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Off the Top of My Head

Six months from now I probably won’t be able to tell you the final score in Thursday’s 5-4 OT win over the Calgary Flames without looking it up, but the unmitigated joy Connor McDavid showed after scoring the goal to put the Edmonton Oilers into the Western Conference final will be burned into my memory…

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Don’t Forget About Nuge

As the longest serving member of the Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has seen bigger names than him come and go over the years. It’s been more of the same in his 11th season in Edmonton with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl now sharing the spotlight with newcomers Evander Kane and Zach Hyman.

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Off the Top of My Head

Zach Hyman called it an emotional roller-coaster — one that could have come right off the rails when the Edmonton Oilers spotted the Calgary Flames a 2-0 lead early in Game 2 Friday. Instead, what started out looking like a replay of Wednesday’s series-opening 9-6 loss turned into a 5-3 win and a series tied…

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Let Connor Do It

It took 31 years for the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames to resume the playoff version of the Battle of Alberta Wednesday and it turned out most of the Oilers in Jay Woodcroft’s line-up couldn’t even be bothered to show up for the start of it.

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The Way I See It

To borrow from Darryl Sutter, many people believe it’s probably going to be a waste of eight days for the Edmonton Oilers starting tonight as they tangle with Sutter’s Calgary Flames in the second round of the playoffs.

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MacT’s Take

When it comes to the rivalry between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, Craig MacTavish might be as well known for yanking the tongue out of Harvey the Hound’s head in January 2003 as for playing in three of the five Battle of Alberta playoff series between the teams.

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Off the Top of My Head

Connor McDavid reiterated yet again that he’s the best player on the planet and wound up Edmonton Oilers fans chanted “MVP-MVP-MVP” in the bedlam at Rogers Place last night, but the story that matters around here is a 2-0 win that puts the Oilers in the second round of the playoffs for the first time…

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Lucy Strikes Again

The Edmonton Oilers talked a good game going into Game 5 of their series against the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday and, to be fair, they’d backed up the same kind of talk with regularity since the arrival of Jay Woodcroft behind the bench.

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The Next One

Todd McLellan made his feelings known in no uncertain terms during a post-game availability lasting about 30 seconds after watching the Edmonton Oilers put the boots to his Los Angeles Kings 8-2 Friday. His team responded with a 4-0 win over the Oilers at home last night.

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Off the Top of My Head

Fragile teams don’t go deep into the playoffs because they are too easily derailed by bad luck or a bad game or even a bad moment. The Edmonton Oilers are not one of those teams, and we saw substantial proof of that in Friday’s 8-2 slap down of the Los Angeles Kings.

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Pour It On

So, after 48 hours of consternation over a brain cramp by Mike Smith in the wake of a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Monday, the Edmonton Oilers answered with a 6-0 dismantling of the Kings Wednesday. Six-zip. Six-nada. Get outta here. Is that pouring it on enough for you?

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What Was That?

It was Mike Smith who made the big mistake everybody was talking about after the Edmonton Oilers dropped a 4-3 decision to open their first-round series with the Los Angeles Kings, but Smith had company as two months of structure and process went out the window inside a packed Rogers Place Monday.