GDB Wrap Up: Flames @ Oilers


Excuse me while I clean the vomit out of my carpet… Final Score: 8-1 Flames

If you were around for the glory days of the Battle of Alberta, I want to hear from you. Unfortunately for me, I’m not old enough to remember any of those playoff series. All I remember is the mediocre Oilers teams from the mid 90s (generous I know) and the various versions of suck that we see today. These days, the Battle of Alberta is not so much a battle as it is a glorified tickle fight and from what I’ve heard, about the 80s, that’s a sad state of affairs. Guess who was the tickler tonight?

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The Oilers have to be closing in on the record for dropping turds on Hockey Night in Canada. That 2nd period was probably one of the worst periods of hockey that I’ve seen in a long time. Being an Oilers fan, that says a lot. Also, what was up with Taylor Hall and Dallas Eakins yelling at each other on the bench? It can’t really be because of a wet jacket can it? Fight with the star player over a suit jacket, that makes sense. This train wreck of a season can’t end soon enough.

Let’s wrap this thing up…

The Bright Side

  • The #HereComeTheOilers hash tag is at its best when the Oilers get killed
  • Shooting on the Power Play = Good
  • Viktor Fasth’s mask was better than his play
  • Someone won the 50/50

The Face Palmers

  • Quite possibly the worst 2nd period in the history of the world
  • Eakins throwing a towel at Taylor Hall
  • Gazdic is apparently Russian for “visors are the devil”
  • Minute 21-60
  • We’re all 2 hours closer to death

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  • Quicksilver ballet


    Ekblad……he’s all ours!

    Now that the .930 goaltending has worn off, this is still the same old Oilers lead by Eakins. I almost hope they hang onto Eakins and Lowe, if only to have a shot at Connor McDavid next season.

    Good to have you back again, my old friend………says rock bottom.

  • Rdubb

    Oh boy, do I ever remember those Oiler teams from the 80’s. I was very fortunate and got to go to more than my share of games, especially in the playoffs. I was also able to go to many Stanley Cup Playoff Games, more so near that later part of those great teams, going to see them play the Flyers and Bruins.
    I was also a very lucky young fella who go to meet many of the guys from that era as many where friends of family members & I got to see them & got to meet and know them away from hockey at functions.
    One real good story is that my Great Grandma housed many of those players of the late 70’s & 80’s, from Glen Sather, Gretzky & others (I was too young during those days to remember that but it is a story which floats about our family). Many of those young guys came to my great grandma’s funeral (again, very young @ the time). And any time I saw these guys away from the rink, they were always great and super nice, but more so, they were real everyday people…
    I remember when the glory Oilers would play softball games @ Telus field, why don’t we have these new Oilers doing the same thing, wouldn’t it put them into the community a little more? I think it was either Lamb or Mciver who had the biggest freaking thigh’s, HUGE for such a short fella…
    And when those guys would sign autographs, they’d actually talk to people, look up, have a conversation, now days, it is hard to get any athlete to lift their head and say hi, how you doing, blah blah blah…just another difference from the glory years to today, all those players where much more personable. Maybe it is the way we (as a society) glorify our athlete’s, and the unfortunate thing is that they are just as we are, other than making huge amounts of bucks that is.
    How’d you or I act as a 20yr old making a million? Or a 22-24yr old making $5-$8million per. I’d have been a train wreck, drinking, dancing, bar hoping, and girl chasing even more than I did.
    I have also had friends & or friends of friends who played in the NHL, and every time they were in town, and had time, we’d go out to the bar, and they couldn’t even enjoy there time out with friends as people where always coming up to them, some asking for autographs, some just chit chatting, some hitting on them, in front of girlfriends or wives, & some, who thought that they could beat them in a fight, and many tried. And it was left up to the friends to step in mainly because of whom they were and the trouble that they’d get in…
    I ask a few things; have this group do things in the Edmonton area over the summer, insert themselves into the community a little more. Have a softball against local TV personalities for charity…And, to talk to the people when signing an autograph @ an autograph session. And for the fan, don’t idolize these guys so much, treat them like you’d want to be treated. Many are a bunch of kids making a ton of money and they’re learning as they go, growing up in the spotlight of a hockey mad city. Boo, curse, do whatever at the rink, but, when you see them away from the rink, treat them like you’d want to be treated, or like you’d want your son or brother treated.
    Just a few thoughts

  • paul wodehouse


    Ekblad? Really? y’don’t think this squad needs a CENTREMAN?…you’re ready to wait 3to4 years before you see highly touted Dmen this club’s drafted to come to be Big Club eligible?

    ‘splain why not drafting getting trading for or stealing a CENTREMAN is not a good thing?

    …and tell me if you still have my gmail addy…we need to communicate please!

  • paul wodehouse


    y’might not wanna hear too too much about the GLORY DAYS at this point … I was in the middle of it…I covered the Oilers as the Edmonton Sun sports beat photographer from the day I arrived that day after some kid named Andy Moog beat the dreaded Habs in a best of five series May of 81…

    the battle of alberta was life altering my friend…I was blessed to be a part of all those years until 99 was sold and no one ever will be able to take any one of those memories away from me[.]


  • paul wodehouse

    I just don’t get what right the Oilers have to throw out a customer because he turned his jersey inside out. It’s like were living in Russia and Putin owns the team. Oilers need to be a bit bigger than this. Why not at next game have 25 to 50 people agree to turn their jerseys inside out. Are they going to throw all of these paying fans out as well.
    You know, its not just that our team sucks, our management seems to have this attitude of entitlement. We should love and respect the Oilers no matter what. If I went to a Garth Brooks concert and he forgot half the words to his songs and constantly sang out of tune, I think I could boo him and turn my GB world tour shirt inside out without the threat of getting punted out of the concert. Its time Oiler management have a bit empathy for the fans. Last night was as bad as it gets for Oiler fans.

    • paul wodehouse

      …boys …back in the day there was a photographer who was told to leave the media lounge where the team fed us all pretty good…

      good ol’ Bill Tuele the media flack at the time didn’t like the Leaf Jersey the newspaper photographer was wearing…

  • Oilsinc79

    Ive been an oiler fan snc79, Gretz was a kid of 18, mess 18,lowe 20, semenko 22 and the ol man hamilton at 33. Way different game back then. The oil from 80 on to 90 could play the game anyway the team wanted to or defencive. But, when the game was on the line the goals usually came fast and furious, exiting hockey and a happy season for fans then. I do see odd flashes of that in the oil today.Very odd but flashes none the less.

    Ralph, Timmins Ontario