Shootout nostalgia

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Yessir, that’s what last night was all about: the Oilers of yesteryear. Some fighting, a goal for each team, and a shootout win. I’m feeling so nostalgic, it reminds me of Junior High School.

Those were heady days, weren’t they? Strange new feelings towards the opposite sex (or same sex, if that’s how you roll. Diversity is key here in the Nation), cracking voices, terrible acne and general awkwardness. Kind of like our Oilers, no?

I remember my first day of band class in grade seven. Imagine a tiny cyborg sitting there with a larger-than-life alto saxophone. Seated behind me was lil’ Wanye Gretz smashing the drums until he was told to leave the class. Our exuberance was palpable at Wanye’s exit. I laughed so hard that a wad of snot shot out of my nose and onto my upper lip. That’s when the laughter shifted to me. I fled the classroom and bee-lined it for the bathroom. I don’t even recall if I went back into music class that day.

I still can’t look at my old saxophone without openly weeping.

Onwards and sideways

Props to Chris, who accurately predicted the score last night (see comment #3 on the GDB thread). Too bad he didn’t qualify whether we would win in regulation or in a shootout. Guess I’ll just keep this Oilers jersey I was going to giveaway — and by Oilers jersey, I mean a drawing of Ryan Smyth I did in crayon.

This weekend should be, uh, interesting. We take on the Wings and the Wild. The Wild Wings. Buffalo Wild Wings! No wait, that’s something different. Both are afternoon games, so you Justice Leaguers are going to have to sober up right quick in the morning before you fall off the wagon again.

But I’m going to go ahead and predict worthy performances by the Oil. Wins and losses? On that, I won’t speculate.

I don’t want to have my little heart broken.

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    I just checked the salary cap pool….Lord Sexington's Steeds are giving me a real dogfight for sole command of 10th. You'll rue this day Lord Sexington! RUE IT.

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    @ Mike Krushelnyski:
    It definitly would have confused them. Almost as bad as when Brett Favre entered the NFL.

    But then of course they go to default nickname rule 1A which is just to use the first sylable of the last name and add an S.

    Penner = Pens

    All is right in the Nation once again.

    @Pinto;

    Beating the Blues was an accomplishment. They've been playing well as of late (points in 8 out of their last 9). Every win in this league is an accomplishment, or at the very least a step in the right direction.

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    Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

    @ MarcAndre Pooalot:
    Until they realize that beating the Blues in a shootout wasn’t really much of an accomplishment?

    Agreed, to me this is not a "bright side" game we saw last night. All this did was show us that we gave up a weak goal on the PP and went to a shootout with what should have been an inferior non-playoff team. Sure we maybe didn't suck as bad or worked harder than in the last couple games but we barely eeked one out on the last place team in our conference.
    Don't throw out the argument that we were missing a few key players because the Blues have a lot more injury problems than we do.

    I'm getting frustrated!!!

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    @ Chaz:

    Do you think the Oilers got really confused when they picked up Penner?

    "Penner? What's his real name? Oh it really is Penner? So…do we call him Penner-er?"

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    Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

    @ MarcAndre Pooalot:
    Until they realize that beating the Blues in a shootout wasn’t really much of an accomplishment?

    Good point. Siiigh. I predict a 5-2 loss to the wings. All that standing on the bench likely made them tired.

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    Before I unleash my winning predictions upon the Nation, any updates out there on Horcs and Gilbs?

    Speaking of Junior High, I'm pretty sure the Oilers contract a remedial Grade 7 language arts class from Saskatchewan to provide them with their nicknames.

    Solid effort last night though.

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    Did anyone notice how the team was actually standing on the bench during OT? It looked like they were in to it and not just sleeping away the extra 5 minutes. That was good to see. I wonder how long that enthusasim will continue.