Thursday, March 16, 2006

Never Criticize A Win

That's MacTavish's rule, not mine. :-) Some quick and random thoughts on the game.

Today's hockey math:
(Torres + Stoll + Samsonov) x 5on5 shift= Bag of Suck

If Bergeron went for a crap the crows would get him. And it's gotten between his ears. He'll come around though.

Moreau is starting to look like a bit like his old self.

Still liking Pisani at centre.

Georges is making us remember.

The hockey Gods threw the Oilers a bone with the quick whistle on the Flames disallowed goal. Better to be lucky than good sometimes.

The powerplay dazzled, could have easily had more. Hemsky and Samsonov on the same side of the ice ... scary good.

Good jebus are Smyth and Horcoff ever free with their sticks. Penalties waiting to happen sometimes.

Pronger is too good for school.

Now I know why Horcoff isn't in the shootout lineup. :-)

7 Comments:

Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

I take it you were left with a certain feeling of unease from that win? I was, although I think that the Oilers have bought and paid for a few wins like this with some of the losses they've taken this season to the Flames.

Some good things-Calgary had a hard time dealing with the Oilers in the offensive zone, on the rare occasions that the Oilers got down there. I don't see the Oilers continuing to have this difficulty in getting to the Calgary end.

IIRC, all but one of the Flames penalties occurred while trying to deal with Oil pressure in the offensive end. Edmonton had the usual array of stupid penalties but I thought that many of them were softer calls than the Flames penalties. That one call on Dvorak just reeked of "We gave you a late game PP, now it's their turn". Calgary has so much trouble creating any sort of chance on their own offensively that it should hopefully reduce the number of stupid hooking penalties taken by guys like Horcoff should we seem them in the playoffs.

3/17/2006 10:34 am  
Blogger speeds said...

If this team can stop taking so many stupid stick penalties I think they could really be something to play against.

Wow have they softened up on obstruction interference as a call. They could have called Pronger on that about 4 times last night and didn't. I wonder if it's a situation like Adam Foote where they just let the guy do what he wants (in Foote's case, cross checks to the back in front of the net), or if they really are loosening up leaguewide in that regard?

3/17/2006 12:04 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

mudcrutch79 said...

I take it you were left with a certain feeling of unease from that win?


Ya, maybe not as much as you though. I mean it's easy to forget the first period of games sometimes, and the Oilers really owned them there. And as much as the Flames had the better of the play from there on out, in terms of possession ... they still really didn't create a helluva lot of chances for the amount they had the puck in the Oiler's end of the rink.

And hey, even if your view was fairer, it would be one hell of a nightmare year if you didn't get Ws in at least a few games that you didn't deserve points in. :-)

3/17/2006 12:49 pm  
Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

they still really didn't create a helluva lot of chances for the amount they had the puck in the Oiler's end of the rink.

Yeah, I said as much over at BOA. Possession wise, this was a bad game for the Oilers, I thought and a good game for the Flames at ES. The fact that Calgary created so few chances...bad, bad news for them.

3/17/2006 2:24 pm  
Blogger speeds said...

EDM may not have created a bunch of chances at ES, but they did draw some penalties, and the way their PP looks maybe that's nearly as good?

3/17/2006 3:22 pm  
Blogger Dennis said...

What did the Flames do after the 1st period really? What did they accomplish? I keep harping on it but it kills that they keep winning with that group of forwards.

3/18/2006 11:49 am  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Dennis said...

What did the Flames do after the 1st period really? What did they accomplish? I keep harping on it but it kills that they keep winning with that group of forwards.


TWO words:

Hasek, Sabres.

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And ONE cliche:

Nobody asks "how" if the answer to "how much" is good.

3/18/2006 11:24 pm  

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