GDB 82.0: CURTAIN CALL

baggedmilk
April 12 2014 05:31PM

ThankYouSmytty

Tonight marks the end of an era. Ryan Smyth will play his 1270th NHL game in what will no doubt be an emotional night at Rexall Place. For those of us that were raised on Ryan Smyth, it's definitely going to be weird to watch. I can't imagine there will be a dry eye in the house when Smytty's tribute is played, the only question is whether or not we'll be able to see it at home. We're looking at you, CBC...

It's a strange feeling knowing that tonight will be Ryan Smyth's last game in the NHL. I remember watching the trade deadline, in 2007, thinking that it was only a matter of time before they would announce that he had signed another contract - we all know how that turned out. After of the shock of seeing him wear other uniforms had worn off, our hometown hero came back in the summer of 2011. At the time, the rebuild was supposed to be well underway and the Oilers should have been making a push towards the playoffs. It never happened and we're still stuck in the basement.

Ryan Smyth wanted to be here. He wanted to be traded back to the city where he started his career so that he could raise his family and retire as an Oiler. I can only imagine what it was like for him to watch the Kings win the Stanley Cup after finishing dead last on the year. I always admired Ryan Smyth for his love of the Oilers franchise and the city we call home. I'm sure the last 3 years of his professional career haven't been easy, but he never complained. He worked hard and praised the franchise for giving him an opportunity to come home. Tonight we say farewell to the man with the flowing mop.

Enjoy It...

Take It All In

I'm not really sure how these GDB's are supposed to go, I've never written one before. All I can tell you is, the thing that's been on my mind all day is when next season starts Ryan Smyth won't be parked in front of the net - we'll never see it again. That's weird to me and it bums me out.  Even though Ryan Smyth isn't the player he was when he made his tearful goodbye at the airport, I hope everyone really pays attention to him tonight. Even though it's been another shitacular season, I hope that everyone enjoys, for the last time, one of the greatest players to ever pull on an Oilers sweater. 

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Tonight...

ShowMeYourLove

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Smytty's last game as an Oiler ends up in a blowout as the Oilers crush the Canucks 5-1. He scores 2 power play goals to claim the record.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The opening tribute to Ryan Smyth makes everyone at Rexall tear up. Allergies are blamed, onions are banned, and Dallas Eakins' hair remains fantastic.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Mark Fraser goes coast-to-coast, beating Dan Hamhuis wide for his 2nd goal of the season. The goal is called back due to Fraser finding a way to put himself offside even though he had the puck the entire time.

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#1 FIST
April 12 2014, 05:34PM
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FIRST FOR SMYTHYYY

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#2 Rocket
April 12 2014, 05:36PM
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I haven't been on here in a while. Stopped watching games before Christmas but it's the last game of the season and 94 is retiring.

Here's to going out with a bang.

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#3 vetinari
April 12 2014, 05:38PM
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We salute you Captain Canada! Thanks for the memories and enjoy the time with your family...

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#4 Canned Pop
April 12 2014, 05:42PM
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Might be the last time we see Ebs in an oil jersey too!

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#5 Soccer Steve
April 12 2014, 05:48PM
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Lose and lock up 29th.

Win and pick 3rd (probably).

How does an Oiler fan cope with such stresses? He watches guys like Ryan Smyth play. Man, I'm gonna miss him.

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#6 drunken_Master
April 12 2014, 05:49PM
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i really hope #94 breaks that record.. #thankyouCAPTAINCANADA

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#7 majin_oil
April 12 2014, 05:53PM
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Thank you Ryan!!!

Now go claim that pp record!! End this season on a high note!!

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#8 Chris
April 12 2014, 05:53PM
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Good first GDB bagged milk! well said!

THANK YOU RYAN SMYTH!!!!!

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#9 #ThereGoesTheOilers
April 12 2014, 05:58PM
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I'm going to miss him something fierce ... I don't even have words to describe how much right now.

I can't think of any part of 2006 without thinking of Smyth. Thank you for all your years, for everything.

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#10 #ThereGoesTheOilers
April 12 2014, 05:59PM
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Canned Pop wrote:

Might be the last time we see Ebs in an oil jersey too!

If by Ebs you mean Gags, then yes.

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#11 mlcselli
April 12 2014, 06:00PM
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The PVR is on and I'll watch the tribute many times. There haven't been too many reasons to celebrate this year with the Oil, but tonight it is with pride and for me some sadness, as we celebrate Smytty. Ryan won't be the only one cryin'. I wish him all the best in the future in wherever that path takes him. I wish him a great life of love with his family. Thanks for the memories.

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#12 Oilerboy1112
April 12 2014, 06:06PM
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Ryan Smyth has always been my most favourite Oiler, it'll be hard to watch him play his last game😢. I hope we win this game for Smyth.

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#13 Dave "Killer" Carlson
April 12 2014, 06:15PM
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@Rocket

While I still have tuned in from time to time when I've had time, I wouldn't miss watching the game tonight for anything. 100% final exam on Monday be damned.

I remember walking around heartbroken when he was traded in 2007. Then my heart became whole again watching the first game in 2011. The fact that he was back didn't sink in till I saw it.

Heart and soul #94. Thank you Smytty.

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#14 Lowetide
April 12 2014, 06:18PM
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This is a helluva GDT. Lordy.

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#15 EVILTED
April 12 2014, 06:22PM
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Look at how straight his horn was!

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#16 Butters
April 12 2014, 06:28PM
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Thanks for the memories Smytty. May you still get your name on that cup somehow. You deserve it.

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#18 Serious Gord
April 12 2014, 06:38PM
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Re the chicks t-shirt

Pretty sure what I would be showing her wouldn't be classified as "love"

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#19 Dave
April 12 2014, 06:44PM
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Let's see - greatest Oilers (argue the order but the point is...): Gretz, Mess, Coffey, Fuhr, Anderson, Kurri, Ranford, Weight. Then Ryan? I was sitting here all day thinking "no way would I retire his jersey, he represents a lunch pail generation of losing Oilers teams". Then I realized that he's 6th career Oil scoring (ahead of Weight), came back to finish up here, and took a beating while here. A serious beating. Had he not been traded, he'd be 5th Oil career pts ahead of Coffey, without ever playing with the big guns.

I'd put his # up ahead of Weight. Ahead of Lowe. Ahead of Ranford. He won't make the HHoF - but that's the point. Raise it.

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#20 Serious Gord
April 12 2014, 06:46PM
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Re the last game of one of the worst seasons ever.

Pissed that the fans are being played with the last Smyth game. Had that not been the case this could have become a real expression of fan disgust for what the owner and management have done or rather failed to do.

Cue the "you're heartless" feed back.

Recommended movie to watch via netflix after the game:

"Face in the crowd" with one of the finest performances ever by Andy Griffith (sheriff of Mayberry and matlock ) and tony franciosa. It about a coldly calculating media personality who has a hayseed aw shucks public persona. Not unlike the tripe that oilers fans are going to be fed tonight.

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#21 Serious Gord
April 12 2014, 06:58PM
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Ps - gleeful that this will be the last year that the CBC carries the playoffs.

Dave hodge must be smiling...

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#22 Dog Train
April 12 2014, 07:14PM
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Back when I was an impressionable young lad, my brother told me about a guy who played for the Oilers who shared the same first name as I do. After watching good ol' Smytty, I became a big fan. It's because of Ryan Smyth that I am an Oilers fan today. It will be sad to see him go but all things come to an end. He left his blood, sweat and tears on the ice year after year and I fully intend to enjoy every minute of his swan song tonight. #94 to the rafters!

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#23 JJ
April 12 2014, 07:15PM
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You know what would be a perfect ending to this game..

It's OT on a PP. Smytty gets the puck at a breakaway and skates like he's never skaten before, which truthfully, isn't very fast. Kassian tries to catch up, but is punched straight to the back of the head by Gagner like Franson on Nuge. Kassian flops to the ice and Smytty has all the time in the world.

The crowd is silent. He winds up for the patented clapper. Markstrom is trembling with fear. He shoots. Pew Pew. Straight to the goalie's chest. The hardest clapper he's ever done, so powerful it pushes Markstrom into the net along with the puck. The crowd goes wild with "Smytty" chants. Game over, he's won it.

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#24 bgess
April 12 2014, 07:19PM
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The vote is on Ryan Smith jersey to the rafters

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#25 Rudy
April 12 2014, 07:31PM
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I second the vote for Ryan Smyth's jersey to the rafters......

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#26 wellsy
April 12 2014, 07:32PM
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JJ wrote:

You know what would be a perfect ending to this game..

It's OT on a PP. Smytty gets the puck at a breakaway and skates like he's never skaten before, which truthfully, isn't very fast. Kassian tries to catch up, but is punched straight to the back of the head by Gagner like Franson on Nuge. Kassian flops to the ice and Smytty has all the time in the world.

The crowd is silent. He winds up for the patented clapper. Markstrom is trembling with fear. He shoots. Pew Pew. Straight to the goalie's chest. The hardest clapper he's ever done, so powerful it pushes Markstrom into the net along with the puck. The crowd goes wild with "Smytty" chants. Game over, he's won it.

Pathetic.

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#27 Alsker
April 12 2014, 07:40PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Re the last game of one of the worst seasons ever.

Pissed that the fans are being played with the last Smyth game. Had that not been the case this could have become a real expression of fan disgust for what the owner and management have done or rather failed to do.

Cue the "you're heartless" feed back.

Recommended movie to watch via netflix after the game:

"Face in the crowd" with one of the finest performances ever by Andy Griffith (sheriff of Mayberry and matlock ) and tony franciosa. It about a coldly calculating media personality who has a hayseed aw shucks public persona. Not unlike the tripe that oilers fans are going to be fed tonight.

No heartless sh^t here, mixed feelings re: Smitty"s last game BUT what a crapfest of a season...if not for #94 so long game wonder if the Rexall faithful would have finally started the "Fire Lowe" chant tonight...alas we'll never know. Even with Flo losing tonight I still would love to see a serious Vancity beatdown....6-2 Oilers

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#28 snorkboink
April 12 2014, 07:51PM
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Tonight I'm opening a bottle of Bunnahabhain 37 year old whisky I've been saving for a night just like this one. I will raise a glass to Ryan and his beautiful family.

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#29 Air on Egg blood
April 12 2014, 07:52PM
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This is the saddest Oilers season ever.

It all started with the firing of Ralf Krueger in one of the most classless moves ever. Then, there was the uber tragic death of Kristians Pelss. Followed by losing and lots of it. Our Calgary nemesis, with an inferior line up finished ahead of us. There was the departures of Smid and Hemsky, two players I would qualify as good guys. And now Smythy retires. We could call the 2013-14 season, the season of tears.

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#30 YFC Prez
April 12 2014, 07:55PM
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I haven't watched a game in awhile. Just needed a break. I'm definetly tuning in tonight.

I am. Little fearful though. I just turned on the tv to see the Montreal game in OT. If this goes to a shoutout I fear we may miss it.

I hate CBC. And I'm concerned.

EDIT sweet! It's over! Disregard previous rant.

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#31 Alsker
April 12 2014, 07:57PM
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Dave wrote:

Let's see - greatest Oilers (argue the order but the point is...): Gretz, Mess, Coffey, Fuhr, Anderson, Kurri, Ranford, Weight. Then Ryan? I was sitting here all day thinking "no way would I retire his jersey, he represents a lunch pail generation of losing Oilers teams". Then I realized that he's 6th career Oil scoring (ahead of Weight), came back to finish up here, and took a beating while here. A serious beating. Had he not been traded, he'd be 5th Oil career pts ahead of Coffey, without ever playing with the big guns.

I'd put his # up ahead of Weight. Ahead of Lowe. Ahead of Ranford. He won't make the HHoF - but that's the point. Raise it.

I know its all about the emotion of the event and all, but ahead of Mr. Doug Weight, really. The guy who went to the board and said he'll sign for what they can afford(home town discount anyways) and they traded him. Sorry after Dougie yes or maybe together(saves face for Klown)!!!!!

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#32 Serious Gord
April 12 2014, 08:01PM
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Rudy wrote:

I second the vote for Ryan Smyth's jersey to the rafters......

I always considered it a point of pride that the Canucks had Stan smyl in the rafters and the oil had only one retired number that wasn't a cup winner and in the hall of fame.

I very much oppose putting Smyth's jersey and number up with that group.

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#33 wellsy
April 12 2014, 08:07PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I always considered it a point of pride that the Canucks had Stan smyl in the rafters and the oil had only one retired number that wasn't a cup winner and in the hall of fame.

I very much oppose putting Smyth's jersey and number up with that group.

Thank you.Well said. A voice of reason in the midst of emotional diarrhea.

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#34 Craig1981
April 12 2014, 08:13PM
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Was that really the music the DJ picked for Symths spotlight moment?!?

Hope that DJ packs his bags with Jones at the end of this season

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#35 Serious Gord
April 12 2014, 08:16PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Was that really the music the DJ picked for Symths spotlight moment?!?

Hope that DJ packs his bags with Jones at the end of this season

The crap off ice product isn't just the music. Laforge should be fired.

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#36 YFC Prez
April 12 2014, 08:31PM
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Wow Eakins is leaving Smyth out for the entire pp. there just may be a little class there! Who knew?!

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I've been showing you my love for a long time now Kate Upton. You, me, palmella and the stranger.

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#38 Seth
April 12 2014, 08:58PM
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Oilers have not played a meaningful games since October. Tonight they have a chance to end up 29th and have a better chance in the draft , so they win.

Ha Ha Ha cursed team

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#39 wellsy
April 12 2014, 09:12PM
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Seth wrote:

Oilers have not played a meaningful games since October. Tonight they have a chance to end up 29th and have a better chance in the draft , so they win.

Ha Ha Ha cursed team

Why do you think they are making such a big deal about Smyth retiring???

Distraction is better than the inevitable booing that would have taken place...

Just good business to make a big deal about an old guy finally hanging 'em up rather than face the truth about how disgusted your fans are about the state of the team.

Drink it in fans...cry,wave good bye to Smyth, and please forget about eight years out of the playoffs...

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#40 Serious Gord
April 12 2014, 09:24PM
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Score should be 3-1 van. Oil playing mostly awful.

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#41 Craig1981
April 12 2014, 09:26PM
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A timeout to get Smyth some more PP time. My respect for Eakins has gone way up right now.

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#42 YFC Prez
April 12 2014, 09:30PM
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@Craig1981

Ya. It's pretty awesome of Eakins. Word to his mother!

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#43 YFC Prez
April 12 2014, 09:34PM
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If the Canucks keep taking penalties Smyth could be playing a 30 min night.

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#44 Rocket
April 12 2014, 09:41PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Score should be 3-1 van. Oil playing mostly awful.

So like most of the season.

*Does impression of Han Solo*

Well I'm glad you're here to tell us these things.

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#45 Reg Dunlop
April 12 2014, 09:43PM
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Wow. I know this game is more or less meaningless but... a scrum in front of whoever is in net for vancouver and that bucket-assed canuck Edler flattens Smyth after the whistle and not one oiler does anything. These pussies deserve to finish last in perpetuity. Unforgivable.

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#46 Drowning in Oil
April 12 2014, 09:44PM
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I could really care less about whether Ryan Smyth is retiring or not. WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHY THE HELL ARE THE OILERS TRYING TO WIN WHEN FLORIDA IS AHEAD BY ONE POINT. What does winning this game prove. It proves how stupid this organization is.

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#47 Rocket
April 12 2014, 09:48PM
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@Drowning in Oil

Ya I know what you mean but you can't ask players to tank when some of them are playing for a job.

And they're all playing hard for Smyth.

But I agree with you, The Oilers always seem to win these last meaningless games.

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#48 Greenlingj
April 12 2014, 09:49PM
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Why do we win?

Because we need to win. The draft is a crap shoot you know who the best players are going in and you never know who the best players will be 10 years down the road.

You win because we need this, we need to go out on a high note we need to say good buy to a warrior who has fought and bled at every turn for this game we love.

We win because... oh damn we're playing Vancouver.

We win because #%^# them.

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#49 MMAX
April 12 2014, 09:52PM
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For f*ck's sake Oilers point men, get the GD puck on the net so Smitty at least has a chance. too many high and wide shots.

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