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 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:03PM
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Cassie Campbell rules.

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#102 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 09:10PM
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Gagner is one of the best PKers in the league-when the Oilers are on the PP.

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#103 Alsker
December 07 2013, 09:52PM
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Ryan Pike wrote:

Fun Fact: The Flames AHL team is really, really good.

Which means? Thats like taking your cousin to the dance or kissing your sister....OKC was really good last year and it amounted to.....yup, dicksh*t.

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#104 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:05PM
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Berra playing good and lucky. Lames playin good solid D in front of him. A lot of pressure by the Oil late in the second. You've GOT to think they are going to tie it up come the next period.

Still time for the 5 unanswered goals called for by Wanye!

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#105 Ricky
December 07 2013, 10:14PM
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prendrefeu wrote:

It's spelled "you're" not "your."

What an idiot

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#106 Reg Dunlop
December 07 2013, 10:26PM
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Good thing the oil are playing a completely zero talent team tonight or it would be 10-zip.

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#107 Rod from Viking
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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"Accountability", Schultz made two horrible plays on that goal, he needs a press box night.

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#108 Mullen Mania
December 07 2013, 11:09PM
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Flames now clearly the 13th best team in the West, but don't fret Oiler fans one day your team may claim 13th place...they seem to have that kind of potential ;)

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#109 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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#110 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
December 07 2013, 11:57PM
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Nick24 wrote:

You think that Oilers are worse than the Flames? Our work ethic may be better but if you look at skill in every position, the Oilers are better. On paper it should not be competitive.

I'd take Dubnik over Ramo or Berra almost every day. Maybe even Bryzgalov. Eberle, Hall, and NRH are clearly better offensive players than any one on the Flames. I'd say that we have a better Defence than the Oil but on paper they are a better team and they should be able to beat the Flames pretty consistently.

If they`re so frickin great, why do they blow year after year and finish dead last more often than not. Jeez, pass the crystal meth around; maybe we will all become delusional that way.

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#111 Brent
December 07 2013, 01:20PM
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Big congrats to the Gregger Family!! Welcome to fatherhood!! I too am a new father! I was born in 82,now I'm hopeful the oilers can be the same kind of team for my kids that I grew up watching!! Cheers

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#112 bwar
December 07 2013, 01:47PM
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I want to see more occasional shifts where Gazdic and the Nuge play together. I was so pumped when he got those extra shifts late in the game against Colorado.

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#113 Chico Santana
December 07 2013, 02:03PM
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Wanye: Seeing as this is a game against Calgary, I was expecting a blog that trashed the Flames mercilessly. The Oilers won the last meeting! WTF? Ah, you probably partied hard last night with sexy U of A coeds and those brothers from Fort McMurray. You are forgiven.

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#114 Dog Train
December 07 2013, 03:08PM
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I may be old enough to have witnessed the playoffs but I still am too young to have witnessed any really meaningful Battles of Alberta. Mostly just inconsequential games like this one. Still, if you can't look forward to beating your biggest rival than what can you look forward to? Oilers make their fans happy tonight, win 6-3.

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#115 oilfan
December 07 2013, 03:45PM
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Just a quick sidebar, Perron is a 10/10 beauty. What a guy.

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#116 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 04:51PM
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schevvy wrote:

Well Berra's in net so at least it'll be entertaining!

I was secretly wishing they'd have called up Ortio. Or given the start to Ramo.

I for one need no more Reto in my diet for quiet some time to come.

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#117 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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#118 Kent Wilson
December 07 2013, 07:55PM
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@Ryan Pike

Please tell me Baertschi is scratched because he's sick.

Apparently Baertschi isn't scratched at all. Thanks a lot Pike.

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#119 vetinari
December 07 2013, 08:26PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Also, Edmonton sucks!

Atta boy, Kent! Get in the spirit of it.

By the way, I'm going to type the next bit, very, very slowly for you and all the other Flames fans because I know that none of you can read very fast...

F... l... a... m... e... s...

S... u... c... k...

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#120 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 08:34PM
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McGratton vs Perron... wait for it!!!

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#121 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 08:42PM
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Oh yeah!

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#122 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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#123 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 08:59PM
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@Jeff In Lethbridge

Yeah, 1-0 game, GOALIES U BLOW!!!! Is this on canucksarmy? I've got my bicycle hand-pump if we need to pump some tires.

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#124 EugeneV
December 07 2013, 09:31PM
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The problem with Baertschi is not the fact that he can't make moves or plays, it is the plays he doesn't make. You know; the plays he SHOULD make. The basic plays that need to be made. Actual HOCKEY plays. not dangles.

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#125 EugeneV
December 07 2013, 09:55PM
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Jeremy wrote:

Soooooooo, you mean Hemsky, right?

Really any of those players who can't make a basic play that I would expect my 8 year old to make.

Baertschi, Backlund, Hemsky etc...

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#126 Jeff
December 07 2013, 09:57PM
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Imagine if you had a job and you had the results Kevin Lowe has had in the last 8 years.

They still pay him, so I guess they pay for failure. He knows losing.

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#127 Alsker
December 07 2013, 10:13PM
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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.

Think it has anything to do with his new contract, NMC and all the praise in the world from management. Like he needs to gives a flying f^ck...or maybe because he's got a girl he's serious about and hockey really isn't important anymore.

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#128 FlamesRule
December 07 2013, 10:15PM
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Todd, I think Ference's new finest moment should be the -1for being on the ice when Stemp scored!

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#129 Slats
December 07 2013, 10:23PM
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ok it's the 10 minute mark of the 3rd time for Calgary to give this one away with 3 unanswered....

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#130 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 10:54PM
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And that's all she wrote.

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#131 Eulers
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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Strange to see the Oilers dominate in the dot and have the wingers chip in to win the draws. Is this the Oilers?

Time for J. Schultz & Gagner to spend a night in the pressbox. Can't believe Hudler was left open in front of the net for the OT goal.

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#132 Captain Ron
December 07 2013, 11:11PM
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Hockey fan 2013 wrote:

Oilers you blow!!! 3 drafts picks later and you lose to the worst team in hockey. Can't wait to hear Eakins excuse tonight. " we just didn't play the whole 60". Really genius. Loser!!!

The Oilers are below the Flames in the standings. I think that makes them worse. Talent without work ethic does not = wins.

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#133 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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#134 TRAV
December 08 2013, 12:52AM
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I was thinking about coming on here and beating up on the Oilers a little but I see that their fans have already done an outstanding job. Worse than disdain for the Oilers I feel some pity.

Somebody remarked that the Flames need to learn from the Oilers rebuild and surround rookies with high character vets. Bang on. I also think that a major fault with the Oil was taking away incentive to work hard by prematurely signing players to lucrative long term contracts. Everybody who has participated in a hockey pool knows that the best guys to take are guys in contract years because they work their ass off.

Finally. It's a sad day when the Battle of Alberta has come to this. Maybe we can do like the old peewee travel team used to do and combine teams so that we can compete...

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#135 MapleLeafer
December 08 2013, 02:51PM
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Good on ya Flames! Stickin it to your provincial rivals must feel good. All that dynasty talk that was coming off these boards for the last couple of years was hilarious but its even funnier now watching these oilers fans squirm in their own filth. Go Leafs Go!

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#136 Lowetide
December 07 2013, 01:17PM
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Hope he's a center! Congrats, the Gregors!

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#137 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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#138 Weighting for more
December 07 2013, 01:52PM
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Wanye dedicates the GDB to BDG. Nice!

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#139 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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#140 vetinari
December 07 2013, 02:56PM
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Congrats on the new addition to OilersNation! Remember... sometimes when they get to be teenagers they like to rebel a little and try out weird things... like being a goth or emo or a Flames fan... just give it time and it will pass...

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#141 ?
December 07 2013, 04:31PM
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? wrote:

Flames have actually made it 4 years since the lockout. 06 vs Anaheim, 07 vs Detroit, SJ in 08, CHI in 09.

Not that it matters anyways, since they have the same number of series wins as the Oilers..

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#142 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 04:31PM
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How much was paid for the baby pic?

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#143 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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#144 Alsker
December 07 2013, 08:28PM
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What? We chipped and chased and through a check, alas you know Arco's on the ice.

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#145 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 08:43PM
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Stajan sets up Stempniak with a nifty play to see Stempniak in mostly all alone.

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#146 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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#147 Jerod
December 07 2013, 09:43PM
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Battle of the AHL in Alberta.

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#148 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 09:44PM
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yessir wrote:

So please tell me, who is to blame for a lack of commitment to defensive play and hard work in general ...trash it if it is the players fault...props if it is the coaches fault...

It's Lowes fault. Any problems with the oilers , hockey, or life in general are at this point almost guaranteed to be Lowes fault

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#149 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 09:50PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

It's Lowes fault. Any problems with the oilers , hockey, or life in general are at this point almost guaranteed to be Lowes fault

All the Gagner funboys blame everything on Lowe.

From what I have noticed in the comments section most posters, that for whatever reason defend Gagner, will use Lowe as their scapegoat.

They can't bring themselves to blame what they see, so they lay blame on something they don't have a clue about.

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#150 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 09:58PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

All the Gagner funboys blame everything on Lowe.

From what I have noticed in the comments section most posters, that for whatever reason defend Gagner, will use Lowe as their scapegoat.

They can't bring themselves to blame what they see, so they lay blame on something they don't have a clue about.

I'm usually the one defending Gags. Whatever he lacked on the draw and playing away from the puck he made up for with stellar offensive plays. But he hasn't made it very easy this year and the injury really shouldn't be an excuse at this point. That pass was boneheaded and he does stuff like that all the time now. And his offence is a total crap shoot.

jury should be out on Arcobello by the trade deadline. If gags doesn't shape up his spot might be in serious jeopardy.

I still blame Lowe though. To many inexperienced players and personnel learning their jobs from other inexperienced players and personnel. Thats on Lowe. Just look at the way he handled Gagner, right to the wolves. Set him back IMO.

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