EDMONTON 4 (S/O)
Nothing screams "Giant Dork!" like taking digital pics of Oilers games from your TV. But alas, a game-stealing Oilers goalie is as rare as an ivory-billed woodpecker sighting, so I thought I'd at least document Roloson's game-winning stop on Joe Sakic in the shootout.
Looking at the Zapruder-esque frames 2 and 3, Roloson looks as much exhausted as he is relieved from winning the shootout. Playing back to back games in less than 24 hours, he's probably wondering how the hell he ended up in Edmonton in first place. The Big Mall is overrated, the Citadel is nothing but crowd-pleasing pap, and Oilers fans look as if they'll decapitate him with piano wire if the team doesn't make the playoffs. And yet, he perseveres.
And to think MacT almost played Conklin: Roloson stopped every shootout attempt, stopped 91% of his shots (anything over 90% being a rarity for Oiler goalies this year) and he has a shiny new helmet to boot. I'm still not sure how Markkanen became the third goalie, but it's irrelevant since its pretty much Roloson from here on in.
The game itself was a muddle. I didn't think the Oilers were really going to win since they were skating like they had sandbags around their ankles. Of course, Colorado played last night as well and didn't look much better, but the rink was tipping towards the Oilers end most of the game. Some flukey deflections and the coin toss of a shootout keeps in the Oil alive and well in the playoff race. What vexes me is that Edmonton never makes it easier for themselves and prove that they're a good team by beating a team 5-1 (or for once, leading the after the first period would be nice). On paper and even on the ice, the Oilers are a better team after the trade deadline: no one's taking back the Spacek, Samsonov and Roloson trades, and yet they struggle to win games. Then again, the morphine shot of another Oilers victory is good enough for one night.
- Dick Tarnstrom looked pisse pauvre early on and Matt Greene looked a little lost on some plays. Steve Staios, on the other hand, looks like he's on a bit of a run with his second goal in two games. Pronger is Pronger.
- Apparently Marc-Andre Bergeron's mysterious drop in play was injury-related. He's out for a while with some sort of tendonitis knee injury (which sucks since this sounds like a chronic injury that requires a lot of rest)
- I have viewed that Taco Bell "Good to Go" commercial 679 times. And I see the Norm MacDonald Bell beaver ads are going strong, as well. Makes me want to drink hemlock.
- Still not sure what Peca's problems have been with Edmonton (crowd-pleasing pap at the Citadel?), but he won't be around next year, that's for sure. I'm more interested in whether Samsonov would re-sign for under 3 million.
GAME RATING: 7.5 Safeway Score and Wins out of 10
Sunday, March 26, 2006
EDMONTON 4 (S/O)
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