Monday, June 05, 2006

 

Stanley Cup Finals -- Game 1






Preview

Finally! I don't know about the players, but that 11 day hiatus was brutal on this fan. I almost took up gardening.

I have no idea what to expect tonight. Mirtle, IOF, and Mudcrutch, seem have some clue.

From what I've read, Carolina sounds a lot like the teams Edmonton has already beaten -- lots of offence, a great powerplay, some young goaltending that looks to be terrific.

Given that, I'm going to say Edmonton in 6: split on the road, split at home, win in Carolina, raise the cup in Rexall.

Tonight's Prediction: 4-2 Oil (Bergeron, Dvorak, Smyth, Peca empty netter).



Go Oil!

Comments:

I'm going to go with the Oil in 7.

For tonight, I'm looking for both teams to establish a fast and hard-hitting precedent for the remainder of the series. I think this evening could be the game that takes the boys back into overtime territory and they'll be thankful for the overly long rest that they've recently enjoyed.

Ales Hemske will be the Oilers' OT hero.
 


agreed. i think the oiler's mandate is to hit hard in a premediated strategy to get their intensity up. It might mean a few penalities for overagressiveness.

All the talk of long layoffs is meaningless at this stage. 3 rounds in, rest is good.

I predict Oil will lose the Game 1 in OT, but as with Game 1 vs Detroit, it doesn't deflate them.
 


FEERRRRRRRNNNNAAAANNNDDDOOO
 


Pretty damn fine first period, me thinks.

Hemsky looks as if some of the cobwebs have cleared with some of the moves he made (ie. the pass to the point fakeout on the PP, blowing by Brind'Amour).
 


Picking the Orbs to take the Penalty Shot was some inspired coaching. Inspired, I tell you.

He is now 1/1 alltime.

F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!
 


Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! Conkyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!
 


WHY DID WE DRESS CONKLIN over MARKANEN? For the love of GOD WHY?
 


I couldn't believe Conklin was backing up Roloson. The end result was pretty much how my nightmare ended lastnight .

Ty Conklin doing something stupid with the puck.

Why the F@#$ didn't he just stop the puck and return to the front of the net? The Oilers glaring error from the beginning of the season has come back to haunt them!
 


That would be ironic. This whole escapade coming full circle with disappointing losses squarely on the shoulders of poor goaltending. Anyway, MacT is mostly to blame for the Conklin gaffe, as he's been alternating Markkanen and Conklin every game as the backup, almost tempting fate. If there was any doubt that Conklin will not have anymore of a career, I think it's gone now.

Speaking of disappointing, that had to be one of the most unfortunate losses the Oilers have ever had, this season included. All around stupid, stupid defensive mistakes on the second PP and second PK cost the game.
 

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