NHL Playoffs baby! Discussion thread...

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  1. stringertom

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    Due to the lockout, the Cup won't be awarded until nearly July...what a marathon we're in for!
     
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    Well my birthday is in July, the Islanders winning it all as an early birthday present sounds about right! The stars are aligning :)
     
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    I just read the Isles will move to the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn in '15. At long last they get a modern arena and reunite with the Nets, who started in Uniondale just miles away from Dr J's hometown of Roosevelt.
     
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    A good birthday present would be the isles winning two games against the pens. Heh heh. Joke.
     
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    It's a great move I think. For years now it's been hard to attract the top players each year, remember the trouble with Nabokov at first and then Visnovsky? They also traded for the rights to Ehrhoff from Vancouver, but he refused the huge offer in favour of the Sabres. It's funny though, once they start playing they all say how much they love being Islanders and playing with an exciting young team. Nabokov and Viskovsky have been great this season and look like they're giving everything for the cause.

    Making the playoffs and having a brand new arena can hopefully make the team more attractive.

    You're probably right, I just hope it's a competitive series. The team is very young, i'm prepared to wait before it's time to challenge :)
     
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    I wonder if they are going to keep the Islanders name. I hope so.... I read that the NHL plans on playing more than one outdoor game (Winter Classic) next year-I don't think it's going to bring fans back....
     
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    I'm hearing the name stays. It's an important move, there was talk about relocating the franchise, possibly to Quebec. That was sometime last year before the move was announced though.
     
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    Geographically, Brooklyn (and Queens) are part of Long Island so there's no problem holding on to the original name. The only drawback to the move is the "homey-ness" built in to the franchise from its 40 years smack in the middle of Nassau County. Most of the players lived right in the area and patronized so many of the businesses, particularly in Westbury, just one town over from the Colosseum in Uniondale.

    If they keep their training center out on the Island, it won't disrupt as much that camaraderie everyone has grown to expect. The commute for the games is a big stretch for the portion of the fanbase further out in Suffolk County, so they will lose some season ticketholders. I don't see many Ranger fans in Brooklyn changing camps...it was a pretty nasty atmosphere when I was living up there...much resentment how the Isles fast-tracked past the older franchise.
     
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    Quick blows Game 1, coughing up the puck behind the net for the Blues' OT short-handed game winner. That spoiled his own great effort and the Kings' tying goal with a half-minute in regulation.

    The Blackhawks also won 2-1 in OT and the Ducks took out Detroit 3-1...low scoring games and two of three decided in OT. Will this be a trend???
     
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    It's interesting the home teams all won. I thought that the way the season has gone, with it being shortened by the lockout, there would be quite a few upsets in the playoffs. That still might be the case, but no signs of it early on.
     
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    Without Quick's miscue, the Kings were in a good position to win on the road...they had just started a four-minute power play and had some momentum after tying it up at the very end of regulation.
     
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    Very true. It's tough to pick a favourite in that series I think. St Louis had the better record this year, but the Kings are the defending champions. I'm sure both sides fancy their chances.

    Either way, last nights games were just the appetiser for the real one tonight :) the Islanders have a good record on the road, hopefully they can shock the Pens in that one.
     
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    Hope so...these next two will be their sixth and seventh straight times wearing the whites! It's not often a team has to finish a year on that long of a road trip.
     
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    Ducks and Wings were flying last night, no playing the trap this series. I hope the Sharks finally take down the Canucks, they sent the skating trees away- Clowe, Murray and Handzaus.
     
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    Did not watch the 2nd and 3rd period of the ducks game, but even though the hawks won in ot they looked very good and really dominated. Props to Harding for stepping up and playing really well.
     
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    Crosby still not cleared to play in Game 1. Pens still did well down the stretch without him (8-4) so they're still clear favorites.
     
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    Kunitz, Malkin, Neal, Iginla, Letang etc.. Yeah i'm still worried :)

    I've got Gamecenter set up on the Xbox waiting for the start, less than an hour to go!
     
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    $#@!@ the Penguins. Not a fan of just stacking up players for a Championship run. My dream matchup would be Ducks vs Leafs.
     
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    That would be something, Wouldn't it? Go Chicago, Go Pittsburgh.
     
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    Ouch! Isles nearly bageled, Nabokov chased after 1+ periods on four of the goals. Regroup time then start stronger Friday!
     
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    I think that Iginla slapshot to the dome rattled him, he gave up a soft goal a few minutes after and it went downhill from there. It looked like they gave the Penguins too much respect, which is understandable as most of the team were playing their first playoff games. I'd like to see Martin throwing himself around and Grabner hurrying them up in their own end with his speed. They just need to be nastier and tighten things up imo.
     
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    Hockey sucks!! I am Canadian but can't watch that many teams. They should take the league back to 20 teams and weed out the weak. If you are a fan, you wan't the best the league can produce. They can't produce with a filtured league with AHL players playing.
     
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    OH my God, I turned off the TV when the Wings were up 4 to 1 and than the Ducks forced and lost. Hope this is get in the head of Hiller.
     
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    First full game from the West that i've seen this season, I picked a good one! Great come back by the Ducks. It will be interesting to see how things go in Detroit.
     
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    Last year, Quick was so clutch for the Kings throughout the playoffs; this year...not so much. Up 1-0 at the start of the third, he gave up the tying goal early and the game-winner less than a minute before OT.

    Time to regroup and win a couple @Staples. Hopefully, the offense picks him up!
     
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    The playoffs are usually always about the goalie it seems. I think Luongo could write a book on it :) Tim Thomas was huge when Boston won, remember Michael Leighton with the Flyers? Those are just the ones from the last few seasons.

    At least the Kings have Bernier to fall back on, wasn't he drafted around 10th? I know he's certainly highly rated. Looking at his stats this year he had a GAA of 1.88 (vs Quicks 2.45) and a save % of .922 (Quick .902). Obviously he played fewer games, but he's a great option to have.
     
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    Go Leafs Go! Go Leafs Go!
     
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    Islanders beat the Penguins, 1-1 going back to the Coliseum :)
     
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    Can't believe gryba got a two game suspension. It was a great hit, great hockey play. Diaz, on Montreal, should get a two game suspension for being an idiot. It was a suicide pass by him. And of course ference only gets one game for a direct elbow to the head, much worse than gryba's hit. Nhl discipline is a joke.
     
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    Only need six teams, eh?
     
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    So happy they got the split...after the flat night in Game 1 to rebound with a win is huge! That old barn in Uniondale will be rockin' for Games 3 and 4!
     
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    Nice treat for me...NBC carried the Caps/Rangers thriller today and will have Game 3 of the Isles/Penguins tomorrow.

    Great game today...1-0 but lots of action throughout. Both teams got penalized in OT for delay of game putting a puck in the crowd. Caps killed theirs with ease, not so with the Rangers.
     
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    I'm going to the Man Utd v Chelsea game tomorrow afternoon, so i'm hoping to avoid finding out the Islanders score and watch it on Gamecenter when I get home. Chelsea and Islanders wins in one day is probably too much to ask, but I have hope :)
     
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    Keep the catch phrase of another blue/orange NY pro franchise in your mind..."You gotta believe!". It worked well for the Mets a while back.
     
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    I hope the rest of the Pens/Islanders series is like the one today (5/5/13)-overtime, last-second goals.
     
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    Damm missed the Sens Habs brawl, when they fight like that in the playoffs it's serious hate.
     
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    I've just this second finished watching it. I didn't get back from the football in Manchester till after midnight, luckily today is a holiday in the UK! I really thought it was going to happen after Tavares got it back to 4-4, ah well. Just got to go out and get the next one :)
     
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    not many clean punches thrown. the last period of the game was a throwaway.

    just wrote something which may be of interest to Montreal fans out there, "How the Habs Can Get Out of Their Rut"

    http://indecentxposure.com/grind/68bcc5ded942045df37d2836b51d654360cf4a18/
     
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    Sidney Crosby has become the Michael Jordan of the NHL...always gets the calls in borderline officials' calls. The OT penalty did the Isles in and most times the whistle isn't blown in OT on questionable takedowns. Let 'em play, refs!
     
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    Totally agree, it's the playoffs! Nothing worse than hearing the whistle go as often as it has been. Teams play harder, it's win or go home, let them battle it out I say.

    Even so, it's good to see the series being competitive. Win or lose, they will of learnt a hell of a lot. People were saying it was a bit of a fluke, the Islanders making the playoffs. I think they're proving they deserve it, and will hopefully be a regular in future years. The wait for a first playoff series win in 20 years could well go on, but hopefully not for too much longer :)
     
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    Ducks got ran over tonight. The score in no way shows how Detroit had them all night. Anaheim has no speed out there.
     
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    Great win by the isles. Awesome fight. Not intimidated at all.
     
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    Tavares! He was incredible, same goes for Okposo, they were all brilliant. I'm up for work in 2 hours and don't even care :)

    Now for the next one!
     
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    I am old school...refs don't blow the whistle in OT during the playoffs unless it's a pure mugging. I saw Sendin's hit and it was totally clean...shoulder to shoulder. That's two OT power-play game-winning set-ups by the striped patrol (Game 3 Pens/Isles and now the sweep game for the Sharks over Vancouver).

    Swallow the whistle, guys...let 'em play!
     
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    Boston. :( Those guys sure know how to ruin a party. The atmosphere looked insane in TO. Been reading that these guys are like the NJ Devils without the trap. I am rooting for the next team to take them down, hopefully a fast team like the Caps.
     
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    Kings/Blues series turning into a classic...all one-goal games, multiple OTs, 3 last-minute regulation goals scored. Kings showed nice resilience after tossing up the latest of those last-minute goals to force OT. After going down 2-0 in the series, they can close it out at home in game 6. Sneaky feeling this may go to OT in a Game 7...that's how close this series has been!
     
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    I think alot of the first round matchups have been delivering, which isn't always the case! Detroit and Anaheim, Blues and Kings, Islanders and Penguins, Ottawa and Montreal has been entertaining in a different way :)

    So the Islanders and Penguins go at it again in 10 minutes, hopefully Vokoun plays as well as Fleury has so far!
     
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    Had to jinx our Isles, eh? 31 for 31 means he'll be between the pipes for game 6. Add to that, we've got Crosby's sick goal to remember. Gotta go now, there are no tomorrows if we're to continue!
     
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    Haha, it looks like I did yes. No doubt Vokoun played a huge part in the win, but it was when I saw all the other changes they had made that I got worried. In the first 4 games they didn't really have a balanced team, there were too many of the highlight reel players and not enough spark or energy players on the bottom lines. Vitale, Kennedy and Despres gave them that, along with speed.
     
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    Great games tonight. Caps really dominated and deserved the win. Is it just me or does the rangers organization suck the life out of offensive talents? Great for the wings to force a game 7 after a meltdown the last couple minutes of the third. Go blues and go isles tommorow!
     

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