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 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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#2 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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#3 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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#4 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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#5 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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#6 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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#7 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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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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#9 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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#10 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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#11 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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#12 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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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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Yak really "Nailed"

that puck behind LA's Quick

then he went Fleury

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#15 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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#16 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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#17 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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#18 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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#19 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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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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#21 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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#22 Harry
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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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#23 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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#24 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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#25 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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#27 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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#29 Archaeologuy
August 30 2013, 07:47PM
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Could I love that kid anymore than I already do?

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#30 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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#31 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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#32 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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#33 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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#35 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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#36 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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#37 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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#38 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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#39 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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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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#41 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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#42 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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#43 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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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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#45 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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#46 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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#47 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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#48 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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#50 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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