GDB 04: THE BATTLE OF ALBERTA

Wanye
January 26 2013 12:11PM

We have a little tradition here at the Nation Network. They who win the Battle of Alberta writes the next GDB on both sites. So buckle up Flames Fans because you are going to get it and we are going to give it to you.

For far too long Edmontonians and Calgarians have battled back and forth with the same old witty jabs and name calling.  Calgary has one Cup - a bra has two. Edmonton has no running water or intelligence of any sort. You have the Stampede, we have a free hot dog lunch in the parking lot of Bonnie Doon shopping mall. Yeah, yeah yeah. We get it.

This time around we are dispensing with the usual insults and getting to the heart of the matter of what is really wrong with you Calgary.

THIS IS US - THIS IS YOU

Oooooh. We get it Calgary. You are the rich neighbours to the South with all of your money and power and fancy high rise buildings. Everyone understands that at some point in the mid 90s all of our businesses picked up and moved down Highway 2. Well guess what? We were like 8 years old when that happened. Didn't care then - didn't care now.

Frankly you did us a favour Calgary. We will never figure out how jedi mind tricked the bulk of our corporate douchebags to pack up their drycleaned belongings and move three hours away but we thank you.

And while we watch the game tonight and see a bunch of non-plussed suit types sitting on their hands in the Saddledome in jerseys that still have their tags on we will thank the Gods that none of them are up here pretending to be Oilers fans anymore.

Good riddance.

US v YOU

Speaking of Flames fans where have they gone? We seem to remember a whole mess of people filing into your Red Mile during your ill fated Cup run. People all over the were quick to cheer for "KIPPPPPERRRRRRRR" and "IGGGGGYYY" and Company. And yet nowdays there don't seem to be nearly as many people up repping the flaming C.

That's probably because the bulk of people following aren't really Flames fans. They are sports consumers. When the milk is fresh you are all happy to have a glass. When the milk goes sour - no one will come within a hundred miles.

Contrast that with Edmonton. We have been drinking sour milk for so long we have developed a taste for it. In fact many of us now prefer it. Doesn't matter if the Oilers finish in last place every year until the end of time. Oilers fans are in the business of living and dying with the team. Anyone with any hockey sense at all would have abandoned this team years ago and yet here we are millions strong all around the world.

And luckily the Oil are on the verge of being awesome. While Calgary is going to gently float down to the bottom of the league until your 33 NTCs expire in 2035.

STILL US STILL YOU

Looking at your roster - who is there even to get excited about?! Iginla in the prime of the twilight of his fine career? Pfft. Steve Begin? Jiri Hudler? Who the hell are any of these old bastards anyway? There is literally not a single player on your entire roster that we could possibly get excited about. Anyone skilled is old. Anyone young is marginal. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

We remember when we were trying to convince ourselves that players like Roman Cervenka were going to be the answer. Our Cervenka had names like Cole and O'Sullivan. We hoped and prayed late into the night that they could find something deep down within themselves and become awesome. And guess what - it didn't work.

It never works. Your roster was built around a core and that core expired about 4 years ago. Now you are like the guy who went all in on a 5-3 offsuit with a hunch "things were going to look better after the flop." Well the flop came up all Kings and now you have nothing left to do but play out your hand.

And lose.

Losers.

AND SO IN CLOSING

There is literally nothing you can do to win this battle Flames fans. Even if the Oilers lose (and they may) they are still the far superior team and we both know it. Even if the Flames win by 10 goals it will be no more satisfying than being given a free shrimp cocktail at a banquet on the Titanic. You are headed to the bottom and everyone on board is starting to sense disaster.

And there isn't an insult in the book you can lob our way that will have any impact. Yes we are  your hillbilly cousins up Highway 2. We are eternal optimists who have had a crap team and lacked the brain stem or the reality check to realize it. Now after being rewarded for coming in last for so long we have an embarassment of riches for a lineup and 18 year old Russian superstars sliding all over while we lose our drunken minds in celebration.

Its all happening up here and nothing is happening down there and you would be madder except that most of your bandwagon jumping fans have left long ago. Perhaps we should lend you the terms "ELPH" and "Shitanusly bad hockey." They got us through some dark days.

Oh and it's Wayne Gretzky's birthday today. Remember him?

GAME DAY PREDICTION: This is as easy to predict as getting some drunk Calgary tramp girl to flash her boobs during the only Cup run Calgarians will witness in the next two decades...Oilers win 5-2.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: One thing Flames and Oiler fans can agree on is it is great not having Mark Lee call the game on HNIC. Also buckle up it could be a long game with Tom Kowal and Greg Kimmerly reffing the game. They are as blind as the guys who thought every Calgary tramp girl who flashed on the red mile was hot.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: During the second period one of the mics at ice level picks up the audio from a conversation between Jarome Iginla and Jordan Eberle.

"Hey Ebs, tell Tambo I'd gladly waive my non-trade clause and come play with you guys." Eberle smiles and replies, "You betcha, but I hope you are okay playing on the 2nd line." Iginla smiles, "No problem, at least I'd have a chance to make the playoffs again." Within moment the Nations blow up with talk of a possible trade. Flames fans start calling him "Judas", while Oiler fans calmly sit back knowing that Iginla speaks the truth.

Thanks to Gregor for giving me his Game Day Predictions

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#101 Wheeler
January 26 2013, 02:41PM
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Curious.. does anyone think the second and third lines should be shaken up? Like move Paajarvi to the second line at LW so Yak can play his natural position at RW? And move Hemsky to the third line with Smyth and Horcoff.

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#102 michael
January 26 2013, 02:56PM
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If Hemsky were available on the trade market now vs last year. What would his current value be. In a shortened NHL season. With fewer top six forward available. Would it be a first round pick and a 3rd or A prospect? Or would the price be higher.Or lower?

MP has player terrific.His confidence looks to be surging.He is looking at going to the net more often.Good thing IMO.

Hartsy? Not ready yet.Still looks overmatched and unsure of himself.OKC sooner than later please.

Potter?Whitney?. I would move either dman right now . Whitney IMO is done being a 1-4 dman. he is a 5-6. His ability to skate was never good. Now it is becoming marginal. Time to make a move right now when a team like Detroit is willing to pay. Or Pittsburgh?

DD. Do that again. And again for another 45 games. More of that less of the San Jose thing.

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#103 Scary Gary
January 26 2013, 03:02PM
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Haha not bad. It's going to be a long drive back after the flames win tonight.

P.s. Try not to get arrested...

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#104 Mr. Pederson
January 26 2013, 03:09PM
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Iggy would play on the 3line. No sense seperating Yak-Gags-Hemmer, plus he'd look great with other old dudes Horcoff and Smyth.

Also, SUCK IT FLAMERS

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#105 Wheeler
January 26 2013, 03:21PM
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David S wrote:

The Yak/Gagner/Hemsky line is starting to kill it. Why would you break them up? Sorry but PRV is not a fit for that line. Not yet anyways.

Also, it is well known that dissing Hemsky here might mean you have to fight Travis Dakin. He's been workin' out these days, so maybe not the best idea.

because Smyth/Horcoff/Paajarvi doesn't seem to be working.

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#106 Oilers Coffey
January 26 2013, 03:27PM
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My posts aren't showing up guess I can't say what the dude says in the classy pic above :) Great article Mr.Wanye! The price tag bandwagon fans pretty much sums up the saddle and 17th Ave!

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#107 mr_nihilism
January 26 2013, 03:35PM
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You preach it, Wayne.

Game on !

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#108 dawgtoy
January 26 2013, 03:43PM
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@Pharmboy

Classic

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#109 Thinker
January 26 2013, 04:09PM
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5 goals and everyone of the big five scores. Yakupov scores the last one, and draws the ire of flames fans with a sick celly. Yak city bitch cries can be heard through the barbed wire fence after the cowboys leave the barn. The russian has a post-game interview where he speaks nonsense ( see wjc after beating canada) sparking an intense hatred of all europeans in the hearts of the illiterate half-breeds. Not only does their medicre team fall to the depths of the nhl, but they refuse to fix it. Goddam calgary deserves to eat sh*t after all the idiotic statements the good people of edmonton have had to hear over the years.

On another note, I believe that edmontons scorched earth plan did a lot. Oilers fans seem more intelligent these days(in large part to oilersnation), and losing so much has rekindled a fire under our hearts. No longer are we content with being what calgary is. Now we stride towards a greater purpose.

Merry gretzmas!!!

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#110 Eddie Shore
January 26 2013, 04:28PM
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Nice to see all 6 fLames fans showed up. As a wise man once said, Eat Sh!t.

PS: Goilers!

PPS: Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugebersqueeeeee!

PPSS: Eat Sh!t flamers!

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#111 Smytty's Jibs
January 26 2013, 04:29PM
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@Slats

I pray to Lord Stanley that your OGDP comes true! Amen.

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#112 hunkybill
January 26 2013, 04:37PM
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yak city. Suck it cowtown

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#113 Puritania
January 26 2013, 04:52PM
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A-Mc wrote:

Its almost time.

Time for epic sax guy's return to Oilers Nation! #staytuned

Props! Props! Props! Props! Props!

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#114 G Money
January 26 2013, 04:56PM
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I'll be at the game, look for me on TV!

Game Day Prediction: Flames outshoot Oilers 6-1 in the first two minutes but momentum is lost when they have to wheel out the oxygen tanks and defibrillator; Oilers win game 6-1.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Hall, Ebs, RNH all score a goal. Yakupov with the hat trick.

Not-So-Obvious Game Day Prediction: Immediately after the game, Edmonton changes its airport call sign from YEG to YAK.

Oh yeah: SUCK IT, FLAMES!

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#115 bookofloob
January 26 2013, 04:59PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

I think your dreaming, what you really mean is your trailer at Sylvan Lake.

*you're

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#116 bookofloob
January 26 2013, 04:59PM
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Yeah I went there

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Stopping in Red Deer

Need a large double double

Halfway to Cow Town

(sent from my I-Phone)

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#118 So not a Pouzar
January 26 2013, 05:11PM
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@Oilers G-that un-retired Haiku writing MotherF^%$er

We all know you secretly wanted an extra large double double.

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#119 Smytty's Jibs
January 26 2013, 05:12PM
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@bookofloob

Really? You're gonna go ahead and correct grammar now? That's how you beak? Punks like you are a diamond dozen!

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#120 Scary Gary
January 26 2013, 05:40PM
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Smytty's Jibs wrote:

Really? You're gonna go ahead and correct grammar now? That's how you beak? Punks like you are a diamond dozen!

Yeah BOL you literate punk! :D

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#121 funkyjaman
January 26 2013, 05:52PM
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Smytty's Jibs wrote:

Really? You're gonna go ahead and correct grammar now? That's how you beak? Punks like you are a diamond dozen!

Really? You're going to call someone a punk on a hockey forum? Ha! More Oiler tough talk.

Gonna? Diamond dozen??

Classic stuff on here, classic!

Someone should start a website called "Oilers People" It might rival Walmart People for hits.

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#122 Dennis
January 26 2013, 05:55PM
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Scary Gary wrote:

Yeah BOL you literate punk! :D

Illiterate punk? Maybe you meant that instead?

*shrugs*

Suck it Flames!

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#123 Wanyes bastard child
January 26 2013, 06:14PM
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Smytty's Jibs wrote:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xECUrlnXCqk

That should dumb it down enough for Calgary fans eh.

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#124 bookofloob
January 26 2013, 06:14PM
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Smytty's Jibs wrote:

Really? You're gonna go ahead and correct grammar now? That's how you beak? Punks like you are a diamond dozen!

your tone is crass and abrasive, and it would do you well to take some anger management classes

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#125 funkyjaman
January 26 2013, 06:18PM
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Smytty's Jibs wrote:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xECUrlnXCqk

Oh ok. It was a joke. Nice one!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxuusN0dm6M

This is no joke!

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#126 Johe
January 26 2013, 06:18PM
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bookofloob wrote:

your tone is crass and abrasive, and it would do you well to take some anger management classes

I think you missed the point. But you're obviously a Calgary fan, so we understand.

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#127 treblecharger
January 26 2013, 06:21PM
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funkyjaman wrote:

Really? You're going to call someone a punk on a hockey forum? Ha! More Oiler tough talk.

Gonna? Diamond dozen??

Classic stuff on here, classic!

Someone should start a website called "Oilers People" It might rival Walmart People for hits.

You're not really that obtuse are you?! You don't get the gags? Huh....may I enlighten you? First when he says....OH SCREW IT!!! EAT SH!T fLAMES! THEY'RE NOT SAYING "BOO", THEY'RE SAYING DOOOOOOOOOOOCHE!

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#128 bookofloob
January 26 2013, 06:21PM
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Johe wrote:

I think you missed the point. But you're obviously a Calgary fan, so we understand.

yup, I'm the one missing the point here. It's me. Definitely only me.

Good job, guys

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#129 Smytty's Jibs
January 26 2013, 06:25PM
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@funkyjaman

Do they... Do they play that at games???

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#130 Smytty's Jibs
January 26 2013, 06:29PM
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@KetchupKid

I personally would have picked either Horcoff or Belanger, but that was good. Touché.

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#131 StHenriOilBomb
January 26 2013, 06:30PM
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Can't touch a flame when its RED HOT!.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9eF6DVI0tk

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#132 Johe
January 26 2013, 06:30PM
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Oh Cherry. *facepalm*

I still don't understand how Yakupov's celebration embarrasses LA. He's excited, he's at home, and his show of emotion was exactly what all Oiler fans were feeling in that moment. He's in the entertainment business, and what he did entertained. That's it. That's all.

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#133 funkyjaman
January 26 2013, 06:32PM
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treblecharger wrote:

You're not really that obtuse are you?! You don't get the gags? Huh....may I enlighten you? First when he says....OH SCREW IT!!! EAT SH!T fLAMES! THEY'RE NOT SAYING "BOO", THEY'RE SAYING DOOOOOOOOOOOCHE!

Wow, that was great. Good stuff there! Eat Sh!t, and in capitals, good for you. Now go ask mommy if you can have more sugar.

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#134 Johe
January 26 2013, 06:38PM
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Wanye wrote:

GOOD CHATTER EVERYONE HATES EACH OTHER AS WAS THE GOAL WHEN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA WAS FORMED LONG AGO

I think you missed a comma or period. I hate you!

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#135 schevvy
January 26 2013, 06:39PM
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God, these comments remind me why I hate the Oilers so much. Although that was quite the piece there Wanye.

As much as I hate the players from Deadmonton, Yakupov's celebration was fine. He's a kid who scored a big goal with little time left and it was only his 2nd career goal. I wish we saw more emotion like that from other players after a big goal.

Eat Sh!t Oilers!

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#136 funkyjaman
January 26 2013, 06:43PM
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Smytty's Jibs wrote:

Do they... Do they play that at games???

You've never see it? You will.

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#137 Smokey
January 26 2013, 06:51PM
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David S wrote:

The Yak/Gagner/Hemsky line is starting to kill it. Why would you break them up? Sorry but PRV is not a fit for that line. Not yet anyways.

Also, it is well known that dissing Hemsky here might mean you have to fight Travis Dakin. He's been workin' out these days, so maybe not the best idea.

Gagner lines been bleeding chances and has a negative Corsi. Actually the only line that's killing it is the first line. The NGH line may score, but its giving up 2 for 1 in terms of goals. If it continues either you split Hemsky and Nail, or you put a defensively responsible center on the ice. Gagner also was brutalized in the face-off dot and its going to cut into that lines defensive zone starts at some point.

Hartley is going to have Iginla up against that line all night, if they continue the trend of getting lit up it will be interesting what Krueger will do. Seems like Krueger is willing to put trust into his boys, sink or swim and let them learn and gel.

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#138 DSF
January 26 2013, 06:57PM
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Smokey wrote:

Gagner lines been bleeding chances and has a negative Corsi. Actually the only line that's killing it is the first line. The NGH line may score, but its giving up 2 for 1 in terms of goals. If it continues either you split Hemsky and Nail, or you put a defensively responsible center on the ice. Gagner also was brutalized in the face-off dot and its going to cut into that lines defensive zone starts at some point.

Hartley is going to have Iginla up against that line all night, if they continue the trend of getting lit up it will be interesting what Krueger will do. Seems like Krueger is willing to put trust into his boys, sink or swim and let them learn and gel.

Hartley has also crafted a very skilled 3rd line with Hudler-Stajan-Cervenka

If they can find some chemistry early, look out.

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#139 Johe
January 26 2013, 07:13PM
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@DSF

Stajan and very skilled should not be used in the same sentence.

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#140 DSF
January 26 2013, 07:20PM
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Johe wrote:

Stajan and very skilled should not be used in the same sentence.

I'm guessing you haven't watched any Flames games.

Stajan has been playing pretty well.

With a couple of skilled line mates he may surprise you.

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#141 UsedRugs
January 26 2013, 07:21PM
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I predict a tie game with just under a minute left; as Eberle (SQUEEEE) turns to head back up ice on the attack, his stick inadvertently becomes stuck in Iginlas forehead crease. Iginla skates away still clutching Ebs stick in his forehead, causing the refs to call a holding the stick infraction. With under three seconds left, on the power play, Yakupov bats a loose puck into the net. He slides across the ice in Calgary's feminine product shaped barn, infuriating the few real fans they have. In the ensuing melee, Harvey the Hound is killed by an errand brick thrown by a Flames fan resembling Sloth from The Goonies. The league decides to fold the franchise as a result.

Fin

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#142 Dog Train
January 26 2013, 07:27PM
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DSF wrote:

Hartley has also crafted a very skilled 3rd line with Hudler-Stajan-Cervenka

If they can find some chemistry early, look out.

How can the Oilers compete with a third line like that? That was sarcasm in case that gets lost on any Calgary folk.

The Flames will be desperate to win and we've had trouble at the Saddledome in recent years so.... Oilers win 3-2. There should be lots of resignation in Calgary when they realize that their best can no longer beat their neighbours to the north.

GO OILERS GO!!

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#143 Johe
January 26 2013, 07:34PM
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DSF wrote:

I'm guessing you haven't watched any Flames games.

Stajan has been playing pretty well.

With a couple of skilled line mates he may surprise you.

Yes. Maybe he will get his first point of the season. That would surprise me.

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#144 steelymac
January 26 2013, 07:36PM
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@DSF

You know DSF your kinda starting to grow on me.Time to rub preperation H all over yourself.GoOIL.

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#145 DSF
January 26 2013, 07:39PM
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Johe wrote:

Yes. Maybe he will get his first point of the season. That would surprise me.

Unfortunately, he's tied with the Oilers 3rd line centre for points.

The rest of the Oilers 3rd line has had similar success.

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#146 Walter Sobchak
January 26 2013, 07:40PM
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DSF wrote:

Hartley has also crafted a very skilled 3rd line with Hudler-Stajan-Cervenka

If they can find some chemistry early, look out.

@ Smokey

Oh B.S!! You know it and I know it! If you can’t see the forest from your knees then the you know sh!t about hockey.

The Flames are one step away from falling into the abyss the same as the Oilers.

I thought CBJ was going to be the worst team in the NHL this year........I don't anymore.

Regardless of who wins this game there is no one in the world of hockey that would take the Flames or there prospect over the Oilers.

Hudler is the definition of " I seen him when he was good"

Stajan will be bought out post haste as soon as the season is done......FACT!!!!

Cervenka is a Fistric hit away from never playing again, what is he 5'9 150lbs, he is of zero NHL experience.

This is what you hang your hat on!!! Pure BullSh!t!!!!!!

Oh, by the way, the reason Gagner's line is - anything is from one game!

The Flames don't have the speed the Oilers do....FACT!

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#147 Oilertown
January 26 2013, 07:40PM
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Johe wrote:

Stajan and very skilled should not be used in the same sentence.

Nor should Cervenka the guy has not played a single game yet.

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#148 Johe
January 26 2013, 07:45PM
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DSF wrote:

Unfortunately, he's tied with the Oilers 3rd line centre for points.

The rest of the Oilers 3rd line has had similar success.

Thing is, I never said the Oilers third line is very skilled. Nor do I think that.

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#149 DSF
January 26 2013, 07:46PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

@ Smokey

Oh B.S!! You know it and I know it! If you can’t see the forest from your knees then the you know sh!t about hockey.

The Flames are one step away from falling into the abyss the same as the Oilers.

I thought CBJ was going to be the worst team in the NHL this year........I don't anymore.

Regardless of who wins this game there is no one in the world of hockey that would take the Flames or there prospect over the Oilers.

Hudler is the definition of " I seen him when he was good"

Stajan will be bought out post haste as soon as the season is done......FACT!!!!

Cervenka is a Fistric hit away from never playing again, what is he 5'9 150lbs, he is of zero NHL experience.

This is what you hang your hat on!!! Pure BullSh!t!!!!!!

Oh, by the way, the reason Gagner's line is - anything is from one game!

The Flames don't have the speed the Oilers do....FACT!

Uh, Cervenka is 5'11" 200

He's built like a tank.

Hudler scored 25 goals and 50 points playing 3rd line minutes in Detroit last season.

That's significantly more than Horcoff, Smyth, Hemsky and Jones.

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#150 Oilertown
January 26 2013, 07:47PM
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Johe wrote:

Thing is, I never said the Oilers third line is very skilled. Nor do I think that.

Certainly a better third line then that one tho hey. They are atleast typical third line players.

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