The Edmonton Oilers organization bid adieu to Paul Lorieau last night at Rexall Place. The anthem singer who has been with the club for 30 years, was accompanied by this his extended family to witness his final performance. After singing the Star Spangled Banner, Mr. Lorieau raised his microphone to allow the fans to sing.
The Minnesota Wild came into Rexall Place and devoured the Oilers by a score of 3-1 in a fight filled match.
Oilers Defenceman, Theo Peckham set the tone of the hockey game, 7 seconds after puck drop and whooped Clayton Stoner.
“I just wanted everybody in the rink to know that just because we’re going to miss the playoffs, we’re not giving up,” said Oilers defenceman Theo Peckham. Later, Steve MacIntyre played the role of bouncer and punished Brad Stuabitz for his questionable hit on Magnus Paajarvi.
“I want to be there for the boys. It’s who I am. I didn’t think it was that great a hit and I tried to make it right." said Big Mac "I was hollering at Maggie to come off.”
“It’s a really fine line with me,” said MacIntyre. “You’re either all in or you’re sitting back saying, ‘OK, what should I do here?’
It's about time Steve MacIntyre took to the ice to play cop. There have been multiple times in the season where his services were needed most. But I digress.
While the fight was there, there was no offensive response from the Oilers who just can't seem to find a way to best the Wild. A feat which has Renney and company dumbfounded.
“I don’t know why we can’t beat them,” shrugged Renney. “It’s not like they’re in our psyche. These things happen. I remember coaching in New York and we beat New Jersey eight times one year.”
Finnish rookie Teemu Hartikainen scored the lone goal to tally his second of the season.
The Edmonton Oilers will wrap up their season when they visit Colorado tomorrow a high noon pacific.