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The Ducks were a great matchup for them; the Hawks are not.
In six years of the Ovechkin era, Washington has won its division five times (and earned 92 points and the 5 seed the other time), including the 1 seed twice, and has yet to reach a conference final, in fact has only escaped the first round three times. Ovechkin has (or rather will soon have) three Hart trophies during that time.
A by product of playing in a crap division. They'd never win the division or get a 1 seed if they played elsewhere.
Incidentally, I wish I could put money on "Fleury will be starting again before this series ends."
i hope he gets hurt crosby style
The US beat Russia 8-3(!) in the quarterfinals of the World Hockey Championships today. Wow.
Every game for LA, from here until they face an Eastern Conference team, will be like running uphill and in the sand.
Wait, what? Do you really think that whichever Eastern Conference team makes the Finals is going to be some kind of pushover? The Penguins and Bruins are at least as good as any non-Hawks Western team, and the Rangers can be as well with a hot Lundqvist.
If an attacking player establishes a significant position within the goal crease, so as to obstruct the goalkeeper’s vision and impair his ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.
For this purpose, a player “establishes a significant position within the crease” when, in the Referee’s judgment, his body, or a substantial portion thereof, is within the goal crease for more than an instantaneous period of time.
I still think Chicago wins this series because they are just so deep, plus the Hawks left a couple of shots off the iron that really could have gone in. But I am hoping I end up wrong.
I hope they can get it done in San Jose on Sunday and get a long rest. I think Wings-Hawks is going seven.
This may be my angry/irrational side talking, but I think I'm back on the "fire Coach Q" bandwagon. The Stalberg stuff at the beginning of this series was ####### silly, and basically benching Kane during the 3rd period last night was ####### dumb.
I'm wondering where Alain Vigneault will end up in the summer. His record is too strong to sit on the sidelines, and I blame the GM (Gillis) more than him for Vancouver's recent implosions. If Q gets fired, I wonder if AV ends up there.
I think it's really strange for Blackhawks fans to regard this as a failure of a season and want to fire their coach. From the perspective of an outsider who doesn't really care about any of the teams involved, the Detroit-Chicago series doesn't seem to be anything more interesting than a superior team running into a Hot Goalie. It happens pretty near every year and I don't think it's anything to make major changes to a Presidents-winning team over. But that's easy for me to say from over here.
I don't agree that Jimmy Howard has been terrific in this series. Chicago has shot is low into his pads, or right into his other equipment. He's been slightly better than Crawford, but still behind any goalie in either LA series, or either Boston series, and probably either Pittsburgh series so far, etc.
EDIT: tonight/last night: tomato/tomatoe, it's late here, talking about Saturday.
On to Game 7!. I've never attended a Game 7 so that should be fun. Hopefully we'll win, but it really feels 50/50.
I have absolutely no idea how that series is going to go. I could believe a sweep by Boston or a sweep by Pittsburgh or anything in between.
I hate the way they play. They run around taking cheap shots, then whine when their guys get hit. That series with the Flyers (Last year? The year before?) exposed them as a loathsome team.
I'm curious about that--can you point out one instance of a cheap shot taken by a Penguin this playoffs? I can't remember one.
Even Matt Cooke pretty much stopped doling out cheap shots after the Savard cheap shot put his career one more errant elbow from being over.
Cooke is the greatest cheap shot artist in the history of the universe if he was able to do that on purpose.
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