A COMPLETE EFFORT

Jason Gregor
February 28 2013 11:42PM

The Oilers played one of their most complete games of the season en route to a 5-1 victory in Dallas. They worked harder, won more one-on-one battles, and they finally had a few breaks go their way.

Their 9-game road trip is off to a great start.

They got three points in two games that most of us, me included, didn't expect them to get. The Blackhawks are the best team in the league, but the Oilers escaped with a point on Monday and tonight they went into Dallas, historically a place they lose before the puck drops, and dominated the Stars.

QUICK HITS

  • The Stars got two lucky goals in Edmonton a few weeks back, and tonight the Oilers had the breaks go their way. Sam Gagner's opening goal and Jeff Petry's backhand haven't gone in for the Oilers this year, but tonight they did. Sometimes you need a few breaks to give you some confidence and allow you to relax.
     
  • The Oilers earned their breaks though. They were excellent at creating turnovers tonight, and the dogged work of the Hall/RNH/Eberle trio along the boards led directly to Justin Schultz's first non-powerplay goal of his career. It was a great pass from Eberle, but all the hard work leading up to the goal is what mattered. More of that and the Oilers will score more regularly at ES.
     
  • I know many don't want to see Sam Gagner fighting, but I don't have an issue with him standing up for himself. He fights once, maybe twice a year, and he does it when he feels an opponent is taking advantage of him. He was clearly upset at Dillon when he asked him to go, and I wish more of his teammates' "Give-A-Shit" meter was as high as Gagner's.
     
  • It is just about fighting that shows me Gagner cares. He hacks and whacks guys and he isn't afraid of anyone. Showing no fear can be infectious and the more he does it, the more his teammates should follow.
     
  • I also don't believe Gagner's fight wouldn't have happened if the Oilers had a tough guy. He acted in the heat of the moment. He was annoyed and took matters into his own hands. Having a tough guy on the bench wouldn't have changed it. The Oilers need more grit and toughness, but not a guy who plays four minutes a night.
     
  • I know many want Jamie Benn suspended for his cheap cross-check on Ryan Jones. I doubt he gets the Shanaban, but I have a different take on the play. When was the last time you saw an opposing player that annoyed and frustrated. The x-check had as much, if not more, to do with the Oilers dominating play all game than Jones' love-tap into Lehtonen. It was only one play, but the Oilers clearly frustrated one of the Stars best players. That is a good sign.
     
  • Jones' greasy style of play is a welcome addition to this team, and while he hasn't shown up on the scoreboard his tenacity helps this team. They are 2-0-1 since he returned. He isn't the main reason for this mini hot streak, but his play has given the Oilers more life.
     
  • I'm curious to see who comes in for Potter tomorrow. I suspect it will be Whitney. Potter's head hit the top of the boards, and I doubt he plays tomorrow in St.Louis. You never want to see a player get injured, especially on an awkward play like that.
     
  • That might be Ales Hemsky's quietest 3-point night. That isn't a bad thing, but usually when he puts up three points he's all over the ice. He hasn't produced a lot v. the Stars, 16 points in 27 games, but tonight he scored a beauty and was solid. If he and Gagner keep producing and that kid line scores like many expect, the Oilers could make a good run.
     
  • I'd rather see Eager take that penalty than a one-handed hooking call. In a perfect world he doesn't take it, but I like that Krueger kept playing him and the fourth line rewarded him with a goal. Last year Renney likely staples him to the bench, but Krueger let him play. That goes a long way with players, when they know if they screw up the coach won't automatically sit them.
     
  • Devan Dubnyk looked great tonight. He was tracking the puck, had excellent rebound control and he looked poised all game. He made some huge saves in the first ten mintutes when the Stars were pressing, and that allowed the Oilers to get comfortable.
     
  • I thought Lennart Petrell had another solid game. He isn't flashy, and many seem to want to take him out of the lineup, but he does a lot of little things well. Chipping in with two assists is a major bonus from him.
     
  • The Oilers 5-on-3 PP needs some work. They went 0 for 3 with two extra men, and although the final 5 on 3 was excellent, hit two posts, the first two when the game was closer weren't great. They didn't have any urgency during the first two, and I was surprised that Yakupov didn't get an opportunity on either one. He might be their most dangerous shooter.
     
  • He didn't register a point, but I thought Nugent-Hopkins had an excellent game. His work along the boards led directly to the Schultz goal and his defensive zone play impresses me more every game. He almost works harder in his own end than he does in the offensive zone, and that is very rare for a young offensive-minded player.
     
  • The key for the Oilers is to try and play the same way tomorrow in St. Louis. The Blues got shutout at home by Chicago tonight, so both teams will be playing back-to-back. If the Oilers can find a way to win tomorrow, suddenly the road trip from hell could turn into the road trip to competing for a the playoffs.
     
  • Crazy day for the Flames. They sign Ryan O'Reilly to  a two-year, $10 million offer sheet in the afternoon. The Avs matched it less than seven hours later, not a real surprise to me, and to make matters worse the Flames then blew a 3-0 lead in Denver and lost 5-4. A double whammy for the Flames.
     
  • I didn't mind the offer sheet attempt by Jay Feaster. I don't believe O'Reilly is a $5 million player yet, but Feaster stuck to his guns of not just accepting a rebuild. He tried to improve his team, and no doubt O'Reilly would have made them better. Trading him for a 1st and 3rd rounder would have been a good deal, but I wasn't shocked the Avs matched it.
     
  • Many suggested the 2nd year at $6.5 million will make it hard to re-sign him because you'd have to give him a matching qualifying offer. But what if the Avs just take him to arbitration. That would solve it, since I highly doubt he puts up big enough numbers to justify getting $6.5 million in the future.
     
  • The Avs can't trade him for a year now, but with the Olympics coming up next season the trade deadline likely moves into early March, so if things are still sour they could look at a trade next year. And I suspect they will get a better package than a 1st and 3rd round pick.

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#1 Mike
February 28 2013, 11:47PM
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Gregor I will give you props. Rather than scream and complain like most homer announcers you stay even keel when an Oiler player delivers a cheap shot or receives one. I respect that you don't over blow it either way.

I might not agree all the time, but I prefer someone who doesn't let their emotions decide their opinion.

And I agree completely on Gagner. At times I wonder if he is big enough long term, but I never question his work ethic. If he was two inches taller I think he'd be considered elite, cause he could dominate more. But that's a big if...

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#2 Taylor Gang
February 28 2013, 11:47PM
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Let me just say, Benn's play wasn't all that awful. However, it was a blatant attempt to injure. Perhaps that will play into this Jason?

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#3 Slats
February 28 2013, 11:57PM
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great game we have been waiting for this one all year!!!!

- agree on Yaks would have been good to see him on point on the 5-3 with that shot Kreuger needs to get this guy going because if you got 3 lines scoring - WOW

- not sure i'd go with Whitney but with that big salary we need to do something maybe this recent team success will give him some confidence to engage and be more of a threat rather than a guy who's playing safe trying not trying to make a mistake

- Gregor do you think Gags has the stuff to put that C on? he's been the best Oiler this year every game and especially tonight

- finally i hope Jones is ok he has been doing so many little things that I really think he's been a real catalyst for the recent success

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#5 Slats
March 01 2013, 12:03AM
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"That might be Ales Hemsky's quietest 3-point night. That isn't a bad thing, but usually when he puts up three points he's all over the ice. He hasn't produced a lot v. the Stars, 16 points in 27 games, but tonight he scored a beauty and was solid. If he and Gagner keep producing and that kid line scores like many expect, the Oilers could make a good run."

- not sure if you heard Hemsky's postgame but he said Kreuger had them "trapping" tonight which he (Hemsky) felt allowed him not to be chasing so much and allowed him to have more energy to counter attack for more offence

. . . interesting I believe the last time we did that was 2006 Playoffs vs Detroit!!!

 

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#6 jsoh
March 01 2013, 12:04AM
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Don't they have to make a qualifying offer to even go to arbitration? If ROR doesn't play up to 6.5 million then why would he not accept the QO and take his cash to the bank?

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#7 Reg Dunlop
March 01 2013, 12:04AM
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I didn't mind Benn's cheapshot, it's a part of the game. I like that a skill player makes a statement for the next time they play the oil. But even more I like the statements made by Fistric and Eager, well timed rough stuff; that's the way those two are most valuable. Overall an impressive oiler effort, if these types of efforts become more frequent the playoffs are not impossible.

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#10 jsoh
March 01 2013, 12:10AM
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Nevermind I got it wrong, but if O'Reilly goes to arbitration the minimum he could get is like five and a half million dollars, 85% of his previous year.

Also I was pretty impressed with Gagner tonight, but even moreso with that Dillon fellow he fought. He seemed to be unwilling to blow up Gagner's face even thought Sam was gassed and he had a pretty clear advantage. He accepted the fight but didn't try to end a guys season about it.

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#11 Slats
March 01 2013, 12:10AM
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@Reg Dunlop

I disagree. With his size advantage why not man up and just drop them and go. Collision with goalie was not even a hit - Jones and Lehtonen actually high five in the net before he leaves the crease - replay shows he trips on Robidas stick.

Attempt to injure on a defenseless player who's back is turned - minimum he gets is a fine. If repeat offender (which I think he is) - he gets 1 game.

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#12 OilClog
March 01 2013, 12:44AM
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I thought it was a good penalty for eager, that's the stuff I want to see out if him. Then baam slap shot

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#13 Reg Dunlop
March 01 2013, 01:19AM
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@Slats

Benn listed at 6'2 205lbs, Jones 6'1 201. If you liked the fact Taylor Hall risked suspension to make a point you have to like Benn's play too.

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#14 StHenriOilBomb
March 01 2013, 01:43AM
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Nuge went 14-5 on the dot! That's a couple of good games in a row.

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#15 Oilers4ever
March 01 2013, 03:44AM
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There have been worse hits than Benn's for sure, but as others have mentioned, it was a direct attempt to injure, whereas Hall's hit against Minny was not. That's why this whole suspension thing sucks. Halls hit looked worse but was not a direct attempt to that... Too me Benn should get a couple games but he likely just gets fined. They have to do something.. otherwise they are saying its okay to smoke someone from behind like that intentionally.

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#16 pelhem grenville
March 01 2013, 06:33AM
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...a complete surprise

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#17 Eastern Oil
March 01 2013, 06:46AM
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@ Jason Gregor

I liked your comments about Lenanrt Petrell. Watching the game last night I wish that he could show those flashes of offence more often because that gives him another dimension from his grinding, defensive game.

I really like Petrell, and want to like him as a regular player on this hockey team. He never takes a shift off and is always willing to throw a hit or block a shot.

The problem is that he needs to take those qualities and add another dimension whether it be more offence or more grit, to be given a regular shift as this team moves forward.

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#18 Spydyr
March 01 2013, 06:59AM
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If Hall gets two games for a nasty hit on a hockey play.Benn should get four games for a blatant intent to injure.Won't happen though.

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#19 Spydyr
March 01 2013, 07:13AM
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After watching the game last night.The cheap hit on Potter Benn trying to break Jones spine.Gagner having to stand up for himself and scrap a much larger opponent.It is clear to me the team needs a nuclear deterrent.

The Oilers this year are struggling to make the playoffs.Ok fine but in a couple years they should be making it with ease.Losing a few points on the way protecting your skill guys is better that losing one for a season.

Yak played 12:21 last night.If you double shift players like that on the fourth line a few shifts it gives him more ice.A good thing I think.So the deterrent hits the ice once a period in an offensive zone start.More if needed.

Did Benn go ask Jones if he wanted some graphite upside his spine?No,he just did it.That is exactly what the deterrent has to do.Don't ask, don't take no for an answer just beat the living crap out of whoever deserves it.Semenko never asked.If you screwed with Gretzky.He just kicked the crap out of you.

It does not matter if he gets a two minute instigator penalty even a suspension.You have to defend your skilled players.Dallas last night knew the Oilers could not.Benn is not worried about any Oiler.That has to change.Before more liberties are taken and the team loses a star for months.Protect this house .

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#20 Eastern Oil
March 01 2013, 07:28AM
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Can anyone confirm whether or not that shot from Yakupov (on the Hemsky goal I believe) went in? I thought for sure that the puck hit the back bar but the play kept going.

It's a moot point as the Oilers scored, but if the puck did actually cross the line how does that work? I can only find a rule that talks about Team A scoring, the play continuing, and then Team B scoring to stop the play. If deemed a good goal then Team A gets it and the clock is reset to that time. There's nothing about 2 goals by the same team.

Or should I just shut up so I don't jinx any future goal opportunities.

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#21 Sliderule
March 01 2013, 07:40AM
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Kind of sad Gregor that you have been watching hockey all your life and what's a penalty on open ice is not called too often in front of net.Though oilers do get called as Fitric got a crosschecking in front of net in this game. In no other sport are the rules bent so far and it's only been around since Sheros flyers got away with it as NHL tried to intice American public with more rock em sock em violence. Benn made a deliberate attempt to injure from cowardly behind no less and should be suspended for two.

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#23 Archaeologuy
March 01 2013, 08:19AM
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Great game, loved the outcome. Lehtonen was off all game.

That said, the Oilers 5-3 all year has driven me crazy.

The "Big X" setup just seems like such a waste of talent.

Two players stand behind the Net in the corners, one guy in the slot, and two at either point. Now two guys are in no position to shoot and 1-1 coverage is available for the other 3. I'm no great hockey mind but how does that completely static setup take advantage of the 2 extra players the Oilers have on the ice? It just keeps the play at the perimeter.

That formation has to go.

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#24 They're $hittie
March 01 2013, 08:27AM
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Sorry Gregor have to disagree with Benn hit,

I cant believe people are saying Benn should not be suspended for that cross check, and that it happens all the time in front of the net.

1. In front of the net it actually has to do with the game and it is expected to happen. Awareness is there.

2. In front of the net it is split second decisions, usually more to do with clearing the players and not intent to injure.

Now, no matter how viscous or not the cross check was and hits that have suspension with them may have been worse (ie. Hall), this was clearly planned out, had nothing to do with the game and was intent to injure.

This is where Shanahan needs to send a message. Tough hockey is what made me love it. Even with all of the cheap hits last night that has to do with playing the hockey game. But the intention was clear, Benn was out to hurt him.

The penalty for a crime is always higher with intent.

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#25 DrunkGuyTy
March 01 2013, 08:38AM
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@OilClog

Agree. He definitely got their captain Morrow's attention, and then went to the box without a bunch of BS. It's the type of penalty you can afford to take when you're up 2-0 and dominating a game. If we were down by 2, it would be a different story. Some would call that a mature decision. Maybe there's hope for the big guy.

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#26 MICHAEL
March 01 2013, 08:43AM
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4 even strength goals? How did that happen. Must have been a mistake.

Gagner fighting. Like it a lot.

Petrell can play center. Would Belanger become expendable if Petrell moved to center on the 4 th line.

DD. Solid.

Yakupov. The diving play to clear the zone. Like it. The Pint tonight.Can't make it because I can't afford it after getting the shaft at work. Bloody healthcare cuts. Oh well, to the next job .

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#27 Johnny
March 01 2013, 09:06AM
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Hey Gregor, I was trying to get a hold of you on your show yesterday, but you only seemed to have time for some clown at 3 O'clock and a couple hours to state the obvious about the Oilers futility against Dallas.

Anyway, as bad as the show was, maybe talking about how bad the Oilers are against Dallas for 2 hours made the bounces go in our favour....

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#28 BingBong
March 01 2013, 09:19AM
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I don't understand how people think the Benn "hit" isn't a suspension. It wasn't a hockey play, Jones was completely blindsided, and it was an obvious intent to injure. The hit wasn't vicious, but was totally unrelated to anything happening on the ice; it would be like cross checking him in the hallway for no reason. I'm thinking 2 games.

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#29 Oilfred
March 01 2013, 09:23AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Benn listed at 6'2 205lbs, Jones 6'1 201. If you liked the fact Taylor Hall risked suspension to make a point you have to like Benn's play too.

Not sure you can even compare the two. Hall made an open ice hit that he maybe led with his leg a little on.

Benn did a cowardly bit of stick work to a defenseless man, direectly from behind.

One man's a warrior.

One man's a coward.

If the NHL doesn't suspend then its wrong not to do so. It would be a terrible message to young fans.

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#30 A-Mc
March 01 2013, 09:31AM
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The best part about this Oiler 5-1 win is that the Flames LOST!

WOOT

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#31 Rama Lama
March 01 2013, 09:35AM
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If we had an enforcer, do you think that guys like Dillion would be slamming our hobbits into the boards?

His hit on Eberle behind the net was a blatant attempt to injure. Had Eberle not turned after being hit......I shudder to think of what could have happened. Gagner's fight was an attempt to send a much needed message to Dillion......we may be small but we have fight! Good for Gagner.........in my mind this guy does not get enough respect for what he brings.

We need to move a defenseman out of the line up and bring Hordy back........he would have not hesitated for one second letting Dillion know what to expect.

I thought that the trio ( Nuge, Ebs, Hall) would be living up to their words.......shooting more. I cannot understand their fascination for passing the puck in the slot, when the shot is there for the taking.

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#32 Gazmort
March 01 2013, 09:38AM
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Instead of Benn, let's all talk about when Fistric absolutely sh*t-pumped Roussell as he was busy yapping at Nuge after the whistle. That was awesome...and a little sketchy. Love it.

Or how about the time he crumpled Jaaaaaaaaromir? Love that too.

Good, tough, nasty plays. As soon as they extend him for another 3 years, I might have to toss a name on the back of my new jersey.

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#33 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 01 2013, 09:40AM
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To appease the masses, one game for Jamie Benn.

Hope they can keep it rolling in St.Louis tonight. Consistancy has been an issue.

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#34 Phixieus666
March 01 2013, 09:43AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Benn listed at 6'2 205lbs, Jones 6'1 201. If you liked the fact Taylor Hall risked suspension to make a point you have to like Benn's play too.

Disagree, Halls shot was head on and Cal could look right in his face. Benn hit him in the back after he had been standing watching play for a few seconds. Very different. Benn was just gutless.

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#35 oilerjed
March 01 2013, 09:44AM
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Did Benn come straight off the bench to crosscheck Jones? Isnt that an automatic suspension?

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#36 BingBong
March 01 2013, 09:50AM
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oilerjed wrote:

Did Benn come straight off the bench to crosscheck Jones? Isnt that an automatic suspension?

I think it was just part of a normal line change.

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#37 Oiler Al
March 01 2013, 09:59AM
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Who needs to score on the PP when you are doing it on 5X5.. what a change. If there power play would have clicked this could have been a blow out like we havnt seen since the Chicago games last year. Dubby work didnt hurt either.. great game for him..

Good for Gagner on dropping the gloves, but its a shame somone like Fistric, or Eager, didnt take care of Dillon, the right way.

Liking RNH's defensive play by the game, not to mention his F/O work. This guy is going to be a machine in this league. { his scoring will come, I think he's really working to fix the other side of his game]

For the record, I agree with all, that think Benn should get a suspension [2] . No different than Halls hit on Clutterbutt. This wasnt even a hockey play. the guy skates over and flat out cross checks an unsuspecting player.

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#38 oilerjed
March 01 2013, 10:12AM
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BingBong wrote:

I think it was just part of a normal line change.

Gregor,

Part of a normal line change or not he came straight off the bench and initiated, does it make a difference. What says you?

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#39 northof51
March 01 2013, 10:16AM
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There needs to be a "-1" option on this blog. There's borderline trolling going on here. The Nation (FIST) is no place for idiots, you're making us look bad.

Also, if you can't put together a readable post, why do it? Makes me think we should also have a "?" option, and if you get too many, YOU'RE OUTTA HERE!

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#40 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 01 2013, 10:25AM
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Good game! DD played wicked. If he didn't the game might have been close.

Lady luck came out for us last night! I hope she don't turn into a b**ch tonight.

Fistric is cool! Petrell great game 5x5. He is a PK specialist too. Damn! Hall is the shizel. One mistake though, but didn't get burned for a goal against. RNH can hit. He's got some compete in him.

I thought most everyone played a respectable game. Potter... He's not an NHL D-man. Even his injury looked to me like he put himself in a vulnerable position. He thinks the game a second or two too slow. That don't cut it in the show. Oddly if he goes on IR that could be a good thing. It opens up a spot on the rotation for the D (Peckham gets some ice time) and there will be an opening up of a roster spot for a forward.

Eberle played the game a lot more involved. I was impressed. He took a hit at the blue line, but made sure he got the puck in deep. That lead to him eventually passing it to Schultz for a goal. Getting his hands dirty. Nice job. However, he got caught watching the puck instead of taking the man on Dallas' only goal. But, good effort for the most part last night.

Good steps forward. I'm stoked for tonight!

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#41 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 01 2013, 10:38AM
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Gagner. What can you say about this cat? All heart, man. He plays a foot taller then he actually is. The refs stepped in early, but the fact that he drops the gloves with a bigger dude speaks volumes. He even snaps off his chin strap before they come together. Classy.

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#42 Will
March 01 2013, 10:52AM
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Finally, all the blog complaining about even strength goals has paid off. As the Oilers not only demolished another team at even strength, but did it to Dallas, in Dallas! Now, let the blogging about our terrible power play especially 5 on 3 begin!!!!!

Watching the game last night, thinking about how we don't have Horcoff, and we don't have a huge stud defender that can do it all, I'm already thinking about next year when maybe, just maybe we finally have these key pieces. This team has shown such flashes of insane brilliance, that just one or two more key pieces to the team and I think we become a perennial contender.

I'm really trying not to get to high after 3 points in 4 games on the road against tough teams, but I'm an Oilers fan, so I am. I mean, Yak hasn't really even been activated yet, Nuge isn't playing like he can, and Schultz is just getting started. My god this team is going to be something special.

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#43 Shane
March 01 2013, 10:56AM
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Rama Lama wrote:

If we had an enforcer, do you think that guys like Dillion would be slamming our hobbits into the boards?

His hit on Eberle behind the net was a blatant attempt to injure. Had Eberle not turned after being hit......I shudder to think of what could have happened. Gagner's fight was an attempt to send a much needed message to Dillion......we may be small but we have fight! Good for Gagner.........in my mind this guy does not get enough respect for what he brings.

We need to move a defenseman out of the line up and bring Hordy back........he would have not hesitated for one second letting Dillion know what to expect.

I thought that the trio ( Nuge, Ebs, Hall) would be living up to their words.......shooting more. I cannot understand their fascination for passing the puck in the slot, when the shot is there for the taking.

And what are the chances of Hordichuk running into Dillon in his 2:02 TOI.. Even if they do happen to get on the ice at the same time, if I'm Dillon I just skate away cause I know he won't play the rest of the game..

Although I do agree with you on Gagner

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Shane wrote:

And what are the chances of Hordichuk running into Dillon in his 2:02 TOI.. Even if they do happen to get on the ice at the same time, if I'm Dillon I just skate away cause I know he won't play the rest of the game..

Although I do agree with you on Gagner

Exactly! I think a lot of people only watch Oiler games and don't realize that stars from every single team gets hit and takes a lot of cheap shots too. Enforcers are an absolute waste of a roster spot.

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#45 DieHard
March 01 2013, 11:32AM
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What if, instead of Benn, it was Dallas' known goon and instead of Jones, it was Hall. Would their be a suspension?

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#46 Will
March 01 2013, 11:39AM
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Suspension or not, a five minute major and a game misconduct is pretty serious. And since there is now word about a Jones concussion or anything, really what's the big deal? The problem with Hall's hit is that he injured the player. Intentional or not, guy got injured on the play. Jamie Benn, even though the game was pretty much wrapped anyway by that point, basically solidified the win 5 min out. I agree with Gregor that suspension or no suspension, the point is that we were able to frustrate a team to such excess, that their star player essentially conceded the game with five minutes left. When was the last time (Chicago) a team just gave up trying to beat the Oilers with that much time left?

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#47 Spydyr
March 01 2013, 12:11PM
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The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33 wrote:

Exactly! I think a lot of people only watch Oiler games and don't realize that stars from every single team gets hit and takes a lot of cheap shots too. Enforcers are an absolute waste of a roster spot.

That is why every player on the bench stands up for a fight then bang their sticks on the boards for their guy after the fight.

Players respect someone watching their back.Not getting run through the boards with intent to injure hits.

Did you watch the last Oil change when Ebs thanked Smid for standing up for him?

I absolutely hate other teams having their way with the kids.Protect them before someone gets hurt bad.A possible career ending injury.

Everyone has a role and the Oilers need that role filled.

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#48 pelhem grenville
March 01 2013, 12:31PM
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...didn't watch the game ... anyone ... did Gagner fight Dillon cuz of the hit from behind and head first into the end boards on 14 or was he just being an all around alpha hotel...

... 89's got them big balls!!!

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#49 EHH Team
March 01 2013, 12:37PM
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Oilers4ever wrote:

There have been worse hits than Benn's for sure, but as others have mentioned, it was a direct attempt to injure, whereas Hall's hit against Minny was not. That's why this whole suspension thing sucks. Halls hit looked worse but was not a direct attempt to that... Too me Benn should get a couple games but he likely just gets fined. They have to do something.. otherwise they are saying its okay to smoke someone from behind like that intentionally.

Totally agree.

It was after the play and Jones was not expecting to be hit. He could easily have been hurt badly in the back, neck or concussed by the whip-lash effect. Similarly, the "clean player" Doan's cross check on the unsuspecting Horcoff was dirty and intending to hurt him.

These were not hockey plays. Hall's attempted hip check ruled to be knee on knee was an attempted hockey play and from my vantage point was not intended to injure the opponent, yet he was suspended. Benn should be suspended or fined and Doan should have been too.

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#50 A-Mc
March 01 2013, 12:39PM
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@pelhem grenville

Dillon squeezed Gagner out along the boards in a weird way. Gagner got up and challenged him.

both men dropped the gloves and Dillon removed his helmet. Gagner's helmet didnt come off until dillon pushed it off i think. Luckily there was no instigator w/ visor Penalty on the play!

** this is how i remember it. I don't have the video in front of me though, so take this with a grain of salt **

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