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#1 Elias FTW

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:34 PM

Ok, we lost game 6 but it's not the end of the world. The Devils havent played in a game 7 since the 03' SC final against Anaheim. Alot, of the Devils have not yet played in a game 7 (Parise, Zajac, Greene, Oduya, Clarkson just to name a few). This is where Zach Parise needs to prove he is a truly elite player in this league. This is where Travis Zajac shows that he is capable of being that #1 center. Here are a few of my thoughts on keys to winning game 7:

Hit, Hit, Hit- The Devils have had the most success when throwing their body around (see game 1). It is important to wear down their defense just like they have been doing to us recently. Rupp, Clarkson and even Zubrus must hit hard.

Establish a solid forecheck- The Devils didnt play the dump and chase tonight, they played the dump. I can count on my fingers the number of times the Devils actually chased the puck after dump ins. If you dont forecheck hard you just give the other team the puck and waste a chance to maintain it.


Draw plenty of penalties- As much as we may not want to admit it, the Canes have done a much better job of drawing penalties by using their speed. It's time for the Devils to do the same. Even though the Devils' PP has been impotent, they have to come through sometime...right?

This all comes down to one game, I fully expect the Devils to come out and show game 1 intensity. If not, then I see Carolina winning. This team has done too well to have the season end by the fvcking Candycanes. No team with the exception of St.Louis has dealt with the same amount of adversity as we have. Feel free to add your keys as well
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#2 Emperoreddy

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:47 PM

We need to not allow 30+ shots on goal in a game. I think thats pretty damn simple, three straight games we let that happen, its disgusting how bad the defense has been at clearing the zone.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:55 PM

We need to not allow 30+ shots on goal in a game. I think thats pretty damn simple, three straight games we let that happen, its disgusting how bad the defense has been at clearing the zone.


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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:08 PM

We need to not allow 30+ shots on goal in a game. I think thats pretty damn simple, three straight games we let that happen, its disgusting how bad the defense has been at clearing the zone.



exactly.
marty was making some awesome saves and the D couldn't clear the da*mn puck.
i just hope marty doesn't lose any of his intensity cause the rest of the team decided not to show tonight
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:22 PM

Our no-name defense proves why no one cares to know any of their names.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:26 PM

Try scoring more than 1 fvcking goal. That might help.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:30 PM

remember that i said it before the series started and then just make my prediction come true.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:34 PM

1. Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner dominate and get on the scoreboard.

2. Score on the damn PP when given the oppurtunities.

3. Stay out of the penalty box, take no dumb penalties and play a solid PK.

4. Play Devils hockey the way it should be played like games 1, 2, 3, 3rd period of 4 and 5.

5. give a swift kick in the ass to Elias, Rolston, Zubrus and Shanahan to wake the fvck up and get on the scoreboard. Show up for Game 7.

6. Brodeur to play like he did in Game 5 on home ice.

7. Pandolfo-Madden-Shanahan line keep the Staal line in check. Do not let that line score. Devils have won when that line is off the scoreboard.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:38 PM

remember that i said it before the series started and then just make my prediction come true.

I do not recall. I remember you said 7 games but didn't remember your keys.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:39 PM

langenbrunner has to not shave his beard. he pissed off the hockey gods by using a razor and doing this goatee sh!t.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:40 PM

5. give a swift kick in the ass to Elias, Rolston, Zubrus and Shanahan to wake the fvck up and get on the scoreboard. Show up for Game 7.

Shanahan has been fine and Elias is clearly injured or sick. Zubrus, I don't know what his deal is, and there is no bringing back the good Rolston, at least this year. Whether it's the high ankle sprain or something else, this is the Rolston that we'll have for at least the rest of this year, maybe for another four.

7. Pandolfo-Madden-Shanahan line keep the Staal line in check. Do not let that line score. Devils have won when that line is off the scoreboard.

The problem with this is that it implies that Sutter is line matching. Not only does line matching in general screw up the team, but putting out a line that does absolutely nothing against the opponent's best line is asking for a loss.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:40 PM

Forecheck, score the first goal.
The Rock is a real tough place to play when we have the lead. But us the fans tend to quiet down when we are down. These are just my feelings after 2 years at the rock. If we get the first goal, make some big hits, the Rock gets crazy.
This team cant get discouraged if they are apply a lot of early pressure and Ward shuts the door. Keep at it for 60 fvcking minutes. I refuse to see handshakes ending in misery for the 2nd straight year at the Rock.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:46 PM

The problem with this is that it implies that Sutter is line matching. Not only does line matching in general screw up the team, but putting out a line that does absolutely nothing against the opponent's best line is asking for a loss.


It worked for the games the Devils won in this series when Staal is off the scoreboard and no where to be found. The games the Devils lost, Staal was clearly into the game and was on the scoreboard like games 4 and 6.

You maybe right about Elias as he does not look like the Elias of this season before his injury late in the season. No excuses for Zubrus and Shanahan. it has been 5-months plus for Rolston and he needs to get it going in game 7 especially on the point on the PP. he hesitates while on the PP and he does not let that rocket of a shot go. Instead he looks around most of the time to pass up the puck. It is Game 7 and these veterans have been here before and they need to step up and be accountable. The veterans have to get this win...
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:47 PM

As much as I hate to admit it, the Canes fans did a really great job of making the place hellish to play in (even if Tarzan noises and incest were part of it). Devils fans have to make as much noise as possible and support the boys
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:48 PM

Shanahan has been fine and Elias is clearly injured or sick. Zubrus, I don't know what his deal is, and there is no bringing back the good Rolston, at least this year. Whether it's the high ankle sprain or something else, this is the Rolston that we'll have for at least the rest of this year, maybe for another four.

The problem with this is that it implies that Sutter is line matching. Not only does line matching in general screw up the team, but putting out a line that does absolutely nothing against the opponent's best line is asking for a loss.

well said, i've stated elsewhere that i agree.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:04 AM

Our no-name defense proves why no one cares to know any of their names.


/Agreed

We need to put the puck on goal and actually shoot on the powerplay.

O ya and less then 35 shots would be nice.

If zubrus scores in overtime.... or if he has like a hatrick i will personally write an apology letter to him and his family explaining to them how wrong I was. Otherwise I think he should be scratched stick clarkson on that line and put holik on the fourth again there more aggresive together. That would be fun.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 02:45 AM

When Mottau-White is on the ice in the offensive zone nobody needs to cover them.

Edited by Cowutopia, 27 April 2009 - 02:45 AM.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:26 PM

Stop with the weak clearing attempts. HIT someone like Stevens would. Man up! Dump and line changes doesn't work well when that change only plays once again in your own end.

Play in your defensive zone, weak clear/dump, line change, play in your defensive zone, weak clear/dump-line change and back in your defensive zone....repeat. Don't score many goals this way.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:33 PM

one key to game 7..... I said it before the series started. Crash the net. go to the net, bump ward, stand 2 inches in front of ward and get the puck to the net!!!! rebounds. crash the net. make wards life a living hell tuesday night.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 02:06 PM

Listen to me about the new lines

Parise -- Zajac -- Langenbrunner
Elias -- Gionta -- Shanahan
Pandolfo -- Madden -- Clarkson
Rolston -- Pelley -- Rupp (5-7 minutes)

Extra: Zubrus

Martin -- Salvador
Oduya -- Greene
White -- Mottau

1st PP
Parise -- Elias -- Gionta -- Langenbrunner -- Martin

2nd PP
Shanahan -- Zajac -- Clarkson -- Oduya -- Greene

1st PK
Madden -- Pandolfo -- Salvador -- Martin

2nd PK
Shanahan -- Zajac -- Mottau -- Salvador/Greene
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