Saturday, March 25, 2006

 

Oilers vs Canucks - Round III




Season Record: 34-24-12 Season Record: 38-27-6

Preview


There really isn't too much to say here. The Oilers need to get it done.

Things I'll be looking (hoping) for:
  • LeGG and Peca to keep up their fantastic work from the last game
  • Some physical play -- especially on Naslund
  • Hemsky, Horcoff, Smyth to match the effort of the 4th line
  • Rollie the Goalie to not let in a weak one
  • Someone miscellaneous to step up (Samsonov, Moreau, Pisani, Stoll . . . )
I really wasn't that unhappy with Thursday's game as a whole. The Oilers dominated the third and OT, and were decent in the second. The first was a disaster. If they can just put one full game together, which admittedly hasn't happened in quite some time, they should be able to pull this one out.

On another note, wow is Anaheim looking good these days. I thought that their schedule would burn them down the stretch, but they just keep on winning.

Scoreboard watching:
  • Nashville vs LA
  • Anaheim vs Phoenix
  • Colorado vs St. L
  • San Jose vs Minnie

Comments:

Smytty looks like Messier out there.
 


Hey, now this is more like it. The Oil are looking great.
 


And Kelly H in a Golden Bears sweater. Very nice.
 


That Samsonov is no Huselius, though.
 


Greg Millen bias alert:

"And the good news with the late powerplay is that Vancouver has been good with the faceoffs"

Um, f*ck you, Millen. Oilers WINNN!!!
 


It was nice to see the big line step up, they played like they wanted the post season this time around. Great game by the Oil, but they have to play this way every game for the rest of the year.

But to give credit where its due Naslund, Bertuzzi and Morrison seem to have played better the last couple games which made the Canucks a tough three game stretch. On the other hand I still want the Nucks to crash and burn.
 


I can't remember the last time the Oilers actually finished off a game with safe defensive play and an unrushed puck possession game instead of the usual scrambling around like we're three goals behind and hoping the other team doesn't score. And hey — it turns out we're good at it. Best finish in a long, long time. This is how playoff teams play.

And maybe I'm just noticing this now that I'm removed from the Edmonton environment, but holy hell does the Golden Bears mascot look mentally retarded. The fez certainly isn't helping things. Good god, what year is it?

Regardless, go Bears.
 


You did NOT just shit all over Guba the bear. LA LA LA I'M NOT LISTENING.
 

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