HFNHL Oilers: Playoff edition

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  1. CopperAndBlueGM

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    The Oilers would like to extent their respect and admiration to the San Jose Sharks for an exciting, tough fought, and clean first round series.

    Going the full seven games was not a surprise considering how close the teams were in the regular season. In a number of ways the Sharks were the better team in the play-offs as they outshot, often by a large margin, the Oilers in every game and got some great goaltending from Martin Jones.

    In the end the Oilers got an extra lucky bounce or two. In their own end the Oilers also got some great goaltending from Troy Grosenick who, despite not being able to play the whole series, won three of the four games he played in and came away with a .941 sav%. If there was one concern coming out of the first round it’s the lack of balanced scoring. Glass half full the top unit was hot producing 11 goals but on the flip side the balanced scoring the team has been dependent on was noticeably lacking.

    In round two the Oilers will have a return match-up with the Kings who quickly dispatched them (5 games) in last year. Accordingly a number of returning Oilers are looking forward to a chance to redeem themselves this year.
     
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    "One of these is not like the others. One of these things just doesn't belong." - from Sesame Street (credit unknown)

    Luck has clearly been shining on the HFNHL Oilers as they find themselves advancing to the Conference Finals. Other teams include the President's Trophy winner Colorado Avalanche, the Pittsburgh Penguins striving to repeat as HFNHL Cup champions and one of two very good teams in the Habs and Bruins pending a game seven winner. Clearly the Oilers standout as an anomaly among this class of talented teams but don't tell them that.

    The Oilers would like to extend their respect to the HFNHL Kings for an interesting and hard fought series. The series was definitely a strange one that drove coaches, and probably fans, nuts on both sides with mixes of great plays but also inconsistent performances night to night.
    The final game of the series partially encapsulated the oddities as both teams played fairly tight games with unusually low shots on net but neither goalie could stop a beach ball with 14 total goals scored and that's not including a potentially game changing goal for the Kings called off in first minute of the 3rd period. Additionally both teams scored short handed (their first of the series) less than two minutes apart. A very strange game.
    Of course the Oilers can't seem to face the Kings without injury. Team leading, at that time, goal scorer Patrick Sharp was taken out of the series early on but should be ready for the next round while Brandon Davidson is not as fortunate and will miss the rest of the play-offs.

    Next up are the the President Trophy winners who have shown no sign of weakness having only lost once in the first two rounds. Asked if he was nervous GM Niece Sr. responded "I was but now I'm just going to take the time to enjoy it and embrace being a fan myself. What changed my mind was speaking with some of the guys at this morning's optional skate who were very upbeat and looked loose. As Stastny summed it up 'we can't lose' we're not supposed to be here and so if we win if it's a continuing Cinderella story, if we lose we are expected to lose and still come out winners for making it this far. The pressure is all on the Avs."

    It was refreshing to here such a zen like tone from the GM who has felt pressure all season long. No matter what happens next this has been a good years for the Oilers and the fans."
     
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    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    simply amazing work by your coach! impressive story in your 1st season back!
     
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    First ever AHL back up to guide a team to the cup?? Lol
     

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