It was a dirty hit by a dirty player, who it seems hasn't reformed.
Dirty players spear, knee, get into lots of fights defending their attempts to injure & get suspended because of that.... Paukovich has averaged less than 2 minutes in penalties per game over the last 3 seasons - so I would not consider him a dirty player...
As an Oiler fan & a long term hockey fan, I would describe Paukovich having made the same stupid play twice as being a slow learner & maybe a bit clueless.
And I am very glad to hear Greentree was not seriously injured..........
I can pretty much guarantee you that Irving starts tonight. I asked Keenan yesterday about his goalie situation, how they seperated themselves at this point and he made a point of saying that he was going to play all 3 in the 2 Camrose games. With Lalande out and Keetley going the distance last night... pretty easy to predict Irving plays tonight.
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* About the hit-from-behind from Edmonton LW Geoff Paukovich: "Uh ... you take it for what it is. It's not as if he hit me face to face. You know, some guys play like that. It's a fast game — stuff like that happens. Looking back on it ... I don't know, I don't know."
* "I kind of put myself in a vulnerable position — I turned my back. The puck came around the boards. The next thing I know, I got shoved from behind. My face hit the boards and I kind of heard a pop. I wasn't sure what it was. But no concussion. I didn't lose consciousness. I just got my head rang a bit. That's that. You can't dwell on it. You've got to get up the next day and go to work."
Lalande (high ankle sprain, MRI scheduled for Tuesday):
* "I caught a rut in the ice (during Sunday's morning skate), and there was no give at all."
* "Oh, it's frustrating. You train all summer, you're anxious to get back at it, and something like this happens? Obviously, right now I have no control over it."
Also not expected to play tonight against the Vancouver Canucks are D Matt Pelech, D Ryan Wilson, LW Brett Sutter.
Into the fray go D Gord Baldwin, D Brad Cole, C Hugo Carpentier, RW Jonathan Tremblay.
The Flames led 1-0 after the first period courtesy of a Brett Sutter shorthanded goal. The son of general manager Darryl Sutter, had fur goals and six assists in 75 games with Quad City, the Flames top affiliate in the American Hockey League, last season. He had several more chances throughout the game and came close to scoring a second in the second period but shot the puck just over Oiler goalie Devan Dubnyk's shoulder and wide from in close
I totally forgot about him, late round pick in 2006. The Canucks sucked and looked like they just off the bus. I thought Ryder looked rusty, Backlund was a little off and Nemisz looked good but really needs to work on his skating. Brodie looks good tonight.