Monday, January 19, 2009

Clap clap

If your a diehard Oilers fan you cant have it in you to be pissed off today. Its over +10 in January and the Oilers played one of there most complete games of the season against a very good Phoenix Coyotes team.

For the first time that I can remember the Oilers won a PPV game. Combined with the retro jerseys and Glenn Anderson's retirement all jinxes were broke. The hockey gods were watching the Oilers last night. The 6-3 score really flattered the Coyotes. Most encouraging was the spread out offense lead by the return of Ales Hemsky. Its pretty clear he is the player who makes the top line tick and Penner/Horcoff are both much more effective with Hemmer. Another positive was the play of the 3rd line and the hattrick from Ethan Moreau. I've been hard on him this season. Moreau's game has struggled as has the PK and Moreau hasnt helped the cause by taking far too many bad penalties. But watching that game and the way the team pushed for him to get the hattrick and celebrated when he got it it seems he still has the room. I may be looking too much into it but nonetheless less I will back off from my previous stance.

If you didn't catch the post game interview with Ethan Moreau and Gene Principe its a classic. The Oilers were blasting Private Eyes by Hall and Oates and Ethan took a moment to clap to the song. It was priceless - the boys were really enjoying themselves. The timing of the allstar break is almost a bit unfortunate as the team looks poised like they could make a push up the standings. Of course the Oilers have lacked traction all year so I should be taking the win in stride. Go Oilers!
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