There was a minor malfunction before the Oilers-Predators games involving the pre-game theatrics. I can't add to any of the factual information with the story, but I can increase the tension... by adding ellipses. The words are Joanne Ireland's... the dramatic pauses are my own. (I encourage you to read this as.... Chris Hansen).
Oilers watched like ‘dummies’ as derrick dangled over bench
EDMONTON - The bang caught the attention of Edmonton Oilers winger Ryan Jones... Then he realized that there was a derrick... dangling over the player’s bench at Rexall Place.
“I didn’t see what happened, I just heard it bang off the boards,” he said... “I got the hell out of there.”
The oil derrick that has been a fixture at Rexall Place since 2000, malfunctioned before Monday’s game between the Oilers and the Nashville Predators.
There have been suggestions that a cable snapped... which sent the large structure swinging above the bench and the nearby seats. A safety inspection crew w...