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post #5041 of 5068
Yeah the Pens dominated most of the game and Sharks goalie Jones held them off. Sharks had enough time of their own domination to win it. Both sides hit pipes a bunch.
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As expected, the Sharks are too good to roll over. They found their physical play but even though they won in OT the Pens still got a lot of zone time in the Shark's end. The critical power play goal was set up by Letang's and Crosby's over zealous play on a short handed breakaway, lead to a turnover and a quick score for the Sharks. A simple dump by Letang would have killed the power play and the subsequent goal was the softest Murray ever let by and he has not been the best goalie in the series.

 

Game 4 tonight with the Sharks at home feeling good and thinking they finally have the Pens figured out. Will the Pens get back to their relentless forecheck? Will they ever score on the power play? Will the refs continue to "let them play"? Will Geno get a goal or even a point? Pens fans will find out tonight.

post #5043 of 5068

1 more win to go! My brother is going to be at the stadium for the outside party on Thursday night. Let's Go Pens. 

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Game 4 tonight with the Sharks at home feeling good and thinking they finally have the Pens figured out. Will the Pens get back to their relentless forecheck? Will they ever score on the power play? Will the refs continue to "let them play"? Will Geno get a goal or even a point? Pens fans will find out tonight.

 

You are a great prognosticator.  I hear Punsutawney Phil needs a replacement.  All the pieces fell into place.  Elimination is the hardest game, but it's hard not to see the Pens closing out the Sharks in 5 or 6.

post #5045 of 5068

There was a great clip of Crosby in that last game..Vlasic tried to goon him a bit after the whistle and Crosby just shoved him to the ground, face-washed him and turned away when the ref told him to.  No anger, just tough, measured response.  That's great to see from Syd.  He's matured and is playing tight, tough playoff hockey. 

post #5046 of 5068
The sharks need to play the whole game more like the 3rd period. Pens are good at staking out the front of the net and the Sharks rarely have people there. Meanwhile, more defensive lapses on change overs as Sharks left people wide open as they're gawking at the puck. Bad, highschool level. Maybe it's their ridiculous beards that inhibit their vision.

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The sharks need to play the whole game more like the 3rd period. Pens are good at staking out the front of the net and the Sharks rarely have people there. Meanwhile, more defensive lapses on change overs as Sharks left people wide open as they're gawking at the puck. Bad, highschool level. Maybe it's their ridiculous beards that inhibit their vision.

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I'm not sure that's possible. The Pens have a horrible tendency to take the foot off the gas in the third when they're up and try to play defense. The problem is their best Defense is their aggressive forechecking and offensive possession. They try to sit back and play D which allows San José to look good, but if the Pens are playing their game the Sharks just can't play the way they did in the third. 

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You are a great prognosticator.  I hear Punsutawney Phil needs a replacement.  All the pieces fell into place.  Elimination is the hardest game, but it's hard not to see the Pens closing out the Sharks in 5 or 6.

Not only did Geno get his first point on an assist, he also got the game winning goal on the power play. He is just too good to keep off the score sheet. As for the job as Pennsylvania's chief rodent well, skiers would love me 'cause I'd always go with 6 more weeks of winter. 

 

I want to see the Pens win the cup at home. Oakland will burn and the South Side's Carson Street will be lined with swat teams just to keep all the sports crazies in check if the Pens win it at home. It's hard to believe that for all the championships won by Pittsburgh teams the last one won at home was the 1960 World Series. This town will go nuts. 

post #5049 of 5068
Really no one in here tonight? Pens looking great but Jones is out of her mind.
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Yeah Sharks!
Will Pittsburgh choke?
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Yeah Sharks!
Will Pittsburgh choke?

 

The only way the Pens 'choke' is if the San Jose goalie continues to play like he's been possessed by a demon. The Pens way outplayed the Sharks last night and with normal goal play probably could've won that game 7-3. 

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One of the greats passed away today.

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RIP Mr. Hockey.

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One of the greats passed away today.


last time i saw him play live was in that uniform and he was still a force.

Hardest hit I have ever seen in hockey was during the WHA Soviet series.

He was tackled and held down by a Soviet player in front of the net, directly in front of a Soviet ref who actually gave a Howe shoulder shrug. 

Gordie picked himself up, got up to full speed and put that player horizontal to the ice, 4 feet over it ( just behind same ref.)

Always a great person to meet off the ice.  

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The Cup returns to the Burgh!

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:yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo:

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Crosby sucks....champaign from the cup, the chippy little bastard. Just ask Thornton. This one is for all the Crosby haters. He don't give a Smythe what you think.

 

The stars shone bright in the whole series but more than that, it was a real team effort. This is the most complete team of the Crosby/Malkin era. Eleven different players got goals. Stars went down and others stepped up. Malkin gets hurt and Bonino takes his place and the HBK line is created, the Pens best line down the stretch. Fleury goes down and Murray steps up, Letang goes down and Daily steps up. I think 10 different players got winning goals.

 

What a run. This team was so bad early and Sullivan is called up from the farm team and he brings along some rookies. The next thing you know they're hoisting the cup.

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Good show by the Pens. Happy for Phil Kessel. Not everyone in Toronto hates him!😂
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Good show by the Pens. Happy for Phil Vessel. Not everyone in Toronto hates him!😂

 

I thought Kessel would get the Conn Smythe, what a performance. I don't know what the problem was in Toronto but he has proven to be a key player here, a complete two way player too.

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I thought Kessel would get the Conn Smythe, what a performance. I don't know what the problem was in Toronto but he has proven to be a key player here, a complete two way player too.

 

Absolutely agree.  He provided a fair bit of that extra scoring you need when your top line is covered by the #1 D pair.  The problem in Toronto was the idiot media and their accomplices, the idiot fans..  :hopmad:

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Crosby sucks....champaign from the cup, the chippy little bastard. Just ask Thornton. This one is for all the Crosby haters. He don't give a Smythe what you think.

 

The stars shone bright in the whole series but more than that, it was a real team effort. This is the most complete team of the Crosby/Malkin era. Eleven different players got goals. Stars went down and others stepped up. Malkin gets hurt and Bonino takes his place and the HBK line is created, the Pens best line down the stretch. Fleury goes down and Murray steps up, Letang goes down and Daily steps up. I think 10 different players got winning goals.

 

What a run. This team was so bad early and Sullivan is called up from the farm team and he brings along some rookies. The next thing you know they're hoisting the cup.

 

And the good news is except for Cullen who I'd guess might decide to retire on that high note, the rest of the starting forwards are all under contract for next year and the only UFA D-man is Lovejoy and Schultz (who did well as a replacement) is RFA. This same cup team could have another run together. 

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Congrats to the Pens fans. Penguins were definitely the better team overall in the finals.

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At the quarter mark for the 16-17 season!  At the start of the year, all the Wild faithful were expecting Boudreau to immediately create this monster of a team because he had this great record as a coach in his previous stops.  My comment back then was, yeah, but he had some exceptional talent on those teams.  There ain't no automatic 30, 40, or so goal scorer on this team.  Aaannnd 20+ games into the season, what's Boudreau saying?  He can't get over how inconsistent this team plays, not just night to night, but period to period.  Yeah, um, welcome to the Wild, Coach!  Been that way for the last 4-5 seasons.  On the positive side, Dub's is playing well, looking much more like the goalie he was when he came to the Wild in '15, and the PK has been good.  Offensively, they still miss the net waaay too often.  So, settle in at a bit better than .500, and at the end of the season, I expect they will be battling for that 3rd spot in the division or a top wild card spot.

 

Biggest surprise for the start of the year?  Oilers for me.  Has this team finally turned the corner?  Sitting on top of the Pacific for now.....

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Biggest surprise for the start of the year?  Oilers for me.  Has this team finally turned the corner?  Sitting on top of the Pacific for now.....

 

So who was trashing the Oil when Chiarelli traded Hall for Larsson?  Some great moves there to shore up the weaknesses of that team.  And obviously McDavid didn't hurt!  I didn't expect them to be this good this quickly but I knew they were finally on the right track after that trade and jettisoning Yakupov. 

 

I'm surprised the Lafs are doing as well as they are.  With a very weak defence and some young players who, shall we say, are unaccustomed to the need for a high level of perfection in the NHL game, they've managed to assemble a decent record so far.  I figured 3-4 years.  I wonder if they will tank the end of the season and try to draft a d-guy in what is reputed to be a fairly poor draft year.

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McDavid is a beast, hands down a revolutionary type of hockey player. I was dubious about him getting the C, but he has carried it so well. Kind of reminds me of Toews, in a way. That same purebred intensity and focus. The guy should be in Lady Byng contention this year. I can cheer for a guy like this and a team like that.

 

I'm happy to see my Leafs doing better than expected and what about Marner? The kid soooo benefited from last year in junior. This new Russian seems to be doing well and Leo is a beast, I love him, just the type of player needed. I still think they should have never let Zach Sill go, he would have served them well during the rebuild, but Martin had a goal last night which is more than Silly could muster in a year.

 

I'm waiting for Carey Price to blow another tire and watch the Habs fans eat themselves again. Or someone to get a callup from the AHL then give him the tap on the shoulder and go bowling for goalies.

 

The Las Vegas Golden Knights? Uhhh. Get a frigging team into Quebec City (yeah, I know the dollar kills us) and then get one into Saskatoon - possibly the only other small market similar to Winnipeg, that would also produce a rabid fanbase ala Winnipeg.

 

I'd like to see breakout years from the Wild and Nashville. I think Nashville got thoroughly humped on the Subban/Weber deal, but PK is in a place where he can REALLY thrive. I'd actually venture down there to see them play my Leafs.

 

Lastly, we need Canadian teams in the playoffs. But I do not ever want to see the league aligned in such a way to guarantee this. I'd rather see a different type of salary cap system that would allow better marketed teams to thrive, but then we'd shed the sunbelt teams and a few others.

 

Cheers

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I can't see how the Vegas team can make money.  I dunno..maybe they're not meant to.  Sad days..still feel for Quebec City..friggin Aubut.  Never trust a lawyer..  :duck:

 

I like Subban as a person..probably not many know he gave $10 million to charity last year.  Ok, it's easy to say he makes a lot of money..but think about that..that's after tax income.  Not many athletes put up quite like that.  As a player..bit too showboat for me..and risky.  Huge asset on the right team.  Having said that, I'd take Weber for my team.

 

Marner..man..I figured he'd be the least likely to succeed..I was bad-mouthing Hunter for picking him..London Knights connection..but yeah, he's been a revelation.  I keep thinking he's going to get crushed but he's fast and slippery.  Not many get a big hit on him.  Just loving watching him play..he does many things well..little things..magic plays..stick in the lane..taking the puck away in the boards..he's just crafty..

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I can see a business case for Vegas, and the NHL has made inroads there with the awards. But I just don't see a "base" of fans. If your intent is to go and get drunk, gamble, and hey, let's send the wife to see Celine Dion and the boys will go watch hockey - then fill yer boots. That said, I don't know what business case they have. We still have hockey in Arizona and had I been laying bets I would have had them out of there years ago.

 

Subban did do a whole lot of good for his image, and from what I gather he does put his money where his mouth is on more than just the hospital deal. But, to me, he's never going to be national team material, if that helps you gauge my thoughts.

 

Marner's a ninja, and that's not the Leaf fan in me talking. It's always a tremendous step for kids going from junior to the bigs, and he has proven everyone wrong about his size in the league.

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