GDT – Edmonton 3, Calgary 4 (SO) – Oct. 8, 2009 – Game 3

By , October 8, 2009 11:15 am
They got lucky last time

They got lucky last time

2009/10 Battle of Alberta 2.0 tonight. Let’s hope that Khabibulin is in better game shape tonight. The Flames got the best of us last game (4-3 Flames).. perhaps the best of Khabibulin, if you want to think of it that way. But I liked seeing our team come out flying early on. It was one they could have won.

I predict a high scoring game again. I’m going with 5-4 Oilers, just because I’m a homer. This one makes it to the shootout, this time. Fire out your predictions in the comments section..

Not much out there in the way of information about the game yet (i.e. lines), but here are the projected rosters for now. Moreau skated in yesterday’s practice, but not sure if we’ll see him tonight though.

Edit: Lines for both teams have been updated.


Oilers Lines

Penner – Horcoff – Hemsky
Stone – Comrie – O’Sullivan
Penner – Brule – Cogliano
Moreau – Gagner – Stortini

Smid – Souray
Grebeshkov – Gilbert
Strudwick – Visnovsky


Flames Projected Line-Up





Pisani – Out Indefinitely, Back
Pouliot – Day to Day, Flaming loins
Staios – Creates too many Calgary Power Plays / “Had his bell rung” (according to Quinn)

Armstrong – IR
McGratton – Day to Day, Shoulder
Sarich – Lower body injury

1st Period Summary

16:27 – EDM – Moreau from Brule, Grebeshkov
Moreau gets out of the penalty box. Gets a nice outlet pass by Moreau, and he is in all alone on Kipper and just threads it through the five hole.

19:46 – EDM (PP) – Visnovsky from Comrie, O’Sullivan.
Comrie and O’Sullivan battle along the boards for the puck. Visnvosky gets the puck at the blue line, dekes out Conroy and blasts it past Kipper.

Other Highlights
– Strudwick lays the body on Boyd, while pinching in at the point.
– Big save by Khabibulin on Langkow. Khabibulin was in the butterfly position out of the net a bit. Langkow got the puck on the other side of the net, and Khabi sprawled across and reached out with the pad/glove and kicked it to the corner.
– Moreau looks good so far tonight. That goal energized him. His next shift leads to the Oilers hemming the Flames in their own zone for a few minutes.

2nd Period Summary

19:31 – CGY – Langkow from Bourque, Giordano
Langkow fires it towards the net, it goes off of Strudwick and in… not Khabibulin’s fault here.

Other Highlights
– Souray goes after the puck in the Oil zone with Iginla chasing after him. Souray loses an edge and gets slammed into the boards With Iggy’s full weight riding into his back. He’s cut up on his face. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was concussed on that, but hopefully he’s ok.
– Stone lays a nice hit on Regehr that draws some attention from Langkow on the way to the bench.
– Khabibulin skates out of the crease to poke a puck away from a Flame who was streaking in… draws some applause from the crowd. I’m sure it was half sarcastic, but it’s good to see him get back on the horse.
– Moreau starts a scrap with Iginla (credit to Chucker for calling it well before). Both toss their lids. In usual Moreau fashion, he can’t stand on his feet. And ends up flopping around. Iginla waits for him to get on his feet again, but the refs jump in and Iginla continues to throw shots anyways.
– Hemsky is doing stuff out there that should lead to a Pat Quinn “there’s no I in team” speech.
– Still no sign of Souray.
– Stone catches Kronwall admiring the pass, drawing some big cheers.

3rd Period Summary

4:11 – CGY – Dawes from Kronwall, Bourque
Bourque passes it to Kronwall on the point who wrists it on net, Dawes tips it in from the side. Tough one for Khabibulin.
13:30 – EDM – Hemsky from Horcoff, Grebeshkov
JFJ dumps it in, and gets in on hte puck. Horcoff eventually gets the puck, fires it on net and Hemsky gets the rebound, swings around Kipper and fires it into the yawning cage.
19:58 – CGY – Bourque from Bouwmeester, Phaneuf
Bouwmeester fires it on net with only 2 seconds left. Bourque tips it up high and through Khabibulin’s five hole. Again not much Khabi can do.

Other Highlights
– Iginla hits Hemsky, which upsets JFJ. JFJ screams at him on Iggy’s way to the bench.
– Khabibulin almost gets caught out of his net going after a puck which ends up in “no mans land” (outside the trapezoid). The Flames jam at it in the crease… I have no idea how that stayed out though.
– Grebeshkov looks smooth out there on defence.. Boyd tries to give him the Kelly Buchburger inside-outside move, but Grebeshkov cooly stays with him.
– Jacques hits Bouwmeester so hard I’m surpised the boards didn’t cave in. Lots of movement on the boards on that one.
– Comrie doing his best Tiger Woods impersonation trying to bat the puck out of the air but he must’ve batted it three times before it went forward (not to mention Stone batting it over to the front of the net, and Kipper also batting one out of the air). These guys should go on tour as a travelling circus.
– Jacques is still taking no prisoners out there. He hits anyone and everyone, back turned, facing him, on their way to the bench, begging for mercy.. doesn’t matter. A few highlight-reel hits. Stone is another guy out there hitting anyone he can. I like how these guys always finish their checks.
– Khabibulin is on top of his game.
– Visnovsky makes very confident moves in his own zone, stickhandling the shit out of a Flame who spins and falls to the ice
– Cogliano makes a very nice move, dipseedoodling through the Calgary defence just after the Hemsky goal. This boy has skill.
– Horcoff has looked pretty good tonight. In fact, if not for Hemsky just scoring after picking up Horcoff’s junk in the crease, I’d say JFJ and Horcoff are carrying Hemsky tonight… how often do you say that?

Overtime Summary

No Goals.

Other Highlights
– Strudwick, carrying the puck into the Flames zone, Paul Coffey style goes down in a heap after being tripped up.
– All Edmonton in this OT, but Kipper does a good job at shutting the Oil down.
– Horcoff has a great chance breaking in the zone after the penalty, picking up a pass from Hemmer. But Kipper again wins that battle.
– Strudwick is looking not bad out there, and gets some attention from DeBrusk, pointing this out as well. He’s look solid at both ends of the ice.
– Gagner gives the coach a heart attack, stickhandling a defender in his own zone, but it works and he gets a chance at the other end.

Shootout Summary

Gagner – NO GOAL – tries to go low glove side on Kipper, but Kipper makes the save.

Dawes – GOAL – Fires it top shelf, glove side, beating Khabibulin.

O’Sullivan – GOAL – Repeat of the Dawes goal, top cheese, knocking the cookie jar off the net.. fires that puck pretty damn hard.

Jokinen – GOAL – tries to deke out Khabibulin… goes glove side, blocker side… Khabi spreads out, it hits the side of the net, coming back off the back of Khabi’s leg and goes in. They go upstairs to confirm, and it’s counted.

Hemsky – NO GOAL – Looked like he was probably going deke at first, Kipper guessed it, and throws out the poke check… Hemsky fires it up top but rings it off the post.

Special Teams

EDM PP#1 (Bouwmeester 2 mins for Hooking) – GOAL
Unit #1 – Penner/Comrie/O’Sullivan with Visnovsky
Visnvosky gets the puck at the blue line, dekes out Conroy and blasts it past Kipper.

CGY PP #1 (Moreau in the box) – NO GOAL
Horc/Penner with Smid/Souray for the top unit, O’Sully/Brule with Grebeshkov/Gilbert for the second unit. First unit looked good, even got a rush in which Horcoff carried the puck in and Souray.. yes.. Souray.. rushed to the net for the junk (which unfortunately was not there). Second unit didn’t look quite as hot. Calgary got a few shots in that kill. At the end of this kill, Moreau gets out of the box and scores.

EDM PP#2 (Iginla 2 mins for Tripping) – NO GOAL
Unit#1 Penner/Horcoff/Hemsky now with Grebs/Gilbert since Souray is off to the dressing room. Good kill by the Flames… these guys couldn’t even break the zone.
Unit#2 O’Sully/Comrie/JFJ gets a good opportunity on net.
Unit #3 Gagner/Brule/Cogliano – Not much happening here.. lots of overhandling of the puck by Gagner who eventually gives it away to Iginla.

CGY PP#2 (Stortini 2 mins for Interference) – leads to another penalty – NO GOAL
Bogus penalty call.
1st PK unit Penner/Horcoff with Gilbert/Grebeshkov. Leads to another penalty as Grebeshkov gets called for hooking

CGY PP#3 (Grebeshkov 2 mins for hooking) – 5 on 3 – NO GOAL
1st PK Unit Horcoff with Smid/Strudwick. Great job battling off the first wave and dumping the puck. Smid makes a nice shot block which hurt, but fired him up as he skated off. Replaced by Gilbert. Khabibulin absolutely stones Dawes on the backdoor one-timer play. This is a lonnnng 2-man advantage. Finally it is killed off. And now we have Stortini/O’Sullivan out there. They kill it off, which leads to a delayed penalty against Calgary.

EDM PP#3 (Bourque 2 mins for tripping) – NO GOAL
Unit #1 – Penner/Horcoff/Hemsky with Visnovsky and Smid. Nothing really generated here. In fact, the Flames (Nystrom) probably had a better chance. O’Sullivan, Comrie and Jacques on now with Gilbert/Grebeshkov. Again, nothing generated by the Oilers.. good kill here by the Flame.

CGY PP#4 (O’Sullivan 2 mins for tripping) – NO GOAL
Unit #1 Horcoff and Penner with Gilber and Smid on D. Nice work by Penner out there. Very nice work. Phaneuf goes end-to-end and runs into the Wall.. he ain’t movin’. Khabibulin fires the blocker after 😉
Unit #2 Cogliano Moreau with Strudwick and Grebeshkov. Very short lived… puck goes out of play, giving time for a line change and Unit #1 is back out, and finishes the job. Oilers PK is looking solid tonight.

EDM PP#4 (Giordano tripping) – NO GOAL
Unit #1 Comrie, Gagner, O’Sullivan with Visnovsky – gets one good chance and Kipper covers it up.
Unit#2 – Penner/Horcoff/Hemsky with Grebeshkov – Hemmer gets the best chance on a blast from past the faceoff circle that Kipper gloves up.
Unit#1 back out with Gilbert on the point – Great chance by Gagner who bangs at a rebound on a Comrie shot, but Kipper eats it up. Another good chance on the next play, but Kipper is doing well at sucking up anything in front of him.
Unit #2 out now with Visser on the point. Hemsky and Horcoff both fan on their shots and the penalty ends.

210 Responses to “GDT – Edmonton 3, Calgary 4 (SO) – Oct. 8, 2009 – Game 3”

  1. Racki says:

    Not being a homer, just I think it was too high… hmmmm… mayyybe not, actually. Going to be hard to prove this was no goal. I think it will stand.

  2. LateNightOilFan says:

    Please let it be tipped by a high stick – gonna be close…

  3. DropIt says:

    Oh no. Oh no. Oh no

  4. DropIt says:


  5. Racki says:

    Unbelievable. Whyyy?!

  6. LateNightOilFan says:

    Honestly, don’t they know there are people here on the east coast that want to go to bed???

  7. DropIt says:

    That’s why Calgaru will make quick work In OT 😛

  8. DropIt says:

    Oh god. This can’t be good

  9. DropIt says:

    And Kipper won’t let Hemsky beat him again…

    Anyone else shitting themselves?

  10. LateNightOilFan says:

    That’s what you call a game saver by Kipper.


    I still hate his mask though, if the flames colours were black he’d look like a skunk with the white stripe up the middle.

  11. Racki says:

    Drop It, you must be crapping your pants by now.

  12. DropIt says:

    I’m just not sure I want a shootout, I’m not sure I like our chances

  13. gr8one says:

    man, I hope this isn’t another season like two years ago that we blow leads and/or can’t finish a team and end up going to OT/shootout every other game.

    good game though I presume? I just got home and wasn’t able to watch…

    any word on Souray and how long he might be out?

  14. DropIt says:

    Nice couple shots there

  15. LateNightOilFan says:

    Pretty much identical goals at each end…

  16. Racki says:

    1 – 1! wooooooo

  17. LateNightOilFan says:

    Argg, that’s a goal

  18. DropIt says:

    What a god damn game.

    Win or lose from my point of view…
    I need a defibulator

  19. gr8one says:

    that blows.

  20. Hockey Noob says:

    Wow, another brutal way to lose the game. 1.5 seconds left and a shootout loss. Hemsky tried to go glove side on Kipper when Kipper was standing on the left side of the net cutting down the opening to zero.

  21. LateNightOilFan says:


    Oh well, still lots of positives, right?

    Enjoy the game on Sat, I’ll be drinking for warmth in front of a campfire in the middle of Nova Scotia’s nowhere, hopefully not in the snow.

  22. Racki says:

    Good job by both sides by making this one exciting, but that’s another heartbreaker loss. Dammmmn.

  23. DropIt says:

    A lot to take away from this game from both teams. Incredible game. Can’t wait for the showdown in gods country in a couple weeks

  24. Racki says:

    Well, on another positive note, the Oilers look more and more like a team that can roll with the best of them. Khabi looked rock solid in goal. Every single goal was a tip in (aside from the shootout). He didn’t look too hot on Dawes’ shootout goal, but the same shot (albeit a harder version, I think) beat Kipper. The Jokinen goal was really lucky… REAL lucky. It bounced in from the side of the net. That was inches from being a beautiful save.

  25. DropIt says:

    Oh Racki, we both know that was intentional by OJ. 😛

    Seriouslty though, I was ecstatic to get a point. But even if we had lost, still incredible game.

  26. Racki says:

    I wonder if Strudwick gets a longer look on D now, over Staios. Probably not. But I thought he looked decent tonight. Souray / Smid is also a good pairing too. I thought they did well together. To be honest though, I didn’t focus much on the D tonight. But generally that’s a sign when a defence is doing well.. when you don’t really notice them.

  27. DropIt says:

    True, especially if Souray is out for any amount of time. Strudwick played well

  28. Racki says:

    Wow, Quinn’s not happy about the loss. Not that he should be.. but he’s not happy about the Oilers play leading to the game tying goal and the Oil not sealing the empty netter (“we dicked around with the thing”)

  29. Racki says:

    Quinn is also not happy about Iginla on Souray. I’m not saying it’s dirty, but he doesn’t agree. Talking about how the league won’t allow vigilante stuff, and such. LOL… kind of funny to hear.

  30. Racki says:

    He also doesn’t think Moreau did any sort of justice at all. (relating back to his days) “You don’t honor a man who makes a play like that with honor. You fight dirt with dirt” (maybe not the exact words, but pretty close).

  31. DropIt says:

    Well its not like Moreau didn’t try to fight back. Iggy just out muscled him… Pat Quinn has a right to be upset… He does however like to comment about things before he finds out the facts (ie. Conroy deserving the instigator in a fight Gagner asked for)… He just needs to check out the replay

  32. Racki says:

    EXACTLY what I was thinking.. funny you mention that. I drew the exact same comparison after hearing the interview too.

    And Iggy just was interviewed on it too. I’m pretty sure it was accidental. I mean, obviously he’s not going to say “Yah, I tried to poke his feet out”, but I watched the replay a few times again, and I just have a hard time thinking it was intended. Yah, he meant to lean on him a bit (he even admitted that), but the stick getting in there was accidental, and when Souray went down, him and the stick pulled Iggy in there and thus the pile-driver. All accidental.. it happens.. I just hope Souray isn’t out for any length of time. Big loss if he is. Concussions can suck too, but they said it was a “mild” one.

  33. Racki says:

    I can see what Quinn is going to be like though. Complete 180 from MacTavish. I’m glad that they didn’t go all vigilante on Iginla… he’s a respectable player (again, must be the Edmontonian in him :P). Plus, I have him in the pool.. can’t be getting hurt. hah But seriously, I’m hoping that when the time calls for it, guys will get the opportunity to show the league not to eff with our players. Not warranted here though, of course.

  34. DropIt says:

    Ya, I think iggy deserves the benefit of the doubt. Cause, well… He’s Iggy.

    And it won’t surprise me in Edmonton tries to throw hands with him again. It could be good for BOA again, seeing as how its dried up a bit over the years.

    As long as its not dirty or ‘headhunting’ have your way. I just hope for your sake you can handle “jacked up” Iggy. Because he takes over games, like after his fight tonight.

  35. DropIt says:

    Also I realize Quinn is mad, but hit calling someone out to cheapshot him? Or “hit him in the head with a stick”? That’s a bold statement. He is going to get someone suspended if that’s the atitude he’s implying. I think the fact Iginla let Moreau get back to his feet in that fight almost makes up for it.

  36. gr8one says:

    I love Pat Quinn as our head coach, but those comments he made are just stupid.

    That’s the kind of crap that lead up to the Crawford/Bertuzzi/Steve Moore incident, Quinn really should start thinking about shit before he says it.

  37. DropIt says:

    Exactly. He sounds like a contradicting Brian Burke to go along with it…

    Was he not the coach when Tie Domi elbowed Neidermayer? Or Kaberle kneeing 2 or 3 Ottawa players in their playoff series?

  38. Steve-O says:

    Whats up with the Iginla love-in here. Next game send MacIntyre over the boards to pound his head in. We ain’t playing slap ass here, its fucking hockey. Eye for an eye.

    Some things that I noticed from the game:

    Smid needs to get some love from here. Dude played an great game. Smart, physical and jumped into the play a bunch.

    Hemsky looked good. He doesn’t trust JFJ at all, but that should come.

    Visnovsky is a beauty d-man.

    Tie a bungee cord around Khabibulin because you could hear the collective asshole of Oiler fans clench everytime he left the net.

    I like JFJ and Stone trying to hit everything that moves.

    Yeah Moreau. Stupid penalty, goal, sticks up for team-mate, stupid play in third. He still gets props from me.

    Most of the other forwards didn’t stick out except for when Regehr and Gagner were pushing each other behind the net. You could see fucking Stortini lose his shit and it took a ref and a few players to hold him back. Funny stuff.

    Quasimodo must thank whatever deity he prays to nightly for the instigator rule because he has no problems chasing around Gagner, but anyone else comes looking for him he turns tail pretty quick.

    One thing that I will give Calgary is their breakout is ridiculous. Regardless of the fore check most times its two passes and out on the rush. Impressed me every time they did it, which was pretty much every time we dumped it in their zone.

    Also the flames fans in front of me should thank the usher for telling them to sit back because they were about to get punched in the back of the head. Next time someone asks you to sit back don’t just give them the stink eye and keep doing it.

    And to the ladies beside me…4 beers through a straw is probably why you were feeling a bit sick by the third.

  39. DropIt says:

    I think the “eye for an eye” was letting Moreau leave the ice with his face in tact. He could have murdered him in that fight and let off. But if you want to put Macintyre out there against the 1st line to try and catch Igina, by all means go ahead.
    I think the respect for Iginal comes from the fact that he doesn’t do this kind of thing, ever. Plus, he knew he was going to be asked to answer the bell and he did it. Are you hoping the Oilers continually send out players to cheapshot Iggy until he gets his back? If so your in for a loooong 6 game series.

  40. Trogdor says:

    Well, I only really caught the third after counting all the fans money. Thanks for the 50/50 donations!

    It was an up down period but I liked what I saw. Still running around and banging people and pucks in game 3, just have to keep it up for 71 more. It really sucked giving up a goal with 2 seconds to go then losing the extra point.

    I wasn’t too happy when we were in their end, around 30 seconds left I think, and instead of freezing it on the boards, someone popped it across the ice resulting in a turn over. You have a lead, time is running out, kill the clock, don’t go for another goal. Well, turns out it bit them in the ass and after a good effort in OT, they still lost the 2nd point.

    Side note: I knew Comrie was small, but watching him walk in with Struds and another guy only confirmed it. And why do they all dress like they’re going to a wedding? I used to show up to games in torn sweats.

  41. DropIt says:

    I believe most, if not all teams inforce a dress code. “Your a professional, we want you to look like one” mentality

  42. Trogdor says:

    Yeah, I know, but it just seems funny to me to come from the salon to get sweaty and destroy all the beautician’s hard work. They are in the media’s sights all the time, so they have to keep the inner trailer park in check.

  43. gr8one says:

    Steve-O, I totally agree, whether it was an intentional hit by Iggy or not, I would love to see someone thump out Iggy, I have no love in at all with him. I just have an issue with Quinn going out and publicly saying that retribution should be via a cheap shot like “knocking someone over the head with a stick”…that’s bush league, retribution should come via a fair fight.

    and Trogdor, if you’re talking about how the Oilers dress, I believe that there is actually a dress code instituted by the team, that requires coat and tie, or at the very least jacket(blazer/suit type).

    I personally think it would be funny to see a player follow that rule to the letter and show up with an impeccable shirt/tie/jacket and torn sweats and flip flops from the waist down. hehe

  44. DropIt says:

    Ya. I’d like to see what they wear when they’re kickin it in their 3 million dollar houses

  45. Steve-O says:

    DropIt: I believe most, if not all teams inforce a dress code. “Your a professional, we want you to look like one” mentality

    agreed that it is a dress code. my bantam and midget teams had the same dress codes (well maybe not the same, but collared shirt and tie)

  46. LateNightOilFan says:

    “I don’t understand the players of today,” Quinn said. “If that had happened in the old days, he would have got hit over the head with a stick right after. That’s the way you used to deal with it, now you can’t touch him.

    “It was a pretty dirty play, in my opinion. You poke his feet out and then pile up on top of him. Somehow they never deal with that crap and they won’t let the vigilante deal with it.”

    “Fighting him is not addressing it,” Quinn said. “In the era I come from, you deal with dirt, with dirt, you don’t give him honour. Why would you give him honour? He honoured him with a fist fight, so I don’t know.”

    Quinn needs to look at the calendar and get out of the past because he’s no good to us if he gets suspended. This is today whether he likes it or not. Those comments are just plain stupid.

  47. Steve-O says:

    and ladies and gentlemen, we wanted this coach remember.

    with the good comes the bad

  48. Racki says:

    Steve-O: I don’t see the problem.. spreading panic 3 games into the season when really we lost two games that we just as easily could have won? This is the exact opposite start as last season. The Oil got off to a 4-0 start last season, and I pointed out that it was smoke and mirrors. They sucked but stole games. This season it was the opposite. Maybe Calgary didn’t steal the game, but Calgary is a pretty damn good team (they could easily finish in the top of the division) and the Oil came 1.5s from winning it. Or 1 post on either side in the shootout.

    The Oilers have been playing well.. this is the same usual mumbo jumbo panic spreading syndrome people suffer from throughout random points of the seasons. For gods sakes, give it more than 3 games. MacTavish had 8 years of fucking up and I don’t remember those MacT lovers being that impatient..

    Let’s also not forget, we lost our best d-man for half that game too and still did not too bad. Plus, while khabi is overpriced, he played really well last night.. kept the Oil in it.

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