Monday, June 05, 2006

Disaster!



"He will not be back in this series."
--Craig MacTavish

I would relate more, but CBC has decided it's more important to go to commercial break, and then to a re-run. Smyth, meanwhile, is spouting the necessary platitudes.

16 Comments:

At 9:45 PM, Blogger Alex said...

The Hockey Lords Giveth, the Hockey Lords Taketh Away.

Not to kick a fan base while they're down (especially one that I'm nominally part of), but you almost had to feel like something like this was coming. All this bragging and overconfidence on the part of Oiler fans had to crescendo in some suffocatingly bad karma at some point.

And between Koivu's injury, the rash of injuries to Buffalo's defenseman, and now Roli's injury, Carolina must have a horseshoe the size of Zdeno Chara up its ass.

 
At 10:06 PM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

I think even Roloson's performance in the playoffs is evidence that you can't judge a goalie by its regular season performance.

Did anyone else think that goal on Conko was maybe more Gator's fault? I dunno, can you just assume that the goalie is going to leave the puck, particularly if you assume someone is calling for the puck on the halfboards?

Abboud, I think you are waiving the white flag far too early. You never know how a team might rally around losing their starting goaltender.

I have a feeling Jussi will be starting in game 2.

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Unless Jussi Markannen is finnish for Jon Casey, I'm not holding my breath.

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger DrFrankLives said...

"And between Koivu's injury, the rash of injuries to Buffalo's defenseman, and now Roli's injury, Carolina must have a horseshoe the size of Zdeno Chara up its ass."


Yeah, because, you know, that injury caused the Canes to come back from being down 3-0.

:eyeroll:

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

:eyeroll:

You don't honestly think Carolina outplayed Edmonton, do you? The goals you got weren't the result of oustanding pressure. You got the win, and congrats, but don't ignore the breaks you got.

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

Let's not forget who caused the Koivu injury. Taking your opponent's eye us is so, um, classy.

 
At 10:40 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Andy's right. Carolina stole this one, and most observers would probably be inclined to agree.

However, with Roloson out, they now go from 'team that lucked out in Game 1' to 'overwhelming favorite'.

 
At 11:24 PM, Blogger DrFrankLives said...

I feel bad for Roloson.

But Shaumburg, you're an idiot.

 
At 11:28 PM, Blogger DrFrankLives said...

andy - yours is a comment worth considering, but I fail to see how the Roloson injury contributed to the comeback. It didn;t.

Did we get other breaks? yes. But so did the Oil. Wallin somehow closed his hand around a puck that wasn;t actually in the crease when he was. Aaron Ward scored one of your goals, and, don;t forget, the Canes played like complete crap for the first two periods (except for some truly spectacular 5-3 penalty killing.)

Hemsky's goal was amazing. It happened right in front of me and I still don't believe what I saw. The same can be said for Ward's to glove saves on Horcuff. Wow.

Exciting game. Truly a bummer that your goalie is hurt.

I don't know who caused the miscue ehind your net at the end, but I can tell you this, if Smith did yell, there is no way in hell COnklin could have heard him in there at that time. That place was deafening.

By the way, I sang my ass off on O Canada.

 
At 2:52 AM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I fail to see how the Roloson injury contributed to the comeback.

Me either, since the game was tied at that point. The breakdown between Smith and Conklin (all Smith's fault, btw) was a result of the Rolly injury, however, and that led to the game-winning goal.

It is worth noting, however, that the last goal and the injury are kind of irrelevant. The Oilers blew a three goal lead. That should be the real story. I don't think Carolina looked good at all, but they took advantage of their chances and they won. In the end, that is all that matters.

 
At 9:53 AM, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

The Oilers blew a three goal lead. That should be the real story. I don't think Carolina looked good at all, but they took advantage of their chances and they won. In the end, that is all that matters.

Frustrating as all hell? Sure. The real story? Not hardly. That type of shit happens. If those teams play that game over and over from the point that it was 3-0, Edmonton wins in 99% of the time. Carolina caught a couple of cards, Roli wasn't that sharp and they got it done. Good for them. Roli is still the huge story here.

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

You don't honestly think Carolina outplayed Edmonton, do you? The goals you got weren't the result of oustanding pressure. You got the win, and congrats, but don't ignore the breaks you got.

Ummm, I think you are not allowed to use Selanne-isms any more this postseason, Grabia. I'm sorry, but you forfeited this right weeks ago.

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I purposely avoided being Selanne-like, Earl. You will note:

I don't think Carolina looked good at all, but they took advantage of their chances and they won. In the end, that is all that matters.

If Carolina wins the series, I'll give them full credit. I have no intention of saying the opposing team sucks, especially since they would be the team I would be cheering for if the Oilers weren't in the final.

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I have no intention of saying the opposing team sucks

Aah, but that is not a Selanne-ism. His postgame gems involve being the better (yet snake-bitten) team and having trouble with ketchup.

So far, you're OK on the ketchup analogy count.

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I wouldn't say we were snake-bitten, unless it was self-inflicted. Carolina took advantage of their chances,got timely saves at the end of the game, and won it. That's all I will give them so far. Do you think I am being unreasonable in that analysis?

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Do you think I am being unreasonable in that analysis?

The analysis is fine; I am still sore on the Selanne-bashing, for essentially saying "we deserve better".

It's not just Selanne who says this shit. We all deserve better after tough losses. I'm just returning the favor of selective quote-bashing.

 

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