Friday, January 20, 2006

Paid for and viewed, sirs!

Wow, thank god for Morrison and/or that whole shootout thing, huh? This was exactly the kind of game that the OIlers should have totally lost, but thanks to a little Bostonian gumption courtesy from Mayor Quimby and the fact that someone had to leave the HP Pavilion with two points no matter what the hell happened, the OIlers increase their ninth-place buffer to seven points and live to breathe free another day.

This, despite the fact that last night's 3-2 shootout and/or Pay-Per-View win over the Sharks was pretty much a textbook example of just how muh confidence can effect the play of a team; it's amazing how drastic the transformation was from first period to third, as the Oilers went from fast-skating, hard-hitting, shoot-from-anywhere, fuck-you-we're-going-to-win robots designed only for beating the San Jose Sharks to a bunch of scrambly, no-passing, simpering penalty-box magnets who couldn't finish a check unless they were tied to the grill of a speeding truck heading directly towards Joe Thornton's well-appointed downtown condominium. And for that, we pretty much have Vesa Toskala to thank—who, incidentally, I'm fairly sure is made entirely out of magic—as nothing takes the wind out from underneath the Oilers' wings like a few well timed cases of total highway robbery (ie. somehow keeping his glove over the goal line on Peca's backhand, a trick he repeated in the shootout on Ales Hemsky).

Symth's recalled goal in the second probably didn't help things, either, and while MacT certainly seemed to think Smytty's stick was under the crossbar, it was impossible to tell by the camera angle the Oilers' PPV squad kept showing from behind and above the net, so I gots no opinion on that. But anyhow, I know that the Oilers have made quite a career out off making regular goalies look outstanding by launching as many pucks at they can directly into their crests and glove hands, but Toskala? Real deal. It begs the question: what godless underground lab are the Sharks growing all these Eastern European goalies in? Because obviously, we should try to steal an incubator jar or two next time there's a public tour.

As for the rest of the game, I'm just going to eschew the usual oilfans.com-esque crybabery about reffing (the calls may be stupid, but we're not adapting at all, either) and avoid blowing my load too hard about Morrison until I see a couple more games strung together (if MacT can handle not playing Conklin for that long) and just say that while it wasn't a completely positive affair, I'm just happy for the win. We're treading into dangerously slumpy area these days, so any W is a good one. And man, do we look good in shootouts. Peca proved up to the task, I don't think I've seen Smyth use the same move twice, and Hemsky is quite possibly the most skilled puckhandler I've ever seen in an Oilers jersey. (Bearing in mind, of course, that I moved here in 1992.)

Anyhow, that's that, and seeing that I, too, will be living in Toronto as of next weekend (and, unlike Mikey, without NHL Centre Ice), who knows when I'll be posting a game review again. Which is good news for you, the reader, because, man—what time is it? Does anyone other than me even care about last night's game anymore?

8 comments:

mike w said...

Well thank the lord for the Oilers win, which I saw video snippets of late last night at the local malt shop Sneaky Dee's.

And perhaps, for now, it will end the peverse HF Board tendency to have a "Fire the GM" post EVERY SINGLE TIME WE LOSE TWO IN A ROW. Lowe may one day need to be fired, but most fans were willing to ride out Conkannen, which proved to be a losing gamble.

James Mirtle said...

Hey guys, I'm just curious why Morrison is known as Quimby.

mike w said...

Sacamano kept calling him that at BoA, which is entirely because of Mike Morrison's George Plimpton-esque Bostonian accent.

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris, you gotta get Centre Ice and keep giving us recaps, cause we need phrases like "made entirely out of magic". Brilliant!
I'm an Edmonton fan living in Chicago and I tell you Centre Ice is worth every freaking dollar. Get a dvr and then you can fast-forward commercials and intermissions too.
-Dale

mudcrutch79 said...

Well thank the lord for the Oilers win, which I saw video snippets of late last night at the local malt shop Sneaky Dee's.

I'm starting to think that I may live surprisingly near wherever it is you live Mike, if you're in the vicinity of Sneaky Dee's.

And perhaps, for now, it will end the peverse HF Board tendency to have a "Fire the GM" post EVERY SINGLE TIME WE LOSE TWO IN A ROW. Lowe may one day need to be fired, but most fans were willing to ride out Conkannen, which proved to be a losing gamble.

I love that place-guys like Trukhno are untradeable future all-stars, everyone should be fired...it's like a collection of manic people with no understanding of hockey history. Which, given that I figure it's 80% teenagers, makes a lot of sense.

Hey guys, I'm just curious why Morrison is known as Quimby.

James, I'm eagerly awaiting your answer to sacamano's question about why the Oilers aren't a goalie away over in the BoA thread you responded too earlier today.

Matt said...

Thing that would prompt me to pay for a whole year of Oilers PPV: a miked-up Morrison being caught saying, "Check out the rack on the blonde in the fourth row."

mike w said...

Haha!

I love Schremp!

Garnet said...

Rob Schremp update:

LONDON, Ont. (CP) — Dylan Hunter scored twice as the London Knights beat the Toronto-St. Michael’s Majors 7-3 in Ontario Hockey League action Friday.
Rob Schremp was given a game misconduct in the first period after he took a presumptuous swig from Toronto goalie Wayne Savage’s water bottle during a stoppage in play.