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Bumpy start to crucial road trip

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:28 AM ET

ST. PAUL -- The Edmonton Oilers' most important road trip of the season didn't exactly get off to a smooth start yesterday.

Between U.S. Customs not being aware of the Oilers arrival time, a computer glitch and an airport cop who insisted the bus picking up the team change locations, players and coaches waited two and a half hours from the time the team landed until getting on the ice.

First, the Oilers' travelling contingent waited an hour in customs before any agents arrived to rubber stamp passports and check documentation.

Then, the Oilers European players, who carry visas as well as passports, were delayed because the computer system that processes them was out of commission.

While everybody eventually got through, Sergei Samsonov, Jaroslav Spacek and Dick Tarnstrom were delayed long enough that the team bus left without them. They had to take cabs to the Xcel Energy Center.


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