Vancouver Canucks: 2
Edmonton Oilers: 0
So I must apologize for not putting up the highlight package from the Calgary game on Saturday night. I ended up playing hockey in the late afternoon, and afterwards went to a buddy’s place (which was fairly evenly split between Oilers, Canucks and Flames fans) and watched the game and consumed rum and cokes. As you might imagine, the latter represented the high point on that portion of the evening.
Suffice to say that by the time I finally got home I was in no mood to write about the loss. In fact, all I feel like remembering is Lubomir Visnovsky’s lovely powerplay goal, and that’s it. That loss, combined with the 2-0 effort this evening now has the Oilers exactly one win over .500, with a 6-4-1 record. And yes, the OT loss counts as a loss – otherwise you end up with 22 teams playing .500 hockey or better in a 30 team league – do the math.
The flu is part of the reason for this mini-slump, I’m sure, and the good news is that they’ll get better. Another part of the reason is the inevitable decline in shooting percentage, with the bad news being that it’s going nowhere but south.
Back to tonight’s game – the Oilers didn’t score a goal, and Roberto Luongo set a franchise goaltending mark (which, given the team’s history, is about as remarkable as becoming Atlanta’s winningest coach or Nashville’s best scorer). On second thought, forget about it – there’s no need to revisit tonight’s game.