Thursday, June 15, 2006

Suddenly, I'm glad to be alive

Edmonton 4 (OT) Carolina 3



What joy. Now I know why death row inmates always appeal the crap out of their death penalties, as with death comes great fear, like the fear of being trapped at in a bar with or so 10 pals, forced to watch that Hate Wizard Rod Brind'Amour lift the Cup while I'm doing my best not to cry. Nope, we're gonna save that for another night, or dream of dreams, possibly never.

First things first, Gary Bettman, you league-ruining failure: why the hell is Mick McGoo reffing the Finals? Oh wait, that's right -- the dude calls everything he sees, and even more so are the penalties that he makes up just for yuks, so he gets rewarded in the New NHL of course. Matt Greene's penalty? I'm still scratching my head. Steve Staios, in the final moments of the most important game of the year, with Cory Stillman tucking his stick under his arm? Debatable. What about that Stoll phantom hook (if a one second tap is a hook) off the draw? There were some BS Hurricane calls too, along with the inevitable make-up calls, calls just for the fun of it, and calls to keep things "spicy" because our braindead Commissioner and his owner pals equate endless powerplays with "more scoring" and "a new NHL." Truth is, and I'm sure most Canes fans would agree, real fans of the NHL -- you know, the ones that spend money on puckhats and the like -- don't want endless powerplays in place of old fashioned uptempo 5 on 5 hockey. Obstruction rules are fine, but with all of these 200 lb players falling down, get some refs that call what they actually see instead of what they think happened and we'll all be happy. That and call coincidental diving minors for once, you schmucks.

But yes, I was talking about the sweet victory. I remember thinking in the third, "I wonder why Carolina never gets in trouble having only forwards on the Powerplay" and got the unexpected answer 16 seconds in Overtime. That and even one powerplay goal can make all of the difference we've been missing in this round of the playoffs (Hemsky cut to the net for once!) while Markkanen pulled out another serviceable game with some often accidental big stops. The team still needed lots of luck, but the Oilers game looked better this time at least, and like inmates condemned to abject hockey death, we fans get to live for another game. Huzzah!

30 comments:

Randy in the Med Hizzo said...

First off, Mick McGeough (not McGoo --that's a McDick's punchline waiting to happen) used to be known as a real player's ref, a brawler as a player and unlikely to cater to the namby-pambies of the hockey world. Why's he reffing the finals? Take a look at the seniority list. Also, though I watched the game only so much as to scream out "Oilers!" or "Carolina!" across the newsroom, I'd like to point out once again that Pisani was my reason No. 3 why the Oilers weren't an actual NHL-calibre team three years ago. Nos. 1 and 2 were Cory Cross and Ethan Moreau being named the Team's MVP (!?!).
Good on them, though. It was amusing to watch the guy from the Mastercard ad put the Cup back in the case with the white gloves.

Anonymous said...

When the Coil was down 2-0, I called the series in six. Due to recent events I now call the victory in seven.

Duke

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, fuck Rod Brindamour.

Duke

Jody Cloutier said...

Uh, Randy?
Mike might mean McGoo [sic], as in Mr. McGoo, the cartoon about an old, clinically BLIND man who is constantly having funny misadventures and causing mayhem because he's, well, fucking BLIND. I'm sure Mr. Mike knows it's actually *McGeough*. He's just funnin'!

taulpaul said...

I love the youtube victory celebration!
HUGE!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree that Mike knows exactly who he is talking about when he says Magoo. The quick whistle the other night on Moreau, the slow one last night for Prince Eric (Staal). Last night, like many others leading up to it, was affected by poor reffing. The Oil beat the refs and beat the team that blows.

Black gold

Arcanas said...

Don't forget....Edmonton has only ever lost a series once when winning game 5. They've won 18 times. That'd be a good streak to keep alive :P

dave said...

Wow, CinO is big time now...you got the coveted Deadspin link-to.

Congrats

GOILERS!!

Dave said...

Grrr... Bettman, the man whose philosophy is, "If it ain't broke, let's smash it."

Was the only reason he agreed to do that interview last night so he could get in a plug for the new space-jerseys his corporate athletic-wear buddies want to sell the league? From his evasive non-answers to his darting weasel eyes, he's a wretch. Watching the vintage Oil games on CBC from the pre-Bettman years is a bittersweet reminder of his shiftless meddling. He probably ties damsels to train tracks in his off time.

In other news, though: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, GOILERS!!!

Randy in the Med hizzo said...

After seven hours of sleep, I relize that I was thinking of retired NHL referee Paul Stewart, and not Mick McGeough, when I wrote he was a players ref. Now I have a tough time remembering anything really cogent about Mick McGeough, ther than Curtis Joseph had a spaz on him a few years ago. A web search tells me he's into harness racing. Hmmmm.

Josh said...

Did anybody notice how the entire CBC staff seemed to be pulling for Carolina, or at the very least *not* openly favouring Edmonton? After 3 periods of "the Oilers desperately clear the puck," "Carolina DOMINATING down low," and other pro-Hurricane editorialisms of varying subtlety, I wanted to push aside Harry Neale's jowls, wrap my hands around his 124-year-old neck and squeeze the fucking life out of him. Even the intermission--all Carolina! The only guy keeping it real was Hrudey. This is probably because he used to wear a bandana.

Did anyone else notice this? Or has growing up being a fan of team that has never until now met my ridiculously high, Wayne-Gretzky's-fault expectations forced me to blame not only Bettman and the officiating but even the CBC in an effort to explain my squad's perceived shortcomings?

Doogie2K said...

Ah, yes, Paul Stewart. Didn't he play for Edmonton briefly during his WHA career? I know Dave Hanson and Steve Carlson did.

Anonymous said...

Josh, the CBC is clearly Carolina biased. They love to talk about Prince Eric and the new Royal family of the NHL (the Staal's). Every shot between whistles and puck drops contains someone on the Carolina bench or Roddy's flaring nostrils. Neil and Bob is what they do.

Black Gold

jon said...

I think Mick is actually the least or second least senior of the remaining referees.

For the brightside of the reffing, I'm glad they have started to call penalties in the third. It seems that the team with more penalties can get away with anything in the third lately, and then the team with less gets screwed. See Jason Smith's "hooking" call at the end of game 4 for reference.

Colby Cosh said...

I like McGeough, but it's getting harder and harder as the series goes on. Remember, he's the one who was on the spot to make the tough (correct) call that led to the Pronger penalty shot.

Winters, promise me you'll do the robot for us when the Oilers win game six.

joshloewen said...

i threw that video on the groin...
hope that's cool. http://www.pulledmygroin.com

Anonymous said...

After the OT winner there was a shot of C Ward skating off the ice and hacking an Oiler as he skated by. I'd give a shiny Sacagawea silver dollar to know what was said there.

Here's to Despair getting punched in the nuts by batshit crazy Hope.

GOILERS

Scott in NC said...

I would agree that McKeough is calling way too many penalties in total. However, if anyone in Edmonton thinks that he's slanted toward Carolina then consider the following:

Total penalty minutes called during McKeough's games: 42-28 against Carolina (game 1: 14-6 against Carolina, game 3: 14-10 against Carolina, game 5: 14-12 against Carolina). Evidently, he was told to quit calling so many against Carolina in the first period after his first two games - it was 16 minutes to 8 minutes against Carolina in the combined first periods of games 1 and 3. So to comply with Bettman's wishes there 10 minutes called against the Oilers in period 1 of game 5 while there were *only* 6 minutes against Carolina in the first period of game 5.

During the third period of these SC finals, a total of 12 penalty minutes have been called against Carolina, to 2 minutes against Edmonton - during McKeough's games.

I'm not going to propose that his calls are slanted toward Edmonton, however, there is no way in Hell that anyone can say that he is treating Edmonton unfairly. Don't you find it odd that the team that clearly plays the most physical game by your own proclamation is the one being penalized far less under McKeough?

Desdemona said...

Actually, I thought Devorski was the master of lame calls last night, not McGeough.

Anonymous said...

Total penalty minutes doesn't tell the whole story. Getting a penalty within a minute of scoring, stinks.
Especially when the penalty call is a really weak one. Timing has alot to do with it. The refs are still missing the most common call in this series and it's one the Carolina diving team would be most affected by.

Black gold

canes in 8 said...

I hate magoo. After watching the replay, I hate Pierre Maguire as well. Does he actually get to fondle edmonton from his 'neutral' spot between the benches? Is he that irritating or one-sided on canadian broadcasts?

Funny point last night...two edmonton guys behind me on an edmonton PP, as pronger hesitated again " pleease just shoot the goddam puck". They were shocked as anyone when stillman served it up for the oil.

bummer.

Desdemona said...

Is he that irritating or one-sided on canadian broadcasts?

Yes.

I actually think that he's a good hockey analyst - better than most anyway, but he annoys me to death so I don't usually enjoy it. That and the man needs to learn to ALWAYS speak into the mic. I don't know if he's done the same on the NBC broadcasts, but there are so many times when he just mumbles a comment to his partner, seemingly forgetting that there are hockey fans listening to him also.

Stop Bitching said...

While I was sitting in traffic waiting to get into the game last night a Ford Taurus packed full of senior citizens tried to pull in front of me. The guy rolled down his window and flashed a badge and said, "got a car full of officials, wouldn't want to make them mad would ya?” I just let them through without thinking and then felt immediate regret for not taking out Magoo when I had the chance and doing both teams a favor, or at least yell some obscenities at him, SOMETHING. Oh well.

Good game for the most part, and the Oilers fans proved once again to not be the inbred yankee assholes the Sabers fans were. I still can't believe that we lost that way in overtime.

Does any one else think its strange that Raleigh was flooded with roads shut down from Tropical Storm Alberto when the hockey team from Alberta came and beat the Canes in a game the City had already assumed was won?

At least my game 7 tickets might be useful after all (I still hope not).

Garnet said...

Oh by the way, did anyone else hear what I heard on the CBC feed -- Bob Cole almost continuously confusing Jarret Stoll with Eric Staal? Disconnect the old man's life support, already.

Anonymous said...

anyone got a sniper rifle and some nose bleed tickets for game 6 ?

Randy in the Med Hizza said...

Stahl - Stoll? Just be glad Jesse Niinimaki will never play another game in North America lest he go in on a break away against Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki and Rod Phillips's mindblast destroys every radio in Edmonton.
Also, it's McGeough, people! And he started in the 1980s so I doubt he's the second least senior ref in the league.

Adamn! said...

>>Does any one else think its strange that Raleigh was flooded with roads shut down from Tropical Storm Alberto when the hockey team from Alberta came...<<

Especially freaky considering our province was temporarily (if jokingly) renamed "Alberto" in the wake of ski-jumper Alberto Tombo's performance at the /Calgary/ Olympics, in /1988/, the /second-last time/ the Oilers won the cup, and /the last year Gretzky played for us...

Uh, yeah. On second thought, not much to that theory...

Anonymous said...

You know what I love, people that talk shit about McGeough and they don't have a clue what the hell they are talking about. I was at the game in Edmonton (game 3) and McGeough really does deserve to be there. At least McGeough has the balls to make calls. I would to see all the pretenders that beak try and do the same job that Mick McGeough has done for 20 years.

mike w said...

>I would to see all the pretenders that beak try and do the same job that Mick McGeough has done for 20 years.

McGeough's wife, everybody!

Anonymous said...

I suppose you consider yourself a real hockey fan now because you came up with a witty coment like that.