Dude. Dude… DUUUUUDE! 4/20 was especially high as the Oilers take control of the best of 7 series with a sweet OT, come-from-behind win against the San Jose Jerks. Craig & Brent watched (one other sides of the country) with baited breaths the Oil step forward in the series on home ice, and make it one win away from facing the godless Ducks in the next round.
Oilers 4 Sharks 3 OT
Craig Douglas: The Oilers managed to pull out their novelty sized pink classroom eraser and scrub away any lingering shittiness that may have remained from the debacle on Tuesday, and they did so with great gusto. It was crystal clear from the outset that this was not going to be any sort of a repeat of the sadness that somehow occurred Tuesday. The team came out flying just like they did for the first ten minutes of game one, but with an even more pronounced sense of purpose. You could really see it across the entire roster that they were not here to fuck around. Credit must go to coach Todd for exorcising whatever shit was infecting the lineup in game 4, because this was a team that was ready to play.
The team definitely had a lapse in momentum after coming out gangbusters and taking the lead, but this only heightened the drama that was to come. Some mistakes of the giveaway variety actually allowed the Sharks to capture some momentum of their own and they snared the lead and held it for the majority of the remainder. BUT – the Oil came back to tie it in spectacular fashion (that fucking Klefbom goal!) and eventually things wound their way to OT like all good playoff games do.
What was especially good about this game was watching the full effort from the full team which made it really easy to forget about the travesty on Tuesday. Draisaitl was all over the place having a fantastic game after paying the fine that was a result of his indiscretion the other night. The top line really took the time to shine in this game, and they were followed by the ensuing three lines, all of who really did their part to will the team to OT and eventual victory. I usually crank some rock n’ roll during the intermissions so I don’t know if the talking heads on CBC still do the thing where they take turns picking who they believe will score the overtime winner, but if they do I’d wager that it’s safe to say that none of them (even George Stromboulopoulos) would have picked Diminutive Double D as the person to send the building home happy. It was a glorious ending that narrowly avoided double OT and recaptured 100% of the momentum that the team had squandered during the previous game. Speaking of endings, here’s another abrupt one as I drag my hangover to work. I can’t wait for Saturday!
Brent Oliver: Short recap of my day yesterday: Start in Jasper, drive to Edmonton Airport, get on plane to Toronto, spend $12 to listen to the audio stream of the game, land and take an Uber to a bar filled with Edmontonians, watch the 3rd and OT. I hope this doesn’t become some sort of tradition i need to pull off every come from behind win, but if the team needs me – I’m there for them.
I’ll need to throw a touch of cold water on the very enjoyable win and 3 unanswered goals that is either cause for concern, or optimism. So far, McDavid has a single point in the series and has not draw a single penalty. This, coming from the leader in both those categories in the regular season. Not to trot out the rotting dead carcass of a horse, beaten to death complaining about the referees, but really – what the fuck. Joel Ward is not fucking Esa Tikkanen out there guarding McDavid so the refs need to pay attention when the league’s superstars (did you see the non-call on Leon in the third?!!) get mauled for their pleasure.
The reason I say this is a cause for optimism is just imagine if McDavid does come through with a signature 2-3 point game. He can’t control the momentum completely through his physical play (nice hit, btw), nor should he. The boy needs to score.. so hopefully, that’s coming in spades.
In any case, I’ll still be in Leafs Nation for Saturday’s Game 6 so hoping to send some luck from the black hole of unlucky cities to the Edmonton Oilers. Let’s kill the Sharks, then go play those fucking Ducks.
Saturday night the Oil can punch their ticket to the next round by beating the Sharks in California, or they take their lumps and head back for a Game 7 in Edmonton Monday. Can the boys pull it together? Can the team get more input from stars instead of just from Kassian and Double D? Can West Jet handle the number of seat requests for standby flights to Cali from Oil faithful?
See you Sunday, In The Box.