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Kerry Fraser of TSN discusses why the Mikael Backlund goal from Saturday nigh should not have been allowed.
Backlund was not pushed into Oiler goalkeeper, Devan Dubnyk by Ryan Smyth or any other Oiler teammate.Mikael Backlund followed the puck into the crease and crashed the net (and Dubnyk) though his own initiative. If that isn't enough reason for some to understand why this goal must be disallowed let me provide the technical reasons to support this call.
Rule 69.3 Contact Inside the Goal Crease - If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his crease and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.
More specifically, Mikael Backlund's actions on this play are best described by the bold type in Rule 69.6 Rebounds and Loose Pucks - In the event that a goalkeeper has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a stop the goal will be disallowed.
more and watch the goal below, All I know is these calls could go either way and as I wrote yesterday, replay should be allowed to make sure the call on the ice is the correct one.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
These are not your father’s Edmonton Oilers, this swashbuckling young team, and for proof, consider the father of Thursday night’s scoring hero, Sam Gagner. Gagner was 7 the year his dad, Dave, played for the Flames. Dave Gagner was Jarome Iginla’s first centre in Iginla’s rookie season and helped him find his way in the NHL.
The younger Gagner has a picture of himself, as a boy, posing with Iginla at the Saddledome – and went on the ice there, the way children of NHL players do, after practice at Christmas, during school breaks.
The Oilers of 2012-13 are steeped in the tradition of the Battle of Alberta, which, after a few less than enthralling years, resumes Saturday in Calgary with a new, clearer focus. It is Edmonton’s youth and promise against Calgary’s veteran uncertainty. The Oilers feature Taylor Hall, who lived in Calgary until the age of 12 before the family moved to Kingston. There is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who played his junior hockey in Red Deer, the city perched right in the middle of the two cities, where some fan.
TSN analyst and three-time Stanley Cup-winning defenceman Aaron Wardalso had no issues with Yakupov's reaction. "There should be no one that has a problem with this," Ward said on the NHL on TSN on Thursday night. "It was genuine, in the moment, it was a big goal and the second of his career."
But the visiting Kings didn't take kindly to Yakupov's post-goal antics. "I won't even say anything about that, it wasn't something that was looked on in a positive light in our dressing room, but so be it," forward Jarret Stoll said after the game. "He made a great play on the goal and did his celebration."
If you went to bed early of missed the game, here is how the latst ninute or so of regulation played out plus OT.
Edmonton thinks they have tied the game at 1 with about 66 ticks left on the clock....
Then Nail Yakupov did tie the game with 4.7 seconds left...
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
What self-respecting constituency in a hockey-mad nation would rise from its collective seat to applaud the NHL commissioner who has presided over three lockouts in the last 18 years, wiping out the equivalent of nearly two full seasons? What assembly of hockey fans - whose three dozen part-owners fought arm in arm with the soulless fat cats of Boston and Philadelphia and Toronto in 2004-05 to get a $39-million salary cap, only to see it balloon to $64 million within seven years - would salute the man who called that 2005 CBA a victory for the little guy?
Answer: Edmonton's. Believe it or not.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
If the Roberto Luongo to the Edmonton Oilers rumour was an ember, Tuesday's home opener was the can of diesel your brother-in-law leaves by the wood pile.
Acquiring Luongo never made a lick of sense to anyone in these parts, until, of course, the Edmonton Oilers played their home opener.
After 20 minutes of play the San Jose Sharks led 6-1, Devan Dubnyk had been thoroughly ventilated by Joe Thornton and his mates, and as the good citizens of Edmonton ate their cheap hamburgers and discounted beer, you could almost hear the intermission banter.
"Roberto Luongo, eh? Do you think…?"
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
It's not that people here aren't entertaining the idea that their Oilers could make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. They are. But they've also borne collective witness to consecutive finishes of 30th, 30th and 29th in the NHL. They've seen the goaltending fail, had a front row seat for what was the worst defensive corps in the league, and generally watched some mighty poor hockey for these past many years.
As one Oilers scout said recently, "Look, I just want to win a few games, and then see what happens…"
Sports Illustrated slotted Edmonton at No. 3 in its season-opening power rankings, behind only Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers. "Check with me in a month or two," pens writer Adrian Dater, "but it says here that they will get off to a great start…"
It is clear what has happened here in Edmonton. Such a profound lack of success has made the Oilers nearly irrelevant league-wide, while locally, fans have suffered through this rebuild shift by shift.
It's easy to check in from New York today and say, "Well, looks like it's time to take this cake out of the oven." In Edmonton, they've opened the oven a few times already, and watched the cake fall.
It looks like the boys had some fun playing shinny at a local Edmonton park today.
added 8:55am 1/14/13, I've added a video from the Oilers, which is below the first video.
from Jonathan Willis of OilersNation,
Yesterday, Bob Stauffer announced on Oilers Now that he expects the Edmonton Oilers to make a “wow factor move” in player personnel once the lockout ended (he further predicts the lockout will be over by early December). In other words, according to Stauffer, a big trade is brewing.
Stauffer, unsurprisingly, takes a fair amount of flack. He is employed by the Oilers. He has been an unapologetic advocate of Daryl Katz, both when Katz was wildly popular with Oilers fans, and now when his demands as part of a new arena deal have turned that relationship sour. Stauffer’s stuck by Katz, and he’s paid by Katz, and that combination is a tough one to manage while staying on the good side of fans.
But that doesn’t matter. What matters is Stauffer’s record for getting things right.
In that regard, Stauffer’s batting average is higher than any other member of the Edmonton media.
from CityNews Toronto,
NHL tough guy Ben Eager is facing charges after an alleged fight at a Toronto bar.
The Edmonton Oiler and his brother Michael are both facing assault charges after an incident involving a doorman.
It happened at The Quail pub on Yonge street around 1 a.m., Saturday.
Jennine Lombardo, general manager at The Quail and Firkin Pub, told CityNews the fight began inside the bar and then moved outdoors. The doorman allegedly had to hold up a patio chair to shield himself from the attack.
"We are used to dealing with young professionals. Last night stopped staff dead in their tracks and is not typical of what happens at our establishment. Once the fight started, service ended immediately. Our staff was in shock. And we are concerned for our door man who was brutally attacked and hurt." said Lombardo.
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