The Edmonton Oilers saw a point slip away, possibly two points in a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night at Rexall Place.
Jeff Carter scored his seventh of the season last night for the Kings on a tip in from a shot from Trevor Lewis with 50 seconds remaining in the third period. Former Oiler Jarret Stoll then added an empty net goal with 22 seconds left to give Los Angeles insurance.
Another former Oiler, Colin Fraser also scored for the Kings who moved one point back of the Oilers in the Western Conference. Edmonton remains two points back of the Dallas Stars for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Kings are in Calgary tonight.
It was a gigantic loss for the Oilers, who now play Minnesota on Thursday and Phoenix on Saturday before going on their huge nine game road trip that could make or break their season.
I am absolutely amazed at the number of emails and comments I have received from Flames fans I have come across this past week that are not cheering for the Vancouver Canucks in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Well Calgary, I have good news. The Canucks are gone. Bye bye and you have a former Oiler to thank. Jarret Stoll scored the game winning goal at 4:27 of overtime in game five to send the Canucks packing and the Kings off to the Western Conference Semi-Final against the Saint Louis Blues.
The Canucks, the President’s Trophy Vancouver Canucks are out.
But they’re not the only team packing. The Pittsburgh Penguins, who I projected to win the Stanley Cup are also gone. Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists as Philadelphia eliminated Pittsburgh by beating them 5-1 in game 6.
Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins have forced a game seven against the Washington Capitals as Tyler Seguin scored the overtime winner for Boston in a 4-3 win.
The NHL’s head disciplinarian kicked off the 2011 playoffs by handing out a couple of early suspensions to LA’s Jarret Stoll (one game) and Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan (two games). He followed that up by deciding not to suspend Vancouver’s Raffi Torres for a controversial hit on Sunday night (even though Torres probably deserved at least a game or two), which drew the ire of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Well, after Monday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning, it looks like he’s got another couple of decisions to make! Tampa’s Steve Downie and Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz will both be hearing from the league on Tuesday, though my guess is that Kunitz will be the one facing a ban for his actions. (After the jump: Watch both incidents, plus an UPDATE on the situation) (more…)
This week, the guys talk about the Edmonton Oilers and the fact that they won the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft. They go over four possible candidates who may be picked by the Oilers.
Then, in the GABBYs – On the good side: The New Jersey Devils go from laughing stock to relatively respectable, the National Hockey League sticks to their guns on suspensions, and Edmonton Oilers Jordan Eberle and Devyn Dubnyk are going to the world championships.
On the bad side: Detroit Pistons Charlie Villanueva acts like a child on the court, Texas Rangers outfieler Josh Hamilton breaks his arm, and the Colombian soccer player who kicked an owl upgrades to kicking someone in the chest. HONORABLE MENTION: Kobe Bryant gets $100,000 fine.
In Quick Hits: Now that the NHL playoffs are underway, who does Kerrzy think can make it all the way?
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