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I didn't mind ties...depending on how any given tie came about, quite a few of them felt like wins and losses, while others truly felt like games where both teams played each other just about even for 65 minutes.
I hate the shootout, and the fact that a victory is actually awarded for it, especially when there's not much rhyme or reason as to why one team is good at it and another isn't. But at least the Devils have been the best at it since its implementation. If the Devils were as bad in them as Florida (30-54 all-time), we'd be hearing a lot more complaints about how unfair the shootout is.
Milbury cemented his status as clown-for-life with the way he ran the Islanders as its GM.
Funny moment: I wish I could remember exactly what brought this question on (I think it might have been after Milbury canned a coach), but Chris "Mad Dog" Russo had him on Mike and the Mad Dog and, in his very first question to Milbury, simply asked him, "Mike, why are you still the GM?"
PK is right in that, while many of us wondered aloud whether signing Kovy was the right move, Manta did go overboard with the negativity.
Having said that, just like Year 1 of Kovy's contract didn't make the deal a complete disaster, Year 2 doesn't make it an overwhelming success either. We won't know for several years whether or not signing him for 15 years was the right move, and as we're seeing, other factors that have nothing to do with Kovy (such as the franchise's messy finances) could have a much more profound effect on the on-ice product that Kovy ever could, sadly enough.
It would be nice to see Kovy have a solid impact in the playoffs, even if the team doesn't do much as a whole.
All they'd have to do is steal one of the first two in the World's Most Overrated Piss-Smelling Loser Factory, and it's on. Don't discount the pshychological factor of Washington getting into the Rangers' heads. If they pull off one of the first two, it's a long series. I'd be PRAYING for Buffalo if I was a Rangers fan.
I think it has more to do with the Caps than it does the Rangers. Think about it...they were 7-0-0 to start the season. They've been incredibly ordinary at best ever since...32-31-8 and outscored by a boatload. Even if they got inside the Rangers' heads, I don't think they'd know what to do once they got there.
DeBoer was interviewed on the NHL channel on Sirius/XM yesterday. He gave a lot of the credit to the way Kovalchuk is playing to Lemaire laying the groundwork. He also said he really didn't know what to expect from Kovalchuk going in, but then said that Kovalchuk is a great teammate who really likes being around the guys, and works very hard in practice.
What's sad is that it's even more obvious now that Kovalchuk really was never properly coached in his entire career in Atlanta. Even sadder is that he's made it clear that he's quite coachable.
Well then you must be right!! As njdevil26 said, while you may have superhuman abilities at reading someone's every thought (because you worked in sales so you gots skillzz) to say that you know what Zach's thoughts are because you met him once barely even qualifies you to even be one of Ecklund's or The NY Post's sources
He may very well leave, but it's a joke to claim you know something because you met the guy at a meet and greet.. I'm not even saying that he didn't look unhappy to be there, but you made a big inference from a small encounter.. If that was the case, Patty would be long gone because he always looks like he wants to gtfo at meet and greets
hystyk just reminded me why I dislike certain salesmen so much. That "I know how to read people, I can sell anything to anyone, I'm God's gift to all things sales, and I'm smarter and keener than everybody." Those guys get about 5 minutes of my time before they're shown the door.
Who the fvck knows what Parise's going to do? He may not even know. But I doubt some random sales guy is going to have any more insight than anyone else.
Ok not like anyone cares but here's some cool stuff that happened tonight:
Wow so Kovy really scored like that?
We SMT3 against the Rags??
Lunquivst finally looked soft against the Devils??!
JJ looked fvcking sweet!!
I'm so stoked to watch this on TV in 30 minutes. I'm actually hoping it's Rangers in 60 so I can hear how upset they're pretending not to be.
The Devils are the only team in the league to beat the Rags 3 times.
& just for kicks...
My buddy gets up during a PK and yells 'KILL! KILL!'. A Rags fan behind us tells him to STFU & to sit down. Needless to say I turned around and put him in his place. I think my exact words were: "Dude I know you're fvcking old and you probably have more stressful things going on in your life than a Devils Rangers game, but this is my favorite hockey team and we'll stand up and cheer all night for the Devils. People call Devils fans pussies right? You're definitely not fvcking with one right now."
His friends calmly told him not to tell us to sit down and to STFU anymore. He was silent the rest of the game.
In fairness, Lundqvist didn't really look soft...we all know what Kovy can do (that was a goal-scorer's goal for sure), and Clarkson's goal was the definition of a fortunate bounce. Devils played a strong game for sure, but amazing how different a game can look and feel when the bounces go your way.
I know some will talk about the Flyer fanbase and how much they suck, but to me the most overrated lot of annoying jizzbuckets are the Ranger fans, without question. Yes, I know some cool ones, and yes, I have friends who are Ranger fans who are capable of talking intelligent hockey, but most of the ones I meet fit a certain bill.
Even if they're not dumb, they have a way of sounding dumb.
They think that somehow playing in NY equates them to being the Yankees of the NHL...that they have some rich tradition of winning and success by default. They beat their chests when they have precious little to beat them over.
No matter how good or bad their on-ice product is, or what style of hockey their team plays, Ranger fans are always convinced that their team plays an exciting brand of hockey that is good for the NHL. I know this because, when the Rangers were missing the playoffs for seven straight seasons, on ESPN and other message boards they said as much, and of course talked about how boring the Devils were. Of course we remember how unwatchable the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 Devils were. Damn that sleep-inducing A-line!
They have that god-awful Noo Yawk accent...
...which makes their same tired quips about parking lots, attendance, the trap, and all the other jokes Ranger fans still find hilarious for the past 20 years or so that much more grating on the ears.
And no one can bitch about Marty getting starts against the Rangers anymore...he's 3-2, but with a 1.59 GAA and .931 save%, and one of the losses came in a game where he surrendered just one goal. Whatever difficulties the Devils have had with the Rangers can't be put on Marty this season.
And 2-1-1 to start a tough month. Not too bad, really. If they split the next four games, I'll take it.
Marty has always played his best when he plays a lot. This season has been further evidence of it. Giving Moose more starts might bust up Marty's mojo.
If it's a choice between being fair and giving Moose more starts, or having your starter playing at his best heading into the playoffs, I'll take the latter. Goalie platoons are nice in the regular season, but come playoff time it's preferable to have one go-to guy playing at his peak.
And if there is truth to the team playing better in front of Moose, the last thing a coach should do is cave in to that. That'd be on the players. They'd need to get their heads out of their collective asses and play at 100% no matter who's in net. That is, if it's true.
Like I said, I don't have a problem with Marty getting the majority of the starts...I'm not talking 50-50 platoon. And Marty's save% over his last 5 is .875. Not saying he's solely responsible for that...just saying I don't see the harm in Hedberg getting 4-5 starts down the stretch...especially with the schedule being so compressed. I don't think that would hurt Marty's game.
That's the trouble with most of you, you equate losing with being half assed. If the Devils came out half assed, explain the first ten minutes? Problem is Florida's not quite the pushover most of you think, once they tied the game and got their own game legs the game changed and once they got the lead they really clamped down. We lost our way a bit, but when you almost need the perfect play to score you're gonna try too hard to make the perfect play. And when they stack four guys up at the blueline once you get there, good luck with that. They put on a clinic on how to protect a lead. A clinic. Not sitting back and getting outshot 15-1 in the third.
Anyone that 'still' thinks Florida would be a pushover matchup in the playoffs just hasn't watched these four games against them this year. They were even for a reason, and we'd at the very least be even in the standings if not for their eleven OT/SO losses and our 12 OT/SO wins.
In bold: yes, some of this board seems to do that a lot. They can't ever give the other team credit, it's that that Devils didn't try enough, the Devils weren't into it, blah blah blah. Or the old classic: "Devils need to play 60 minutes." Like every other team in the NHL plays 60 minutes, except the Devils.
That was just the 8th regulation loss for the Devils in the past 30 GP. That's pretty damned good, especially for a team clearly has some holes. I'll never understand the "every game is a winnable entity" mentality. Even if people want to throw out the "Devils should've gotten up for this game" after a loss (not saying that applies to this particular game), NO NHL team gets up for all 82 games on the schedule. Just doesn't happen. Teams get tired, sometimes check out mentally for a game here and there...some fans will say "They get paid to play hard every sngle game blah blah blah", but it simply does not work that way and it never will, as long as human beings are the ones wearing the uniforms.