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Triumph

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#1128667 If Zach Parise doesn't score next game....

Posted by Triumph on 05 June 2012 - 12:13 PM

That's the thing about Kovalchuk. He needs space to be effective. The Rangers with their passive system gave it to him. The Kings are not doing it. I think he's hurt but it's not possible to extrapolate and say he'd be lethal in this series at 100% health. Maybe on the PP, but even then he's not getting much time and space from the Kings. They are taking him out of the game and I am not convinced they wouldn't be taking a 100% Kovalchuk out of the game.


Kovalchuk is able to buy space when he is healthy. Right now he is not trying to beat anyone 1 on 1 because he just can't make the skating/stickhandling moves necessary to do so. When healthy, he's a terror in the neutral zone with the puck - that burst isn't there, he's not able to back defenders off, and as a result he's probably dumped the puck in more during these playoffs than in the rest of his career.

He still only has 2 ES goals in the playoffs.
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#1127581 Thomas will take a sabbatical

Posted by Triumph on 03 June 2012 - 01:12 PM

This man worked hard throughout his life to make it in the NHL and now he does this. I do not care if you are being traded or going to be a backup on a team. You are getting paid FIVE MILLION DOLLARS to play a sport you love. This just disgusts me. My team pays $2200 every fall and summer just to play 15 games. If you told me two years ago that Thomas wouldn't show up at the White House and now taking a year off I would not believe it.


Tim Thomas has paid his dues in the NHL more than just about anyone. He spent his mid-twenties bouncing from team to team and country to country.

If I were a Bruins fan, the only thing I'd be upset about is the $5M cap hit that might be left because of his contract, but the Devils disposed of Malakhov's deal and I imagine the Bruins will be able to send the fake Thomas contract somewhere as well. But any player has the right to say he doesn't want to play anymore - it's their life.
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#1124274 GDT ECF GAME 6: NEW JERSEY DEVILS VS. RANGERS

Posted by Triumph on 25 May 2012 - 11:34 PM

typical rags faNS. hoping zajac wrist is broke


please. rags 'fans'. they are back to worrying about whether the knicks can keep their team together, or how the giants' minicamp is going. i bet most of them missed the OT winner 'cause they forgot to switch back from the 3rd inning of a Yankees game
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#1124219 GDT ECF GAME 6: NEW JERSEY DEVILS VS. RANGERS

Posted by Triumph on 25 May 2012 - 10:56 PM

it's the rangers year! they're so good! they're so great! they're just good enough to be sitting home watching the cup finals!

games 5 and 6 were the toughest wins but brodeur played well and the devils came out ahead. hopefully the rest will help out guys like ponikarovsky, kovalchuk, clarkson, zidlicky - the guys who look visibly injured.

THEY BEAT THE STUPID RANGERS IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
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#1123532 GDT: ECF Game 5 - NJ Devils @ NY Rangers

Posted by Triumph on 24 May 2012 - 11:39 AM

I turned off the game after the Rags scored the second goal and didn't watch the rest of the game. I just couldn't do it, and might even not even watch game 6 or 7 if it gets that far. Just way too nerve-racking, not to mention that I consumed about 10 cigarettes from 8 to 11 last night.

Why couldn't I have gotten into poetry instead of sports?


Because poetry doesn't produce that kind of exhilaration? But yeah, like DM84 said, it has to be the stupid Rangers. If this were against any non-Flyer, non-Ranger team, I could watch this series with some measure of 'Hey, they're in the ECF, people didn't expect this, I love playoff hockey'. If the Devils made it to the ECF and lost to the Bruins, say, I think we'd all be on board for that - obviously there'd be missed opportunities and no one would be 'happy', but hey, it was a fun ride. But it has to be the goddamn Rangers. Still, Friday...
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#1120857 GDT: ECF Game 2 - NJ Devils @ NY Rangers

Posted by Triumph on 17 May 2012 - 09:31 AM

Devils spent so much time in the Rangers end that they were asking how the schools were and what the parking situation's like.
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#1119225 The Official Rangers Suck Thread

Posted by Triumph on 12 May 2012 - 10:16 PM

Their consolation prize will be retiring Jeff Beukeboom's jersey next year.


I hope they have the streamers and fireworks for that.
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#1119013 The Official "2012 Playoffs Excitement" Thread

Posted by Triumph on 11 May 2012 - 08:09 PM

That's interesting. I did notice there being a woman sitting behind the Devils bench who at one point was making some animated gestures. I thought maybe she had been yelling at DeBoer, but I wasn't sure because I had only caught the tail end of it. I even mentioned it to my wife who was watching the game with me but hadn't been paying attention at the time.


Oh, now that you mention it, I also saw this. I figured she just realized she lived in or around Philadelphia.
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#1114654 KOVALCHUK OUT TONIGHT GAME 2

Posted by Triumph on 01 May 2012 - 10:07 AM

Good thing about Sestito, like you've all said, is his grit and intensity. He doesn't take too many penalties but does play hard. And I think he'll DRAW some penalties out of the Flyers. He's like a Clarkson from 3-4 years ago, could be good, could be bad... We'll see.

Just trying to stay optimistic.


The guy has 0 goals in 64 NHL games. He's like Clarkson if you removed the goal-scoring talent and added more falling down. The 4th line will get annihilated tonight, it's just a question of whether Brodeur can make the stops.
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#1109711 Hopefully that is the last time Brodeur sees the ice as a Devil

Posted by Triumph on 19 April 2012 - 09:56 PM

I wanted to say this earlier - I don't think the Devils are a mentally fragile team. I think Devils fans are a mentally fragile fanbase.
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#1105678 Playoff Personnel

Posted by Triumph on 08 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

Like everyone said, Gionta was not an emergency callup because Boulton is still healthy. I hadn't realized that either.

I like Harrold over Larsson in Games 1 and 2 - maybe in Games 3 and 4 the Devils can get the right matchups for Larsson and he can be out there; I did think he looked very good yesterday with some great breakout passes, but I'm not sure he can be trusted in the postseason.

I think they'll go with this:

Parise-Zajac-Kovalchuk
Sykora-Elias-Zubrus
Ponikarovsky-Henrique-Clarkson
Carter-S. Gionta-Bernier

Greene-Fayne
Salvador-Zidlicky
Volchenkov-Harrold
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#1105000 Newark gets short end in Prudential Center revenue share ruling

Posted by Triumph on 06 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

Then these same suburban families who go to the South Bronx, Flushing and even MSG should feel displeasure going to those places as well.

And sans MSG those places/cities I listed aren't just a little worse than Newark. They are alot worse. Stats don't lie. Bottom line is if you don't like it boycott the arena.


Like I've said every time you bring this up, Yankee Stadium has been in the South Bronx for nearly 90 years. 4 generations of Yankee fans have gone there to see the Yankees. It's where you go to see the Yankees. And yeah, the Yankees had problems drawing in the 80s and early 90s as the team declined both in prestige and as the neighborhood surrounding Yankee Stadium declined. But while the neighborhood around there isn't exactly Beverly Hills even now, I don't feel unsafe there.

I don't think the area surrounding Prudential Center is that bad either - in my experience, there's more panhandlers, but that's about it. Still, it's not the reality, it's the perception, and it will probably take a generation for that to go away.
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#1102262 The Race For 6th Thread

Posted by Triumph on 27 March 2012 - 12:41 AM

Well Ottawa is just 2 points out of 6th now.

Guess that 6th spot isn't exactly a lock now, is it?


Care to wager on that? I'll bet at even money.

Win tomorrow and the Devils are up 4 points with 5 games left to play - not impossible to blow that lead, but it's not easy, either.
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#1095535 Anton Volchenkov

Posted by Triumph on 28 February 2012 - 04:43 PM

Actually, what Volch did should have been a penalty shot (squeezing the legs to cover the puck), but the ref missed it. Kerry Fraser explained today on TSN:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=389080


Meh. Even if it had been awarded a penalty shot, the Rangers player probably would've just dumped the puck in and went off for a line change.
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#1091433 Marek zidlicky traded to Devils.

Posted by Triumph on 17 February 2012 - 12:09 AM

I'd rather trade Parise for Rick Nash. Personally, I'd rather trade Kovalchuk for Nash so we can keep Parise, but that is NO secret! Rick Nash has what the Devils are missing up front. It won't happen, but a fun "What if"... Then the Devils could concentrate on a VERY GOOD D-man and hopefully/more importantly go after a solid goalie. I can't wait to see the fiasco next year with goal.


You're still here? I thought you and MantaRay were hiding in a bunker together swapping Kovalchuk turnover stories. Hate to break it to you, but Nash isn't any better than Kovalchuk.
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