Thursday, October 11, 2007

The morning after

Well, it was one of those wild Minnesota games where you kind of pass out from boredom, wake up with a crushed puckhat, some empty beer bottles and a hard luck story. For the Oil, it was the same as usual against the Wild, who played a tactically brilliant game in the neutral zone, snuffing out any possibilities of offence, creating turnovers and forcing offsides.


Oh and if you want to make Coach Craig MacTavish a little peevish, ask him about the powerplay, as TSN's Ryan Rishaug discovered last night.

"Why is it that everytime you always focus on the negative? Why don't you ask me what I thought of the game," snapped the Silverfox.

I may be the only person that thinks that the powerplay isn't terrible, but already in the fourth game of the season it's obvious that teams are cheating to the point, taking away the shot. Hemsky could walk in and easily take a wrister, and players never collapse on the net. Aside from that, and at the risk of echoing what MacT has already said, the game wasn't as bad as it looked. Tarnstrom and Torres stood out as having off-nights, but I think they team played half-decent. Or maybe I'm in a good mood because the actual game is over.

25 comments:

McLea said...

For the Oil, it was the same story as usual against the Wild, who played a tactically brilliant game in the neutral zone,

I didn't know you were British.

Black Dog said...

Damien Cox had a question today about the leafs' power play which has also been a disaster - he described its failures in this way - too predictable and there is no player movement

that says it all right there.

Souray himself said they had to get some movement down low to make things happen - in the Canes game the other night they put on a clinic on the PP - the leafs never stood a chance

Anonymous said...

MacT lives in his own delusional world. How the hell was that a good game? I'm guessing that's not H2O in that mini Disani bottle.

Steve said...

I don't think MacT said anything about that being a good game, did he?

Anonymous said...

"We weren't as determined in front of the net as we needed to be at times, but I was really happy with the game. I thought we played pretty well," MacTavish said.
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TSN.ca

sacamano said...

How many "off-nights" is Raffi allowed before we can come out and just admit that he is an inconsistent head-case who should be traded before everyone else in the league figures it out -- if they haven't already?

Pleasure Motors said...

God bless you, sacamano.

Anonymous said...

The actual words from MacT's mouth were "played a pretty good road game."

The TSN article just dropped a word or two to their liking.

Anonymous said...

road game or not...it was still shitty as hell.

mike w said...

I don't know, lately I think Toronto and Vancouver fans would have a different take on what constitutes a "shitty" game...

Pleasure Motors said...

True, but who wants to have the standards of a Leafs fan?

Chris O said...

MacT has been jovial with the media up until now. Of course, this was after they had won two games in a row that he was cracking jokes and asking the CP guy if substantive was a word or not, then double checking with Spector. I want to see some coaching rage tomorrow night against Vancouver.

Kirsten said...

If that was a "pretty good road game", I don't know that I want to see what a pretty bad road game is.
One bright spot seems to be Stoll. He tried to break Backstrom's face last night at least twice with a couple of blistering slapshots.

nathan said...

Grrrrrr! Why the hell is tonight's game blacked out on Sportsnet...what is the point of even having the damn channel! I was looking forward to this all day.

-Nathan

uni said...

For all those interested (Ontario locked) the Oilers game is now on Sopcast.

You can download it here:
http://download.sopcast.com/download/SopCast.zip

The game is on VP4.

Use this webaddress to find the link to it: http://myp2p.eu/NHL.htm

You might want to use the button to open it in Media Player. Stream is pretty stable for me.

uni said...

Torres! Woo!

uni said...

And that elation didn't even last 5 minutes.

Pleasure Motors said...

Sam Gagner played 20 minutes. Holy fuck.

Hope you enjoyed watching him, London.

Pleasure Motors said...

Also, the Oilers now have a three-way tie for lead in team points.

Andrew Cogliano: 5 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 Pts
Shawn Horcoff: 5 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 Pts
Sam Gagner: 4 GP, 0 G, 4 A, 4 Pts

Horcoff's producing in tough minutes, the rookies are producing in easy minutes. We're still not going to win a lot, but I like this team.

IceDragoon said...

pm...

Samwise was second in forward icetime to Horcoff. From the second period on He was out there with Horcoff (who got an assist against easier opps on Souray's goal) and Penner against the Sedins. He made Ohlund take a penalty and should have drawn a 4 minute high-sticking when he was clipped getting his nose dirty in the blue paint. The kid's got lots of game.

Louise

IceDragoon said...

oops... didn't mean to capitalize "he".

Doogie said...

Is it just me or did the goalies pretty much lose this one themselves? At least three of those goals were pure shit, to my eye.

Ender said...

So what's the new name? Roloron? Garroson?

Pleasure Motors said...

oops... didn't mean to capitalize "he".

Are you sure you didn't? Because I think we have a new Hockey Jesus on our hands.

David S said...

How about Sandy Sanderson for Hockey Moses then? If the rest of the team busted as much as I've seen him do so far, we might have another W. I know he's an old guy, but man is he givin' 'er.

Matt Greene sticking up for Hemsky old school style (calling the perpetrator out). Nice! Sure got the Sportsnet guys commenting.

Zack's back. No surprise there. Crap do we need some size and grit. It was pretty obvious against Minnesota and Detroit.

I think its been mentioned around here a few times, but I think we're not that far off. A decent trade and some team gelling might make for a pretty interesting year.