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Redish
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Posted - Apr 7 2008 : 12:36:10 AM
NHL.com

Although the kiss of death, the President trophy winning Wings, my team, look pretty good.

But as always, you must beat the defending champions out first. So go Stars. Damn, I can't believe I said that.

Swine still owes me a DVD for jinxing my Wings last year.

Yo Swine !

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Hardware
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Purple passion
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Posted - Apr 7 2008 : 02:30:48 AM
I ran across the Stars game yesterday and watched for a few minutes. They spent more time fighting than playing and when they did play they couldn't score on a three-on-five. They won't be going very far that way.
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lilacwine
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Posted - Apr 7 2008 : 02:55:33 AM
The B's are playing the Habs in the first round and they haven't beaten them all year. Jeremey Jacobs must die.
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BSD
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Posted - Apr 7 2008 : 03:03:15 AM
Friends -

I don't think my Flyers are going very far in the playoffs, but they really did themselves a favor on the last day of the season, jumping from 8th place in the conference to 6th. That put us in against the Capitols in the first round instead of against the Penguins who'd been kicking our ass all year.

We'll see.

BSD

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budtugley
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Posted - Apr 7 2008 : 05:06:40 PM
The Washington Capitals were the worst team in hockey until the half-way point or so of this year. Then, like a drag racer finally getting traction from the spinning wheels, the took off and they're as hot as anybody. I wouldn't want to play them and the Flyers slowly faded as the season wore along while the Capitals were muscling up and mowing teams down.
Still, the playoffs have nothing to do with the regular season. A game or two is usually decided by a lucky bounce, a referee swallowing his whistle, a dumb penalty, or even an untimely injury.
My Anaheim Ducks wound up in the middle of the Western Conference, but they have the talent to win. Detroit is the most talented team and they outplayed Anaheim last year, but the Ducks got lucky when they needed to, tightened up in the defensive zone, and frustrated the Wings.
Dallas is no piece of cake and Anaheim has to get past them first. One series at a time--no time to look ahead.
Go Ducks!
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FLYGUY
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Posted - Apr 7 2008 : 05:43:26 PM
Any team can win this time of the year. The Flyers played very well over the weekend and getting the Caps I think is good for them. They actually have one more point then the Caps, and the season series was 2-2. It's a very even series. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Flyers win this series, which I hope they do..
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Endorphin
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Posted - Apr 7 2008 : 07:31:34 PM
Go Pens!!!
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the unknown pervert
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Posted - Apr 7 2008 : 10:34:06 PM
A hot goalie decides more playoff games than all those reason combined Bud.
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von_swine
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Posted - Apr 8 2008 : 01:41:46 AM


Redish wrote:
NHL.com

Although the kiss of death, the President trophy winning Wings, my team, look pretty good.

But as always, you must beat the defending champions out first. So go Stars. Damn, I can't believe I said that.

Swine still owes me a DVD for jinxing my Wings last year.

Yo Swine !


ok Redish, here are my rd#1 playoff capsules, (sure to ruffle more than a few 'feathers',lol);

Detroit/Nashville: What?, Dan Ellis is gonna stop the Redwings?? No, he's not. Even if Hasek's legs fall off, Osgood has enuff in the tank to hold off Jordin Tootoo and the rest of the gang. Detroit in 5.

San Jose/Calgary: Was there a hotter team at any point this season other than the Sharks? If so, it's a distant memory. Joe Thornton wants blood this year, starting w/Kiprasoff and Iginla's. San Jose in 6 (sorry Everhard)

Anaheim/Dallas: Now I've been accused in the past of being a 'hater' when it comes to the Ducks, and this year's no different. Brad May and Krys Barch had 4 INCREDIBLE scraps this year, lets pray for more. Anaheim's goon tactics of last year are transparent these days, and Marty Turco WILL out duel J.S. Giguere. Dallas in 6.

Colorado/Minnesota: Who cares, neither will make it past round 2. (coin flip says,.. Avalanche in 7).

Boston/Montreal: Talk about 2 teams that hate each other, but yet, the days of Cam Neely, Chris Nilan, Jay Miller etc,.have given way to Kovalev, Savard and Koivu. Dont think it'll get too rough unless things get lopsided. Carey Price is the key, not Tim Thomas. Montreal is too good for Boston. Habs in 5.

Philadelphia/Washington: Talk about 2 teams,.. Brashear and Cote should entertain us a few times, and dont forget about Richards' competitive drive, it's waaay underrated. Biron and his defence corps are superior to the Capitals w/Huet. Ovechkin looks to light it up, but it's an uphill battle. Flyers in 6.

New Jersey/New York: Talk about,..ok ok, but it's true, Devils Rangers has had some real 'Pier 6' brawls in the past, and w/Asham vs. Avery, we should see some flareups of days past. Rangers are hot w/that Goalie who just wont quit, whass his names man?? Who cares, he's on fire. Oh wait, it's Marty Brodeur on the other side, nevermind, Devils in 6.

Pittsburgh/Ottawa: Goaltending is a concern for both, no real #1 for Ottawa all year, and when Fleury went down, uber backup Ty Conklin shined for his first month of full duty. LOTS of weapons on both sides, but O'Ottawa could be still reeling form the hangover of last years Finals loss. Pens are young and pissed off and I like that. Laraque vs. McGratton will be fun until McGrattons head goes flying off of his shoulders,.. Pens in 7.

Redish, hit up Steph or Drew for my email and and I'll send you a list of what I can send you for last year's jinx, maybe even 2! See y'all in the corners,.. lates, Von S.

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noahped
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Posted - Apr 8 2008 : 04:32:35 PM
I cannot wait. Go Bruins!!!
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lilacwine
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Posted - Apr 8 2008 : 05:44:50 PM
I long for those days of Neely, Miller, Byers, Plett, Kordic, Roberge, Nilan, Claude Lemieux et al. Now THAT was a real B's-Habs rivalry.

Edited by - lilacwine on 4/8/2008 5:49:02 PM

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FLYGUY
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Posted - Apr 8 2008 : 06:58:50 PM


von_swine wrote:


Redish wrote:
NHL.com

Although the kiss of death, the President trophy winning Wings, my team, look pretty good.

But as always, you must beat the defending champions out first. So go Stars. Damn, I can't believe I said that.

Swine still owes me a DVD for jinxing my Wings last year.

Yo Swine !


ok Redish, here are my rd#1 playoff capsules, (sure to ruffle more than a few 'feathers',lol);

Detroit/Nashville: What?, Dan Ellis is gonna stop the Redwings?? No, he's not. Even if Hasek's legs fall off, Osgood has enuff in the tank to hold off Jordin Tootoo and the rest of the gang. Detroit in 5.

San Jose/Calgary: Was there a hotter team at any point this season other than the Sharks? If so, it's a distant memory. Joe Thornton wants blood this year, starting w/Kiprasoff and Iginla's. San Jose in 6 (sorry Everhard)

Anaheim/Dallas: Now I've been accused in the past of being a 'hater' when it comes to the Ducks, and this year's no different. Brad May and Krys Barch had 4 INCREDIBLE scraps this year, lets pray for more. Anaheim's goon tactics of last year are transparent these days, and Marty Turco WILL out duel J.S. Giguere. Dallas in 6.

Colorado/Minnesota: Who cares, neither will make it past round 2. (coin flip says,.. Avalanche in 7).

Boston/Montreal: Talk about 2 teams that hate each other, but yet, the days of Cam Neely, Chris Nilan, Jay Miller etc,.have given way to Kovalev, Savard and Koivu. Dont think it'll get too rough unless things get lopsided. Carey Price is the key, not Tim Thomas. Montreal is too good for Boston. Habs in 5.

Philadelphia/Washington: Talk about 2 teams,.. Brashear and Cote should entertain us a few times, and dont forget about Richards' competitive drive, it's waaay underrated. Biron and his defence corps are superior to the Capitals w/Huet. Ovechkin looks to light it up, but it's an uphill battle. Flyers in 6.

New Jersey/New York: Talk about,..ok ok, but it's true, Devils Rangers has had some real 'Pier 6' brawls in the past, and w/Asham vs. Avery, we should see some flareups of days past. Rangers are hot w/that Goalie who just wont quit, whass his names man?? Who cares, he's on fire. Oh wait, it's Marty Brodeur on the other side, nevermind, Devils in 6.

Pittsburgh/Ottawa: Goaltending is a concern for both, no real #1 for Ottawa all year, and when Fleury went down, uber backup Ty Conklin shined for his first month of full duty. LOTS of weapons on both sides, but O'Ottawa could be still reeling form the hangover of last years Finals loss. Pens are young and pissed off and I like that. Laraque vs. McGratton will be fun until McGrattons head goes flying off of his shoulders,.. Pens in 7.

Redish, hit up Steph or Drew for my email and and I'll send you a list of what I can send you for last year's jinx, maybe even 2! See y'all in the corners,.. lates, Von S.



VS, great capsule, I pretty much agree with all you wrote. Go Flyguys.

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the unknown pervert
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Posted - Apr 8 2008 : 08:03:32 PM


lilacwine wrote:
I long for those days of Neely, Miller, Byers, Plett, Kordic, Roberge, Nilan, Claude Lemieux et al. Now THAT was a real B's-Habs rivalry.

Edited by - lilacwine on 4/8/2008 5:49:02 PM


Back in that time period the Canadians main rival were the Nordiques

best part is listening to the PA announcer call all the penalties at the end "Chris Nilan five minutes for fighting, another five minutes for fighting, ten minute misconduct, and a game misconduct."

Edited by - the unknown pervert on 4/8/2008 8:13:00 PM

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lilacwine
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Posted - Apr 8 2008 : 08:29:02 PM
Milan Lucic is the most exciting Boston tough guy since P.J. Stock. And the kid's only like 18...he's a monster. Yeah, the Nordiques and the Habs...that's like the Yankees-Red Sox...most Yankee fans will tell you they hate the fuckin' Mets WAY more than the Sox.
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von_swine
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Posted - Apr 8 2008 : 08:43:14 PM


lilacwine wrote:
I long for those days of Neely, Miller, Byers, Plett, Kordic, Roberge, Nilan, Claude Lemieux et al. Now THAT was a real B's-Habs rivalry.

Edited by - lilacwine on 4/8/2008 5:49:02 PM


dont forget Gord Kluzak and Darin Kimble (ex Nordique!) who had some great tussles in the black & gold as well. lates, Von S.

p.s.; Wensinck and Jonathon were uber studs as well. - Von S.

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Cornell Lingus
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Posted - Apr 9 2008 : 01:43:14 AM
The NCAA Frozen Four is this week. Should be three great games Thursday and Saturday.
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matchmaker
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Posted - Apr 9 2008 : 02:12:00 AM


Endorphin wrote:
Go Pens!!!

As a Leaf fan (who's team missed the playoffs ), I'm also hoping that the Penguins beat the Senators.
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lilacwine
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Posted - Apr 9 2008 : 06:03:19 AM


von_swine wrote:


lilacwine wrote:
I long for those days of Neely, Miller, Byers, Plett, Kordic, Roberge, Nilan, Claude Lemieux et al. Now THAT was a real B's-Habs rivalry.

Edited by - lilacwine on 4/8/2008 5:49:02 PM


dont forget Gord Kluzak and Darin Kimble (ex Nordique!) who had some great tussles in the black & gold as well. lates, Von S.

p.s.; Wensinck and Jonathon were uber studs as well. - Von S.


I seem to recall the Whalers' Kevin Dineen knocking out Kluzak with one punch circa 1987 from a hockey fight tape of mine. Kluzak had about 6 inches on him, but he still dropped to the ice like a sack of dirt.

Edited by - lilacwine on 4/9/2008 6:06:46 AM

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von_swine
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Posted - Apr 9 2008 : 01:51:37 PM

lilacwine wrote:



I seem to recall the Whalers' Kevin Dineen knocking out Kluzak with one punch circa 1987 from a hockey fight tape of mine. Kluzak had about 6 inches on him, but he still dropped to the ice like a sack of dirt.
Edited by - lilacwine on 4/9/2008 6:06:46 AM

most every NHL tough guy 'walks into one' at some point in his career, and w/Dineen being pretty scrappy for his size, that doesnt surprise me. go check the Barch/Carcillo fight at hockeyfights.com and see Barch get one punched w/a beauty right. lates, Von S.
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Erik_Everhard
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Posted - Apr 10 2008 : 08:01:59 PM
GO FLAMES GO!!!!!!!!!

Erik Everhard " Always imitated NEVER duplicated"

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Myload
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Posted - Apr 10 2008 : 10:56:27 PM
I hope the Ducks win the Stanley Cup again.
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Cornell Lingus
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Posted - Apr 11 2008 : 12:04:50 AM
Notre Dame and Michigan are going into overtime at the NCAA Frozen Four.
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Cornell Lingus
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Posted - Apr 11 2008 : 12:23:05 AM
Notre Dame just won in OT. Irish vs BC in the NCAA finals game.
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the unknown pervert
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Posted - Apr 11 2008 : 08:56:05 AM
Does Notre Dame have a power play Jesus?
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Cornell Lingus
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Posted - Apr 11 2008 : 12:04:12 PM
^ It won't matter in this game, God doesn't take sides in a BC-ND contest. It's the Jesuits vs. the Holy Cross order.
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noahped
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Posted - Apr 12 2008 : 11:46:44 AM
Ovechkin's goal was nothing short of awesome last night.
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lilacwine
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Posted - Apr 12 2008 : 01:48:49 PM
The Bruins are clearly outmatched by Les Habs. They gotta start hitting those Flying Faux Frenchmen.

Edited by - lilacwine on 4/12/2008 1:50:50 PM

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Cornell Lingus
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Posted - Apr 12 2008 : 09:54:37 PM
Boston College wins the NCAA hockey championship with a 4-1 victory over Notre Dame.
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FLYGUY
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Posted - Apr 13 2008 : 07:05:14 PM
Flyers shut down Ovechkin, hence shut down the Caps. The Caps are not a great team. Biron finally made some key saves. If the Flyers play like that the rest of the series, it will end quickly for the Caps.
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Redish
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Posted - Apr 13 2008 : 08:11:22 PM
My Wings were just good enough to survive two flunky goals from the Preds.

didn't look great, but enough to get the job donw.

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noahped
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Posted - Apr 13 2008 : 10:15:34 PM
Yeah Bruins!!!
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Billy Bathgate
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 12:41:03 AM
Flyguys played much better defense. Home will be a big advantage. Wish I could go.

Marty Biron is up early as his wife has a 5:30am scheduled C-section for their third kid. Hopefully he'll get enough rest after that to be ready for another excellent performasnce.

Edited by - Billy Bathgate on 4/14/2008 12:43:31 AM

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Cornell Lingus
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 02:48:08 AM
You know, I can't help but like Ovechkin as a player and he seems like a really good guy, but is there an uglier player in the league right now? He looks like something that would step out of the forest in a Russian folk tale.

Edited by - Cornell Lingus on 4/14/2008 2:48:56 AM

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lilacwine
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 06:00:29 AM


Cornell Lingus wrote:
You know, I can't help but like Ovechkin as a player and he seems like a really good guy, but is there an uglier player in the league right now? He looks like something that would step out of the forest in a Russian folk tale.

Edited by - Cornell Lingus on 4/14/2008 2:48:56 AM


I think I saw an S.I. poll where 75 % of sports fans polled didn't know who Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby were.

Edited by - lilacwine on 4/14/2008 6:02:13 AM

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the unknown pervert
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 06:34:11 AM


lilacwine wrote:


Cornell Lingus wrote:
You know, I can't help but like Ovechkin as a player and he seems like a really good guy, but is there an uglier player in the league right now? He looks like something that would step out of the forest in a Russian folk tale.

Edited by - Cornell Lingus on 4/14/2008 2:48:56 AM


I think I saw an S.I. poll where 75 % of sports fans polled didn't know who Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby were.

Edited by - lilacwine on 4/14/2008 6:02:13 AM


Seeing how about 75% of sports fans do not even know hockey is still televised in the U.S. this does not surprise me. Let's give a round of applause for Gary Bettman and the NHLPA(particularly Bob Goodendorf, Goodendoofus, or whatever his name was.)

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noahped
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 01:34:46 PM
Gary Bettman is the Anti-Puck.
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bono-ONE
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 05:09:09 PM
I'm just glad I have Versus now and can watch a lot more of the playoffs, I'm still pissed that ESPN dropped it.
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FLYGUY
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 07:27:55 PM


bono-ONE wrote:
I'm just glad I have Versus now and can watch a lot more of the playoffs, I'm still pissed that ESPN dropped it.

I miss Gary Thorne..he's a great announcer. Love Mike Emerick though. He used to be the voice of the Flyers after leaving the Devils.

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bono-ONE
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 07:44:48 PM
Yeah I like all those guys, Bill Clement too, I've been watching hockey on ESPN way back since around 1985, I remember watching that Capitals game that went like 7 overtimes or something, the Flyers game that went I think 5 overtimes, there is just something about watching Stanley Cup hockey so I'm happy I have more games to watch now.
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the unknown pervert
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 08:09:15 PM
I always liked Mike "get in the fast lane grandma the bingo game is ready to roll" Lange with the Penguins, Rick Jennerette(spelling?) with the Sabres, and Darryl Reaugh (spelling?, once remarked when Pat Verbeek and, I believe, Ray Ferraro were jousting with each other, "if this goes any further it will be full on midget wrestling) with the Stars.
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FLYGUY
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 09:29:46 PM
The greatest of all was Gene Hart, from the Flyers. He basically taught all of Philly about hockey when Ed Snider created the Flyers. His replacement, Jim Jackson , isn't half bad. Bill Clement fills in for color while Keith Jones is on Versus. Gene's daughter, Lauren, is the Flyer's anthemist, if that's a word...if you ever get the chance to hear her sing God Bless America, it's an experience. I'm sure they will break out Kate Smith and Lauren sometime soon.
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Posted - Apr 14 2008 : 10:14:24 PM
Go Wild!!!!!
(I am moving to Pittsburgh soon, Go Penguins!, I will be a season ticket holder...)
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Cornell Lingus
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^^ What an optimist, believing the Penguins will stay in Pittsburgh
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katsirk
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Posted - Apr 15 2008 : 12:01:26 AM
Stupid positive thinking....
Dammit Wild, score already!!!!!!!!

Fuck yeah, Wild wins!

Edited by - katsirk on 4/15/2008 1:06:33 AM

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matchmaker
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Congrats, Katsirk! Wild up 2-1 in series, right?
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Posted - Apr 15 2008 : 01:12:24 AM
You got that right!
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budtugley
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Posted - Apr 15 2008 : 02:55:41 AM
The Ducks won't be winning it this year. Even the addition of future Hall of Famers Scott Neidermeyer and Teemu Selanne didn't add whatever is the missing ingredient. Maybe the grind after last years playoffs and the idiotic travel to London for a pair of games took it's toll, whatever, the Ducks aren't doing the extra effort plays that change momentum and win hockey games.
Plus, Dallas is doing what it takes to frustrate Anaheim. Score on the power play after dumb Duck penalties, and move the puck out of the zone with crisp passing to beat the Duck forecheckers and create odd-man rushes.
Ottawa, last year's final loser, is also taking it on the chin.
The Red Wings had more talent than Anaheim last year, but the Ducks had a magical touch and won games when they were clearly outplayed.
It will be fun to watch.
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Amber Rayne
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Posted - Apr 15 2008 : 02:56:25 AM


Erik_Everhard wrote:
GO FLAMES GO!!!!!!!!!

Erik Everhard " Always imitated NEVER duplicated"


Ouch now that hurts...fricken Flames...And Nolan of all people to score the game winner..grrrr :(

So um, anyone one wanna tell me why my team is comprised of habitual choke artists come playoff time? Am I saying its over for San jose? No not at all, but in my opinion the outcome of tomorrow may speak volumes for the rest of the series. So instead of a typical 2nd round exit, my boys may face a 1st round one.

Pure unbridled laziness and sitting back during the 2nd and 3rd period wont win a damn thing, although I am impressed with the complete turn around in Marleau's play and intensity from last post season, as was apparent in sundays game.

And yes I am quite gleefully watching the Ducks sink...hahaha

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Cornell Lingus
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Posted - Apr 15 2008 : 03:37:20 AM
^ San Jose tries to play a speed game. It works in the regular season. In the playoffs everything gets clogged up more, plus in a seven-game series your opponent can figure you out. Until the Sharks get some reliable grinders who will contest the puck consistently, San Jose is going to get pushed around in the postseason.
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von_swine
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Posted - Apr 15 2008 : 04:24:52 AM

Amber Rayne wrote:

And yes I am quite gleefully watching the Ducks sink...hahaha


you are so golden, ;),.. lates, Von S.
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BSD
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Posted - Apr 15 2008 : 04:25:22 AM
Friends -

If anyone needed evidence that Alexander Ovechkin was one of the three most gifted offensive players in the entire NHL, they need look no further than the end of Game 1 of Flyers-Capitals, on Friday night.

Despite having outplayed the Caps, in Washington, for most of the game, the Flyers had given back a 4-2 third period lead and found themselves in a 4-4 tie with three minutes to go in regulation. They had completely throttled and contained league leading scorer Ovechkin for the entire game.

Then, in an absolutely stunning four second sequence, Ovechkin, forechecking by himself, stole the puck from two Flyer defensemen, absolutely undressing them. Then he continued on, abusing helpless Flyer goalie Martin Biron, putting the puck over him and into the net for the game winner. Bang, bang, 5-4, just like that. Ovechkin unassisted, drive home safely.

It was a breathtaking play. My team lost and I still had to tip my hat at what I'd just seen.

The Flyers did much better on Sunday, smothering the Caps and getting out of Washington with a 2-0 Game 2 victory for a 1-1 series split. On to Philadelphia.

By the way, another example of the insane toughness of hockey players.

In Game 1, Flyer forward Patrick Thoresen blocked a Caps slap shot with his unit. That's right sports fans, he took a hockey puck traveling at 90+ mph, FLUSH IN HIS JUNK. Needless to say, he went down like he was shot, and while he lay there on the ice, the refs allowed play to continue and the Capitals scored the game tying goal.

But here's where it gets good.

Thoresen eventually staggered off the ice and to the lockerroom. They immediately took him to a Washington hospital and upon first inspection doctors thought they would have to operate and he would almost certainly lose a testicle because it had been so pulverized. But after a couple of days in the hospital they decided that his ball wasn't ruptured, it was now only swollen to four times it's normal size, and he wouldn't lose it. His "johnson" and his other testicle weren't doing too well either. They were also black and blue and swollen, but their trauma wasn't as severe as their brother. His mangled cup is hanging on the wall in the Flyer lockerroom at their practice facility.

The kicker?

Thoresen is attempting to practice on Tuesday, and wants to PLAY in Game 4 on Thursday. Playoff hockey. These guys are crazy.

If this were a baseball player, it would be the 60-Day Disabled List. Minimum.

BSD

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