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  1. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    I did a post on the Conference Finals. Some thoughts on each. Both compelling series. New Post: Conference Final Observations
  2. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    It's definitely the right move for the Pens. This is Murray's run. I understood the Fleury move to a point because they responded in the third period. But Fleury gave up short side from a bad angle to Killorn. And was slow reacting to Kucherov's wrap around that forced OT. He also showed a tendency to go down early leaving the top of the net exposed. Murray has been excellent. He gives them the best chance of extending the series. It's funny because I didn't feel the Bolts could win after Bishop went down. But Vasilevskiy has played well making some clutch stops. He's looked more like the guy from last year. The Bolts are winning based on experience and resilience. The Pens are better. But you can't account for Tampa's run last year. It helps along with Cooper. Pretty excited about the Sharks. I really want to see them win. One more and they finally reach a Stanley Cup Final. Joe Pavelski is money.
  3. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    I'm going for the Sharks. I'd really like to see them win. I love Thornton and always have been a Marleau fan. They got a nice team. Couture and Pavelski scoring big goals. Burns on that back end. Jones in net. Good vets they added like Ward, Martin and Polak. They're a fun team to watch. Tremendous forecheck. Kids like Donskoi and Tierney, who DeBoer hasn't been afraid to use. Maybe he learned something. One of my friends is a huge Sharks fan. So, it's easy for me to pull for them. I think that shapes up to be a great series. The Blues are also deep. Physical. Tough. Tarasenko supremely skilled. Backes having a great postseason in a contract year. Buyer beware. Pietrangelo probably the most under appreciated top defenseman. Shattenkirk. Elliott having a hell of a run in net. Guys like Steen, Stastny and Schwartz. It should be a 6-7 game series. Too bad it doesn't start till tomorrow night.
  4. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    If the Islanders ever get serious and win, then you'll have a rivalry. And you will learn to hate them due to their fans. Similar to how you hate the Rangers. The Islanders and Devils just don't have much history. If they met in the playoffs, it would be a different story. Anyone still watching the postseason? The Conference Final from hell for most Ranger fans. Not myself. But yeah. I am going for the Bolts because I can't stomach the Pens. They are a true rival. As much as I love Hagelin, I don't want to see the Pens win another Cup. Even if I'd be happy for Hags, I hate that team with a passion. I decided to write about our former Blueshirts in that series. One which is hard for most to watch. Former Black and Blueshirts still haunt some fans
  5. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    I don't know why. But I decided to do a Live Blog of that game. I picked the right one. Over 4200 words. 4,223 to be exact on a unbelievable game.
  6. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    And I'll bet they're the same idiots who hopped on and probably show up late. Disrespect fans by going to their seats and not waiting for the whistle. It's the same thing every time.
  7. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    Most of the fans i follow aren't that dumb or misinformed. That's not a fan.
  8. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Maybe if he didn't have to count on Nicklas "Geico" Backstrom, he'd be in a better position. Geico never does anything in the second round. He did the same disappearing act vs us last year and the other match-ups. He's a above average first center who is superb regular season. But outside of a couple of great first rounds, Geico never shows up in the Conference Semis. He's destroying the Caps again. If they go out in a whimper, they might want to explore moving him. Kuznetsov has also had a very poor postseason. He's not scoring. I've seen more compete from him than Geico. But he needs to hit the score sheet. Williams finally did something last night setting up Carlson's tying goal. Ovechkin has tried like hell to carry them. But he only has one goal in the series. Murray has beaten him. He has been brilliant. Ovi was denied on a great set up in the slot by an aggressive chest save. Murray also beat him on mini-breaks earlier in the series. It's the 21-year old netminder who has stepped up his game, outplaying the would be Vezina winner Holtby, who called out his teammates. Considering that he gave up a softy right thru the wickets to Cullen like Lundqvist and also allowed Hornqvist's winner thru the wickets, maybe he should change his name to Holetby. Not saying it's his fault. But he's been the shakier and more beatable goalie. In this round, the Caps' best player is Oshie. He scored twice in their only win including the brilliant wrap around. He's been terrific. Dangerous every shift. Responsible. I always felt he was underrated in St. Louis. Not overrated. Watch him during shifts. He competes the way you have to. If more Caps played with his urgency along with Ovechkin, they wouldn't be in this situation. Also, worth noting that Oshie and Carlson are good players. Neither should be their best in the second round. Bottom line. They need Ovechkin to score in Game Five and a big performance from Holtby. And anything out of Geico or Kuznetsov. Their season depends upon it. One other point. I feel like Trotz has been out-coached by Sullivan, who did the same to Vigneault. Trotz has waited too long to break up the top line. He tried Ovechkin for a few shifts with Kuznetsov in Game 3. But remains loyal to Geico (Backstrom). He did double shift his top six a lot in the second part of the third last night. But they were unable to beat Murray. I see the same thing from the Pens I saw in Round One. Better compete. Better hustle and willingness to get dirty. More speed. Better defensive team even minus Letang, which speaks volumes about Sullivan. And also the Hawks' foolishness tossing away Daley. Rutherford got so much criticism last year for awful moves. Well, a year later everything he's touched has turned to gold. Fires the miscast Johnston and replaces him with Sullivan. A more old school coach from the Tort book who's not afraid to discipline even his best players. He called out Malkin in Game 3 last round and benched him for 6:00. Malkin responded since with his best work since his Conn Smythe. Sullivan's willingness to trust guys he knows from Wilkes Barre/Scranton playing fast and gritty youngsters Rust and Sheary. His fingerprints on the Perron for Hagelin swap which helped both the Ducks (until playoffs) and Pens. He knew Hags from here. And look at how Hags plays. Balls to the wall. He's made all the difference with Kessel. Sully also moved Bonino into the second center slot when Malkin went down and now it's their most cohesive fore-checking line. If you also notice, you don't see as many frustration penalties from Crosby and Malkin, who still gets away with murder. His hit that injured Winnik should've been called and merited a review. That's the league folks. Then there's Letang, who got one game for his dangerous hit on Johansson. But Johansson returned. As for Letang the hockey player, there's no more valuable player on the Pens. He is playing ridiculous minutes. Letang has topped out at 35 minutes. In my estimation, he's a better defenseman than Karlsson, who in his own right is excellent going a point-per-game on a playoff-less Ottawa team. I feel like Letang should be up for the Norris. But can't disagree with who they selected. I guess what it comes down to is sometimes, a coaching change is needed to wake up a team. The Pens were easy to play against. They were going nowhere. They made a great decision and now look like the favorite coming out of the East. Who can beat them? Do the Caps still have a chance? Well, they lack the Rangers' mental makeup that allowed them to come back last year. Ovechkin did it once to the Rangers in Tort's first year here. The infamous Gatorade incident with the fan that turned that series. The Caps' mindset has to be, 'No way we're losing Game 5 on our home ice. Get to Murray early. Create doubt.' If it's not, then they're done. Win Game 5. Make the Pens think about it. They don't want to return for Game 7. Honestly, I don't think the Caps have it in them. Prove me wrong.
  9. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    The Letang hit was worse because it contacted the head. He should've gotten 2 games. In Round 1, he took a baseball swing at Viktor Stalberg taking out 3 teeth. No penalty. No discipline. Not good. Regarding the Hickey hit on Drouin, I have no problem. Excellent open ice hit. The Islanders are bitching over the Brian Boyle hit on Hickey which led to his OT winner. They're wrong too. It was clean. New Post: Islanders must focus on Game Four Let's Go Caps. They better win this one. No excuses. Tied after 1.
  10. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Anyone watching this 3rd period? It's good.
  11. 2016 Draft

    No surprise the Leafs won. Winnipeg into the top 3. Thankfully, Oilers down to 4. A NHL Lottery recap: Leafs win Lottery
  12. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Plenty of thoughts on the NHL Playoffs including the silly Boyle vs Brooks thing. Islanders looking good. And another Ducks Game 7 meltdown.
  13. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Congrats to the Islanders and their fans. It took them 23 years. Led by a great player. Tavares wouldn't let them lose. Tavares leads Islanders to second round
  14. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Islanders can finally get out of the first round. Will they?
  15. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Can't believe I am saying this. But Go Pens. I cannot stand the Caps. They have to be the most boring team in existence. Trotz has them clogging the neutral zone and taking away gaps. There's no room on the ice. Holtby doesn't even have to do anything. Flyers gave it a nice go and did their fans proud. Hope Hagelin and the Pens beat the boring Caps.