Hurricanes Goal Scored By Number Seventeen, Joe Camel!!!
Some thoughts on the Oilers 2-1 win over the Canes in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals:
The Canes are whining about Ryan Smyth's game-winning goal. Captain Rod Brind'Amour (seen at left) even refused to come out after the game and do his press conference with the media. He finally relented, but came out and sulked through the whole thing. Not surprisingly, Doug Weight was indignant. Let's be clear: the goal was not goaltender interference. The puck was loose in the crease, and Smytty just went to it. Maybe if Cam Ward could hold on to a puck, it wouldn't be a problem. Either way, it all evened out in the wash. Mr. Magoo blew the call on the disallowed Ethan Moreau goal. That puck was loose, too, but Magoo was too far away from the front of the net to see it.
We watched the NBC feed tonight, rather than suffering through the CBC's coverage. What a breath of fresh air. The play-by-play and colour men actually could remember players' names. NBC even did a feature on Joey Moss between the 1st and 2nd period. They had Pierre McGuire down on the ice, and Ray Ferraro in between periods. Just awesome. My favorite shot, and I don't know if they showed this on CBC, was of a fan in Rexall holding up a sign saying, "CBC: Crappy Bob Cole."
I though Jussi was awesome tonight, although he roamed WAY too much for my comfort. I spent the entire second period in the fetal position.
Speaking of, kudos to Justin Williams for putting his arms up in celebration on a breakaway shot he didn't score on. I must say, though, Williams scares me more than any other player in the Canes lineup, and not just because he looks like a bearded Warren Kinsella.
Why does Mac T even dress Georges Laraque if he isn't going to play him? I am pretty sure Le GG played exactly one shift all night. Nope. Three shifts, for a total of 24 seconds. I know they had to kill off quite a few penalties, but couldn't they have thrown him some powerplay time or something? It's not like our powerplay was super effective or anything.
The game should not have been this close. The fucking powerplay sucked ass. Again. Craig Simpson should fear for his life if we lose this series. A 5 on 3 for a minute and a half, and you don't get a single shot on net? Sweet sassy malassy. If the playoffs have told us anything, it is that the Canes blow for the first period, and dominate the third. If the Oilers want to win, they need to start converting on the powerplay, early in the game. My suggestion: try something other than a shot from the point.
The Peca/Pisani/Torres line returned to form. Peca was our best player tonight, along with Moreau and Dvorak. Poor D-Vo. He just hasn't been the same since Petr Nedved left. Tons of chances, and zero conversion. If he ends up with the Rangers, he'll score 50.
Did Eric Staal die, and people aren't reporting it? I don't remember hearing his name once tonight.
I now officially hate Rod Brind'Amour. He just drives me crazy. At least the fact that he wins faceoffs by cheating has been exposed to the world. His faceoff stats tonight:
Total Won: 10 of 27 (37%)
Offensive Zone Wins: 2 of 5 (40%)
Defensive Zone Wins: 5 of 12 (42%)
Neutral Zone Wins: 3 of 10 (30%)
Against Peca: 4 of 14 (29%)
Against Horcoff: 3 of 10 (30%)
Props to E.J. Hradek from ESPN for hitting the nail on the head with