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The Battle Of Alberta Is Here

from Kristen Shilton of ESPN,

Iconic sports rivalries are built to stand the test of time.

No matter the players. No matter the coaches. No matter the standings. No matter who won the last game -- or the last 10.

It's a seed planted between two teams that can't be uprooted. The bad blood is merely transfused, one generation to the next.

The Battle of Alberta -- featuring the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames -- is that kind of rivalry. Like a fine wine, it has only gotten better with age. And the latest vintage (Game 1, 9:30 ET, ESPN) could be a classic.

On opposite ends of a 300-kilometer -- or 186-mile -- stretch of Alberta's provincial highway sit dueling hockey markets rife with passionate fans. They've been waiting more than 30 years to see the long-simmering enmity between these teams peak in a postseason series.

The time, at last, is here.

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On To Round 2 For The Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton defeated the LA Kings 2-0 to win their serues 4-3.

First off, props to the LA Kings.  I doubt many of us thought they would take the Oilers to seven games.

One other thing, this is Conner McDavid's league, everyone else can form a line behind him.

Highlights first, handshakes below.

 

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A Lot On The Line For The Edmonton Oilers Tonight

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“You look at any team that’s won, and it starts with a disappointment. We’ll be back.” — Connor McDavid, in 2017

EDMONTON — The irony of that quote is, five years later, the Edmonton Oilers have not yet found their way out of the disappointment business. But at the same time, they ARE back.

Back to another Game 7, like that 2-1, Game 7 second-round loss in Anaheim that left a 20-year-old McDavid so bullish on his team’s immediate future, as impossibly rosy as it must have seemed that day.

“Come next season,” McDavid promised that night, “we’ll find ourselves in a similar spot. And we’ll be able to look back on this, feel that disappointment, and know ... how much that sucked.”

Well, it’s five years later, but here we are. Better late than never, it may be the only time McDavid ever did anything slow on a hockey rink.

Sometimes life gives us a special moment right out of the blue. Other times, like a Game 7 at home on a Saturday night in May, you see the moment coming – you’re just not sure what kind of moment it will be. What emotion the lasting memory will evoke, elation or dread?

Will it cut like a knife to the heart, or a blood bond between brothers? Either way, it is never to be forgotten.

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The Edmonton Oilers Force Game 7

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

With their season on the brink, their top defenceman suspended and their second best forward on the limp, the Edmonton Oilers had no choice but to draw their line in the California sand.

Down 3-2 in their first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings and facing elimination on the road, it was either gut it out and find a way to force Game 7 in Edmonton or spend another summer wishing they had given just a little bit more.

See you in Edmonton.

With the Kings poised to plunge a knife handle-deep into Edmonton’s dream of a long post-season run, Tyson Barrie’s winning goal with 5:10 left in regulation staved off disaster and set the stage for one final night of dramatic and unpredictable theatre.

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Choke Is A Difficult Word To Use

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

• With the series in their grasp — tied 2-2 and at home in Game 5 — Edmonton came up small. They started slow, had a burst early in the second period, but had just 14 shots on goal after 40 minutes. Then, after a third-period flourish that forced overtime, Edmonton coughed up a goal on the first shift of overtime. Even with a second chance to win after an awful regulation, they came up short once again in OT.

• Choking can be defined by an uncharacteristic performance at the most crucial moment. When the heat is on, and an athlete does something he wouldn’t normally do, that’s a choke job. Well, the two biggest self-inflicted wounds in this series were authored by 40-year-old goalie Mike Smith, whose Game 1 turnover cost his team the game, and a head butt late in the second period of Game 5 that will see Nurse miss Game 6. Those aren’t kids making five-star mistakes. Those are Edmonton’s leaders.

• On the overtime goal in Game 5, Evander Kane — as good a forward as Edmonton has had for weeks — committed the neutral-zone turnover that led to Adrian Kempe’s winner. He couldn’t deliver the puck to L.A.’s zone, the quick turnover left Connor McDavid in a poor spot to defend, and Duncan Keith with an impossible gap. The veteran defenceman was exposed wide by Kempe, but a victim of a play by Kane that left tired Oilers in a bad spot against a fresh Kempe.

“Competition brings out the best in you, but sometimes it brings out the worst in you,” Murray said that day. “If you stop competing, you are never going to break through. And you are going to be in one of those teams that were also-rans your whole life.

“You're going to choke.”

The moment was too big for this Oilers team in Game 5. They choked.

But that doesn’t mean the series is lost.

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Video- Darnell Nurse Suspended One Game

Head-Butting

 

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Video- Zack Kassian Fined For Cross-Checking

Video below.

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Video- Darnell Nurse Will Have A Hearing Today

A short video is below.  added 10:55am, zoomed in video below.

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The Edmonton Oilers Must Win The Next Two Games To Move On To Round 2

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Hockey’s most staunch cliché decrees that you’ve got to play the whole 60 to win in the playoffs.

The Edmonton Oilers tried to win a playoff game on about 15 minutes of hockey that you — that they — would consider adequate for the occasion, and in the end they got exactly what they deserved. And so did the Los Angeles Kings.

Adrian Kempe scored at 1:12 of an overtime session to give L.A. a 5-4 victory and a 3-2 series lead over an Edmonton team for whom the moment appeared to simply be too big in Game 5.

“We haven't brought our best game yet,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid who carried his mates to a third period comeback with a goal and two primary assists on the night. “They’re a good team… so it'll take a complete game to beat them. And we haven’t brought that yet.”

Was McDavid inferring that too many of his teammates were no-shows? We would doubt that’s what he meant, though he’d be spot on if he had.

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A Missed Opportunity For The Edmonton Oilers

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

In the morning calm, Edmonton Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft talked about the ability of his team to manage swells and troughs, and not let their emotions ride the steep waves of winning and losing.

Sunday, they were caught in a Los Angeles typhoon.

We won’t know how well they’ve navigated until their next playoff game, on Tuesday. But in losing 4-0 to the Kings, the Oilers were nothing like the deep, offensively-dominant team they had looked like the previous two games. They lost their National Hockey League playoff series lead along with Game 4.

The shutout represented a massive 10-goal swing from Edmonton’s 8-2 win in Game 3 on Friday. The Oilers stopped dead in the water, and now face a best-of-three with the first-round Stanley Cup series tied 2-2.

Woodcroft doesn’t believe momentum carries over from game to game. We’ll see about confidence.

“It’s one game at a time for us and today we dropped a game,” the coach said late Sunday. “It’s a missed opportunity, and that’s what it is. As I said, we’ll do our work, we’ll digest the game and give our players something that will be a focal point heading into Game No. 5.

“I just didn’t think we skated at the level we needed to skate at. I didn’t think our (puck) battles and stick fights were where they needed to be. We have to be better, we’re capable of more.”

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