The Oilers met a struggling Dallas Stars team and gave the Stars all of the love that they could muster. Story of the game: the Oilers let the game get away from them early and couldn't recover on the score clock.
Garbutt Gets an Easy One
The next time someone tries to tell me that Ilya Bryzgalov is a better goalie than Devan Dubnyk I am going to show them this clip, over and over and over again. The thing is that this wasn't the only time Bryzgalov pulled this crap, I counted at least two more times in tonight's game where he played the man instead of the puck. As a goalie you need to know where your crease is. Sliding that far out of your crease usually doesn't end well. Anyone that blames Jeff Petry for this goal against deserves this team.
Twitter @SHorcov was Saying
We've all missed our Kaptain and it's only on occasions like tonight that we get to bask in the glory of the Russian Prince. So without further adieu S Horcov.
Before the Game
Who's ready to fucking party Komrades??!!!???!!— S Horcov (@SHorcov) January 15, 2014
Other than you Ales.— S Horcov (@SHorcov) January 15, 2014
During the Game
Matheson and Spector should buy a team. No trophy case big enough to hold everything they would win. #whatateam— S Horcov (@SHorcov) January 15, 2014
No Euros. No black guys. First line is Gazdic, Eager, Drew Stafford. 1st pair would be Barbaro Whitney and Barker. Guaranteed Cups Komrades!— S Horcov (@SHorcov) January 15, 2014
Having fun this game, have to put flowers on Tambo's grave next time in E-Town. Thanks for trading all the good Oiler defencemen dummy lol.— S Horcov (@SHorcov) January 15, 2014
Bryz just wink and tells me in Russian he is higher than kite lol. God thing Belov and Yak didn't hear. Gonchar killing himself laughing.— S Horcov (@SHorcov) January 15, 2014
Someone should light Spector on fire just to see if Hemsky actually would pee on him to put him out.— S Horcov (@SHorcov) January 15, 2014
After the Game
Before game Lindy was all 'we've lost 6 in a row' and I stood up and said 'Oilers' and then we all laughed and laughed #offtheschneid— S Horcov (@SHorcov) January 15, 2014
For Oilers players, soon you will be traded, especially if you are good or over 21 years old. Or you will retire. #freedom— S Horcov (@SHorcov) January 15, 2014
And for Oiler fans, well one day you will be dead and all of this will be meaningless. #freedom— S Horcov (@SHorcov) January 15, 2014
What else is there to say about this team. This team has disappointed over and over again. Most fans don't care any more. I ran some queries against the Twitter API today from Game 1 until Game 47 the #Oilers hashtag is down ~40% since beginning of the season (teaser). Nobody is watching the game and writing positive things about this team gets tougher and tougher for any writer whether MSM (spits) or bloggers. In the past we've been able to say "Next season they'll be good!" but next season has turned into this season and even the Flames are higher in the standings than the Oilers. This is pathetic.
Stars of the Game
Tonight is strange one. The Oilers fell behind quickly and never really recovered or at least never recovered for any real length of time. Tonight score effect really really messed with the numbers so I am gonna have to turn to the goal scorers as much as they didn't have great games and the top Corsi/Fenwick player. Luke Gazdic, Justin Schultz and Sam Gagner. I feel dirty just saying that they were the best players for the Oilers. By eye the best Oilers were Ales Hemsky and Taylor Hall. So take your pick because that was what the night was like.
Another decent goalie and a good defence in a city that Oilers have only won 1 game in the past million meetings (oh look a SportsNet Stat). YAY!!! Oilers at Wild