Blackhawks 5, Oilers 0

There’s the Edmonton Oilers we all know and love. 

After playing two well-disciplined games at the United Center against a lackluster Hawk squad, the Oilers were who we thought they were.  Defensively, the Oilers played like a group of recovering alcoholics on a college campus.  They were flying their zone without the puck; even the puck-carrier was leaving the rubber biscuit behind.  

Meanwhile Nikolai Khabibulin was left on his own to fend off against a Blackhawk squad looking to start their 6-game road trip on the right foot.

It wasn’t pretty.

By the time the second period ended, Jonathan Toews already had a hat trick.  Patrick Sharp scored the Hawks second short-handed goal of the season.  And those were just the positive results as the Hawks had oodles of odd-man rushes.  Without exaggeration, they had a month’s worth of 2-on-1’s in two periods.  The Oilers were that bad.

Thoughts

–You’d like to bitch and moan about why the Hawks couldn’t do this the last two meetings against Edmonton, but the Oilers never played as bad as they did tonight.  The Oilers looked like a junior B team from North Dakota.  After seeing them play like this, you have to give them credit for playing as well as they did in Chicago two times.  Seriously, that was just a horrible performance tonight.  Have I mentioned that yet?

–Those Tony Esposito Binny’s commercials haunt my dreams.  Tony O resembles the Crypt Keeper more than a former Hall-of-Fame goalie. 

–It’s not many times that a goalie will pitch a shutout and not be a star of the game but tonight was one of those rare moments.  Marty Turco turned away 18shots for his first shutout of the season.  This was probably the type of game he had in mind when he signed his one-year deal.  Toews, Kane, and Sharp were the three stars of the game by the way.

–Games like this will certainly help all those sour +/- on the Hawks side.  Yeah, I think that’s all for now.

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16 Responses to Blackhawks 5, Oilers 0

  1. Cam says:

    “After seeing them play like this, you have to give them credit for playing as well as they did in Chicago two times. ”

    You do? I was thinking you have to wonder how on earth the Hawks lost to them twice. The last time the Oilers beat a team other than Chicago was October 10th. And if the Hawks could finish, tonite’s game would’ve been 10-0.

  2. Ban says:

    It was our 2nd shorty of the season (the last of which was also Sharp’s). And Turco made 18 saves for the SO.

  3. Mick says:

    After watching the Hawks skull @#*% the Oilers in their barn, I wonder if the 19, 88, 25 line will look that legit in Vancouver and beyond. I think you fellas are right to commend the Oil for taking four points from us in our house. I mentioned to my buddy at least 3 times during the tilt that my men’s league team could have given them a run for their money, the way they played lastnight.

    Also, not sure if you guys caught the Foley comment re: Dunk’s explanation for his slump. Essentially, he admits to his disinterest in the low stakes regular season games and blames said boredom for not engaging and getting after it. Kind of telling I thought. Hopefully they will turn it on from here forward.

  4. Patrick says:

    I thought that that’s what the Hawks were supposed to do against every team this year, in every game. I kid… Good to see them back on track, even if it is just Edmonton…

  5. Bobby B says:

    Toews’s “natural” was outstanding. Good to see a hawk hanging around the net and slamming a rebound in. Looked like sharp tried to put that shortie through the net, the boards, the people in the seats, the stadium wall and into the commonwealth of Edmonton. I think sharpie might have been a little frustrated. He can take comfort in the fact that the bulin wall is still sliding to his right from that juke…

    Is it me or are Kane and Toews switching roles?

  6. AC says:

    What a great win. The defense was especially solid. I would still like to see them capitalize on their scoring opportunities a bit more, but I like the way we strangled the 2 points away from Edmonton.

  7. Dave Morris says:

    Gentlemen, I am shocked, shocked I tell you, to read your dismissal of Anthony Esposito’s fine rendering of the Binny’s message.

    Perhaps you would prefer seeing Dan Aykroyd’s superstar stumblings.

    Oh yeah, darned good game from Les Hawques.

    And is Jassen Cullimore this year’s Comeback Kid?

  8. Marts says:

    Not that he was tested significantly, but I thought Keith was very no-frills solid last night. There were a few times where I sensed he was ready to attempt a hotdog maneuver only to make a simple clearing pass, or d-to-d pass. Much better.

  9. John says:

    @Dave–His message is fine. It’s his face that’s my case.

  10. dumdum alouwishes says:

    Careful, there are some pretty good Jr. B Teams in ND.

  11. Marts says:

    Tony O definitely has a little Al Davis going on…

  12. JM says:

    “Perhaps you would prefer seeing Dan Aykroyd’s superstar stumblings”

    @Dave – loved this.

  13. Bobby B says:

    Al Davis… That’s hilarious… But really, why does he react AFTER the horn blows announcing a goal. It would be funnier if he stopped them from putting his purchases in a bag… Stopped them from restocking the shelves etc… Anybody have the number for binny’s Mgmt?

  14. Cam says:

    Hawks being dominated by a lousy Flames team early on.

    They just don’t have it, I’m afraid.

  15. Cam says:

    6-1 Calgary and that score was completely deserved.

    Looks like they’re going to be the 2nd defending champ in 40 years to miss the playoffs.

  16. Cam says:

    Sorry, 7-1.

    Even the goaltending is awful.

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