OGDB 5.0: ONE WORD

Jason Gregor
February 21 2014 01:00AM

Just win

Today, the outcome is all that matters.
It doesn't matter if only Drew Doughty and Shea Weber score, as long as Canada wins.
It won't matter if Sidney Crosby is held pointless, as long as Canada wins.
Shots totals won't matter, as long as Canada wins.
It won't matter that through the first 4 games USA has 20 goals and Canada 13, as long as Canada scores more today.

The WIN is all that matters.

All of us hockey fans love to analyze the game, especially in Edmonton where we've had to suffer through eight seasons of losing hockey. Man's natural instinct is to solve a problem, and that is why OilersNation is the busiest site of the NationNetwork family. You've been focused on finding a way to end the losing, but today is one of those rare occasions where your inner fan will block out the need to analyze.

At 10 a.m. MST we will sit down and watch "our boys" dominate the United States of America.

Today's game is all about pride for our country and enjoying every heart-pounding moment.

We could break down shots for/against, powerplays, penalty kills, goals and more, but the previous four games have zero impact on today's game. How Canada played against mainly inferior opponents means little in how they will attack the Americans.

I've thoroughly enjoyed the Sochi Olympics. I'm an extremely proud Canadian, and I've had a mixture of emotions watching the games thus far.

WINNERS...

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February 8th:

I was pumped watching Regina's Mark McMorris win our first medal, Bronze in Slopestyle.

Later that day, I almost teared up watching the Dufour-Lapointe sisters, Justine and Chloe, win Gold and Silver in moguls. It was the first time two Canadian siblings stood atop the podium, while their older sister Maxine finished 12th, but she beamed with pride when her younger sisters received their medals. Sharing that moment with your sibling must have made it incredibly special.

February 9th:

Kevin Reynolds had the skate of his life to help secure Canada a Silver in Team Figure Skating. It was great watching athletes who usually compete on their own or in pairs, get to be in a team atmosphere. You could tell they loved being part of a team and cheering for each other.

February 10th:

Charles Hamelin raced to Gold in the men's 1500m in long track speed skating. Many felt it would be the first of many medals for Hamelin, but sports can be cruel and Hamelin never reached the podium again. He fell in the 1000m and 500m and his brother slipped in the 5000m relay. You realized afterwards how special the 1500m win was for him.

Then Alex Bilodeau made history by becoming the first person to win back-to-back Gold medals in moguls. Watching him brought back fond memories of his 2010 victory in Vancouver. He was the first Canadian to stand at the top of the podium on home soil, and I remember his interview with Brian Williams where he talked so passionately about his inspiration; his older brother Frederic, who has Cerebral Palsy. Winning a Gold medal is incredible, but to defend your title four years later is truly amazing.

Bilodeau's teammate Mikael Kingsbury won Silver that night, and he will be a favourite in 2018. It was special to watch the present and future of men's moguls share the podium.

February 11th:

Our Gold medals kept coming as Dara Howell won Slopestyle skiing and her teammate Kim Lamarre won bronze. In the first four days we had multiple winners on the podium in three sports. It was awesome.

February 12th:

The great stories kept coming. Gilmore Junio made a very selfless decision by giving up his spot in the men's 1000m long track to teammate Denny Morrison. Morrison didn't let him down and won Silver. Afterwards Morrison suggested Junio should carry the flag in the closing ceremonies. I agreed then and I still do now. He was the ultimate teammate.

February 13th:

Patrick Chan won the Silver in figure skating, but he missed a great chance to win our first ever Gold in men's singles. I felt for him, but I thought he handled the post-skate pressers and subsequent interviews with class and maturity. I'm sure he was devastated inside, but it never showed, and for me that illustrated his character. Top notch.

February 15th: Morrison was back on the ice and won his second medal, this time a Bronze in the 1500m. The Dutch have dominated the long track events this year, except when Morrison was on the ice. Hopefully he inspired some young Canadians to put on a different pair of skates.

February 16th: Dominique Maltais had a great race in my favourite winter Olympics sport, Snowboard Cross, and won a Silver. It is like Nascar on ice. The crashes are spectacular and you need to be fearless to win. I love this event.

Jan Hudec ended a 20-year drought for men's Alpine skiing with a gritty Bronze medal effort in the Super-G. Hudec could barely walk a few weeks ago due to a herniated disc, but he persevered and restored the "Crazy Canuck" title.

February 17th: Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue skated beautifully and won a Silver in Ice Dance. They could have bought into the conspiracy theories of fixed judging, but instead chose to relish their medals and congratulate the winners. Classy.

February 18th: Sherwood Park's Mike Riddle won Silver in the inaugural ski halfpipe. He won his medal in snowy conditions and he scored a 90 on his 2nd run facing immense pressure. It is always inspiring to see athletes embrace the pressure rather than let it beat them.

Marie-Eve Drolet, Jessica Hewitt, Valerie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais raced to a Silver in short track 3000m relay. St-Gelais and Maltais had crashed in their individual events, but they responded when their teammates needed them most.

February 19th: Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse defended their Gold medal in bobsled. They were 2nd heading into the final run, but they put down a great time and put the pressure on the American team. They couldn't match Canada's consistency and finished .10 behind. It turns out this wouldn't be our last repeat performance.

February 20th: Jennifer Jones and her team of Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen and alternate Kirsten Wall went 11-0 en route to their Gold medal in curling. It was Canada's first gold medal in women's curling since the late Sandra Schmirler won in 1998. It was nice to see Canada's curlers back where they belong: at the top of the podium.

Our women's hockey team completed the 4-peat with a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the USA. The best part about sports is how unpredictable they can be. USA led 2-0 with less than four minutes to play, but the women scored twice to send it to overtime, before Marie-Philip Poulin scored the OT winner. Poulin scored the tying goal and she had two goals in the Gold medal win in 2010. In hockey circles we call that "clutch."

February 21st: For the 3rd time in Sochi we won Gold and Silver in the same event. Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa led from start to finish in women's ski cross. They dominated their preliminary heats as well, and this was one of the rare times in ski or snowboard cross that you could relax and see Canada skiing to victory. Thompson and Serwa had great starts and were never in trouble. 

Hopefully it was foreshadowing to what will be a great Friday for Canada.

EXCITEMENT....

I honestly won't feel more pride when (yes I said when, not if) we win Gold in men's hockey, than I did watching our other athletes win, but I do admit it is a different feeling.

In the other events there is a massive rush of nerves and excitement for anywhere between 30 seconds and five minutes, but in hockey your angst and excitement lasts over two hours. That is what makes it so exciting and nerve wracking. I don't rate the hockey medals any higher, but due to the length of the games they have a way of penetrating our system for longer periods of time, and I think that makes the victories feel bigger.

We have already won 22 medals, and Brad Jacob's curling team should have another Gold before puck drop, and we have four Canadians in contention on the last day of short track speed skating.

I've really enjoyed these Olympics so far, but the passion, excitement, nervousness will intensify once the puck is dropped, and I can't wait.

LINEUP

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Hamhuis

Price

I don't see any reason Babcock should juggle his lines now. He will shuffle during the game, mainly to get St.Louis involved, but as Theo Fleury told me earlier this week, "This is an easy game for a coach. Don't give the players too much information, just let them do what they do best. Motivation will not be an issue."

The main reason Canada wins today is because their blueline is significantly better than the Americans. It isn't close.

TODAY...

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GAME DAY PREDICTION: Canada wins. That is all that matters.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Canada wins.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After another tough loss to Canada at the Olympics the Americans decide to change from Fahrenheit to Celsius. They realize that in order to be a true hockey Nation you have to experience minus temperatures, not 10 or 12 degrees Fahrenheit.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#1 Manfly
February 21 2014, 05:13AM
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damn skippy the men's hockey team needs to win! Crosby and the rest of the forwards need to get off the toilet and start scoring and today's game would be a great time to do it !!

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#2 Spydyr
February 21 2014, 05:21AM
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Team Canada has the best defence ever assembled.The current Norris winner cannot crack the lineup.The only American defencman that would make the team is Suter.Price seems in the zone.The team will play the first game against a team that will not collapse to the net and play not to get scored on. This should be the game the forwards break out.

GO CANADA GO!!!

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#3 Spydyr
February 21 2014, 05:27AM
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The pub opens early for the game today. I will be there wearing my black Team Canada sweater brought with money saved not purchasing Oiler merchandise.

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#4 pelhem grenville
February 21 2014, 05:32AM
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...no win ...no medal

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#5 mlcselli
February 21 2014, 06:05AM
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Jason, thanks for recapping the success our athletes are having so far. The pride they are bringing our great country we call home is beyond exhilarating. I'm sure our men today will tantalize us with a mixed bag of emotions, and the roller coaster ride will result in a final game for them on Sunday. Just like the rest of the country, this proud Canadian can't wait for the puck to drop. I can already imagine our Anthem being played as our Flag waves proudly. Go Canada.

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#6 Fresh Mess
February 21 2014, 07:00AM
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Would JG or anyone else happen to know for sure if the NYI or Olympic insurance policy have to pay Tavares' salary for the rest of the season?

I love this hockey. Go Canada!

However, I do agree with Garth Snow that NHL players should not be in the Olympics. Keep the Olympics for amateurs. Bring back the glorious Canada Cup for the best vs best.

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#7 Darcy
February 21 2014, 07:26AM
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I am a hockey fan and a proud Canadian. I also understand the Olympics have always been about political showmanship. Putin is a bad man and Russia is going in a bad direction. I have had my own personal boycott of the Olympics and urge others to consider how much these Olympics have been Russia putting lipstick on a pig. The Olympic spirit does not live in Moscow, Putin is using the games for his own political purposes and the World watches the games while political protest is squashed. While you watch the game today think of the Ukraine and Syria, these Olympics are not what Russia is about.

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#8 kgo
February 21 2014, 07:39AM
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Darcy wrote:

I am a hockey fan and a proud Canadian. I also understand the Olympics have always been about political showmanship. Putin is a bad man and Russia is going in a bad direction. I have had my own personal boycott of the Olympics and urge others to consider how much these Olympics have been Russia putting lipstick on a pig. The Olympic spirit does not live in Moscow, Putin is using the games for his own political purposes and the World watches the games while political protest is squashed. While you watch the game today think of the Ukraine and Syria, these Olympics are not what Russia is about.

People are ignorant regarldess of what's on TV, they'll find something to distract themselves from political protests in less fortunate corners of the world, always have.

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#9 Spydyr
February 21 2014, 07:52AM
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Darcy wrote:

I am a hockey fan and a proud Canadian. I also understand the Olympics have always been about political showmanship. Putin is a bad man and Russia is going in a bad direction. I have had my own personal boycott of the Olympics and urge others to consider how much these Olympics have been Russia putting lipstick on a pig. The Olympic spirit does not live in Moscow, Putin is using the games for his own political purposes and the World watches the games while political protest is squashed. While you watch the game today think of the Ukraine and Syria, these Olympics are not what Russia is about.

If we could keep the politics out of the Olympics and just enjoy them for the love of sport ,that would be great.

I watch sports to escape from the harsh realities of this corrupt, unfair,greedy, uncaring world.If just for a few hours.

What does the hockey game have to do with the awful troubles in the Ukraine and Syria? Two completely different things.

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#10 camdog
February 21 2014, 08:37AM
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Darcy wrote:

I am a hockey fan and a proud Canadian. I also understand the Olympics have always been about political showmanship. Putin is a bad man and Russia is going in a bad direction. I have had my own personal boycott of the Olympics and urge others to consider how much these Olympics have been Russia putting lipstick on a pig. The Olympic spirit does not live in Moscow, Putin is using the games for his own political purposes and the World watches the games while political protest is squashed. While you watch the game today think of the Ukraine and Syria, these Olympics are not what Russia is about.

This is what the Olympics are. This is what they have always been about. Most viewers of the Olympic games don't even watch the sport for the sport, they watch the games because of nationalism. When the Olympics are over, most won't watch any of these sports for another 4 years. If anything the true nature of the "Olympic Spirit" is alive and well as it ever has been in Russia.

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#11 Fresh Mess
February 21 2014, 09:28AM
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Amazing job by the Canadian men's curling rink to bring home another gold. Canada is now second in medal standings with 9 gold. What an awesome showing by our athletes.

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#12 Reg Dunlop
February 21 2014, 09:52AM
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I can't wait to see doughboy Kessel and smurf Pavelski eat some plexiglas. Weber's last game before joining the mighty oil, he will lead the Canada(as opposed to the Ukraine) to a 4-2 victory.

I must take exception with the NSOGDP. Old time hockey measures it's temperature in Farenheit degrees, not those soft European centgrade degrees. If Trudeau hadn't forced metric down our throats Canada would still dominate the manly world of hockey. Go Bobby Baun. Go Canada.

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#13 Gofucoffee
February 21 2014, 09:56AM
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Added incentive? Just heard loser has to keep Justin Bieber! Hahaha.

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#14 pkam
February 21 2014, 10:17AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...no win ...no medal

For the US hockey team?

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#15 tabs
February 21 2014, 10:42AM
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@pkam

Great 1st period by the boyz, I thought Rick Nash & Jeff Carter and Shea Weber were exceptional

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#16 BringBackSlats
February 21 2014, 10:52AM
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KLowe again on his Crackberry... It's uncanny. By my count for the 7 times they've flashed upstairs to The Braintrust, 6 rings has had his head down and on the phone. And every time Stevie Y is right behind him staring down at the ice like the way he'd look all those times he was about to take a faceoff against Sakic in a playoff battle. That guy does "know a little something about winning". I'm sure he's less than impressed with Kevin's focus. Maybe the man in the moulded Micron's is taking offers from half the GM's in the league wanting to trade their rosters for ours?

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#17 BringBackSlats
February 21 2014, 10:54AM
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Can anyone just run Kesler over... It would make my year. Doughty would be perfect.

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#18 tabs
February 21 2014, 12:10PM
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Perfectly played game Canada!!

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#19 BringBackSlats
February 21 2014, 12:15PM
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Great 2 way game... Perry and Sid making sure to keep the puck deep and not give them chances going back. Great defence and Price was all that!!! Suck it Kesler

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#20 james_dean
February 21 2014, 12:19PM
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Props up top.

Suck it kesler suck it kessel

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#21 merfer
February 21 2014, 12:24PM
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Great goal tending, great defence, and size. Thats how you build a winner. Just exactly what the Oilers don't have. Are you paying attention MacT and Klowe!!

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#22 vetinari
February 21 2014, 12:50PM
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Olympic hockey is so much better than NHL hockey... faster players... wider ice surface... no goons or fighting... great coaching... one-and-done playoff games... the intensity can't be matched.

Go Canada!!!!

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#23 Shredder
February 21 2014, 12:58PM
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vetinari wrote:

Olympic hockey is so much better than NHL hockey... faster players... wider ice surface... no goons or fighting... great coaching... one-and-done playoff games... the intensity can't be matched.

Go Canada!!!!

Well it is a best on best tournament. Unlike the all star game something is on the line here too...

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#24 Oiler Al
February 21 2014, 12:59PM
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Was an interesting game, not boring, but not exciting either. Between the two teams you have something like $180 million in talent, and all they can score is one goal, between the two of them.

What I like about these games is that they dont have the rats and goons running around trying to take out talented players.

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#25 Oiler Al
February 21 2014, 12:59PM
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Was an interesting game, not boring, but not exciting either. Between the two teams you have something like $180 million in talent, and all they can score is one goal, between the two of them.

What I like about these games is that they dont have the rats and goons running around trying to take out talented players.

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#26 DSF
February 21 2014, 01:09PM
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Like BIG JOHN SCOTT does in all his fights!!!!!

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#27 Pajamah
February 21 2014, 01:18PM
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merfer wrote:

Great goal tending, great defence, and size. Thats how you build a winner. Just exactly what the Oilers don't have. Are you paying attention MacT and Klowe!!

Smarten up!!

If any GM in the NHL could just pick their team, while spending almost twice the salary cap, of course the team would be better.

If your aunt had a d*ck she'd be your uncle.

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#28 risto siltanen's slapshot
February 21 2014, 01:21PM
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that game was like watching the 84 Stanley cup finals.great teams need to know how to backcheck!!!watching nash and kunitz play their most complete game gives the braintrust something to be proud of. I'm not a naysayer anymore...now we just need klowe to learn from this and translate team first to our oilers.

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#29 Max
February 21 2014, 01:27PM
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I sincerely hope that the Oilers were watching this game, making notes, and learning how a GREAT hockey game is played. TEAM work guys.

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#30 2004Z06
February 21 2014, 01:43PM
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If anyone that watched that game still thinks any Oiler deserved to be on that team they are nuts.

That was a perfect display of playing a responsible, puck possession, wear down the opposition and exploit their mistakes game of hockey.

You don't have to win 5-1, you just have to win.

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#31 Josh cOILER aka Spydyr
February 21 2014, 01:48PM
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Pajamah wrote:

Smarten up!!

If any GM in the NHL could just pick their team, while spending almost twice the salary cap, of course the team would be better.

If your aunt had a d*ck she'd be your uncle.

She is.

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#32 merfer
February 21 2014, 02:10PM
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Pajamah wrote:

Smarten up!!

If any GM in the NHL could just pick their team, while spending almost twice the salary cap, of course the team would be better.

If your aunt had a d*ck she'd be your uncle.

Hey Pajamah, I was suggesting the Oilers should concentrate on building a team with strength down the middle and size not small speedy forwards. Be better, please.

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#33 K Pal
February 21 2014, 02:27PM
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merfer wrote:

Great goal tending, great defence, and size. Thats how you build a winner. Just exactly what the Oilers don't have. Are you paying attention MacT and Klowe!!

Maybe, but you try fitting this group in under the salary cap ;)

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#34 BringBackSlats
February 21 2014, 02:28PM
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vetinari wrote:

Olympic hockey is so much better than NHL hockey... faster players... wider ice surface... no goons or fighting... great coaching... one-and-done playoff games... the intensity can't be matched.

Go Canada!!!!

Are you joking man? Is the next thing you post going to include getting rid of hitting in the Men's game too? While I'll agree that these games have intensity and every guy playing wants to win, please don't start comparing it to the 4 series war that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is a completely different thing and it is the very definition of hockey intensity at it's most. If you ever get a chance to ask someone who's been through both then do so, and guaranteed you will stand corrected.

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#35 Pajamah
February 21 2014, 02:47PM
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merfer wrote:

Hey Pajamah, I was suggesting the Oilers should concentrate on building a team with strength down the middle and size not small speedy forwards. Be better, please.

Your exact words were "Great goaltending, great defense, and size"

You can easily sign size, great players however do not grow on trees.

The fact you compare how Lowe/Katz/Mac-T would build a team to how the COC and Nicholson, Yzerman and co. can just cherry pick the best 25 Canadian hockey players is asinine.

If your intent was to frame it based on building down the middle, then you pooched the message terribly.

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#36 kale
February 21 2014, 03:10PM
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I was worried when I saw that picture of the baby fist pumping (great picture) that someone would complain that your making fun of babies Jason.

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#37 kale
February 21 2014, 03:11PM
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you are not your ...sorry

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#38 toprightcorner
February 21 2014, 03:16PM
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Perfectly executed game by Canada, poetry on ice!

Watching that game showed everything the Oilers are not doing. Not only were there no turnovers at the blue line but they didn't even attempt a play that could potentially cause a turn over at the blueline or give up and odd man rush.

Less turnovers entering the offensive zone means way more possession time. Canada had the puck 65% of the time.

I can totally see why Hall was not on the team as he and Eberle constantly make high risk decisions entering the zone and turn it over giving up odd man rushes. Even if they have the zone they make risky choices near the blueline.

Sure, you may not like it or trash me but until Hall stops making risk plays that turn over the puck he will not be considered elite. I hope he noticed that watching the game today and realizes that difference.

He easily has what it takes, he just needs to focus on that and the next 25 games is the perfect time as the games mean nothing so forget the offence and focus on the smart plays.

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#39 Smokey
February 21 2014, 03:36PM
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toprightcorner wrote:

Perfectly executed game by Canada, poetry on ice!

Watching that game showed everything the Oilers are not doing. Not only were there no turnovers at the blue line but they didn't even attempt a play that could potentially cause a turn over at the blueline or give up and odd man rush.

Less turnovers entering the offensive zone means way more possession time. Canada had the puck 65% of the time.

I can totally see why Hall was not on the team as he and Eberle constantly make high risk decisions entering the zone and turn it over giving up odd man rushes. Even if they have the zone they make risky choices near the blueline.

Sure, you may not like it or trash me but until Hall stops making risk plays that turn over the puck he will not be considered elite. I hope he noticed that watching the game today and realizes that difference.

He easily has what it takes, he just needs to focus on that and the next 25 games is the perfect time as the games mean nothing so forget the offence and focus on the smart plays.

Watching todays game, all I could think of was how good Hall would of looked playing. Hall and Eberle would look alot better with a rock solid defence, and we got stop thinking they are selfish. All Hall has ever done here is tried to do is make plays often outta nothing. Put him in the right system and we are not talking about his selfish play and turnovers.

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#40 Rob...
February 21 2014, 03:40PM
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kale wrote:

I was worried when I saw that picture of the baby fist pumping (great picture) that someone would complain that your making fun of babies Jason.

I thought it was a very subtle way of letting some people know they should go pound sand.

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#41 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
February 21 2014, 04:05PM
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Darcy wrote:

I am a hockey fan and a proud Canadian. I also understand the Olympics have always been about political showmanship. Putin is a bad man and Russia is going in a bad direction. I have had my own personal boycott of the Olympics and urge others to consider how much these Olympics have been Russia putting lipstick on a pig. The Olympic spirit does not live in Moscow, Putin is using the games for his own political purposes and the World watches the games while political protest is squashed. While you watch the game today think of the Ukraine and Syria, these Olympics are not what Russia is about.

No disrespect intended but I think you're missing the whole point of the Olympics Darcy. It's meant to be an event that brings the world together IN SPITE of all of the political and social turmoil in the four corners of the world. It's meant to prove that, at least for a short period we can put aside ALL of our differences and compete in the true spirit of sportsmanship...it's intended to give hope that the worlds problems can be solved if we come together and celebrate the things that we have in common, in a civilized and cordial manner.

Oh yeah....and fcuk the Russians....Hockey is Canada's Game Baby!!!

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#42 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
February 21 2014, 04:12PM
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BringBackSlats wrote:

KLowe again on his Crackberry... It's uncanny. By my count for the 7 times they've flashed upstairs to The Braintrust, 6 rings has had his head down and on the phone. And every time Stevie Y is right behind him staring down at the ice like the way he'd look all those times he was about to take a faceoff against Sakic in a playoff battle. That guy does "know a little something about winning". I'm sure he's less than impressed with Kevin's focus. Maybe the man in the moulded Micron's is taking offers from half the GM's in the league wanting to trade their rosters for ours?

He's watching highlights of his career on a continuous loop.......but seriously, I hope every one of those occasions was MacT texting the details of a pending deal!

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#43 Zarny
February 21 2014, 04:44PM
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Great performance. Showed how critical a top pairing D that can shut down the best F in the world really is.

That is what the Oilers are missing and need. Not different "systems" or coaching or someone else running the hot dog stand.

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#44 dangilitis
February 21 2014, 05:21PM
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I just thought I would point this out to DSF, because he was stupid enough to post this Kessel-Hemsky comparison. Yes, Kessel is a great scorer. And yes, he has led the tournament in scoring.

But... When facing elimination this olympics...

Hemsky 2 GP, 3 G O A Kessel 2 GP, 1 G O A

I re-iterate, if Hemsky took a 3rd liner salary I would rather have him on the Oilers than a Kessel taking first line salary.

You aren't going to win the Stanley Cup with Kessel as your 1st line forward, but you can with Hemsky as a top 9 forward.

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#45 michael
February 21 2014, 05:23PM
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Zarny wrote:

Great performance. Showed how critical a top pairing D that can shut down the best F in the world really is.

That is what the Oilers are missing and need. Not different "systems" or coaching or someone else running the hot dog stand.

Couldn't agree more. Now Z name the team,the player and what you think it will take. Because here is my thought. Not a single GM with any brain will trade that guy away. Ever. And don't say Pronger. I want a dman you can name from the NHL today.

The Oilers will have to either develop one like Nashville has done by drafting a guy like Nurse/Klefbom/Marincin/Eckblad? and hoping to hell that they'll be a number 1 dman.

Number 1 dmen of Shea Weber ilk are once a generation. Its like finding a diamond in a mountain of cow poo.

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#46 Oiler Al
February 21 2014, 06:41PM
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michael wrote:

Couldn't agree more. Now Z name the team,the player and what you think it will take. Because here is my thought. Not a single GM with any brain will trade that guy away. Ever. And don't say Pronger. I want a dman you can name from the NHL today.

The Oilers will have to either develop one like Nashville has done by drafting a guy like Nurse/Klefbom/Marincin/Eckblad? and hoping to hell that they'll be a number 1 dman.

Number 1 dmen of Shea Weber ilk are once a generation. Its like finding a diamond in a mountain of cow poo.

If someone else was running this hot dog stand, we might have a better team today.

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#47 Rod from Viking
February 21 2014, 06:48PM
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Watched the game at 7:00am local time in a bar in Waikiki, it was awesome 70% Canadian fans, 10% USA watching the game and 20% people from Asia watching the surfing and wondering what in the hell was wrong with us. Next up Sunday at 1:00 am for the gold. The defense Canada used was so simple, keep yourself between the puck and the opposition, come on Oilers, not that difficult.

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#48 VK63
February 21 2014, 06:58PM
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Quoting Gregor

"Man's natural instinct is to solve a problem, and that is why OilersNation is the busiest site of the NationNetwork family. You've been focused on finding a way to end the losing"

The solution is obvious. Give the oilers sports psychologist a $160 million roster and a real coach and her techniques work.

Simple.

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#49 Stamsky Hemkos
February 21 2014, 08:07PM
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Just 3 words... Suck it Burke!

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#50 toprightcorner
February 21 2014, 08:25PM
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Smokey wrote:

Watching todays game, all I could think of was how good Hall would of looked playing. Hall and Eberle would look alot better with a rock solid defence, and we got stop thinking they are selfish. All Hall has ever done here is tried to do is make plays often outta nothing. Put him in the right system and we are not talking about his selfish play and turnovers.

I never said that Hall or Eberle are selfish, they are both far from it. They just need to make the smart play entering the offensive zone or when inside the offensive zone and making plays close to the blueline. If there is a chance to give up an odd man rush then don't make the play. Make the safe play when at the blue line and you retain possession and opportunity for more scoring chances.

Perfect example from todays game is Getzlaf was on the half boards high near the blue line and was pressured, he could have pushed it back to Doughty but he wouldn't have had much room with the attacker coming or he could have went across the ice to Weber but there was another USA guy in the vicinity to potentially pick off the pass so he took the safe play and banked it off the boards to Perry, drawing the attacker low and Perry gave it back to Getzlaf who had more time and space and went to Benn in the slot who had a great scoring chance. Instead of taking a chance and giving up an odd man rush or even lose possession, the safe play created the scoring chance. Hall or Eberle would have (which they do a lot) is try the cross ice pass to the dman and sometimes they make it sometimes they are trying to catchup on the 2 on 1 they gave up.

Suter did a similar smart play on a PP wen he wanred to go across ice to a a player that was about 15' inside the line but Bergeron was up high and not likely to intercept the pass but a possibility, instead Suter played it safe and passed it across but banked it off the boards to ensure Bergeron would have no chance of a potential SH breakaway. They instead kept possession and Kessel ended up with a good scoring chance.

Smart plays to unsure continued possession can lead to more scoring chances and reduce give aways. Hall and Ebs try to force offensive plays that have low margin of success or disastrous results if picked off.

If Hall was on the Olympic team he would have never played because he is prone to unforced giveaways in the offensive zone. That prevents him from being elite but the great news is it is an easy thing to fix if he focuses on it for the rest of the season. If he fixes that he can be one of the top wingers in the game, right or left.

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