Showing posts with label Montreal Canadiens. Show all posts
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oilers Fight Back And Win 4-3 in OT / A Game Recap


BEERS & JEERS GAME RECAP

Welcome to another fine Edmonton Oilers Beers & Jeers Game Recap.

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FINAL SCORE

EDMONTON OILERS - 4

MONTREAL CANADIENS - 3 OT

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TONIGHT'S STARTING LINES

Hall/Horcoff/Eberle
Paajarvi/Gagner/Hemsky
Penner/Cogliano/Brule
Jacques/Fraser/ Jones

Whitney/Smid
Foster/Vandermeer
Peckham/Gilbert

Dubnyk
Khabibulin

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS



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TWEETCAST REPLAY LINK

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FINAL SHOTS

Oilers - 32   Canadiens - 39

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GOAL SCORERS

EDM: K. Foster (PPG, 17:45 - 1st) , A. Hemsky (10:09 - 3rd) , S. Gagner (SHG, 13:17 - 3rd) , D. Penner (02:28 - OT)

MTL: S. Gomez (PPG, 13:05 - 1st) , M. Darche (PPG, 08:01 - 2nd) , R. Hamrlik (10:02 - 2nd)

GOALIES

EDM: D. Dubnyk (W) MTL: C. Price (L)

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BEERS & JEERS PLAYER GRADES


The Cult of Hockey Grading System:
10 perfect game,  9 extraordinary,  8 great,  7 good,  6 above average,
5 average,  4 below average,  3 poor,  2 terrible,  1 deserves to be in minors.

#2 JAMES VANDERMEER - (7) BEERS He is on a roll. Not only did he play smart hockey, he was pretty darn good. He called for the puck like a wild man on the Hemsky goal. He yells, he gets the puck, shoots, Hemsky scores. Nice call and a nice play. He finished the night +2 and had 3 shots, 3 blocked shots and 3 hits. Nice night!

#4 TAYLOR HALL - (7) BEERS His hustle is non stop. He goes and goes and goes. He took 9 shots in total with 3 hitting the net. He tried everything i the book to score but came up short. No matter, he played great. I'm starting to see him understand NHL hockey. He's getting it.

#5 LADISLAV SMID - (6) He was OK. He didn't stand out as special tonight. He did finish +1 with 16:29 of ice time. He did have a scoring chance rate of 4/3. That's not bad.

#6 RYAN WHITNEY - (7) Whitney had a good game. He played a ton (26:16) and blocked 3 shots. I still can't believe that he can play so many minutes. He was on the ice for all the goals (for and against) but 2. He finished the night +2.

#10 SHAWN HORCOFF - (6) He wasn't quite at the level that Hall was on tonight but still was OK. Horcoff played 17:32 and had 2 shots and went 6/7 for 46% on faceoffs. He fared OK on scoring chances as well.

#13 ANDREW COGLIANO - (6) He played hard and created some good chances. He didn't have the same quality games that he's been having. He had 2 hits and was 3/3 for 50% on face offs.

#14 JORDAN EBERLE - (6) Much like Horcoff, he wasn't on the same level as Hall. He had a takeaway, a giveaway and a shot. He didn't really see any PK time tonight and only played 17:37 in total.

#16 COLIN FRASER - (4) JEERS I'm not a fan of Fraser. Boooooo! I see a player who tries hard, but fails on being able to bring it to the NHL level. In his 7:04 of ice time, he does throw 3 hits, but to go 1/2 for 33% on faceoffs, stinks. A 4th line center should do better than what he's doing this year. Ryan O'Marra as a replacement? Go for it.

#22 JF JACQUES - (3) JEERS He took the Oilers Bad Timing Penalty tonight and it really was a terrible penalty. Since he's been back, I scratch my head when he's in and Stortini's sitting out. Jacques brings nothing to the table. Nothing. Booooooo!

#26 KURTIS FOSTER - (6) His goal was a bomb of a shot. BOOM! That was an awesome shot. He made a few nice passes tonight but he finished -1 and had 2 giveaways. He wasn't great, yet not bad either.

#27 DUSTIN PENNER - (7) BEERS He scored the game winning goal on a steal at the Habs blueline. He did play a pretty solid game. He had 4 shots and 3 hits in 17:50 of ice time. He was way better than the guys he played with.

#28 RYAN JONES - (3) JEERS He was pretty bad. Again. I don't get why he's here and not Reddox. Reddox is doing everything he can for the OKC Barons and putting up some good numbers at the same time. Jones, does nothing. He did get sticked in the face which resulted in the Oilers first goal, but other than that, he did squat. Booooooo!

#29 MARTIN GERBER - (0) DNP (Minors)

#33 STEVE MACINTYRE - (0) DNP (Healthy scratch)

#35 NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN - (0) DNP (Backup)

#40 DEVAN DUBNYK - (7) He played well. Nice game for him. He just plays so composed. Once again he takes the Oilers to overtime or better. He deserves more games even with Khabibulin coming back.
#43 JASON STRUDWICK - (0) DNP (Scratch)

#45 SHAWN BELLE - (0) DNP (Minors)

#46 ZACK STORTINI - (0) DNP (Healthy Scratch)

#49 THEO PECKHAM - (6) BEERS He was instrumental in helping the Oilers keep that "edge" in the 1st period. He laid out some nice hits and had 3 blocked shots and played 20:00 minutes. One of those blocked shots resulted in the Oilers scoring shortly after. He did the right (brave) thing and it helped the team out. I like this guy.

#67 GILBERT BRULE - (6) Brule was so so. While he was OK, he just wasn't as good as he's been lately. He had 2 shots, 2 hits and 2 takeaways. While that line had a few good chances, his playing was a pretty low level game.

#77 TOM GILBERT - (7) He was good. 3 shots and 3 blocked shots. He always seems to find a way to block shots. Kudos to him! In his 23:26 of ice time, he managed to not be on for a goal against. Including the penalty kill. Gilbert has been better lately and it's about time.

#83 ALES HEMSKY - (8) BEERS He came back tonight with a bang. He had a goal and 2 assists to go with a +2 rating. When Gagner scored his goal it was all because Hemsky was skating backwards and was in position to shoot. He gave Gagner that few extra inches that he needed to score high on Price. All game he made positive things happen. He was the on ice leader tonight. Welcome back Hemmer!

#89 SAM GAGNER - (8) BEERS He has been playing these last few games like a man possessed. He's been great. He can play both ends of the rink well and if his faceoffs were better -- he was a team high 9/7 for 56% -- he could be a serious threat. Gagner seems to be "getting it" this year. He can do it all. It's only going to get better.

#91 MAGNUS PAAJARVI - (7) BEERS He created a lot of chances and was in a lot as well. He was on for 10 chances for and had 6 against. He finally after a lot of games, he picked up an assist on the Hemsky goal. He worked so hard tonight it was nice to see him pick up a point. He does need to find that physical edge in his game. He shouldn't be afraid to hit players.
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BAD TIMING PENALTY (what is a Bad Timing Penalty?)


JF Jacques - Stupid bone headed penalty taken at 6:50 of the 2nd period. Not only was it in the offensive zone, that Power Play for the Habs helped them gain momentum to not only score then, but they go on to score shortly after that to go up 3-1.

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GAMES 3 STARS

1st: DUSTIN PENNER
2nd: MATHIEU DARCHE
3rd: ROMAN HAMRLIK

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USEFUL LINKS

EVENT SUMMARY

GAME SUMMARY

FACEOFF REPORT

SHOT REPORT

mc79hockey.com Scoring Chances

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Special thanks to David Staples of Cult Of Hockey - Edmonton Journal for allowing us to use his grading system.

-Written by Smokin' Ray of OilersJambalaya.com-

Oilers Make Trip To Montreal / The Oilers vs Les Canadiens / A LIVE TweetCast


Welcome to the LIVE TweetCast of
the Edmonton Oilers vs the Montreal Canadiens 
GOILERS!!!

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TV: TSN (HD)

RADIO: 630 CHED & Oilers Radio Network

PUCK DROP: 5:08 p.m. MST


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EDMONTON OILERS STARTING LINES

Hall - Horcoff - Eberle
Paajarvi - Gagner - Hemsky
Penner - Cogliano - Brule
Jacques - Fraser - Jones

Whitney - Smid
Peckham - Gilbert
Vandermeer - Foster

Dubnyk

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Last 10 Games: Montreal 7-3-0; Edmonton 3-5-2

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Edmonton Oilers (7-12-4) at Montreal Canadiens (15-8-1)


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Thursday, March 11, 2010

#119 Beers & Jeers - Oilers vs Canadiens Game Recap (3/11/10)


Welcome to Oilers Jambalaya - An Edmonton Oilers Hockey Blog. Beers & Jeers is a dual collaboration between Smokin' Ray and Paq Twinn. We hope you enjoy our Edmonton Oilers full game recap.

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- Who's Out? Who's in? Chris Minard has been called up for his first ever appearance for the Edmonton Oilers. Devan Dubnyk will start in goal tonight.

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Pre-Game Records

Edmonton Oilers (21-39-6) at Montreal Canadiens (33-29-6)

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TONIGHT'S STARTING LINES

Comrie Horcoff Pisani
Penner Cogliano Brule
Minard Gagner Pouliot
Stortini Potulny Nilsson

Gilbert Whitney
Chorney Strudwick
Johnson Peckham

Dubnyk
Deslauriers

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FINAL SCORE

Edmonton Oilers - 4

Montreal Canadiens - 5

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GAME VIDEO REPLAY



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SHOOTOUT DETAILS

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BAD TIMING PENALTY

Theo Peckham - Right after the Habs score their 3rd goal to make it 3-2, Peckham takes a very silly holding penalty and gave the Habs even more momentum than they already had from the go ahead goal. And besides that, he was just in the box a few minutes before that which caused the Habs momentum swing in the first place. Bad game for Peckham.
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BEERS

Penner/Cogliano/Brule - Cogliano gets the fortune of acquiring a dynamic duo in Penner and Brule to play on his wings for this game. Penner and Brule have an uncanny chemistry and adding Cogliano's speed and aggressive puck play just made that line fantastic. Split a mini keg boys. Cheers!

Tom Gilbert - He finished the game a +1 and he had two assists and he blocked 4 shots. Not bad for a 5-4 hockey game.  He's done nothing but impress me since his new top pairing role has started. I can see why he wears the "A" once in a while now. He's one of the leaders for this Oilers team now and down the road. He played 27:49 and was good right down to the wire. One frosty cold one, coming up. Cheers!

Chris Minard - The $275,000 AHL hotshot finally makes his Oilers debut. At the start of the game, I had doubts. But within the first three minutes of the game he has a nice give and go with Gagner and he picks up an assist on the goal. He seemed to play well with Gagner and Pouliot. He sure didn't look out of place. He played 10:54. Have a cold frosty mug of Oilers Jambalaya Budweiser. Cheers!

HONORABLE MENTION(S): Aaron Johnson (He played 26:31. Holy crap. He must be dead after a game like that. And he played really good. He ended the night +1.), Shawn Horcoff (He played well with Comrie. Horcoff even scored tonight. Really, he did.), Robert Nilsson (3 shots and a goal for Bobby. I know, it's strange. He was good.), Devan Dubnyk (He played OK. He let in some weak goals and he wasn't spectacular. But that's OK, he made it to the shootout and even did pretty good in that. He still hasn't won his first NHL game yet.)

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JEERS

Taylor Chorney - I didn't like his game tonight and ending up -3 sucks. Sloppy plays and bad passes makes me want to boo him. So I'm going to. BOOOOOOO!

HONORABLE MENTION(S): Jason Strudwick (He was looking like he was drowning out there. I'd say I hope he gets better, but who am I kidding.)

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OUR GAME SUMMARIES

Smokin' Ray - The first period was very exciting. Very. Four goals in the first ten minutes was an intense way to start a game. The whole game was good, but that start was great. I knew it was a good game when my pregnant and due wife was even enjoying the game. Not much impresses her lately. lol. So if you missed the game, oh well, you missed the game. That's why we have a recap. ; )

Oh yeah... Ryan Whitney suffered and injury and did not play in the 3rd. The injury bug strikes again.

Paq Twinn - He's M.I.A.

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POST GAME VIDEO REACTIONS



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GAME STATS

- Scoring Chances (MC79)

- David Staples/Player Grades (Cult of Hockey)

- Game Summary

- Event Summary

- Full NHL Play By Play

- Oilers Time On The Ice

- Opponents Time On The Ice

- Faceoff Report

- Shot Report

- Roster Report

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Saturday 13/03/2010
5:00 PM
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Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens **LIVE Blog TweetCast** (3/11/10)


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Tonight you will see the tweets/comments of Paq Twinn, Smokin' Ray, Nick Walker, Scarlett, Dan Tencer, The official Edmonton Oilers and the official Montreal Canadiens tweets.

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Edmonton Oilers (21-39-6) at Montreal Canadiens (33-29-6)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Daily News & Rumors

Sorry, I have not been blogging much lately but it is hard to get rumors during the Olympics when the focus is all Olympics and people seem to forget about the NHL. Unfortunately I do not have an Oilers rumors for you.

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, GM Scott Howson said the team is leaning toward selling. Names like Raffi Torres and Freddy Modin have came up, there is believed to be a lot of teams interested in Raffi's services.

There is serious interest in Alexei Ponikarovsky, several teams have contacted the Leafs about Alexei and if he remains a Leaf after the deadline I will be SHOCKED.

Price or Halak? We have been asking this question for a while now and a decision may finally be here, I personally think Price will be dealt, and the team that seems the most interested is the Chicago Blackhawks believe it or not.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Daily News & Rumors

First off, I would like to wish the Oilers luck tonight against the Kings, it should be a good game.

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN the Dallas Stars have claimed F Brandon Segal off waivers from LA.

According to Bob McKenzie the New York Rangers have put tough guy Donald Brashear on waivers.

According to HockeyLeaks.com, the Vancouver Canucks are shopping Goaltender Cory Schneider. They would try and bring in some depth on the blue line. Schneider a top prospect will never get a shot in Vancouver as he is behind Roberto Luongo who is locked up for a long time.

According to thefourthperiod.com, the Atlanta Thrashers are taking calls for Forward Slava Kozlov. Kozlov has been a dud so far this season however he has a ton of Offensive talent that many teams want.

Montreal sends:


2nd round draft pick in 2011

Florida sends:

F Dominic Moore

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Daily News & Rumors (Gainey/Sutton/Colaiacovo/Whitney)

First off, I would like to wish the Oilers luck tonight in their matchup against the Coyotes.  It should be a low scoring game (every Oilers game is).

According to Chris Botta of Islanderspointblank.com, the New York Islanders are receiving calls on Defenseman Andy Sutton. It is unknown if they are willing to trade him.

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has stepped down as GM of the Montreal Canadiens, Pierre Gauthier will take over.

According to Andy Strickland the St. Louis Blues have made it known that Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo is available.

According to Adrian Dater, Defenseman John Michael Liles will be a healthy scratch yet again. It is believed that the Colorado Avalanche are currently shopping him.

It looks like there are several teams still interested in former Oiler Ray Whitney.  It appears the Kings, Bruins, Sabres and Flyers are leading the way.

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Fantasy team of the week

W - Alex Ovechkin (7G, 3A, 10P, 18 shots)

C - Nicklas Backstrom (2G, 8A, 10P, 7 shots)

W - Daniel Alfredsson (2G, 3A, 5P, 6 shots)

D - Brian Rafalski (0G, 4A, 4P, 3 shots)

D - Shea Weber (0G, 2A, 2P, 11 shots)

G - Jean-Sebastien Giguere (2W, 0GA, 60 SV, 2 SO)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday Morning Rumor Update

Leafs shopping Mayers

- According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the Toronto Maple Leafs have given Forward Jamal Mayers and his agent permission to seek a trade out of Toronto, Leafs GM Brian Burke has made it clear to every NHL team that Jamal is available.


Trade winds continue to swirl

- Canadiens GM Bob Gainey was scouting last night at the Leafs/Kings game, it is believed that scouts for up to 10 different teams were taking in that game as well.

Ponikarovsky update

- Alexei Ponikarovsky's play as of late has been very solid and that is not going unnoticed, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers have all shown interest.

"The Wizard" drawing interest


- The Boston Bruins and LA Kings have shown serious interest in Hurricanes Forward Ray Whitney don't be suprised if he is dealt before the olympic break.

King Kovy?

- Kovalchuk to the Kings is picking up, if Kovalchuk was to be dealt to the Kings it would take a package like Jack Johnson, Alex Frolov, a top prospect and a 1st round draft pick. Rich Hammond an LA Kings insider has confirmed that the 2 teams have held talks about the Russian superstar.

Hill-en to climb

- New York Islanders Defenseman Jack Hillen took an Ovechkin shot in the face yesterday night. He suffered broken jaw & damaged teeth; he had surgery last night and will be out the next 6-8 weeks.

Time for an Oil change

- The Edmonton Oilers are interested in Predators Goaltender Dan Ellis, I have heard the Predators really like O' Sullivan.

I will highlight sections involving the Oilers in BLUE from now on.

All comments are welcome! 

NHLTALK202

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Beers and Jeers #68 (Oct 10/09 vs. Montreal Canadiens)



Welcome everyone.  Starting tonight, Paq Twinn is going to do live updates on Twitter.  www.twitter.com/paqtwinn  Don't have Twitter?  No problem, look to your left.  It's right there for you.  Just refresh the page every few minutes and POOF!  Your updated.

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Tonight's Starting Lines

Jacques-Horcoff-Hemsky
O’Sullivan-Gagner-Stone
Penner-Brule-Comrie
Moreau-Cogliano-Stortini

Gilbert-Visnovsky
Staios-Grebeshkov
Strudwick-Smid

Khabibulin
Deslauriers

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1st Period

- Getting ready for player intros, anthem, and puck drop.
- Nice save by Khabibulin. missed opening faceoff.
- Penalty to Montreal at 3:57 hooking Oilers PP
- No shots for, chance against, bad pp for Oilers
- Cogliano gets a nice chance.
- Oilers getting good offensive pressure
- Oilers PP at 10:13, Spacek goes off for holding.
- Good pp, 2 shots, this game is moving fast. 7:00 mins left.
- Khabibulin is making some nice stops.
- I'd say the crowd is half n half.
- At 18:40, Comrie scores a bute, top shelf. Gagner with a great stretch pass. #lastminutegoal
- 1-0 for the Oilers 1st intermission. Good 1st for the home team. #ppneedsattention

2nd Period

- Hemsky is playing with some passion early.
- Fast start to the second, things getting rough
- At 3:32, JFJ tips in Smid's point shot. 2-0 Oilers. Hemsky with second assist. #GOILERS
- JFJ starting to look better every game. #keepupthegoodwork
- Khabibulin holds down the fort in a barrage of chances by the Canadiens.
- Staios having a better game. #haventseenthissteveinyears
- At 8:10, OSullivan scores! good pressure and pass by Stone. 3-0 Oilers
- Brule has a big hit, Mara takes exception. Mara takes Brule down in a fight. #hitsfrombehind
- At 9:19, Oilers PP, Mara gets the instigator.
- 2 goal posts,but no goals on that PP.
- OSullivan continues hot start to season, really buzzin tonight.
- Canadiens getting ornery, down by 3. #gaineysnotahappycamper
- Oilers penalty at 14:33 to Patty'O. 2 for tripping. lets go oilers PK!
- Lots of Canadiens pressure on the PP
- Good PK for Oilers, no shots against. shot favor Montreal 19-11. about 3 1/2 to go in 2nd period
- At 19:10, a 2 on 1 for Canadiens turns into a goal for Gionta.  3-1 Oilers
- Oilers getting very sloppy late in second. #haventlearnedtheirlessonyet
- Second period ends with a half dozen chances by the Canadiens. 3-1 Oilers after 2.
-Overall a good second period for the Oilers. We gotta learn how to play out periods better, its killing all momentum gained through out the game.

3rd Period

- 3rd period under way, with both teams trading chances.
- Crowd chants "lets go Oilers" for the 6th or 7th time tonight. Didnt hear that enough last year.
- The line of Patty-o, Gagner and Stoner has been the best for the Oilers tonight.
- 1st line of JFJ, Horc, and Hemmer playing their best game of the season. #letshopeitgetsbetter
- Oilers have given the puck away 11 times already tonight. Khabibulin keeps making the saves.
- Oilers better defensively in this period. they are right on top of the puck.
- At 10:36, Hemsky goes for 2 for holding. Oilers go on PK.
- Solid PK for the Oilers, only 1 shot against.
- Canadiens out shooting Oilers 2 to 1 (ratio).
- Khabibulin solid between the pipes.
- 5mins to go in the 3rd. still 3-1 for the Oilers
- Oilers attacking more in the late stages then earlier in 3rd.
- Canadiens score... but wait its under review.
- After review, no goal. #phewthatwasacloseone
- Canadiens score. Hamerlik sends a shot through traffic, hits Horcoff, and goes in. #badbounces
- At 16:38, 3-2 Oilers 3mins left in the 3rd. #battendownthehatches
- Quinn riding 19,89,32 in final mins.
- Oilers hold on to win 3-2 against Canadiens. It was white knuckle in the last minute.
- JFJ (3rd) and Khabibulin (1st) get stars. good win for the Oilers, held off a late flurry, successfully this time.

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FINAL SCORE

Montreal Canadiens - 2

Edmonton Oilers - 3
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Bad Timing Penalty™

Ales Hemsky - The only reason he gets the BTP™ is because after took this holding penalty, he gave Montreal life.  They didn't score on the PP, but they did have a review goal (no goal) minutes later and then scored their 2nd goal right after that. 

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Goat Watch™

Ethan Moreau - He was his usual goat self.  Just ok.  Nothing to see here.

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BEERS

Nikolai Khabibulin - The Wall has arrived.  I could tell in the 1st period that he was going to be solid tonight.  He was awesome.  When a goalie looks that calm in net, he makes it look easy.  Great game Bulin.  Feel like a beer?  Cheers!

Patrick O'Sullivan - Patty O is a really good player.  I love how he shoots from anywhere.  It was nice to see one go in for him finally.  He did seem to click with Gagner and is showing his worth for being a top 6 guy.  I like #19.  How about a frosty mug o'beer?  Cheers!

Sam Gagner - I picked him as my star for a reason.  He's freaking killer.  I had a feeling that he was going to be better this year.  I was pissed off when he started the season on the 4th line. But that Quinn fella know his stuff.  I will doubt Quinn no more.  Gagner was awarded with the 2nd line center spot after busting his ass on the 4th.  Gags picks up the beautiful assist on the Comrie goal and finishes the night a +2.  Solid game for him.  Miller time once again.  Cheers!

Ladislav Smid - He led the team in ice time.  For a guy that wanted to be traded, I think he's happy now don't you think?  He was a stud out there.  He is turning into one of my favorite defencemen.  Let's sit and drink a CernĂ¡ Hora and toast a great year to you.  Cheers!

JF Jacques - Well that was great game by the big guy.  He had 8 hits and made you look twice when you had the puck.  This was more reminisant of the JFJ that we seen in pre-season.  I sure hope he can keep this up.  For a stand out game, let's enjoy a Big Bear, paper bag and all.  Cheers!

Honorable Mentions: Shawn Horcoff (Did well on the faceoffs 64%), Lubomir Visnovsky (Played well and finished +1), Jason Strudwick (Also played well. Pretty solid for guy that came in last game), Ryan Stone (He played the same old, hard hitting game he plays.)

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JEERS

Mike Comrie - Sure he scored but...  Mr. Duff still is having trouble keeping up.  His condiditoning needs some serious attention.  Ride the bike Mike.  Rid'er hard.  It's easy to see who is in shape and who isn't.  Look at a players average shift lenghth.  Mike is :46.  Gagner is :51 and Hemsky is :55.  No doubt Mike is a good player, but only a useless player unless he can skate with the boys.  Is it coincidence that he only scores in the 1st half of the game?  Shape up Mike.  Booooooo!

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Well we won. Yay!  It's quite clear the the Edmonton Oilers of 2009/10 are one of the most exciting teams in the league (next to the Caps).  I love this "new" team.  it does'nt matter that we should be 4-0.  This team is not only going to make the playoffs... they will go far.  GOILERS! 

In Quinn We Trust (IQWT) *deposits quarter to JSBM*

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Beers and Jeers #31 (Feb 11/09 vs. Montreal Canadiens)


Welcome back everyone. Life has been interesting. Lubomir Visnovsky has a dislocated shoulder and is out for the remainder of the season. Ouch! Both literally and figuratively. It's a huge loss and I'm not sure how the Oilers plan on replacing him. A trade? Minors? What's the plan?


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The Oilers are sitting in 10th with 56 points. Not great, but really... not bad considering that Dallas is in 5th with 59 points. Still time left for a good push. I am still not hitting the panic button. Yet.


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Jaromir Jagr may just be an Edmonton Oiler after all. Not this year, but very much a possibility for next year. David Staples broke the story yesterday and I was also sucked into the excitement. But even though it won't be able to happen this year, I have no doubt that we should take a chance on him next year. What's it going to hurt? Just not Sundin/Hossa money please.


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1st Period


The game is starting and I still can not believe how many Habs fans there are. Montreal gets out to a great start by getting the 1st shot away. This game seems like it's going to be a good one. But soon after (4:30) Gagner draws a penalty. MacT sends out the Kid line. Gagner ends up whacking in a rebound and scores. 1-0 Oilers. Gagner (5:41) from Nilsson and Cogliano. I love being the 1st team to score. It feels nice. It seems like all the lines are working tonight. At the 11:00 minute mark Hemsky looks like Hemsky and pulls off a sweet toe drag move but..... didn't score. Nice move though. Holy crap! The 4th line does score... Stortini scores his 3rd of the year. (watch out Gagner!) They provided good pressure to the Montreal defence and managed a goal. Stortini (13:31)from Gilbert. 2-0 Oilers. 10 seconds later the Oilers score again. Cogliano scores the 3rd goal of this game assisted by Moreau and Pouliot. Crazy!!! 3-0 Oilers. Montreal is stressing out now. But I guess we all know how that feels, right Oiler fans. It feels nice to be on this side of the fence for once. Oh no. Hemsky scores now. Geez... 4-0 Oilers. Hemsky (19:34) from Penner and Horcoff. All 4 lines have scored a goal in this period.(well sort of. Gagner's goal was on the PP with 12 and 13). 10 seconds later the Habs do get on the board. Dandenault is the goal scorer. End of period score : 4-1 Oilers.


2nd Period


Well that was the best period the Oilers have played in.. in... a long long time. Let's hope the 2nd goes as well. No mercy boys. No mercy. The start of the period has good flow until Stortini takes a high sticking penalty at 2:35. But shortly after that, the Habs fall into penalty trouble. Twice. The Oilers have a 5 on 3 Power play for 1:32. And they blow it. On a side note: Quinn and Brown say that Grebs won't be retuning today. (I wonder if Reddox can take his spot. Jk.) With Smid in the box a little while later, Brodziak gets a short handed breakaway (11:40). Scoooorrrreeeesss! Holy cow. 5-1 Oilers. Brodziak from Strudwick and Gilbert. This is awesome. But do you know what isn't awesome? Taking a puck in the face. Ouch! Souray takes some rubber to the nose. No worries. It builds character. Then at 17:19 Penner hits one of the crossbar and in. The Oilers score again. Penner from Hemsky and Horcoff. Is this the Chicago team that has been here? 6-1 Oilers. Right at the tail end of the period Souray takes a penalty and one minute will be carried over to the 3rd. End of period score : 6-1 Oilers


3rd Period


The 3rd period started of pretty good for the Oilers. Killed off the rest of the Souray penalty. The flow from all 4 lines has been exciting to watch. The Habs started to get into penalty trouble again. At 5:53 Reddox scores to make it to seven. 7-1 Oilers. Reddox from Gilbert and Brodziak. This is crazy. However, 4 minutes later the Habs finally pop their 2nd goal. 7-2 Oilers. The part I hate the most is when there is a break in the game and Quinn and Brown carry on with some dribble of banter. Most of the time they make no sense. Or they state the obvious. Well... Montreal takes their 7th penalty of the game. And the Oilers smell blood. What's going to happen? A freaking huge save by Roli that's what. WOW! That was highlight reel stuff. Roli! Roli! Roli! 3:34 left in the game and I still can't believe that the score is 7-2 Oilers. Awesome stuff. It's about time that it's us and not the other team running up the score.


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Tonight's Starting Lines


Penner Horcoff Hemsky (This was a good line tonight. Hemsky was looking back to normal. Penner was full of energy. Horcoff was better than we have seen in awhile. Very Effective line.)


Nilsson Gagner Cole (This was also a pretty good line. Well Cole wasn't that good. But Gagner and Nilsson looked really energized tonight. Good speed. Effective Line.)


Moreau Cogliano Pouliot (This line was pretty decent tonight. They worked hard and it payed off with a goal for Cogs. All three were good. Effective Line.)


Reddox Brodziak Stortini (This line was WAY better than I could have ever expected. Stortini seems to be on a real tear right now. Brodziak has also been good since the dog house bit with MacT. Even Reddox scored. Pretty Effective Line.)


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Final Score


Montreal Canadiens - 2

Edmonton Oilers - 7


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BEERS


KEGGER!!!


All the boys really deserve a beer. I don't really want to single anyone out. But Hemmer and Roli were great. Sam Gagner was slick tonight. Gilbert had 3 assists. Stortini was a man on a mission. MacT didn't make any changes during the game. Life is all good now. So Cheers everyone! It's kegger time.


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JEERS


No one was really stinky tonight, so no Boo's from me. Although I wonder what is up with Erik Cole? He wasn't great tonight and didn't really play much but he did block 3 shots. So is he hurt or just crappy right now? Or maybe he wants out?


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The next game will be on Saturday at 2:oo vs the LA Kings. They are hot right now, so that will be a good test for the Oil. Hopefully this win tonight can instill a little more confidence on this team as they prepare for the stretch run. Go Oilers!

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