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03-20-2004, 03:57 AM
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LMHF Game Report #38

Well, describing this game as HUGE would have been an understatement of the exact same size. The Oil needed this one disgustingly bad.....thankfully, they played like it.

Ethan Moreau...........can't even put that performance into words........


More comments later.......On to the Player Reports!

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Ty Conklin
-Wow...the stench is still around from that performance. Something happened after he started bleeding, and he seemingly couldn't stop a puck after that. At least 3 he'd like to have back. Despite some clutch robs down the stretch, a decidedly PUTRID performance.

Cross-Staios
-Not a great game from these guys. Staios laid the body a little more than usual, and there were some pretty decent defensive plays at times, but overall a fairly shaky night. Still think Alex needs in at some point here.

Bergeron-Ulanov
-Monsters on the point tonight. Bergeron looked fired up right from the warmups and carried it on through the game, playing excellent solid hockey. His rush to setup Pisani was PURE GOLD. Igor came up clutch when the team needed him most, and put away only his 3rd of the year for the GWG, what a pickup this guy has been, and what a pair these two are! A combined +5 with 8 shots, 1 goal, and 2 assists.

Smith-Brewer
-I thought these guys were decidedly average tonight. Had their excellent moments and had their run-arounds. I really don't know what to make of their play as of late, because it could be so much better, yet we ARE winning.........confusion!

Pisani-Oates-Chimera/Torres
-This line mainly didn't get too much time, but everyone moved lines at some point during the game, and contributed in some way. Oates did win some key draws down the stretch like he is supposed to, though he was still behind the play when it coulda made a difference. Fernando didn't do much of anything until his goal, but burying that one was insanely important, and he didn't falter largely anywhere. Chimera started on this line, but was moved around all night. I liked his game, kept skating hard despite getting SLAMMED into the boards, and was probably the main reason for Radek's goal. Raffi played an interesting game. He was being really stupid early on, and took an unsportsman, and was gettin in the ref's bad books, but then really brought his game up after getting dropped down to the 4th line. Made the most of his time.

Stoll-Laraque
-Jarret played an excellent game. Same old story for him, smartly placed and well executed plays that help the team so immensely. Also the best Oiler on the dot AGAIN. Gotta love that from a young guy. He's a big part of the future. I can't really fault Georges' game, but I do think that he doesn't really fit that line as well as a couple other wingers could. He should be in, but Stoll and Moreau need a different sort of player on that wing to be at peak effectiveness.

Smyth-Horcoff-York
-These guys weren't very good tonight. Smyth was pretty silent, he also looked like his hands were made of rubber at the beginning of the game, not so good for the leader we need. Shawn Horcoff played an ATROCIOUS game tonight.....this was back to "can't do anything right because the puck is a hand grenade" mode. Really hideous play, especially his positioning at times....YIKES! Mike York looked like a guy coming back from an injury. This line's name: WE CAN'T FINISH.

Nedved-Dvorak
-Without a doubt their worst game together. Just couldn't get anything goin, and gave away the puck at really inopportune times. May have been affected adversely by the revolving door on their wing, not exactly the way to build rythym. Radek got a goal when he finally got down to business, but other than that, thumbs down tonight for these two.

AND LASTLY

Ethan 'MVP' Moreau
-2 goals, 1 assist, +2, 5 shots in only 16:40 of icetime. Both goals scored through sheer and absolute determination. This guy has been there BIG TIME in nearly all of the big games the Oilers have had this year, and is putting on absolutely stunning performances this year. Hit the 20 goal plateau tonight.....amazing. And this guy is locked up for a few more years...he can be my team's captain any day. If a superbly talented hockey player worked as hard and had as much drive as Ethan Moreau, the guy would get 120 points a season. Ethan is a late bloomer, he's gonna get better, and that's very exciting.

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Tonight there was a certain feeling, it really stinks this game wasn't on TV, because I'm pretty sure everyone coulda felt it. They WERE NOT gonna lose this game tonight. Even as Ty searched in vain for his composure, ya just knew that tonight that team would not quit.

It was pretty fitting that seemingly every Oiler goal involved almost willing the puck past Vokoun, because what it really seemed like tonight, a force of will...that team would not quit.

There has been a fundamental change in the way this team plays.

I think it's because they finally started playing THEIR game, and also the confidence that was instilled with the trade for Jussi and Nedved.

The thing about the 'streak' this team is on right now is, it isn't really a streak, this IS how good they should be, if not a little below it. One word to describe it if these guys really catch fire and get their lineup tweaked to perfection.....DANGEROUS.

To all who doubted Marc-Andre Bergeron: THIS is what I meant by saying he's the goods. He makes a huge difference to that team, and plays a style of game they DESPERATELY need. He's got talent coming out everywhere, and plays a fearless game. It would be downright foolish not to include this guy in projected lineups for next season. Lowe, give him a nice one-way deal and keep this kid here!

Ales needs to get yanked outta that press box. He should be a part of what's goin on right now, and there's spaces that can and should be shuffled.

I woulda pulled Ty after 2 goals...but at least he shut the door at the end. Give him a game off and let Jussi put up a W is SoCal, then come back with Ty. That is best for the team and sends a balanced message of confidence and willingness to adapt. Tonight, MacTavish and Ty were saved by a never-say-die group of skaters.

We're in an interesting position right now. Need to be EXTREMELY confident going into SoCal, but also need to keep themselves from believing they've won anything yet. Tonight was MASSIVE, but it's nothing if they don't keep up the pace.

Here's to 24 remaining wins!!!!!!!!

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MY Oilers Three Stars

1. Ethan Moreau
2. Ethan Moreau
3. Marc-Andre Moreau

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Talk about atmosphere in there tonight, I'd just like to see a couple of nice 3 or 4 goal wins by the Oilers soon....It'd be less likely to give me a heart attack!

And DON'T SPILL BEER ON PEOPLE'S COATS!!!! SICK!

Sorry for the late report guys, I was out most of the night, hopefully makes for some good mornin reading. LMHF#1 OUT!


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This was probably your first game report that I actually agree with.. this has to be a good luck sign!!!

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its funny how after wins it easy to agree with everything.

went on a pub crawl tonight, so never got to see the game, and missed most of third, but i got my brother to call me with the final

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Ty Conklin
-Wow...the stench is still around from that performance. Something happened after he started bleeding, and he seemingly couldn't stop a puck after that. At least 3 he'd like to have back. Despite some clutch robs down the stretch, a decidedly PUTRID performance.
That first Walker goal was just gross. I agree, Conks would probably like to have at least three back.

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I always enjoy reading your post game rants LMHF! I think it was an exciting game to watch on TV. Ty Conklin had a horrible game, imo, and so did Staios....but I really think Brewer played fine. I actually am really liking his play lately.

Is there a stat for giveways - b/c I am sure Ryan Smyth had close to ten last night...he was frustrating me as well....can I find those numbers anywhere?

Anyways, a huge win - they did what they had to do (win in reg), but now they go on a roadtrip where they need at least 2 out of 3 wins.

Way to go Ethan!!!!!

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Comments on Bergeron were bang on. Every time he got the puck he was oozing confidence it was awesome to see. The other guys looked scared, Bergeron was poised and agressive. Man he really gained a ton of respect from this doubter. The play on the Pisani goal was absolutely unbelievable. Very impressed - especially considering the importance of the game and the dissapearance of the veteran d-men (other than Igor that beauty). I respect a guy for taking the ball and running with it like he has, signs of a real strong character.

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Comments on Bergeron were bang on. Every time he got the puck he was oozing confidence it was awesome to see. The other guys looked scared, Bergeron was poised and agressive. Man he really gained a ton of respect from this doubter. The play on the Pisani goal was absolutely unbelievable. Very impressed - especially considering the importance of the game and the dissapearance of the veteran d-men (other than Igor that beauty). I respect a guy for taking the ball and running with it like he has, signs of a real strong character.
Unblieveable turnaround for this kid. Remember when we had a thread in which we discussed whether Bergeron would ever play in the NHL again after being sent down the last time?

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Unblieveable turnaround for this kid. Remember when we had a thread in which we discussed whether Bergeron would ever play in the NHL again after being sent down the last time?
I sure do. You know, IMO Bergeron showed what kind of guts he has. MacT talked about how big game players show up for big games prior to the night. Bergeron is definately a big game player. He was unbelievable last night and equally so in the playoffs last year (with almost no experience). I had my doubts early, but he is proving what kind of player he can be.

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I sure do. You know, IMO Bergeron showed what kind of guts he has. MacT talked about how big game players show up for big games prior to the night. Bergeron is definately a big game player. He was unbelievable last night and equally so in the playoffs last year (with almost no experience). I had my doubts early, but he is proving what kind of player he can be.
I think we might have a Brian Rafalski type on our hands (*knock wood*). I'm salivating over this future d:
Brewer-Semenov
Lynch-Woywitka
Green-Bergeron

I don't know if any of those guys will win a Norris, but I think we might have 6 top four defeseman (*knock wood* again).

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I think we might have a Brian Rafalski type on our hands (*knock wood*). I'm salivating over this future d:
Brewer-Semenov
Lynch-Woywitka
Green-Bergeron

I don't know if any of those guys will win a Norris, but I think we might have 6 top four defeseman (*knock wood* again).
I was just thinking the same type of thing. Numbers don't lie - and Bergeron's numbers are good. Last night he reminded me of Coffey on more than one occasion. Not nearly as smooth, but the result was the same. Including the assist on Pisani's goal he made several rushes from his own end through 3 or 4 Predators. Like I said, I was very hesitant, but I am sold. I agree with the Rafalski comparison 100%

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Agreed, I have been noticed that ever since he got back. The Rafalski comparisons are going to be there.

And those D line-ups look great for the future. not quite as high as Calgary's since there is no clear cut #1 like Phaneuf but having 3 #2s should make up for that

Brewer - #2 if not higher
Semenov - #2 or 3
Lynch - #3 or 4
Wowytka - #2 or 3
Greene - #3 or 4
Bergeron - #3 or 4 and a PP specialist

And then there's still Gilbert in the mix. I think with him on one PP and Bergeron on the other we may have all the Offense we need from the point for a long time

GO FUTURE!!!

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I was just thinking the same type of thing. Numbers don't lie - and Bergeron's numbers are good. Last night he reminded me of Coffey on more than one occasion. Not nearly as smooth, but the result was the same. Including the assist on Pisani's goal he made several rushes from his own end through 3 or 4 Predators. Like I said, I was very hesitant, but I am sold. I agree with the Rafalski comparison 100%
Holy change of opinion Batman!

I remember saying that a couple of months ago, and not too many people agreed. While I'm happy that (for the moment at least) I may be right, it's great to see some excitement from the backline.

And he's stopped trying to go for the homerun breakout pass everytime too.

What is it with Ulanov, by the way? If I was a young defenceman in the NHL, I think I'd like to play with him. He's been making pups look good this year.

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Holy change of opinion Batman!

I remember saying that a couple of months ago, and not too many people agreed. While I'm happy that (for the moment at least) I may be right, it's great to see some excitement from the backline.

And he's stopped trying to go for the homerun breakout pass everytime too.

What is it with Ulanov, by the way? If I was a young defenceman in the NHL, I think I'd like to play with him. He's been making pups look good this year.
Ya, rather than trying to make the homerun pass he is taking charge and skating the puck out like he should do every time. That has cut down on the bad turnovers and increased his effectiveness. I don't know what it is with Igor - all I know is that he is a total beauty and I have loved him both tours with the Oilers.

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I hope that when Igor retires we offer him a job teaching our D. He has been an INSANELY positive influence on our young guys.

Not that he hasn't been great himself too. If he keeps playing like this he has another 5 years in this league easy...

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Igor Ulanov -
34 Games Played
3 Goals
12 Assists
15 Penalty Minutes
+16

Absolutely unbelievable - +13 WOW!!!

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Igor Ulanov -
34 Games Played
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Absolutely unbelievable - +13 WOW!!!
Is he +13 or +16?

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Is he +13 or +16?
whoops +16

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Talk about atmosphere in there tonight, I'd just like to see a couple of nice 3 or 4 goal wins by the Oilers soon....It'd be less likely to give me a heart attack!
Hey there Edmonton fans!...I just wanted to say that after watching that game, there is no doubt who the loudest fans are in the NHL. Iíve thought that for a while, but even when the Preds would come back and take a lead, the crowd was still loud, then when the Oilers did score, it was even louder!

And after the Preds/calgary game, itís easy to see which is the classier organization in Alberta.

Iíve started to like Edmonton for the last couple of years. I canít cheer for you guys now though, unless you get in ....the final 8.... and knock off St. Louis or LA and leave Nashville in there!

But anyways, just wanted to say: Good team, good fans! Good luck!

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Classy post, Spanks!

I too would like to see Edmonton and Nashville go to the party (at the expense of LA and St. Louis). Best of luck.

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