GDT: L – Oilers 3, Flames 4 – Oct 3, 2009 – Season Opener

By , October 3, 2009 1:04 am

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PRE-GAME RANT


It’s finally here. Game 1 of the season kicks off tonight at Rexall Place at 8:00. The game is televised on CBC. Grab your beer, and pull up a chair, this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for.

If you haven’t watched it yet, get yourself amped up even more by watching that incredible video above. I found it hunting around youtube. Credit to “Arpeggio4″ for creating it (looks like he did it recently).


Edmonton Oilers Line Up (Per Oilers)

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

Souray – Visnovsky
Gilbert – Grebeshkov
Smid – Staios

Khabibulin
Deslauriers





Flames Projected Line Up (per Flames message board)

Moss – Jokinen – Iginla
Dawes – Langkow – Bourque
Glencross – Conroy – Boyd
Nystrom – Prust – Sjostorom

Bouwmeester – Regehr
Phaneuf – Giordano
Kronwall – Pardy

Kiprusoff
McElhinney

Post your predictions in the thread, if you like. As usual, feel free to chat about the game in this thread.

Random Tid Bits

Mike Comrie led the league in points for the 2009/10 pre-season, and was tied for first in assists. Tom Gilbert led all defencemen in points. O’Sullivan was tied (with 15 other players) for 4th in goals. The Oilers finished the pre-season tied for 4th in the Western conference.

This is the home and season opener for the Oilers, of course, but the Flames have played 1 regular game already. They defeated the Canucks 5-3 in a tough battle at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal also wrote a piece on how the three players involved in the Dany Heatley near-trade are looking for vindication. It’s a good read, and it’s good to hear the Oilers involved showing confidence in their abilities. Personally, I think Heatley will struggle off the get go, but I can’t see how he wouldn’t blow the doors off of the trio’s totals playing with Jumbo Joe. And that’s no slag against Penner, Cogliano or Smid. It’s just that Healtey should have a career season. As for our three Oilers who were left hanging for a while, I think each of them will have very good seasons.

Injury Update / Khabibulin Sweat-Watch

Sorry, couldn’t resist the Khabibulin comment. But there is an article up on the Edmonton Journal site that talks about the tactics Khabibulin uses to keep dry in the game. It also gives some insight into why he gets so dehydrated. The article says that in one game he can lose eight to 12 pounds of weight! Perhaps they should steal the “beer hat” technology and strap some water bottles to the sides of Khabibulin’s mask.

Also, just to confirm, Ethan Moreau is in the lineup tonight. He had an infection in his ankle that was giving him problems. However, some ice and good ol’ antibiotics have put him in game shape.

Also, here’s a good quote on Ethan Moreau that addresses a topic that came up on the Oilers Message Board a lot (what makes a good captain):

Ethan is a guy that has been here a long time, he’s established his worth as a hockey player. Has he been a 40, 30, 25 goal scorer? I don’t think so very often, but does he show up every night, use his skills, is he a leader by example, does he care about his teammates? Those are the issues that make good captains in my opinion, not how many points they get on a given night.

1st Period Summary

1:52 – CGY – Glencross from Boyd, Conroy
Boyd skates behind our net and fires a back pass to Glencross, who buries it.
6:14 – EDM – Penner from O’Sullivan, Comrie
Powerplay just comes to an end, and Comrie skates hard after a dump in along with Regehr. Regehr pansies out, thinking he’s going to get hit and wiffles a pass to his defensive partner which Comrie intercepts. Comrie fires it back behind the net off where Langkow accidentally mishandles it to the front of the net onto O’Sullivan’s stick. O’Sullivan slaps it and Penner bangs home the rebound.
12:09 – CGY (PP) – Moss from Bouwmeester, Jokinen
Bouwmeester fires a wrister from the point low and wide of the net (intentionally) and Moss tips it in.

Other Highlights
- I don’t know who did the intro, but it was kind of a Scottish-themed Cirque de Soleil like production. Baggpipers, violinist, drums, 2 acrobats (one playing violin) and a vocalist played for the intro. Kind of neat, and from what I recall, similar in a way to last year. Didn’t get to see the scoreboard intro/music though if they had any.. was interested in what that sounded like though.
- Comrie, Hemsky, Souray, Khabibulin all get fair sized cheers from the crowd when they skated on ice during the introduction/
- Penner gets hit by Regehr behind the Flames net. Penner manhandles him and throws him to the ice, drawing a big cheer from the crowd
- Jokinen starts mugging Hemsky in front of the net, as he was trying to poke at the puck. JFJ comes to his defense and roughts up Jokinen. Staios and Iginla have words in that melee, as do Souray and Phaneuf. Iginla earns the double minor for roughing and Staios a minor for roughing on the play.
- On the first power play, Penner had a great chance at the corner of the goal. Kipper was sprawled out flopped on the ice while Penner battled trying to jam it in past him.
- Stortini nails Pardy, but somehow takes the worst of it, and skates off limping and is trainers.. looks like he just broke the bottom of his skate off on the play though. Stortini returns to action within 5 minutes.
- The Bulin Wall makes a huge save at the end of the period on Langkow to keep the team within one.

2nd Period Summary

CGY (PP) – Phaneuf from Bouwmeester, Langkow
With Staios in the box. Lankgow drops it to Bouwmeester, who makes a point-to-point pass to Phaneuf. Phaneuf blasts it high and wide from the point off Smid’s upper body and in the net
17:57 – EDM – Brule from Penner, Visnovsky
Brule steps over the blue line and wires a slap shot that beats Kipper.

Other Highlights
- Fight: Stortini vs. Prust. Both players throw quite a few punches, but no one really lands anything big. Stortini looked to land a couple, one that knocked the bucket off Prust. But really no damage done for either side, as both guys had the other tied up pretty well.
- Fight: Gagner vs. Conroy. Conroy gets some good shots in early on (and Gagner shows a bit of bruising afterwards from it). But Gagner battles back and lands a few of his own and does well. Gagner reminds me more and more of Mike Comrie… minus the attitude questions (at the same age).

Here’s the fight, for those that missed it:

- Ryan Stone nails Giordano into the Oilers bench… Giordano has a good look at the pools of spit sitting at the bottom of the bench.

3rd Period Summary

13:01 – EDM – Gagner – Unassisted
Ethan Moreau pressures Giordano behind the net. Giordano tries to Steve Staios Ring-it-around-the-boards (TM) but the puck takes a bad bounce off the glass and out front). Gagner gets the puck and swings out front and goes fivehole on Kipper.
19:11 – CGY – Moss – Unassisted
The puck gets dumped into the Oilers zone and is bouncing around. Khabibulin comes out to play it, but Moss is all over him pretty quickly. Khabibulin tries to dump it in the corner, but wiffs on it and Moss taps it easily into the open net. What a horrible way to end an otherwise very good night for Khabi.

Other Highlights
- Oilers kick off the period half-way through a powerplay with Quasimodo in the box.
- Announcers just mention that Horcoff has been a master on the dot – 10-2 so far.
- Souray throws the hands up and drops Iginla on his butt as he tries to rush into the Oilers zone down the right boards.
- Khabibulin has looked pretty good tonight, making some great saves at key moments.
- JFJ nails Langkow who tried to step into better position near the Oilers net.
- I predict it will be about game 5 by the time I’ve heard enough “Another Brick in the Wall” references to make me dislike Pink Floyd. Khabibulin is playing SOLID though.
- O’Sullivan gets a glorious chance with just over a minute left, all alone in front, but fires it wide. Shortly after, the Flames get a lucky bounce and score the game winner on a play that Khabibulin mishandled.

POST-GAME RANT


Man, what a heartbreaker.

The good: Gagner had a goal and a fight. He looked fairly good for parts of the night. Brule, Penner, JFJ and Stone all threw big hits tonight. Khabibulin played a very strong game, minus the gaff (see “The ugly”).O’Sullivan, in usual fashion, was all over the ice firing pucks.. he couldn’t bury any chances though, but it’s good to see him taking a lot of shots. They’ll go in eventually!
The bad: The Oilers got caught on their heels quite a bit tonight and spent too much time chasing the puck around in their own zone. Staios and Moreau couldn’t have impressed the coaches too much tonight, as both of them took bad penalties.
The ugly: With the puck hopping and on edge coming into their zone, and less than a minute to play, Khabibulin comes out to play the puck. Moss rushes in close and Khabibulin rushes to play it into the corner, but whiffs on it. Moss pokes at the puck and it trickles into the net before a diving Souray can stop it.

182 Responses to “GDT: L – Oilers 3, Flames 4 – Oct 3, 2009 – Season Opener”

  1. chucker says:

    It used to be we’d lay a brick every game. Now Khabbi is putting another brick up on the wall.

  2. Racki says:

    Khabi has looked pretty good for the most part. I wonder how many lbs. he loses on a good night.. 8? or 12? I’m thinking this is an 11 lbs. lost night so far. lol

  3. chucker says:

    Well with his coffe IV drip he’s at least 11 lbs.

  4. DropIt says:

    ‘Quasimodo’ is CRUSHING it out there… Call him what you will…. But… Money!

  5. chucker says:

    Staios needs to be waived. Also, I sense a fight coming soon.

  6. gr8one says:

    is Stortini moonlighting as that Geico caveman guy?

  7. Trogdor says:

    There are a number of others who could moonlight as the Gecko.

  8. Racki says:

    chucker: Well with his coffe IV drip he’s at least 11 lbs.

    Ok, I did this pretty quick, so sue me for my horrible photoshoppery. lol

  9. Racki says:

    Man the Oilers are on their heels.. nice save Khabi!

  10. chucker says:

    gr8one: is Stortini moonlighting as that Geico caveman guy?

    http://www.dealbreaker.com/images/entries/geico-caveman.jpg Could be. :P

  11. Trogdor says:

    GOAL!!!

  12. Racki says:

    GAGNER SCORRRRESSSSS!!!!! What an awesome 4th liner :P

  13. gr8one says:

    mothorfuckin woooooooooooooooooooooot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. chucker says:

    HAHA!! GAGS!!

  15. Trogdor says:

    Does Gagner have the Gordie Howe yet?

  16. gr8one says:

    Racki:
    Ok, I did this pretty quick, so sue me for my horrible photoshoppery. lol

    is that an IV or enema bag?

    lol

  17. gr8one says:

    Trogdor: Does Gagner have the Gordie Howe yet?

    not yet, they need to get him an assist!

    man, if this is our Oilers, I love em, even if we end up losing, at least they played hard!

    LOVE IT!!!!

  18. DropIt says:

    OK. I’m going to ask people to keep up to date on the scores, as I now am going to miss the rest of the game via wedding….

    You’ve done a far superiour job to blackberry’s ‘The score’ application.

  19. Hockey Noob says:

    hahah, sam gagner!!! The good ole hockey game…

  20. Racki says:

    Trogdor: Does Gagner have the Gordie Howe yet?

    No, just a goal/fight

    gr8one:
    is that an IV or enema bag?
    lol

    LOL, it’s a Coffee IV :P Or supposedly.. hopefully that’s an innie not an outtie

  21. Racki says:

    Here’s the 3-3 goal:
    13:01 – EDM – Gagner – Unassisted
    Ethan Moreau pressures Giordano behind the net. Giordano tries to Steve Staios Ring-it-around-the-boards (TM) but the puck takes a bad bounce off the glass and out front). Gagner gets the puck and swings out front and goes fivehole on Kipper.

  22. chucker says:

    So the Gagner demotion looks like it is a great line. Keep him there if they keep this up.

  23. Racki says:

    Khabi is giving me more confidence in him with this game tonight

  24. gr8one says:

    DropIt: OK. I’m going to ask people to keep up to date on the scores, as I now am going to miss the rest of the game via wedding….You’ve done a far superiour job to blackberry’s ‘The score’ application.

    9-3 final score for the Oilers.

    Iginla, Quasi, and Kipper were all hurt simultaneously in a freak Zamboni incident, all out for the season,

    Sorry. :(

  25. Racki says:

    OK Ethan, go take a lazy hooking penalty to fire everyone up..

  26. Racki says:

    gr8one:
    9-3 final score for the Oilers.Iginla, Quasi, and Kipper were all hurt simultaneously in a freak Zamboni incident, all out for the season,Sorry. :(

    The crazy thing is THEY were the ones driving it!

  27. Trogdor says:

    Good shift boys.

  28. DropIt says:

    That’s quite unfortunate… So with iigy, Kipper and the dion out, that must make it roughly an even playing ground for the Oil to make the playoffs with the Flames, eh? :P

  29. Racki says:

    NOOOOOOOooooosullivan!

  30. Trogdor says:

    Damn! That was close.

    Fuck! That was worse…

  31. Racki says:

    OHhhh mannnnnn.. heartbreak

  32. gr8one says:

    if i hear another pink floyd reference reagrding Khabi, I’m gonna break something.

    lol, sorry chucker. :p

    ffs, O’sully has Horcoffitis!!

  33. LateNightOilFan says:

    O M G

  34. chucker says:

    Oh Khabbi. Why, why why?

  35. Racki says:

    Moss scores… :(

  36. gr8one says:

    that sucked.

  37. gr8one says:

    DropIt: That’s quite unfortunate… So with iigy, Kipper and the dion out, that must make it roughly an even playing ground for the Oil to make the playoffs with the Flames, eh?

    F you.

    lol, but really, good one.

  38. Trogdor says:

    I think I have Moss benched tonight to add insult. That’s enough of the beer, time for some whiskey.

  39. gr8one says:

    man, that REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY SUCKED.

    REALLY.

  40. Racki says:

    19:11 – CGY – Moss – Unassisted
    The puck gets dumped into the Oilers zone and is bouncing around. Khabibulin comes out to play it, but Moss is all over him pretty quickly. Khabibulin tries to dump it in the corner, but wiffs on it and Moss taps it easily into the open net. What a horrible way to end an otherwise very good night for Khabi.

    4-3 Win for the Flames.

  41. chucker says:

    Khabbi’s weakness rears it’s ugly goathead in a game like this. I’ll take so much heat over this.

  42. Racki says:

    gr8one: if i hear another pink floyd reference reagrding Khabi, I’m gonna break something.

    Funny, I actually just finished typing something about that for my 3rd period summary and then read this. lol I agree.

  43. Hockey Noob says:

    Holy fu** I don’t believe it!!! 45 seconds in the game!!! wtf?

  44. Racki says:

    chucker: Khabbi’s weakness rears it’s ugly goathead in a game like this.I’ll take so much heat over this.

    Ahhhh, it was just one of those plays… nothing to get all worried about. I thought he played very good, minus that one mishandled puck. The puck was bouncing by the time that it came to him. I can honestly say that Roloson probably wouldn’t have made the same gaff, but what can you do. I came out of tonights game feeling pretty confident about having him in the pipes.

  45. chucker says:

    I feel like I was just about to score with Heather Locklear and then as she’s removing her underwear in reveals she has herpes. So high and then so low.

  46. Racki says:

    Man, wwhhhhat a way to lose.

  47. gr8one says:

    well, GG all, it’s late here on the East coast, and I gotta go suit shopping for my wedding.

    gn, and keep your stick on the ice.

  48. chucker says:

    Racki: Ahhhh, it was just one of those plays… nothing to get all worried about. I thought he played very good, minus that one mishandled puck. The puck was bouncing by the time that it came to him. I can honestly say that Roloson probably wouldn’t have made the same gaff, but what can you do. I came out of tonights game feeling pretty confident about having him in the pipes.

    Oh I think he had a very solid game and then one HUGE mistake. I don’t know that we’d have been in this game with Roli and the flury of shots he had to make. I just wish he would have stayed in net. I agree though, he’ll be fine.

  49. gr8one says:

    chucker: I feel like I was just about to score with Heather Locklear and then ass she’s removing her underwear in reveals she has herpes. So high and then so low.

    ok, I lied, but I can’t not reply to that.

    even worse than herpes, think crying game.

  50. Hockey Noob says:

    Wow. That absolutely blows! Great hockey game with an incredibly brutal ending.

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