OUR TOWN

Lowetide
May 11 2014 03:34PM

moroz mcritchie

The Edmonton Oil Kings are close to delivering the city of Edmonton their second championship in three seasons. Game Six begins in a few short minutes, and gives us a chance to scream and yell and celebrate the beautiful game in our town.

There was a time in this fair land when championship teams could be found on every street corner. Over at Northlands, giants skated opponents out of the rink and beat them in the alley on the way to Stanley. Down the street, Warren Moon's spiral cut through the north wind like a rocket, and Earl Grey's mug spent a generation in our town.

For many years, our town has seen tough times. We argue ourselves in circles about the NHL team, like a dog chasing it's tail. It would be hilarious if it weren't so damn sad, and one wonders if some of us will see a turnaround in our lifetime.

A community like ours, isolated and alone, produces entrepreneurs and loyalty in equal measure, and both are legion. Tonight, we have a chance to celebrate our Oil Kings, teenagers who play the game for pennies and are delivering 50 wins a year like it's no big deal.

Bless you boys, you bring joy and happiness to our town.

Beat Portland. Godspeed.

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#1 Sammy27
May 11 2014, 03:41PM
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Great post. Go Oil Kings - give us hockey to be proud of.

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#2 Mel
May 11 2014, 03:52PM
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Great write! Don't forget the RUSH next weekend!!!

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#3 mesa
May 11 2014, 04:15PM
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tears......

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#4 Brian
May 11 2014, 04:21PM
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Is 6Rings paying attention to the Oil Kings? Maybe learn something about winning if he has any concern about the concept.

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#5 Quicksilver ballet
May 11 2014, 04:36PM
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Yawn.

Only 5 months till training camp.

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#7 ubermiguel
May 11 2014, 05:14PM
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They should leave the Oil Kings logo on the ice for next season.

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#8 Oilerboy1112
May 11 2014, 05:36PM
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Where can I watch the Oil kings game??

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#11 Oilerboy1112
May 11 2014, 06:08PM
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Lowetide wrote:

Shaw Channel 303, radio TSN 1260.

Thanks

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#12 Quicksilver ballet
May 11 2014, 06:46PM
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Wow, the Leafs now shopping Phanuef, along with the Sens with Spezza.

Beggars can't be choosers, have to believe one ends up here with a redonkulous overpayment.

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#13 kale
May 11 2014, 07:04PM
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blow a 5-2 lead and lose it in overtime, game 7 tomorrow

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#15 madjam
May 11 2014, 07:13PM
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kale wrote:

blow a 5-2 lead and lose it in overtime, game 7 tomorrow

Crushing defeat . All momentum gone to Portland for tomorrow . What a way to lose .

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#16 Pouzar99
May 11 2014, 07:53PM
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I am glad I have been there for every home game in the finals the last three years but this was as heartbreaking as it gets. It will take character and determination beyond belief to save this now that Portland feels like a team of destiny. Unbelievable hockey series, but I am gutted.

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#17 Harlie
May 11 2014, 07:58PM
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Dang it! Good time at the Coliseum anyhow. Happy Mothers Day ladies.

GET IT BACK, OK!

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#18 Oilers4ever
May 11 2014, 08:19PM
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Except they played like the oilers today and blew two 3 goal leads. Morons. Not winning game 7 on the road...

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#19 ubermiguel
May 11 2014, 08:27PM
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Oilers4ever wrote:

Except they played like the oilers today and blew two 3 goal leads. Morons. Not winning game 7 on the road...

They made lots of mistakes and mental lapses. But they're just kids playing for a shot at the bigs; calling them morons is just uncool.

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#20 Fauxrumors
May 11 2014, 09:08PM
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Typical Edmonton fans…counting championships and planning parades before they actually win them! Portland in 7!

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#21 jonny94
May 11 2014, 09:24PM
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Fauxrumors wrote:

Typical Edmonton fans…counting championships and planning parades before they actually win them! Portland in 7!

Who in the comments section was planning the parade? I was at the game today and Rexall was rocking. I didn't hear a single fan say Edmonton had it in the bag. You done making things up or.....

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#22 Reg Dunlop
May 11 2014, 09:46PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Yawn.

Only 5 months till training camp.

Now, THAT was funny.

I guess the oildrop logo is back on ice next year at rexall?

The last OK game I attended was at the Gardens and Rocky Maze knuckled Bubba Beck. The ensuing years saw major league hockey arrive so, sorry, it's NHL number one and everything else is tied for last. Training camp is only 5 months away? Can't wait.

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#23 zangetsu
May 11 2014, 10:05PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Now, THAT was funny.

I guess the oildrop logo is back on ice next year at rexall?

The last OK game I attended was at the Gardens and Rocky Maze knuckled Bubba Beck. The ensuing years saw major league hockey arrive so, sorry, it's NHL number one and everything else is tied for last. Training camp is only 5 months away? Can't wait.

We have "Pro Hockey" in this town?

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#24 HardBoiledOil
May 11 2014, 10:14PM
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kale wrote:

blow a 5-2 lead and lose it in overtime, game 7 tomorrow

I watched the game on channel 303 and it figures. just when Edmonton could use a celebration after watching year after year of bad Oiler hockey and bad Eskimo football....they gas the lead and lose in overtime. sometimes you want to say it's....#becauseEdmonton.

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#25 Tony
May 11 2014, 11:17PM
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Aren't you being just a tad premature? At least wait for the final score.

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#26 doctordeath
May 12 2014, 12:16AM
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Ha,ha,ha - first the Rush blow the game last night in Cowtown then the old Oilserviceworkers blow a 3 goal lead to Portland - what a bunch of losers why don't y'all just move out of the craphole and get a life!!!

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#27 HardBoiledOil
May 12 2014, 12:18AM
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^off to bed now son.

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#28 RexHolez
May 12 2014, 04:17AM
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Thank The Lord Kevin Lowe has nothing to do with the oil kings!! Its nice to have a team we can be proud of!!!

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#29 Freewheeling Freddie
May 12 2014, 09:06AM
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Great game for 2 periods. Great crowd. Yhe Kings got oileritus and got scared they might win. Will be tough in Portland .However they have won in Portland and it isn't over till the fat lady sings. Go Kings Go

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#30 Darrell
May 12 2014, 09:36AM
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Random question - I read Crosby MAY be a available. How much of the Oilers future would you give up to land him ? Yak + 3rd ? Ebs + 3rd ? It would give Edmonton instant credibility or no thanks we wait and wait ...

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#31 Sean
May 12 2014, 09:47AM
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Reinhart is going to have some trouble in the NHL, his skating reminds me of Musil.

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#32 Sketchy
May 12 2014, 09:49AM
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Darrell wrote:

Random question - I read Crosby MAY be a available. How much of the Oilers future would you give up to land him ? Yak + 3rd ? Ebs + 3rd ? It would give Edmonton instant credibility or no thanks we wait and wait ...

Where did you read this little gem? I'll guess hockeybuzz. Or was it somewhere even more credible like the door on a bathroom stall?

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#33 Bob Cob
May 12 2014, 10:07AM
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Lowetide wrote:

That was an awful ending to a pretty good beginning. I can't imagine the OK will be able to gather themselves, but that's the great thing about sports.

Wow are you positive, they lose game 6 because Portland knew they needed it and the OK sat on the lead. To say the team is done and can't gather themselves for game 7 is idiotic, my money would be on the OK tonight because they'll be pissed they let a opportunity get away.

4-2 OilKings!

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#34 VK63
May 12 2014, 10:08AM
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The many turns of the screw.

I feel bad for Moroz taking that penalty at the start of the third. The first crack in the third period dyke. Jarry wasn't superb and the inability to sustain an attack and forecheck let Portland dictate the pace in the third. The end result seemed inevitable and as we sat there watching it transpire it was reminiscent of so many car crashes that the big club has offered through the years.

Coach Laxdal will need to be amazing today in his efforts to refocus the boys.

That ones gotta hurt.

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#35 Will
May 12 2014, 10:26AM
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Interesting game. Moroz looked good in the early on, but as the game progressed, he just looked lost and ineffective. I'm glad he's coming to the AHL, but that kid has a long way to go before making the NHL.

Even Lazar, Samulson, and Reiheart all did not look great. The only Oil King that was consistently dangerous and made good plays with the puck was the Latvian kid.

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#36 Darrell
May 12 2014, 10:31AM
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Sketchy wrote:

Where did you read this little gem? I'll guess hockeybuzz. Or was it somewhere even more credible like the door on a bathroom stall?

Google it a-hole! I did find your Xs number in a Rexall stall - need me to tweet it so you can SIUYFA with that reply ?

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#37 HardBoiledOil
May 12 2014, 12:56PM
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^go back to whichever hockey site you came from son and let the adults talk.

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#38 Pucker
May 12 2014, 03:34PM
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Good luck in Portland today.

It's going to be tough for the Oil Kings to pull out a win but with the illogical logic of the way this series has gone, they got a decent chance.

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#39 Darrell
May 12 2014, 07:25PM
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HardBoiledOil wrote:

^go back to whichever hockey site you came from son and let the adults talk.

Ok ManFly - Douchebag!

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#40 HardBoiledOil
May 12 2014, 09:19PM
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^go back to the playground....

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#41 Pouzar99
May 12 2014, 10:57PM
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I am no longer gutted! I hope the Oilers were watching tonight. That is character. That is heart. That is structure and commitment. Next Oil Kings game on Saturday, 2 p.m. our time vs the Guelph Storm.

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#42 HardBoiledOil
May 12 2014, 11:01PM
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and all our detractors can suck it !!

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#43 Bob Cob
May 13 2014, 12:12AM
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Bob Cob wrote:

Wow are you positive, they lose game 6 because Portland knew they needed it and the OK sat on the lead. To say the team is done and can't gather themselves for game 7 is idiotic, my money would be on the OK tonight because they'll be pissed they let a opportunity get away.

4-2 OilKings!

Called it!!!!!

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#44 jonny94
May 13 2014, 12:21AM
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Fauxrumors wrote:

Typical Edmonton fans…counting championships and planning parades before they actually win them! Portland in 7!

Can we plan the parade now??? Off to the Memorial Cup we go!!!

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