GDB Wrap Up: Ducks @ Oilers

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Ben Scrivens is the anti-Dubnyk. Final Score: 4-3 Oilers.

Tonight was one of the last times you will see Teemu Selanne at Rexall Place and the thought of it bummed me out. It’s a weird feeling when the players you grew up watching start retiring. I remember watching his rookie season and being amazed that a guy that could score 76 goals in the NHL, let alone in his rookie season.  (I was fairly young at the time and hadn’t had a chance to learn about Gretzky’s 92 goal season yet) It was pretty cool to see Rexall give Teemu a standing ovation. It was also cool that he didn’t score.

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What can you say about Ben Scrivens other than he stole another game for the Oilers. Since he’s been around he’s given the Oiler saves that they never could have expected at the beginning of the year. I’m not sure how often you can get outshot 51-23 and still win the game but it worked this time! Not to mention, Andrew Cogliano didn’t score! Take that former Oilers curse. It’s amazing what solid goaltending can do.

Let’s wrap it up…

The Bright Side

  • 100th career goal for Gagner
  • Teemu Selanne has more than enough old man strength to share with Nugey
  • Ben Scrivens was 10 shades of awesome
  • I love seeing guys score their first NHL goal – good on Klefbom
  • Fans weren’t just waiting for the 50/50 announcement!

The Face Palmers

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  • Turning on the TV 5 minutes late and already losing
  • Tyler Pitlick’s legs
  • Corey Perry is very annoying in the best way possible – wrong team though
  • Being doubled in shots is a good thing, right?

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  • Sevenseven

    I know ex Oiler coaches and managment is not a popular topic for the nation but…

    Can we get bill ranford as the goalie coach out of LA?!

    Boo Jeanshorts!!

    • Rdubb

      I don’t see why not, he lived in Red Deer, played for the Oil, won a cup with the Oil, won the con smyth with the Oil, hell, shouldn’t he too be considered an “Oiler for life” too?
      Start chanting his name again in Rexall and maybe he’ll decide to come back…I don’t know what he did, but he sure has done some AMAZING things in LA with all their tenders, look @ what he did with THE PROF, or Quick, or Bernier, even Jones. LA is a goalie pipeline, and Randyford (that’s what I called myself playing road hockey, floor hockey, ball hockey & ice hockey in the late 80’s and early 90’s, hell, I even have an Oiler jersey that is #30 and says Randyford) must have something to do with it…

      • Sevenseven

        This one never ripped on chabot. But you are right, I dont think he is the best coach.

        I dont think he has a very good track record. In his past five years as goaltending coach, he hasnt done anything to prove himself. Dubnyks decline in play being the main example. The comments out of Nashville on his game, and his subpar performance behind one of the best defense in the nhl back could be attributed to Chabot.

        It could be the oilers just didnt have quality goaltenders in the system. Bill Ranford in La, maybe his success stems from strong defense in front of his goalies or a deep talent pool. He just has a good record. I understand you dont need nhl success to be a good coach. But as a goalie coach I feel it helps. It is the toughest position to play on the team. Chabots resume and even more so his track record form my opinion on him.

        • Czar

          Bill Sr. use to run a goalie school out in Sylvan Lake and Bill was involved in that for several summers as well. It was a natural transition for him after hockey and agree he’d be a major improvement over Chabot. I’ve always said the Oiler system is where goaltending prospects go to die, I hope that’s finally over.

        • Rdubb

          I agree with you 110%!!!! I cannot say it better than that…
          All you have to do is look @ Billy in LA.
          One must look @ Burke in PHX, how many goalies has he turned into top NHL tenders, many came into PHX as good average goalies, but while there, they turned into above average goalies, some have been mentioned as Top 5, some mentioned as Vezina contenders, some named to national teams for either Olympics or world championships, he must be doing something right…& Billy, while not doing it as long as Burke, has seemed to found his niche after hockey.
          Dubbie’s game absolutely fell apart, he had every chance to become a top flight NHL tender, all he needed was a little (& I mean a little) bit of COACHING. As Trotz said, when he went to NSH, he (Dubnyk) was FULL OF HOLES…

      • Bi-Curious Gord

        I don’t think in 40+ years of watching hockey I have ever seen a foot race like that,incredible.
        As far as the 3 stars selection for the most part most games they are pretty accurate but last nights were a bit like 1970’s Montreal Canadian home game picks. The negative comments about the post game show on Ched I don’t agree with, I think Reid Wilkins and Rob Brown do an excellent job considering who signs their paycheck.