On a night that began with darkness

So let’s get this straight for those of you who weren’t paying attention last night. The Senators waltz into town having lost 12 games in a row in the road. Twelve games Nation. The last time they won on the road the US had a vibrant economy, Mathieu Garon was considered a starting goalie in the NHL and oil was north of $120 per barrel.

The local Oil on the other hand had become more valuable of late too, having won three in a row including a whomping of the Predators earlier in the week that cost them Ales Hemsky. Two Canadian teams heading in different directions it seemed, meeting at RX1 on another snowy night to do battle.

So you knew there was going to be only one way that this game would ultimately turn out. A 25-minute delay to start the game because of lighting failure, the Oil teasing us for the majority of the game and then gassing it late. Throw in a first career NHL goal by something called a “Brian Lee” and you have your game right there. 50 CCs of disappointment serum headed straight to our brain where we need it the most.

Post-game fun

Now normally we don’t listen to post-game shows if we aren’t driving home from the game down back alleys trying to avoid checkstops. But on this night we decided to give our pal Gregor — who was guest hosting the post-game show on Team 1260 — a listen to see what’s what.

75% of his callers were either:

a) hammered

b) under the age of 12 or

c) hammered.

The rest were hopping mad at the Oil for losing another one and seemed to think yelling at Gregor would send a message directly to the Edmonton Oilers Trading Department. It was great fun to listen to.

From what we could gather here seems to be the consensus around the OilersNation after last night’s loss:

1. Liam Reddox is a piece of crap: When an AHL player gets the call and is inserted into the top line for a game, scores a goal, gets three shots on net and generally has about the most productive game you can get from him there is only one conclusion that you can come to. Liam Reddox is a piece of crap. This argument is rock solid.

2. Shawn Horcoff is a bigger piece of crap: Coming off a night where he was named third star, had two assists and looked generally quite solid for most of the evening Horcoff was the secondary focus of the rage of Oilers fans. It makes perfect sense to rip on the highest scoring forward on the team not rhyming with Gemsky.

Doesn’t make any sense to us. Mind you, we are neither an elementary school student nor drunk.

Yet.

Happy New Year Nation. See you in ’09.

  • I think the bigger question out of last nights game is why is the officating in this league, utter and complete garbage. Why do we have 4 striped men on the ice to call holds that should be called dives, to not call holds when the guy has 2 hands wrapped around the guys head, or not call a dive when #11 falls around another Oiler? In all the sports I watch, there not one that has worse officating than the NHL. Not in any other league do calls get blown at such a regular pace as they do in this league. I know its weak to blame the officating for the Oilers loss, but they certainly had a hand in it, and that alone is awful.

  • Jason Gregor

    Wanye,

    Not only did you listen you penned an e-mail, and actually a rather intelligent one. To be fair there were only 4 idiots, but most of us remember them. I love the post game fire of some people, while the idiots who are drinking-the-first-beer-of-their-life make me laugh. It's great to rip them, and even better when you call them out and they slither away. It's all good fun.

    BUCK,

    "Head shots are big league wide, but when our best player gets knocked out by one & Pouliot (who has shown flashes of becoming an effective player) are knocked out of games & nobody except the guy with the smashed wrist gets mad, what else can you do. I think that this problem is so far beyond coaching, it is totally on the other guys not wearing the goalie skates!!!"

    Problem is that Pouliot wasn't a head shot, that was as clean a hit as you'll see. THis is hockey, sometimes you just get plastered. Do you remember people fighting Torres when he used to crush guys? I agree that a Tootoo shouldn't be running at Hemsky, but Foligno on Pouliot are the same type of players and that was a clean hit. You can't have a fight after every clean hit, sometimes you just have to accept that your guy got clocked.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to the loyal NATION readers.

  • Vancouver has already improved their team acquiring Sundin & now another goalie should Captain Lou be out for an extended period. WHAT IS OUR TEAM DOING!?!?!?

    While I agree that the Kevin Quinn dubbed Red-Ox has absolutely no business skating with Penner & Horcoff, he was probably the best player for most of the game. Hopefully Brule takes the little leprechaun's spot on the first line tonight.

    We need a huge reality check, Calgary & Vancouver are playing considerably better than our team, even with a big move in the dressing room it is an uphill battle to make the play-offs. If you cannot be motivated by a 9-2 loss to go on a torrid win streak what else can you do?

    Head shots are big league wide, but when our best player gets knocked out by one & Pouliot (who has shown flashes of becoming an effective player) are knocked out of games & nobody except the guy with the smashed wrist gets mad, what else can you do. I think that this problem is so far beyond coaching, it is totally on the other guys not wearing the goalie skates!!!

    I am so disappointed with this lack of consistency I had best stop my incoherent ranting.

  • Big Deal

    If Liam Reddox is one of the best players for your team, your team is in big trouble! Garon looked really bad on Alfredson's goal. Yes, Souray was screening the shot, but this is the NHL. You have to stop that shot. Garon has to be better to get more ice time. This is the type of loss that keeps the Oilers from moving up the standings. Good teams prey on teams like Ottawa that are on long losing streaks and long road trips. The Oilers won't move up the standings unless the win these games.