I feel terrible about those injuries. I don't really see Oilers fans celebrating it though, the vast majority seem to just be concerned about the guys that got hurt. Hopefully Wild fans come take a look at this thread before they judge our entire fanbase, we're not out for blood here.
Anyway, it's not about the fans. Hopefully Brodin and Granlund have speedy recoveries. Really feel bad about it all, but that's hockey sometimes.
This is 100% on Brodin and his partner. It's unfortunate Taylor hit him in the head/shoulder. Really it is.
Prior to the hit, the puck goes by Brodin. Brodin takes a quick look to assess the situation and realizes his d partner has played the play completely wrong (or thought he had winger support). Rather then retrieve the puck he's parked himself by the goalie looking at Brodin - the complete opposite direction the puck is going. Brodin realizes his partner just screwed up and the guy coming into capitalize is no other then Taylor Hall.
He quickly ups his skating to speed to chase down the puck behind the net. At same time his partner makes another bone head play and takes away the inside lane by the net. This is the Kiss of Death on the play for two reasons: 1) Brodin only has one lane - the boards. 2) Taylor Hall is in the blind spot caused by his partner.
Brodin plays his only option and continues to pursue the puck along the boards. He completely misjudges how little time he has just as Taylor Hall enters his field of vision.
The final mistake is misreading Hall's intent. He plays to the tendency that Hall chases the puck more often then the hit. He tries to make a desperate push at the puck and puts himself in a awkward position. Hall's already exploding through him at this point.
Hall as always was going 100MPH and wanted that puck, Brodin gingerly went for it and put himself in a position where he could be hurt. I doubt that Hall meant to injure him there, but Brodin has to be more decisive there and either go all out for it or let Hall get it and defend him afterwards IMO.
You know what's funny? Hall did the exact same thing to Gardiner when we were playing against the Leafs...difference was Gardiner didn't lean forward and survived.
It's actually refreshing to see the Oilers laying the hits rather than receiving them these days.
Tough luck for Granlund. Nothing malicious there, just fell awkwardly. Looked serious, but hopefully he'll get by with nothing worse than a strain or something.
The Hall hit wasn't head hunting at all either. Looked like your typical NHL'er(hit hard, finish checks) vs rookie(thinks he has lots of time, under estimates the damage his opponents can do, inexperienced at protecting himself) that you see every NHL season, it just one of the cases where it resulted in injury instead of bruised ego.
Good to see Hall confident in throwing checks though, hope he doesn't get discouraged and lose the edge over this insident.
That's because us mods cleaned up this thread already. There are classless comments made from both fanbases, the sooner we stop acting like our fanbase is 100% innocent the better the chance that we don't fall off our high horse and get hurt
Ahh, gotcha, didnt realize that...dunno why any Oiler fan would actually be happy about another teams' young guns getting hurt since we know better than anyone how that feels. Like someone else said, i think the only reason he got 5 and a game was because of the injury. It was good to see them able to kill that off (and pretty easily too, not many chances given up).
And on another note, after Houston tied the game, i thought for sure that they were going to win it, but it was awesome to see that shift that produced the winning goal, that line (finally) dominated an entire shift...also didnt see that 1st 2 goals, really want to see the hilites of those goals.
Edit: oh yeah, and Fedun's goal, wtf was that offside all about, it wasnt even close, same goes foe the empty netter (even though that one didnt matter), did they get these linemen from the WWE? I couldnt stop saying wtf after Fedun's goal. Anybody else see the puck go outside the line on that one?
Last edited by TimeForAnOilChange: 11-02-2012 at 10:40 PM.