Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbour?

He's on a roll, just let him go with it.

After a mostly sleepless night (wife - "you look like you're going to cry") I'm greeting the new day with a smile. A pained smile, but a smile nevertheless.

Is it a mountain that may be too high to climb? Sure. While I predicted the Oil to win with Roloson between the pipes we all know that the Canes are full value for their appearance in the final. They've gotten some breaks, sure, but they've made the most of them. They're a good deep team and even with Roli in there I knew they would be a tough nut to crack.

Without Roli, well we are all aware of the Oilers' goaltending woes this season. Conklin's error (coupled with Smith) reminded us of that. (And drfrank, a Carolina fan at the game, said that at that point that it was deafening in the building so it may have been as simple as Conklin not hearing Smith).

But some positives.

Ward made some huge saves. He may do so again game after game. If he does, good on him. But based on last night the Oil can score some goals this series. I think they may have to score a lot.

The Canes D are great shotblockers and Commodore (and there may be no guy who I am happier to see do well, though maybe not right now) made a brilliant play to stop a 2 on 1 which led to the 3-1 goal. But their D also looked slow and in a few cases scared. I saw more then a few bailouts. The Oilers can get to them and produce chances. They have to take a page fromt he Sabres and what they did when their D were dropping. Play the game in Carolina's end.

Oilers' coverage has to be better. That is what lost them the game. Way too many odd man rushes. The Canes have the talent. The Oilers have to take away the opportunities for that talent. They have in past rounds. They have to tighten it up. I think they got caught up in the moment.

Jussi has to play well. Roli did not last night. That's ok. But whether or not its him or Jussi or Eddie Mio the Oilers need solid goaltending. If they get it they still have a chance.

Also good to see - the 4th line produced a goal and a penalty shot. Horcoff, Smyth and Hemsky were flying. Torres, I think, had a terrific game.

Bad - Sammy was nowhere to be seen.

So, here's the deal. They pretty well have to win tomorrow. Jussi has to play well. They have to tighten up the coverage in front of him. They have to cash their chances.

No biggie, right?

They can do it though. But its going to have to start with Jussi.


The Acid Queen said...

I like a man who can drop an Animal House reference like that.

When it comes time for the futile and pointless gesture, will you be driving the Deathmobile?

Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

Nah, that will probably be Chopper. (Moreau)

BlueBloodRunsThick said...

Deathmobile? It's just one game. The Oil will rebound with Marks or COnks(not my first choice) in net.

Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

blueblood - remember your animal house - the guys driving the deathmobile won