Sunday, March 19, 2006

Takin' the point

The mood ring flashed a rainbow of colours tonight. Just what should a sensible Oilers fan make of tonight's shootout loss? On the one hand, Fernando Pisani single handedly salvaged a point for the Oil, on the penalty kill and with only a couple of minutes to spare. On the other hand we really didn't deserve anything except a loss.

Although I'm cautiously optimistic about our new goalie, Roloson really looked like Conklin out there on two goals (when Chelios scores on something he calls "the most embarassing goals of my career," then heads must hang in shame). Putting that aside, the Oilers haven't found any of their pre-trade mojo and what's more distressing is that they're being outclassed defensively and cycling the puck down low. With his bad passes and giveaways, Hemsky looked like he drank a bottle of nyquil before the game. Bergeron still looks like he's not playing Chris Pronger (a symptom of not playing with Chris Pronger, I'm guessing). And I suppose there's no better time to point out that our $4 million defensive specialist Mike Peca is a -3 on the season. Samsonov looked about as typically invisible as "Jarmoe" Iginla, which is inexcusable since a player like him should have more touches on a given night. This, I'll add, is why I like Dvorak so much. Somewhat helpless offensively, he was everywhere around the puck. And yes, thank you Fernando: we'll be thinking of you if we make the playoffs by one point.

So yeah, given that almost all of the Oilers players were plus on the night, it's tempting to chalk the loss up to Detroit's powerplay, but clearly the Oil have yet to play stretch drive hockey. In the next three games we could torpedo the Canucks season, the ultimate revenge for 2004's last game of the year. Anaheim in the playoffs can only happen in a godless universe, but it would also be lame to see Bertuzzi and Naslund stink and freeload their way into the playoffs.

PS: To the fans booing poor old Cory Cross tonight: you are retards.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cory Cross was being booed because of his comments about the Oiler fans.

jon said...

Yeah, he had some nerve saying, "I don't like being mercilessly booed." What an ass.

Colby Cosh said...

When a guy headed out the door overstates his ill-treatment and understates the degree to which his play invited criticism, it doesn't take J. Robert Oppenheimer to see that he's only going to make things worse when he comes back. I can't countenance booing Cory Cross, or the generally increasing Phillyization of our fan base, but does Cross think Detroit is gonna give him the key to the city the first time Paul Kariya ties him in a pretzel in the playoffs?

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's the perspective of being far away, but I do have to agree with Colby that our fans seem to be getting a wee bit "Philly".

Cory Cross was an average stay at home defenceman who had his game elevated at times by playing with some younger up tempo team mates and the enthusiasm that can happen at Rexall. He was no worse or better that plenty of other plugs in the league, but for some reason he was this year's whipping boy. Maybe he should have kept his mouth shut or spewed out the same homily bullshit of always loving his time as an Oiler.

Instead he chose to say what is probably true, it doesn't help to be mercilessly booed all the time. After listening to the "play 60 minutes, give a hundred and ten percent, it's a team game, etc" crap from pro atheletes ad nauseum it's actually OK to hear some truth and a little unfiltered emotion from these guys, and the Coiler fans should learn to handle it. The fans up in the blues should stick to doing what they do best, drink their smuggled-in mickeys of C.C. instead of booing him.

Duke

Matt said...

Duke, I plan on stealing that line about the (C)Oiler fans up in the blues...

bigleaguer said...

Cory Cross was a better Oiler defenceman than Igor Ulanov, but that's praise of the faintest sort. So was Risto Siltanen.

Anonymous said...

Matt, be my guest. I stole Colby's anagram and used it to piss off my boss for the whole day. He's also mad that I'm about to collect $50 off him when the Make Beleafs don't make the playoffs! I love it when a false bravado bet comes through.

Duke

Colby Cosh said...

But part of my point was that Cory Cross wasn't "mercilessly booed" "all the time." He came in for occasional minor abuse, usually after some kind of horrifying mistake in our end.

If he keeps getting fairly big minutes in Detroit and delivers the kind of immobility and mental short-circuits he used to give us, he'll end up tied to a chair in a warehouse on the 8-Mile, pondering the dictionary definition of "merciless."