Anyway, I just read an article about Petr and Ales and... they love each other! *cries* Petr's said before that he has to fall in love with linemates to play well with him, but he falls in love easily, and Ales says the same about Petr. Words like "magic" and "chemistry" (off the ice) appear in this article. *heart swells*
Ahh, this totally puts me in the mood to read (good) Petr/Ales fic? Where eez eet??? The only one is Petr squared Ales, which I really like, but is still only one fic. Kathleen needs to write it. But she has no computer, or something stupid like that. Wah.
Sykora At Home In Edmonton
by Jason Hills
Edmonton Oilers forward Petr Sykora may hail from the Czech Republic but he has clearly found a home in Oil Country. The chemistry he has shown with line-mate and fellow countryman Ales Hemsky has been a treat for Oilers’ fans to watch through the first 39 games of the 2006-07 season. The dynamic duo found instant chemistry together as they have been two of the Oilers top forwards along with Ryan Smyth this season.
“He (Ales) makes players around him better, and I have really enjoyed the chance to play with him,” said Sykora after the Oilers 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers. “A lot of my goals I have scored this year he has been a big part of.”
Sykora couldn’t be any more precise with that statement. Out of the 15 goals Sykora has scored this season, Hemsky has assisted on 11 of them. The Oilers made it no secret when they signed the veteran forward this summer he was a player they have had on their radar screen ever since he was taken in the 1995 draft by the New Jersey Devils.
Sykora also made it clear the day he signed with the Oilers, that it has been a dream of his to play in Canada, and a city that truly cares about their hockey. We all know that Oilers’ fans are very passionate about their team, just take a look at last year’s Stanley Cup playoff run.
“I didn’t have a great year in Anaheim, and when I got traded to New York I really started to turn my game around,” said Sykora referring to last season. “Hemsky was a big reason why I wanted to come here. To be able to play with a player who I think has as much skill as guys like Jagr, Ovechkin, and Crosby it was an easy choice.”
The two have as just as much chemistry off the ice as they do on. Coming from the same background in the Czech Republic, the two already have a strong bond, and it’s continues to get stronger both on and off the ice.
“I was excited. It’s always nice to have someone to play with from your same country. I wasn’t sure when he signed here if we were going to have an opportunity to play together. We have, and it’s been a lot of fun. He is a guy that is real easy to play with.”
Sykora and Hemsky bring the whole package when it comes to the offensive game. Hemsky is quickly becoming one of the best young playmakers in the NHL. He enjoyed a breakout season last year with the Oilers when he collected 58 assists and 77 points in 81 games.
“’Skyie’ is a goal scorer, and he compliments my game a whole lot. He knows how I play, and he finds the open spaces for me. We work well together and I think a lot of that is because we have become good friends off the ice,” Hemsky added.
Hemsky missed eight games with a shoulder injury he suffered against the Anaheim Ducks. During that span, Sykora didn’t score a goal, but he did register five assists.
“It was tough playing without him. The familiarity factor was gone, and it took awhile to get used to other line-mates. When he was out of the lineup, I didn’t try to do anything different with my game, but you can’t replace his playmaking abilities,” said Sykora.
When Hemsky returned to the lineup December 19th, it didn’t take long for the two of them to get their mojo going, as Hemsky set up Sykora for two goals in a 7-6 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Hemsky said the shoulder injury he suffered at the hands of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sean O’Donnell is still sore, but every game it’s getting stronger and stronger.
“It’s still sore, but I can still play, I just play through the pain,” Hemsky said. “Each game it’s getting stronger and stronger, but I am getting used to playing through the pain.”
The Oilers made a move yesterday picking up former Oilers member Petr Nedved off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers. The veteran center has struggled with the Flyers, recording just a single goal in 21 games which forced them to send him down to the farm. Edmonton hopes the 35-year-old can rekindle some of the scoring touch he had when he spent the last portion of the 2003-04 season with the club.
“He will fit in well here, and he is a guy I have never had an opportunity to play with. I don’t know why he has struggled in Philly, sometimes it’s just a case of not being a good fit,” said Sykora.
“He has played here before, and he played very well here, and I think he’ll fit right in with us.”
Could the Oilers put Nedved on a line with Sykora and Hemsky to form an all Czech line? That is yet to be determined, but if Nedved can gain any of the magic that Hemsky and Sykora have found with one another, it could be one dynamite line for the Edmonton Oilers.