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GENE'S BLOG: The Beginning

In his latest blog, Gene Principe takes a look back at the incredible season and journey that was in Edmonton and what the future holds

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

"It was awesome."

Hearing those words in the Edmonton Oilers dressing room made me think that maybe, just maybe, I was in the wrong room Wednesday night. I mean the Oilers had just lost a one goal game to lose a series by one game. Not what you would expect to hear. It was Leon Draisaitl who said it. The German could have been talking about his season. He could have been talking about his playoffs but he was talking about both for the Edmonton Oilers. 

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GENE'S BLOG: Upon Further Review

In his latest blog, Gene Principe examines the Oilers Game 5 loss and how the team will respond in Game 6

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

He sat alone. In his corner stall. A look of bewilderment on his face. His eyes focused straight ahead. Half his gear still on but all of his mind on one thing. Cam Talbot's stall in the dressing room is the closest spot to the on ice entrance for Edmonton at the Honda Center. The time it would take him to get up, take two steps forward, veer left and walk straight ahead to the ice was about the same amount of time he and his teammates were away from a win in game 5. 15 seconds. A measly 15 seconds. One-quarter of a minute. That's all that stood between them and a 3-2 series lead. Sporting events run out of time or opportunity. Edmonton tried desperately but neither occurred on Friday night until the improbable, the unthinkable and the unimaginable happened. 

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GENE'S BLOG: Their Ducks in a Row

In his latest blog, Gene Principe previews the round two series between Edmonton and Anaheim

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

I have no doubt Anaheim will be in a 'fowl' mood in their series with Edmonton. First off they are Ducks, secondly they have a Cam Fowl-er on their team and thirdly they don't like the Oilers and vice versa. This is a rivalry and a series I'm really looking forward to. This is just an extension of their battle right to the finish line. The two were playing a standings tennis match going back and forth from first to second. In the end, the Ducks outlasted the Oilers by a pair of points 105 to 103. The season series was close 3-2 in favour of Edmonton and this seven-game series should be the same.

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GENE'S BLOG: Night to Remember

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about the lessons learned from the Game 4 7-0 loss and motivation moving forward in the series with San Jose

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

To look at the title of this blog you must be wondering how early I woke up Wednesday morning to write it or how much I had to drink after game 4. I had nothing to drink. I woke up at 4am but lack of sleep isn't the reason I came up with 'Night to Remember'. Lack of brain cells maybe. But the reason I went with it was simple. Tuesday night was a 'Night to Remember' as motivation for Game 5, Game 6 and beyond for the Edmonton Oilers. Keeping it in the foreground for a few hours makes sense but never losing sight of it in the background could be a key in moving forward.

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GENE'S BLOG: Oh what a night

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about the charged-up fans at the first Oilers playoff game at Rogers Place

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

It was clear after opening night of the 2017 playoffs that the fans were the first star. What an incredible performance! I expected a lot out of them and they even surpassed my lofty expectations. It was a show of spirit, energy, enthusiasm and lots and lots of orange.

The colour was evident everywhere. You couldn't look left or right in front of you or behind you without seeing you know what colour. Orange is associated with the meaning of joy, warmth, encouragement, determination and success just to name a few of its qualities. They were on display in full force Wednesday night at Rogers Place.

Video: ROGERS PLACE | Let's Go Oilers!

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GENE'S BLOG: Catching up with Connor

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

I was leaving Staples Center on Tuesday and was stopped by a security guard. He wanted to ask me a question.

"There are a bunch of people around here," is how he started.

From there came the question.

"Who is this guy people are chasing after for autographs?"

My answer was an easy one: "Connor McDavid."

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GENE'S BLOG: Playoff Perspective

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about the playoff-bound Oilers and reflects on 2006

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

I woke up at 5am Wednesday morning. Couldn't sleep. I got up and random thoughts started sliding through my head. The first was what happened Tuesday night. Did they? They did. Edmonton made the playoffs. Yes the Oilers with their first chance to clinch a post-season berth did so. Normally that's a little early to get the day going but when your thoughts are happy ones, why go back to sleep. I'm sure some were just getting started on their night's sleep after what went on at Rogers Place and who can blame them.

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GENE'S BLOG: Practical Nurses

In his latest blog, Gene Principe looks at the relationship between Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse and his sister Kia

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

I have three kids. Two boys and a girl. The two boys, who are 18 and 14, get along great. They shoot hoops on the driveway. They play XBox. They don't yet talk about girls or at least not that I know of.

Then there's my daughter, who is almost 16. She gets along well with her younger brother but not quite as well with the older one. They don't really fight a lot but they also don't agree on a lot. Best sports example of it: she cheers for Steph Curry and Golden State. He's all about LeBron James and Cleveland.

In school she isn't really supposed to talk to him and if she does, his responses aren't going to ever be confused as a run-on sentence. Nothing I'm concerned about between two siblings but something I expect will change as they get older and appreciate who they are as people. Sounds like Darnell and Kia Nurse are already there.

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GENE'S BLOG: Poised for a push

In his latest blog, Gene Principe looks ahead to the final 13 games of the season

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

O.K. everybody all together now. Deep breath in, and then exhale. One, two, three... let's try that again. Deep breath in, and then exhale. Alright doesn't that feel much better? Of course it doesn't feel as good as Tuesday's win over Dallas. A lot of Oilers fans could exhale and breathe a whole lot easier after a 7-1 pasting of Dallas. The tension had been building in the building they call home and the city that doubles as the Alberta capital. I get the nerves getting the better of people but I don't think it ever reached the players.

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GENE'S BLOG: Living the NHL Dream

In his latest blog, Gene Principe takes a look at the history of the friendship between Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

In any sport, including hockey, you often hear people say 'you hate to play against him but love to have him on your team.'

Well you might be able to use that adage when describing Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse. Hate might be a bit strong but it was a healthy dislike, on the ice, that developed between the Erie Otter and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound during the OHL regular season and especially in the playoffs where they met on two different occasions.

"I was trying to make him as uncomfortable as possible," said Nurse.

Apparently, it worked.

"When I first came into the league," explained McDavid. "He would come at me."

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