I could go on, but you get the point.
Not surprisingly, the Oilers lost again last night. However, it was not a regulation loss but an overtime loss. A step up, yes, but not enough. They took St. Louis to overtime (and before you scoff, St. Louis has been playing some damn fine hockey of late. I never thought I'd say that) and just came up short.
BUT, good news folks: According to TSN, Petr Nedved's second stint with the Oilers has ended. Nedved, knocked out of the lineup earlier this month with a knee injury, has left town in a move agreed upon by both himself and the team. The 35-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Now only if we could get Lupul out of town? Any thoughts??
So Horcoff returned last night and played fantastic. He should be out with the flu more often. Horcoff deserves some kudos for his play BUT also for infecting Joffrey "I won't go into the corners" Lupul, who did not play last night. Hallelujah!! Apparently, it was the "flu" but Dan Barnes makes a good point, what the hell was he doing in the press box "infecting" others if he truly had the flu? So maybe he was finally scratched for the first time this year?? Too fucking late. Nicely said Dan....here is the bit about Lupul.
Joffrey Lupul has been wasting ice time all year long and they finally scratched him Saturday, allegedly with the flu. If he was truly sick, he shouldn't have been breathing on his teammates in the press box, lest they catch whatever it is that has affected his play this season.
The rookies? Brodziak got his first NHL goal, Nilsson played quite good and Jacques had a decent fight. Smid got injuried in the second period (puck hit him in the side/stomach, he has bruised ribs according the Edm Journal and this could results in calling up Sebastien Bisallion), so they boys were down to 4 d-men. Considering that, the defense held up damn good. There weren't a lot of breakdowns or giveaways (that was reserved for TORRES....did he ever play a shitty game).
The crowd was actually into the game last night. The only cheering I've heard in Rexall in the past month had nothing to do with the Oilers. Megadeth played on March 13th, finally giving the crowd something to cheer about and did they ever!!
So we're heading towards the end of the season: four more home games in the next week (Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat), then the boys head out on the season-ending six game road trip. As horrible as they have played the past month, I'm still sad to see the season end.
Even better news: NYI lost last night and the Rangers jumped into the 8th playoff spot. Is it horrible that I do not want Smyth's Isles to make the playoffs? I don't think so. So please keep winning Rangers and Habs. I never thought I'd actually cheer for the Habs. What is becoming of me? Shocking days around here!!