Monday, May 22, 2006

Oilers 3, Ducks 1
Edmonton leads series 2-0

"You're not going to win many hockey games scoring one goal."
— Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

Anaheim looks rattled. They look like a team that knows they're up against a team they can't handle.

How quickly things change.

And while I'm not prepared quite yet to say this series is over (or cower before Colby 'Kreskin' Cosh for his 'Oilers in [expletive deleted] four' missive), it almost goes without saying the Ducks must win Game 3 tomorrow night in Edmonton. Winning Game 4 should be on the helmet-spurning Carlyle's must-do list as well.

In my estimation, the chances of Anaheim winning this series have now dipped below 10 per cent — especially considering this is a franchise that hasn't won in Oil-town since the Mesozoic Era.

I hope the Carolina Hurricanes have more fight in them than these Ducks.
  • Where are earth is the Ducks passion in this series? Jeff Friesen, the club's lone goal scorer last night, showed more enthusiasm after he scored than the combined gusto of all of his teammates so far. Carlyle's reward for him? A grand 9:02 of icetime, second lowest on the team. I may not have graduated from coaches academy quite yet, but if your team can't score and someone on your team scores, you put him back on the ice again at some point.

  • Paging Teemu Selanne.

  • The Ducks were 13th in goal scoring in the regular season, two spots better than the 15th place Oilers, but you'd never know it from this series. Dwayne Roloson certainly deserves some of the credit, but the 0-fer-5 power-play performance last night on 8:33 minutes with the man advantage was utterly hopeless.

  • Paging Andy McDonald.

  • Speaking of Selanne: At least he was upset in the postgame interviews, saying, essentially, that the Oilers weren't a better club than the Ducks. You can tell he's frustrated, but Teemu, you had a goal or an assist on 36 per cent of your team's goals this season. This isn't Joe DiPenta's fault.

  • (Apologies Oiler fans, one more Duck comment before I get to your Team of Destiny.) Key stat of the series for Anaheim? After two games, Dwayne Roloson has more points than anyone on the Ducks.

  • There was something in the air that night
    The stars were bright, Fernando
    They were shining there for you and me
    For liberty, Fernando

    If that doesn't describe the Oilers Stanley Cup run, I don't know what does. (Psst... for you and me, Fernando.)

    Seriously though, this Fernando Pisani character has eight goals so far, one short of the NHL goal scoring lead, in only 14 games. And while that's not quite John Druce territory just yet, Fernando can definitely aspire to be an AHL/CHL broadcaster for Sportsnet in 5-6 years.

    I mean, the guy's career-best goal total at any level of NCAA and/or pro hockey was 26 in 79 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs four years ago. He's 29 years old, and is almost into the downswing of his career before he even hit the upswing. He was an 8th-round pick. During the Oilers' 2003 playoff non-run, he lived in his parents' basement.

    I think I've run out of Pisani knowledge for now. But you get the idea.

  • Lesson learned: Never try to harness karma by creating a new hockey blog about a quasi-rivalry between teams you live 4,000+ kilometres away from. It's painful watching my beloved die. Keep up the good work, Drunk Earl!
Speaking of Earl, I can't quite decide if he's telling his team to invoke the 'Flying V' in this post or not, but if he's not, he should. It worked for Emilio.

They could also use one guy to harness a Ducks trickery move and slapshot the puck into the goalie with such force that he would fall into the net. I imagine Roloson's helmet would start staying on after a few of those.

I'm looking at you DiPenta.


At 3:58 a.m., May 22, 2006, Blogger Eyeris said...

It's been a long time since I watch any of the Might Ducks movies. But isn't the Flying 'V' technically off-side?

At 7:51 a.m., May 22, 2006, Blogger Brushback said...

Gee, I was just starting to think a couple of days ago that "Battle of California" was getting pretty good.

At 12:56 p.m., May 22, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

so what you're saying is... I should wait a while before expanding my "Battle of Pennsylvania" series into a blog of it's own? ;)

At 1:43 p.m., May 22, 2006, Blogger mike w said...

I can't believe you're drumming up ways to help the Ducks win.

Could it be that they aren't as good? If their first line has a slump for another two games, it's over.

At 2:09 p.m., May 22, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I can't believe you're drumming up ways to help the Ducks win.

That's what invoking the Flying V is?


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