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2 hours ago, titans04 said:

This whole covid thing has been another reminder there's a whole lot of more important things in life than hockey.

Well New York has the most COVID so nobody should sign with the Rangers anymore. 

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5 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

Well New York has the most COVID so nobody should sign with the Rangers anymore. 

Could very well be the Devils strategic plan. That and weaponizing the cap space.

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45 minutes ago, titans04 said:

Could very well be the Devils strategic plan. That and weaponizing the cap space.

If you can connect Tom Fitz to China somehow, I will fully support this theory. 

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I mean let's be honest. If it wasn't that I have my own business. I could easily get fired if some stuff i say privately to some of my pals leaked publicly and out of context lol

And i'm ceeeeertainly not the only one. So i'm not excusing what he said, but i'm not going to condone something said between friends in private.

Hell, imagine if MB3 was running for president and someone in the media found this website and all the things he said he would have done to Taylor Hall hahahaha as Doc said best "IT'S OVER!".

 

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11 hours ago, SterioDesign said:

I mean let's be honest. If it wasn't that I have my own business. I could easily get fired if some stuff i say privately to some of my pals leaked publicly and out of context lol

And i'm ceeeeertainly not the only one. So i'm not excusing what he said, but i'm not going to condone something said between friends in private.

Hell, imagine if MB3 was running for president and someone in the media found this website and all the things he said he would have done to Taylor Hall hahahaha as Doc said best "IT'S OVER!".

 

Our current President is the "grab them by the p*ssy" guy, I don't think MB3 would have any problems lol. 

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3 hours ago, Satans Hockey said:

Not surprising when you're easily replaceable...

 

Not defending what he said by any means, but you are 100% correct in that if it was Ovechkin or Backstrom saying that they wouldn't get the same treatment from the Caps.

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18 minutes ago, DevsMan84 said:

Not defending what he said by any means, but you are 100% correct in that if it was Ovechkin or Backstrom saying that they wouldn't get the same treatment from the Caps.

That’s a given. They’d be sent to some sensitivity classes and fined or something. Certainly not traded or released. 

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4 hours ago, DevsMan84 said:

Not defending what he said by any means, but you are 100% correct in that if it was Ovechkin or Backstrom saying that they wouldn't get the same treatment from the Caps.

Don't have to look very far to find players that did way worse stuff that are still in the league.

Easy PR move for the caps.

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2 hours ago, RunninWithTheDevil said:

That site really is just awful.  

And to add to that, nothing against Nick Villone, but that guy has no idea what he's talking about (but acts like he does).  He's the kind of guy who sees someone like a 23 or 24-year-old Nick Lappin or Q score 6 or 7 goals over 9 AHL games, and immediately treats that guy like a legit prospect who should be called up to the big club immediately.  The ONLY thing kinda cool about that site is the name.  Everything else about it is terrible.  

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1 minute ago, NJDfan1711 said:

Devils/Sabres from April 1994 with Hasek's 70-save performance on NHL Network in 10 minutes.  

That friggin' game...I was so bummed after watching it...I was SURE that the Devils were going to lose Game 7, and yet another tough first-round series.  I had tickets for that Game 7 too...Devils fell behind 1-0 of course, but tied it up and then made a 2-1 second period lead stand up.  I remember Mogilny being pissed...slammed his stick onto the ice as soon as the game ended.  

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21 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

Devils/Sabres from April 1994 with Hasek's 70-save performance on NHL Network in 10 minutes.  

Not necessarily via NHLN but the NHL app, I've enjoyed watching some classic games lately. For one, it's so weird watching 1990s hockey compared to the modern era; the game feels so much slower, goalies look SO small in net and the amount of hooking/grabbing/tackling/whatever and getting away with it is incredible... but it brings me back to my childhood. Just recently watched Mario destroying the Rangers (he made it look so effortless) and the Kings/Leafs playoff series from 1993 (I don't know how nor why but I had a VHS tape of the 1992-93 Leafs season that I must've watched 100 times as a kid). 

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1 hour ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

That friggin' game...I was so bummed after watching it...I was SURE that the Devils were going to lose Game 7, and yet another tough first-round series.  I had tickets for that Game 7 too...Devils fell behind 1-0 of course, but tied it up and then made a 2-1 second period lead stand up.  I remember Mogilny being pissed...slammed his stick onto the ice as soon as the game ended.  

I was exhausted and heartbroken after that game 6.... begged my mom to get tickets for game 7. She did, and we went. Awesome night at the old barn that night.

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5 hours ago, nmigliore said:

Not necessarily via NHLN but the NHL app, I've enjoyed watching some classic games lately. For one, it's so weird watching 1990s hockey compared to the modern era; the game feels so much slower, goalies look SO small in net and the amount of hooking/grabbing/tackling/whatever and getting away with it is incredible... but it brings me back to my childhood. Just recently watched Mario destroying the Rangers (he made it look so effortless) and the Kings/Leafs playoff series from 1993 (I don't know how nor why but I had a VHS tape of the 1992-93 Leafs season that I must've watched 100 times as a kid). 

An nmig sighting!  Nice!

You should watch 80s hockey...you see some of the goaltending back then and you quickly realize why it was such an offensive era...there were some god-awful netminders playing back then.  And yeah the net behind guys like Chico looked like soccer nets back then, compared to now.  

Agree on the speed in past seasons...I was watching the very first playoff game in franchise history (Rockies vs Flyers, in the Spectrum...Rockies lost 3-2 in OT...this was 1978), and I'd say about 90% of that game almost looks like it's being played at half-speed...and in some ways, half-size.  Everything that's said about players being bigger, stronger, and faster today is 100% on the money.  

You can find that game on youtube by the way.  There's also highlights of a 7-1 Rockies win against the Blues in Denver (McNicholls Arena...in January 1982, their final season in Colorado), and some of those goals allowed by Mike Liut are almost comically bad...Brent Ashton's goal (made it 6-1) just kind of floats its way into the net from near the blue line...almost looks like a change-up (the kind that Bugs Bunny threw when during the "One!  Two!  Three strikes yer out!", three-straight strikeouts one on pitch bit).  I still don't know how Liut couldn't stop it. 

 

5 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

I was exhausted and heartbroken after that game 6.... begged my mom to get tickets for game 7. She did, and we went. Awesome night at the old barn that night.

I had tix for the first two rounds of the 1993-94 playoffs (I'd get strips for Rounds 3 and 4 the following season ...hence, the reason I was in the building for the 1995 Cup).  I was just as bummed as you were...deflated.  That regular season had obviously been by far the most successful in Devils history...to see it potentially die out in the first round yet again just felt like such a disappointment.  When they went down 1-0 in Game 7 (and Hasek seeming to be invincible), I was already feeling like the Devils were done in 1994.  When they went up 2-1, I went nuts...and just crossed my fingers that it would be enough to beat the Sabres, because Hasek played so damned well for most of that series (1.61 GAA, .950 save%...sure, those numbers were a little bloated by Game 6, but the guy was still an intimidating puck-stopper, and very much a beast).  It was such a relief to get past them.

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3 hours ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

That friggin' game...I was so bummed after watching it...I was SURE that the Devils were going to lose Game 7, and yet another tough first-round series.  I had tickets for that Game 7 too...Devils fell behind 1-0 of course, but tied it up and then made a 2-1 second period lead stand up.  I remember Mogilny being pissed...slammed his stick onto the ice as soon as the game ended.  

I don't really remember the game itself, just that Hasek posted 70 saves  which was and is pretty remarkable.  I wasn't sure but had a feeling it was a shutout, and indeed it was, 1-0.  

We all know what happened at the end of those playoffs, but I was curious what happened in between, and was surprised to see that the next round against the Bruins we lost the first two at home, then took two at their place to even it up, and won the next two as well for four straight to win the series 4-2.  Pretty interesting and something else I didn't quite remember.  

2 hours ago, nmigliore said:

Not necessarily via NHLN but the NHL app, I've enjoyed watching some classic games lately. For one, it's so weird watching 1990s hockey compared to the modern era; the game feels so much slower, goalies look SO small in net and the amount of hooking/grabbing/tackling/whatever and getting away with it is incredible... but it brings me back to my childhood. Just recently watched Mario destroying the Rangers (he made it look so effortless) and the Kings/Leafs playoff series from 1993 (I don't know how nor why but I had a VHS tape of the 1992-93 Leafs season that I must've watched 100 times as a kid). 

I've enjoyed it too.  Honestly though, I actually saw some moments where I thought the game was actually kinda similar to today's.  The thing that stands out the most to me is the shots and how most of them were low and on the ground, and there was a lot of dekeing back then too.  You didn't see a lot of guys picking corners and setting up plays as much as you do today, particularly on the powerplay.  I think a lot of it has to do with the equipment, from both the player's and goalie's standpoints -- guys can shoot so much harder and accurate today, and for the goalies, it's easier to react and make certain saves, not to mention cut down on angles, with equipment being bigger and more protective.  

I watched a few games from the 70s and 80s, I believe it was Oilers/Flyers Game 7 in '87, and I watched Messier get a cross-checking call which could have just as easily been a boarding call -- to my surprise, the announcers called it as such, and it looked like something that would be just the same today.  I was kind of expecting the refs not to call it, and/or the announcers to disagree with the call, but they didn't.  Made me feel like there was more of a connection between today's game and back then, which I think is good at times.  So many things in life change and evolve, which is natural in a lot of cases, but it's cool to see something stay somewhat the same and share things in common from decades ago. 

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34 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

I don't really remember the game itself, just that Hasek posted 70 saves  which was and is pretty remarkable.  I wasn't sure but had a feeling it was a shutout, and indeed it was, 1-0.  

We all know what happened at the end of those playoffs, but I was curious what happened in between, and was surprised to see that the next round against the Bruins we lost the first two at home, then took two at their place to even it up, and won the next two as well for four straight to win the series 4-2.  Pretty interesting and something else I didn't quite remember.  

Game 6 against the Sabres went to 4OT to decide a winner.  Insanely long game.  And the kind that can really kill a team...I was so relieved when the Devils were able to shake that off.

Yeah, was rough losing Games 1 and 2 to the Bruins at home...Game 2 was doubly tough, because time was winding down in the third...and the Devils managed to tie it up 5-5 (they were ahead 4-3 at one point) with just seconds left on the clock.  Then OT, and then they lost about 9 minutes in...there was that glimmer of hope, instantly squashed by the sudden "Aw fvck!" OT goal by the Bruins.  I think Lemaire wondered if Marty was getting a little tired at that point, and that was definitely fair...he'd played 9 games and 612:43 (including 2 OT games) in just 17 days...based on the minutes alone, he'd really played over TEN games' worth of minutes during that stretch.  Lemaire went to Terreri for Games 3 and 4 at the Garden, and Chris played very well in both games (Devils also gave him some offensive support) and the Devils tied the series up.  Then back to Marty at home for Game 5 (he pitched a shutout), then back to Terreri at the Garden.  Terreri really did a hell of a job...he faced a lot of rubber in Games 4 and 6 (over 40 shots each game).  Devils probably won that series on the strength of their goaltending...the only game where the Devils really had any issues in net in that series was Game 2...I remember Marty looking shaky in that game (he didn't have many games like that during the 1993-94 playoffs...he was usually superb).  Boston's Jon Casey was pretty meh...an .871 save% for the series.  

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