The Oilers pulled off what many expected they would and beat the Sharks, taking the best of seven series in six, and sending the Western Conference champs packing. As the Oilers look towards more time in California, Brent & Craig (mostly Craig) come to terms with the next round playing one of, if not the most loathsome team in the league located right next to Disneyland. While Craig is filled with pure venom towards the once Mighty Ducks, Brent is a little more realistic, and is hoping to see at least one “Flying V” to take down the juggernauts. The boys recap, and look to the next round as the Oil are now one of the final eight left playing for Lord Stanley’s mug.
Oilers 3 Sharks 1
Oilers win series 4-2
Craig Douglas: After a somewhat sloppy opening period on Saturday night, they got it done. The Edmonton Oilers are through to the second round and will face a team of shitbags to determine who will advance to the Western Conference finals. The Oil will be rolling with a ton of juicy momentum that seemed to keep building and building after the Tuesday travesty that looked to unexpectedly turn the series. Ever since the 7-0 drubbing, we’ve seen the redemption of the Leon King who went back to putting up points and flattening fools after he pulled a bit of a dirty move borne of frustration in game four. We’ve seen our beloved goalie Cam Talbot go back to stopping everything that was sent his way, and we’ve seen the continuation of plenty of scoring coming from all of the well-rounded lines that the Oil roll every night. We’ve even seen an eighty percent decline in complaining about the officials, though I expect that to shoot back up once the series begins against the biggest pack of weasels in the entire league.
A quick recap of last night’s game looks something like this: both teams spent a nervous first period doing a whole lot of nothing – breakaway fever and the Oil pot two goals in under a minute to begin the second period, the visiting team then spends the remainder of the game valiantly holding the Sharks back and close out the series.
Talbot was awesome the entire game and the entire series (save for the one game), Larsson and Sekera played huge minutes and helped the Eberle line effectively shut down the Sharks best players. We seem to be watching the Oilers come of age and come into their own during the playoffs. They essentially got better every game, and I see it continuing into the month of May.
Now let’s quickly talk about the upcoming series against the damned mighty weasels of Anaheim. I fucking hate them. I’ll use this opportunity to apologize in advance for all of the swearing, ranting, seething hatred, and general vitriol that I’ll be spewing over the next two weeks. I couldn’t fucking hate this garbage team of assholes any more than I already do (that will almost certainly be proven wrong very soon). This fucking franchise has been an embarrassment to the NHL since the day that their existence was announced. Owned by Disney, named after some shitty movie for babies, those stupid fucking eggplant uniforms – just a wall-to-wall pile of embarrassing dogshit. I fucking hate them. Getzlaf the bald idiot, Perry the human-weasel hybrid, Kesler the worthless little dink, their moronic coach, their jizz face fans, their shitty arena – everything about them, I fucking hate it. Win or lose, this series is going to be personally tough to get through just due to the anger that will be oozing out of me. Seriously, you have no idea how much I dislike those fucking weasels.
So please Oilers, go out and beat these jerkoffs.
Thank you in advance.
Brent Oliver: Welp, we did it. We beat the San Jose Sharks and put that “game that shall not be named” behind us and move on to the hated – at least by Craig – Ducks. Now, I’ll look forward and give a bit of prognosticating for the next series, slotted to start mid to late this week.
I hate to admit, the Ducks are good. They blend the scoring, with the boring trapping, the gritty – bordering on chippy – play completely to their advantage. Much as I hate them (but not as much as Craig), I damn well have to recognize that this will be the series the Oilers have to get through. If they beat the Ducks (and that’s a big “IF”), I actually think they’ll get by either Nashville or St. Louis and play in the final. Instead of giving a prediction, I’ll lay out what the Oilers need to do to win this series.
1. Corey Perry & Ryan Getzlaf need to be neutralized by a tight checking, and big hitting Oilers team. I’m looking at you, Zack.
2. The Oilers cannot let dirtbags like Ryan Kessler or Kevin Bieksa get under their skin. The calls will go against them. Someone tell Pouliot.
3. Connor McDavid and the team need to find a way to let Connor be Connor. Open ice hits, two line passes, offensive speed – everything has to be focused to get McDavid points.
4. The Oilers defence and goalie are better than the Ducks defence and goalie – which on paper, is very possible.
If the Oilers can do that, I’m going to call the series for them in 7. If they don’t, Ducks in 5.
Fingers crossed… mostly for Craig’s blood pressure.
No word yet when Game 1 of this series starts, but all signs point to Wednesday or Thursday this week, depending on remaining Eastern Conference games. That means a like early week game 3 and 4 in Oil Country, with the barn packed for the away games from Oilers faithful.
Speaking of which, a big thumbs up to everyone – including the EPS – for keeping things joyous and civil, and not melting down to the douchebaggery that happened in 2006. I know it’s the first series, but fans – much like the Oilers, let’s try to keep this momentum going into June.
See you this week, In The Box.