Friday, October 13, 2006
Had dinner out last night with my wife's cousin and his wife - had a few pints of Oatmeal stout and jigged home along the Danforth.
Checked on the Interweb and the Oil were up 1-0. Checked a minute later and it was 2-1 Sharks.
Where is that vaunted offence, I thought?
Woke up this morning to one of those 6-4 wins we figured we would see a lot of this season.
Haven't seen the highlights or read much except the TSN site stuff but some notes, many quite obvious.
- while I'm not planning a parade yet - 2 and 1 after two against the Lames and one against the Sharks is a nice start; 3 and 0 would be better but the fact that for a bounce here or there they would be 3 and 0 makes me feel pretty good
- as has been bandied about quite a bit this team has a deep bunch of forwards and last night it showed with four goals from the 1A line, which only had 1 on the PP prior to this game
- nice to see Thoresen pick up his first goal - not a lot of icetime for him and Winchester last night but good to see a contribution; hope to see him on the PK soon, I think we will
- Laddy Smid was a plus two in what I figured might be a nightmare game for him and that's with 13:14 in EV icetime - haven't seen a shift chart - maybe they ran him out after a lot of those PP but regardless, good for him
- 2 for 4 on the PP - that's a little more like it plus they outscored the Sharks 4 to 1 at EV - that, my friends, is damn good shit
- now for the bad - and this is something that has to stop - not just change, but stop - 10 PP against?? What the hell is that? And as someone who lived in Quinnland for years, I'll tell you its up to MacT to nip this. Hemsky had four penalties? Bench him. Seriously. Now I didn't see the game but when the Sharks have 4 minors and the Oilers have 10, I don't think this is one of those games where the refs called everything going. And note - only 2 calls on D men. And four hooks (2 for Hemsky), a hold and an interference. Note that traditionally notorious penalty takers Horcoff, Moreau and Smyth cleaned up their acts in the spring and seem to have continued so far. Add to that Stoll's clean sheet last night and we're getting somewhere. But this team has got to learn to stay out of the box.
Oh, and Matt Greene got no penalties AGAIN! Good man, Matt!
Posted by Black Dog at 8:23 AM