If you would have told me that Detroit would get eliminated in round 1, Pittsburgh and Vancouver would be on the verge of elimination in Round one, Washington would be keeping Boston in check AND beating them, the Rangers would be having trouble against Ottawa and Florida would actually be giving the Devils a run for their money... I would have laughed.
However if you told me Vancouver would start using Schneider to start two straight games because they lost confidence in Lu (again), I'd probably nod in agreement.
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Way too excessive of a punishment for that hit. I guess his prior history got the better of him.
I remember it all too well
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Really impressed by the Panthers fight right now. Grats to them on going up 3-2. Plus there was an automatic empty net goal and I can't remember the last time I saw that.
Rangers playoff hockey is so pathetic lol But they will always be my team...
I torture myself with the Knicks every year too.
Detroit eliminated - another hard first round for the Wings. As a Leafs fan, I say welcome to the golf courses.
Also of note is the thrashing Boston is taking - 3-2 now against Washington; it's looking pretty grim for the defending Stanley Cup champs.
Ottawa is now leading the series against the serious contender (and runner up) to the president's trophy, which is pretty amazing - but there's still a game ahead, they need to keep their focus on that game and not get ahead of themselves. I'd really like to see them knock out New York, would be nice to see some Canadian teams make it past the first round this year.
With Chicago facing elimination, it's looking pretty bad for original six teams; 2 didn't make it, and the other 4 are either gone or facing elimination.
Hopeful for the Canucks, but I'm not holding my breath or anything. I'm actually surprised how they scheduled the games this week. Sunday, Wednesday, Sunday - that's an awful lot of time between games. Let's hope that extra rest works to their benefit, I'd like to see Vancouver in the finals this year, now that I live here.
Last edited by Atrea; 2012-04-22 at 01:58 AM.
3 violations of the rules, 5 head shot violations since 2007, all very similar in nature, however he did not leave his feet at any point in those incidents, however he did receive discipline from the NHL (laughable mind you) for the hits. 5 offenses all hits to the head, if you don't think the duration of the suspension is justified, then you are bat shit crazy. It gets a dangerous player out of the league and sends a message that this kind of nonsense is not going to be tolerated.
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I'm far enough from downtown to be safe, but close enough to see it burning, heh.
Well, now the questions start for the Sharks. Do they fire Todd McLellan as was the rumor prior to the playoffs to try and get the team moving in a new direction? It seems absurd to fire a coach that went 195-92-41 with three division crowns in his four years as a head coach though. Go to imagine they at least shake up the core.
Big grats to the Blues. Welcome back to relevance St Louis. First playoff series win in a decade.
Who would have guessed the Wings and Sharks would both be knocked out in 5 games, Vancouver and Chicago are on the precipice of being knocked out in 5 and Boston is potentially getting dropped in 6. Nuts.
Last edited by conscript; 2012-04-22 at 02:12 AM.
If Phoenix closes this out, Phoenix/Nashville is going to be the worst series ever. Every single game is going to be 2-1 or 1-0. Two non-spending teams facing off in the second round of the playoffs thanks to excellent goaltending and commitment to defense first. What is this the fucking mid-90s?
If I'm the Sharks, I make it a priority to try and move Marleau. How many seasons in a row does he have to completely be terrible in the playoffs before the last four people that support that guy jump off his wagon? 0 points, -1 in 5 playoff games as one of the veteran leaders of the Sharks.
How nuts is it that the Marty Brodeur Rule basically fucked the Devils as intended and cost them the big crucial second goal in today's game? Poor guy. The NHL creates a rule solely to fuck with Brodeur's biggest strength and it hurts them as intended in a crucial playoff situation.
Last edited by conscript; 2012-04-22 at 02:26 AM.
San Jose out shouldn't surprise anyone, they are notorious for not showing up in the playoffs. I think they need to look at their roster and consider just blowing it the fuck up, Thornton isn't getting any younger and could go to a team that need's a top tier centremen like Toronto does, and I have no doubts that Burke is going to be picking up the phone the day the season is over and inquiring about Joe Thornton or Logan Couture because you can bet your bottom dollar that with their playoff failings San Jose will consider retooling from the ground up if they can get good value for their players.
Also, in other news, at least there is playoff hockey in Toronto. The Marlies have a 2-0 series lead on the Rochester Americans and can close out the best of 5 series with another win. That team has been good to watch when there isn't an NHL game on.
Last edited by Rennadrel; 2012-04-22 at 02:29 AM.
well another year of fail. guess i turn into a flyers bandwagoner for the rest of the series. at any rate, GO FLYERS!