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« on: Apr 21, 2011 at 01:02 »

I don't know what happened to the earlier thread, but I have a feeling I deleted it when I was drunk last night.  But, no one will ever really know what happened to it.

Anyhoo, great win tonight.  Tremendous to see Neal get the winner; huge sigh of relief all around there.  The Sabres did us a solid also.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 21, 2011 at 08:19 »

Good job deleting the old thread, you broke the curse of the 0-for the playoffs power play! The top 4 were phenominal again tonight. The Niskanen-Lovejoy pairing is shakey at best though.

I've never seen a team control the puck so much and generate so few legit scoring chances though. Understandable given who's missing from the lineup but it doesn't bode well going forward.
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 21, 2011 at 09:07 »

I don't know what happened to the earlier thread, but I have a feeling I deleted it when I was drunk last night.  But, no one will ever really know what happened to it.

Hey, we have logs!

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Topic: 19383 subject: Pens/Lighting Round 1     Topic Starter:  Merman1983
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 21, 2011 at 09:30 »

I don't know what happened to the earlier thread, but I have a feeling I deleted it when I was drunk last night.  But, no one will ever really know what happened to it.

Hey, we have logs!

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Topic: 19383 subject: Pens/Lighting Round 1     Topic Starter:  Merman1983
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Speculation.  Hearsay.  You'll be hearing from my legal team.
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 22, 2011 at 21:56 »

I've seen this five times, and I get a chill down my spine every time.

James Neal - History Will Be Made 4/20/11

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 24, 2011 at 14:19 »

I'm concerned after this recent loss. I think we'll win the series, but I don't know how much further we can go from there. This is the second time this team hasn't shown up to a home playoff game. You can't do that in the NHL postseason and last very long. It's weird too, because this team, since Bylsma has taken over, has never been accused of not showing up for games. Especially big games. I don't know if games 2 and 5 were flukes, but it's certainly a cause for concern. If we're gonna lose, I'd rather it be to a better team and not because we didn't show up to the fucking game.

Now let's end this fucking series before something crazy happens. Go Pens.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 25, 2011 at 06:44 »

I don't know what happened to the earlier thread, but I have a feeling I deleted it when I was drunk last night.  But, no one will ever really know what happened to it.

Hey, we have logs!

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Speculation.  Hearsay.  You'll be hearing from my legal team.

I agree with Penso...this seems like total bull. BAL is much more like 90%.
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 25, 2011 at 20:31 »

This sucks. Playing like dogshit...AGAIN.

This team needs to wake the fuck up.
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 25, 2011 at 21:21 »

Thoughts after the game:

Hey Niskanen, I know you wear #2, but that doesn't mean it's okay to play like Josef Melichar.

Why isn't Eric Tangradi playing? Our PP is abysmal. We need his presence is front of the net.

Scratch Niskanen in favor of Deryk Engelland. He's more than just a fighter. And plus, someone needs to punch Downie and Malone in the fucking mouth.

Hey Kovy, shoot the fucking puck! You don't have to always deke around and deliver a sub par pass to the slot or point. You have exactly 1 SOG in the last two games. Stop dicking around, and get to work.

Hey TK, just because you have the puck, doesn't mean you are then obligated to shoot every fucking time! Stop shooting directly into their defensemen and forwards whenever you touch the puck. Try and develop a play for fuck sake.

Hey Kunitz, you do know you aren't still suspended, right? It's okay to play now.

Ugh, shitty night. Commence drinking...more.


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« Reply #9 on: Apr 26, 2011 at 09:13 »

Lack of anyone who can create space. Lack of anyone sans Letang who can carry the puck.

i don't have the stat in front of me, but this team has got to be about 5 for it's last 100 on the power play. A change really needed to happen BEFORE this game. I agree Whitmer, Tangradi in front of the net would have been a good start. But with the lack of playmakers on the power play it probably wouldn't have made a difference.

Letang has been awful, but I'm going to give him a break because he's busting his ass trying to make something happen offensively and playing 30 minutes a night of playoff hockey.

I honestly still think the Pens win game 7, I predicted a hard fought 7 game series in the first playoff thread, but I can't see this team overcoming their shortcomings and beating anyone else in the east besides maybe buffalo if they advance. The special teams have been to awful. You can't win playoff series without taking advantage of power plays.


Also, another big fuck you to Matt Cooke. We really could have used him in this series.
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 26, 2011 at 11:01 »

I share the frusration about Kennedy's tendency to shoot into the shin pads of the defenders; but in general the Bolts appear to me to be outworking us in the corners and in the neutral zone.  We have lost any semblance of extended possession, and are getting zero second chance opportunities while regularly allowing TB two, three, four whacks every time the puck goes through our crease.  All of these things are in part a reflection of work rate. 
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 27, 2011 at 03:17 »

I share the frusration about Kennedy's tendency to shoot into the shin pads of the defenders; but in general the Bolts appear to me to be outworking us in the corners and in the neutral zone.  We have lost any semblance of extended possession, and are getting zero second chance opportunities while regularly allowing TB two, three, four whacks every time the puck goes through our crease.  All of these things are in part a reflection of work rate. 

I agree, it seems like a lack of effort on our part. When we're fired up, we dominate the play and handle these guys well. Other times, we seem not interested. Never thought I'd say that about this team.
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« Reply #12 on: Apr 27, 2011 at 09:54 »

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Lines at the morning skate, so it doesn't look like there is going to be a shakeup. Although Engelland was the "first one on the ice" so maybe he's dressing for Lovejoy or Niskanen.
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« Reply #13 on: Apr 27, 2011 at 11:30 »

I never thought I'd say this, but I half hope we don't win tonight.  We'd either get the Caps or Flyers in the next round, and the thought of losing to either of those teams makes me sick to my stomach. 
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« Reply #14 on: Apr 27, 2011 at 11:47 »

I never thought I'd say this, but I half hope we don't win tonight.  We'd either get the Caps or Flyers in the next round, and the thought of losing to either of those teams makes me sick to my stomach. 

Not hoping for a loss tonight but if we play either of those two teams i just foresee 5 or 6 games of pure fucking frustration, where they get a 1 or 2 goal lead and we have zero chance of mounting a comeback. Tampa is much better equipped to deal with Philly IMO.

A Boston/Pens series would have been epic. Average about a goal a game and a combined 0-50  on the power play.
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« Reply #15 on: Apr 27, 2011 at 11:48 »

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You've seen the Flyers goalies, right? Nothing to fear there. What's it been? Close to 25 years since they had a decent netminder? Brutal.
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« Reply #16 on: Apr 27, 2011 at 14:02 »

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You've seen the Flyers goalies, right? Nothing to fear there. What's it been? Close to 25 years since they had a decent netminder? Brutal.

Yeah, it's hard to figure.  Used to be you could explain it away by Bobby Clarke's hardheadedness, but he's not the player personnel guy anymore IIRC.
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« Reply #17 on: Apr 27, 2011 at 20:02 »

Damn, great first period. Would have been nice to get at least one out of all that.
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« Reply #18 on: Apr 27, 2011 at 21:40 »

Something of a dissapointing end to a season that still qualifies as successful (provided 71 and 87 come back).

Entirely appropriate that the series should end on a failed power play.
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« Reply #19 on: Apr 27, 2011 at 21:59 »

They really couldn't have played any harder, they just couldn't finish offensively. Still stings but it's way down my list of game 7 disappointments for sure.
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« Reply #20 on: Apr 27, 2011 at 23:13 »

Pretty nauseating experience. But as penso pointed out before, better to lose against Tampa than Philly or Washington.

What now? I guess...Go Predators?
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« Reply #21 on: Apr 28, 2011 at 11:03 »

Pretty nauseating experience. But as penso pointed out before, better to lose against Tampa than Philly or Washington.

What now? I guess...Go Predators?

Given who is left in the east, go Tampa I guess. In the west and overall, yeah, go Preds.
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