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#1 Nieuwy25

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Posted 02 April 2003 - 03:23 PM

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Playoff teams have plenty to prove
The playoffs are this close and every team has its issues and questions. That's what makes the guessing game about the outcome both fun and uncertain.

Philadelphia has a goaltender in Roman Cechmanek who has magnificent regular-season numbers. Yet, even among the Flyer faithful, the wait is on to see if the numbers hold up in the playoffs.

Cechmanek is a free spirt who loves to complain. Philly coach Ken Hitchcock says of his netminder's physical complaints at this point, "So long as he doesn't say any more than he is, he's fine." Cechmanek says he is finishing out the season less than 100% with a groin that is bothering him.

Hitchcock just shrugs off such talk and puts him back in net.

Ottawa labors under the "good until the playoffs" banner. They have never gone beyond the second round and only twice have they reached that level. Now they vie for the best in the league regular season mark. GM John Muckler is keeping the pedal to the medal. He wants the Presidents Trophy, not just for being number 1, but as a confidence builder for his players.

"Having the best record matters," Muckler says, even as some in Ottawa wonder if the Senators should back some of their stars off in preparation for the second season. Perhaps if the Senators had a better playoff history, that would be happening. They don't. So, Muckler wants the drive to continue and the stars to play.

Edmonton fights a feeling and accusations that just reaching the playoffs is enough for the low salary operation. That is an understandable mindset for both players and fans of a small-market Canadian team that battles each year to be in the bottom of the top eight in the West.

They have shown in recent years that that does not negate the toughness they bring to the first round just ask Dallas. However, does that effort become harder to sustain when the discrepancies between the money/talent laden teams they face each year grows?

Boston made the move to fire Robbie Ftorek, and GM Mike O'Connell is back behind the bench, a place he would just as soon not be. He has given overall general coaching duties to assistant Wayne Cashman, even as O'Connell stands in the center of the bench for games.

That is smart and working. Cashman has been on the ice with the Bruins all year and has a feel for the players that O'Connell cannot have acquired from his GM office. O'Connell can still oversee the games and be the big stick on the bench, but leave many of the game decisions to Cashman.

Last Saturday's game between the Blues and Wings ended up in the gutter, with over 200 minutes in PIMs and an ugly, brawling end. Wings assistant coach Joey Kocur threw a chair on the ice in disgust at what he believed were the bottom of the barrel tactics of the Blues at game's end.

Kocur picked up a two-game suspension for this WWF re-creation, and the team was accessed a $5,000 fine. However, the NHL found merit in Kocur's view of the Blues. St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville was fined $5,000 for the way he handled the end of the game and the team picked up a $25,000 fine.

More vital to the Blues, the inability to discipline themselves was apparent throughout the game. Whatever the frustration level was at the Wings having already won all four games during the season, and winning the fifth as well, the Blues had a chance to exercise the control necessary if they are to win in the postseason. They did not and that is an old nemesis returning that could hurt the Blues in round one.

If the Maple Leafs and the Flyers meet in the first round, there is going to be hell to pay. Both of these teams spent the money to make a run at the Cup both before the season and in trade deadline acquisitions. They don't like each other as teams anyway, and two of the feistiest people in the game are GM/coach Pat Quinn and GM Bob Clarke.

Whoever gets to officiate this series is in for a bruising no matter what. Toronto wants to play wide-open, nasty hockey. Flyer coach Hitchcock wants far more discipline out of his players than Quinn asks out of his.

Hitchcock and Clarke will vent if Toronto is allowed to get away with uncalled PIMs and Quinn knows his Leafs have never committed a penalty this year. It should be a delightful series for the fans.

The expectation for an upset in the first round is minimal. If Tampa Bay meets Washington, no matter who wins there is really no upset. The same can be said if there is a Toronto-Flyer series.

The rest of the top four in both conferences are considerably better than the teams they will face.

Colorado, Detroit and Dallas are as hot as they can be to end the season. Vancouver has to prove to the hockey world they are what they appear to be: a team comparable with the latter three.

Many feel the East is wide open, but the Devils have Marty Brodeur and that is a singular plus that no one in the East can match. In 115 career playoff games, his GAA is 1.88. The Devils can be beat, but the road out of the East requires you exit at 16W in New Jersey and survive to get back on the highway.

Predictions? Colorado and New Jersey in the finals. Should this fail to come to pass, this paragraph will self-destruct and you will forget you ever read it.
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"He has no ego," says Lou Lamoriello, general manager of the New Jersey Devils. "I don't think he has a selfish bone in his body. It gets infectious with people around him, but that's Joe. Having him here was something very special."
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And the simple truth is this -- before and after Joe Nieuwendyk, this franchise has not been as good. Yes the same could be said for others, but Nieuwendyk's effect on his team, on his team's best players, on the fans and in the community can only be compared to, well, what Jarome Iginla is doing now in Calgary. Ralph Strangis, dallasstars.com
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 03:49 PM

Best part of the article:


Hitchcock and Clarke will vent if Toronto is allowed to get away with uncalled PIMs and Quinn knows his Leafs have never committed a penalty this year. It should be a delightful series for the fans.


Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 03:54 PM

Thorne's a much better writer than he is an announcer. :)
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 04:10 PM

kiss of death imo
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 06:53 PM

Predictions? Colorado and New Jersey in the finals.

Ah yessss.
That would be sublime
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 06:54 PM

but the road out of the East requires you exit at 16W in New Jersey and survive to get back on the highway.

Love that line. :evil:
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 06:57 PM

If this was by Barry Melrose, I'd be freaking out right now....because if Melrose wrote this, then you'd know the Devils would magically somehow not even MAKE the playoffs...

However, since it's Thorne, I'm not worried.
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 06:59 PM

Word out of ESPN studios is that the Mullet plans on making the same prediction on NHL2Nite.
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 08:16 PM

Ugh, please don't let that mullet sporting motor mouth jump on the Devils bandwagon and drive it off a cliff like he has done to so many other countless teams.
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 08:37 PM

The Devils can be beat, but the road out of the East requires you exit at 16W in New Jersey and survive to get back on the highway.

YOU DAMN RIGHT!!!! :burn: :burn: :burn:
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 08:54 PM

Predictions? Colorado and New Jersey in the finals.

Ah yessss.
That would be sublime
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 09:00 PM

'Twould be an amazing series.
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 09:41 PM

would be a series for the ages.
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 09:43 PM

would be a series for the ages.

Exactly, WCDF!!!
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 09:44 PM

it would b ea victory for the ages!
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 09:46 PM

it would b ea victory for the ages!

Exactly, WCDF!!!
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 10:03 PM

Id rather see Forsberg leave for Finland now...
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 10:12 PM

Id rather see Forsberg leave for Finland now...

Finland?
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Posted 02 April 2003 - 10:17 PM

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Posted 02 April 2003 - 11:20 PM

aylbert doesn't care where Forsberg goes, he just wants him gone! lol
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