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So says Mike Milbury speaking about Patrick O’Sullivan of the Edmonton Oilers. Scroll to about the 2:20 mark on the video and David Staples of The Cult of Hockey chimes in…
I thought hockey fans could be tough and nasty in their player critiques on the Oilogosphere, but CBC announcers Mike Milbury and Kelly Hrudey just got as harsh as any anonymous Internet hater. The two CBC announcers thrashed and trashed Oilers forward Patrick O’Sullivan after the first period of the Oilers-Hawks game on Saturday night, bashing him for not going hard after a puck along the boards, evidently so he could avoid body contact with Hawks defender Duncan Keith.
At least that’s how it looked to me, and that’s certainly how it looked to both Hrudey and Milbury. Hrudey started off the hammering, then tagged off and Milbury utterly put the boots to the young Oilers forward.
from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey,
The latest highlight reel illegal hit was handed out by Colorado defenceman Ryan Wilson, 22, a tough rookie defenceman trying to make his mark in the NHL. In Wednesday night’s game in Edmonton, Oiler forward Ethan Moreau charged for the puck, which sat near centre ice. Moreau kept his eyes on the puck, his head down, as he stretched to tip it forward into Colorado’s end.
He wasn’t watching as Wilson came in for a hit.
Now such a hit would have been borderline legal if Wilson hadn’t put up his elbow. It would have been nasty, no doubt, but Moreau also had a responsibility to keep his head up. This is the NHL, after all, a tough league, a violent world.
But if Wilson hadn’t put up his elbow, he also would have missed Moreau. His timing was a bit off, Moreau was a bit past him, so Wilson stuck up that elbow and caught the unsuspecting, fast-moving Moreau right in the jaw with a hard elbow. Moreau, an extremely tough player, left the game and did not return.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
The Oilers had three days off, and blew a lead Sunday to an Atlanta club playing its third game in four days. Edmonton lost, 3-2.
“We got the lead, and we have to be able to finish a team off ... we have to be a lot hungrier,” Shawn Horcoff said.
How long have you been hearing that one, Oil fan? Pat Quinn is getting sick of it already, with his team a quarter of the way through the season and on pace for just 72 points.
“We (have) a lot of nights where we’re saying if, and, but and when,” Quinn said.
more on the Oilers plus other topics…
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
On Twitter, Denver Post hockey writer Adrian Dater wrote in the wake of Colorado’s 5-3 loss to Edmonton: “Can’t win ‘em all at home. A shame the Avs had to finally lose to a dog team like Edmonton at home, though.”
To this comment, I would say . . ..
* Hey, Adrian, no jeering in the press box! You’ve got to leave that kind of stuff to us fan bloggers, eh.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
The Edmonton Oilers are clearly a hockey team in big, big trouble. And next comes double trouble.
It was Game 16 and the body language of Pat Quinn’s team was that of a club mopping up the season with 16 games to go and out of the playoffs.
The Oilers now head into the double trouble part of the schedule which will see them play 11 of the next 16 games on the road as a result of the combination of the Canadian Finals Rodeo and the Roar of the Rings Olympic curling trials taking over Rexall Place.
Which means they can spread the flu to Colorado, Ottawa, Buffalo, Atlanta, Columbus, Vancouver, Detroit, Dallas, Florida, Tampa Bay and St. Louis while at the same time temporarily
from David Staples at the Cult Of Hockey,
Right now, Penner is a different kind of all by himself, right at the very top of the NHL when it comes to point production at even strength.
Heading into Friday night’s games, according to Behind the Net, Penner is averaging 4.86 points for every 60 minutes of even strength play, while Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is at 4.77 points per 60 minutes of play, good for second place.
The next most productive scorers are Brad Richards, wonder kid Ryan O’Reilly, Marian Gaborik and Gilbert Brule.
What does this tell us, other than Penner is doing a great imitation of Phil Esposito right now?
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Steve Staios felt like he was stuck in Groundhog Day, and every morning was a wicked New Year’s Day hangover that wouldn’t go away.
Knocked out of Edmonton’s lineup with a concussion two games into the season, he’s been trying to free himself from the cobwebs ever since.
“The first 10 days that I took off were not very good at all—I had some really rough days,” said the Oilers defenceman, who felt well enough, finally, to skate for the first time yesterday,
“I’m glad I’m past those because they were tough. Walking around in a fog, you don’t feel crisp. That hangover feeling all day.
“It was a little bit concerning at some points, but you try not to make too much of it and hope the next day was a good day.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Whatever the reason, he’s a different player on the ice. He gets from A to Z so much quicker these days. The puck seems to follow him.
“I do feel faster,” said Penner. “I’ve watched some of my shifts on tape.”
Perhaps he’s simply had his eureka moment. The 27-year-old would be following in the long line of power wingers that have taken a bit longer to figure it out. From Cam Neely to John LeClair to Todd Bertuzzi to Johan Franzen, they all took two or three NHL seasons to find their “A” game.
“Anticipating is a huge part of it because I’m already moving my feet because I know where the puck is going to go and I’m confident I want to get it,” Penner said of his new mindset. “Before, it was like, ‘Geez, if I touch the puck now, I could screw up and I’ll just compound a problem that’s already there.’ So when you’re tentative, you tend to look lethargic and slow.”
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Last night they looked like the Oilers who were booed out of their building again and again and again last year and conspired to get Craig MacTavish fired as they missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season.
They were back to being a pushover to play in their own building and unable to score a goal for the second game in a row as they recorded their third straight loss of the season, 3-0 to the Colorado Avalanche.
“Obviously it’s embarrassing getting shutout two games in a row,” said Sam Gagner. “Tonight we didn’t even show up in the first period.”
It was the worst first period the Oilers played this year.
It started with the $7 million dollar man, Shawn Horcoff, losing the opening face-off and then turning the puck over as the Avalanche took a 1-0 lead only 25 seconds into the game.
from Brian Wilde of CTV Montreal,
From my time with the Oilers in Edmonton dating back to the early 90’s, one of the relationships I have been able to foster is with Kevin Prendergast. He’s an extremely intelligent hockey man who is the top scout and decision maker for talent, young and old, that the Oilers might be interested in. Prendergast and I talk usually when he takes in a Habs game. He doesn’t take in many. Every two or three months, he watches one contest and then moves on to the next city whether it be Ottawa or Albany….
I mention all of this because Prendergast has spent the last three games watching the Habs home stand.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
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