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Posted on Thu Apr 04, 2013 17:52:49
I couldn't care less about anyone on the Penguins. They're a bunch of whiny, cheap douchebags and they deserve everything that happens to them and I hope they get knocked out in the first round. Really starting to despise Malkin, Crosby and Cooke as the three biggest chumps in the NHL. It's nice to see them falling apart after their win streak was snapped.

These games are starting to get very exciting now. I'm paying very close attention to PIT, MTL and BOS, half because I'm a homer for the Bruins and half because there's just a couple points separating them but those three teams can only be seeded 1, 2 and 4 at best.

I'm excited about Boston signing Jagr, I believe that is really going to ignite the offense. I'm also excited to see both Gaborik and Pominville being dealt to the West! Haha, Buffalo, although the suck, play us tough and Pominville does his share of damage probably second behind only Vanek from the Sabers, and then Gaborik is just a quality goal scorer who left the conference, so that only makes life easier for Boston in the playoffs.

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Posted on Thu Apr 11, 2013 05:52:10
Well the playoff picture is starting to become more clear now I guess the big question is with all of the big trades that happened among several teams who's going to benefit the most. Oh yeah and Ovechkin for Hart, Richard, and Lindsay!

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Posted on Sun Apr 28, 2013 04:57:50
So we get to get our revenge on the Rangers in the first round

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Posted on Sun Apr 28, 2013 21:28:34
I'm heading to the Bruins game tonight to determine MTL and BOS seedings and who TOR and NYI will play

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Posted on Tue Apr 30, 2013 02:05:34
Who's horny for some NHL Playoff predictions??@?@?@

Eastern Conference

PIT over NYI in 5
MTL over OTT in 7 <-- Could be a great series
NYR over WAS in 6
BOS over TOR in 5

Western Conference
CHI over MIN in 4
ANA over DET in 6
SJ over VAN in 6
STL over LAK in 7

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Posted on Tue Apr 30, 2013 18:19:22
I don't think Detroit is going to go very far in the playoffs, I hope they do, and I'm grateful they extended their postseason streak! We'll be back in full force soon enough.

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Posted on Thu May 02, 2013 04:22:49
The Sharks won't make it past Vancouver. The officials wouldn't let that happen. And if it's because of an icing call after the puck hits a Sedin, then there's a conspiracy here.

edit: GO SHARKS! Go Detroit! You guys are fun to beat up on

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Posted on Sat May 04, 2013 06:18:08
GO SHARKS!

Absolutely unbelievable! We beat Vancouver at their house 2 times in a row!

Who let the Sharks out! chomp chomp

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Posted on Sat May 04, 2013 06:49:16
I'm liking Ottawa, with a little bit of offense Anderson can steal games all night long. I think that could be a long series. The Islanders looked great tonight after getting spanked a couple of days ago...still gotta give props to Crosby for scoring 2 goals after being out for ages, as much as I hate to say it he is by far the best player in the league. San Jose has heart and are not afraid to get in the dirty areas and have looked pretty impressive. My Caps didn't look as good as I was hoping against the Rangers but Holtbeast is legit and I think the Caps are just too good not to win.

I still don't think that hit on Eller was illegal, even after watching Shannabans explanation it looks clean and legal...sure the hit was devastating but how can you check a guy in that position with about destroying them.

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Posted on Sun May 05, 2013 21:20:52
I think Ottawa has a pretty decent team, but I think MTL is just too deep and just overall better, with a goalie that can be great. I don't think the hit on Eller was illegal either, and the punishment was the result of the injury, not because of the actual hit itself. Which is weird, because if it was Matt Cooke I'm sure the NHL would turn the other cheek to it and let it slide... but whatever.

As for my Bruins, I'm liking what I see so far. Playing really chippy and getting some decent scoring chances. Rask is still playing in his weird way where he doesn't look bad, looking solely at his stats, but he does let in some pretty bad goals sometimes. But to his credit, he has made a lot of great saves in just these two games, so I'm still liking a short series. It's clear the Bruins have another level of play they can tap into, as evidenced in Game 1, and Toronto is just going to be the same and put pucks on net and be sloppy in their own zone.

I think I may be the only person in the NHL world who picked SJ and STL to both advance haha and so far I'm looking good on those two picks.

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Posted on Sun May 05, 2013 23:14:23
I picked San Jose.

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Posted on Mon May 06, 2013 02:51:32
Are you sures?

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The Sharks won't make it past Vancouver.




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Posted on Mon May 06, 2013 04:05:07
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I think I may be the only person in the NHL world who picked SJ and STL to both advance haha and so far I'm looking good on those two picks.


Nope I did as well on my NHL bracket, Vancouver is just a team that confuses me...they have a pretty decent talent pool but they are always a let down.

I somehow missed the Sens v Habs game tonight...that penalty summary list is impressive...guess I'll have to watch it on gamecenter tomorrow after my Caps game.


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Posted on Mon May 06, 2013 05:12:59
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The Sharks won't make it past Vancouver.




At least quote my whole post, bo. Taking one sentence out of context only makes you look bad, lol.

The Sharks scored twice in the time it took me to type the above sentence! Happy dance!

My concern was the officials. They aren't calling as many fouls as they have in the past.

LOL they scored again! 5-1


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Posted on Mon May 06, 2013 06:11:30
if rangers win both at home and tie it up - they have a shot, need to get serious momentum going while at home then win the 3rd. if it goes to 7 from there i have faith... if not... my faith is low lol.

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Posted on Mon May 06, 2013 13:19:19
Give up lose faith Holtbeast is in playoff mode, the only goal that the Rangers got so far was a deflection off of one of our defenders skates on a wrap around. Ovechkin has taken his game to another level and is playing the role of an elite setup man very well, now if only Backstrom and MoJo can capitalize on those great passes he has been making.

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Posted on Tue May 07, 2013 02:11:13
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The Sharks won't make it past Vancouver. The officials wouldn't let that happen. And if it's because of an icing call after the puck hits a Sedin, then there's a conspiracy here.


The whole post as in the one where you said it was a refs conspiracy and that there was no way the Sharks would ever advance?


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Posted on Tue May 07, 2013 13:27:11
Hehe, yes, that's the one. I will be more than happy to have my conspiracy theory proven wrong. But the series is only 3-0 right now. There could be 4 more games left for the officials to screw the Sharks...or screw themselves.

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Posted on Wed May 08, 2013 04:19:46
I have a question about power play rules. Can the team that got penalized take out the goalie and put in another player like they do in the final minutes when you're losing?

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Posted on Wed May 08, 2013 04:38:32
Sekhmet, a team can take their goalie off the ice at any time they want, but it's never done because the chances of allowing an empty net goal is very high, so that's why it's typically saved for desperate end of game situations. Although, teams pull their goalie during a delayed penalty, because it's very unlikely they will allow a goal during that period because play is blown dead when an opposing team touches the puck.

There were 133 empty net goals scored in this season, and while that number seems low, compared to the 1,440 games played, you have to take into account a few things: One is the fact that you'd have to assume the vast majority of those empty net goals came in 1 goal games, so you can discount many of those 1,440 games. Then, you'd have to take into account whether or not the losing team ever had the chance to pull their goalie, meaning maybe the winning team always had possession of the puck in their offensive zone. And finally, you'd have to account for how much time the goalie was actually pulled for. So if there was a way to find all of that info, you may see something like 133 EN goals were scored in 400 games, on average of 30 seconds after the goalie was pulled, and suddenly you see it's not very effective, and why it's only used in desperation.

Plus, you often hear players and coaches and whatnot talking about how 5 on 6 isn't really that much of a benefit because there's not really much space on the ice anymore, as opposed to a normal 5 on 4 PP or even a 4 on 3 one, where you'll see a lot of open ice for a team to move the puck around.

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Posted on Wed May 08, 2013 04:48:31
I think if a team overpowers another team (like the Sharks over the Canucks) why not remove the goalie and have the fastest guy just play the blue line on offense, taking passes etc, then moving back when things don't look good.

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Posted on Wed May 08, 2013 04:57:51
Well, what is the point? If you're overpowering a team, you're probably winning or in good shape, so why risk pulling the goalie? But you can't just move back if the other team gets possession of the puck, as you will get a too many men on the ice penalty if you have a goalie skating back on the ice towards net as you're having another player skate back off. They'd have to change just like every other line change.

Just looking at the numbers, between how many shots on net teams usually take during a game, how quickly EN goals are allowed once the goalie is pulled and the actual number of games where the goalie was pulled vs the 133 EN goals allowed, it's just not worth it to pull a goalie early.

Also, games change. Being up 3-0 is still not exactly a safe lead in hockey. It's still a 60 minute game, and goals being scored seconds apart isn't rare by any means. So there's not much of a point in pulling the goalie until the low chance probability of scoring a goal without your goalie in outweighs the high risk of allowing the empty net goal.

I'd be very willing to bet there were far more goals scored on empty nets than there were goals scored with a team's goalie pulled.

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Posted on Wed May 08, 2013 06:22:00
I'll get back to this later.

I'm too busy happy dancing.

YAY SHARKS!!!

F a Canuck!

Sharks swept the Canucks!!! f**k YES!!!!!

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Posted on Wed May 08, 2013 13:25:54
Back for what? If you are playing without a goalie for extended periods you will get scored on, it's inevitable. Passes get broken up so easily and shots get blocked, all the opposing defense needs to do is bank a shot off the boards and hope it bounces in or if they have room skate past center ice for an easy shot. Pulling a goalie is last ditch effort to try and pound one in to tie the game not a tactic used to win games.

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Posted on Wed May 08, 2013 20:57:22
Can't say I'm surprised the Sharks won the series, but I am surprised they did it in 7. I figured the Canucks had some fight in them, but I guess I should know they don't by now. SJ is a pretty good team with a goalie with playoff experience and wins and a good offense, so that's a great combination.

The OTT/MTL series is as exciting as I expected it to be, with the hatred between the teams and the crazy last minute and OT goals. I still expect the series to be extended to at least 6 games, as I don't think MTL is going down on their home ice for Game 5, but I think it's almost a lock OTT takes it at home in Game 6. Talk about ref conspiracies, sekhmet, the Canadiens practically have the refs and NHL in their back pocket when playing up at the Bell Centre. So I fully expect them to win that game there, and will probably place a friendly wager on it at the bookies.

TOR/BOS is going as I expected as well. Bruins can beat the Leafs, and their playoff experience is proving very valuable in this series. Hell, even Tuukka has played big minutes in a playoff run back in 2009 in net with this team. The only hope for Toronto is that Kessel has actually found a rhythm and continues scoring, as he's never been able to find that success against his former team. Overall, I still like Boston in 5, as the Bruins can match Toronto in every category and then some. Bruins have depth, Toronto doesn't.

I'm VERY surprised though about the NYI/PIT series. I thought Pittsburgh would roll them in 5, but at 2-2, the Penguins are actually pretty lucky they're not down 1-3 if it wasn't for that crazy OT game winner. I heard the talks that the Islanders were hot going in, and I heard about their PP being pretty decent, but I just didn't think they'd give Pittsburgh that much trouble. I want to say I still see PIT advancing, but if Fluery is no longer an option in goal and their backup can't get the job done... it's not crazy to think the Islanders take it in 7.

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Posted on Wed May 15, 2013 04:40:51
NYR/BOS - good luck

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Posted on Thu May 16, 2013 02:12:54
Only thing I'm worried about are the multiple injuries to the Bruins' defense, with Seidenberg being the most notable player. But we also have Ference out with an undisclosed foot injury. Looks like Ference may be the more serious of the two, with Seidenberg maybe having the best chance at only missing a game or maybe even skating for all of them. We'll see. None of the injured guys practiced, and for those of you who don't know, Seidenberg has been paired with Chara on our top line for defense and on virtually all penalty kills. So that is a huge blow if he misses games.

Other than that, the Rangers and Bruins are set up similar, with the one exception being Lundqvist is the much better goalie... but BOS also has the better offense. Both PPs suck though, 23rd and 26th in the league about 1% difference between the two, favoring NYR slightly.

I got Boston in 6

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Posted on Thu May 16, 2013 02:39:08
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Only thing I'm worried about are the multiple injuries to the Bruins' defense, with Seidenberg being the most notable player. But we also have Ference out with an undisclosed foot injury. Looks like Ference may be the more serious of the two, with Seidenberg maybe having the best chance at only missing a game or maybe even skating for all of them. We'll see. None of the injured guys practiced, and for those of you who don't know, Seidenberg has been paired with Chara on our top line for defense and on virtually all penalty kills. So that is a huge blow if he misses games.

Other than that, the Rangers and Bruins are set up similar, with the one exception being Lundqvist is the much better goalie... but BOS also has the better offense. Both PPs suck though, 23rd and 26th in the league about 1% difference between the two, favoring NYR slightly.

I got Boston in 6


rangers in 6 or 7, lundqvist is on fire, and tukka rask isn't nearly as good as hotlby, i say nash picks up his game this series and the rest of the rangers keepin rollin. the only thing that worries me and i mean the only thing at all is that u guys are bigger and play the same gritty style we do, the rangers may wear down, i doubt it, but it's possible. it will be a tight series - wouldnt surprise me if it goes to 7



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Posted on Fri May 17, 2013 05:19:40
Raffi Torres suspended for a perfectly legal hit. It's pretty obvious to me that the officials will try to screw the Sharks any way they can to keep them from playing for the Stanley Cup. Why?

edit: It's nice to see the Sharks woke up tonight. It's also nice to see....crap.
never mind.

edit2: f**k hockey.

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Posted on Fri May 17, 2013 21:41:37
Whoa whoa whoa, ICB, first off Holtby? What the f**k hell has Holtby done in his career? Holtby is a good young goaltender that has won exactly one 7 game series in his career, against a Bruins team in the playoffs last year that lacked scoring and was without one of their best players. On the other hand, Rask has at least had a few rounds in the playoffs, led the league in GAA in 2009, and was under the wing of a Stanley Cup winning goaltender. So pump the brakes if you think Rangers are going to have an easier time scoring on Rask than they did Holtby. Toronto also scored 15 more goals on the year than NYR did, and Tuukka's GAA for 2013 was over half a goal better per game than Holtby's. So puh-lease with this Holtby nonsense. Rask is a better goalie than him.

Second, Lundqvist is a great goalie, and obviously the better overall one in the series right now, but the Bruins played him pretty well this year, and are at least familiar, if anything, with him. He looked pretty mortal yesterday, but that's actually pretty in line with how the Bruins have played him so far this year. He hasn't been shutting Boston out like in years past. I think we scored at least 3 goals each time we played him this year, including last night. Couple that with the fact NYR's power play is just as bad as the Bruins', and I think you could say the edge may go to Boston. The two teams' goals for and against are nearly identical (slight edge going to Boston in both, however), but the Rangers just didn't look intimidating last night. I was at the game, and I get anxiety for anything, but I was pretty confident in our defense at keeping the Rangers' chances limited, and we really did. Apart from 15.3 seconds of actual game time, the Rangers were completely shut out in the entire game, and scored on a failed clearing attempt and then on a soft goal that 9 times out of 10 Rask blocks from 30 feet straight ahead. And this is without our second best defender, who may still come back in this series. And we have home ice, for what that's worth.

As for you, Sekhmet, Torres is a cheap bum. His hit a couple nights ago wasn't his dirtiest, and it was probably borderline at best, but his problem is he is a repeat offender, suspended three previous times incluidng a 20+ game suspension. He has a history of targeting players' heads and he made a borderline hit that could get called either way, but with his history and reputation that call is going against him, as it should, every time from now on.

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