Saturday, November 26, 2005

Won on the Kipper!

This Oilers team has some pluck, yet.

I thought we were doomed once Hemsky missed his chance on Kirpusoff. There was a funny camera shot of him looking up at the Scoreboard and grimacing, presumably from seeing it was Iginla up next next to win it. But he didn't!

Despite the Homer Sportsnet colour commentator who insisted rookie Morrison was beaten on every shootout chance (more like 2 out of 4), the goalie pulled out a nice stop on Chuck Kobasew, as well as playing as strong a game as any Oilers goalie has yet this season. Pisani was the unlikely hero, reversing what seems to be a more likely 2003-04 scenario in which we should have let in a last minute goal thanks to a Tommy Salo point shot softie (yes, we're still going on about that sad sack of shit of a goalie).

I don't think any Flame fan would begrudge me for saying the obvious: without Kiprusoff this Calgary team would have lost bigtime. I hate his guts. I want to blow up his house. Or poison his dog. From watching a few games this season, I think the Flames defence is much overrated but that fucking goalie bails 'em out everytime. He's only 15th in Save Percentage but almost everyone in front of him has played half as many games (except for Luongo and Cujo), and he has a league-leading 3 shutouts. Worst yet, he seems to save his best for the Oilers.

That said, this is a different Oilers team than the one that came up flaccid in that October 15th 3-0 loss. The defence pulled through even with Pronger out with a sore knee, once again blocking twice as many shots as their opponents and generally looking sharp playing and defending the puck in front of their own net. Offensively, the puck possesion was strong in Calgary's end, and players like Hemsky, Smyth and Stoll managed to break up Flames coverage a few times, something I don't think I saw once in their two losses last month. You can tell from watching this game that we have offence coming out of our ass.

Game notes:

* Peca watch: the fourth line looked good out there, despite Peca's minus 1 on the night (still the most overrated stat). It's worth noting that he missed a couple more open nets. Oh well. Interesting paraphrased quote about his bloated salary the other day: "no one complained when I made the league minimum the year I won the Selke." Take your pot shots, but I think he has the right attitude in not letting his salary bother him.

* Laraque gets a gold star for trying to fight Dion Phaneuf. Maybe next time Chris Simon will take him on. He did call Mike Grier a bad name once, but maybe he'll stop short with Big Georges.

* Syvret looked a little Semenov-like out there and was benched in the third.

* Is Darren McCarty the ugliest man in the universe?

* Marc-Andre Bergeron was our number one defenceman, playing 30 minutes.

* Once I used Shawn Horcoff as a punchline to Oilers woes, and I was a skeptic all summer, but I think he's offically good now.

5 comments:

Chris! said...

Hey Mikey, awesome post. I want to blow up Kiprusoff's house, too, but he'd probably glove the bomb at the last second and then just stand there blankly considering the nothingness that are his thoughts.

> Despite the Homer Sportsnet colour commentator who insisted rookie Morrison was beaten on every shootout chance (more like 2 out of 4)

Huh? Far be it from me to side with a Flames homer, but that was the luckiest string of events Morrison could have possibly faced. Agreed it was a good save on Kobasew, but that was the only time the puck actually hit him. You could see the guy laughing at his own fortune after every shot. Still, he was fantastic the rest of the game. He earned it.

Speaking of Calgary commentators, I don't know how the hell Flames fans can listen to Roger Millions and the Lord Reginald McFrownyface of Obvious Contribution Castle. Boring, sirs. Give me the meandering asides and guffawing injokes of Ray Ferraro and Kevin Quinn any day.

> * Is Darren McCarty the ugliest man in the universe?

Ugh, no shit. He looks like a cross between a witch and a cat dying of mange. Of course, Horcoff kind of looks like a goblin that might put on a Miles Davis record and try to have sex with your sister, so...

Steve said...

Ulanov's uglier than McCarty.

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James Mirtle said...

Once I used Shawn Horcoff as a punchline to Oilers woes, and I was a skeptic all summer, but I think he's offically good now.

I'm glad people in my hockey pools thought like you.

Colby Cosh said...

Where are they holding your pools, Mirt--a sheltered workshop? An elementary school? Horcoff's a late third-round guy who is on pace for 80 points; he is overperforming as much as anybody in the league. Hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with Horc unless they thought he was going to skate off with the Art Ross.