GDB 31.0: THE BOA

Wanye
December 07 2013 01:11PM

 

Proud new parents Traci and Jason welcomed their son Beckett William Douglas Gregor into the world on December 4th, 2013. This Battle of Alberta article is dedicated to him.

We met a nice little fellow at an Oilers game a few weeks back. Standing in line for pizza we saw that we were both sporting the Eberle 14 and got to talking business. "I am 8 years old and I haven't seen the Oilers in the playoffs once" we were informed in no uncertain terms by our fellow Oilers fan.

Doing some quick mental math we calculated he was indeed alive for the glorious run of '06. "What about the Cup run? You were alive for that" we replied. The kid rolled his eyes as only kids can towards moron adults and said matter of factly "yeah but I was just a baby so that doesn't count."

"Well what is your best Oilers memory then" we asked. "I dunno," came the reply after some time. "Maybe Yak sliding across the ice after that goal?"

Yikes. By the time we were 8 years old the Oilers had already won the Stanley Cup 4 times. 

Your average 8 year old Oilers fan been alive for the playoffs exactly once and we have it on good authority that the one year apparently doesn't count. And before you start laughing Flames fans things aren't much better down there having missed the playoffs four years in a row.

Look at little Cameron here, taken to his first Oilers game by my main man @clayballs22 the other night.  See the intent gaze in Cameron's eyes? There is no mistaking that look. He is there to see Oilers wins. Fellas like Cameron deserve great memories of their team as a tyke which will cement his status as a superfan later on in life.

We pity these kids of today. No wins, no playoffs, nothing to get excited about re-enacting whilst playing mini stick hockey at recess until you break your little wooden stick on another kid in overtime and get a half day suspension in the library and a lifetime ban from recess hockey.*

That's what being a lil fan of the Oilers or Flames is all about. Not rebuilds, labour disruptions and cheering for Entry Draft lottery wins.

We want better hockey in the next 8 years than we have seen in the past 8. If not for the sake of our shattered heart and expectations but for kids like Paul, dressed in his Oilers finery by proud dad @dahoosman in the expectation he too will become a big fan if he isn't already. 

Heck we even want better hockey for you Calgary, for all the poor misguided kids wearing Flames jerseys for whom the Igninla years will only be a story from before their time. Here's hoping to the emergence of the next generation of Iginlas in the North and South of Alberta that the Becketts, Camerons and Pauls will tell teach their kids about one day.

And here's to the Battle of Albertas of tomorrow. Games where there are playoff implications, with both sides dreading having to face each other down the stretch. Epic pitched battles on minus 30 nights that will cause kids like Beckett William Douglas Gregor to replay the game over and over again in his mind as he tries in vain to sleep after the final whistle.

Magic games that will ignite a whole new generation of fans of our respective teams.

*The Life of Wanye Gretz circa 1987

LINES - EDM - 14th place (10-18-2)

Hall - Gagner - Yakupov

Perron - The Nuge - Eberle

Smyth - Arcobello - Hemsky

Gazdic - Lander - Jones

Ference - Larsen

N. Schultz - J. Schultz

Marincin - Petry 

Dubnyk

LINES - CGY - 13th place - (10-14-2)

The Flames hadn't tweeted their lines as of press time here so this lineup is the latest from our friends over at DailyFaceOff.com: 

Cammalleri - Stajan - Stempniak 

Hudler - Backlund - D. Jones 

Baertschi - Byron - B. Jones 

MacDermid - Bouma - Smith

Butler - Giordano

Russell- Brodie

Smid - O'Brien

Berra

Expect last minute changes to both lineups as game time nears.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Since I'm going to the game, the Oilers will win. Sir Eberle pots a pair as the Oilers win 5-1.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Considering I forgot to include this with the original article, the Oilers will get off to a slow start, but like just my beer consumption at the game, they will pick up speed in the final few periods and cruise to victory.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: I've decided to ditch my Eberle jersey for this game and go with my new Gazdic. I don't expect Lucky Luke to score very often, but after fighting that behemoth McGratton, I felt the urge to support Gazdic. My new jersey is also popular with the ladies, and Wanye Manor will be rocking later tonight after the Gaz Man picks up unexpected second-period assist and makes me look good to some unlucky lady who had three Rexall Beers.

UPDATE: THESE PREDICTIONS ARE COUNTERFEIT HAVING BEEN ADDED BY PAPA GREGOR IN MY NAME - WG

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#101 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 06:25PM
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Lober wrote:

Sickening cheap shot by Shawn Thoroton just now Orpik carried off on stretcher after Thornton smashed his head into the ground when he was already down

hurting someone who is skating away... used to be called a 'burtuzi'. now i think it is referred to as a "ference" or, 'Oiled' for short.

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#102 geoilersgist
December 07 2013, 06:41PM
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#EatSh!tFlames

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#103 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:27PM
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Honestly, how many hard-working teams must the Oilers face in order to LEARN what it takes to win games?

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#104 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:28PM
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@Kent Wilson

I THINK YOUR TEAM, THOUGH LESS SKILLED, WORKS MUCH HARDER THAN MY TEAM BUT WE ARE BOTH STILL REALLY CRAPPY!!! YOU *******!

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#105 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 09:34PM
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yessir wrote:

Couldn't agree more...how is Gagner not benched for not even bothering to skate back on his giveaway?

The funniest thing at the intermission was when C.Campbell said Gagner is a character guy and him skating back like that won't happen again. She obviously doesn't watch Oilers games, Gagner does that every #@$%ing game.

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#106 Ricky
December 07 2013, 09:59PM
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Oilers are losing to the worst team on paper in the NHL and they are missing players and some are sick tonight and playing.

Ha Ha Ha

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#107 vetinari
December 07 2013, 10:18PM
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I would love to play poker with Eakins... when they pan the camera over to his direction... you always know what he is thinking... it's usually along the lines of "for f#$^'s sakes"...

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#108 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 08:50AM
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6 ring circus wrote:

The Oilers get pushed around every game they play, they are way to soft,we need 6-7 mean SOB's who can play and go out every shift and hit and cause havoc on the ice ,Petry got elbowed in the head tonight and there was no retaliation at all,way to stand up for a teammate, he will be out with a concussion for who knows how long,anytime there is a scrum on the ice, just watch the players on the ice, turn away and head straight to the bench, they don't watch each others backs,a good team and teammates go to battle and look out for each other, not the Oilers, they are way to soft to play against.Who's the idiot who put this team together anyways? K Lowe, its time that he get's shown the door, he obviously does not know how to build a winner,he has had enough time ruining this team.

Petry never got elbowed... what a homer.

Never heard you whining when Ference knocked teeth out of a guy that declined a fight...

now, quit whining and enjoy the game. it's just a game, and a fun one at that.

Why you hef to be mad all the time?

Are we having fun yet?

Flames Rule!

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#109 Baresnake
December 07 2013, 01:43PM
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David S wrote:

I've been reading these GDB's since the dawn of the internets and I gotta say this one is the work of a booze-soaked genius!

Nice job Wanye and congrats Gregor on Mini Gregor #1.

Oilers 5 fLames 3. Gagner with 2.

I'd call a Gagner scrap but we'll have to wait for that beauty till the games REALLY start counting.*

*November 2014

AND for Gagner to have a jaw!

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#110 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
December 07 2013, 02:14PM
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I was fortunate enough to be in attendance for those home games during that "magical spring run".

My wife, however, calls it "the spring You lost your hearing"...or at least I that's what I think she's saying.

Congrats Gregor!

NSOGDP -Smid gets in Hallsy's grill and our team's defender @sporkabella skates in to the rescue.

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#111 I Remember the Orange Jerseys
December 07 2013, 03:48PM
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Yup, there was a time when the BOA was the best hockey you could watch anywhere. As a die-hard Oilers fan, I couldn’t bring myself to respect guys like Fleury and Peplinski until 10 years after they retired.

Here’s hoping the next generation of fans get to witness a rivalry as fierce as the one those of us over 40 remember. Maybe the Oilers will even let the Flames win another cup while they’re accumulating another five for themselves.

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#112 Rocket
December 07 2013, 04:50PM
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BOA on CBC! One of the few games I've been amping to see all year. Too bad both teams aren't very good. Hope it's at least an entertaining game. I missed the last game because I was watching GSP's controversial win over Hendricks.

GDP: Oilers win (Flames are sick & tired)

OGDP: Schultz plays soft, Gags goes minus, Yak city kisses the Oilers crest and double fist pumps after the anthem.

NSOGDP: Eberle throws his first bodycheck of the season against Smid. After, Smid's like "What the What!?!"

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#113 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 05:05PM
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@Todd

his finest moment???

hahahaha

no doubt, taking all his hockey play etc into account, this would be.. lol

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#114 Keith Fredlund
December 07 2013, 06:01PM
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@Todd

Stood up for himself? I guess he can't take a clean hit. He was embarrassed. Mc will get him tonite and I will stand and cheer.

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#115 Floyd Jiveson
December 07 2013, 07:05PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

hurting someone who is skating away... used to be called a 'burtuzi'. now i think it is referred to as a "ference" or, 'Oiled' for short.

Your being a goof. Go argue with someone on YouTube. Plus the flames are only 2 points ahead. Get off your inch high pedestal.

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#116 Darnell Nurse
December 07 2013, 10:09PM
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Sam Reinhart wrote:

I do feel sorry for the young players that play for the Oilers they stunt their growth. They ruin players.

Perron and Gordon come from other organizations and know how to play. Give them a couple more years Oilers will brainwash them.

Please Please don't draft me.

Please trade me!

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#117 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:51PM
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Slats wrote:

Fist - Yeah Baby!!!

Huh. I don't think that word means what you think it means

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#118 coachedpotatoe
December 08 2013, 07:21AM
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@6 ring circus

Petry got hit legally tow Flames and his injury was caused by the dasher not being padded.

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#119 mk
December 07 2013, 04:10PM
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Nice post. Here's hoping for a Flames win and a decade of excellent BOA matchups!

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#120 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 05:23PM
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Here's a little perspective for the young ins watching the BoA who haven't had the pleasure of watching it back in the heyday. I was just approaching legal drinking age at the end of the dynasty years. In 1995 I had a close friend living in red deer. I used to visit him regularly and we would frequent the local sports bars to watch the BOAs.

When you walk into the pub the bouncers would escort you to a side of the room divided by masking tape right up to the bar. Oilers fans and flames fans would be kept separate throughout the entire game to prevent brawls. Made for some incredible games and shouting matches and an atmosphere I haven't seen in years (2006 cup run came very close).

I miss the rivalry. It was one of the greatest in sports. I hope these 2 teams get back to glory so others can experience it. Nothing was better than beating the flames. And a loss to that team hurt for days.

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#121 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 07:13PM
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Lober wrote:

Sickening cheap shot by Shawn Thoroton just now Orpik carried off on stretcher after Thornton smashed his head into the ground when he was already down

I think both Neal and Thornton will get 10 + games. Kneeing a down player in the face. And dragging a player to the ice and pounding his head. Gross. No one wants that garbage

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#122 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 07:17PM
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Veggie Dog wrote:

These BOA game day joint Flames/ Oilers Posts are ridiculous. I am embarrassed for the oiler fans, who seem to be the ones most likely to sink to the lowest levels. Things are generally civil around here, but on these days the yahoos (predominately from Edmonton) seem to come out.

Civility and BOA should not go hand in hand. This is a problem that must be dealt with immediately.

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#123 The Last Big Bear
December 07 2013, 08:41PM
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God, I hate the Oilers so hard.

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#124 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:18PM
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BIG HIT BY DUBNYK!

(on his own d-man while skating to the bench on delayed call)

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#125 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:04PM
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James wrote:

There's something up with Gagner. His head hasn't been in the game this season. MC79 tweeted something during this morning's skate that Gagner didn't hear something Eakins said because he'd skated away to the boards. I thought that sounded weird. It made me wonder if something is up with Sam, if he's not happy or well mentally or something like that. I don't know, I just thought that was odd.

He's definitely taken a ridiculous step backwards this season. All we can do is speculate I guess.

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#126 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 10:27PM
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I've learnt from this game, I wanna grow my hair out and buy a lot of hair gel. So I can rock the Eakins look

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#127 DoubleDIon
December 08 2013, 12:46PM
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@Floyd Jiveson

What does that even mean? Weirdest post ever. Smid has been decent for us, but it's not like he's a key player. Plays well on the PK, but is pretty sheltered at ES. Giordano, Brodie and Russell see the tough minutes. Unfortunately Butler as well, but Giordano makes him look less terrible. I'd actually like to see what Smid can do paired with Giordano.

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#128 Sin city
December 07 2013, 01:37PM
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kittensandcookies wrote:

edited by Wanye due to commenter embarassing himself

Edited

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#129 Weighting for more
December 07 2013, 01:52PM
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Wanye dedicates the GDB to BDG. Nice!

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#130 Slats
December 07 2013, 03:34PM
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Congrats to the new Gregors and here's to 2032 when we see young Beckett donne the Oiler silks (errr if that's what Mom wants!!!)

Wanye - pure class on BOA. Calgary doofuses please take note

Oil 8 fLames 1

I like this 8's thing we have going!!

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#131 Lober
December 07 2013, 05:40PM
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Sickening cheap shot by Shawn Thoroton just now Orpik carried off on stretcher after Thornton smashed his head into the ground when he was already down

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#132 Johnny Larue
December 07 2013, 06:11PM
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Todd wrote:

It was a truly beautiful moment. Stood up for himself. Knocked teeth out. Embarrassed Stempniak. No player on the Shames did ANYTHING. We won the game. That game was the start of a nice 6-3 run. So really that bit of Flames face punching was the turning point of the season really.

It was poetry.

That is when the tide started to turn I expect an asskicking tonight with the Flames fans ears ringing with my catcalls as they slink out of the arena with their tails between their legs and Flames Suck ringing in their ears

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#133 FlamesRule
December 07 2013, 06:33PM
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@Jeff In Lethbridge

At least Stemps did eventually drop his gloves - something the pansy Oiler kids would never have done. They grew up fans of the teenage mutant ninja TURTLES after all

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#134 PeOiler
December 07 2013, 06:54PM
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How on earth does CBC manage to have the best on-line stream going? If they are saving dollars by employing PJ Stock for the ability to stream high-quality games, then I guess PJ ain't so bad after all...

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#135 Veggie Dog
December 07 2013, 07:15PM
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geoilersgist wrote:

#EatSh!tFlames

These BOA game day joint Flames/ Oilers Posts are ridiculous. I am embarrassed for the oiler fans, who seem to be the ones most likely to sink to the lowest levels. Things are generally civil around here, but on these days the yahoos (predominately from Edmonton) seem to come out.

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#136 vetinari
December 07 2013, 08:44PM
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Big deal... EVERYONE scores on Dubnyk... in fact, if you can't, you get sent down to the AHL... we still have another two periods to play.

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#137 Rocket
December 07 2013, 08:46PM
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Good goal by Calgary. Hard work, good shot by Stempniak(?) Ference was not interfered with I don't know why CBC is harping about it.

Brutal positioning by Dubnyk. So typical.

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#138 ?
December 07 2013, 08:47PM
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HAHA Stempniak. Take that Ference you bum

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#139 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:21PM
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I'm convinced that Perron speaks Finnish.

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#140 vetinari
December 07 2013, 09:21PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

BIG HIT BY DUBNYK!

(on his own d-man while skating to the bench on delayed call)

Knocking his own defenceman out of the game may be the only way for him to get MacT to actually trade for a real #1 defenceman...

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#141 Rocket
December 07 2013, 09:24PM
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Don't let Perron on the Ice with Nuge & Ebs. Perron will be the only guy in the scrum. Seriously does anyone on The Oilers besides him even talk smack? SMH

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#142 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:33PM
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Mo Playoffs Mo Problems wrote:

If Perron played for any other team I think I'd hate his guts. Instead, he makes me smile at least 3 times a game.

Also, I think Cassie Campbell nailed it in the video analysis. It's frustrating to think that if the talented Oilers players did the little things right and worked as hard as the majority of the Flames players, the Oilers would probably be a playoff team...

100% agree. Remember when we were the team that was low on talent and high on effort/2 way play/energy. That whole 'hovering around the Blueline' act never happened.

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#143 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:34PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

I THINK YOUR TEAM, THOUGH LESS SKILLED, WORKS MUCH HARDER THAN MY TEAM BUT WE ARE BOTH STILL REALLY CRAPPY!!! YOU *******!

Love this

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#144 vetinari
December 07 2013, 09:50PM
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Damn you Smid... you now play for the enemy but I can't muster the venom to hate you... I just wish that you would have been traded to a GOOD team or one that would make the playoffs before 2024...

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#145 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 10:04PM
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Rocket wrote:

So The Oilers know that they're allowed to score before the third period right? It's not against the rules to score in the first two periods.Did they not get that memo?

the Oil have had what, 8 power plays? and Flames playing one of the worst games of the year... lol

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#146 Alsker
December 07 2013, 10:33PM
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Sad I've decided to watch Distict 9 instead of this crapfest, aliens seem more explainable than our beloved Oilers...I hate KBlowe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#147 Reg Dunlop
December 07 2013, 10:42PM
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Flames deserve the win as they outworked the oil in a very close contest. What could be more depressing than 'very close contest'? The Flames are the least talented squad in the league and they are a better team than the oil after 4 rebuilding years. May as well laugh or I'll cry. Good night sports fans.

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#148 Mikey
December 07 2013, 11:11PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

"Accountability", Schultz made two horrible plays on that goal, he needs a press box night.

While I don't disagree with you, it wasn't Schultz fault for that goal. If you watch it again you'll see Nuge pokes it just before Schultz is about to recieve it. Making the puck bounce over his stick. Nuge knows it, then smashes his stick on the net.

The one D Man who should sit next game is Larsen. You can tell he was trying but he coughed the puck up lots.

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#149 Alsker
December 07 2013, 11:14PM
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Flamers wrote:

Wow brutal BOA game.... You can tell were bottom of the NHL

I attended BOA games when it wasn"t the score that mattered but the number of stitches/lost teeth/broken noses/times the trainers had to hall guys off the ice that really counted. This snorefest was brought to you by those goody twoshoes that want fighting/hitting removed from hockey because they've never played the game themselves. trade Gags,our 1st, and any prospect we have for as many Beukebooms,Jacksons,Marchments there are out there.

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#150 kgo
December 07 2013, 11:27PM
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Ramo Dropping F bomb talking about Hall's tying goal!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsMcnNnDtAw

Fast forward to 8:37

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