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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#51 oilerman53
August 30 2013, 10:24PM
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Im pretty sure DSF can dig up a stat on Yaks batting average against west coast teams when there is less then ten seconds left in a nationally televised game. This was a bright moment last year and arguably Yakupovs best moment all year long.

......Clyde Frog! Clyde Frog! Clyde Frog! Lol

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#52 Harry
August 30 2013, 10:28PM
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DSF wrote:

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.

Its August you pathetic goof!

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#53 Quicksilver ballet
August 30 2013, 10:29PM
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@Harry

Another fricken newb!

You're pathetic if you feel 26th,30th,30th,29th and 24th place finishes are beyond criticism.

Koolaid much?

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#54 Harry
August 30 2013, 10:44PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Another fricken newb!

You're pathetic if you feel 26th,30th,30th,29th and 24th place finishes are beyond criticism.

Koolaid much?

Your not critisizing the team you gimp your critisizing fans for discussing an event that happend last season.

The most pathetic part is that you spend your friday evening doing so.

Your existance on this site proves your threatened by this teams potential.

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#55 Quicksilver ballet
August 30 2013, 10:58PM
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@Harry

You have to work on your game there Harry. How old do you have to be before you learn the difference between you, your and you're?

Now I just feel sorry for you...

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#56 Puritania
August 30 2013, 11:13PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Another fricken newb!

You're pathetic if you feel 26th,30th,30th,29th and 24th place finishes are beyond criticism.

Koolaid much?

Fondly remembering a great moment isn't drinking the koolaid. Moaning about how terrible this team is, isn't just being critical. You take it way beyond simple criticism, while chastising others for simply enjoying the team and sport they love. It's laughably transparent and sad.

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#57 Harry
August 30 2013, 11:15PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

You have to work on your game there Harry. How old do you have to be before you learn the difference between you, your and you're?

Now I just feel sorry for you...

Hahaaa! You feel bad for me cause I used the wrong "your". Thats the best you got? Keep reachin wackjob. Im not the one whos been on this site for 4 years just to harrass people. That warrants some serious therapy. Look in the mirror and smile. If it doesnt break move on with your night you greasy troll.

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#58 IsaacsRevenge
August 30 2013, 11:18PM
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Why every time I accidentally scroll down to the comments section do I have to see DSF and Quicksilver pointing out 'the obvious' to people? It's one thing to finish in last place, and places around last place, for many years and still have a die-hard fan base... but nothing is more ridiculous than two guys who continue to spew eloquent BS on hockey boards IN AUGUST.

I can't wait until hockey starts... your posts will get watered down by comments and arguments that are actually worth reading.

I will take being a proud fan of the Oiler's over being proud that I am not a newb on a message board by referencing Oiler Kool-Aid 7 years after it was first sipped.

What a delicious f'n drink.

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#59 Walter Sobchak
August 30 2013, 11:41PM
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@ DSF

RE- Lambardi Quote

I got a better one for you.

“I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.”

I don’t think Lombardi would have had any disparaging comment to say about the celly.

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#60 Walter Sobchak
August 31 2013, 12:23AM
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I thought this game was Yakupov coming out.

I liked how Quick and Yakupov had a game inside the game going on all night.

Quick stone cold robbed Yakupov 2 or 3 times and the constant chirping between the two was just as entertaining to me as the game, Yakupov wouldn’t back down.

Part of me still feels the reason Quick just laid there at the end is, he knew Yakupov had just got the best of him.

This in no way takes away from Quick, he was magnificent too that game.

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#61 pkam
August 31 2013, 02:16AM
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DSF wrote:

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.

Not sure what you will say if someone writes a story about the 5 SC that the Oilers won in the 80s. I believe those SC should have significant historical significance.

Glad the Canucks didn't win the cup in 1994, otherwise we may still have to listen to DSF talking about it in everyday.

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#62 pkam
August 31 2013, 02:26AM
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I was watching the game in row 10 that night and I can tell you it was the most frustrating game to watch for 89 minutes.

If not for that goal, my $230 was completely ruined by the officials and I would be leaving Rexall place very grumpy.

What can I say, Yakopov saved my night. He made that $230 at least worth something and gave me a good sleep that night.

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#63 Rod from Viking
August 31 2013, 08:07AM
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pkam wrote:

I was watching the game in row 10 that night and I can tell you it was the most frustrating game to watch for 89 minutes.

If not for that goal, my $230 was completely ruined by the officials and I would be leaving Rexall place very grumpy.

What can I say, Yakopov saved my night. He made that $230 at least worth something and gave me a good sleep that night.

I was there as well and the two good memories from last year was that game and the last one of the season when they thrashed the Canucks(who allowed Luongo to get embarrassed) and set the stage for the Vancouvers deep playoff run.

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#64 michael
August 31 2013, 09:09AM
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Yak City. The Oilers of the early days delivered nights like this in the same cardiac gripping way. On those nights our heroes were named Messier Gretzky and BJ McDonald. It was gripping stuff.

As we all know the team went from those early 3-2 wins onto those crushing 10-2 wins. It took time and patience. The key was skill and speed.Which we have now in spades.

I suggested last season that we needed some ugly step sisters to go along with our Cinderella's. I still think we have a ways to go in our bottom six. Ryan Smyth God Bless him, is exactly what we need. But we need the younger version of him. The 2006 version.

As much as I like Ales Hemsky his role will have to change and I don't think its within him to accept that change. Its a matter of time before he moves on. Not if but when. I would like the Oilers to carry at least one nuclear threat for the first part of the season. I think that we need a guy who can throw the bombs to give the Halls and Yaks a little mental buffer zone early in the season. Just knowing we have a guy would be the key to ensuring some of those shots our guys have been taking don't happen or are reduced.

This is the year where we should running 3 lines. The 4th line should be a thug, a PK/faceoff specialist and a PP/energy guy. I really believe that we need to let the horses out of the barn early on this season. Eakins speaks of fitness and coming in to camp and competing at a high level. Let Hall etal loose. Release the dogs of war. Give them the ice time. At 21 Hall should be chewing up 20-22 minutes a night. Especially early on in the season. Justin Shultz? 22-25 minutes a night.

As far as line matching goes. Let the other coach pick his poison. If I am picking my team this year. Omark is on my fourth line. He is my left side PP guy on the half board. The guy may not be able to check his hat but god love him he can pass like nobody's grandmother can. With Yak lined up on the right side Omark's ability to make that pass should pay huge dividends. For the Omark haters I am saying that he can be an effective player in a reduced role and he has the skill to compliment any of the top 6 when needed(injury, penalties, flu bug). Currently we have no one else of his skill level that can fill that role. If so tell me who he is? Lander? Not close. Arcobello? Close.

It will Yak City and Hall all day long. My money says Hall gets 95 points this season. Yak gets 37 goals/62 points. Ebs gets 30 goal/80 points. RNH gets 15 goals and 55 assists. Perron 45 points. 18 goals. Gagner get 70 points. 25 goals. Justin Shultz gets 17 goals and 35 assists.

DD GAA will be 2.80 and his save percentage will be .922.

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#65 Gaz
August 31 2013, 09:28AM
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@DSF

Please.

Logan Couture poops his pants and cry-screams at the other team on half his goals scored.

There are endless players in the league that have exuberant celebrations. Just because Muzzin doesn't jump into the boards doesn't mean a good celly is out of line.

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#66 JSR
August 31 2013, 10:22AM
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I've got a couple of questions...

1)Does Yak change his number to 10, with the departure of Horc?

2)I've often wished the refs had a mandatory press conference after the games to discuss their calls made during those games. I think it would give people more insight as to how they think when making the calls. Thoughts?

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#67 Dawn
August 31 2013, 12:05PM
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Thanks for that LT. That goal at that time in that game is the reason I love this game so much. Drama, excitement, and sweet sweet justice all in one shining moment! I love that kid. Can't wait to see what he does this season.

I've been re-watching pvr'd games this month and noticing anew the magic between Yak and Hall. There's our weapon of mass destruction to pull out when the game is on the line. Heavy danger!

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#68 Wax Man Riley
August 31 2013, 01:45PM
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DSF wrote:

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.

It isn't the goal we are fawning over, it is the player.

We are all looking forward to more of this player, and this excitement.

The goal was significant on that night and in Yak's career.

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#69 hightide.aka.dva.
August 31 2013, 02:31PM
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Just saying, cause you brought it up, try praying to something other than jezuz...like a rock..or a rubber tree...or a rare earth minerals mining compound... or bacon, yummy I like bacon...cause all these are actually real, and true..and not make believe imaginary mythical man-made concepts..peace be with you.

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#70 Wax Man Riley
August 31 2013, 02:35PM
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Here are a couple of other goals of "no historical significance" that I will always fawn over:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCwybSXIHcg ... YOU SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nR6T7fHgMc ... WILL LIVE IN MY HEART FOREVER

and none of us will ever forget:

http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=77707 ...... HELLO TSN'S HIGHLIGHT ON THE NIGHT!

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#71 Oiler Al
August 31 2013, 04:20PM
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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.

Tell that to the Vancouver fans who tore up downtown Vancouver a couple of years ago.!

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#72 Darrell
August 31 2013, 07:23PM
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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.

Screw off dick head !

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#73 Quicksilver ballet
August 31 2013, 08:42PM
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@Harry

You can call me anything you like, if it makes you feel better about yourself.

Carry on with that functional illiteracy thing you have going on there. Rather than spout off and reveal to everyone what a fool you are, maybe start paying attention to the posters here who weren't cheated by the education system like you obviously were.

Feel free to send a return volley, that is if you want me to correct the grammar and punctuation issues you struggle with.

....am I doing this right? I'm not use to this confrontation thing you appear to have a grasp on.

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#74 Harry
August 31 2013, 08:55PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

You can call me anything you like, if it makes you feel better about yourself.

Carry on with that functional illiteracy thing you have going on there. Rather than spout off and reveal to everyone what a fool you are, maybe start paying attention to the posters here who weren't cheated by the education system like you obviously were.

Feel free to send a return volley, that is if you want me to correct the grammar and punctuation issues you struggle with.

....am I doing this right? I'm not use to this confrontation thing you appear to have a grasp on.

U neeed seareous halp. I use the wrong your and you conclude that im stupid? Your nothing but an internet bully. Which is 10x worse than the traditional kind. I feel.sorry for you.and all the other pathetic people like you.

This is.an Oilers fan website. And look what youve reduced it to. If the people who run this.thing have any balls theyll through you off asap.

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#75 Quicksilver ballet
August 31 2013, 09:15PM
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Harry wrote:

U neeed seareous halp. I use the wrong your and you conclude that im stupid? Your nothing but an internet bully. Which is 10x worse than the traditional kind. I feel.sorry for you.and all the other pathetic people like you.

This is.an Oilers fan website. And look what youve reduced it to. If the people who run this.thing have any balls theyll through you off asap.

I'll try and make sense of your jibberish...

You need serious help. I used the wrong you're, and you conclude that I am stupid?*** You're nothing but an internet bully, which is 10 times worse than the traditional type. I feel sorry for you, and all other pathetic people like you.

This is an Oiler fan website, and look what you've reduced it to. If the people who run this thing have any balls, they'll throw you off asap.

I hope you appreciate the effort I made to help you with your issues.

***I do believe you have revealed the answer to the first question you asked. Right back at you kid.

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#76 Chris
August 31 2013, 09:36PM
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Awesome write up. I wonder if we'll get a Yak....CITY, Yak....CITy chant at rexall this year? Maybe for his first hat trick of the season. Yak is gonna bang home 30 goals minimum this year, kids a second Taylor Hall. Just hope Nuge has a good year too.

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#77 Harry
August 31 2013, 10:15PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

I'll try and make sense of your jibberish...

You need serious help. I used the wrong you're, and you conclude that I am stupid?*** You're nothing but an internet bully, which is 10 times worse than the traditional type. I feel sorry for you, and all other pathetic people like you.

This is an Oiler fan website, and look what you've reduced it to. If the people who run this thing have any balls, they'll throw you off asap.

I hope you appreciate the effort I made to help you with your issues.

***I do believe you have revealed the answer to the first question you asked. Right back at you kid.

U know wat Sport? U havnt. Now come on Sparky and try again. . Im two dum to understand wat youre tryin to prov. Maybe you had your ass kicked everyday at school and this is your way of getting back at people. Thanks for.proving my point

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#78 Quicksilver ballet
August 31 2013, 10:30PM
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So, I take it i'm at the end of a lesson there, eh Mr. Glass House?

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#79 Reg Dunlop
August 31 2013, 11:02PM
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Sounds like Harry and Quick have been married for 20 years.

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#80 Harry
August 31 2013, 11:33PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

So, I take it i'm at the end of a lesson there, eh Mr. Glass House?

Yes Junior we are done. Ive had enough of your bullish creepyness. Happy trolling DSF's little lap dog

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#81 Time Travelling Sean
August 31 2013, 11:43PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

He used one incorrect use of your, probably not thinking, the same way anyone can accidentally use the wrong there, when they're trying to get a more important point across, so you chastise him of it and don't even have the wits to respond to the more important point?

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#82 Harry
September 01 2013, 07:02AM
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Time Travelling Sean wrote:

He used one incorrect use of your, probably not thinking, the same way anyone can accidentally use the wrong there, when they're trying to get a more important point across, so you chastise him of it and don't even have the wits to respond to the more important point?

Theres somethinge truly concerning about what I can only assume is a grown man harrassing people pretty much on a daily basis for four years on a hockey fans website. Of course its nice to have opinions and discussions but when someone like this guy comes in and proceeds to berate and harrass its both pathetic and sad.

I for one am to blame for taking his bait but not anymore you can count on it.

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#83 Quicksilver ballet
September 01 2013, 08:41AM
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Time Travelling Sean wrote:

He used one incorrect use of your, probably not thinking, the same way anyone can accidentally use the wrong there, when they're trying to get a more important point across, so you chastise him of it and don't even have the wits to respond to the more important point?

It wasn't so much his attempted use of the English language, as it was a goes around comes around thing.

If you're going to go after someone else on here, try not to embarrass yourself in the process. I felt I addressed the only point I was concerned about.

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#84 Quicksilver ballet
September 01 2013, 08:43AM
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Harry wrote:

Theres somethinge truly concerning about what I can only assume is a grown man harrassing people pretty much on a daily basis for four years on a hockey fans website. Of course its nice to have opinions and discussions but when someone like this guy comes in and proceeds to berate and harrass its both pathetic and sad.

I for one am to blame for taking his bait but not anymore you can count on it.

You're slipping Harold. You forgot to prop your own comment again.

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#85 God
September 01 2013, 01:40PM
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Watched this on TSN in a seedy bar in Van. Jumped on the bar stool for both Yak's and Gags OT winner. All the Couvarians just didnt get it. Was a great moment. We've been starved for this kind of offensive explosiveness for so long.

I can't wait for the new season.

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#86 VK63
September 01 2013, 01:51PM
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Perhaps most astounding about that night was the NHL using those refs again... in a future capacity that didn't involve greeting people at WalMart.

One of the best moment of the year was the look on those buffoons faces when chaos reigned and it was directed squarely at their incompetent selves. They were gagging on their own air and I enjoyed it immensely.

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#87 smiliegirl15
September 09 2013, 03:44PM
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I definitely remember that game. I was streaming it online in Turks and Caicos. It was purely amazing. The begining of hope.

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