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Just now, NJDevs4978 said:

Yeah I remember the 13-14 game winning streak, whatever it was and the fact it was the Rangers of all teams that snapped it.  Honestly that stretch might have been the worst thing to happen to the Devils that year, they got pretty arrogant and thought they could turn it on whenever they needed to, and against a weak East they could...but it finally bit them against the Avs.

I always felt like the two losses to the 'Canes in the first round of the playoffs (after cruising to a 3-0 series lead) threw the Devils off...seemed like they were headed for an easy sweep, then suddenly had to work a bit harder than they expected.  Then the seven-game series against the Leafs that saw them down 3-2.  A Penguins team that really wasn't that good (Tri said it in my thread, they were basically five great forwards and nothing else, and Hedberg came back to earth) was the perfect tonic at the perfectt time...after that tough series against the Leafs, the Devils basically swatted the Pens away like an insignificant swarm of gnats, and the Pens seemed to have minimal interest in competing.  I do think the Devils got a little complacent/too sure of themselves, but I also think they simply couldn't sustain the ridiculous pace they were on over those 24 games.  They basically didn't lose during that entire stretch.  Damned near every game they were firing on all cylinders, and Brodeur was good but not really great for that run...he had a .912 save%. 

The parallel is interesting because you can't help but wonder if the Penguins are peaking a little too early as well. 

RWTD:  yeah, Elias was a complete beast and then some.  Over a full season that would've been over a 140-point pace over 82 GP.  I haven't looked up the Pens individual numbers over this stretch, but I'm sure the big names are red hot for them. 

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In the Penguins' case they haven't won a Cup 'that' recently so I don't think overconfidence will be a problem.  They did lose in five games of the first round last year.

33 minutes ago, Daniel said:

I mean, they steamrolled through the East in the playoffs that year, and absolutely humiliated a Pittsburgh team that I seem to recall a lot of talking heads deemed the favorite, although that was based on a combination of name recognition and wishful thinking. 

Hate to say it, but the loss to the Avs rested a lot on Marty.

They hardly steamrolled through the East.  They should have steamrolled through Carolina but lost a tough Game 4 and no-showed in Game 5 at home, suddenly making things a bit nerve-wracking till they pulled away in Game 6.  They were down 3-2 against Toronto and got too caught up in revenge for the Nieds thing in Games 5 and 6, and somehow won Game 6 despite taking a million penalties before they rolled in Game 7 and through the Pens the last three games of that series. On the MSG telecast after the Av series Stan and even Doc were saying how the team was so mercurial and they definitely suffered a lack of discipline in a lot of big games that playoff run.  White and O'Donnell practically lived in the penalty box.

Yes Marty stunk in the Finals but he was hardly the only one.  Mogilny and Gomez had like one or two good games that whole playoffs.  Even Stevens got nutmegged by Sakic a couple times in the Finals.

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still an amazing season for Holtby. I really hope Brodeur keeps the record but it's fair to bring up that Holtby had 66 starts this year and Brodeur had 78 that year.

While someone could look at it saying well he could have beat him if he played more game... it's fvcking impressive from Marty to be able to play 78 games in a season and finish with a .922 save %. 

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Further thoughts:

First, April 9th was certainly a day for hitting those milestones:

Ovi pulled off three goals to hit 50 on the season.

Tarasenko scored his 40th.

Panarin, Henrique, Palmieri, Galchenyuk, and Pacioretty all scored their 30th goal, making 10 players in the league this year who scored exactly 30 goals.

Huberdeau, Silfverberg, Jordan Staal, Parenteau, and Chimera all scored their 20th goal, making 17 players in the league this year who scored exactly 20 goals.

Two players scored their 300th goal (Spezza, Hartnell) 

The rookies were scoring like mad to finish the season:

With a three point night, Panarin probably locked up the Calder Trophy for himself. He finishes the season with 77 points (30G, 47A), which is 21 more points  than the next closest rookie (Eichel). All the top rookies finished hot: Eichel put up 6 points (1G, 5A) in his final five games, McDavid finished the season with 13 points (2G, 11A) in his final 11 games, and Gostisbehere had 6 points (6A) in his last 9 games (and has one more game), but Panarin put up a whopping 13 points (5, 8A) in his final give games. It's good to be a Blackhawk folks.

Here are the top scoring (qualifying) rookies in order of points per game played:

Connor McDavid: 1.09 P/GP (48 points/44 games) (1.09 P/GP is 3rd highest in the league overall behind Kane and Benn).

Artemi Panarin: .96 P/GP (77 points/80 games)

Shayne Gostisbehere: .71 P/GP (45 points/63 games + one more game remaining)

Jack Eichel: .69 P/GP (56 points/81 games)

Max Domi: .64 P/GP (52 points/81 games)

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I did a long post on the playoff picture. Still two series undetermined in each conference that go to the last day. Rangers await Flyers/Islanders result. Kings and Sharks await Ducks/Caps result. Plus thoughts on Award races.

Islanders will determine Rangers' first round, Kane headlines Hart

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Islanders taking advantage of the new playoff format by basically not dressing anyone. And why would they? They need to just scrap the whole format. It should be 1-8. And that also would mean Islanders and Rangers in the first round.

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1 hour ago, Derek21 said:

Islanders taking advantage of the new playoff format by basically not dressing anyone. And why would they? They need to just scrap the whole format. It should be 1-8. And that also would mean Islanders and Rangers in the first round.

Absolutely agree, it's ridiculous that the Blues are playing Chicago in the first round. This format hurts teams that do well during the regular season. There was nothing wrong with the 1 to 8 format besides guaranteeing division winners a top 3 spot. Should have just been winning your division gets you into the playoffs but it seeds you 8th if that's where you finished overall in the conference. 

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Pitt helped us this week by beating Washington in OT and prevented Holtby from being able to beat Marty, now, for the third straight year, we collectively look their way and hope they finally knock off the Rangers in the post season.

Hopefully a now "happy" Phil Kessel will help their offense make up for Fleury's typical post season choke, if/when he returns.

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2 hours ago, Satans Hockey said:

Absolutely agree, it's ridiculous that the Blues are playing Chicago in the first round. This format hurts teams that do well during the regular season. There was nothing wrong with the 1 to 8 format besides guaranteeing division winners a top 3 spot. Should have just been winning your division gets you into the playoffs but it seeds you 8th if that's where you finished overall in the conference. 

Exactly, I am at my wits end after seeing what the Isles did with Greiss. I went off about it.

Islanders pull Greiss and intentionally tank for Panthers

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15 hours ago, Derek21 said:

Islanders taking advantage of the new playoff format by basically not dressing anyone. And why would they? They need to just scrap the whole format. It should be 1-8. And that also would mean Islanders and Rangers in the first round.

It looked like it was inevitable that it would be Rangers-Isles first round, for most of the season. And then boom, March rolls around and that all fell apart. Pretty disappointed, that would've been HUGE.

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So this is quite interesting. MTL scored the EXACT same amount of goals this year than they did last year. 221 goals. So while im sure Therrien is gone for sure. He was certainly not the problem. He hasn't been better or worst than he was but the fans certainly needed someone to blame so... and from the games i watched the team was also not playing any worst than last year. The one and only difference for MTL was not having Price saving their ass almost every game. Last year they had 189 goals against, this year 236. So instead of winning 2-1 they were losing 3-2 this season.

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4 hours ago, SterioDesign said:

So this is quite interesting. MTL scored the EXACT same amount of goals this year than they did last year. 221 goals. So while im sure Therrien is gone for sure. He was certainly not the problem. He hasn't been better or worst than he was but the fans certainly needed someone to blame so... and from the games i watched the team was also not playing any worst than last year. The one and only difference for MTL was not having Price saving their ass almost every game. Last year they had 189 goals against, this year 236. So instead of winning 2-1 they were losing 3-2 this season.

I completely disagree.

That the only thing keeping them alive has to be Carey Price in net, is exactly a sign that their coaching and system is a problem. I really don't think they have a bad team set up. That's a bad indictment on the coach and his system, and unwillingness to change his system (away from a style of play that depends on Carey Price; in which case, Price wasn't here this season).

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5 hours ago, SterioDesign said:

So this is quite interesting. MTL scored the EXACT same amount of goals this year than they did last year. 221 goals. So while im sure Therrien is gone for sure. He was certainly not the problem. He hasn't been better or worst than he was but the fans certainly needed someone to blame so... and from the games i watched the team was also not playing any worst than last year. The one and only difference for MTL was not having Price saving their ass almost every game. Last year they had 189 goals against, this year 236. So instead of winning 2-1 they were losing 3-2 this season.

Turns out the coach isn't going anywhere.

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