Colorado Rockies 1976 Posted May 10 Share Posted May 10 26 minutes ago, Satans Hockey said: I've never left early, even during the regular season, I just can't do it because of the you really never know factor, especially for the playoffs. Unless it was an absolute emergency or I got sick during the game is the only way I'd ever leave early. We only needed 5 to tie! It was possible! Hahaha 20 minutes ago, NJDevs4978 said: I would have absolutely left any other game in the second intermission that didn’t have the potential ‘last (home) game of the year’ factor If it had been 4-1 at the end of the second, I would've stayed well into the third. If they were still down by that many with a couple of minutes left, I'd probably just call it a night...I have a trek to Clinton, and I wouldn't have wanted to deal with the extra 20-30 mins of traffic to stay until the very last minute, even for the last game of the year. I have so many great memories built up this season that I can live with not being there until the final horn for this one. 55 minutes ago, NJDevs4978 said: There’s no point to it…Schmid’s regular season and Ranger series combined with VV’s regular season leaves no room to even entertain bringing back the third best goalie on the roster. People are sh!tting on VV for four bad starts, Blackwood has had three bad YEARS And the point of playing our third best goalie who hasn’t played in a month and who isn’t in our long term plans is what exactly? He’s clearly not a better option than Schmid and goaltending really doesn’t matter anyway if the Devils are going to give the same ‘effort’ they gave in three games this series Re: the above, given how badly Schmid and VV have fared in this series in particular, I get @Jimmy Leeds being flustered by what he's seen in this series...who isn't? But my issue with Blackwood is twofold: 1) Lindy and/or Fitz have given this guy an AWFUL lot of "Go get 'em kid!" votes of confidence this year...and never seem to get rewarded for them. The friggin' last game of the regular season (which DID of course have potential playoff implications and was played against a dead-team-walking Caps squad) was given to Blackwood, both to see if he could put together a decent performance, AND to get VV and Schmid (who was the backup) a well-deserved night off. Well of course Blackwood sucks the place up so badly that Schmid has to come in early in the second period (imagine if he'd gotten hurt), and the Devils in the end do manage to win...but how many chances should Blackwood get?! From Opening Night when he was given the inside track on nailing down the 1A to failed opportunity after failed opportunity...I just can't with him anymore. 2) I can't tie my season's fading hopes to Mac. Look, Schmid could absolutely not get it done in Game 5. But with him I at least feel like there's a chance that he MIGHT. With Mac, you have a good idea what will happen...a morale-killing softie allowed sometime in the first five minutes, then a big potential save opportunity that he'll find a way not to make...does anyone believe that he's not giving up at least two goals in the first frame, in deflating fashion? Like you said, Schmid's overall playoff performance (and VV's big-time playoff struggles) really means that he should get first dibs for Game 5. I just can't give MB29 one last chance to fail in such an important game. If the Devils lose with Schmid, so be it. I won't second-guess that move. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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