The Oilers take game 2 in enemy territory (with Edmonton insurgents) to take a commanding 2-0 series league against the Disney Jerks. The boys on the bus head back to Edmonton for games 3 and 4 and a very loud, sold out IronFoot Place on Sunday with a chance to strangle the Ducks with a 3-0 series lead. Can the boys do their best to not look past this series and get caught up with playing the Preds or the Blues in the Conference Final, or are do they want to see the Ducks lose forever? A little bit of column A, a little bit of column B…
Round 2 Game 2
Oilers 2 Ducks 1
Craig Douglas: I spent a good portion of the game, probably the first half, chasing my own tail. My NHL TV – which I paid fucking money for – wouldn’t work. So I listened to most of the first period on the radio while attempting to find an illegal(?) stream that would stick. I missed the opening goal but saw about ten minutes via some feed that shall not be named. I then attempted several things during the intermission, probably running around like a madman, and after a while, I was able to settle into a nice stream from some good anonymous citizen of the Internet.
When I was finally able to watch the game, I came to a singular conclusion: Cam Talbot stole this game despite some dogshit officiating that was also attempting to steal said victory. In the spirit of positivity I will praise Cam Talbot first, and then I’m going to complain about the horrible fucking referees. Again. Sorry.
Cam Talbot does not get enough praise around here or anywhere else. Somewhat lost amongst the furor of things like McDavid Mania, Mighty Maroon Mania, Brent loves Larsson Mania, Hulkamania, and all the other Manias – people forget to hail to the goalie. His 39 saves earned him the first star of the game (for some reason Bald Idiot and his zero points were awarded the second star) but he could probably never get enough justified praise. So I want all you Oiler fans to take a minute between now and Sunday evening hailing the goalie, and then spend another minute willing the referees to suck on an appropriate body part of your choosing.
The fucking referees are incredibly terrible in these playoffs. You all know what I’m talking about – the horrible inconsistency or the blatant ignorance while standing right next to Bald Idiot or the Weasel as they clutch, grab, hack, and slash at Connor McDavid. Anaheim is clearly going with the game plan that some talking head suggested for San Jose. Back before the playoffs started, someone on TV suggested that the best way for the Sharks to stop McDavid was to commit fifty infractions and hope that the refs only penalize them for ten. That’s just how the Ducks play hockey all year long because they are dirty cheating bastards, and these fucking officials are making it even worse with their ridiculous inconsistency. We all saw the non-calls like when Bald Idiot was holding McSpeedy so badly that I started laughing when no call was made, and then shortly after that, a little bit of a hold by Kassian (which was a penalty I guess) gets called. What the fuck? It should be harder to complain about shit like this considering the 2-0 series lead, but the refs are so bad that I don’t really have a choice. I’ll just say that I look forward to scrutinizing their lousy work in person once the series shifts back to Edmonton.
Brent Oliver: Guys, between the hatred of the Ducks and hatred of the Refs, I’m a little worried about Craig. Dude, we’re up 2-0!
In any case, I’ll be the positive one for once. The Oilers faced bucket loads of adversity in this one (away game, crooked refs, hacking asshole team, shitty low-carb California pre-game meals), and they still prevailed. I’d like to point out another unsung hero that doesn’t get enough praise – Coach Todd McLellan. The recently Jack Adams nominated McLellan is not getting enough credit for these two wins – double shifting McDavid, removing McDavid for 5 seconds as the Weasel hits the ice, swapping D pairings for better match-ups, juggling lines early to get the Ducks off their game (who do we punch now?). He’s absolutely killing it in the coaching department. During these playoffs, McDavid has played shifts with everyone from Kassian to Pouliot to Caggulia (and thankfully, not the black hole that is Jordan Eberle). Regardless of McDavid being neutralized, the head coach has opened up the game and most importantly, got the Ducks squarely on their heels (or, webbed feet).
Bring on Game 3 and its 5 PM home start. Some of us have to work in the morning.
Sunday the 2-0 series leading Oilers come home to fill Rogers with an actual game on the ice and the chance to go Duck hunting on home soil. Will the Coach Todd and Goalie Cam continue to shine? Will secondary scorers still find the back of the net? Will McDavid continue to take hours of abuse from Bald Idiots and Weasels?
Our money’s on all three.
See you Monday, In The Box.