O'Sullivan dismisses critics


Patrick O'Sullivan shrugged off the public flogging from former NHL goalie Kelly Hrudey and one-time coach/GM Mike Milbury on Hockey Night in Canada last Saturday.


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Patrick O'Sullivan shrugged off the public flogging from former NHL goalie Kelly Hrudey and one-time coach/GM Mike Milbury on Hockey Night in Canada last Saturday.

Both commentators felt the Edmonton Oilers forward had bailed out on a play along the boards against Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith. They didn't like seeing it.

"I couldn't care less what Mike Milbury has to say. That's why he's on TV, right?" said O'Sullivan. "You guys want me to say something stupid? Those guys are on TV. They can say whatever they want.

"They aren't really involved in anything that matters for us, as players. They're not coaching. They're not involved with the game."

For the record, Hrudey played 15 NHL seasons, 677 games and helped get the Los Angeles Kings to the Stanley Cup final in 1993.

Milbury played 754 games over 12 years on the Boston Bruins defence and coached 351 NHL games with the Bruins and the New York Islanders, with Boston getting to the Cup final in 1990. He was also Islanders GM for more than nine years.


O'Sullivan saved a goal on Jeff Deslauriers against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night, with a dazzling sliding stop at the post on a wraparound attempt by Shane Doan.

"I had a lot of time to get down there. I probably didn't have to lay down, but it probably looked better," laughed O'Sullivan, who has been snakebitten around the net this season.

He had Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov dead to rights in the slot in the second period and looked like he was cursing to himself when his shot got blocked.

"Can't say those words right now. It's frustrating. I pretty much had an open net and hit a defenceman on the skate who wasn't even looking at me," said O'Sullivan, who has 70 shots (second only to Dustin Penner) this season, but only four goals.

In his 43 Oilers games, going back to last season, he has 129 shots but only six goals. He can't buy one.


Shawn Horcoff, who took more faceoffs than any other NHL player last season (1,756), still isn't taking many draws because of his sore shoulder.

"Probably another week or two (before he gets back to 20 to 25 draws a game). Puts a lot of torque on the(shoulder) joint. It (pain)goes away(in the game).But the next day it's sore," said Horcoff.

"All the stuff in the corners is fine. I can hold people off, but when you come in hard and meet stick on stick, that hurts."

AND ...

- Oilers 2009 first-round draft pick Jordan Eberle is second in Western Hockey League scoring with 46 points in 22 games for the Regina Pats. Calgary Hitmen forward Brandon Kozun has 47 points in 27 games.

- Contrary to what was reported Tuesday about Oilers who have at least 100 career goals, captain Ethan Moreau has 107 goals, not 103, and Horcoff has 125, not 120.

- Winger Ryan Stone(knee) has had a couple of practices, but is still not ready to play. He has been out about five weeks now.

- The Springfield Falcons farm club is riding former University of Alberta goalie Aaron Sorochan now that Devan Dubnyk is up. They recalled Andrew Perughini from Stockton of the East Coast Hockey League to back up Dubnyk.

- Best line on the farm lately: Ryan O'Marra, Ryan MacMurchy and Colin McDonald. They bang and create turnovers.

- Finnish draft pick Toni Rajala has 12 goals and 10 assists in 22 games for the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings.

- Overaged junior goalie Kurtis Mucha, who was an Oilers training camp walk-on, was traded from the Portland Winterhawks to the Kamloops Blazers recently.

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