Behind the victory

Firstly: Congratulations to Joffrey Lupul, Marty Reasoner, Dwayne Roloson and the entire Edmonton Oilers lineup for digging down and showing some pride last night. I knew you had it in you.

Now, on to hockey teams that still have a chance at real success this season (outside of the Cherepanov Push, of course).

The win over Nashville felt good for obvious reasons, but a couple of not-so-obvious things came to mind for me as well.

1. Warrener scoring the winner might not have been just a “do you believe in unlikelihoods!” moment. It might have been a sign that the whole club is getting more confident in key moments. Warrener’s “I don’t even know what I was doing on the ice” explanation was funny, but once he was there, he knew what to do — he anticipated the play and made a nice tip for the goal. When confidence happens, you get big game winners from defencemen who suffer from overall body soreness. (By the way, can someone explain to me whether that’s worse than Rick DiPietro’s recent “total body soreness”?)

2. Jim Playfair did the intermission interview with Jamie Thomas. Usually Jamie nervously queries boring-ass Rich Preston. It might mean nothing, but I like seeing Jimmy stand up and issue clichés instead of having Preston or Alex Tanguay do it for him. Nobody ever really says anything in those interviews, but the willingness to stand up and answer questions shows me a man who’s a little more comfortable in his poorly selected suit.

So, now we’re back in that familiar situation where the Flames have rolled off some big wins at home, and now must carry the momentum on the road. It’s too bad it gets going in a crappy afternoon game in dead-as-a-doornail Chicago tomorrow, but I’m getting the feeling the veterans (like Conroy, of course) are starting to set the tone from a preparation and motivation standpoint.

So let’s just make sure it’s Regehr/Stuart out there against Havlat and get ‘er done.

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~ by duncan on March 24, 2007.

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