BOA Round 214: Flames at Oilers

Ryan Pike
March 22 2014 03:10PM

Ladies and gentlemen, tonight is the fifth meeting of the season (and 214th meeting overall) between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. It's their last meeting until next season, too. I'd say the season series is up for grabs, as each team has won twice - the road team always won - but the Flames needed overtime in both wins at Rexall. The Flames need a win to tie the season series in terms of points earned.

That's about as far as this game goes in terms of "significance."

Calgary has 63 points and 12 games left. Edmonton has 59 points and 11 games left. The gap can close considerably with an Edmonton win, while a Calgary win probably cements their draft placement.

THE HOME TEAM

It goes without saying that it's been a disappointing year in Edmonton. I don't think they spent time and money bringing in Dallas Eakins to lead the club to 29th place. The Oilers lost two nights ago to Buffalo, but have been playing solid lately, winning five of their last 10.

Lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Hall - Gagner - Perron
Lander - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Hendricks - Gordon - Pitlick
Gazdic - Smyth - Jones

Ference - Schultz
Marincin - Petry
Klefbom - Fraser

Fasth

Viktor Fasth gets his first Battle of Alberta start. He was 2-0-0 with a shutout in two games against the Flames while with Anaheim.

The Oilers obviously have some skilled players (that top line, that second line) and are starting to figure out the "depth role player" riddle. That third line is actually pretty solid. But the defense is a bit dodgy, so you can figure out why they are in the general area that they are, standings-wise.

Oddly, Edmonton has the edge on Calgary on the power-play, the penalty kill and in five-on-five goal differential. How come Calgary's higher in the standings? Probably because Calgary's gotten some big contributions from their back-end (Giordano & Brodie, primarily) and some from their depth guys, while Edmonton remains top-heavy.

But if they can ever build something around that top group, wowzers. Granted, we've been saying this for years, but the Oilers could be scary-good if the guys building the team had a plan besides "draft high."

THE ROAD TEAM

The Flames are smarting a bit after last night. On one hand, they scored five goals! On the other, they gave up six. To Nashville, who rarely scores. Yikes.

Lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Cammalleri - Backlund - Byron
Glencross - Stajan - Hudler
Agostino - Monahan - Bouma
Westgarth - Colborne - McGrattan

Giordano - Brodie
Butler - Russell
Smid - Wotherspoon

Ramo

Karri Ramo returns after being out since before the Olympics with an MCL sprain. Joni Ortio returns to the AHL and Joey MacDonald is the back-up for the rest of the year.

Now that they're getting healthy, the Flames are rapidly beginning to resemble an NHL team. Kenny Agostino makes his Battle of Alberta debut after making his NHL debut last night, playing 12:40 in the loss to the Preds. Returning to the line-up is Kevin Westgarth - slotting in for T.J. Galiardi on the bottom line - and God, I hope Westgarth doesn't try to fight Gazdic again.

The Flames have also won five of their last ten games, so they're about as "hot" as the Edmonton Oilers right now.

SUM IT UP

It's a late-season game between two teams that are well out of the playoff picture! The best each club can hope for some emotion in this tilt, as each group tries to gain some momentum to close out the year.

Let's hope that this time next season, these games have a little bit more significance in the standings, because hockey's better when the Flames and Oilers are both doing well and Alberta is a place visiting teams fear to tread.

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#101 RexHolez
March 22 2014, 08:45PM
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vetinari wrote:

Really? The BOA used to settle playoff positions at this time of year but now they just settle draft positions... sad... I now don't even bother using my best insults for Flames fans... These teams ARE the insults... Cheers!

I hate flames fans as much as the next guy, but as long as the oilers are setting records for historically pathetic teams in all sports, we cant smack talk anyone. I blame kevin lowe

its sad because fans like us don't deserve sh!t teams like this

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#102 RKD
March 22 2014, 08:49PM
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Any hi-jinx yet? Has Dallas Eakins attempted to enter the Flames dressing room?

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#103 Iggyfan
March 22 2014, 08:51PM
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Mo Playoffs Mo Problems wrote:

So if I'm understanding you right, you're saying Gazdic should break an NHL rule because "some guy in Winnipeg" did it one time and didn't get an extra penalty?

Got it.

I hope you watched coache's corner

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#104 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
March 22 2014, 08:55PM
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@Iggyfan

I did.

Don Cherry's rationale of "it's only 2 minutes" for Gazdic to take the extra penalty for taking his helmet off in a fight wasn't super convincing.

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#105 Primo
March 22 2014, 08:55PM
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Iggyfan wrote:

I hope you watched coache's corner

If GazdicHEAD didn't have a visor protecting him he would still be on the ice. Don Cherry counted the number of punches he took to the visor. Yup..a real fighter..a real man!!

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#106 RexHolez
March 22 2014, 08:57PM
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Iggyfan wrote:

I hope you watched coache's corner

I hope youre not senile like cherry. Gazdic can either fight with the visor on, or take it off and take an extra 2minutes. we can maybe pool some donations together for special education for you if this is still going over your head. my cousin is retarded, I know how hard it can be

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#107 beloch
March 22 2014, 08:57PM
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I always feel a little bit dirty when I agree with Don Cherry.

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#108 LoweBlow
March 22 2014, 08:58PM
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Lowe point of the Oilers season:

Their cheerleaders..

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#109 beloch
March 22 2014, 09:00PM
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Mo Playoffs Mo Problems wrote:

I did.

Don Cherry's rationale of "it's only 2 minutes" for Gazdic to take the extra penalty for taking his helmet off in a fight wasn't super convincing.

If Gazdic takes off his helmet and Westgarth doesn't, that's 2 minutes for Gazdic. However, the code says that if one fighter removes his helmet then the other one does too, and Westgarth follows the code. You'd get a fair fight and coincidental minors on top of the fighting majors.

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#110 Randaman
March 22 2014, 09:05PM
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So let me get this straight. A senile blowhard says it is better (honourable) to remove the helmet and possibly get your skull fractured hitting the ice? I thought that penalty was brought in, to prevent more injuries. Cherry was and always will be a complete idiot. He is after all a Leaf fan. Let the competition committee make those decisions. Retire you old goat!!!

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#111 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
March 22 2014, 09:06PM
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@beloch

I suspect that's what they were talking about when they went to the box.

It wouldn't surprise me if they went again tonight and they both took their helmets off. But suggesting that Gazdic should just take his helmet off and volunteer his team for an extra minor penalty is asinine.

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#112 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 22 2014, 09:07PM
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Good Christ, are you Flames fans for real? I'll say it nice and slow for you:

GAZDIC. HAS. TO. WEAR. THE. VISOR.

Grandfathering rule: any player new to the league in 13/14 is required to wear a visor.

It's in the fricking rule book that he wear one. Though I know reading is a little beyond Flames fans. He takes his helmet off, the linesmen jump in, he gets two minutes. I think you're all just mad that he knocked your little Westgarth into next week last game.

You morons are almost as bad as the bush league HNIC broadcasters.

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#113 D-Unit
March 22 2014, 09:07PM
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If Westgarth was smart, he would learn to throw an upper cut. Visor don't protect a chin. But, he probably lost those brain cells last time Gaz KO'd him. A good fighter knows his opponent.

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#114 Randaman
March 22 2014, 09:08PM
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My god, does Gagner ever win a face-off?

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#115 The Soup Fascist
March 22 2014, 09:10PM
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beloch wrote:

If Gazdic takes off his helmet and Westgarth doesn't, that's 2 minutes for Gazdic. However, the code says that if one fighter removes his helmet then the other one does too, and Westgarth follows the code. You'd get a fair fight and coincidental minors on top of the fighting majors.

... And if Westgarth doesn't take off his helmet?? Gazdic puts his team down a man and puts himself at a disadvantage in the fight.

Gazdic is in a no win situation because of two dumb rules the NHL put in.

Hate the game ..... don't hate the player.

Anytime an argument starts with " I agree with Don Cherry" ... 'Nuff said.

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#116 Burnward
March 22 2014, 09:11PM
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RKD wrote:

Any hi-jinx yet? Has Dallas Eakins attempted to enter the Flames dressing room?

I think he heard there were doughnuts in there.

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#117 Randaman
March 22 2014, 09:13PM
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Coaches Corner = mute button. Isn't technology great!

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#118 LoweBlow
March 22 2014, 09:14PM
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Wow. Hendricks. Amazing, sublime giveaway.

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#119 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 22 2014, 09:15PM
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I'm still in awe at how stupid these Flames fans are. I would find it hilarious if I didn't have to share a province with them.

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#120 BurningSensation
March 22 2014, 09:15PM
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Brodie with an absolutely wicked pass

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#121 BobbyO
March 22 2014, 09:15PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Good Christ, are you Flames fans for real? I'll say it nice and slow for you:

GAZDIC. HAS. TO. WEAR. THE. VISOR.

Grandfathering rule: any player new to the league in 13/14 is required to wear a visor.

It's in the fricking rule book that he wear one. Though I know reading is a little beyond Flames fans. He takes his helmet off, the linesmen jump in, he gets two minutes. I think you're all just mad that he knocked your little Westgarth into next week last game.

You morons are almost as bad as the bush league HNIC broadcasters.

Good Christ Oiler fans..If Gadzik was a MAN he would take off his Visor and fight like one. GADZIK. HAS. TO. TAKE. THE VISOR OFF AND FIGHT LIKE A MAN!!

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#122 kale
March 22 2014, 09:16PM
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I am prepared to trade Dallas Eakins and Sammy snowpants to Calgary for Hartley

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#123 BurningSensation
March 22 2014, 09:16PM
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and like that it's 3-1.

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#124 Burnward
March 22 2014, 09:16PM
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When did Edmonton steal the Ottawa penalty bells?

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#125 Burnward
March 22 2014, 09:17PM
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We love you Matty! Beautiful.

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#126 beloch
March 22 2014, 09:18PM
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I'm just savoring the karmic retribution.

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#127 BurningSensation
March 22 2014, 09:18PM
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And now it's a party

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#128 Chambers
March 22 2014, 09:19PM
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Serious question...with all the 1st overalls including Eberle and Schultz why are the Oilers losing to the lowly Flames? Why do they always finish in the sewer year in and year out??

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#129 Burnward
March 22 2014, 09:19PM
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Anything left to say Oilers fans?

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#130 -30-
March 22 2014, 09:19PM
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Gotta remember the Oilers draft pick. Wouldn't want to lose our perennial place.

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#131 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 22 2014, 09:19PM
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Great rebuttal, I'm floored by your command of logic.

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#132 Serious Gord
March 22 2014, 09:20PM
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Brutal defensive breakdown on the second goal and while it's a pretty weak call on the PK fasth plays the penalty shot poorly and then a brutal two on one.

Ball Game.

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#133 drunken_Master
March 22 2014, 09:21PM
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so.. i went to the washroom.. Came back and its 4-1!! wat the **** happened?!!!

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#134 -30-
March 22 2014, 09:21PM
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Right now Brian Burke's rebuild is ahead of Kevin Lowe's rebuild methinks.

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#135 BurningSensation
March 22 2014, 09:21PM
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Chambers wrote:

Serious question...with all the 1st overalls including Eberle and Schultz why are the Oilers losing to the lowly Flames? Why do they always finish in the sewer year in and year out??

Because they were handed two of the ten greatest players of all time and traded both away.

This made the hockey gods very angry.

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#136 Ivan Drago
March 22 2014, 09:21PM
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Nice to see 89 coasting back chewing on his mouthguard again. If MacT is smart, he'll trade him for nothing in return and agree to pay all his salary. Please someone take him.

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#137 The Soup Fascist
March 22 2014, 09:22PM
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Burnward wrote:

We love you Matty! Beautiful.

As a longtime Oiler fan / Flame hater I don't think anyone minds a little joy in Matt Stajan's life.

God bless the Stajan family.

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#138 Merger
March 22 2014, 09:23PM
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Wonder what movies are on tonight?

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#139 -30-
March 22 2014, 09:23PM
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LOL Glencross curses the Oilers.

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#140 beloch
March 22 2014, 09:23PM
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Scoreface!!! Where have you been buddy?

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#141 BurningSensation
March 22 2014, 09:23PM
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I am literally weeping tears of joy

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#142 kittensandcookies
March 22 2014, 09:23PM
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I heard a rumour that Edmonton has applied for an NHL team, hopefully they'll get one!

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#143 RexHolez
March 22 2014, 09:23PM
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hey look, just when you think the oilers redefined the word pathetic, they dig up another rock and find a lower spot to sink to! im going to apply at rexall tomorrow, cuz if katz wont fire these guys I wont ever have to worry about job security

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#144 Burnward
March 22 2014, 09:24PM
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WOOOO!! GLEN-X!!!!!

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#145 Bringbackslats
March 22 2014, 09:24PM
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Can they choose worse music to play at Katzall? It is unforgiving in it's lameness... Truly awful. I wonder if it's the same production crew in charge of the ATB commercials with Eb's. Oh 5-1 perfect. Glencross... We couldn't have used him in the last 5 years?????? Oh Kevin you truly do know a little about winning.

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#146 BurningSensation
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

As a longtime Oiler fan / Flame hater I don't think anyone minds a little joy in Matt Stajan's life.

God bless the Stajan family.

You sir are an Oiler fan I could drink with

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#147 Rockmorton65
March 22 2014, 09:24PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Good Christ, are you Flames fans for real? I'll say it nice and slow for you:

GAZDIC. HAS. TO. WEAR. THE. VISOR.

Grandfathering rule: any player new to the league in 13/14 is required to wear a visor.

It's in the fricking rule book that he wear one. Though I know reading is a little beyond Flames fans. He takes his helmet off, the linesmen jump in, he gets two minutes. I think you're all just mad that he knocked your little Westgarth into next week last game.

You morons are almost as bad as the bush league HNIC broadcasters.

Sweetheart, it's so simple an Oilers fan can understand it.

A player is considered a coward if he fights while wearing a visor. It allows him to throw punches without the risk of getting hit back.

If you are going to fight, take off the visor If you must wear a visor, don't fight. If you can't play in the NHL without fighting, find another line of work.

Gadzik - "well, I would take off the visor and show you how tough I am, but if I do, daddy's going to be mad at me. But I'm tough...really, I am...I AM!"

Wuss

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#148 -30-
March 22 2014, 09:25PM
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Now I know why Buchberger and Smith were kept. It's so that they can teach Eakins how to lose. Not everyone can consistently lose.

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#149 Burnward
March 22 2014, 09:25PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

As a longtime Oiler fan / Flame hater I don't think anyone minds a little joy in Matt Stajan's life.

God bless the Stajan family.

Amen brotha.

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#150 Randaman
March 22 2014, 09:25PM
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Someone kidnap Hartley and stuff Eakins in a duffle bag and throw him on the bus. This is payback for you guys drafting Monahan before we could. LOL

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