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FEATURE: Adjusting to the rules

Slashing minors and face-off violations will be enforced in 2017-18 and the Oilers are planning to adjust accordingly

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - There are no new sheriffs in town and no new rules to enforce. 

There is, however, a bounty out on outlaws who exercise the National Hockey League's most under-the-radar mannerisms: slashing minors and face-off violations.

Video: OILERS TODAY: Face-off Violations

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Seventh man celebration

Forward Zack Kassian and an Oilers fan teamed up in Game 6 to produce one of the best celebrations of the year

by Paul Gazzola /

There was Zack Kassian dashing towards the Anaheim Ducks' net, his head down, solely focused on the puck.

In the stands was Brad Ferguson, his head up, focused on the game alongside his wife and five-year-old son.

And then there was magic.

Video: ANA@EDM, Gm6: Kassian goes five-hole on the break

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In Depth: Remember the Run

Revisit the Oilers memorable 2006 playoff run in this week's In Depth

by Cait MacPhail /

He barreled his way down the tunnel and burst through the doors that led to the Oilers dressing room at Rexall Place, right hand clutched to his mouth and blood pouring from his face - though he didn't feel much. The adrenaline coursing through his body took care of much of the immediate pain.

"There was never any doubt in my mind that I was going back out there."

Former Oilers forward Ryan Smyth was always a believer in leaving it all on the ice and, that particular night, he did just that. He left it all on the ice - including three of his bottom teeth and a fair amount of blood.

The refs scooped up the teeth and worked on getting the blood scraped off the ice while Smyth went off to be attended to by the team physician.

Not 10 minutes later, to the surprise of many, Smyth reappeared on the bench, but not without several stitches in his upper lip. He was back out on the ice minutes later.


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In Depth: Levels

From the music in the dressing room to the cheer of the crowd, the sounds of the game have a way of impacting the Oilers

by Paul Gazzola /

The discordant noise of 18,000 cheering Oilers fans is somehow so harmonious. When reverberating in Rogers Place, the good vibrations create an exhilarating sensation for the players.

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In Depth: The Rookies

Drake Caggiula and Matt Benning have found their fit with the Oilers together this season

by Staff /

"I was 5-foot-6 and about 150 pounds when I got drafted into the OHL."

Oilers rookie forward Drake Caggiula was well aware that his smaller stature wasn't necessarily turning any heads when he was selected in the third round of the 2010 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Draft at the age of 16.

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In Depth: Talbot's Story

Cam Talbot's journey to becoming the busiest goalie in the National Hockey League

by Paul Gazzola /

In the finishing department of Stelco Lake Erie Work's steel mill in Nanticoke, ON, worked Cam Talbot. 

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In Depth: Keepers of the Cup

Phil Pritchard, the '80s Oilers, the city of Edmonton: Keepers of the Cup

by Paul Gazzola /

Phil Pritchard wasn't around when Kevin Lowe was dragged to the corner of St. Anne and Perron in St. Albert, AB amid the off-season of 1984. 

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