Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Canucks Were Hungrier

... than MacTavish's squad. And there were some pretty dubious decisions on matchups in the first period too.

Staios had just about as poor a game as an NHL defenceman can have. Though that gets kind of lost in the mix with the effort and execution on the whole for the team on this night.

Just rest Moreau for a few games for Christmas sakes.

I thought that the Samsonov line was the lone bright spot.

I googled for an image that could capture my mood after this game. Couldn't find anything right. Nothing's working now. :(

That's all I've got. If you are an Oiler fan, this game sucked on every level.

10 Comments:

Blogger RiversQ said...

Yup. As soon as I mention that the 1st line was looking a little better recently in terms of 5on5 GA, they go out and give up two and get none back.

I guess I can pick out a couple of positives: The Oilers play 17min on the PK as the Canucks go 1/10 on the PP and their goalie still puts up a .900 SV%. Heck, the only PK goal they gave up was a 4on3. They also only got outshot by one shot in the shot totals and were down just 55-54 by the shots directed at net measure.

It seems strange to me that the Canucks still didn't really manage to dominate the game stats.

The Oilers needed to take half the penalties, go 1/5 on the PP and needed one extra save from Roloson. Realistically though, they duffed the 1st period so harshly that this was a deserved result.

3/21/2006 10:59 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Treu enough, you and Dennis have numbed my pain a bit. :D

The Oiler PK was both spectacular and spectacularly fortunate on this night. Didn't allow much at all.

The lack of possession, and the failure to win battles, just terrible. Pretty poor later ... but just atrocious in the first period I thought.

One thing though, you had o be concerned about Samsonov fitting in before tonight. Now ... feeling much better about that. And we know that the rest of the lines can deliver on any given night.

And is Peca officially the 4th line centre now or what? Horcoff being doubled in on the Stoll line for defensive zone faceoffs (in place of Samsonov I think). And Stoll & Horcoff being the two choices for 5on3 PKs. Thank Christ the "Let's get Peca going!" shit has been abandoned.

3/21/2006 11:15 pm  
Blogger RiversQ said...

Thank Christ the "Let's get Peca going!" shit has been abandoned.

Yeah, no doubt about that. Peca has pretty much fallen on his sword in Edmonton. It's hard to believe, because I thought he was made of sterner stuff, but I guess it wasn't to be. That sounded eerily AY-esque, but I think it's fitting in this case. We could go to the numbers but what's the sense?

I'll do it anyway...

MAB, Staios and Smith are all scoring ES points at an equivalent clip to that of El Chu-Peca-bra. Yuck.

BTW, that's definitely his new name. Literally, "Goat-sucker" in Spanish. Does it get any better than that? If this doesn't get me on BOA, then nothing will. :D

3/21/2006 11:37 pm  
Blogger speeds said...

anyone thinks this gives MacT an opportunity to change the lineup? Not sure if he's superstitious and didn't like to change his lineup after a win, but think we might see Tarnstrom or Pouliot on Thursday?

Could they realy have been planning to bring Pouliot up and not play him when he could have been playing 20 min a night in HAM?

3/21/2006 11:52 pm  
Anonymous Arcanas said...

Am I the only one who thinks that Peca couldn't score with a blank check in a whore house? :P

And what the heck was wrong with Bergeron tonight? He was way more chaotic than usual, and it looked like he was hell bent to rush end to end every time he touched the puck.

3/22/2006 9:31 am  
Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

Rarely am I glad to be slowly turning into my father, but when I pulled his stunt of falling asleep in front of the TV last night and then woke up to see it 3-1, I wasn't complaining, particularly given the shit I saw in the third. Whatever they injected into Hemsky to teach him to shoot the puck, we need to get a double dose into Samsonov stat.

3/22/2006 12:40 pm  
Anonymous Robert Cleave said...

When I checked the standings this am, the one thing that jumped out at me is the Oilers are just about dead if they need a tiebreaker. Only Anaheim and San Jose have as few wins (34), and both those teams have 2 games in hand. The next lowest total amongst the top 10 Western teams is 37. The standard desperation late-season push has to start Thursday.

3/22/2006 1:39 pm  
Blogger Dennis said...

The first time I really became worried about Peca's lack of scoring touch was the first visit to Ana when he was playing on a line with 14-83. Anyway Peca had a two on one with 83 and there are guys in the ECHL who wouldn't have looked more offensively inept. At that point I knew guys who had taken a season off had to shake off rust but there's rust and then there's lack of ability.

Regarding the whole tiebreaking scnarios...that's par for the course for the Oilers. No one has seemingly benefitted more from the losers points than the Oilers...there was that year we couldn't win in OT and now we lose shootouts.

It's a pretty dark day to be an Oilers fan and it gets worst when you look at SJ's remaining sked. And it could for all intensive purposes to be over if we don't have four wins and two W's by the time the dust settles in Col on Sunday night.

It's sort of mind blowing when you consider the optimism after acquiring first Rolo and then Samsonov but overall we gave up way too many points earlier in the season because of piss poor tending otherwise we'd be pretty much ran and hid like say the Flames.

3/22/2006 3:58 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Robert Cleave said...

When I checked the standings this am, the one thing that jumped out at me is the Oilers are just about dead if they need a tiebreaker. Only Anaheim and San Jose have as few wins (34), and both those teams have 2 games in hand. The next lowest total amongst the top 10 Western teams is 37. The standard desperation late-season push has to start Thursday.


Ya, good point. The Oilers aren't going to win any tiebreaks here, or at least it is damn unlikely that they will.

Still, it's a relatively good schedule coming home. And Samsonov seems to be settling in. And the defenders are getting used to the more conventional 'straight back atchya' Allaire style of rebounds from Roloson. So they should be okay methinks.

I mean they have the cards now, so if they fail to make the playoffs the excuses are going to be thin. And more importantly imo, if they fail to outchance the opposition on most nights and win most of the battles ... heads should roll (but they probably won't). And hell, as Dennis says, they shouldn't even be in this position if somebody could have stopped a few more pucks earlier in the season.

But we are where we are. Should be a fun ride in any case. :-)

3/22/2006 4:17 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Arcanas said...

Am I the only one who thinks that Peca couldn't score with a blank check in a whore house? :P


No Arcanas, no you're not. You're just the guy with the best metaphor. :-)

3/22/2006 4:18 pm  

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