May 1, 1998 |
The Edmonton Oilers simply weren't ready for their season to end. So they prolonged it, for at least another two days. Mike Grier scored two goals and Bill Guerin one, all in the third period, as the Oilers avoided playoff elimination by beating the Colorado Avalanche last night in Denver, 3-1. The Oilers, who also rallied to win in the final period of the series opener, reduced the Avalanche's series lead to 3-2. Game 6 is tomorrow night...
May 2, 2001 |
The devil dog that causes so much trouble in The Witch of Edmonton was written into the original text, but it's doubtful the evil canine that appeared in the version presented at the English court in 1621 looked or behaved like the one in the current revival at the Brick Playhouse. Wearing only an athletic supporter and a wild hairy wig, his body smeared with burnt cork, Rudy Caporaso, who plays the dog, makes a grand, delightfully ridiculous entrance to the robust accompaniment of the 1960s pop song "Li'l Red Riding Hood.
March 14, 1998 |
A weight was lifted off Edmonton's shoulder earlier in the day and Doug Weight inspired the Oilers to victory at night. Weight, who wasn't expected to play since spraining his left shoulder March 9, was used sparingly, but scored his 23rd goal in the third period to punctuate Edmonton's 4-0 victory over host Florida for the Oilers' season-best third straight road victory. "It's a big win for us, keeping us ahead of the other teams that are chasing us," said Tony Hrkac, who notched three assists.
July 3, 1998 |
Attention, Ed Snider and Bob Clarke: Edmonton general manager Glen Sather re-signed with the small-market Oilers yesterday because he said he believes he still can win with a moderate budget. Then he got personal. Referring to high-payroll teams, he took a shot at the Flyers and New York Rangers. "I'd like to prove to these guys in New York and Philadelphia that they're going about it the wrong way," he said. Sather's contract put the final touches on the sale of the Oilers this spring by a group of local investors.
December 31, 1987 |
Scott Mellanby's eyes examined every evil corner of the visiting dressing room at Northlands Coliseum yesterday morning. "Boy," he said. "There's a lot of bad memories in this room. " Seven hours later, while the Albertan winter wind howled outside, while the horrified, helpless Flyers were spooked again by Wayne Gretzky, the Oilers lowered that room of doom where last May the Flyers shed their Game 7 tears one floor deeper into the cold, cold earth. Last night, it became the House of the Waxed.
May 13, 1990 |
Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson, stalwart members of Edmonton's four championship teams of the 1980s, each tallied a goal and two assists last night to lead the Oilers back into the Stanley Cup finals with an 8-4 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Oilers won their last three games to capture the Campbell Conference final, 4-2. Edmonton will be making its sixth Stanley Cup appearance since 1983, when it heads to Boston for the final round, which gets under way Tuesday night. Boston will host the best-of-seven Stanley Cup championship round by virtue of finishing the regular season with the league's best record.
December 30, 2013 |
EDMONTON, Alberta - After missing two games with an upper-body injury, winger Steve Downie returned to the Flyers lineup Saturday in Edmonton, but he dropped down to the fourth line. Downie was on a line with center Adam Hall and winger Zac Rinaldo. "I'm excited to get going here," Downie said before the game. "Steve brings an element of skill and grit," coach Craig Berube said. "He's effective in a lot of different areas, so it's nice to have him back. " Downie had been on a productive third line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read, but the lines have been juggled because of Vinny Lecavalier's return from a back injury.
March 26, 2003 |
A statue of Wayne Gretzky was adorned with a sign that read "U$ Lackey" yesterday in Edmonton in protest of the hockey star's recent comments supporting President Bush in the war against Iraq. Employees of Skyreach Centre quickly removed the cardboard sign from the statue at the entrance to the home arena of Gretzky's former team, the Ed-monton Oilers. Earlier this week, Gretzky praised Bush as a great leader, saying he backed him 100 percent. However, Gretzky also shied away from criticizing Canada's decision to stay out of the conflict.
December 28, 2013 |
The Flyers start a six-game road trip Saturday night in Edmonton and are expected to face their colorful, controversial former teammate, goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. "It's going to be weird," center Claude Giroux said with a smile. "We'll see" how it goes. "It's always a little different facing a former teammate, whether it's Bryz or whoever it is," defenseman Braydon Coburn said. "It's just part of this business . . . and you try to come out on the right side of it, competitively.
April 17, 1990 |
Mark Lamb put Edmonton ahead to stay with a breakaway goal late in the first period, and the Oilers beat the Winnipeg Jets, 4-1, last night, becoming only the seventh team in NHL history to win a playoff series after trailing three games to one. The Oilers, who blew a 3-1 lead and lost to Los Angeles in the Smythe Division semifinals last year, will get a chance to avenge that loss in the division final, beginning tomorrow night at the Northlands Coliseum....