OGDB 6.0 OH CANADA!

Lowetide
February 22 2014 09:27PM


Celebrating_hockey_gold_in_Vancouver

We're just a few hours away from the Olympic Gold Medal game, Canada versus Sweden in deepest Russia. The Canadians and the Swedes have been on a collision course for the entire tournament. The earthquake hits 5am Edmonton time. GO CANADA GO!

564px-Roberto_Luongo_2010_flag

Four years ago in Vancouver it was Sid the Kid and now we're waiting for someone to man up and deliver destiny for the Canadians. Is our nation the dominant one during the NHL-at-Olympics era? We're about to find out.

LINEUP

Kunitz-Crosby-Bergeron
Benn-Getzlaf-Perry
Marleau-Toews-Carter
Sharp-Duchene-Nash
St.Louis

Keith-Weber

Vlasic-Doughty

Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo

Hamhuis

Price

Canada's hockey story will see another chapter written before daylight in our town. This is a new team—gone is Sakic, gone is Iginla, gone is Niedermayer, gone is Brodeur. This is the team of Toews, of Crosby, of Bergeron and Weber and Doughty and increasingly of Price.

STAYING UP MUSIC!

If you're staying up all night to watch the game, I'd suggest some kick ass rock and roll to keep you rolling. Since our American friends aren't likely in the mood, perhaps we can borrow some of their best! Love this song, and it feels like summer too!


WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

canada flag1

"Win today and we walk together forever"  (Fred Shero)

There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run. We were not bound by rail or air or blacktop or radio or television. The news came monthly instead of instantly. We were bound together by the things we had in common, coast to coast—and the song remains the same.

We are the land of the ice and snow, we are winter, we are Canada. It's our game, at the lowest levels and, today, at the very highest.

God bless you, men. We are with you and we believe in you. Giants walk among us.

C2a6955161684b5e3189319acfa5ebe4
Lowetide has been one of the Oilogosphere's shining lights for over a century. You can check him out here at OilersNation and at lowetide.ca. He is also the host of Lowdown with Lowetide weekday mornings 10-noon on TSN 1260.
Avatar
#51 kale
February 23 2014, 07:11PM
Trash it!
3
trashes
Cheers
9
cheers
Serious Gord wrote:

Interesting to see the negative response (thanks for reading). Curious as to what part you disagree with: the crap game play? The suggested rule changes? Are you content with the scarcity of scoring - possibly the lowest ever this season and in the iihf it averages one goal lower per game. That's soccer-level scoring frequency.

If the nhl had games like this every time it would fold within the year. Dreadful hockey played at an uber-elite level is still dreadful hockey.

I personally loved todays game and thought there was some great hockey played over the course of the Olympics. Nonetheless I could have predicted your response Gord. Have you ever written anything that was not dripping with negativity and pessimism?

Avatar
#52 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 12:40PM
Trash it!
57
trashes
Cheers
8
cheers

Good to get the win.

Hate this tournament format - and the Olympics in general and I hope this is the last time any Canadian over 20 plays in them.

That said, it was a real shame that:

We didn't get to play and beat the Russians (see format complaint above)

The swedes and cda weren't 100% healthy. There will always be what ifs in Both our and swedens minds...

Finally:

The international game is sick - suffering a severe case of constipation - no flow, no scoring, little physical contact. That's worrying because the nhl is also getting a bad case of it. Face it these games were boring - especially to those who aren't followers of the game.

Rule changes are desperately needed - foremost being dramatically reducing the size of goalie equipment. If that doesn't happen they might as well change from sticks to lacrosse rackets. It needs to be easier to score from outside the dots - that will pull the defenders out and thus open up (and save) the game.

Avatar
#53 dougie79
February 23 2014, 02:25PM
Trash it!
6
trashes
Cheers
8
cheers

After this tournament, Oil should be able to get Subban for cheap.

Avatar
#54 geoilersgist
February 22 2014, 10:45PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
7
cheers

GO CANADA GO!!!

Avatar
#55 hemi
February 23 2014, 04:39AM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
7
cheers

In for a very entertaining game I suspect! All family members are up and at it. An afternoon catch up may be required. The question is beers or coffee.

TORTS! Wow, does he not understand the difference between good and bad PR?

GO CAN GO!

Avatar
#56 Will
February 23 2014, 09:58AM
Trash it!
13
trashes
Cheers
7
cheers

That was intense. The bar was packed. I said it at the beginning of the tournament that Canada's defense would single handily win the tournament. They put on a clinic all tournament long. Also, price made shut outs look effortless. I don't think he gave up a rebound the whole time. What a performance.

Finally, to be the best you have to beat the best. And on that note I'm rather sad that Sedin and Zetterburg were out with injuries. But I'm downright pissed that Backstrom was booted from the game 20 min before for taking allergy medication.

I'm glad as hell we won, but the road Canada took to victory was nothing short of easy.

Avatar
#57 Ralph
February 23 2014, 04:02PM
Trash it!
5
trashes
Cheers
7
cheers
LoweBlow wrote:

The entire Oilers should watch the Canada medal round games over & over again. Then again. Our boys need to learn about turnovers & procession.

No one on the Oilers know how to play a 2-way game. Unless they have been traded to the Oilers.

Oilers old boy philosophy has always been lets score 1 more goal then the other team 7-6 type games. But Oilers can't score like that.

Avatar
#58 Spydyr
February 24 2014, 06:22AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
7
cheers
Anton wrote:

Ralph Kreuger, got fired by Oilers, win gold with Canada. A good year for him.

Just another bad decision in a long, long list of bad decisions by "the brain trust".

Avatar
#59 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 07:16AM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
6
cheers
Rod from Viking wrote:

So has Adele.

A duet.....cool.

Avatar
#60 sean
February 23 2014, 07:45AM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
6
cheers

Russia probably matches or exceeds Canada in offence. But they don't have the defense. Same with USA. They have offense and better goalies . Even tho I think they should of went with miller. Canada's defense is just too dominant

Avatar
#61 FSD
February 23 2014, 03:53PM
Trash it!
35
trashes
Cheers
6
cheers

Another boring hockey game on Olympic size ice. The only thing that made this game interesting was the stakes. 1 good game hockey in all of the olympics. MEH

Avatar
#62 Wax Man Riley
February 23 2014, 05:22PM
Trash it!
6
trashes
Cheers
6
cheers

Kunitz after the game:

"See guys?!?! I contributed! I'm good! I really am!"

Avatar
#63 Anton
February 23 2014, 05:35PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
6
cheers

How to play the proper defense by team Canada:

1.Dominate the puck possession.

2.Crowd the neutral zone.

3.Keep the puck out of defensive zone.

4.Take away the middle.

Only if Oilers can learn from that...

Avatar
#64 Anton
February 24 2014, 12:23AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
6
cheers

@Anton

And hired by EPL soccer team in England. Really good year for him, so why did MacT fired him for? Even non-hockey related teams want his service, he must know a thing or two.

Avatar
#65 Reg Dunlop
February 22 2014, 11:06PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

I've been debating getting either a magic mushroom tattoo or a maple leaf one. 'Jessica' makes the decision very tough. Sorry Dickie Betts, Canada wins the day.

Avatar
#66 **
February 22 2014, 11:23PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

Oh man, I'm so pumped up now, thx Lowetide. Go Canada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Avatar
#67 pkam
February 23 2014, 05:14AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

No H. Sedin, no Zetterberg, no Backstrom, who are the Swedes centres? Just shut down Erik Karlsson and we should be fine.

Avatar
#68 Mason Storm
February 23 2014, 07:12AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers
Spydyr wrote:

Oprah has started singing.

Ha!

Avatar
#69 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 23 2014, 09:34AM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

3 goals against in 6 games, never trailed on the scoreboard, undefeated.

This just might be the best hockey team I've ever seen play. NHL dynasties don't count, I missed them all...

Avatar
#70 Wonger
February 23 2014, 01:36PM
Trash it!
3
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

OKC at Marlies 2PM Sportsnet 360 HD. Might be our last chance to watch Big Steve Macintyre on a TV. Gotta a feeling he is retiring at the end of this year! HOPE NOT! GO BIG MAC!!!!!!!!

Avatar
#71 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 23 2014, 05:24PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

@Serious Gord

There's more to the game than scoring goals. I know you know this, so I assume you're just trolling.

Avatar
#72 gr8one
February 23 2014, 09:00AM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
4
cheers
Rod from Viking wrote:

Watching in the hotel room in Waikiki, only channel is NBC, boy are they pro Sweden. Bring it home boys, "Go Canada Go".

I'm Canadian but live in the U.S. so I too was stuck with NBC's coverage.

I actually thought the opposite, I was pleasantly surprised at how fair and balanced the coverage was, and well done.

Avatar
#73 The Real Scuba Steve
February 23 2014, 12:20PM
Trash it!
15
trashes
Cheers
4
cheers
5inatrailer wrote:

Kevin Lowe was there in case anyone had a concern about winning. He is our national winning consultant.

Come on, They would have won without Kevin Lowe.

Avatar
#74 Oilers Coffey
February 23 2014, 12:11AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers

Lets Go Canada!!! Lets stand and awake for hockey nation! A time when all of the sites here can join together. Canada for GOLD WOOOO

Avatar
#75 BringBackSlats
February 23 2014, 12:24AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers

First you get me going again on that 71' classic SWAY off of Sticky Fingers and now JESSICA!!! I tip my hat to you LT. You could DJ any wedding if it were up to me. Might be because I'm a 73' birth year and biased, but something's epic about song tracks from 70' through 74'. By 7:30 am we might well have to pay homage to Danko, Richard, Garth, and Robbie while we're at it..."when I paint my Masterpiece" seems like it might be the most appropriate? When I gaze down our lineup and especially the Blue, I'm reminded of Dire Straits "The Man's too Big, The Man's too strong". It's truly a thing of beauty this crew assembled. Total buy in coupled with ridiculous puck movers and skating. And although it will surely rouse some trashes, I'd be remiss not to add the much maligned "grit" to their description. Guys that have been through the wars, bloodied but having prevailed nonetheless. Today is going to be a very good day. On behalf of all your fans LT, please keep us rockin' Go Canada Go

Avatar
#76 Anton
February 23 2014, 07:26AM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers

Of course, one great thing is that Canadian talent pool is so deep that they can assemble any kind of team that they want. Most of the other nations do not have the same luxury to do so. Russia is the only other nation matching Canada talent-wide but they need to learn how to play a team game first.

Avatar
#77 Jeffff
February 23 2014, 08:24AM
Trash it!
54
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers
Randaman wrote:

Yes we get it. In fours from now he will be there in a prominent role if the NHL participates. Can we get back to celebrating now or do you have anymore negatives to key on? The best team I have ever seen play. Babcocks system was a perfect design for this group. We'll done Canada!!

Celebrating?? What are you celebrating were you on the team ?

Go cheer for your laundry.

Avatar
#78 Dan
February 23 2014, 08:32AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers

3 goals in 6 games. Pure domination. This is the answer to all the skeptics that believed that offence wad lacking. You only need one goal to win. Canada is the best....

Avatar
#79 Oilerfan
February 23 2014, 02:58PM
Trash it!
32
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers

That was the greatest team assembled in the history of sports. If you don't agree, you hate Canada and should be imprisoned in Guantanamo and classified as a terrorist. The rest of us look forward to Taylor Nugent-Eberle winning gold for Team Canada in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030.

Avatar
#80 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 05:43PM
Trash it!
14
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers
Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

There's more to the game than scoring goals. I know you know this, so I assume you're just trolling.

Not trolling at all. In fact there was a very lengthy debate about this very topic (45min) on bob mcowns show on Friday - debaters included john Shannon and Damian cox. Low goals are a serious issue. Sure low scoring can be entertaining if it is due to scintillating goaltending and lots of scoring opportunities. That really wasn't what we saw this morning or in most of the games.

Avatar
#81 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 08:02PM
Trash it!
6
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers
kale wrote:

I personally loved todays game and thought there was some great hockey played over the course of the Olympics. Nonetheless I could have predicted your response Gord. Have you ever written anything that was not dripping with negativity and pessimism?

I thought they were arguably the greatest team ever assembled. I think we we're let down by the format (no meeting with the Russians) injuries and big ice big goalies.

If my flaw is demanding the best I wear it proudly.

Ps- Russian anthem in closing ceremonies may have been the best ever. Stunning.

Avatar
#82 Ian
February 24 2014, 10:00AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers
Serious Gord wrote:

I thought they were arguably the greatest team ever assembled. I think we we're let down by the format (no meeting with the Russians) injuries and big ice big goalies.

If my flaw is demanding the best I wear it proudly.

Ps- Russian anthem in closing ceremonies may have been the best ever. Stunning.

The format was set up so that we could meet the Russians in the Gold medal game, in the event both teams made it there.

We beat all of our opposition, Russia lost 2 of their 5 games.

It wasn't the format, it was Russia's inability to win.

Avatar
#83 pelhem grenville
February 23 2014, 12:11AM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers

Reginald...get the mushroom tattoo!

Avatar
#84 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
February 23 2014, 05:22AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers

GO CANADA GO

Bring HOME the Gold Medal Boys

Swedes are a road bump

Avatar
#85 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 06:50AM
Trash it!
3
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers
A-Mc wrote:

I'm made physically sick by waking up this early.. damn you sochi.

Go Canada Go!

Work starts everyday for me at 5:30 welcome to the early morning club.

One more period to go.GO CANADA GO!!!!

Avatar
#86 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 06:56AM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers

Canada's goal against average is .059 wow.

Avatar
#87 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 04:39PM
Trash it!
30
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers
** wrote:

Another fresh piece of t.u.r.d. brought to you by Senile Gord.

Interesting to see the negative response (thanks for reading). Curious as to what part you disagree with: the crap game play? The suggested rule changes? Are you content with the scarcity of scoring - possibly the lowest ever this season and in the iihf it averages one goal lower per game. That's soccer-level scoring frequency.

If the nhl had games like this every time it would fold within the year. Dreadful hockey played at an uber-elite level is still dreadful hockey.

Avatar
#88 Joy S. Lee
February 24 2014, 08:51AM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers
Spydyr wrote:

Just another bad decision in a long, long list of bad decisions by "the brain trust".

You know, it's entirely possible...maybe even probable...that Ralph Krueger was hired for Team Canada on Kevin Lowe's recommendation, right?

And, that Krueger's detailed information on their opponents may have been a vital cog in the wheel...makes Lowe smarter than most of us here give him credit for.

I don't know that it happened that way, I'm just supposing on likelihood or possibility. Oilers management wants to build a great organization, and they try to be dignified, and fair, and so on, but there are a lot of moving parts to that. There is a tendency to reject anything that doesn't fit our expectation or belief. Maybe we'd be better off being a little more aware, and little less judgmental. But then, I guess I'd be promoting acceptance over this forum designed to ignite passion and controversy. And, it's ok, I'm as susceptible to getting caught up in it as anybody. But IT IS LIKELY that Lowe had a hand in Canada utilizing Krueger. And we won, at least in part due to that. Props for Lowe...imagine that...

Avatar
#89 Mustangheart
February 24 2014, 10:11AM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers
Joy S. Lee wrote:

You know, it's entirely possible...maybe even probable...that Ralph Krueger was hired for Team Canada on Kevin Lowe's recommendation, right?

And, that Krueger's detailed information on their opponents may have been a vital cog in the wheel...makes Lowe smarter than most of us here give him credit for.

I don't know that it happened that way, I'm just supposing on likelihood or possibility. Oilers management wants to build a great organization, and they try to be dignified, and fair, and so on, but there are a lot of moving parts to that. There is a tendency to reject anything that doesn't fit our expectation or belief. Maybe we'd be better off being a little more aware, and little less judgmental. But then, I guess I'd be promoting acceptance over this forum designed to ignite passion and controversy. And, it's ok, I'm as susceptible to getting caught up in it as anybody. But IT IS LIKELY that Lowe had a hand in Canada utilizing Krueger. And we won, at least in part due to that. Props for Lowe...imagine that...

I could not agree more. I cannot imagine Team Canada not asking Lowe for his comments / recommendations regarding Krueger.

If you all look at the Team Canada's Gold Medal Team picture, you'll see Krueger right behind Lowe. If they did not have the respect for each other, they would have been on opposite sides of the photo. What I do find odd in the picture, "Where is Hitchcock?"

For all the Canadian athletes, you did Canada proud!! Even to compete and participate at this level, is an amazing achievement and commitment.

Well Done!! Let's hope the Oilers have a few players on the 2018 team.

Avatar
#90 A-Mc
February 23 2014, 05:35AM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
1
cheers

I'm made physically sick by waking up this early.. damn you sochi.

Go Canada Go!

Avatar
#91 Anton
February 23 2014, 06:58AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
1
cheers

The best defense is to keep the puck on the offensive zone, Canada has relentless forecheck that give Swedes no chance to set up any play. Swedes were just tired after have to play defense for such a long period of time that they have to change the line every time that they finally get the puck out of their own zone.

Comments are closed for this article.