightly.

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#63 Johnny Larue
December 07 2013, 06:11PM
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Todd wrote:

It was a truly beautiful moment. Stood up for himself. Knocked teeth out. Embarrassed Stempniak. No player on the Shames did ANYTHING. We won the game. That game was the start of a nice 6-3 run. So really that bit of Flames face punching was the turning point of the season really.

It was poetry.

That is when the tide started to turn I expect an asskicking tonight with the Flames fans ears ringing with my catcalls as they slink out of the arena with their tails between their legs and Flames Suck ringing in their ears

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#64 Keith Fredlund
December 07 2013, 06:15PM
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Maybe steps will do it himself.

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#65 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 06:20PM
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Double Dion wrote:

Even playing the night before and with 6 regulars out of the line-up we can beat the Oilers. MacDermid needs to be on the ice the first time Ference comes over the boards. I like Andy, but he needs to lose a few teeth, he'd look less girly that way. Set the tone early and the Oilers will go away like they always do when someone actually competes and doesn't take them lightly.

at first I thought it was wrong to go out and do such things, but the oiler fans went out of their way last game to convince me that permanently punching teeth from the mouth of another human being who declines to fight with you, is a very noble and good thing. So, why not go after an Eberle or Yak or Hall or one of the other powder puffs and knock their teeth out? Actually, oil fans would appreciate that and it wouldnt raise a single eyebrow or or anger anyone. 'tsall cool.

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#66 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 06:25PM
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Lober wrote:

Sickening cheap shot by Shawn Thoroton just now Orpik carried off on stretcher after Thornton smashed his head into the ground when he was already down

hurting someone who is skating away... used to be called a 'burtuzi'. now i think it is referred to as a "ference" or, 'Oiled' for short.

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#67 kittensandcookies
December 07 2013, 06:30PM
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Dayum, I wonder what the over/under was before my comment was removed.

Edmontonians should embrace their hirsute women. They make great floor rugs.

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#68 FlamesRule
December 07 2013, 06:33PM
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@Jeff In Lethbridge

At least Stemps did eventually drop his gloves - something the pansy Oiler kids would never have done. They grew up fans of the teenage mutant ninja TURTLES after all

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#69 geoilersgist
December 07 2013, 06:41PM
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#EatSh!tFlames

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#70 PeOiler
December 07 2013, 06:54PM
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How on earth does CBC manage to have the best on-line stream going? If they are saving dollars by employing PJ Stock for the ability to stream high-quality games, then I guess PJ ain't so bad after all...

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#71 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 06:57PM
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@PeOiler

Haha I know, but I'm not complaining, I love saturdays when theres a great stream.

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#72 Floyd Jiveson
December 07 2013, 07:05PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

hurting someone who is skating away... used to be called a 'burtuzi'. now i think it is referred to as a "ference" or, 'Oiled' for short.

Your being a goof. Go argue with someone on YouTube. Plus the flames are only 2 points ahead. Get off your inch high pedestal.

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#73 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 07:13PM
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Lober wrote:

Sickening cheap shot by Shawn Thoroton just now Orpik carried off on stretcher after Thornton smashed his head into the ground when he was already down

I think both Neal and Thornton will get 10 + games. Kneeing a down player in the face. And dragging a player to the ice and pounding his head. Gross. No one wants that garbage

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#74 Veggie Dog
December 07 2013, 07:15PM
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geoilersgist wrote:

#EatSh!tFlames

These BOA game day joint Flames/ Oilers Posts are ridiculous. I am embarrassed for the oiler fans, who seem to be the ones most likely to sink to the lowest levels. Things are generally civil around here, but on these days the yahoos (predominately from Edmonton) seem to come out.

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#75 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 07:17PM
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Veggie Dog wrote:

These BOA game day joint Flames/ Oilers Posts are ridiculous. I am embarrassed for the oiler fans, who seem to be the ones most likely to sink to the lowest levels. Things are generally civil around here, but on these days the yahoos (predominately from Edmonton) seem to come out.

Civility and BOA should not go hand in hand. This is a problem that must be dealt with immediately.

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#76 Veggie Dog
December 07 2013, 07:17PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

I think both Neal and Thornton will get 10 + games. Kneeing a down player in the face. And dragging a player to the ice and pounding his head. Gross. No one wants that garbage

Both are crap, but at least Thornton is trying to stand up for someone, Neal is just being a gutless turd taking advantage of a player who is down and defenceless. Both are going to be suspended, as they should be, but there is way too much emphasis on Thornton.

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#77 Veggie Dog
December 07 2013, 07:18PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Civility and BOA should not go hand in hand. This is a problem that must be dealt with immediately.

You enjoy the infantile name calling?

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#78 thinkerr
December 07 2013, 07:19PM
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Veggie Dog wrote:

These BOA game day joint Flames/ Oilers Posts are ridiculous. I am embarrassed for the oiler fans, who seem to be the ones most likely to sink to the lowest levels. Things are generally civil around here, but on these days the yahoos (predominately from Edmonton) seem to come out.

I don't think you get it, your the bad guys. GOILERS!!!

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#79 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 07:20PM
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Veggie Dog wrote:

You enjoy the infantile name calling?

I enjoy the respectful hatred both the alberta teams and fans used to show one another. Infantile name calling? I guess it's a start. You have to admit the boa kinda sucks now.

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#80 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 07:21PM
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Trouble is I bet Thornton gets the bigger suspension. The phobia of goons and the injury is probably gonna put the spot light on Thornton.

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#81 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 07:44PM
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Scratches: CGY - Smith, Breen, Baertschi. EDM - Joensuu, Belov, Potter.

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#82 Kent Wilson
December 07 2013, 07:55PM
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@Ryan Pike

Please tell me Baertschi is scratched because he's sick.

Apparently Baertschi isn't scratched at all. Thanks a lot Pike.

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#83 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 07:56PM
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Starters:
CGY: Berra, Brodie, Russell, Stempniak, Cammalleri, Stajan
EDM: Dubnyk, Ference, Larsen, Perron, Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins

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#84 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 07:57PM
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@Kent Wilson

He's IN. My guess is he was sick but they prefer him over MacDermid, who now sits.

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#85 Kent Wilson
December 07 2013, 08:05PM
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Also, Edmonton sucks!

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#86 RexLibris
December 07 2013, 08:19PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Also, Edmonton sucks!

And Calgary blows!

;)

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#87 vetinari
December 07 2013, 08:26PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Also, Edmonton sucks!

Atta boy, Kent! Get in the spirit of it.

By the way, I'm going to type the next bit, very, very slowly for you and all the other Flames fans because I know that none of you can read very fast...

F... l... a... m... e... s...

S... u... c... k...

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#88 Alsker
December 07 2013, 08:28PM
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What? We chipped and chased and through a check, alas you know Arco's on the ice.

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#89 Saytalk
December 07 2013, 08:33PM
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Do the top six forwards get a bonus for speeding down the wing and taking a 30 foot wrist shot before their linemates can even enter the offensive zone? If not, then why do they keep doing that?

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#90 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 08:34PM
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McGratton vs Perron... wait for it!!!

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#91 GK1980
December 07 2013, 08:34PM
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Why does CBC have such a hard on for the flames? Is this the flames feed or something?

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#92 The Last Big Bear
December 07 2013, 08:41PM
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God, I hate the Oilers so hard.

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#93 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 08:42PM
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Oh yeah!

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#94 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 08:43PM
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Stajan sets up Stempniak with a nifty play to see Stempniak in mostly all alone.

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#95 Alsker
December 07 2013, 08:43PM
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Oh, Dubby, down before the shot, will that ever change, no challenge from him at all. In the crease sleeping again.

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#96 vetinari
December 07 2013, 08:44PM
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Big deal... EVERYONE scores on Dubnyk... in fact, if you can't, you get sent down to the AHL... we still have another two periods to play.

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#97 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 08:44PM
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if anything ference interferedd on stajan

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#98 Rocket
December 07 2013, 08:46PM
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Good goal by Calgary. Hard work, good shot by Stempniak(?) Ference was not interfered with I don't know why CBC is harping about it.

Brutal positioning by Dubnyk. So typical.

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#99 ?
December 07 2013, 08:47PM
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HAHA Stempniak. Take that Ference you bum

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#100 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 08:48PM
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Scrummy!

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