Tuesday, October 20, 2009

As My Cigarette Burns

"Can you smoke outside, honey? It's bothering the baby."
That's the question my woman asked me the other night. I couldn't believe the nerve of her to ask me, the head of the house, to leave his favorite chair and stand in the cold of night. I told her, "If it bothers the boy, put him outside with the damn dog and on your way back, grab me a cold Lucky. I'm trying to watch the god damn hockey game!"

Both goaltenders played exceptionally well ,but in the end ,Oilers Nikolai Khabibulin came on-top with a 2-1 victory over Roberto Luongos road win-less Vancouver Canucks.Khabibulin pushed away 39 shot to Luongos 27 to earn him first star of the game.
Steve Bernier scored his second goal of the season ,assisted by Kyle Wellwood to open the scoring in the first period.The Oilers first goal was scored when the Vancouver defence gave away the slot to Patrick O’Sullivan at the 26 second mark of the second period.The winning goal came in the third period when Sam Gagner wrist shot from the slot, beat Luongo.

Vancouver almost tied the game with zero seconds on the clock.Kyle Wellwood was a half second to late after the Canucks pulled their goaltender for a extra attacker,he slip it through Khabibulin legs after a coast to coast rush down the left side .The video replay showed the puck crossed the line after the buzzer.

It was a very tame game to watch,not much aggression from either team.The lack of bone crushing body checks made it easy to believe that this game was played in Europe rather than in Edmonton.Rick Rypien did try to bring on some spark when he drop the gloves with Zack Stortini .Rypien the smaller of the two by 60 lbs, put on a great show and manhandled the heavy-weight in front of the Edmonton fans.
Vancouver Canucks' Rick Rypien (L) and Edmonton Oilers' Zack Stortini fight during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton October 19, 2009.

Vancouver better step it up , when they take on the 5-2-1 Chicago Blackhawks if they hope to get their first 2 points on the road.


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