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09-22-2003, 07:29 PM
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Thoughts on tonights game

Arrived home from the game.

Bergeron was very good tonight, he knows how to control a pp. When to come in, when to dish it off and when to shoot the puck. He also played well defensively.

Luoma's lack of footspeed gets him in some trouble defensively as he doesn't position himself as well as a guy like Cross.

Staios had a monster game tonight, he was just excellent defensively and IMO made the most important play of the game. The Canucks had gained some momentum when Cavanaugh (sp?) had a great hit on Hemsky and Cavanaugh was trying to get in everybody's face. Steve Staios cross checks him they go and Staios lays a beating on Cavanaugh. Goodbye Canuck momentum.

Stoll was great defensively and really seemed to control the faceoff dot, good game by him.

Salo has improved in handling the puck, he actually shot it around the boards a couple of time and got some mustard on it so it arrived at the attended targets.

Players that try to hit Torres just bounce off and fall down. This created a few chances for the Oilers.

Jovocop and Bertuzzi tried to intimidate the Oilers and goad them into penalties. Didn't work, Jovocop just looked stupid as the Oilers ignored him. Good discipline and not a lot of discipline showed by the Canucks who looked tired.

Good system play by the Oilers, the Canucks look baffled by the Oilers various breakouts out of their own zone, the Oilers were always in the Canucks face all night and because of this the Canucks couldn't get anything going.

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