Our team blows.
Ottawa's colourman summed it up best, and not without a little disgust: the Oilers are not a transition team, with the talent to trade chances. What got them any success last year was the deep cycle and forecheck, which, unfortunately, requires smart, offensive defenceman. We have none. And so, we lose. OVER AND OVER.
Last week while quaffing pints, my friend Garnet asked me "Why haven't the Oilers called up Tom Gilbert?"
Not knowing why, I improvised an answer that questioned Tom Gilbert's "jam" and whether he had enough "grit," along with some platitudes about "paying your dues." Sure, he had a rather eye-popping 27 points in 45 AHL games this year (eye-popping for offence-starved Oilers fans, anyway), but we were all still watching Marc-Andre Bergeron slowly lose his mind on the ice wiffing on slapshots ("Bergeron" in French means "a thousand little deaths").
But after tonight's game, I wondered why we hadn't called up the guy sooner. He's looked steady in three games so far. And the offensive awareness in his game-tying goal was utterly stunning in its simplicity (ie. getting away from other players, sneaking in from the point). I'm sure that Nashville or even Vancouver fans may snicker at this, but what can I say: it's been the kind of year where we've openly pined for Tom Poti and Janne Niinimaa.
Anyway, I wasn't taken in by that little comeback tease in the end. It was a trick. Truth is, the Oilers were badly outplayed all game, setting themselves up for a special humiliation that only a Comrie or a McAmmond could deliver upon.
Dutifully, I'll take my daily spoonful of 2006-07 punishment, although in the back of my mind I still wonder what exactly triggered the curse between the second and third period of Game 1's SCF: was there open talk about the cup "being ours"? Did someone not cheer hard enough? Did someone make fun of Joey Moss? Was a fan's playoff beard shaved prematurely?
- In honour of our Nation's Capital, the image above is a "homage" to that political mainstay, the Editorial Cartoon.
- I looked, but not very hard: does anyone know where you can find scoring by defence sorted as team stat? I can find individual leaders, but not any sorted tally by team.
- People can stop shouting for Hemsky to shoot. He will not.
- Nice showing by Oilers fans in Ottawa, especially with the booing Mike Comrie in his home building. Let's never forget that his selfish trade request/contract holdout (ultimately settling for less money than the Oilers originally offered) cost us the playoffs.
- I feel so empty inside.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Our team blows.