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Linus Omark On Mark

Am I the only one who thought the Linus Omark shootout goal was not jaw-dropping, spectacular, fabulous, etc.  Spin move at center ice?  What’s next, a back flip?  Anything is possible when you have the ice to yourself!

added 9:19am, from Gerry Moddejonge of the Edmonton Sun,

“I didn’t think it showed a lot of respect in this game,” said Stamkos, who missed his shootout attempt in Round 2.

“I mean, you don’t see Crosby or Ovechkin doing that and they’re the two best players in the game.

“(Omark’s) a creative player, he’s got good skill. I’m not taking that away from him, but it didn’t really have any implication on his moves, so I don’t know why he did that.”


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14 Goalies Since Khabibulin, Lightning Still Looking for a New “Wall” in Net

Tonight in Edmonton, the Tampa Bay Lightning will face an old friend, as goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will man the Oiler nets.

Sadly, the 37-year-old Khabibulin still has to be looked at as Tampa Bay’s last consistent, go-to netminder. “The ‘Bulin Wall” was a force for the Lightning during his time in Tampa, with a sturdy 2.39 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 192 games from 2000-2004. These are pre-lockout numbers, yes, but his performance in the current, more inflated era – 2.87/.903 – would still best just about every other Bolts goaltender since his departure after the Stanley Cup season of 2003-04. Tampa Bay has tried 14 different goalies between the pipes in that time, with largely underwhelming results.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, mike+smith, nikolai+khabibulin

Horcoff Suffers A Damaged MCL

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

In his third shift in Tuesday’s contest at Rexall Place, Shawn Horcoff collided with Corey Perry and felt his right knee pop. He did not return and will not be in the lineup for another eight weeks — at least that was the best guess from head coach Tom Renney.

Horcoff will have an MRI on Wednesday but he does have a damaged medial collateral ligament.

“He got his stick up between my legs. It was like a can opener and I felt it pop right away,” said Horcoff. “I took a faceoff and tried to finish the play but when I went to the net, I tried to stop. There was nothing. Hopefully it’s not that long.”


You can watch the play below, it happens at the beginning of the game recap video…

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Hall Starting To Shine

from Gene Principe of Oilers.com,

OK now that is a little more like it…actually a lot more like it from Taylor Hall. That’s the guy Edmonton thought they were getting when they used the first overall pick to select the Windsor Spitfire winger. How good has he been lately? Really good. The kid has been impressive on how often he scores and how he does it

I don’t know if I can fully explain the certain quality he has that not many are born with and that’s wanting to be the ‘guy’, the gamebreaker, the game changer. It’s like he eats pressure for dinner. He showed it Saturday night when there was the opportunity to get the puck from Ryan Whitney. He was yelling for the puck, he wanted it. He wanted the puck and the game on his stick.

Did you really have any doubt he was going to be the OT hero? When I saw him in all alone I figured Jaroslav Halak had no chance of stopping that puck.

continued and if you missed the OT goal, watch it below.  You will also see Andy McDonald suffer an upper-body injury when his head meets the knee of an Oiler player.

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Hemsky Out With Groin Issue

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Ales Hemsky won’t be playing any time soon.

“He’s out indefinitely,” said Edmonton Oilers’ coach Tom Renney, when asked when the right-winger’s troublesome groin problem might get him back on the ice.

Hemsky played in Montreal Wednesday night and had a goal and two assists but he was a scratch against the Maple Leafs in Toronto Thursday and wasn’t at practice Saturday morning as the Oilers prepared to play the St. Louis Blues on Hockey Night in Canada. That’s five games he’ll have missed.

“I don’t want to risk getting it torn,” Hemsky said Thursday night in the press box in Toronto.


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Morning Line

If the Oilers do somehow pass the Flames, it’ d like being mugged by Justin Beiber.

A tweet by George Johnson of the Calgary Herald. 

Calgary has two more points than Edmonton, but the Oilers have played one less game.

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Oilers Have No Plans To Move To Guebec City

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

A report that the Edmonton Oilers might want to relocate to Quebec City was “preposterous,” team president Kevin Lowe said Wednesday.

The Oilers and the Katz Group moved quickly to douse rumours which started making the rounds after team presidents Lowe and Patrick LaForge, along with Paul Marcaccio, the Katz Group’s chief financial officer, visited Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume to find out about a proposed 18,500-seat rink which could be built near the old Colisee.

This whole relocation story? That conversation never existed,” Lowe said


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Report- Oilers Talking Quebec City

from Karine Gagnon at the Toronto Sun,

Top Edmonton Oilers executives, including President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe, are to meet Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume Wednesday to discuss possible relocation, QMI has learned.

Oilers President and CEO Patrick Laforge and Paul Marcaccio, with the Katz ownership group, have also travelled east as talks to build a new and profitable arena in Edmonton remain stalled.

“We don’t know what to expect from this meeting,” Lowe, a former captain of Quebec City’s junior hockey team, told QMI.


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Morning Line

“I was very worried when I got hurt. There were a couple of side bones broken off my spine, and (nerve damage) shut down my right arm.

“You are laying face down and you know there are doctors around, but they are speaking gibberish. I tried to explain to them that I couldn’t move my head. Finally, one guy came over and he spoke English.

“I was able to explain where it hurt, but I also remembered that this was the same place (Chekhov, outside Moscow) where the player (Alexei Cherepanov, heart condition) died. I know there was no neck brace for me.”

-Martin Gerber of the Edmonton Oilers describing his neck injury while playing in the KHL.  More from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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Renney Not Happy After Another Loss

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

Generosity is continuing to hurt the Edmonton Oilers, and it’s starting to upset their generally mild-mannered head coach.

On Tuesday the Oilers were in a giving mood, handling the puck as though it was a grenade, coughing it up early and often in a 5-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes….

“I’m not happy, flat out, not happy, it’s a joke,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “We win a game we figure we’re going to be hoisting the Cup or something.

“The battle level was non-existent tonight. The pride in the jersey was not at the level it needed to be. It was an absolute joke, a travesty.”

read on for the game recap…

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