September 13 2011 01:57PM
That was game four of the Smyth division semi-final in 1990, the last Jets' playoff victory over the Oilers. Normally Oiler fans might cringe watching this, but considering you know that Bill Ranford, Jari Kurri and Mark Lamb were heroes in the next three games I thought it would be a nice "welcome back" for Jets fans.
The best part of this video is that after the goal was scored Don Wittman and John Garrett didn't speak for 1:20. They let the viewers soak in the atmosphere of an electric building. I wish TV execs would allow viewers the same opportunity now rather than go to the replay in the first 10 seconds. Watching the celebration on the ice and in the stands after an OT goal is much better than seeing a replay five times.
Tonight these two organizations meet for the first time since March 29th, 1996, a 3-2 Oilers victory led by Miro Satan's two goals. This will be one of only two meetings between these former-rivals, so we'll likely have to wait until next year to feel any sense of the old rivalry, but it's still great to have the Jets back in the NHL.
September 13 2011 12:59PM
EA Sports released their much anticipated NHL12 today. Reviews and reports of game play/mechanics have been trickling in on my twitetr feed today, some of which I have decided to share. Apparently EA has gotten quite clever with this iteration and the "Be a GM" game mode hides some rather idiosyncratic quirks and pitfalls.
September 12 2011 10:41PM
This is Jim Harrison. In the weeks leading up to his signing, Bill Hunter announced the team's name (Alberta Oilers) and the first two player signings (Bob Falkenberg and Jim Benzelock). More than any single event in the birth of the Oilers, the signing of Jim Harrison--away from Toronto's Maple Leafs and under "mysterious" circumstances--marked the beginning of one of hockey's greatest franchises.
September 12 2011 06:39PM
Last week was a sombre time for many folks. Between the horrific KHL plane crash and the 10th anniversary of 9/11 it didn't seem quite the time to have a good laugh at the expense of others. But this Monday brings the start of a new week and a return to normalcy.
Others: prepare to be laughed at.
September 12 2011 05:49PM
The Edmonton Oilers have a surplus of bodies and some difficult decisions to make about their men in the middle this season, and it's an issue that will likely be more pressing by the time training camp rolls around in 2012 unless GM Steve Tambellini begins thinning the herd.