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I'm just glad to get a brief respite from the constant "What's Wrong With Ovechkin" columns, when the answer is just that goalscorers peak relatively young and the team got a fair bit worse/was coached by someone out of his depth.
Speaking of, Detroit have just signed Jimmy Howard to a 6-year extension worth $5.3 per. I would not want that contract on my team, especially going into the new cap.
Leafs clinched a playoff spot for the first time since the first lockout.
oliver lauridsen scored his first NHL goal tonight against boston. he blew past chara, then deked the goalie out of his boots to slip the puck through the 5 hole. it was a hell of a way to score his first goal.
On another topic- I don't like the way that the Hart discussion has turned into a referendum on whose team made the playoffs by the smallest margin. Nobody wants to give it to Stamkos or St. Louis because they didn't make the playoffs. Nobody wants to give it to Crosby or Kane because their teams were so good, they would have made the playoffs without them (and in Crosby's case, Pittsburgh wrapped up the #1 seed while he was out with a broken jaw). So it seems to be narrowed down to Ovechkin or Tavares because their teams might have missed the playoffs without them- as if the only line that counts is the one between 57 or 55 points and 51 (the difference between the playoff bound Capitals and Islanders and the 9th place Jets). That's how you end up with some truly ridiculous selections in retrospect. Maybe Tavares actually deserves the Hart- he was 3rd in goals after all. I didn't see enough Islanders games this year to know for sure. But I'd rather give it to "the best player having the best year" (NBA reporter David Aldridge's definition for his sport's MVP). In my mind, that was Patrick Kane even if Chicago had an 11 point cushion over the #2 seed. And I say this as a Wings fan who hates the Blackhawks.
I can't be the only one who didn't get that reference in 240.
i actually hope it sticks, because if it does it would be my 2nd favorite reference to a harry potter character, behind only malcolm tucker's repeated references to ollie reeder as "ron weasley".
Then I read that they are going to bench Fleury for Vokoun in Game 5. I guess we'll see how that goes.
Fluery sucks, but I don't think he's the root of the problem. The problem seems to me to be the same that Vancouver has had, they lose their ####### minds in the playoffs.
The Blackhawks will have to seriously think about buying out Hossa, but he is still a vital cog in the machine and I'm not sure they can live without him (I'm assuming you can't resign your buyouts). They should have damn listened to me and bout out Olesz two years ago.
Damn the hawks are deep... This is really the first game the top line has done much and it still wasn't much of a series. I know the wild aren't much, but its hard for me to see how anyone wins 2-3 games in 7 against them, much less 4. If Crawford plays even half as well the rest of the playoffs then geez.... What do you do?
FORWARDSZach Parise Joe Pavelski Patrick Kane Dustin Brown Ryan Callahan Phil Kessel Max Pacioretty David Backes Jason Pominville James Van Riemsdyk Ryan Kesler Bobby Ryan Lee Stempniak Derek Stepan Kyle Okposo Alex Galchenyuk David Legwand T.J. Oshie DEFENSEMENRyan Suter Kevin Shattenkirk Keith Yandle Ryan McDonagh Brooks Orpik Mark Fayne Rob Scuderi Dustin Byfuglien Nick Leddy Justin Faulk GOALTENDERSJonathan Quick Cory Schneider Ryan Miller
its hard for me to see how anyone wins 2-3 games in 7 against them, much less 4. If Crawford plays even half as well the rest of the playoffs then geez.... What do you do?
What do you guys think?
It seems when the Bruins really want to, they can stay in the Leafs zone indefinitely.
Have to give the Leafs credit. I didn't think they'd win two games against Boston.
I was a huge fan of his when he came to the Leafs (big hits! tough attitude!) but I want him gone. Now, preferably.
but Ottawa healthy is a better team than the Leafs
Everyone but a subset of Leafs fans and some fancystat bloggers thinks Phaneuf sucks.
They not only failed to beat the Habs in the last game of the season, they got their asses handed to them.
I swear I've never seen someone lose a blade in a game before this season, and now I've seen at least four. Do we have inferior rivets or something? Given how pathetic the players look when trying to scramble off the ice, maybe they should start practicing a technique.
If 4-1 is getting their asses handed to them, then what do you call what the Leafs did to the healthier Habs earlier in the season (6-0 in Montreal, and 5-1 in Toronto) when their most dangerous player (Lupul) wasn't even available?
And Duncan Keith played better this year than the year he actually was given the Norris, so I don't know what's up with that.
They seem like they're skating underwater for extended periods, and then they snap out of it for a while, and so on. I'm not sure why.
even if the Leafs lose tonight (and I think the Leafs being godawful is good for hockey).
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