Friday, November 7, 2008
The Sykora-Satan Show.....Game Thirteen: Oilers At Penguins
Penguins 5 - Oilers 4......barely.
Everyone's making a big deal about the Pens almost blowing a 5-goal lead. And we hope that Therrien let them know that it WILL NOT happen again. But you know it will.
What we want to make a big deal about is Line 1A. We think that Max/Sid/Miro has to be one of the best combinations that Therrien ever accidentally put together. They're constantly working and just so close to scoring.
One day, the Gates of Hell will open and Miroslav Satan will make all Penguins fans say, "Hail Satan."
Things we noticed about the game while drinking Labatt in the Mellon.....
-The Oilers do not mess around when they're warming-up. There was a little shoulder-bumping between Gagner and Nilsson but that was it. They're a pretty serious bunch on the road.
-Petr Sykora and Ethan Moreau were chatting it up at center ice during the warm-ups. Maybe they were exchanging team secrets.
-There was a new opening video, sort of. It wasn't anything really special but hey, it was new so we were still pretty pumped.
-First penalties were from Eric Godard and Steve MacIntyre fighting. And wow, MacIntyre's face was messed up. We were shocked when he got on the bus because his face looked like he went to a bad plastic surgeon.
-After MacIntyre laid out Kris Letang with an insane hit, Kris skated hunched over to the bench. And after Chris Stewart made sure that he was okay, Goligoski did as well. He talked to Kris and made him laugh on the bench. We love that camaraderie.
-The Oilers looked dangerous every time they were near Fleury but somehow he kept shutting them down. Until the third period of course.
-Miroslav Satan's first goal was sweet. He was a little behind the net and slipped the stick between his legs and batted the puck in as it ricocheted off of Garon. It was either that or spin around and score...ask Rick Nash what he would have done.
-Petr Sykora was everywhere. It really seemed like it.
-The PK was on fire but when not on the PK, Rob Scuderi scares us. He gave up the puck twice and it led to two Oilers goals. Ales Hemsky's goal was just soff on Fleury.
-We've said it before and we will say it again. Rob Scuderi and Hal Gill playing defense together doesn't bode well unless they're PK-ing.
-Where was Jordan Staal? He was a -2 so we know he played, just not well.
-Sam Gagner had like the game of his life. He may not have gotten a point but he was all over the ice. He was out for every powerplay and even on a PK and we think it was because of his face-off skillz.
-Talbot and Crosby combined for a surprising shorthanded goal. Noodles smacked Henrik's leg when Crosby got the puck into the neutral zone saying, "Look, look look."
-Holy balls, Darryl Sydor was a plus-3. Someone wants more ice time.
-Theo Peckham. Rookie. Matt Cooke = Jarkko Ruutu
-Robert Nilsson had the best suit/coat combination since we last saw Henrik Lundqvist. We think it's because he's Swedish.
-Vote for Lubo. We totally would.
-Some guy behind said about Alex Goligoski, "He's worse than Ryan Whitney." Noodles almost turned around to 'educate' that man with her fists but we stopped her. Maybe they shouldn't hang out so much together.
-Eric Godard is our new best friend. Too bad he doesn't know that. Yet.
-Blowing a five-goal lead isn't cool but Petr Sykora as the #1 star is.