Saturday, June 10, 2006

 

Whew!


That was a little too close for comfort.

Quick hits while I charge up the ole defibrillator:

The Avenue is already rocking, despite the rain. A friend just phoned and reported that the riot squad is out in full force, which is a shame; but I have to say that when I was down there around 2:00 PM this afternoon there was already a rather seedy looking element congregating. You know, molester moustaches, tight shirts, tatoos, hoodies. The kind of guys you never see at an Oilers game. The curling club around the corner from our apartment is, apparently, the Official Headquarters of the Edmonton Police Service Copper Kilometer Response Team because it was full of police cruisers and vans this morning. Curling clubs are just so damn useful as general purpose venues: weddings, neighbourhood garage sales, hooligan holding cells, etc.

Anyway, back to the important stuff: THE OIL ARE BACK IN THIS SERIES, BABY!

This is just a crazy team we're supporting this year. What a gut check of a game to win. Ugly? Yes. Just what the doctor ordered.

[UPDATE]:I want to get this out of the way before it goes bananas.

The Score is reporting that most of the Carolina players after tonight's game refused to talk to the media, and when they were forced to, gave one word answers and whined about the final goal. The analysts even suggested -- gasp -- that perhaps Ruff was right and the Canes are poor losers. Ouch.

The crux of the matter is, apparently, that they are claiming that Smyth's goal should have been disallowed because it was goaltender interference or some damn thing.

I've watched the replay about 10 times now, and I have yet to see Smyth make any contact with Ward. I'm not sure what Laviolette thinks he was watching.

Comments:

Jussi scared me with the puck also. Until he came out of the net and both he and an Oiler defenseman approached the puck (the beer has erased his name from my brain for the moment) and Markkanen shot it right to the Hurricane on the point. My first thought was "WTF?" BUT THEN I realized, that he was so focused that he didn't see the guy coming.

At least that's what I told myself.
 


Man, they have to put some more behind Ward though, huh? He's dynamite but both goals - nice and easy shots at the net, someone going to it hard.

Have to get a few more like that.

I thought Dicque looked alright. Greene too.
 


Even if he was kinda sketchy, I think it was great that Jussi was confident enough to go out there and grab the puck.

He's no Roli, but he's also no Conklin.. you know what I mean?
 


He's no Roli, but he's also no Conklin.. you know what I mean?

So true. So true.
 


Well maybe the Canes coach should review the rule book. 78 i, if the puck is loose in the crease incidental contact while playing the puck is allowed. Although I think Ryan got shoved. It counts.. We have something to build on...
 


According to Steven Walkolm (for those who don't know, the Director of Officiating)

"On the Ryan Smyth goal, obviously we had 100 reviews to look at but, on the Ryan Smyth goal the puck was batted out of the air by the goalie and it bounced off of the Edmonton player and went into the net. And it may seem basic, but that's exactly what happened... the puck was in the air, Smyth tried to hit the puck with his stick and at the same time Ward tried to knock the puck out of the air and was successful in doing so. It bounced off Smyth and, unfortunately for the Hurricanes, went into the net."

Sorry, no link, but it's from a CBC interview with Elliot Freedman.
 


The Score is reporting that most of the Carolina players after tonight's game refused to talk to the media, and when they were forced to, gave one word answers and whined about the final goal.

I think they're angrier at themselves for playing a weak-sauce game than anything else--that tends to be interpreted by people who don't know the team (like, for example, The Score's analysts) as "whining".
 


I think they're angrier at themselves for playing a weak-sauce game than anything else--that tends to be interpreted by people who don't know the team (like, for example, The Score's analysts) as "whining".

I'll give you that for the players not wanting to give interviews -- although that is still pretty lame to hide in the dressing room rather than talk to the media (no matter what the reason) -- but I can't give the same benefit of the doubt to Lav's comments on the goal. But to be fair, I didn't see his entire presser, so maybe he didn't dwell on it.
 


But to be fair, I didn't see his entire presser, so maybe he didn't dwell on it.

I watched it--Lavi's comments were brief and amounted to "Meh. Not happy with it, but shit happens."
 


Can I say that the Canes refusing to talk to the media shows a "disrespect for the game," or is that only reserved for large black men who punishes all-comers? D-Lee? Cason?
 


Cosh better get a Game 3 analysis up soon, or I am gonna lose it. We need to revert to standard mojo form.
 


I've watched the replay about 10 times now, and I have yet to see Smyth make any contact with Ward.

Cam Ward needs a Roloson mask to sell it better.
 


Laviolette on Ryan Smyth's goal: "My view from looking at it while it happened and watching it on replay, there was a man in the crease, interference on the goalie and the puck went in the net."

Laviolette on Cam Ward: " You can't fault him on either goal. The first one was on redirect and the second one he wasn't allowed to make the save."

He didn't say anything else on the second goal, so even though he didn't dwell on it, it sounds like whining to me. I have a hard time believing that he thinks that there was goalie interference after watching a replay.
 


the second one he wasn't allowed to make the save.

Acually, he did make the save. He just couldn't hold on to the rebound. Shocker.
 


I've realized now that I've got the same anti-beard mojo that Grabia had going for a while there: every game we've lost since at least the second round has come on a day when I haven't shaved in at least 48 hrs. Too bad I didn't actually document it, like everyone else, or it could've become part of the Oilogosphere Mystique™.

How about that Hemsky wraparound? Ironically, he should have held it a second or two longer.
 


The series will go the Oilers way now that Laviolette is forced into coaching. He´s weak, just look at the USA performance in the Olys. Seems like the winner has got in the Canes heads, so they´ll be mental midgets for Game 4.
Go Oilers
 


Seems like the winner has got in the Canes heads, so they´ll be mental midgets for Game 4.

I wouldn't count on that. They did just as much bitching and whining in Buffalo after losing game 6 but came out of 7 with a win. Maybe this is how Laviolette motivates his team? Get them angry at the refs and take it out on the opponents.
 


When Conklin came right out and faced the media barely minutes after he assisted on Brindy's goal in G1, and Jason Smith too - yeah, you can't blame Carolina for not wanting to face the media, but you can call their character into question.

Maybe not fair, but life isn't fair and that's what's expected, so suck it up, answer the questions, then go back to the dressing room and strangle a puppy, if that's what it takes.

desdemona: it was Greene that Markkanen stole the puck from, IIRC.
 


I went back to the anti-beard mojo, and the Whale jersey, by the way. A glorious victory resulted. I may apply for my next job in that Whalers jersey.
 


Interesting thing to note - where's drfrank? brian?

Oh, this is like the Wings series when after Oiler wins only AtoY was able to access Oiler blogs to discuss what happened. Apparently AQ has also managed to get around those technical problems.

Good on her.

Funny about the others though. Hope they're ok.
 


He´s weak, just look at the USA performance in the Olys.

Because of course, it wasn't at all the fault of the players like Modano and Chelios.
 


Apparently AQ has also managed to get around those technical problems.

Mighty caucasian of you to say that, son. At any rate:

I don't speak for Cason and d-lee, and I certainly don't speak for DFL or that fucktard "Brian". I speak only for myself--if the other 'Canes bloggers (and Brian the Fuckhead Troll) represent, they represent. If not, then not.

Aaron Ward said after the game that expecting the Oilers to just roll over and die is disrespectful to them--I think the n00bs like Brian would do well to remember that.

I firmly believe that the Hurricanes will win the Cxp, but I also know that the Oilers aren't going to go down without a fight.
 


AQ tell us what u really think of Brian. Game 4 promises to be a good one. Go Oilers.Every Cane player was on the phone walking behind the Score analysts on the way out of the rink.
 


AQ... what does 'mighty caucasian of you' mean?

Just curious.

Also, re: mojo,

I too returned to the undefeated shirt, the stubble, and pacing incessantly between different tv's at the venue I am at.

We, like so many 'Africans' facing their 'Carolina masters', shall overcome.

AQ, you weren't before, but now you're an idiot.
 


I'm actually not arguing that the goal should have been disallowed.

However, the point that the Canes were arguing was rule 78g:
If an attacking player establishes a significant position within the goal crease, so as to obstruct the goalkeeper's vision and impair his ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

I, myself, don't think that contact was made. That wasn't the issue. It was that Smyth was so far in the crease that Ward couldn't protect his goal. That's what Lavi meant by "he wasn't allowed to make the save"

Like I say, though... I don't have a problem with the ruling. I'm just pointing out where the arguemet was coming from.

Looking forward to game 4.
 


"Because of course, it wasn't at all the fault of the players like Modano and Chelios."

Remind me again how Chelios caused the downfall of the US team, AQ.
 


Perhaps it wouldn't have counted if Aaron Ward didn't have his stick wrapped around Smyth while riding his butt into the net. Looking at the replay, I wonder if A. Ward's stick didn't get in C. Ward's face.

Also, Smyth was on the goal line when the goal was called, but was in the middle of the crease, far from impeding C. Ward's goaltending abilities when it went in.
 


Rule 78g is irrelevant. The puck was loose. The player is allowed to pursue. If the Canes don't like it, they should teach Ward how to not let out a rebound.
 


The rule that governed the play was and still is 78 i... About the whining well so be it... This is the finals and the teams are supposed to be available to the press after the games. Jeebus Conklin after his brain fart spoke to the press, so did Smith. It happens but really is not making the Canes look to classy. Who cares in the grand scheme winning this thing is not a popularity contest.. except for the Conn Smythe where this may impact the voting
 


Jeebus Conklin after his brain fart spoke to the press, so did Smith. It happens but really is not making the Canes look to classy. Who cares in the grand scheme winning this thing is not a popularity contest.. except for the Conn Smythe where this may impact the voting

You heard it here first. Conklin for Conn Smythe, awarded for 'most willing to face the press(ure) in the playoffs'
 


DrFrank was at the beach with no internet access.

You talk big after you win a game.

I'm just happy that we can play badly, the Oilers can play their best game of the series, and they still have trouble beating us.

I originally predicted Canes in 6 or 7.

I expect a win tomorrow. A pissed off Rod Brind'Amour is not what you want to fuck with.
 


Too bad the award isn't for willing to face the most pressure and not to who is able to deal with the most pressure. Cause I think we'd have that won.
 


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By the way guys, you really did it now. You pissed off the Acid Queen. It's too bad the Canes aren't as ready to face the music as ready as she is.
 


Earl, he's talking about the fact the press votes and Brind'Amour just did what is a huuuuge no-no by not talking to the masses after a game. I could see some media members going with their second Carolina choice because of that.
 


The whole Conn Smythe thing really seems to be up in the air, doesn't it? Carolina doesn't have an overwhelming candidate, Roloson's out, and Pronger will need to assemble a couple of really good games to reestablish his credentials. If Pisani can fit in a hat trick somewhere here, he may pull into the lead.
 


Cosh, does "A friend just phoned and reported that the riot squad is out in full force, which is a shame; but I have to say that when I was down there around 2:00 PM this afternoon there was already a rather seedy looking element congregating." and "Police have promised to use the same no-nonsense tactics they used Saturday night, when they arrested 205 partiers who went too far"(Edm Sun) mean the northern version of the "whores-in-training revel nightly in a lake of urine and vomit" have lead to the "display of proletarian aggression and instruct the police to impose overt fascism" in Edmonton?

The Pot is looking very black, from the Kettle's point of view.
 


Sure, buddy. I'm no blind supporter of cops in any uniform, but the pot tolerated quite a lot of fires and stabbings before the police presence was increased. Unlike the kettle, it didn't pre-emptively start busting balls because of nudity and loud motorbikes.

I was actually somewhat concerned that the takeover of the situation by the Tactical Unit was going to lead to a bloody pitched confrontation between the cops and the partiers, but the EPS seems to have managed things well.
 


Yes, they did, but I'm not sure tolerating 'quite a lot of stabbings and fires' was such a good thing. Perhaps having more EPS on call to quell things when they start to get out of hand would have been a good thing.
I think the CPS fumbled the Red Mile with their heavy handedness, but things should not have been allowed to get to the point they did in Edmonton where, on the first night, things were a bit 'frisky'. The EPS should have known at that point it was only going to increase. Mob mentality can be ugly.
Personally, I hope the Oil fans can reclaim the Whyte Ave from the few hooligans. However, the Karma after your earlier remarks had to be noted.
 


credit to you drfrank for showing up - during the wings series we had a whack of trolls who only showed up after wins and suddenly disappeared when the Oilers won

I talk the same win or lose btw.

How do you get in and out your house with that massive chip on your shoulder by the way? Jeez you're cranky.

Relax and enjoy. You sound like Doug Weight.
 

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