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.
You can watch tonight’s tilt here starting at 8:30 MDT. It will be your 2nd and final chance to watch Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in this tourney. The plan is for most players to play two games, some might play three due to injuries, but RNH likely won’t play tomorrow. Here’s the rest of tonight’s lineup.
Curtis Hamilton (2nd round, 2010) – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1st, 2011) – Kristian Pelss (7th, 2010)
Brett Ferguson (FA, played in Red Deer, 21 years old) – Tyler Pitlick (2nd, 2010) – Tobias Rieder (4th, 2011)
Drew Czerwonka (6th, 2011) – Colin Smith (FA, plays for Kamloops, 18) – Toni Rajala (4th, 2009)
Antti Tyrvainen (FA, played in Finland, 22) – Chase Schaber (FA, Kamloops, 20) – Ryan Martindale (3rd, 2010)
Brandon Davidson (6th, 2010) – Jeremie Blain (4th, 2010)
Martin Gernat (5th, 2011) -Taylor Fedun (FA, played at Princeton, 23)
Wes Vannieuwenhuizen (FA, Vancouver, 19) – Ryan Lowery (FA, played at Colorado College, 23)
Tyler Bunz (5th, 2010)
Martindale was orginially not going to dress, but they switched him and Cam Abney after the morning skate, just to get a different look for tonight’s game. OKC head coach Todd Nelson wants to see Martindale on the wing, and he is excited to see Pitlick in the middle.
The Jets will play their first round pick from June, Mark Scheifele with the same wingers as last night, Jason Gregoire and Carl Klingberg. The Jets also have Edmonton native, Levko Koper playing tonight. Koper is a 21-year-old FA on a tryout with the Jets after scroing 32 goals and 82 points with the Spokane Chiefs last year.
NO FIGHTING AT ROOKIE CAMPS?
After Colten Tuebert got rocked with a solid punch that broke his nose on Sunday night, some wondered if fighting in rookie camps should be banned. Tuebert is not concussed, despite some who aren’t in Penticton seem to think, but he did suffer a badly broken nose.
I sense many people are more against staged fights rather than the spur-of-the-moment fights, and I’d agree with that. If we could find a way to rid the game of the staged fights, I’d be all for it, but I don’t want to see ones that happen in the heat of the battle disappear.
As for no fighting at rookie camps, the early response from coaches, players and management is that they aren’t in favour of it. There has been over 15 fights in the tourney thus far, and outside of Tuebert’s broken nose no player has been injured.
Would you want rookie camps to ban fighting to protect young players? I’m not in favour of it, and it doesn’t sound like many here are, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.