Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Witness The One-Trick Pony

Sure four of Carolina's five goals were flukes. Sure, the referees calling tonight's game were drunken retards unable to differentiate between a body-check and a trip, or a cross-check and goaltender interference (They seemed to have a particular grievance against Georges Laraque. Just absolutely atrocious calls against Le GG tonight). But the fact of the matter is, the Edmonton Oilers did not deserve to win tonight's game. They failed to take wide-open shots from the slot on the five on five. They failed to take advantage of their speed and the concrete skates of the Carolina defenceman (Is Aaron Ward 85-years old?). But most importantly, they failed to adjust to the fact that every single person in the big wide world knows what they are going to do on the powerplay. I am so exasperated I can barely breathe. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass to the point. Slapshot. Blocked. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Slapshot. Blocked. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Slapshot. Blocked. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Slapshot. Blocked. Powerplay over.

And they do the same thing on the five on five. They cycle the puck, own the zone, and instead of putting it on net from down low, they pass it back to the point. Giant wind-up. Slapshot. Blocked. Or six feet over the net.

Poor Jussi. Totally abandoned tonight.


At 6:58 AM, Blogger Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

The whole game stunk of dog ass but the PP especially so.

I watched the game with a friend of mine who has been involved in hockey as a coach for @ 30 years and has forgotten more about it then most of us will likely ever know.

He had two serious issues with the Oil and watched up to the 2-0 goal when they were still in the game.

His verdict - not enough shots at even strength or the PP with the PP being especially stinky. Can't score if you do not shoot.

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Kirks said...

Agreed, the PP was terrible tonight. More importantly, the defensive zone was something you would have seen in February from the Oil. The defense hung Jussi out to dry last night, leaving him to stop the first 4 shots before they came to the rescue.

What was the worst part of the defensive zone? Allowing the Cane forwards to walk off the half boards even when they were at even strength. They gave too much credit to the defensemen by covering them, while allowing the forwards to walk.

At 3:12 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Sound analysis from people who have played the game. I don't know how the hell the Oilers coaching staff can't pick that up. Isn't that what period breaks are for, to make game adjustments?

Did you hear them talk about Rod the Bod being from Notre Dame, Kirks? It made me want to punch the screen, actually. I now hate Rod Brind'Amour.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Kirks said...

Yes, MacT has let his team down because the Canes responded to the Oilers run and gun game by laying three across the blueline but MacT hasn't made the game-time adjustments needed in order to win a championship.

Think about this?? If Rod the Bod continues to dominate the face-off circle (see game 1 stats - 82%), score GWGs and kicking ass all over the rink - he will put in a BIG bid for the Conn Smyth trophy. (I agree that Cam Ward has been the most deserving but Rod might be making it a closer race with his play the last couple games.) If Rod was awarded the Conn Smyth, that would make it two years in a row that an ex-ND Hound won the award.

At 7:30 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Oh my God, I hadn't thought of that! Now, that is a story.

His face-off numbers must have gone down last night, though. He didn't look as dominate, probably because the Oilers sent in tape of him cheating.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Kirks said...

Yes, Rod's numbers matched Horcoff last night, 50% each.


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