Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Planets Are Aligning

Damn! What a game. The Oilers buried their chances, Toskala didn't make it too difficult for them either. :)

Now the young Sharks team has to come back to the face wild Rexall crowd with the series on the line and a goaltending controversy behind them. I mean the Oilers haven't won the series yet, but you have to like their chances right now.

And the beautiful thing ... if they get past the Sharks then the Ducks are up next. An uberpassive team, and nobody has had any success playing the Oilers passively in these playoffs, not the Wings nor the Sharks, and both tried for stretches.

After that you would have expected to be facing the Senators and need a combination of great play, terrific goaltending and more than your share of fortunate bounces to win. And probably some dodgy goaltending at their end as well. But not to worry ... Buffalo already found that recipe and bumped off Ottawa :D Life is good.

Still a helluva long way to go I know. But this could be the year. Seriously. The planets are aligning.


Blogger Oiler_Kiwi said...

Life is Good here in Scotland my man. Nearly have finished a bottle of vodka. It's 20 to 7 in the morning, I'm pumped and from the home of David Livingstone, Blantyre, Scotland.... Can I tempt fate..... Stanley I presume.....

5/14/2006 11:44 pm  
Anonymous Showerhead said...

I like your thoughts on this, but I'll also admit I just knocked on wood so hard my knuckles are bleeding ;)

5/14/2006 11:54 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

This playoff run has been hard on all of our livers Kiwi :D Cool that you're getting the games live in Scotland too.

5/14/2006 11:56 pm  
Blogger Oiler_Kiwi said...

Thanks for the sentiments guys. After the PK went so well I'd a feeling the Sharks were done. I've watchen a lt of Oilers OK over the years from tapes Dennis sends me and boy oh boy we are strong strong on the OK. Doesn't Pronger just instill you with calm when he's killing penalties?

5/15/2006 12:03 am  
Blogger Oiler_Kiwi said...

I'm pissed :-)

5/15/2006 12:03 am  
Blogger mike w said...

Don't mention the Ducks until WE WIN. It's frankly Calgary Flames fans-esque to exhibit such hubris, and look what happened to them.

5/15/2006 12:08 am  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Hubris schmubris. I saw a guy at game six carrying around a fake Stanley Cup while wearing a Salo jersey. If that doesn't piss of the hockey gods nothing will. :D

BTW: This is unconfirmed, but I think that the same guy bumped into Stan Weir on the concourse and poked him in the eye.

5/15/2006 12:15 am  
Blogger Dennis said...

If we make it to the next round...I'll then start watching the entire EC Final series and thus start thinking about playing in the Finals.

But until then I'll be sick as a dog waiting for Wed night to come and hoping the Oilers close things out.

I think one thing we can all agree upon with Ryan Smyth is something he said after G3 or 4: Someone out there is watching out for them.

One last note...I went to my playoff draft pool and drew 6th overall and wound up taking Smyth-Pronger-Hemsky along with Cheechoo-Marleau-Carle. So I racked up 10 points tonight and if the Oilers make it to the "fourth round" then I'll be 500 bones richer:D

5/15/2006 12:44 am  
Blogger RiversQ said...

It's nice to have the steely-eyed vets on our side this time while the young upstarts learning on the job are on the other team. That played a role in this one IMO.

You think Toskala was at fault for any of those goals Vic? I thought he was slow to take away the bottom half on Pisani's 1st, but a tip-in is a tip-in. The guy must've had 15 deflected shots hit him thus far in this series - he's stopped his fair share anyway. Other than that, he was lost at sea on pretty much every other chance. Smyth just schooled Gorges (Seriously kid, go tell Ron to make you a DVD. ;) ) and then the other goals were lights out - all of them were ripped except for Smyth's tap-in on the 5-on-3.

5/15/2006 12:59 am  
Blogger Dennis said...

I didn't like Vesa's game tonight in the least.

Fernie's tip was gold though I will say that Toskola was in an odd shape trying to stop that play. The first place a tip usually goes is five hole and this one went short side but Vesa's legs were more wide open than a Boston puckbunny's at Orr's apartment circa 1972.

Now I do think he's gotta smother Smyth's tip on the 2-1 goal but Horc showed a rare bit of snipe on the 3-1 marker. Pisani's 4-3 goal was from a great pass by Horc and the last Smyth goal was a beauty play by Horc which got me to thinking just how many points that guy would've had if he'd had lots of PP time.

The Stoll goal hit the middle of the net though and speaking of DVD's Vesa has to know the Oilers love the one-timer to Stoll. He's gotta be quicker on that one.

Now what do you do if you're Wilson come Wed night? If you guy Nabby you've got a guy coming in pretty much ice cold and who's been up and down most of the year. Vesa's obviously the guy of the future so do you just roll with him and hope he learns something for the future and if that means he lets in another couple of quick ones here in ' be it? Truth be told the Sharks are young enough that losing in round two this year will be far from crushing.

Speaking of youth...I mentioned over on MC's blog how poignant it was tonight to hear Millen talking about the age and experience of our top four dmen. And not long after that you've got Michalek and Bernier going absolutely nuts.

So for once yes it's nice not to have the youth going against us.

5/15/2006 1:13 am  
Blogger Asiaoil said...

I wasnt worried about today at all really - the 3rd period on Friday saw the Sharks cry uncle so loud you could hear it all the way back to San Jose. It was a lot like game 3 in the 84 SCF when the oil just steamrolled the isles who just knew it was over. I'll be blunt - there are a lot of guys on the sharks who want nothing to do with another trip to Rexall. That team is ready to lose and it wont take much push for them to go down with a wimper. The sharks are talented - but this series has largely been about men versus boys (and a guy like Thorton still plays like a rook as far as Im concerned).

There is a lot to like about this oiler team - still a little shy in top end talent - but no lack of cup caliber huevos. Solid and occassionally spectacular goaltending, vet defense that includes the #1 all-round guy IMO - and then wave after wave of forwards would cut their eyes out to win.

This is why I wanted SJS now - they're the tougher team and if we can beat the sharks - the ducks are softer and we will get to their defense and intimidate their young guys too. Yeah we are on a cinderella run - but we are not riding a defense uber alles system and insane goaltending to win. This is a pretty balanced team that was overlooked because its goaltending was SOOOO bad all year and then had a bunch of changes late in the season that took time to gell.

5/15/2006 1:36 am  
Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Yes, stars are aligning for the Ducks as well. Should the Oilers prevail, this will mean that the 6th seeded Ducks will have home ice advantage in two straight rounds.

If nothing else, that is a playoff bracket aligning itself for the 'uberpassive' Ducks.

(Yawn) whenever you boys are ready...

5/15/2006 6:47 am  
Blogger Dennis said...

We'll take care of you later, Earl. Hopefully;)

Asia, I'm not calling a Sharks rollover come Wed night but I can't lie to you and say the thought didn't cross my mind once I saw Michalek and Bernier lose their minds in a one goal game. Bernier's penalty alone was stupid but Michalek's was flat out idiotic.

I'm calling an Oilers win but I think it will be close. SJ still has three dynamic offensive players up front and that's enough to keep them in it. Though it's our rink and our matchups now and hopefully it's next Nov before the next time all of Bergeron-Greene-Thornton are the ice at the same time.

5/15/2006 10:53 am  
Anonymous Doogie2K said...

So, how many people still think this is a 95-point team? I mean, really. Not to get too ahead of things, but I have to think our chances are the best of the three surviving Western teams.

5/15/2006 11:13 am  
Anonymous lowetide said...

I think maybe we're going to have to open up a can of whoopass on old Earl there.

Earl, you're spending too much time in the sun brother!

5/15/2006 1:22 pm  
Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Earl, you're spending too much time in the sun brother!

Careful. Jabbing at me at this point is an obscure form of hubris.

And actually, I think I have the opposite problem. Now I spend too much time in front of MS Paint, drawing stupid Duck-Shark pictures for that BoC blog.

5/15/2006 1:56 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

earl sleek:

Damn, it's got to be tough being the only Anaheim Ducks fan on the internet. Wouldn't it be easier to just switch and be a Kings fan? Sure, it would be a bit further drive for you to see the games, but there are a whack of Kings fans on the net. Food for thought, that's all. :D


You're probably right on Toskala being more unlucky than poor. I mean in G3 the Sharks really gave the Oilers the point shot at 5on5, and they had so many hard shots that made their way through legs or got deflected that it was insane. Dude was crazy lucky in that game, got hit by a lot of shots he didn't see and had a bunch more whistle just wide or over the net. Hell, if the goalposts were made of bigger pipe they would have had to repaint the damn things before OT in that game.

5/16/2006 11:26 am  
Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Sure, it would be a bit further drive for you to see the games

Ironically, I reside and work in Los Angeles, not Anaheim, although I grew up in the OC. It takes me about an hour to drive down to Ducks' games.

I work about six blocks from the Staples Center, yet have been there only once this year to see a Clippers game.

Actually, this year I was probably more pro-King than at any time in the past, but I still loved it when they choked in the end.

Screw Kings fans. I work alone.

5/16/2006 12:34 pm  
Blogger RiversQ said...

vic ferrari said...
I mean in G3 the Sharks really gave the Oilers the point shot at 5on5, and they had so many hard shots that made their way through legs or got deflected that it was insane. Dude was crazy lucky in that game, got hit by a lot of shots he didn't see and had a bunch more whistle just wide or over the net.

Yeah that's exactly what I was referring to above. I probably didn't get it right though because he probably stopped 15 deflections in Game 3 alone. I was fuming during that one because the Oilers deserved better after regulation. Much better.

Ah well, more breaks saved up for a rainy day, I suppose... Although they may have already used up a few of those in Games 4 and 5.

5/16/2006 1:25 pm  

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