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Yes, St. Albert - That Really Did Just Happen

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My Uncle Jim was always the life of a party.  Uncle Jim was (and still is) a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan.  The guy’s seen the good times, and he’s certainly seen his fair share of hurt.  We relate.

Jim always was a great storyteller, and he usually had an a way of getting his point across so that anyone could understand.

When his nephew (yours truly) happened upon the age of majority, Jim was quick to point out all of life’s fruits that had just been placed upon my table.  Sure, drink your beers, and enjoy your time out.  But stay away from strip clubs.

Wait, why would I stay away from strip clubs?  Why would I want to?

It’s not worth your time, he’d say.  It’s like waving what looks like a pretty nice steak in front of a guy who hasn’t eaten in a week.  And we all know, that you’re not going to be so much as near that steak after that steak’s three songs on stage.  And after about an hour, looking at those steaks would cost you high in the wallet.

To a 19 year old kid, that made a lot of sense. Smart guy that Jim is.

What happened last night in Edmonton made me recall the Stripper Steak Story™ more than once.  Oh, everyone in the room saw the steak.  You could almost taste that steak.  Oilers were hungry for it too.  At the end of the night, no.

After forty minutes, the Oilers burst out to a 3-1 lead (Colin Fraser shorthanded goal?!), and Ryan Jones made it 4-1 early on into the third.  Really?  This is happening?   If the Oilers were to somehow knock off Calgary, it would all but put a dagger into their playoff hopes.  At least we kept them from having any sort of chance at getting into the playoffs and having the privilege of getting their teeth kicked in by Vancouver in the first round.

Not so fast.

Jarome Iginla, Curtis Glencross and Steve Freaking Staios each had tallies to tie the game up in just about thirteen minutes.  Staios’ goal was especially wonderful seeing as how it came with 115 seconds remaining in regulation time.  Continue on to a scoreless overtime and a shootout period that saw Alex Tanguay put one behind Dubnyk, and you have your game shrink-wrapped into a bite size morsel.  Flames 5, Oilers 4 in a shootout.  Calgary lives to dream one more day, while Edmonton…has seven more games to play on the season.

Notables:

  • Congrats are in order to Teemu Hartikainen on his first career goal in the National Hockey League.  Here’s hoping many more follow suit.

Corey Sarich was dust in the wind.  Nice move.

  • Colin Fraser owns himself a beauty of a shorthanded tally near the end of the second period after Alex Tanguy bumbled the puck near the Oiler blue.  It’s Fraser’s third goal and fifth point of the season.
  • Solid nights on the blue line for both Theo Peckham (+3, 15+ minutes of ice time) and Tom Gilbert (+2, 26+ minutes of ice time).

Exhausting game, anticlimactic result.

LA comes to town on Tuesday.  Great, another one of those fancy playoff type teams.

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