Hockey, The Way it's Meant to be Played!

The Atlanta Thrashers and Edmonton Oilers are developing quite the history between each other. Oiler legend Kelly Buchburger was the teams first ever captain, and scored they’re first ever goal. The Thrash got embarrased a year later when Ryan Smyth (not the Oilers), beat them 3-0. Then the battle of the future stars last season when Kovalchuk and Comrie went toe to toe… Now tonight (or what will be last night when you read this), for those of you who missed this game, my gawd it was terrific! The Thrashers had a horrible 3rd period, and who can blame them? They were coming off a tough loss in Calgary the night before, so that was expected. But nobody expected they would have the energy for that!!! I will get to updating the Oilers and their current situation in a moment, but first………………..

Has anyone ever seen Georges Laraque snap like that before? I never have. Francis Lessard never has! Georges lost it on Lessard…..eventually. It all started when Cowan and Chimera were getting chippy. Georges was trying to break it up!?!? Then a big scrum, then Sutton(who refused to go with Georges earlier in the shift) grabbed Brewer and they threw down, Chimera and Cowan started, Smith grabbed……somebody (let me know who)and beat on him pretty good. Then the memorable stuff, like Mike Bishai! Aubin had him against the boards and Tjarnqvist pulled Bishai over the boards. So what did Mike do? He got up and started beating on Aubin while standing at the bench! Looked pretty cool! Then with Georges still trying to save Brewer (who surprisingly did very well against Sutton, I thought he would be killed)and Lessard still grabbing on to Georges, and grabbing on, and grabbing on…….boom!!! Georges’s snap job. Landed about 8 haymakers on Lessard and he was a little more then done! But it wasn’t over there…….MY BOY TY CONKLIN!!! This guy may not become the front line goaltender that I’ve predicted he will be, but he will be one of the most popular when it’s all said and done! He comes out to Passi, takes off his gear, and off we go!!! Conks won, no doubt, but Nurminem held his own, which impressed me. However, Nurminem was out, and Dafoe who started, got hurt and left after the 1st, so Atlanta played the final 1:47 without a goaltender. All this coupled with a pretty good tilt between Moreau and Exelby. NHL: “Let’s take fighting out of the game for good.” Edmonton Oiler fans response to this: “5 minute standing ovation through the entire episode, not 1 person sitting.” Enough said!

The Oilers had a good game too by the way! But as I stated before, Atlanta was staying alive until the 3rd, when they just got exhausted, and lost the game. Smyth, Torres, and Laraque all played excellent games (no, I’m not just basing this on Georges’s fight, he got one). Conks played solid(22 saves I believe), and the whole team has looked good the last 3, of course they played 3 struggling like hell teams(Anaheim, St.Louis, and Atlanta).

Who’s hot? Ryan Smyth, Georges Laraque, Eric Brewer, Ty Conklin, and Ethan Moreau

Who’s not? Tommy Salo, Alexei Semenov, Brad Isbister (hurt), Jason Chimera, Mike York (hurt), Fernando Pisani, and Ales Hemsky (even though he got one tonight, it was an empty netter).

Consistant? Jason Smith, Igor Ulanov, Radek Dvorak, Raffi Torres, Cory Cross, and Steve Staios

Playing better? Shawn Horcoff and Jarret Stoll

We got Minny on Friday, Nashville on Sunday, Detroit on Monday, Colorado on Wednesday, Vancouver on Saturday the 21st, and Detroit again on Monday the 23rd. This is the toughest part of the schedule for the Oilers, no doubt. I think it’s a must they go 4-1-1 through this stretch. 3-2-1 would be ok, and keep the boys a float……..anything worse then .500 would put them too far back unless these teams continue to fall. And they MUST beat Minny and Nashville.

But we’ll have to wait and see how the boys can do. Geez I would HATE to see this team miss the playoffs because they bring SO MUCH excitment to the playoffs, and cause fits for any team that plays them. Speed, hard hitting, fiesty, youth, these are things you love to see come playoff time, even if you don’t like the Oilers. So let’s hope they do it, and oh yeah, circle March 2nd on your calenders!!!

41 Responses to Hockey, The Way it's Meant to be Played!

  1. matteo says:

    Now that is what I’m talking about. I didn’t get the game where I am in the bowels of NJ, but I saw some highlights and man what a game. Not only did the goalies fight but when Bishai started throwing hay at Aubin from the Thrashers bench….that was incredible. That is like spitting in your face and then slapping your mom. To stand on the other teams bench and trade fists is one of the best things I have seen all year. The look on the faces of the Thrashers players was priceless. They had no idea what to do. Bishai has a big set of onions to do that…..props to him.

    And the best part was that Laraque scored during the big mac minute so the entire sellout crowd gets free Big Macs… that’s a hockey game.

    Please take fighting out of the game it has no place……BULLSH!T!!!!!!!!!! Did you ever see someone get up to grab a beer during a fight….didn’t think so.

    Bravo to the Oil and the Thrash…..well done.

  2. trailerparkboys says:

    Wow , I only saw the highlights but it looked like a dandy . Just when you thought it was over in that horible game against L A , The cardiac kids are at it again.

    But it was a great game after the allstar break for them to keep going ” 3 in a row baby ”


    Bubbles out

  3. jerzjayme says:

    that brawl was awesome

    (you can download the fight at


  4. Lint07 says:

    are you a member there? Is it worth it? tell me more…

  5. jerzjayme says:

    im not a memeber (i dont think you have to be) but if you look at “multimedia” on the left side menu under it is “videos” and bam, fights from yesterday and tuesday. all in wmv 🙁


  6. GretzNYR99 says:

    Fortunately, I have center ice. I was watching Phoenix and Anaheim at the time, and flipped the channel at just the right time to see Laraque come over to a small little scruffle that turned into a brawl. Bishai getting flipped over into the Atlanta bench and fighting from there was just about the funniest thing I’ve seen this year in hockey. Chicken Parm was having doozy calling that one, I must say.

    This is great for hockey, to have something like this. To have games in which teams get this fired up to create rivalries like this. 2 Teams playing hard-nosed hockey and showing that the emotions run high. To advertise the brawl itself, is bad, but to advertise the rivalry is great. Not only for these 2 teams, but for hockey itself. I hope to see a build-up upon all of this.

    Reminds of the Rangers and Islanders in 98 when Stock started up a huge brawl by getting into a fight with “The Polish Princess” Mariusz Czerkawski. Cloutier even jumped in and romped Salo. What a timeless brawl that is, as well as last night’s card at Rexall.

  7. GretzNYR99 says:

    Having a doozy.*

  8. nocuphere says:

    Highlights were crazy. Bring back the 80’s. Thats hockey.

  9. GretzTML99 says:

    That was great. if laraque would have taken his skate off and hacked off sutton’s fucking head it would have been alot better. The NHL needs a little more Loed of The Flies in it’s games and especially more black guys because it is in they’re nature to be savages. It adds an element to the game that isn’t there with all whitie.

  10. GretzTML99 says:

    That was great. if laraque would have taken his skate off and hacked off sutton’s fucking head it would have been alot better. The NHL needs a little more Lord of The Flies in it’s games and especially more black guys because it is in they’re nature to be savages. It adds an element to the game that isn’t there with all whitie.

  11. Lint07 says:

    well, there are some free vids but for most of them you have to be a member… I was interested to join but it’s kinda expensive though…

  12. GretzTML99 says:

    I would love to go a round with you!

  13. big_booty says:

    “Oiler legend Kelly Buchburger”

    Please tell me I didn’t just read that.

  14. Doppelganger says:

    It wasnt on here in Atlanta because the stupid tv schedule televises all the home games and no road games. You would think if they wanted people to go to the rink they would show the road games and not the home ones. Anyways, I look forward to the Oilers game every year. Not only did former Oilers captain Buchberger come to Atlanta but former Thrasher captain Staios went to Edmonton and is playing better than any of the current thrasher defensemen. Another good memory is from the 2001-2002 season, the oilers were in Atlanta and somehow Tom Poti’s stick flew into the crowd. After about ten minutes, he told the ref that he wanted the stick back but the fan wasn in his seat so they had to go track him down and get the stick, then the Oilers challenged Kovalchuks stick and it was illegal so he had to use Shean Donovan’s stick, as soon as he got out of the box he got a break away and scored the game winner with Donovan’s twig. He then skated by the bench and asked in his incomprehensible accent if “This stick was okay.” They have had some great moments in just a short time. Nurminen got his first win against them too. its probably the least likely rivalry in the league but it is always interesting. I will never forget 2000-2001, Donald Audette dismantled the Jaquin Gage led Oilers in Edmonton. I cant wait until next year.

  15. Lint07 says:

    Seriously dude, stop those racist remarks you make yourself look like an ass.

    there won’t be any other warning.

  16. Lint07 says:

    hey, the guy deserve credit to fight in every game since 1997 and get his ass beaten in every time.

    I respect that, he can take some punches for the team.

  17. GretzTML99 says:

    okay then:(

  18. trailerparkboys says:

    They both play open hockey “old school” I watched that game when Kovo’s stick was called. When he scored and went by the bench. The look on Mac Ts face was pricless. I think he wanted to jump over the boards himself ,And pull a Homer thing and grab him by the neck.


    Bubbles out

  19. edmontonrules says:

    Without reading the whole article I have to say that it was the best game that I have seen in a LONG time. That’s how hockey is supposed to be.

  20. TC_4 says:

    Not since 97, since 87!

  21. TC_4 says:

    Well you would say Flyer Legend Dave Brown wouldn’t you?

  22. kings_fan says:

    I have a subscription to and they do the same thing as They’re Philly biased, but they do post all the fights from around the league. Plus, if you become an annual subscriber, you get a DVD of all the best fights at the end of the season, 6 hours long, shipping included!

  23. Lint07 says:

    is the DVD worth it?

  24. Lint07 says:

    yeah I know, but I don’t think he was fighting in every game back then.

    It’s just that nowadays It seems like every single game he plays, he gets his ass beaten by a different opponent!

  25. cwthrash says:

    I’m not even gonna touch that fight analysis with a ten foot pole. Tried to somewhere else, and I got the sense that some rose colored glasses were involved.

    Let’s just say this analysis was a tad biased (putting it mildly), as is my take. But still doesn’t change the fact that it was one hell of a brawl. Atlanta has been the worst team in the NHL the last five weeks, and all that frustration boiled over. And who better to have as a dancing partner than the Oilers. Only played a handful of times, but each game always had something extra.

  26. madhippo says:

    How do you get on without paying???????

  27. kings_fan says:

    I don’t know, I just signed up a few weeks ago. So far so good…

  28. TC_4 says:

    It’s sad really, the guy should hang em up.

  29. jerzjayme says:

    i always go to and downlaod fights from the previous day

    theres where i go

    here is a direct link

  30. TC_4 says:

    Explain how I was biased? I know I’m an Oiler fan, your a Thrasher nut, so we’re never going to agree, but I was there, watch every fight, and the Oilers won all of em except for the Sutton/Brewer fight. Sorry cw!

  31. The_Conductor says:

    Moreau lost to Exelby before the rumble started. But Exelby got those two cheap shots in… at the end of the fight.

    Other then that… it was the best atmosphere, I had ever been in. Everyone was on there feet for 10 mins.

    What about a Sutton suspension? He did finger the crowd!

  32. cwthrash says:

    I think you just did explain how you were biased, and that extends to me as well. We’re both biased in favor of our teams, we will interpret some of the actions differently.

    Granted, I only saw it on TV so I didn’t get to see everything. I have no doubts about Lessard losing even though I didn’t see any of it. He rarely wins a fight, but is always willing to go. Apparently all you have to do is breath on him to make him bleed. And Nurminen had no business trying to fight, but he’s a fiesty character. I’ll give him credit for the effort. From what little I saw and what a few other in attendance said, Cowan-Chimera and Majesky-Smith were more wrestling matches than anything. And Aubin looked as though he held his own, which impresses me because he is nothing close to being a fighter.

    But in the end, I don’t think the tale of the tape is what either team will look at. The Oilers responded well to a frustrated Atlanta team, and for the first time in a month the Thrashers showed some signs of life.

    By the way, thank you for kicking me when I and my team are down. Nothing like a little more salt to make that wound sting just a bit more. That was right neighborly of you!

  33. TC_4 says:

    I’m not kicking you when your down, I’m standing up for my article! Thrash, your one of the most respected guys on this site, and I LOVE your team! Smith did beat on Majesky good, but I never said anything different other then that. Aubin did well, but I wasn’t putting down the Thrashers at all(not intentionally anyways). I was just pumped about what happend. I’m sorry if it seemed like kicking you while you were down, but I wouldn’t do that. I’m THE Oiler guy on this site, and your THE Thrasher guy on this site, so I’m going going to try and disrespect you because that’s not how I operate. So I hope we’re cool, and I really hope your team gets it going again because they’re fun, young and tough. It’s a nice combo!

  34. trailerparkboys says:

    now that leaf _expert has retired hahahaha .you rightfully own the title of Oil boy.

    Watch out for the trailer park though because I’m a hudge oil fan .

    Bubbles out….

  35. Lint07 says:

    okay. let me know when you receive it, I’m curious about it.

  36. GretzNYR99 says:

    You really would?

    You wouldn’t go a round with ANYONE on this site. You’re weak, you’re a pussy. You’re a shit-talking uberfag who hides behind his monitor locked in his room in fear that someone will stalk you somehow and come and beat your ass. I’m glad you take full advantage of this, because you couldn’t hold your own any place else.

  37. GretzNYR99 says:

    You really would?

    You wouldn’t go a round with ANYONE on this site. You’re weak, you’re a pussy. You’re a shit-talking uberfag who hides behind his monitor locked in his room in fear that someone will stalk you somehow and come and beat your ass. I’m glad you take full advantage of this, because you couldn’t hold your own any place else.

  38. cwthrash says:

    I can understand that. And hopefully you see where some of my venom came from. With the exception of maybe 5 players, everyone got hurt in January and the team was a revolving door of AHL players. We couldn’t do jack. And even with players getting healthy now, we look as bad or worse than before. With such a promising start to the season, it vanished very quickly.

    I do my best to be a good loser (had enough practice that I should be), but on occasion I boil over. I’m too frustrated right now. Probably would have been better for me to leave this whole thing alone, but I had to vent. Lashed out where I probably shouldn’t have. My apologies for being a dick.

  39. TC_4 says:

    Nah buddy, I understand 100%. Neither of our teams are having the seasons we thought they would. Like I said it’s a shame because they’re 2 of the most entertaining teams in the league.

  40. TC_4 says:

    Nothing against the Expert, but did that ever piss me off!!! Anyways, that wasn’t to sound arrogant either, I just meant that I do most of the articles and feel like I represent us Oiler fans on this site. By the way dude, where are you from?

  41. trailerparkboys says:

    Halifax, used to live in edmonton 81st ave 99th street (white ave )

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