7-0. Shit sandwich.
Sharks 7 Oilers 0
Craig Douglas: Laid an egg. Shit the bedroom. Fucked the barber. Sweet merciful crap, did they ever.
Due to the show at The Needle I was fortunate to only catch some of this beat down, and the part that I did see was appropriately projected onto a lampshade at Rocky Mountain Ice House. We sat down next to a traveling salesman named Mike to watch the last half of the game and he caught us up on the slaughtering that was taking place. It was like the 2010-11 Oilers accidentally found themselves in a playoff game and didn’t know what the fuck had happened.
I had originally planned to attend the show and the watch the game in the morning before writing this wrap-up. It was sure to be worth watching in its entirety because it’s the Oilers in the playoffs, win or lose it would obviously be a close, hard-fought game that you wouldn’t want to miss, right? It turns out that all I needed to know I learned from the lampshade and the traveling salesman.
I do have one question though that maybe Brent can answer for me: We’re the referees: a) The standard 2017 playoffs level of shitty? b) worse than fucking ever, they should all be fired? c) mostly justified in calling a billion penalties against an undisciplined bunch of Oilers? I have a bad feeling that the answer is c. There were some judgment free calls that have to be made (delay of game, too many men), and some crazy calls that no one would complain about such as The Leon King acting more like King Joffrey than his neon self. When I saw Captain McDavid’s name show up on the penalty sheet I guess I kinda knew the answer to my own question.
Right now I’m going to take a page out of the big book of hockey clichés and move on from this one. The series is all tied up and we’ve got a big game back home on Thursday, it’s important to rest up and put this one behind us. In The Box is not going to dwell on one bad game, what’s important is that we move forward and concentrate on the game ahead. We’re going to take this one column at a time because, at the end of the day, it is what it is.
Brent Oliver: Wow. That was something.
To answer Craig’s question, it was “c”. The Oilers were bad and undisciplined starting from the top. This is one of the few times I’ll point, nee – wag, a finger at Connor McDavid. He has to be better than this. Thinking you’re Eric Fucking Lindros throwing hits and elbows out there doesn’t get your team back in a game – scoring goals does. The table was set by the 2nd period and 4th goal that the Oilers needed to look towards Thursday to get back in this series.
Thursday is 4/20 maaaaan… and the Oilers now need to have a big game to pull the momentum back away from the Sharks. Rogers Place should be packed and loud – let’s hope it’s with cheering and not despair.
See you Friday, In the Box.