NIGHTS WITH NAIL, VOLUME ONE

Lowetide
August 30 2013 07:26PM

The game was framed as a chance to recover from a disastrous outing against San Jose, which featured a 6-1 first period for the Sharks in the lid lifter at Rexall. The game against LA featured everything--addled calls from the zebra's, screw jobs from the zebra's, astouding stupidity and breathtaking brilliance.

Mike Johnson told the audience that attention to detail, taking care of the defense and a "full 60 minutes" were key for the Oilers. Take care of those things and the result will take care of itself. The Los Angeles Kings were touted as a team with size who could hit everything that moved--big, heavy and mean. Oiler fans will recognize these Coles notes, they've been around forever and were certainly a part of the pre-game chatter that night.

THE PENALTIES

They came early and often, and most were unusual on the night of January 24, 2013. The NHL always has their wonky penalties early in a season, but this night they were bringing out the back pages of the rulebook to penalize the copper and orange:

  • 7:09 1st period Ladislav Smid (smothering puck) This became the newest crazy rule in the game, where refs were asked to make a decision about whether the player slapped the puck or smothered it from several miles away. Incredible.
  • 9:54 1st period Ladislav Smid (instigator: face shield) This is designed to protect players from injury, and I agree with it. However, on a night where everything was called, this was a pretty cheap one. He received a double minor on the play (2 penalties for instigator).
  • 3:54 2nd period Teemu Hartikainen (faceoff violation). Yeah, well. I hate this rule.

 

GOALS CALLED OFF

With about 4 minutes left in the first period, the Oilers scored (Yakupov) but it was disallowed because the ref lost sight of it. The puck was clear as day, but the officials were having a bad night and since I'm going to rip them for another goal called off I'll pass on this one.

Late in the third period, the Oilers got a powerplay and were making things happen. The puck was moving around the LAK zone smartly, and despite some effective work from the Kings, Edmonton was putting together effective 5x4 play. With 1:16 to play Taylor Hall entered offensive zone with the puck just out of his reach, gained possession and seconds later RNH potted a goal to tie the game 1-1. Jonathan Quick protested the call, but the official pointed to the net, signifying it was a good goal.

Except.

EXCEPT Sam Gagner was tied up with Jonathan Quick and the officials called the goal off. There was NO way Gagner could have released from the pile, and calling the goal off was absolutely the wrong call. Remember, this was after a noxious loss to San Jose and the young Oilers--trying to make amends for the SJS game--were absolutely pissed when the goal was disallowed.

The fans? Well. One of the great things about being an Oiler fan is we're good at, how do I say this, expressing ourselves. With beer, with Boston Pizza boxes, with a chant that goes "BULL-XXXX" and a shower of boos.

All deserved. What a crummy, crummy job of officiating on this night.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

Nail happened! With just 4.7 seconds left, the young Russian from their hinterland bonded with a city halfway across the world, and a love affair was born. Yak City. Celly. Don Cherry may not have liked it, but Oiler fans absolutely exploded when this happened: 

Music! And a night to remember.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

In an instant, Edmonton became Yak City and adrenaline filled fans screamed from Rexall, their homes, in cars and on the LRT. It was magic.

We're going to have more 'Nights with Nail' but I'll never forget this one. Early in the game he looked dangerous, but all of the penalties and silliness of the game meant there was very little consistency for either team. A late, late goal (4.7 seconds) tied it and they won it in overtime.

Rexall that night was 2006 spring. I pray to baby Jesus we have many more nights like that one this winter.

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#1 Craig1981
August 30 2013, 07:35PM
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I never understood why people were upset at him for celebrating. Hell, I lost enough of control of my emotions I jumped out the couch and screamed........and I wasn't the one that scored his first NHL goal at 18 years old after a game like that. It wasn't hot dogging because it was emotional not thought-out

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#3 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
August 30 2013, 07:38PM
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Yak really "Nailed"

that puck behind LA's Quick

then he went Fleury

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#4 striatic
August 30 2013, 07:41PM
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Taylor Hall played such an important part in this goal happening. Heads up desperation, if there is such a thing, to get that shot off in the time remaining.

One of Eric Belanger's better moments as an Oiler too. Perhaps his best.

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#5 speeds
August 30 2013, 07:43PM
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I also remember that crazy glove save Quick made on Yakupov in OT, before Gagner scored.

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#6 Matt Henderson
August 30 2013, 07:47PM
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Could I love that kid anymore than I already do?

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#7 vetinari
August 30 2013, 07:55PM
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Imagine... just imagine... what this kid would do if he ever scored in overtime during a playoff game... the roof would blow off RX1...

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#8 DSF
August 30 2013, 07:55PM
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A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

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#9 T__Bone88
August 30 2013, 08:01PM
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Portrait of that slide will forever hang on my living room wall as a reminder of great things to come of this kid.

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#11 Larry
August 30 2013, 08:03PM
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DSF wrote:

A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

I really wish you would tell us about your hockey career and then go away...

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#12 Larry
August 30 2013, 08:03PM
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DSF wrote:

A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

I really wish you would tell us about your hockey career and then go away...

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#13 DSF
August 30 2013, 08:11PM
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Lowetide wrote:

lol. Oh, DSF. Why don't you just give up and cheer for Yak City? You know you want to!

I like the kid.

And to add the relevant info that was dropped from this post....

Watch this, not so much the goal but the pass and tell me if you would laugh at the Canucks if they were still celbrating this one year later.

http://youtu.be/YafdepidxsU

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#14 nrXic
August 30 2013, 08:13PM
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DSF wrote:

A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

In a 48 game season, there are no meaningless games. compounded to that fact is the fact that it was just after a tough loss, the fact that these were the Stanley Cup Champions, and that it was a physical mismatch that would test the young Oilers.

With these facts in mind it is overwhelmingly clear that it was greatly important to the Oilers season. Had it been a full season, with this game being game #79, against an Eastern Conference team, after already being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention... only then could I agree with the label "inconsequential".

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#15 Closetgm
August 30 2013, 08:15PM
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Thanks lowetide you got me super pumped for the season. That game was everything you described, an emotional roller coaster. When yak scored I think the hole city erupted. I guess some people don't understand what this team means to us. Dsf you are such a retard. That's all I have to say.

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#16 Fatbob24
August 30 2013, 08:21PM
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DSF wrote:

A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

Yeah, I propped this comment. If it wasn't for DSF we'd all have our heads so far in the clouds, that when we lost our first game, traffic on the highlevel would double... Someone has to play the spoiler otherwise we'd all be sitting around like a shipment of Wanye limited edition bubbleheads. So here's to you DSF! Here's to you and the bare butt spanking my Oilers will give every one of your teams this year!

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#17 book¡e
August 30 2013, 08:26PM
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That guy going nuts in front of the camera, that was literally me (in the figurative sense of literally)! That goal was awesome.

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#18 DSF
August 30 2013, 08:27PM
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Vince Lombardi...likely the greatest coach and motivator of all time had a very simple measure of professionalism....

"Act like you've been there before".

It's something that the young Oilers AND their young fans need to take to heart.

Otherwise, they will be seen as goofs.

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#19 DSF
August 30 2013, 08:33PM
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nrXic wrote:

In a 48 game season, there are no meaningless games. compounded to that fact is the fact that it was just after a tough loss, the fact that these were the Stanley Cup Champions, and that it was a physical mismatch that would test the young Oilers.

With these facts in mind it is overwhelmingly clear that it was greatly important to the Oilers season. Had it been a full season, with this game being game #79, against an Eastern Conference team, after already being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention... only then could I agree with the label "inconsequential".

Obviously it was meaningless.

The Oilers finished 10 points out of the playoffs.

In an 82 game season, that number would likely have been about 20 points.

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#20 hallsyoilerforever5
August 30 2013, 08:34PM
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@DSF

Just like the canucks existence in the nhl right? Did you enjoy that sweep from the sharks? I certainly did. Choke Canucks Choke.

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#21 book¡e
August 30 2013, 08:42PM
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DSF - what gives a game 'meaning'? Is a game only meaningful if it is part of a Stanley Cup winning season?

I would suggest the meaningfulness of a game is better measured by its impact on people at the time or by its historical significance.

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#22 Hair bag
August 30 2013, 08:42PM
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DSF wrote:

A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

DAF go stir the pot somewhere else

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#23 DSF
August 30 2013, 08:43PM
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hallsyoilerforever5 wrote:

Just like the canucks existence in the nhl right? Did you enjoy that sweep from the sharks? I certainly did. Choke Canucks Choke.

Good for you.

I was pulling for the Kings again.

Didn't happen.

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#24 FastOil
August 30 2013, 08:54PM
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DSF

I understand, because you foresee A LOT OF YAKUPOV DOING THAT TO THE CANUCKS 80'S STYLE ABSOLUTE COMPLETE AND TOTAL THRASHINGS.

Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end.

On the bright side Hall will likely help fish his goals out of the net so Hamhuis doesn't strain too much. :)

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#25 THRNHJE
August 30 2013, 08:54PM
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DSF wrote:

I like the kid.

And to add the relevant info that was dropped from this post....

Watch this, not so much the goal but the pass and tell me if you would laugh at the Canucks if they were still celbrating this one year later.

http://youtu.be/YafdepidxsU

It's funny you are obviously still talking about that goal, you loaded it, and months ago there were several Vancouver fanboys commenting on the video. Van-city still talking about that unbelievable play, which is ok. I still talk about Eberle's first NHL goal. What a beaut.

your post proves your point wrong. Nice try though.

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#26 DSF
August 30 2013, 08:54PM
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book¡e wrote:

DSF - what gives a game 'meaning'? Is a game only meaningful if it is part of a Stanley Cup winning season?

I would suggest the meaningfulness of a game is better measured by its impact on people at the time or by its historical significance.

That's pretty much my point.

I can see people being excited "at the time" but considering the goal had no historical significance, fawning over it almost a year later is pathetic.

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#27 DSF
August 30 2013, 08:56PM
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THRNHJE wrote:

It's funny you are obviously still talking about that goal, you loaded it, and months ago there were several Vancouver fanboys commenting on the video. Van-city still talking about that unbelievable play, which is ok. I still talk about Eberle's first NHL goal. What a beaut.

your post proves your point wrong. Nice try though.

They aren't still talking about it.

They have much more drama to deal with.

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#28 OilClog
August 30 2013, 08:58PM
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DSF wrote:

Vince Lombardi...likely the greatest coach and motivator of all time had a very simple measure of professionalism....

"Act like you've been there before".

It's something that the young Oilers AND their young fans need to take to heart.

Otherwise, they will be seen as goofs.

Back in my day we would take the likes of you around back and show you our professionalism.. sadly though, times have changed.

Us "old" Oiler fans back the YOUNG Team and YOUNG Fan alike.

"Act like you've been there before"

you do a good job of it, loser.

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#30 Katzhater
August 30 2013, 09:01PM
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DSF wrote:

A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

DSF, you are without a doubt the best Oilersnation has to offer

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#31 YFC Prez
August 30 2013, 09:06PM
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DSF wrote:

Vince Lombardi...likely the greatest coach and motivator of all time had a very simple measure of professionalism....

"Act like you've been there before".

It's something that the young Oilers AND their young fans need to take to heart.

Otherwise, they will be seen as goofs.

I don't want too see my favorite young oilers players "Act like they've been there before"

The passion and love of the game that Yakupov shows is rarely seen and is very comforting.

From the first moment He stepped on the Ice at rexall as shown in Oil change, Yakupov has shown a real love for the game that almost always seems to disappear when these kids hit the NHL.

Your letting your jaded ego get in the way of all the fun, just let yourself enjoy the little moments like in the video in LT's article. What's wrong with a 18 year old kid celebrating the way Yak did scoring a goal in a game like that. Especially after the refs had all but stolen that game. It was one of the worst jobs I have seen, the emotion shown was by Yak was perfect.

I hope the kid never changes...regardless of how many jaded fans think he is a "goof" for showing emotion.

I freakin love Yakupov!!!!

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#32 DSF
August 30 2013, 09:11PM
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Lowetide wrote:

DSF: The goal was late January. It is August. How many months in your year? :-) I think you're reaching here, this was a wonderful moment and since we're about to embark on another season with these kids it only makes sense to remind ourselves of just how good they are.

As teenagers. :-)

Good

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#33 Craig1981
August 30 2013, 09:20PM
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DSF wrote:

A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

Lots of teams look back at their star players 1rst goal. Mario Lemieux goal is still talked about in Pitsburg. We Oilers fans stand by our team, cheer for them in their slumps, and are proud of someone with effort even if they don't win the cup each year. It makes when we win the cup again even more sweet.

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#34 book¡e
August 30 2013, 09:22PM
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Which is more sad and pathetic, some fans of a team sharing some fond memories about an exciting game by a young rookie on their team or an old man so bitter and lonely that he spends his whole Friday night complaining about it?

Remember, it's never to late in life to start being a better person and to enjoy life!

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#35 G Money
August 30 2013, 09:24PM
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The whole "act like you've been there'" is of course pathetic nonsense when applied to an 18-year old rookie playing his second game.

Makes me think that maybe DSF is actually Eric Belanger's retarded* nephew, which of course would explain a LOT.

However, it does cause one to muse - has anyone actually in fact been there before?

By that I mean: a game-tying goal, in the last 5 seconds, by an 18 yo rookie, playing his second game, against the defending champs, after two tying goals were waved off by absolutely brutal refereeing?

I'm guessing not, or if it has, it was a loooooooong time ago...

* sometimes political incorrectness is called for

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#36 dawgtoy
August 30 2013, 09:29PM
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@Lowetide

I read this comment aloud to my wife as she sits beside me on the couch. She listens as she always does, then rolled her eyes and said "that sounds like our house, only our dog doesn't fit under the couch."

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#37 Ivan Drago
August 30 2013, 09:30PM
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C'Mon people. Quit responding to the usual trolls bait traps. Unreal how easy he sucks you in.

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#39 Racki
August 30 2013, 09:34PM
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Had the pleasure of being at that game. I got hit by a lot of beer and what not, but I absolutely did not mind one bit. The refs deserved to know just how much they screwed up that game. Thankfully, in the end, the hockey gods corrected the game.

I tend to give refs a lot of rope when I'm at a game, and I roll my eyes a lot when fans boo at the dumbest of things, but I'd like to think that it was all warranted that night. What an emotional roller coaster! Single-handedly the worst 59 minutes and best minute + OT I'd seen all year.

Anyone watching that game on TV or live felt the emotion. It wasn't an important game by any means, but it was such a high level of frustration that when Yakupov potted that goal everyone erupted. I wanted to jump on the ice and mug a ref at one point, so I don't blame Yakupov for scootin' down the ice. Much worse could have happened. And well, the Kings were whining and crying a lot that game. Not just after Nail's celebration.

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#40 Puritania
August 30 2013, 09:37PM
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DSF wrote:

A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cohlEmznmM

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#41 otter2233
August 30 2013, 09:41PM
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Racki wrote:

Had the pleasure of being at that game. I got hit by a lot of beer and what not, but I absolutely did not mind one bit. The refs deserved to know just how much they screwed up that game. Thankfully, in the end, the hockey gods corrected the game.

I tend to give refs a lot of rope when I'm at a game, and I roll my eyes a lot when fans boo at the dumbest of things, but I'd like to think that it was all warranted that night. What an emotional roller coaster! Single-handedly the worst 59 minutes and best minute + OT I'd seen all year.

Anyone watching that game on TV or live felt the emotion. It wasn't an important game by any means, but it was such a high level of frustration that when Yakupov potted that goal everyone erupted. I wanted to jump on the ice and mug a ref at one point, so I don't blame Yakupov for scootin' down the ice. Much worse could have happened. And well, the Kings were whining and crying a lot that game. Not just after Nail's celebration.

I was supposed to be at that game but the boss changed his mind the day before about giving me the day off, I watched the first half of it at home thinking "Well, the refs sucked the life right outta this one, it's not so bad to miss." When I woke up the next day to watch the highlights I have to admit there was a fair amount of cursing going on. Here's to a few more memorable moments this season.

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#42 Will
August 30 2013, 09:46PM
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I will celebrate that game till the end of time. It wasn't just the goal, it was the game that lead up to the goal. It was the terrible officiating, it was the former Stanley cup champions showing up at the beginning of the season to see what the Oilers were made of. It was the tough loss to the Sharks a few nights before. It was a team that was known for giving up years previous, playing a team hammering them all over the ice, as well as the refs doing the same. And it was a team that refused to give up, and pulled through right to the bitter end.

And finally, it was the expression of emotion every fan watching that game was feeling. It was worth celebrating and is worth celebrating that after all the years of garbage players that have made up the Oilers, it was clear we finally have some bonafied, legitimate elite superstars.

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#43 Racki
August 30 2013, 09:50PM
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It was all professional and good hockey when Jonathan Quick and Mike Richards chased after a 19 year old who had shot a puck a nano second too late and bitched at him up and down the ice and pushed him around, but heaven forbid Yakupov would celebrate a great goal in the dying seconds of a game to tie it up.

You're supposed to be an expressionless zombie on the ice at all times. High fives are allowed, so long as they are delivered at speeds of under 10km/h... knee slides are OK so long as you don't cross more than one line.. you can shoot your glove in the air, but only after you've scored 500 goals.

Funniest moment of the game was when Hall dangled the puck for 3 seconds after the whistle then shot it in the net. Interestingly enough, no one made a move towards him.. not exactly sure why. But after seeing Richards and Quick bitch at Yakupov for his shot that was barely late at all (and only due to not hearing the whistle I think), it gave me a good laugh to see Hall fight back.

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#44 Quicksilver ballet
August 30 2013, 10:07PM
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DSF wrote:

A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

LMFAO, well played sir. Yet another DSF truism.

Every topic needs a little correcting now and then.

OILER FANS CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

Odds on seeing some hockey that matters this coming season, less than 40%.

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#45 Puritania
August 30 2013, 10:11PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

LMFAO, well played sir. Yet another DSF truism.

Every topic needs a little correcting now and then.

OILER FANS CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

Odds on seeing some hockey that matters this coming season, less than 40%.

Something tells me if this team started to win you'd find another bottom dweller to cheer for.

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#46 Harry
August 30 2013, 10:13PM
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DSF wrote:

A tying goal, in a meaningless game in another lost season...

And almost a year later, it's the highlight of the season.

It's quite sad, actually.

Kind of.like holding on to that one pathtic "Presidents trophy " banner hey. And no thats not sad. Whats sad is what I can only.assume is.a grown man trolling a fan website that isnt even of his own favourite team and trying to upset fans of that team with your constant BS.

I cant help but feel sorry for you DSF. When the Oilers start winning your pathetic trolling will not be missed.

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#47 Harry
August 30 2013, 10:16PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

LMFAO, well played sir. Yet another DSF truism.

Every topic needs a little correcting now and then.

OILER FANS CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

Odds on seeing some hockey that matters this coming season, less than 40%.

I am baffled why either of you are on this site?! Just pathetic. go read a book or sonething.

It wouldnt surprise me if your the same person actually DSF's wothless existance warranted an alter ego I guess.

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#48 Racki
August 30 2013, 10:19PM
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Lowetide:

9:54 1st period Ladislav Smid (instigator: face shield) This is designed to protect players from injury, and I agree with it. However, on a night where everything was called, this was a pretty cheap one. He received a double minor on the play (2 penalties for instigator).

Not to harp on old wounds, but this is an understatement. Iirc, he got 4 + 5 + 10 all on that one fight. We saw Smid briefly in that first period.. then sometime in the middle of the 2nd period we got to see him again.

Personally, I'm a big fan of fighting and at one point I was for the inst /w visor rule, but now I find the league is very hypocritical when it comes to this rule and it's a dinosaur rule (even though it isn't that old) that really should be changed. NHL's message: We want to keep you safe, but some guy's fist is more important than your head? Right.

(fyi, I'm alluding to the fact that it's OK for someone to take the helmet off first before fighting, putting them at risk of hitting their head on the ice).

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#49 Serious Gord
August 30 2013, 10:19PM
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I think it's safe to say that DSF is being a bit arch with his comments above.

His quote of Lombardi ignores that Lombardi was capable of celebrating with TH best of them - after the game.

Were we talking about a three or more year veteran rather than a rookie - and a high-strung rookie at that with just a few NHL games under his belt then yes yaks celebration should be rightfully pooh-poohed. But it wasn't and thus it was a rare bright moment of joy in an otherwise miserable season.

I think that of all the oil players; yak has the most glorious upside. He has the talent, the tools, the shot, the physicality and the passion to potentially be the rocket Richard of the modern era.

Lets hope that the oil mgmt gets the personnel in place to keep him from being hurt.

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#50 Harry
August 30 2013, 10:22PM
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book¡e wrote:

Which is more sad and pathetic, some fans of a team sharing some fond memories about an exciting game by a young rookie on their team or an old man so bitter and lonely that he spends his whole Friday night complaining about it?

Remember, it's never to late in life to start being a better person and to enjoy life!

HAHAAAHAA! Read it and weep

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