Before we continue, I’d like to take you back to this right here. It’s like a new car smell. Remember that? Go spend some time there. Get lost in there if you’d like, because once you come back, you probably wish you wouldn’t have.
Now that you’re back, let’s dive into the atrocity exhibition that was this morning’s/afternoon’s “hockey game” versus the New York Rangers.
And here we go…
To think, it was just a few weeks ago that we all had a glimmer of hope that we’d be able to see something change this season. I don’t think anyone realistically thought for one moment that this was a playoff calibre team, but I think that after fifteen games into the season, at this point the Oilers are definitely not that.
And to think, the Oilers had their two goals before the floodgates opened. I seriously thought for a minute or two before this game began that the Oilers had somewhat of a chance at wrangling a couple of points out of the Rangers.
Glass half full – Well, let’s see here..the team did get a point out of New Jersey…Dubnyk had a decent showing last game…Shawn Horcoff is coming back to the lineup…maybe the Oilers will figure out how to grab a couple of points out of New York. Yeah, that’s it.
Conclusion of game – What are you, high?
A few points –
- Nikolai Khabibulin had another day he’d soon like to put behind him. Granted, the Oilers weren’t a powerhouse today, but 23 saves on 31 shots won’t cut it in the AHL, let alone at the National level. Granted, the Oilers weren’t about to turn the house out at any given moment, but a .742 SV% after a couple of chequered starts isn’t going to win you any all-star votes.
- Marian Gaborik couldn’t be stopped. Gaborik had a hat trick and an assist for a total of four points. Ditto Alex Frolov, who had two and two.
- In all seriousness, it’s good to see Shawn Horcoff back in the lineup. Horcoff tallied himself a goal on a fluky wrist shot from just over the blue line that evaded backup netminder Martin Biron. Horcoff’s goal was the second Oiler goal in just about thirty seconds. Unfortunately for the Oilers, it would be the last Edmonton goal scored before yielding seven consecutive Ranger goals in a day that will probably be remembered as a shellacking
AND THEN, THIS
What is the defence for doing something like this? I realize the game’s well beyond being close at this stanza, but that’s not the point. When Avery tells Smid he doesn’t want to throw down, he waits until Smid has his back turned ready to skate away and then jumps him. Seriously, I hope he gets a game or two for this kind of thing. You don’t have to be an NHL player to know that the code’s been broken here.
Good on Smid for getting in his face. Next time, keep your eyes on Avery until he skates away.
Who jumps a guy from the back? Needless to say, this event started a chain reaction that thirty years ago would’ve emptied the benches. Instead, Stortini and Peckham (who has a bad ‘stache growing for Movember) picked up fighting majors and misconducts.
Add your usuals – Rangers had better goaltending, better scoring chances, better puck control… if it’s a stat, the Rangers probably led it.
The Oilers finish this five game road trip at 1-3-1. Other than their victory against the Blackhawks, the team has been soundly blown out of three out of their last four games. I’m an optimist, what can I say? We have to wait all the way until Wednesday before Edmonton takes on the Chicago Blackhawks at Rexall Place. Strangely, Chicago is a team that Edmonton has won fifty per cent of their games against this season.
Chins up, people. It’s a long season.
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