LONG TIME COMING

Robin Brownlee
January 26 2013 10:21AM

"You suck worse than we do!" That loser's rallying cry is what the Battle of Alberta has, essentially, degenerated to for fans of the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames for way too many seasons now.

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A WITNESS TO HISTORY

Wanye
January 25 2013 12:09PM

They say there is always a witness to history and last night there was 16,000 and change in attendance and billions more watching on TV that saw history go down. It was one of those times that sort of jump kicks you right in the face with its magnitude and it takes awhile for what you saw to sink in.

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A big hit and a great fourth line shift

Jonathan Willis
January 25 2013 10:16AM

It was a bizarre game last night, in a lot of ways. Both teams had power plays that were given a lot of rope by some extremely giving referees, and until Gagner scored on a 4-on-3 in overtime both teams were wildly ineffective on the man advantage. The goalies were superb. I really didn’t want to go back and review the refereeing again; seeing it once was enough (for me, and for both teams judging by their reactions).

Instead, I thought I’d highlight one of Mark Fistric’s big hits and how it impacted one shift.

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NATION PROFILE: DAVE LUMLEY

Lowetide
January 25 2013 07:06AM

Dave Lumley was a hard working role player who brought grit, checking and some skill to the Oilers bottom 6 forwards during the club's first 8 seasons in the NHL. He was a throwback, what used to be called a "holler guy" and drove the opposition to distraction. 

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YAK CITY

Jason Gregor
January 25 2013 12:37AM

I suspect every Oiler fan was five seconds away from losing their mind on the referees, after one of the worst officiated NHL games I've seen in years, but then in a span of four seconds Nail Yakupov, who was horrific at batting practice in Pittsburgh at the 2012 draft, did his best Jose Bautista and Theo Fleury impersonations and OilersNation went into hysterics.

I'm sure some fun sponge will claim Yakupov's celebration was over the top, but in a sport, and society,  that has become incredibly politically correct it was a welcome change.

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