Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Dizzying highs, terrifying lows, creamy middles

- Conroy. Wow.
- The fan reaction to Conroy. Wow. If the Beatles had taken Lorne Michaels up on his offer in 1975, I'm not sure that the crowd would have been more excited about a comeback.
- The 5 minute mark of the 2nd to the 11 minute mark of the 3rd. Ooof. The Flames were leading the shot count 17-7 after the 1st, 22-8 early in the 2nd, and the final count was 36-33 Kings.
- Lombardi. Ooof. He looked like a guy who had no confidence. (!)
- Nilson. Ooof. I think he's next on the list after Friesen; he's proven over a very long sample of time that he simply cannot produce. Tonight, that was reflected in the anecdotal sense: couldn't make a pass, receive a pass, or move the puck up the ice. Bad combination. Plus, he made a play on the PK that was insane for someone who earns their keep with defensive play.

If you're going to stay on the ice after you break your stick, the only thing you're good for is (A) blocking shots and (B) getting between the other guy and the place he wants to go. Having Rob Blake stickhandle around you at low speed (for of course the goal shortly thereafter) is totally incompatible with these aims...

-The Oilers season going down the tubes. Wow. Calgary wins, Minnesota wins, Colorado wins, Vancouver with the OTL. A finish like 19-11-2 would give them 92 points and might - maybe - get them past the Wild, if enough of those 19 are head-to-head. 95 points means they need to finish 20-9-3. As the wise Dog said:
The Oilers have become the Ducks, the Canes, the Capitals, the Panthers - surprise teams who marched to the finals, fell short and then fell back to earth the next year. Hard.

Also, here's Peter's account of tonight's festivities:
Oh my, what a great game. I just got back, and that was as much fun as I have had in the Dome all year. The crowd was bouncing and Craig Conroy now has two more goals in a Flames uniform than Lundmark.

Just awesome. Go Flames. Go Blue Jackets.

Indeed. Go Flames.


From NHL.com: "Conroy's pair burns former club."

Aren't teams supposed to disclose things like this prior to trades?

By my calculation Conroy increased his pts/game from 0.31 to 0.34 last night. Cause for celebration indeed!

By my calculation Conroy increased his pts/game from 0.31 to 0.34 last night.

Now he's just .06 ppg off of Lupul's torrid pace!

I was never sure that exuberance could be rational, exactly, but no mind. The last time the Oilers played two weeks of good hockey, the curtain was not yet lifted on December.

Edmonton record as of Jan.31:
2007: 24-22-4
2006: 28-18-6

No backing into the playoffs this time, y'all.

"Edmonton record as of Jan.31:
2007: 24-22-4
2006: 28-18-6"

hmmmm...I see two more games played last year...not to mention about 4 or 5 SO wins...which we're not getting this year

not saying this year's squad is better because they're winning more games instead of shoot-outs. It just proves that we could always play other teams close.

As for getting on a hot streak...Vancouver went on a huge winning streak, Phoenix did as well...St.Louis of all teams went 13-4-4 or something

the Oil could too.


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