Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Oilers going to the Cup Finals

Hey all!

Well, the proverbial shit has hit the fan: the Edomonton Oilers are going to the Stanley Cup Finals! I'll tell you this much: as an Oiler fan, it's been a wild ride full of surprises. The biggest one, of course, has been Dwayne Roloson. Aside from a few bad periods in the middle of the Ducks series, the guy has been unbelievably steady. Always square to the puck, always in the right position. I mean, he hasn't made as many spectacular saves as Cujo did in the the '97 Dallas series alone, but he has been the backbone of this bend-but-don't-break team, so he deserves all the credit he can get.

Still, as good as he's been, I have a weird feeling that if the Oilers do manage to win the Cup, Chris Pronger, not Dwayne Roloson, will win the Conn Smythe trophy. And if you ask me, that's who I would give it as well. As good as Nik Lidstrom and Scott Niedermeyer were during the regular season (either one of those two will without a doubt win the Norris trophy), both were badly outplayed by Pronger in their respective series againt Edmonton. Indeed, the big man has reclaimed his throne as th best defenseman in the league, and he has done everything for the Oilers. Look at it this way: all throughout the playoffs, big time players like Shanahan, Datsyuk, Cheechoo, Thornton and Teemu Selanne all disappeared in their series against the Oilers. Pronger's been a physical force all through the playoffs (he and Jason Smith have made Craig Mctavish look like a genius for putting them together). He's been playing intelligently all along, never taking himself out of a play. And he's been the driving force behind the Edmonton power play. He is truly, in my humble opinion, the MVP of this Oilers team.

In the Eastern Conference, the Carolina-Buffalo final has been THE epic series of these playoffs. It's been great game after great game, and Game 7 promises to be even better. What's been surprising to me is that Buffalo has really taken it Carolina, but Cam Ward, when in net, has really stood tall. I would've thought that Ryan Miller would've been the busier goalie, but it hasn't turned out that way. Picking the winner of Game 7 is going to be real tough. Momentum has meant nothing in this series. Carolina has homefield advantage for the last game, but they might still be reeling from what was a dubious overtime call on Doug Weight. As far as predictions go, this one is a real tossup. And the coin says tails, so Buffalo will win, setting the stage for Mike Peca and Dwayne Roloson facing off against their old team, and Mike Grier getting reacquainted with his old Oiler friends.

By the way, this weekend I met with a guy named Ben in Montreal. Ben plays in a band called Black Waters. They are a young band, still unsigned, but a very good one to say the least. They are playing the O Patro Vys (365 Mont-Royal E.) on June 16th, and they'll be playing in Montreal again on August 12 (and I'll be there). I've been listening to their CD over and over again since Saturday (the day I met with Ben to purchase the album), and it's some of the best stuff I've heard in a long, long time. The songs "Found", "Clear", "Absinthe", "Timebreaker", "Kamera" and "Winterland" are all excellent tunes. But the real gem of the record is "Gone". I just can't get enough of that one. The album is, in my opinion, a work of art from start to finish. There is no real filler here, just good song after good song. This band has the chance to become something special, and I really hope that someone signs them at some point. Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/blackwaters .

Next post will come on Friday night, when I post my preview of the Stanley Cup Finals... Until then, just remember that if you can't figure out if the glass is half-full or half-empty, just get a smaller glass.

Dwarf Out

7 Comments:

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

I am happy to see that you are now liking Roloson more - I remember a few months ago you were crying like a little baby :)

I am less happy at the lack of responses from SLP, Dwarf, MyBiAtche and The Dick on the World Cup pool - what is wrong with you guys? Where is the Joy of Life?? :(

As for Black Waters, I can't listen to their music because of the restrictions UBS has on my ability to sruf the net. However, getting through the page the "cached" way, I have seen that they have a lot of friends - 232! That is a lot, and it includes Jeff Martin. Which reminded me that you were supposed to have the David HAsseloff face in your description (I did send you a bunch of very nice pics) - so whats the deal on that one?

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger The Dwarf said...

I think the World Cup Pool is a fantastic Idea... My first pick is Michael Owen.

And it's ggod to see that you have accepted Nick The Dick as the official name of... well, Nick the Dick

 
At 7:55 PM, Blogger Nick the Dick said...

Now that we have a consensus, I have changed my name so we can move to another topic than my dick.

I support the idea of a World Cup pool.
Are we also talking about supporting a country to win? Sorry little Franckie, but England has no chance!!!! It will be between Brazil and the Netherlands!!!!
So who's in charge of the pool? I vote for Veillotron since he seems to have so much free time!

 
At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Huy said...

i don't know futbol enough to pick any particular players, but i've always been fond of the Dutch. Is Patrick Kluivert still playing? if he is, he's my man!!

Poor Sabres, first the Bills, now them....what in Randall Cunningham's name is wrong with that city?

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Guys, the weekend has arrived - I am about to leave the office!
But before I leave for the weekend, a few words of wisdom:

First, NTD, don't flatter yourself, we are not obsessing about your dick - YOU ARE THE DICK!
Just to be clear, let me repeat that; you are like one giant dick (and your feet are your balls)

Secondu, young Huy, my little protege, you don't need to know much about football - I will send on Monday the pool thing, but it will be mainly a country-based system rather than the points of the players (I will incorporate some of that for Dwarf, but since for me and Dave Krieg the most important are not the stats but the wins, the goals of your fantasy XI will be less important)

And yes, it sucks that Buffalo didn't go through. I used to love the Whalers, but since they have moved to Carolina and they are good and nobody cares in bfuckin' Raleigh, I hate these bastards - screw them!
GO OILERS!!!

 
At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Huy said...

i heard the city of Raleigh is renowned for their tractor races and middle age stripper....can anybody confirm???

my enthusiasm for the world cup just dropped a notch since i learned Kluivert was not even chosen on the national team. but i'm always up for some sports gambling nonetheless.....

 
At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Sweet LP said...

I don't know shit about soccer, just like you guys don't know shit about hockey: should I remind you that you ALL (except Huy... and me)owe 20$ to Pat Gilbert?...

I will cheer for the Oilers 'cause I too hate the Canes (they trashed one of my evening this year at the Bell Centre 8-2, thanks in part to long gone Josée...).

By the way Veillotron, what's the hard on for Knight Rider?

 

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